IELTS Cue Card January 2018: A Toy in your Childhood.

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Talk about a toy you had in your childhood. Please say

– What was the toy?
– Who gave it to you?
– How old were you then?
– Why do you remember this toy?


Invest one minute in brainstorming about this topic’s questions. If you’ve not read my advice on developing each answer in a proper way, please read the lesson on speaking.

PLUS, you can implement the idea of collocations in this answer. Here is the link to a truly useful article: Lessons in speaking – collocations.

As a child, I had numerous toys (collocation) that my parents, siblings, and friends gifted on various occasions (collocation). However (cohesion), I loved the toy train that my dad gifted me on my seventh birthday.

The first three questions have been addressed until now. It is time to answer the fourth question in a great detail. Note: All pronouns such as IT are referencing words that promote cohesion.

This (cohesion) toy was very special and different from others not only (cohesion) because it (cohesion) was a self-propelling train but also (cohesion) because my younger brother and I spent years playing with it. It was not a simple toy but a motorized train with tracks and barriers. I could remotely run the train at high or low speeds and apply breaks to stop it. Moreover (cohesion), my younger brother and I used to spend hours playing with it and, in case of any technical difficulty (collocation), my mom and dad used to repair it. Thus (cohesion), it was not just (cohesion) a marvelous toy (collocation) but also (cohesion) a social bond among my family members. My brother and I developed a close bond of cooperation and a spirit of competition while playing with it. 


  1. Who else played with your toy?
  2. Do you still have this toy?
  3. Did you like it? Why?
  4. What kind of toys do girls like?
  5. What is the difference between toys for girls and boys?
  6. Is there a toy that was common in your childhood?
  7. Should children be allowed to choose their toys?
  8. What should you think of while buying toys?
  9. Do children learn something from toys?

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