IELTS Cue Card Sample 247 - Conversation you had in the past which is very important

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

Describe a conversation you had in the past which is very important to you.

You should say:

  • with whom you had this conversation
  • what type of conversation it was
  • what you learned from it

and explain why you consider it to be an important conversation you had.


Model Answer 1:

I like to consider myself as a smart and confident person, and as such, I have always maintained that I don’t really need to consult or discuss anything with other people. And then, I had this important conversation one day with my elder uncle who basically hinted that I was probably a bit too smart and confident for my own good! Here is how the story goes:

About a couple of years ago, I started to believe that I could do some kind of lucrative business even after doing a full-time job. Of course, I had my reasons to think like that since I saw that one of my university friends was doing just that. In fact, he wasn’t only having his full-time job and a part-time business, but also becoming a successful entrepreneur within a rather short period of time. So, I got all set and ready to start my part-time business of making bread and cakes after having a little conversation with my parents.

But, then came the dreaded summon from my elder uncle who I always tried to avoid because of his straight and practical talks. Anyway, I reluctantly agreed to discuss the matter with my uncle, and after learning everything about my plan and ambition, he told me in a very fatherly and loving tone that I should never put our both legs on two boats because that would make us lose our balance sooner or later. He also told me that being successful in business required a huge patient, apart from a reasonable amount of capital and hard work, which I didn’t have. Needless to say, after having the conversation, I gave up the idea of starting my part-time business.

Anyway, I considered this conversation to be important because it taught me two things. First thing was that being over-smart and over-confident is not always a recipe for success but also can be a recipe for disaster. Second thing was that we always need to find out our weaknesses before relying on our strengths. Some great and powerful lessons indeed!


Sample Answer 2:
We remember many conversations that help us chose our course of action while there are many conversations that we wish we did not have. The conversation that motivates us/ guides us and teaches us the values and morality of something are remembered by us.

I had a conversation with my high school history teacher that I consider very important. His name was (…say a name…) and he used to take our history classes in my high school level. The conversation took place many years ago when I was around 16 years old. One day I went to his room to submit an assignment and then all of a sudden the conversation started.

The conversation covered many things related to my education, some of the important facts of history, our morality and necessity of learning history in order to shape the future.
I was mostly a listener of the conversation but I opined often when he made a remark and I also asked questions during the conversation.

The conversation was interesting as he was a person who had a great ability to judge the listener and to motivate the other party. I was listening very attentively as he told about many international events. He also talked about some of our national events that have changed the world and have significant historical impacts and importance. I felt a great enthusiasm about reading history after the conversation. I started visiting the central library after that day and since then I have read many books which I considered to be treasures that I found.

The conversation specifically motivated me and pointed out the importance of learning about history and finally how to use my brain when there are different versions of history especially which are related to political events.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
  1. Describe a conversation that impressed you. 
  2. Describe a conversation you recently had. 
  3. Describe an interesting conversation you remember well. 
  4. Describe a phone conversation you remember well. 
  5. Describe a piece of advice someone gave you. 


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