Describe A Time When You Were Sad

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you were sad.

You should say:

When it was?
What happened?
Explain why you felt sad?

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:

Well, life is full of joys and sorrows, and I must say there have been many incidents or situations when I felt really disappointed. One such disappointing experience I had around 2-3 years ago.

When it was?
When I tried to buy something online for the very first time. Actually, I was after a pair of sports shoes of the Nike brand. One day, while checking Facebook, I came across an advertisement of a pair of shoes, and it was exactly the same pair I checked out at the store.

Now, I got amazed because the price tag on the advertisement was only Rs. 2000, and it was a limited-time offer. I couldn’t afford to miss the opportunity. So without thinking much or without investigating much, I placed the order, and I had to pay using my credit card, and instantly the payment got deducted.

Now I was waiting for the courier eagerly, and after a couple of days, I received it. I was over the moon when I received it, but I got extremely disappointed.

What happened? and Explain why you felt sad?
When I opened the box because it was entirely a different product. It was a fake product, it was not the original Nike Sports shoes. It was no where near as shown in the brochure or in the advertisement.

Instantly, I tried to catch up with the company to replace or refund the amount that I had paid, but the company denied it. They said that they have no such policy of return or exchange.

I was absolutely disappointed the way they dealt, and they made a fool of me, but I had no one to blame because I didn’t probe enough. Now, I couldn’t do anything because this pair was totally useless for me.

And In fact, it was not even my size. It was a totally different size. So, I ended up giving this pair of shoes to a beggar.

Overall, I can say that this was a day when I was quite disappointed and sad.

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