Describe a situation that made you feel uncomfortable - Cue Card # 705

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

Describe a situation that made you feel uncomfortable.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what made you feel uncomfortable
  • what you did then

and explain how you felt about it.

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


Model Answer:
The experience of an uncomfortable situation is something we all try to forget most of the time, and at times we regret about the whole situation. One such event that I can still recall happened a few years ago when I was travelling to (say a country name which is not yours). I will share my experience with you.

I planned a holiday tour to (say the country name again) with two of my classmates, and we thought the holiday and its excitements would refresh us from a long and tiring semester. As planned, we took our flight and reached the destination airport safely. However, the immigration checkpoint queue was unusually long and at least 50 people were ahead of us in the line. We had to wait for more than an hour before I could proceed to the counter. To my dismay, just after I handed over him my passport, the officer in charge asked me to go to the immigration clearance room located on a different floor! After I informed him that I was travelling with two of my friends, he got angry and asked me to leave the counter! That was pretty harsh and unexpected from someone taking care of such a delicate matter like immigration clearance.

I had to yield to his whimsical decision and talk to another immigration officer who for more than 20 minutes asked me different questions and literally tried to grill me in an embarrassing situation. Some of these questions were pretty reasonable and valid but a few of them were disgusting and completely out of the context.

I felt as if I was being punished for something I never did, and at a point, I felt like saying to the immigration personnel that "thank you for your service but I no longer wish to travel to your country". I was that mad and frustrated. But in the end, he cleared all of us and apologized to us sarcastically (I am saying sarcastically because I felt he did not mean it).

We, at last, entered the country and despite an initial shock, the whole experience was pretty awesome. We had an excellent and reinvigorating holiday. I just wished the frustrating experience at the immigration checkpoint did not occur.

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