Describe A Happy Memory From Your Childhood

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a happy memory from your childhood.


Describe a happy experience from your childhood that you remember.

You should say:

What that happy memory is?
Who did what and why?
Why do you remember it so fondly?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Childhood is a time of wonder and magic, filled with moments of joy and happiness. As we grow older, these memories stay with us, shaping who we are and reminding us of life’s simple pleasures.

What that happy memory is?
One such memory that stands out is a trip I took with my family to the Himalayan mountains. I remember the excitement building up as we packed our bags and loaded up the car. My siblings and I were bouncing with anticipation as we set off on our adventure.

Who did what and why?
When we arrived at our destination, we quickly checked into our guesthouse and started exploring our surroundings.

The next morning, I woke up early to the sound of birds chirping and the smell of fresh mountain air. My parents had already ordered breakfast, and we ate steaming hot parathas and chai.

After breakfast, we set off on a hike through the mountains. The scenery was breathtaking, with tall trees and wildflowers all around us. We stopped to take pictures and admire the views.

In the afternoon, we found a small stream and splashed around in the cool water. We laughed and played, enjoying the simple pleasures of life. In the evening, we returned to our guesthouse and started preparing dinner. We ordered delicious local dishes like dal makhani and butter chicken and sat around talking and laughing.

After dinner, we sat outside under the stars, and my dad told us stories. I remember feeling so happy, surrounded by my family and nature. As night fell, we crawled into our beds and fell asleep to the sound of crickets chirping.

Why do you remember it so fondly? and Conclusion:
It was a simple moment, but it’s one that I remember fondly because it was a time when we were all together, enjoying each other’s company and the beauty of the world around us.

Model Answer 2:


  • I had a very happy childhood.
  • My parents are very loving and they did everything to make me and my sister happy during our childhood.
  • They also scolded and punished us, when we did something wrong, but that happened very rarely.
  • So I have no dearth of happy memories and in fact, it was a very difficult choice to pick one.

What that happy memory is?

  • So today, I am going to talk about a time, when I went to Sikkim with my parents and sister.
  • I live in Punjab and there is no snowfall here.

Who did what and why?

  • And I was very eager to play with snow, so my parents took us to Sikkim, during winters.
  • Normally people go there in summers to get a relief from high temperatures, but we both just wanted to play in the snow.
  • My maternal uncle is an army officer and he was posted there during that time.
  • He booked us a room at the army guest house.
  • My uncle’s children were also of the same age.
  • So we had a very fun time playing whole day.
  • My parents wanted to do shopping, so they left us all the children at the guesthouse.
  • We made snowmen, had snow fights and ate some of the best food of our life.
  • We are out there playing from morning to evening.
  • There were two chefs at the guest house and they cooked everything and anything we asked.

Why do you remember it so fondly? and Conclusion:

  • I don’t remember how that whole week passed, but I do remember that I didn’t want to leave ever.
  • We tried to make plans to go there after a year or two but my uncle was transferred to another place by then.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a happy memory from your childhood”.

1. What do you think is the first moment of happiness that people remember?
Its a very hard question. I don’t think I remember much before I turned five or six, so I would say that would be the first moment. My parents of course tell me stories of my childhood before that from time to time but I don’t have any recollection of those.

2. Why do you think some people remember more than others?
I think some people just have a better memory in this regard. It may also be childhood, if the childhood was exciting and different, people are more likely to remember things from their childhood.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Crickets

insects related to grasshoppers, characterized by their chirping sound. 

At night, we could hear the sound of crickets chirping in the fields.

2. Chirping

(of a bird or insect) make a short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

The birds were chirping loudly in the trees.

3. Scenery

the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque.

The scenery on our road trip through the mountains was stunning.

4. Breathtaking

astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one’s breath away. 

The view from the top of the skyscraper was breathtaking.

5. Snowfall

An instance of snow falling.

 live in Punjab and there is no snowfall here.

6. Guest house

A small, separate house on the grounds of a larger one, used for accommodating guests. 

He booked us a room at the army guest house.

7. Snowmen

A figure of a person made of packed snow. 

We made snowmen.


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