A time you were not allowed to use your phone
IELTS Speaking Topics - Jan to Apr, 2021DOWNLOAD PDF

We DO NOT share your email id with third parties

and we email you once a week.

Latest IELTS Speaking Cue Card 2020

A Time You Were Not Allowed to Use Your Phone

Question – Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile

  1. What was the occasion?
  2. Where were you?
  3. Why was no mobile phone allowed there?
  4. Explain how did you feel about it?

This article would help you frame an answer for the IELTS Speaking Cue Card 2020 question. The sample answer describes A Time You Were Not Allowed to Use Your Phone.

Sample Answer Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile

Don’t want to read! That’s alright, listen to the Answer for the IELTS Speaking Part 2 Cue Card topic – Describe a time you were not allowed to use your phone, here.

Describe a Time you were not allowed to use your phone

What was the occasion?

This was during one of our summer holiday trips in the scorching sweating season. I was constantly clicking photos of every monument to the streets to people in every nook and corner. Who knows when will I get another chance to be there again?

Where were you?

We visited the famous pilgrimage spot – the Puri Jagannath Temple located in the Northeastern coastal part of India. Now this is one of the most prominent Hindu spiritual destinations. They have high security there and using phones is prohibited. Not just phones, no bags or sunglasses or hats are allowed there.

Why was no mobile phone allowed there?

On that day I remember, there was a massive crowd, and for public safety it seemed justified not allowing use of phones. It’s a place of worship, to pray and find solace and it is rude to disturb others with phone calls and photography. To respect the deity and every devotee, I was happy to oblige. Although my urge to take a snap of the humungous pillars and marvelous carvings remained insatiable.

Explain how did you feel about it?

Without my bag and stuff I was already feeling half naked. Being so helpless, I could feel my nomophobia kicking in. It got from bad to worse when I got lost in the crowd and the intricate layout of the place confused me further. If only there was GPS to the rescue! It was impossible for me to even make a call to my parents to know where they were. I was anxious and started to panic. I just wanted to hold my phone to boost my morale. I did not speak their language and it seemed impossible to escape the sacred place. That’s exactly when I felt bereft of communication means. After a while, I reunited with my family. Unfortunately, this was the time when I was not allowed to use my phone which was an unpleasant part of my otherwise splendid trip.

Such a response would be enough to answer the question, Describe a time you were not allowed to use your phone. The 4 points discussed above answer all the sub-questions in the IELTS speaking module and you should construct the answer, similarly. Also, note the vocabulary and idioms used for this question below.

Vocabulary Used:

  • scorching– very hot
  • pilgrimage– a journey to a place of particular interest or significance
  • prominent– important
  • solace– alleviation of grief or anxiety
  • oblige– make (someone) legally or morally bound to do something.
  • urge– a pressing want
  • humungous– huge
  • marvelous- extremely good
  • insatiable- unquenchable
  • nomophobia– fear of being without your phone
  • intricate– very complicated or detailed
  • layout– the way that something is arranged
  • morale- confidence ,enthusiasm and discipline
  • sacred– considered to be holy and deserving respect
  • bereft– lacking of something
  • splendid– excellent and impressive

Idioms Used:

  • every nook and corner – Every inch of something
  • go from bad to worse – To become even more difficult or unpleasant   

Good Luck, and do well in the IELTS Test. Score a band 7 in speaking.

Mridula and Angel Joseph – AskLearning

Angel Joseph is an experienced IELTS Trainer from Cochin in Kerala, India. She is a Cambridge certified agent and holds a Masters in International Business from LSBU University, London. In addition, she is a TESOL Canada certified trainer of English as a Second Language for non-native users. Her schooling was based in Apeejay School, Faridabad and under-graduate years in the enthralling Delhi University Campus. Previously, she had worked with Hewlett-Packard in London, Monster Inc. in Kochi, Aakash Education Services in Kochi, with more than 10 years of experience in the Training and Education domain. She loves to engage with her students and always has a trick up her sleeve, to help you with your IELTS preparation. As a result, she is a seasoned teacher of English and is overly capable of getting rid of your fear of speaking and interacting in English. You may contact Angel on her Official email id.

Angels School of Knowledge – We are a language school located in Kochi, Kerala, and we provide the best IELTS coaching in Edappally, Kochi. Our specialized training would let you score higher in the IELTS test and make you cross the dreaded band 7 in IELTS. If you are looking for an 8777 in IELTS, then we are your best bet!

Social Media

Find us on your favourite Social media platform

Feedback and Comments

IELTS Speaking Topics - Jan to Apr, 2021A list of IELTS speaking part 1, part 2 and part 3 questions, as a pdf.

Download PDF

We DO NOT share your email id with third parties

and we email you once a week.

%d bloggers like this: