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Describe something you received for free (Part 2/3)

IELTS Speaking – Part 2

Describe something you received for free

You should say:

• What was it?

• Whom did you receive it from?

• Where did you receive it?

• And how did you feel about it?

Sample Answer:

In my lifespan, I have received a myriad of free things. However, one of them that I would like to share here is when I received a free cup of coffee in Starbucks. The occasion was my birthday.

Since I am a frequent visitor to Starbucks, one of the salespersons suggested that I get a card. With forbearance, she explained all of the perks and benefits I was to get with this free card.

At first, I was a bit sceptical about taking it up. However, after much persuasion by the salesgirl, I signed up for it. Out of all the advantages, one of them was a free coffee in my birthday month.

Completely clueless, I randomly visited Starbucks in September – my birthday month. When I reached the counter to pay for the coffee, the salesperson told me that I had a free coffee due as it was my birthday month. Thus, the order was completely free.

I was stumped but equally excited. Upon inquiring about the type of coffee and the customizations, they said I could order whatever I wanted. So, taking a different track than usual, I ordered a mocha with whipped cream.

I always wanted to try this one but was refraining as it was a bit expensive. Since it was the perfect opportunity, I went for it without any ado. I simply relished every sip of my coffee and felt satisfied.


  • Forbearance
    Meaning: a quality of patience
    Eg: My manager thanked our team for forbearance during the times of covid-19.
  • Sceptical
    Meaning: doubtful
    Eg: I am sceptical about the benefits the government has promised to the poor class.
  • Persuasion
    Meaning: the act of causing people to believe or do something
    Eg: Her persuasion skills landed us the biggest possible project.
  • Stumped
    Meaning: not being able to answer the questions instantly
    Eg: The entire question paper left me stumped.
  • Refraining
    Meaning: to stop yourself from doing something
    Eg: I have been refraining myself from talking to my mother after our fight.

IELTS Speaking – Part 3

  1. Do you think people should pay for higher education? Why?
    If people are interested in pursuing higher studies, I definitely think that they should pay for it. This will help us avert lamentable money wastage, and we will only pay for it if we want it desperately. At the same time, those who cannot afford it should be backed up by the government through loans and scholarships to accomplish this goal.
  2. Is it good or bad for people to have a free education in the future?
    In my opinion, primary education should be free. The reason is that it is highly indispensable for everybody. As far as higher education is concerned, it could cost a bit but should also be affordable.
  3. What free gifts do companies usually give to their customers?
    As far as I know, in India, companies distribute budgeted gifts, such as cups, pens, calendars, etc., to customers. Although given without charging any dime, in a way, they are meant to advertise the company. Usually, these products have brand elements printed on them, such as the company’s name, logo, address, etc.
  4. Why do customers like to receive free gifts from companies?
    I think there is no better feeling than getting something for free. I believe this is just another human trait to get excited when receiving gifts. Unlike paying for something, a product that comes free of cost never fills us up with doubts or regrets.


  • Pursuing
    Meaning: to follow something or someone
    Eg: When policemen started pursuing the robber, he ran off.
  • Avert
    Meaning: to avoid or prevent something
    Eg: You could avert the accident by driving slowly.
  • Lamentable
    Meaning: bad or disappointing
    Eg: His casual behavior towards personal hygiene is lamentable.
  • Indispensable
    Meaning: very important
    Eg: In today’s world, a personal vehicle is indispensable.
  • Dime
    Meaning: a small amount of money
    Eg: I will not pay a dime for the useless piece of furniture.


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