Describe an experience you had with bad weather | IELTS Speaking Test Questions & Answers

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IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Cue Card Topic Question

Describe an experience you had with bad weather.

You should say:
  • what sort of bad weather it was
  • when it happened
  • where you were when it happened
and explain how it affected you and what you did. Have you told anybody else about this experience, such as your classmates or friends?

IELTS Cue Card Topic Speaking Answer | A Bad Weather Experience

I remeber once, about 5 years ago, in our English school we experienced something very strange. The weather had been very bad all week, especially the heavy rain. It was at the end of the week, I think it was maybe Thursday evening, while we were in English class and a terrible storm was happening outside. There was thunder and lightening and extremely heavy rain.

As we were sitting there in the class, some water started to drip throught the ceiling into the classroom. At first it didn't seem very serious and the teacher called for someone to come and clean it up while we continued with the lesson. But within about 10 minutes we had to evacuate the classroom because the slow drip started to become much worse. We were standing outside in the corridor while the teacher went to try and find an alternative classroom so we could continue without any more problems, when we all heard a loud crash from inside the classroom. When we looked inside we couldn't believe our eyes - a large part of the ceiling had fallen into the classroom - and there was debris everywhere.

When the teacher came back a few minutes later we told her what had happened. She looked in the room and then started to laugh. Then we all started laughing and saying how lucky we were to have left the room before it happened. Then the manager of the school appeared to see what was going on and when he saw the big hole in the roof, he had a look of amazement on his face.

After a few minutes we relocated to another classroom and continued our lesson, while some of the staff in the school tried to clear up some of the mess and collect the water that was coming in through the big hole in the roof. Luckily the next few days were dry, the storm had passed, and the school had to close off that section so that they could repair the roof outside. But we'll never forget what happened - we could have been sitting there in the room when it happened if we hadn't decided to try and find another room.

Of course, I had to tell my parents all about it and some of my other friends too...they thought I was very lucky.

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How would you answer this IELTS bad weather cue card question?
  • What has been the worst bad weather in your country recently?
  • How does bad weather affect daily life in your country?
  • Have you ever been caught in bad weather unexpectedly?

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