Describe A Time You Were Busy

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time you were busy.

You should say:

When did it happen?
Where were you?
What did you do?
And explain why you were that busy?

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, needless to say, most of the time, people find themselves running out of time because we remain too engaged with works and that’s the reason why we are always in hurry. 

When did it happen? and Where were you?
Actually, a couple of months ago, it was my father’s birthday. As a routine, he went for work but I decided that I will arrange a surprise party for him.

What did you do? And explain why you were that busy?
As other family members left as well, I made an excuse to stay at home saying that I am not feeling well. But as soon as everyone left, I started to make the arrangements. I was having approximately 6-7 hours to make all the arrangements.

So I decided to start with cleaning of the house. As soon as I cleaned the house, the next thing was to invite the guests. 

I made phone calls to friends and relatives but told them to keep the secret and everyone was invited to the evening party at 6. So now, I was left with 4-5 hours and I decided to bake a cake for my father as a birthday gift.

Since I can bake cakes very well and my father really loves the taste of the cake which I bake. 

So I baked the chocolate cake, which is my father’s favourite. Now, it was time to decorate the house. So now, I was in a rush because I had to go to the market to buy some decorative items, especially balloons and it took me more than two hours to decorate the house with balloons and other things but it was looking awesome. 

I was kind of tired by now. But I still had to place the order for the food for the guests and it was just about 6’o clock and when my father return and knocked the door, he was super surprised because by the time all the guests had arrived and the house was looking extremely beautiful and everyone started singing the birthday song

My father got a little emotional and he hugged me and he was very happy with the arrangements and he was kind of surprise by the way, I managed everything in such a short period of time. 

Overall, I can say that it was the time when I was over-occupied. 

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