An interesting conversation you had with someone - Cue Card # 711

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

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you never knew before.

You should say:

  • who was the person
  • what type of conversation you had
  • how you met this person and how the conversation started

and explain how you felt about having this conversation with a stranger.

[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 a very outgoing person or a “social bug” who likes to socialize with strangers or meet everybody around, let alone having conversations with them.  But, on one occasion, I did talk with a complete stranger, at a time, when I was least expecting it.

I met him at a local airport in my country when we both were travelling to one of the major cities in my country about a year ago or so.  We both were waiting at the departure lounge, sitting next to each other, in order to board our flight.  Suddenly, the gentleman, probably in his mid 40’s, requested me to look after his luggage and belongings so that he could go and grab some fresh coffee from one of the coffee stores at the airport.  I reluctantly agreed to his request, but I didn’t forget to ask him politely to return as soon as possible to attend his luggage and belongings, as I didn’t really like to take any responsibility for the stuff of other people, let alone a complete stranger.

The gentleman came back quickly with two cups of coffee instead of just one.  He offered me one, and I, again, reluctantly accepted it.  It was at the point that he introduced himself to me as a very successful businessman.  Anyway, after that little introduction, I told him that he shouldn’t have left his belongings to a complete stranger like me.  In response, he simply told me that he had become a successful and happy man, both in his personal and professional life, mainly because he had learned to trust others.  Needless to say, after listening to such a positive response, I felt really embarrassed because of my poor treatment of him earlier.

Anyway, after having a conversation with the stranger, I felt that I needed to become more broad-minded towards others to learn more about the valuable lessons of life. Besides, I also realized that we all needed to trust somebody at some point in our life if we really wanted to become happy and successful in life.

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