Describe Something That Was Broken In Your Home And Then Repaired

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe something that was broken in your home and then repaired.

You should say:

What it is?
How it was broken?
How you got it repaired?
And 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 1:

With the rapid growth in the number of technological appliances we use every day, there are a lot of instances when something fails and we have to get it repaired.

What it is?
Today, I would like to talk about a vase, which got damaged recently and I got it repaired.

How it was broken?
Actually, everything went suddenly. As I was watching a movie on television and on the next movement the doorbell rang. In hurry, I picked up the keys which were near the vase.

Unintentionally, I hit that; it fell down and broke. I felt really bad at that time and was scared to tell my family about it. So I decided to consult my brother and he assisted me to fix the vase

How you got it repaired?
Firstly, we removed any crumbling parts from the areas to be bonded because to fix a vase these areas must be clean and dry.

After that, we Placed a drizzle of glue on the broken part. Then, we Assembled the broken parts of the vase. Finally, I took a deep breath after fixing the vase.

And how you felt about it?
Initially, I felt awful because that vase was gifted by my grandmother on my birthday but after repairing it seriously I felt extremely happy and I was over the moon.

Then, I understood if we go the extra mile then we can definitely tackle a hurdle with great determination.

Model Answer 2:


  • Nowadays, I normally buy a newer model rather than getting old things repaired.

What it is?

  • However, recently our washing machine broke down and as it was under warranty, we decided to get it repaired.
  • The machine just stopped working.
  • When we switched it, the lights didn’t come on.
  • At first, we thought that there might be a problem with the socket.
  • However, when we plugged another electronic device into the socket it worked.
  • That’s when we knew the machine was broken for sure.

How it was broken?

  • I am not sure of the reason but I think it was voltage fluctuation.
  • It rained pretty heavily and due to the rain, there was a voltage fluctuation in our area.
  • The fluctuation probably caused burned one of the electronic circuits in the machine.

How you got it repaired?

  • We had purchased the machine just a few months before that incident, so it was under warranty.
  • We called the company and they scheduled a technician visit to our house.
  • The repairman told us that the main circuit was burnt, but he was also not sure what caused that.
  • He said that the part was made to order, so ordered the part and told us that when he receives the part, he will come again and replace it.
  • I thought it would be quick but it took a whole week.
  • Due to corona, there were shipment delays.
  • Electronic equipments do break down.
  • So, it wasn’t a big deal.
  • But the time we had to wait to get it repaired was much more than we had anticipated.
  • The repairman had warned us that it might take some time, but even he didn’t think it would take a whole week.
  • The laundry just piled up and we just waited.

And how you felt about it?

  • However, one good thing that happened was that I took out some clothes that I hadn’t worn in a long time.
  • My favourite clothes were sitting in the laundry and I had no option.
  • Two days after the repairman came and fixed it, we got an apology email from the company.


  • We all really appreciated that. I don’t think the company was at fault and yet they apologised. 

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 something that was broken in your home and then repaired”.

1. Are IT-related jobs valued more by society?
I don’t think they are valued more or less than other jobs. But yes the significance of IT jobs has increased in recent years as our dependence on technology has increased.

2. Is the quality of products worse than before?
I definitely think the quality has fallen in recent years. This is based on my personal experience. The first refrigerator my parents bought still works fine but the ones we bought after that broke down after three-four years and this is true for nearly every electronic product. I think the technology is becoming more and more complex but that has taken a toll on product durability.

3. What kinds of things do people like to repair by themselves?
I think YouTube and Google have made it possible to repair anything and everything. Recently my mom fixed her sewing machine by watching a YouTube video. I have fixed my mobile phone and laptop many times by just searching on google.

4. Why do people like to get their mobile phones repaired in specialised stores?
I think the main reason is that they don’t want to void the phone’s warranty. I think most companies mention that if the phone is opened by a non-registered technician or store, the warranty would not be applicable. I think it is a tactic by companies to ensure that they can charge people heavily for parts, which can be repaired cheaply.


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