Describe a time when you received good news

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you received good news.

You should say
What was it about?
Who told you the news?
When did you know it?
How did you feel about it?
Why do you think it was good?

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, I am a regular user of the internet, and these days, social media is very active, and I often get the latest news on my social media accounts like Facebook.

What was it about? and When did you know it?
I would take this opportunity to talk about the good news that I received when I was checking my Facebook account. Actually, one of my friends shared a link on Facebook, and when I opened this link, I got astonished to read that Apple has launched a new series of phones and that too at a very low price.

How did you feel about it?
Honestly speaking, I am a big fan of Apple iPhones, and I always wanted to have it. Since all my friends and cousins who live in Canada have iPhones, it was my dream for a long time.
But the cost of the iPhone is so high that I really cannot afford to have one, but after reading this article in detail, I got amazed to read that.

Apple has launched iPhones at just at 15000 rs. The new series will definitely have most of the features like other apple iPhones like high-quality cameras, fast processor, huge memory and so on.

But still, the cost would be so low after reading this article, and I was so anxious and excited to share this news with my father as well. And in the evening when my father came back home, I made him read this article as well. My father was also surprised, and somehow I convinced him to get me an iPhone.

Why do you think it was good?
And within two days, my father got me a new iPhone. Overall, it was fantastic news that I got from the internet, and it helps me to make my dream come true of buying an Apple iPhone.



  • The Internet has shrunk the whole world.
  • People are connected with hundreds of friends and relatives through social networking apps and sites like Facebook and Whatsapp.
  • Now face to face meetings have become very few, and people share their joys and sorrows through status updates on these sites.

What was it about? and Who told you the news?

  • Here, I would like to talk about the good news that I received from my cousin.
  • It so happened that my cousin Prabhjeet, my maternal aunt’s son, who is in Chandigarh, put up his status that he was flying to Canada for his higher education after Senior secondary.
  • I had met him about six months ago at a family function.
  • But he hadn’t shared anything about his plan to go abroad.

When did you know it?

  • Last month, I read his status that he had got his Visa and was going to Centennial College Canada to do a course in Business Management.
  • My joy knew no bounds.
  • I called him immediately and congratulated him.

How did you feel about it?

  • I told him that I was very happy about his plan, but at the same time, I was a bit angry that he hadn’t told me anything about it before.
  • He told me that it had all been a sudden plan and that he had no intention of hiding anything.
  • Immediately after his plus 2 results, he joined college for doing graduation in Commerce.
  • But there one of his classmates had enrolled himself in an IELTS coaching centre.
  • So he motivated him also to join him.
  • Till he took the IELTS, he had no intention of going abroad.
  • But then he and his friend both got seven-band each and then they both consulted an agent, who told them all the details for a study visa.
  • Prabhjeet had a tough time convincing his parents to send him abroad, but then they agreed, and he applied.

Why do you think it was good?

  • He was very busy in the application process, but luckily he got the visa on the fifth day after submitting his file.
  • He has also motivated me to take the IELTS and join him in Canada.
  • That is why I am taking the IELTS.
  • So, this is the good news I received through the internet.

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 received good news”.

1. Is it important to read the news?
Yes, it is. News keep us connected with the outside world. We come to know what is happening around us. They tell us what our government is doing for us and also update us with the weather conditions. We also come to know about the lives of the people we follow, such as celebs in the field of entertainment and sports. We also come to know what is happening in our whole country and even the world.

2. What kind of news do people in your country like to read?
People like to read all sorts of news. They read sports news, political news, weather updates, employment news, and so on.

3. Are young people and old people interested in the same kind of news?
Their tastes are different, but then there are individual variations among the people of the same age group too. Generally, youngsters are more into sports news and Bollywood news, whereas the elderly are more into political news.

4. Is it important to keep reading up to date news?
Yes, it is important to be abreast of the latest happenings around us. We can be prepared to face any problems if we are aware of the situation outside.

5. How do people in your country get news?
People get news through various sources, such as TV, the Internet, newspapers and radio.

6. Do you think children should start watching the news from a young age?
Yes, the habit of watching news should be inculcated from a very early age. They would be aware of the outside world through the news. Otherwise, they will have a very narrow outlook of life.

7. Why do some people like to share news on social media?
Social media such as Facebook and Whatsapp and Twitter has become very powerful. Sharing news helps keep more people abreast of the happenings around them, even those who don’t normally watch the news.

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