IELTS Cue Card Sample 187 - Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone

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

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you did not know.

You should say:

  • who the person was
  • where the conversation took place
  • what you talked about

and explain whether the conversation was interesting or not.


Model Answer 1:
I try to stick with the same barber shop in order to get a haircut. But, after learning that a new and nice barber shop has been opened recently in my hometown from one of my friends, I also decided to pay a visit there and possibly also get a haircut. And, this is where I had an interesting conversation with the young owner of that barber shop.

The young owner, I am talking about, didn’t look any older than 20 years of age. But, he certainly had a way of communicating with his valuable customers. In fact, after talking to him for a while, anybody would think that the young barber shop owner was a very educated and smart person. But, in reality, he stopped going to college for further education after just passing his high school, simply because, according to him, studying beyond high school was not really necessary. And that’s when I felt that I needed to interject because I didn’t quite agree with him.

So, I asked him in a firm voice as to why he would think like that. In response, he just told me one doesn’t exactly need to study at a college or university to learn something new because one could actually learn those things just by reading some good books. After all, according to him, learning to read is all one needs to learn about the world around him or her, not some piece of papers called “certificate”.  I wanted to argue with him a little about the subject, but by that time, my hair cut was already done.

I think that the conversation was interesting because even a 20-year-old can understand the fact very well that education has become a “commodity” these days where getting a certificate is becoming more important than actually learning.  It was also interesting in a sense that if a 20-year-old can deduce such conclusion, and a bold one in that, after just passing a high school, what possibly could go through his mind if ever chooses to finish his university education!


Sample Answer 2:
Last year when I was on my way to my hometown on a train, I had an interesting conversation with an unknown person and the conversation lasted for several hours. I live in the city and my hometown is about 7-8 hours away from the place I live in. I usually go to my hometown by bus but at that time I travelled on a train. I was in a second class compartment of the train and there were almost 10 other people travelling in the same compartment. I found a couple with 2 kids were sitting just opposite side of me next to me was sitting a person who seemed around 45 years old. I was sitting beside the window and he asked me to open it. He then thanked me and asked me about myself. The conversation went on and I learned that he is a senior employee of a large Government organisation. I was a bit confused that he was travelling in a second class compartment at cheap rent. 

He started a topic about how the kids and young people from the new generation have little passion for learning and busy doing unproductive staffs. I started defending the young generation and expresses the difference the new generation has with their ancestors. The conversation started to turn into a debate and both of us used our logic and reasoning. The conversation was interesting and I was actively participating in it mostly because he had a good and polite way of conversation. He told his reasoning for this belief but when I showed him my logic, he did not protest just for the conversation’s sake. Rather he agreed that he learned many new facts about the new generation and their way of thinking and lifestyles. He also confessed that the generation gap is unavoidable and the positive changes should be accepted by them. Besides this main topic some other topic arrived like the political situation of our country, the educational system currently we have and what should be done to eliminate many of your major problems. 

The conversation lasted for about 4 hours until he left the train at his station. I usually do not continue a longer conversation with strangers and often find people start talking about silly issues with no moral values. But the conversation I had with this person on the train was interesting and I enjoyed it. I felt like there is a big gap between the first generation and the new generation and both generations do not listen and think deeply about the other generation and that’s causing a huge gap between them. I enjoyed to learn many thoughts of our first generations and was appalled about some of the misconceptions. I was also relieved to learn that they have a positive attitude towards the changes which are for good reasons. His way of conversation was also positive and that’s why the overall conversation was enjoyable. 


Sample Answer 3:
While my journey in a train to my hometown, I had a very interesting conversation with a person named Smith (...say a name...) who was a journalist of a daily newspaper. I can't recall his last name but he was a man around 35 years and sat next to me on the train.

I usually read books or listen to music during the long journeys I take. That day I was reading a book by Dan Brown and the person who sat next to me asked about the book. This is how the conversation started. The conversation was mostly about writers in general, the political condition in our country, the role of an ideal leader, journalism, corruptions and the major problems of our country. I rarely continue longer conversations with strangers but that conversation I had on the train was pretty different and lasted almost 3-4 hours.

This conversation was interesting mostly because of three reasons: one, the person I had the conversation with was a smooth-talking person with good knowledge and experience. Secondly, the way the conversation started and progressed was really interesting. I took my whole effort to debate on issues that I did not agree and also agreed with the notion that was similar to my viewpoint. Though this person was around 12 years senior to me, he never took any advantages of it and even he did not give any hint about it in the issued I disagreed with him. He treated me as an equally skilled opponent on many issues and listened to me very attentively. Finally, the place and circumstances when the conversation took place were really interesting and unusual. I must say, I learned many things from the opinions and experiences he shared that day.


Similar Cue Card Topics

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