Describe a time when you were cheated

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you were cheated/ when someone lied to you / someone did not tell you the complete truth.

You should say:
What the situation was?
When this happened?
Who was the person?
What did he hide about?
Why do you think the person did not tell the whole truth?

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 :

Well, this topic opens old wounds for me (this way you can show it is your personal story). We often see people telling lies or cheat on others either intentionally due to selfishness or unintentionally. Whichever way it might be, it’s really heartbreaking. There have been numerous instances in my life when I got cheated by my kith and kin and felt blue.

What the situation was? and When this happened?
However, I would like to talk about a similar incidence happened with me a couple of months ago, and I was extremely disappointed.

Who was the person?
Although my friend Ajay is a nice man, and we have a strong family bonding for a long time now, his deceptive behavior has let this friendship down. Actually, he was traveling to my hometown a few years ago, and I asked him to carry some medicines for my parents, which was not available in the remote area.

What did he hide about?
Since I had some work obligations, I could not travel and asked him to help me. In fact, he reassured me that he would be taking it for sure and asked me to create a package and hand it to him. However, at the eleventh hour, he refused, stating that his luggage is exceeding the limited weight; hence he would not be able to take it.

Why do you think the person did not tell the whole truth?
I realized that he was making up stories, and I was extremely disappointed with his irresponsible behavior. Later I got to know from one of my close friends that he deliberately did not take it as he didn’t want to take the burden. I don’t have any hard feelings for him now, yet if he would have told me clearly then I wouldn’t have bothered him. Anyways, I know that he is just a fair weather friend now.

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 were cheated/ when someone lied to you / someone did not tell you the complete truth”.

1. Do you think telling White lies is acceptable sometimes?
To be honest enough, most people consider it socially acceptable as telling lies is an integral part of human nature, and often makes life a little easier for everyone. Moreover, white lies are harmless and do not hurt the sentiments of others. For example, You might tell a friend you love their outfit, even though it’s not your favorite. It is all about sparing people’s feelings and smoothing over awkward social situations.

2. Do you think honesty is the only important quality that should be in a person?
In my opinion, being honest is one of the most important qualities in a human being. However, there are various other aspects that are equally significant for a successful person, such as discipline, intelligence, helpful nature, a good sense of humor and many others.

3. Do you think children should be taught honesty in young age?
Well, the child mind is very tender and they can grasp things easily. Children imitate or learn from their parents, so it is easier to mold them accordingly. Honesty is something parents can teach without any extra effort. They only need to be taught how to behave or act in society at a young age.

4. Do you think being completely honest all times can be not good?
Well, we always say that honesty is the best policy. However, being too straightforward at times means being too blunt. It may sound rude or even hurt the feelings of our near and dear ones. For example, telling upfront to someone if he or she sings pathetically might break his or her self-esteem. Telling the entire truth depends upon the circumstances. If telling the complete truth will make us unsafe, ruin our reputation, or cause harm then being honest does not worth always.

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