What Has Been the Happiest or Most Memorable Event in Your Life? Have You Had a Happy Event Recently?


IELTS cue card: A happy (memorable) event in your life

This IELTS cue card question asks you about a recent event that was memorable (see sample answer below).

Similar cue card topics ask about:
  1. a family event / happy family event / memorable family event
    (e.g. wedding of sibling, death of family member, family birthday party, parents' wedding anniversary, buying a house)
  2. a memorable childhood event
    (e.g. special birthday, starting school, moving home, special trip, birth of sibling)
  3. an event that you like to celebrate
    (e.g. a birthday, Independence Day, Christmas, an anniversary)
  4. an important event or significant event in your life that made an impact on you
    (e.g. a serious accident, getting a job, traveling, moving home, changing job, getting married, having a child, a disaster, a death in the family)
    Remember to explain why it was significant/important and what the impsct (good/bad) was.

Talk about a recent happy/memorable event in your life.
You should say:

  • When and where it was
  • Who else was there with you when it happened
  • Why it was so special for you
and say how you felt about this event.

IELTS Cue Card Speaking Answer | A recent happy/memorable event in your life

Okay, so a couple of months ago I graduated from university - it was a really happy time for me, and although my family and I had already celebrated finishing my degree successfully, the official graduation day ceremony was really quite special, and a very happy day, for me and my friends.

It was one of the last times that all of us were together because shortly after that two of our group left to go abroad and they’ll be there for about two years before they come back home.

So, the graduation ceremony was in the main auditorium of the university and everyone was there, all the students, faculty members and of course family and other invited guests.

There were the usual speeches, presentation of degrees to graduates and a few other things which the faculty had organized, and then after we organized a big lunch.

There was my own family and three of my friends and their families as well, so it was quite an occasion. We had this family lunch at a local restaurant which we had booked for the afternoon.

It was a really special time having all the most important people in my life together at the same time.

Later on, when the family members had left we went out to a bar and had a few beers together just me and my friends. Looking back on it now, it was one of the happiest days of my life I think – we all felt like we had really achieved something graduating and that particular day was really good for all of us.

I hope that maybe in a couple of years we can arrange a sort of reunion – so that we can all get together again and catch up with each other.




How would you answer this IELTS cue card question about a happy/memorable event in your life?



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