Describe a time when you told your friend an important truth IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you told your friend an important truth.

You should say
Who your friend is?
What was the truth?
What your friend’s reaction was?
Explain why it was important for you to tell the truth to your friend.

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 Answers and follow up questions to describe a time when you told your friend an important truth with IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1

Introduction:

  • Secrets and lies kill relationships, and it does not matter how careful you are.
  • Many situations occur in our life in which we have to hide the truth from our closest ones.
  • Here, I would like to talk about a situation when I told the truth to my friend.

Who your friend is? and What was the truth?

  • My friend’s name is
  • She is my childhood friend.
  • We live in the same street, that is why we spend much time with each other.
  • She is lovely. She always participated in a modeling competition and won the prize of charming face, but our other classmates/ girls got jealous because they also participated in the contest, but they never won any prize.
  • Last year in February, our school/ college organized an annual modeling competition. My friend and my other classmates took part in it. My friend is very innocent; she thinks no one can harm her, but it was not reality. Before one day of the competition, during the practice of modeling, two girls opened her bag and cut her footwear heel in that way; she gets injured when she walks.
  • Luckily, I recorded all the happening as proof. I did not want to spoil my friend’s mood, so I quickly went to the shop the bought fevikwik and fixed her heel. The girls who were broke her footwear heel got shocked when they saw she walked adequately. She won the prize the next day.

What your friend’s reaction was?

  • I told her the whole truth the next day of the competition, but she did not believe me. Then I showed her a recording
  • After that incident, I suggested to her that do not believe everyone easily

Explain why it was important for you to tell the truth to your friend.

  • It was essential for me to tell my friend the truth because she should realize that every person is not too right as she is.
  • So she has to be very careful while making friends

Model Answer 2

Introduction:

  • I have often thought about the question of whether honesty is the best policy among friends.
  • Some truths are just very uncomfortable to tell.
  • And sharing such truths might also spoil or ruin friendships.
  • However, I also believe that the more uncomfortable the truth, the more important it is to tell them.

Who your friend is? 

  • I am going to talk about a recent event when I told my friend Yatin something uncomfortable.
  • Yatin is one of my closest friends, and I love spending time with him.
  • However, he has a bad habit that he sometimes talks very rudely with his parents.
  • Before the Covid times, we used to spend much time outdoors.
  • I hardly visited his house.
  • However, in the past year, we have been spending much time at his house because of the lockdown.

What was the truth?

  • This is the first time; I noticed that his tone with his parents and especially his mother was vulgar.
  • At first, I didn’t say anything because I thought it was not my place.
  • But as I saw it happening regularly, I finally decided that I must tell him.
  • So, one day, I told him that he should talk nicely to his parents.

What your friend’s reaction was?

  • At first, he got very defensive and told me that they also talk rudely to him.
  • He also started listing my shortcomings like I am very bad at sports.
  • In short, he didn’t take it well.
  • In fact, after that day, he didn’t talk to me for a whole week.
  • But after a week, he came to me and thanked me for telling him to be nice.
  • He also apologized for not talking to me till then.

Explain why it was important for you to tell the truth to your friend.

  • I feel that good friends are not afraid to share uncomfortable truths.
  • Our friends’ behaviours are partly our responsibility as well.
  • And in the end, I think our friendship is stronger because I told Yatin the truth.
  • He told me that he trusts me to guide him well in the future because I was honest about 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 told your friend an important truth”.

1. Do you think we should tell the truth at all times?
I don’t think telling the truth at all times is a wise choice. I think if the truth does nothing but hurt a person, I think we should avoid telling the truth.
OR
Honestly speaking, the fact will earn your respect because it shows you care for others, but we cannot tell the truth all the time. Sometimes the truth may hurt the feelings. It doesn’t mean that you told lies to others; in fact, you can hide the truth for sometimes and speak it later.

2. How do you know when others are telling the truth?
I think it is easy to tell how others are telling the truth from their facial expressions. For example, people start sweating or avoiding eye contact when they are lying. However, this might also be sweating due to other reasons, and thus, it is not easy to determine if people are indeed lying or just physically uncomfortable.
OR
The signs of honesty, which we’ll get to, are a combination of both verbal and non-verbal cues. When someone tells you a lengthy, complete and detailed story, they are likely telling the truth. Moreover, it is tough for a person to hold eye contact if he/she is speaking lie but a while speaking the truth, it is effortless. In addition to this , those who are telling the truth also tend to have a steady speaking voice. Liars tend to use negative outside forces as excuses truth-tellers are less likely to do so.

3. Do you think it is important to win the game or follow the rules?
I think the victory would feel hollow if people do not follow the rules. It would not feel that the victory was deserved. So, although the outcome is important, following the rules is even more important.
OR
Children learn that they can win without cheating if they are winning by following the rules. Participating in competitions at school or the playground can help parents teach their kids about the importance of teamwork, commitment to a task, cooperation and respect for the opponent. So, I think to follow the rules are as necessary as winning is essential.

4. Sometimes, people should tell lies. Do you agree?
Yes, I believe that if the truth serves no purpose but only hurts other people’s feelings, we should avoid telling the truth. For example, telling a person just before a party they don’t look good in the dress would make them uncomfortable and reduce their confidence.
OR
Yes, I agree with that, sometimes people should tell lies. It is good, to be honest, but it may create problems if a person speaks the truth because it hurts others’ feelings. But it doesn’t mean that speak lies all the time, a person should talk about the fact only when the situations are satiable for it.

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