Describe A Time When You Lost Your Way

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you lost your way.

You should say:

When and where did it happen?
How did you feel when you were lost?
How did you find your way out?

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:

Well, it is not uncommon to see people making use of maps to find directions while visiting a new place or when they are lost.

Here, I would like to talk about an incident when I was lost and found my way with the help of a map.

When and where did it happen?
A few months ago, I was with my friends in Manali for the holidays. From locals, we learned about the bicycle Tour, which is quite popular among tourists.

It was off a road tour where people can observe pristine nature in terms of lakes, springs, waterfalls and others.

The next day we rented bikes and set off for this tour, but I was not able to pace up with my friends since I’m a slow rider. Eventually, I was nowhere close to them. At this time, I decided to take a shortcut through the bushes but I got lost.

How did you feel when you were lost?
I started to panic because I couldn’t find the track. There was no connectivity so I couldn’t even call my friends for help.

How did you find your way out?
Luckily with the rental bicycle, we got a map of the local area. It was not easy to comprehend it, but I tried to identify the landmarks with taking help of the map and reference the direction of sunlight.

It took me more than two hours to find the direction. Finally, I got onto the right track and I was on cloud nine.

Soon, I saw my friends coming from the other side who were so happy to see me as they had been looking for me during this time. Overall, it was a time when I was lost and a paper map helped me out.

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 time when you lost your way”.

1. How do people feel when they get lost?
I think nowadays people don’t feel that stressed when they lose their way. Because they have mobile phones and navigation apps like google maps and apple maps to help them. Moreover, they can also call someone.

2. Are some people better at orienting themselves?
Yes definitely, some people are just good with directions. I think they are able to draw a mental map or 3 D images in their heads and just follow it without any difficulty.

3. Are young people more reliant on their phones than older people to find their way?
Yes, I think we are more dependent upon their phones. For example, some of my friends can’t read paper maps. But I think we can be good at it if needed to, its just that technology has made the requirement of reading maps redundant.

4. Are young people gradually losing their ability to orient themselves?
I wouldn’t say that. Orienting ourselves is an innate ability, we all have that. It might be getting rusty because we don’t need to use it that much because of navigation apps but that doesn’t mean we have lost the ability to do so.

5. With mobile phones and these electronic products with navigation, is it difficult for people to get lost?
There is no doubt that its hard to get lost because of maps, but people still do get lost. In fact, sometimes the apps are wrong and I get lost because they tell the wrong direction. In someways, our over dependence and trust on these apps is making it more likely for us to lose our way.

6. What kind of problems do old people have when they get lost?
I think old people are not so comfortable with technology and so they might not be able to use the latest navigation maps that well. In India though, it is not a big problem because most people are very helpful and guide others with direction when asked for help.

7. Some people like to walk around without navigation, is there any problem?
No, I don’t think it is a big problem, but it may waste our time. We may also enter areas which are not safe, but for a large part I don’t think its a problem.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Pristine nature

 Nature in its original and purest form.

It was off a road tour where people can observe pristine nature.

2. Landmarks

An object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance.

I tried to identify the landmarks with taking help of the map.


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