IELTS Cue Card Sample 138 - Describe someone you know who made a wrong decision

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

Describe someone you know who made a wrong decision.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • what the situation was
  • what decision he/she/they made

and explain why you think it was such a wrong decision.


Model Answer 1:
Life is full of decisions and choices. While some of those decisions turn out to be great, the others turn out to be wrong. Of course, people will argue that it all depends on the situations and perspectives of a person. However, having full respect for this perspective issue, I still think that people have the liberty to judge whether a decision is right or wrong.

Anyway, I would like to talk about a 'wrong decision' of one of my close friends, who moved to a different location about a few months ago. Of course, there is nothing wrong with moving to a new place if there are some valid reasons for it.  

But, as far as my friend was concerned, he was already living in a nice and spacious flat in a rather open area, which was adjacent to a beautiful lake and lots of greeneries. And, if I remember correctly, I never found him to be complaining anything about the residence or place he was living in except some occasional and mild complain that he needed to travel a long distance to arrive his office and come back to home from there. In fact, according to him, spending one hour on the road every day was a bit too much for him, so it was important for him to move close to his work, which, by the way, would be a crowded city and full of pollution. Of course, I tried to convince him not to move because I knew how much he enjoyed nature at his old place. But, he seemed determined on his decision to move close to his job.

I think that moving out of his old place was a wrong decision, primarily because, in my opinion, he always had found the extra energy there to do more things and become more productive there. After all, he was living in a place which was surrounded by some beautiful nature. Besides, moving to a busy city was always going to be more expensive than living in a suburb. But, after all, it was his decision to make whether it was right or wrong.


Sample Answer 2:
My friend Robin made a 'wrong decision' that I still do not support and feel sorry for. Robin is one of my close friends whom I met in my elementary school. After that time, he has become one of my very good friends.

He has a natural talent for art and his arts and sketches have been highly praised in different art competitions. I remember he won the first prize in an art competition when he was only 12 years old and in this competition, there were many matured competitors from university level. I was a great admirer of his arts and I always knew he would become a great artist someday.

But to my wildest surprise, after he passed the board exam, he got admitted in B.B.A. instead of art school. That was indeed shocking news for me and I could not believe the news after I heard it. I thought that he was destined to be a famous artist. Maybe he was pressurised by his relatives and parents to take such a wrong decision. To me, that was a fatal error he has ever made.

It was a wrong decision because he has chosen a major for study which would not be interesting and attractive to him. He has not taken this decision wisely and has considered about getting a better job instead of nurturing of a natural talent he has. In the long run, he would regret his decision and I still find no reason for his taking such a wrong decision about his life.


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