IELTS Cue Card Sample 504 - Describe a time when you trusted a stranger

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

Describe a time when you trusted a stranger.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • who this stranger was
  • why you had to trust this person

and explain what happened then.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Sample Answer 1:
Interesting topic indeed! In our life, we often have to trust people we do not know. The outcome of this faith and trust vary and it is always not the case that trusting a complete stranger is a bad idea. However, our intuition and experience tell us not to trust or rely on a complete stranger. I trusted people in different occasions and many times some of them were complete strangers to me. For this cue card topic, I would like to talk about such an event when relying on a stranger was the only option to me.

I was on my way to my hometown from my university campus and our bus got delayed. To add more misery, the bus suddenly stopped working in a desolate area. The driver told us that the brake of the bus was not working and he had to stop the car to avoid any danger. Some of the passengers took alternative buses but rest of us were stuck there. At least 4-5 hours were needed to repair the bus and waiting that long was not a good idea especially in this strange place. All of a sudden a person approached us and told me that we should hire a private car and reach our destination. I noticed that he had already managed three other passengers who had accepted his proposition. However, when this person told me that the nearest car hire service was two miles away and we would need to give me $30 per person so that he can pay the money to the company and bring the car, my gut feelings told me not to trust him. I asked him to call the car rent company to pick us, he replied that he had already done that and the car rent company would not send the car this far without the advance payment. The stranger I am talking about was around 35 years old and as I recall his name was Stephen.

As per a conversation I had with him, he was a banker. I trusted this stranger, gave him 30 dollars and waited dubiously for and hour for him to return. At a time during my waiting, I thought he would not show up at all. Nevertheless, after approximately  2 hours, he came back with a hired car and a driver. It was a great relief for me. I laughed silently for distrusting this person initially. However, it turned out that trusting him was a good idea.

I reached home just before the evening and thanked this stranger, whose name was Stephen, for his initiatives to hire a car and reach home before the dark falls. His plan, stamina, leadership quality and timely decision saved us from a possible danger of being stuck at an unknown place. When the car dropped me near my car, the stranger had already dropped off the car. Nonetheless, I thanked him again, this time silently without him noticing my gratitude for his timely decision and action.

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