IELTS Preparation

Occasion when you couldn't pay for something you wanted

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 328 with Model Answer:

Describe an occasion when you couldn’t pay for something you wanted.

You should say:

  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you were not able to pay
  • what you did

and explain how you fell about the situation.

[You
will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one
minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes
to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
My recent trip to India was interesting and provided me with some of the memorable experiences of my life. I went there with my family and visited almost all the notable tourist spots. But I could not pay for after dining at a local restaurant. It was a troublesome matter for me and my family. But somehow I managed to control the situation. This is a nice candidate task card and I will describe the event by answering the questions. I feel lucky to have the card in my share.

I could not pay for the shortage of local currency. I am an Indonesian and when I go abroad, I try to manage local currencies so that I do not have to get in trouble on paying bills. Besides, I also use an international credit card. But it became trouble when my family members spent all the local currencies I took there by shopping. So, when we entered into the restaurant, it was an uncomfortable matter for me when they did not accept the credit card.

I apologized the restaurant manager and they also were flexible. Then, I asked the manager to allow someone to be with me so that I can pay the bill from my hotel where I was staying with family. They agreed and one of the restaurant staffs came with me to the hotel, which was not far away from the restaurant. And I paid the amount with a smart tip.

To be honest, it was an embarrassing situation for everyone. Though I checked before entering the restaurant that if they accepted credit cards and found everything okay with it. But later, the restaurant manager informed that it was impossible for them to accept the card payment. However, I was fortunate to handle the situation smoothly.

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