Describe An Occasion When You Lost Something

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an occasion when you lost something.

You should say:

What you lost?
When and where you lost it?
What you did to find it?
And explain how you felt about it?

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:


  • I am a very careless person, and I have a bad habit of losing things.

What you lost?

  • Today, I am going to talk about the most recent thing I lost- which was a pair of headphones.

When and where you lost it?

  • Last month, I travelled to Gangtok with my family for vacations.
  • Our flight was at 6 AM and we had to reach the airport at 4 AM for check-in.
  • Moreover, the flight was from Delhi airport, which is about 3 hours from my home.
  • So, none of us got a proper night’s sleep the previous night.
  • In fact, I barely slept for 2 hours.
  • When we boarded the flight, I was barely able to keep my eyes open.
  • As soon as I sat on the seat, I took off my headphones off and kept them in the seat pocket in front of me.
  • When I de-boarded, because of my sleepy state, I completely forgot about my headphones and I got off without taking them.
  • I remembered about them only when we reached the hotel.
  • These headphones were Apple AirPods, and they were quite costly.
  • I had to try to get them.

What you did to find it?

  • So I called the airline company and told them my flight number and my seat number.
  • They told me that the airline had already departed back to Delhi from the airport, but they will ask the ground staff to check for them at the airport.
  • I was expecting them to call me, but I got no call back.
  • Finally, I called them again the next day and enquired.
  • I got the same response that the flight was in transit and they would ask the ground staff to check when it lands.
  • My whole vacation got ruined because of this and I wasn’t able to enjoy anything.
  • In fact, I remained sullen throughout because of it.
  • It has been a month since then.
  • I didn’t get my headphones back and the airline company told me that a customer might have taken them.
  • However, the loss made me realise two things.

And explain how you felt about it? and Conclusion:

  • First, I really need to be more careful, and secondly, I should not materialistic losses spoil our mood.
  • I regret losing my headphones but I regret letting it ruin my mood much more than that.

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