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 on 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 rental company to pick us, he replied that he had already done that and the car rental 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 an 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 to 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 darkness falls. His plan, stamina, leadership quality and timely decision saved us from a possible danger of being stuck in 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.


Sample Answer 2:
Recently my journey to Australia from Congo was a bit difficult. But I got some chances to enjoy the air trip for some reasons and it was more interesting when I had to rely on a stranger who later got his seat right behind mine on board. I would like to talk about this even when I trusted a total stranger.  

I am a journalist and trying to learn about wildlife reporting. Hence, my authority had sent me to the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn something about wild animals, practically. So, after completing the tasks in Congo, I had to return Australia. On the way back to home, I met the stranger. When I entered the Djambala Airport, I needed an external support, and the man appeared with the helping hand. In fact, without his support, it was almost impossible for me to get rid of the customs and immigration troubles.  

The man, Jacob Abraham was an Australian as well. He was a scriptwriter (that I come to know later) for television commercials. He also travelled in Congo was returning on the same day with me. It was a coincidence. He had almost a bald head with a nicely shaped beard. He was average in height with around 85 pounds. But the thing that is most noteworthy about him is his willingness to help others in needs. But in return, he does not entertain any courtesy. He is on the view that if someone is in danger, it is our moral responsibility to help them and if someone expects something in return, then this is not helping in a real sense actually. I was impressed indeed.  

I had to trust him some special reasons. First of all, I forgot to bring my passport and ticket with me from the hotel. In fact, I left the small purse that I used to keep all such important things together. So, I needed to get back in the hotel and already I informed them about the missing while the hotel authority assured me that they have found the small purse and have submitted to the lost and found department. I have to collect it showing any effective documents. As the flight made late, it was a kind of blessing for me. Finding none else reliable at the airport, I asked him to look after my luggage. The hotel I was living was a 5-minutes’ walk from the airport. Since I was unfamiliar with everyone in the airport building, and only he appeared reliable to me.

I did not make mistake relying on Abraham. He really was a gentleman. He kept his words and looked after my luggage. Actually, I had no other options left. Moreover, it was not possible for me to walk with two large and heavy suitcases filled with documents, digital and video cameras, lenses and clothing. I think he did a great job for me. if I did not meet him, I had to leave the luggage unattended at the airport building which may lead to an incident of stealing or others. Returning home would have turned into a nightmare for the diplomatic steps and time consumption. Finally, I returned home safely and got introduced to the stranger. We are now good friends and he promised me to create a role for me as a model in any of his next script.

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe a time when you trusted a stranger.

1. I was running to get on the bus and you know this is extremely hard to ride a bus during the rush hours in New York City. So, I had to rely on a complete stranger. I asked him to hold my backpack when the bus started to run. Later, I came to know that he was Mr Alex and worked a few blocks away from my office. I had to trust him because it was difficult for me to ride the bus with the backpack. Finally, I was able to ride the bus but reached office late that day.

2. I love to travel and often need to trust outsiders in different places. But meeting with the stranger in Mumbai was completely different. I could not get the name of the teenaged boy. I had to trust him because I wanted to get a picture of me and my wife before a tourist spot in India. After clicking few shots, the boys asked for money. It was surprising to me though I paid a five-dollar bill to that boy. In fact, I had no idea that someone could demand money for only clicking some pictures.

3. Honestly, I do not trust unknown people and my experiences are bitter. But this time, I had to trust a man named Joseph. Actually, I wanted to get a ticket for a football match in Barcelona and failed to get in the queue of the ticket booth. So, I sought help from this person. And this gentle and kind man got tickets for me as he was in the front row. If I went to the queue, I could not have managed tickets for that match. Thanks to that good fellow.

4. Recently, I went to Berlin and took supports from a stranger. I lost my purse accidentally. It might have been picked by someone from my pocket. So, a woman named Alberta came to my help. I had to trust her because I had no other option left. I stood alone at the station and tried to get help from someone to get back home. Finally, Alberta appeared to me and said that she lived nearby in the location I lived. I shared a ride with her.

5. In the evening of last Monday, I had to trust a stranger. The man helped me to get out of some unwanted troubles. I could not identify the man but he was cooperative. Without any reason, some youths attacked me just to have fun. I was returning home from my university. And then this man came to my help. I trusted him and he saved me from the bad situation. He shouted at the boys and escorted me to my home. I thanked him for his courage and support to me at a crucial moment.

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