IELTS Cue Card Sample 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 the conversation was

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 10 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 10 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 in 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 to commute 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.

Anyway, 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 my principal in my first year of college was something that I will never forget and this conversation had positively affected my course of actions later in my life. It was about my involvement in the college debate team.

I was an active debate team member in my school level and before my board final exam; I quit the team and was not involved with the debating team any longer. After getting admitted to college, I got busy with my study and other stuff and did not consider doing the debate anymore. Our college participated in an inter-college debate competition and started recruiting members for the two debate team needed. I did not show any interest in that and after our class teacher heard from my friends that I used to debate, he asked me to join. But I was determined not to join and very politely told no to my teacher.

Then one day I was summoned by the principal of our college and I had no clue why he could possibly call me. I went to meet him in his office room and he started the conversation then. He told me some of the stories of his life and experiences and thus the conversation started getting 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 on our lives, country, and international issues, how things have changed, educational and political systems of our country etc. Then just before my departure 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, the experiences and knowledge he had. He gave some of the unavoidable reasons why I should actively participate in the debate and get in touch with the team. After 2-3 days, I joined the debate team and I started feeling better. I had a passion for debating but abandoning it was a decision I took wrongly. The conversation I had with our principal showed me a reason to correct this mistake.

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


 

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also 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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