Describe something you own which is very important to you! (Exam Preparation)


How to Answer The Question:

Describe something you own which is very important to you!

What you use if for?
How long you have had it?
Where you got it from and why it is important to you?

This is a typical question that one will see on the IELTS exam speaking part two section. I will give you two different ways that you can answer this question.  

First, you can talk about something sentimental, or something that has personal significance to you. That could go something like this.  

One of the most important possessions that I have is a watercolor painting of Cal Ripken jr. Cal Ripken jr was a professional baseball player who played for the Baltimore Orioles, which is one of the local teams in the area that I grew up in.

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He was known for giving everything he had every time he walked out onto the baseball field. He even holds the record for playing the most consecutive games, and his nickname is the “Iron Man”.

However, while all of that is wonderful that isn’t the reason why this painting is so important to me. This was a painting that was given to me by my grandmother who recently passed away.

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She loved to paint and as a child I would often hang out with her as she painted pictures. While she usually painted pictures of scenery, like birds and trees and the sunset: she knew that I loved baseball.

Therefore she made this painting just for me. She gave me this painting for my birthday when I was 12 years old. It was one of the last birthdays that I got to spend with her.

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I had a birthday party that she came to, and after the party when all of my friends had left, she pulled me aside and presented me with this painting. I remember the joyous  feeling that I felt when I first saw it.

My eyes lit up , and I felt like I was on top of the world because she had taken the time to make this especially for me. To this day it is the best birthday present that I have ever received.

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Whenever I look at it it fills my heart with the joys of spring because it reminds me of a woman who was so dear to me.

I can’t say that I use it for anything in particular, other than just to remember my grandma, but the painting currently has a prominent place on my wall.

Whenever people ask me about it, my face lights up and I’m brought back to the memories of this special woman.

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Another  way that you can approach this question is with a more practical object. That answer could go something like this.

This may sound crazy, but one of my favorite things is my coffee maker. I am a giant fan of coffee. So it’s safe to say that I have tested out many coffee makers, and the one that I currently have is by far my favorite.

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I don’t know that I would necessarily consider it to be special, but it is a little bit different than the typical coffee maker. It is called a Chemex.

It’s similar to a French press, but the premise behind it is that your coffee never goes through any metal therefore it takes away some of the bitterness that coffee has.

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I know there are a lot of fancy modern coffee makers out there these days, but there’s something about the process of making the coffee yourself that I really love. I always start by grinding fresh coffee beans, then I put in the filter, with the freshly ground beans.

After this, the water is poured in a circular motion, and the coffee taste absolutely delicious. It’s to die for! I enjoy making and drinking coffee so much that I actually have put time to do it into my calendar every single morning.

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I rarely do anything before I’ve had my coffee. I think what makes this so special and important for me is that it is the only time of the day that is just for me.

Considering how hard it is to have “me time” these days I think everyone needs to have special time just for themselves, and drinking coffee is mine. I’ve had this coffee maker for about five years now, and I take it with me everywhere.

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I even take it with me when I’m going on vacation. It is the only way that I drink coffee and from the moment I start the process I am instantly relaxed.

I feel very lucky to have something that immediately allows me to start the day chilled out and not worried about all the things that I have on my plate.

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