IELTS Cue Card Sample 464 - A strong disagreement that you had with a friend

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

Talk about a strong disagreement that you had with a friend.

You should say:

  • what it was about
  • who you had it with
  • how you resolved it

and explain what happened after the disagreement.

 

Sample Answer 1:
I usually go well with all of my friends and I have a tendency to listen first and then react. However, this is always not the case and I can recall some events when I had to strongly disagree with my close friends. I will talk about such an event when I had a strong disagreement with Paula, who is one of my very best friends, how it happened, how we solved this dispute and then the result of this disagreement.

I was in my early university days when this disagreement took place. Our course teacher gave us an assignment and it was about writing a review on a foreign movie. That was the part of our mid-semester assignment and the teacher could absolutely pick any topic as an assignment for the students. I was placed in a team of 4 members and Paula was also in our team. She was one of the top performing students in our class and well-known for her enviable results.

We had only 4 days to submit our assignment and after the class, we agreed that we will watch this movie at Richard’s place (another team member for the assignment). Strangely Paula did not show up in the evening and her cell phone was turned off. We were worried about her and rescheduled to watch the movie in a later date. Next day I met Paula at the university campus and asked her if everything was okay. She looked surprised and said ‘oh, yes’, everything is absolutely fine.’ She also asked how was the movie and that shocked me. I then realised she did not come last evening intentionally. I told her that we had rescheduled the movie watching and this time she must appear at Richard’s place.  She laughed mockingly and told me to cancel it and write the review from the movie review websites. She also suggested me she is going to write the review for us and we could focus on something else.  That’s something I could not agree with and had to strongly disagree with her.

I tried to convince her that the whole concept of the assignment was not to copy-paste contents from any website and that’s something I am not going to accept anyway. We had a hot debate for about 20 minutes and at the end of our loud conversation, we both became annoyed with each other. I finally told him that I will not be with her for this assignment and would report the teacher to assign me to a different team.

Umm, after two days two other team members interfered and they proposed a solution that both of us (Paula and I) will write our own assignment and review while they will decide which one is better and that one would be submitted as the team assignment.

However strong the disagreement was, our friendship was stronger and Paula yield to follow my lead to finish this assignment. That’s how the dispute, (or our disagreement) was resolved and we were all happy about that. Honesty speaking, the disagreement was so strong and at a time I thought that’s going to harm our friendship. But in reality, Paula was a smart and understanding woman and she accepted my proposal to resolve this issue. After we got A+ for our assignment, we were all happy and contented.


 

Sample Answer 2:
Currently smartphones offer different features while manufacturers try honing devices than before. Despite improved features, some of the brands have a poor power backup and I had a strong disagreement with a friend on this topic.

I am an Apple product user and satisfied with the power backup of Apple smartphones. On the contrary, my friend was a Samsung user, and he was having troubles with the power issues. His battery drained too fast which was unusual for a smartphone brand like Samsung. In fact, Samsung smart phones are unable to provide a steady level of power backup for users. After using the phone for a few moments, the power runs out strangely. He asked for a solution of the problem, if I had any. I suggested him to change the handset as most of the smartphones from Samsung suffer the same issue. The disagreement begins.

Rid Cohen is one of my closest buddies in College. He lives adjacent to my residence and in fact, it is just a few minutes’ walk from my home. He feels comfortable with Samsung devices but equally he alleges about the disadvantages of using Samsung products. However, I am not blind in relationship and bold enough to avoid double standards. So, I tried making Cohen believe that there are really some troubles with the batteries of Samsung smartphones. But he denied the allegation and placed poor logics favoring his phone. He said that the battery drains when a user uses many applications, but I believe using applications are what is smartphones are meant to. But the similar thing happens with me as well but I am not worried about the power issue of my iPhone 7. I use WiFi, play games, chat on social sites, make voice calls and much more. But the phone runs quite well and I plug it for charge thrice in a week.    

It was really difficult for me to resolve the disagreement. Actually, the disagreement went on for about 20 minutes. Both of us developed logics favoring our respective smartphones. But at a point, Cohen had to admit that his device really had some troubles. I pointed out each of the matters that I experienced when I was a Samsung mobile phone user. I told him that the phone heats up when it is used for making voice calls and playing games. He agreed. But he tried defending the facts saying that the battery heats up when it runs. I showed him my iPhone and asked to use it for next 20 minutes. He did and there were no such issues like heating up or battery drain. Finally, Cohen acknowledged my reasons.

Breaking a relationship is easier than building it. In some points, both of us went extreme. In fact, Cohen started shouting at me with the issues I criticised. Actually, Cohen wanted to be right with a wrong reason. But I let not that happen as there were several pieces of evidence to prove him wrong. I tried best to uphold his honor but at some points he dishonored himself placing some lame explanations. I had to be rude then. When the disagreement was over, he apologized me for his unwanted interactions. But it was okay for both of us. We hugged and shook hands. Finally, Cohen was convinced to replace his smartphone and I am glad that he would have a nice smartphone using experience.

 

If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:

1. Talk about a time when you had a disagreement with someone.
2. Describe a situation when you had to disagree with a friend.

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