Describe An Occasion When You Waited A Long Time For A Nice Thing

Describe an occasion when you waited a long time for a nice thing.

You should say:

When it happened?
What the nice thing was?
How long you waited?
Why you waited for a long time?
And explain how you felt about the experience?

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:

Life is full of anticipation and waiting for something nice to happen can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. One such occasion that comes to mind is when I was waiting for the release of a new book by my favorite author.

When it happened?
This happened a couple of years ago. The book was the latest installment in a series that I had been following for years. The author had announced its release date a year in advance, and from that moment, the countdown began.

What the nice thing was? and How long you waited?
For an entire year, I waited with bated breath. The anticipation was heightened by the author’s occasional teasers about the plot and characters. I marked the release date on my calendar and even pre-ordered the book to ensure I would get it as soon as it was available.

Why you waited for a long time?
The reason for this long wait was because writing a book is a time-consuming process, and the author didn’t want to rush it. He wanted to take his time to ensure that the story was well-crafted and did justice to the characters we had all grown to love.

Explain how you felt about the experience?
When the day finally arrived, it was a mix of excitement and relief. Holding the book in my hands, I felt a sense of joy and anticipation. I couldn’t wait to dive into the world that I had been missing for a year.

Overall, waiting for something nice, like the release of a new book, can be an experience filled with anticipation and excitement. It teaches us patience and makes us appreciate the effort and time that goes into creating something we love.

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 an occasion when you waited a long time for a nice thing”.

1. On what occasions do people have to wait for a long time?
Honestly speaking in my country people literally have to wait for almost everything, be it for public transport, banks, religious places, government offices, there are queues everywhere because we are the world’s most populous nation.

2. What do people do while waiting?
Well the most common thing that people do nowadays is to pull out their smartphone from their pockets and do mindless scrolling on social media or call their friends and family. Literally everyone in a queue or waiting places has their eyes glued to their smartphone screens.

3. Are most people patient while waiting?
Well most of the people generally have patience when they have to wait for a short period of time but if things take a longer turn and people are not informed about how much more they will have to wait, it generally makes them impatient. For example, I had to stand in a queue for almost 3 hours to get my driving license, when there were just 5 people ahead of me. The person at the counter said the computers were not working and he gave us no information about how much we will have to wait. This made the whole experience very irritating and many people lost their patience and started shouting at the staff.

4. Do you like to wait for a long time? Why?
Personally, I do not like to wait for a long time because I feel it is not the best way to spend your time. When people have to wait for a long time it makes them tired and because of that they are not able to do anything productive later on as well. So, in a way it wastes a lot of time.

5. Why do most children have difficulties waiting for a long time?
I think most of the young children generally like to be active all the time and be engaged in some sort of activity so that they can burn their active energy. For them it’s difficult to just be still or passive and do nothing. So, when they are forced to wait for something they tend to become impatient.

6. Do people queue consciously while waiting for the subway train?
Yes, most of the people usually queue consciously while waiting for the subway train. They stand in an organized line on the platform to make sure everyone gets on the train smoothly. This helps prevent chaos and ensures everyone can board in an orderly manner. But sometimes there are people who are in hurry and who do not care about others, they tend to skip the queues.

7. Do you think patience is important?
Yes, patience is very important. Everything takes time. Nothing can be achieved instantly. Patience helps to wait for things. If we are not patient, we tend to finish things hurriedly, which spoils things.

8. Why is it difficult for children to be patient?
There are many reasons behind this. Children are not that mature. They don’t understand many things. So they find it hard to have patience.

9. How to teach children patience?
They can be taught in many ways. Parents can become good role models for them and tell them nicely that everything takes time. They can also be taught through stories such as the hare and the tortoise. The hare runs fast and is not patient, whereas the tortoise patiently and slowly completes the race without resting and wins ultimately. Children can be taught that even if someone is better than them at something, they can still beat that person by their perseverance and patience.

10. Would you easily feel angry when you wait for a long time?
I am myself very punctual and don’t like to keep anyone waiting for me. So, I would definitely feel angry if I have to wait for long. But then, I would also understand, if the other person is late for some genuine reason.

11. Have you ever been late for meeting someone?
Normally, I am very punctual and don’t like to keep anyone waiting for me. But, I remember, once I had to meet my friend in Jalandhar, and I got stuck in a traffic jam. I was late for no fault of mine and so I called my friend and told her about my predicament (difficulty or problem). She understood and was very patient.

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