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:
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.

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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