Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 173 - Describe a conversation that affected your life

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

Describe a conversation that affected your life.

You should say:

  • what the conversation was about
  • who you had this conversation with
  • how long you had this conversation

and explain why you think it had affected your life.


Model Answer 1:
We all have different kinds of conversations in our daily life. While some of these conversations take place among us rather casually, the others become a bit formal because of the way they affect our lives in one way or another. Today, I would like to talk about one such conversation which affected my life also.

The conversation, I am talking about, took place about 6 years ago between me and my parents, when I started my second job. Prior to that conversation, I don’t recall having any other conversation with my parents which involved my financial future and the general direction of my life. But, on that occasion, my parents did just that when I decided to move out of their house and live somewhere close to my new job.

By the way, the new job, I started about 6 years ago, was about 60 kilometres away from my parents’ house, and it would take me more than an hour to reach my new office on a bus. Thinking about the long commute hours, I had decided that I would rent a home close to my new job in order to save some time. But, after learning about my decision, my parents talked with me for about 30 minutes to explain the pros and cons of moving to a new place. At the end of that conversation, they actually asked me to stay with them for another few years or so, because that would help me save up some money since I wouldn’t have to pay any money to rent my own place. They even suggested that I shouldn’t have that much trouble commuting to and from my new job since I was still young and healthy.  Needless to say, I had listened to the advice of my parents.

I am glad that I actually had that conversation with my parents because that indeed helped me understand the value of saving money. Besides, I also understood from that conversation that one would need to have a minimum level of tenacity and resolve to gain a certain level of financial freedom in life.


Sample Answer 2:
The conversation that I had with our principal in my college was something I will never forget, and this conversation had positively affected my course of actions later in life. It was about getting involved in the college debate team.

I was a high school debate team member, but before my board final exam, I quit the team and was not involved with it any longer. After getting admitted to college, I got busy with my studies and did not consider doing the debate anymore. Our college participated in an inter-college debate competition, and that year, started recruiting members. I did not show any interest in it, but one of our class teachers heard from my friends that I used to debate. So he asked me to join, but I politely refused.

Then one day, I was summoned by our principal, Mr Hopkins, and I had no clue why he would possibly meet me. I went to see him in his office and he started the conversation. He told me some of the stories from his life, and thus the discussion started getting longer and longer. He did not try to convince me to join the debate team what I initially thought he would do. Rather we had a conversation about society, our country, and international issues and so on. Then just before I was about to depart from his room, he asked me to consider joining the debate team and he gave me some really convincing reasons for that.

I was impressed with his friendly attitude, and with the experiences and knowledge he had. He gave me some reasons why I should actively participate in debate competitions and get in touch with the team. After 2-3 days, I joined the team and started feeling invigorated again. The conversation I had with our principal showed me a reason or two to rethink an important activity that I used to enjoy.

This whole conversation and the event had a major influence on my life as I had been an active debater for the next 5 years. My involvement in this activity influenced me to study History at the university level though I was supposed to do my graduation in some science major. Thus the conversation indirectly, and to some extend directly, had a big influence on my life and have affected me very positively.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic will enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone.
  2. Describe a conversation you really enjoyed.
  3. Describe a conversation that has positively affected you.
  4. Describe a conversation you remember well.
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