IELTS Speaking Cue-Card: not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone


Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use a mobile phone. Please say:

  1. When and where was it?
  2. Why weren’t you able to use it?
  3. How did you feel about it?

I’m sure everyone has gone through the ordeal of not being able to use cell phone due to some useless regulation. All you have to do is speak it out.

Well, let us strategise before answering.

Like essay questions, you’re supposed to give an introduction before coming to the topic. Give a line or two. That’s it. For instance

“Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of human life. I can’t imagine an hour without my cell phone.”

These two lines hold potential to increase your bands by one notch. So, do not take them lightly.

Rest is easy. Scribble the points during one minute preparation time.

When? 22nd of June, Thursday.

Where? World Health Organisation meeting in New Delhi.

Why? Delegates across the world arrived in the meeting to discuss possible pandemic of swine flu and its impacts on people living in different parts of Asia. So, the issue was serious and demanded undivided attention of all participants.

How did you feel? Expressing feeling is the most challenging part of cue-card questions. Most students fail to express their right emotions. So, I’ll suggest “Keep practicing such questions.” Here’s a sample answer.

Not being able to use my phone for hours somehow felt good. Strangely, I was away from innumerable notifications, WhatsApp messages, SMS and calls and I felt relaxed. I could focus on the task at hand. 

Last piece of advice: Always give a positive reply. Not a negative one.

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    • Indeed about IELTS. But it also helps in overall English language improvement. Please read the instructions and try to answer questions. Use this website as a workbook.


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