Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 247 - An important conversation you had in the past

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

Describe an important conversation you had in the past.

You should say:

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

and explain why it was an important conversation.


Model Answer 1:

I like to consider myself as an intelligent and confident person, and as such, I have always maintained that I don’t really need to consult or discuss things 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!

Well, 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 whom I've 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 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.

Well, 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 the conversations that we enjoy, learn something from or which help us chose our course of action. There are others that we simply forget or wish did not happen at all. The conversation that is witty, exciting or motivating, or simply 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 many years ago that I consider very important. His name is (…say a name…) and he used to take our history classes at our high school. The conversation took place at least eight 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 the necessity of learning history in order to shape the future. I was mostly a listener in the conversation, but I opined often when he made a remark and I also asked questions during the conversation.

The conversation was fascinating as he was a person who had a great ability to judge the listeners and to motivate others. I was listening very attentively as he told me about many international events. He also talked about some of the events that have changed the world and have significant historical impacts and importance. I felt 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 those related to political events.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:
  1. Describe a conversation that impressed you. 
  2. Describe a conversation you recently have 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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