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Describe an experience when you were disappointed - Cue Card # 710

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

Describe an experience when you were disappointed.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • what exactly happened
  • why it was disappointing to you

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 1:
I am not exactly one of those people who get disappointed easily over anything. But, I guess that it is alright to be frustrated once in a while when there is a huge difference between what one expects to receive and what is being offered just as happened to me about a couple of years ago.

It was in 2021 when the capital city of my country organized an International Trade Fair just like every other year. In fact, this tradition of organizing the International Trade Fair has been a regular feature among many other international events in my country for the last 25 years or so except, of course, I never really cared to attend it. However, I decided to attend the trade fair about a couple of years ago because a couple of my friends told me some top-rated brands and prestigious companies from around the world would participate in the fair.

The fair authority even advertised that if we spent a certain amount of money buying any products from the trade fair, the companies would offer up to 30% discounts on all of their products. So, after hearing these lucrative offers and exciting news, I finally decided to head to the trade fair along with my friends. But, when I actually arrived there, I could easily find out that mostly “very mediocre” products and merchandise were being sold at that fair. I even felt that those “popular and prestigious” companies from different countries attended the fair to sell us only those products that they couldn’t sell in their own countries. Besides, the prices of most of the products there were very high. So, indeed, it was a truly disappointing experience.

Anyway, after going to the fair, I felt like it was a total waste of time because I couldn’t really find a product, which I liked, at a reasonable price. Besides, I also felt that the trade fair authority duped us by advertising false promises in order to bring more and more customers to the fair.


Model Answer 2:
One of the most disheartening experiences for me in recent memory was when I eagerly anticipated the results of a job interview only to be met with unexpected disappointment. For this topic, I will share this experience with you.

This incident unfolded last summer when I applied for a position in a prestigious marketing firm in our country.

The interview process seemed promising, with positive interactions and an optimistic atmosphere during the discussion. My qualifications aligned with the role, and I left the interview room with a sense of confidence that I might secure the position.

The disappointment struck when the email arrived, bearing the news that I had not been selected for the role. The expectations built during the interview phase clashed sharply with the reality of the outcome, creating a profound sense of letdown. The job was not just a career opportunity; it represented a significant stride in my professional aspirations.

The initial reaction was a blend of shock and disbelief. The anticipation of good news had set the bar high, making the rejection a particularly bitter pill to swallow. Feelings of self-doubt and contemplation about what might have gone wrong added to the emotional weight. It was a sombre period marked by a sense of failure and the need to reassess future endeavours.

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