IELTS Cue Card Sample 394 - You were friendly to someone you did not like

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a time you were friendly to someone you did not like.

You should say:

  • when and where it happened
  • who he or she was
  • why you did not like this person

and explain why you were friendly to him/her on that occasion.

Model Answer:
Well, this is an interesting topic to talk about. I can recall few such events when I did not like someone I was talking to or dealing with and yet I behaved very friendly and was quite amiable to this person. One such event that I recall very clearly occurred about one year ago when I visited one of my friends’ house.

My friend John invited me and Chris to his home for the dinner and we were very excited to meet his parents and siblings as we had never been invited by John to his home. On a Sunday evening, I went to Chris’s house and two of us then headed for John’s house. We live in the same neighbourhood so we walked to reach John’s place. On our way to his home, we bought a box of chocolate and a small gift for John’s younger brother David. This was the first time we were visiting John’s house though John has visited our house several times. It was always a mystery to us until we visited his house!!! 

As soon as we reached John’s house we could understand why John felt uneasy to invite us. John’s father stays outside till late night and on that day he was not present at home even after John specifically requested him to stay and meet us. John’s mother was a bit rude (I am sorry to say so, but I do not know how to describe her using more polite words!!!). The only person who was friendly and good behaved was David, who was only 12 years old. After we gave the gift to David he was very happy and wanted to gossip with us and tell many stories from his school. However, her mother sent him to his room and rebuked him for something we could not understand at all. After that, John’s mother started interrogating us like a detective does to reveal secret information from a bunch of criminals. I felt quite uneasy and yet could not leave the place only because I cared about John. I felt terrible by the unfriendly behaviour and whimsical questions of John’s mother. It was quite tough and challenging for me to keep my usual calm and maintain my composer, and I noticed that Chris had turned red already as he does whenever he gets irritated. I talked to John’s mother very politely, gave as many answers as possible and showed our concern for her. I thought she would act differently as we were showing our utmost respect and sincerity for her and her family. She did not!!! After we finished the dinner (she was a terrible cook!) we did not wait any further and rushed to get back to our house.

'What I did not like about that her?' Honestly, I had a soft corner about her as she was the mother of John. But I did not like anything about her except that she was the mother of two wonderful boys –John and David. She was rude, did not know how to talk politely to someone, asked us all the personal and irritating questions, did not know or did not care how to treat a guest and acted very funnily with her own kids. I am quite amiable to others, especially to guests or someone I meet. But when people forget to act at least moderately, I become very angry. Though I acted very respectfully to this woman, I was angry deep inside.

The main reason I acted very friendly with her was because she was the mother of my friend. I know how important it is for us to show our respects to our elderly – be it my parents or my friend’s parents or someone else. This is why I did not show my anger or disrespect to her for a single second. I tried to behave as politely as possible and so did my other friend Chris. I knew any disrespect and rude behaviour of us would only worsen the situation and John would be hurt. That’s why we behaved very cordially and maintained our equanimity.

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