Describe a time when you changed your opinion

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you changed your opinion.

You should say
When was it?
What was the original opinion?
Why you changed it?
And explain how you felt about it.

Note: 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

Introduction

  • Naturally, human behaviour and opinion toward things and person are changing according to the time and situation.

When was it?

  • It was about three years ago. One new family came to our neighbourhood.
  • Total five members are in the family. Moreover, all are working in different sectors.
  • Most members of the family did not make conversations with other people in the starting months.

What was the original opinion?

  • My family and other neighbour opine that they are arrogant. Because they were attending their friend’s parties and also gave parties to their relatives and friends, but they did not invite society people.

Why you changed it?

  • New neighbours did these types of thing in the first six months because they all are introvert, so they take time to mix up with new people.
  • We all experienced new and friendly behaviour within the year. They are very helping nature Family.

Please explain how you felt about It.

  • Honestly, Now I feel terrible when I think about my previous opinion about that family. I also feel happy because I have the right family in my neighbourhood.

OR

Introduction

  • I think changing one’s opinion is really hard for some people.
  • But I think it is much better than staying stagnant and being obstinate and stubborn.
  • I have changed my opinion about different things.
  • But I don’t do it easily.

When was it?

  • I change my opinion only when I am presented with, or I come across a logic which I find factually correct and which contradicts with my previous beliefs.
  • An opinion I changed a few years ago was the about relevance of history.

What was the original opinion?

  • In my childhood, I strongly believed that studying history was a waste of time.
  • It doesn’t teach us anything, and it actually takes away time from subjects like science and math, which are really useful.
  • But when I entered 10th grade, my history teacher opened my eyes to the wonderful world of history.
  • She related each historical event with a situation at present.
  • She told us how by reading history or analyzing history, policymakers and administrators could better handle a particular situation.
  • We can lead a lot of better lives if we pay attention to history.
  • She also threw light on our common Indian traditions and their origins in history.

Why you changed it?

  • It made me realize traditions are much more than just superficial customs practiced for pleasing elders.
  • Some traditions actually have scientific backing, for example, water is stored in copper vessels as the copper ions dissolve in water and purify the ions.

And explain how you felt about it.

  • With each class, my interest in history and my opinion about history being useless changed.
  • Now, rather than opposing history education, I ardently support it.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time when you changed your opinion”.

1. Do children like to change opinion?
I think they do, but it is hard for them. I think children are more emotional than adults, and this means that they form an opinion based on emotions. Emotional decisions, in turn, are very hard to change because it hurts our ego when we change them.

2. Why do people change opinion?
People change opinion when they find contradicting evidence against their previously held opinion. If they don’t change, they suffer from guilt and thus, although they may resist at first, they slowly do change.

3. Who do young people turn to for advice?
I think young people mainly turn to family or figures of authority like teachers and school counsellors for advice. Some youth also turn to their peers for suggestions. Whom they turn to for advice depends upon the matter concerned and the decisions relevance in their lives.

4. Do people like giving an opinion about politics?
Indian people are very opinionated when it comes to politics, and they are not shy in expressing their beliefs as well. And I think this is good because this means people are politically active and they are thinking about governments decisions and policies. This also means they put a value on their vote.

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