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IELTS Speaking Cue Card, March 2018: A Situation When You had to Earn Money.

Describe a situation when you had to earn money on your own to spend on a particular thing. Please say

– What was the situation?
– What did you buy?
– How did you feel after getting it?

Answer:

My parents have infused me with the culture of hard-work and economic independence (collocation). I prefer earning money before spending it on something else. When I was about seven years old, I wanted to purchase a violin. Since (cohesion) both my parents were hard-working, middle-class Americans, they could not afford to purchase the expensive musical instrument (collocation). My father then came up with the idea of teaching me how to earn money. 

He was a chef at one of the famous restaurants in downtown Santiago. He taught me how to make a Classic French Sandwich and (cohesion) purchased the necessary ingredients (collocation) so that (cohesion) I could set up a little sandwich stall in our neighbourhood during weekends. It was called “Little Joe’s Violin Sandwich”. Soon everyone in our locality knew that the money I earned from Sandwiches would be used to finance a violin for me. People soon came in huge numbers and I could collect the necessary amount in two months.

As (cohesion) it was my first income, it gave me tremendous confidence (collocation) to earn in life. Moreover (cohesion), I was excited to accomplish my dream of purchasing a violin and learning how to play music from that instrument (note parallelism – purchasing, learning).

Discussion:

  1. How can credit cards affect people’s shopping behaviour?
  2. Do you think people shop more or less with credit cards?
  3. Do you prefer to buy things for cash or with a credit card?
  4. Why is that?

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