Describe A Time When You Spent Night Without Electricity

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you spent night without electricity.

You should say:

When it was?
Where you were?
What exactly happened?
Why the power went off?
What did you do afterwards?

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:

Well, living in India, it is not uncommon to spend nights without electricity.

When it was? and Where you were?
And one such experience I had lately and it was the time when a few of the friends of my brother were invited for his birthday celebration. Actually, last month it was my brother’s birthday, and he invited a few of his friends to stay overnight and have a celebration. Ofcourse, we were super excited about the celebration.

What exactly happened? and Why the power went off?
Somewhere around 9 pm, we had the cake-cutting ceremony, and my brother blew the candles. Out of a sudden, the light went off, and it was actually because of a short circuit.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to get the problem fixed this late at night. So, we had to spend the night without power.

What did you do afterwards?
Despite the power cut, we decided to continue the celebration. My brother’s friend Karan is a wonderful singer. So, he kept singing for hours, and we enjoyed his singing, and we danced along it.

As we were enjoying the singing and dancing, the weather changed, and it started to rain. So we decided to sit in the balcony to enjoy gossip as well as enjoy the pleasant weather. We played a few games, especially the talent hunt, and we gossiped for long hours.

During this time, we also enjoyed the snacks that we had prepared and enjoying the food in the moonlight and candlelight was more like enjoying candlelight dinner at a restaurant.

I must say that it was really a great fun enjoying the gossips and talking about different matters and we felt more connected than that we had felt watching the movie or playing computer games which means we were not at all affected by the power cut.

Now, it was somewhere around 2 am, and we were all exhausted, and we never knew when we hit the bed and fall asleep. Overall, it was the time or experience I had of spending a night without electricity.

Model Answer 2:


  • Electricity is one of the most important blessings that science has given to mankind. Electricity is an essential part of modern life.
  • People use electricity for lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration, operating appliances, computers, electronics, machinery, and public transportation systems.
  • Today’s human being is dependent on electricity, so he/she can’t imagine their lives without it.

When it was? and Where you were?

  • Today, I would like to talk about a day when I faced an electricity problem for about 18 hours.
  • As we know, natural disasters/ climate affect electricity very badly.
  • A week ago, city electricity was affected very badly, because of a thunderstorm.
  • The power was off for about 20 hours.

What exactly happened? and Why the power went off?

  • Our house electricity is run through a solar system, so we did not take any tension.
  • Unfortunately, after the thunderstorm, the rain started. It continued for about five to six hours which affected our solar system.
  • We thought the backup batteries could run the whole day and night. But at 6 pm suddenly one battery was damaged that affected other batteries also.
  • The whole house’s power supply was off.

What did you do afterwards?

  • My father tried to fix the problem but failed.
  • We all got tensed about how will we spent the night without electricity.
  • Luckily, the rain stopped at about 9 pm; then, my father decided to sleep on the terrace.
  • Me and my brother set the matrix on the terrace floor.


  • We did a lot of fun there, because of the rainy season the weather was very cool.

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