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Cue Card 2020 #10: Describe a situation you were not allowed to use your cell phone

You should say:

  • Where was it
  • When was it
  • Why you were not allowed
  • What did you want to do with your cell phone

Model Answer:

  • Cell phones have become an indispensable part of our lives
  • Today, we cannot think of a life without the cell phone.
  • There are many places, where the use of a cell phone is very disturbing.
  • For example, in religious places like temples, restaurants and hospitals.
  • Here, I would like to talk about a situation when I was not allowed to use the cell phone
  • Last month, my aunt had come from the UK to spend a few days with us and do some shopping for her daughter’s wedding.
  • We decided to go to the Golden Temple Amritsar on the weekend.
  • I remember vividly, there was a long queue to enter the main building.
  • Our turn came after one hour’s wait.
  • Just as we entered the main prayer hall, my phone started ringing.
  • Everybody turned to look at me as if I had committed a crime.
  • I had forgotten to turn my cell phone off.
  • There were notices all around that cell phones had to be turned to the silent mode before entering the hall.
  • I cut the call and immediately turned off my cell phone.
  • I felt very embarrassed.
  • There were so many people there but nobody’s cell phone was ringing.
  • After doing the circumambulation of the holy book, we came out.
  • Then we went to the community kitchen, where food is served round the clock.
  • After another one hour, we came out of the main building of the temple, and then I switched my cell phone back on.
  • There were four missed calls from my cousin
  • I called her and told her why we didn’t answer her calls
  • She understood.
  • So this was the situation when I was not allowed to use my cell phone.

Follow ups

  1. What is the impact off the cell phone?
    I believe cell phones have both positive and negative impact on our lives.
    Due to the cell phones we have instant access to information and also because of
    them we can connect with our loved one’s; anywhere, anytime. But at the same
    time if you think about the negative impacts cell phones have also become a great
    cause of stress in our lives. The need to always stay connected is taking a toll on
    our personal lives.
  2. What is the smartphone used the most for?
    I think, nowadays the smartphones are primarily used for accessing social
    networking applications such as whatsapp, facebook and twitter etc. People also
    use them for Official and Entertainment purpose like checking office email or
    watching movies and playing games.
  3. What is your opinion about selfies?
    I believe, selfies are one of the biggest trends of our era. People are not camera
    shy anymore and with the advent of front facing cameras on smartphones they
    are taking selfies for every occasion and at every place they visit.


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