Describe A Time You Had A Disagreement With Someone

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time you had a disagreement with someone.

You should say:

Who was the person?
Why did you have the disagreement ?
Was the issue resolved? If yes, how?

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 1:

Disagreement is a crucial part of every individual’s life.

Who was the person?
Here I would like to talk about a time when I disagreed with my friend.

I vividly remember, about six months ago, when I was in 12th grade and burning the midnight oil to clear my exams with good marks. At that time, a new Bollywood movie was released. So my friend planned to watch that movie in the theatre.

Why did you have the disagreement ?
However, I disagreed with him because final exams were around the corner. So, I didn’t want to miss a class in any case. With my decision, my friend was furious on me because he is a cinephile person, and exams were a bone of contention among us.

Then I promised him that we would go to watch that movie after the final exams.

Was the issue resolved? If yes, how?
But despite my many efforts, he did not agree with me. Then I decided to book the evening show of that movie without informing him so that it would become a win-win situation for me.

On the next day, I showed tickets to him. Honestly speaking, he was on seventh heaven and had grain on his face.

At that time, I felt inner gratification. So after school hours, we watched that movie, and it was stupendous. Still, I have a book of memories of that day.

Overall, this was the time when I disagreed with a person.

Model Answer 2:


  • Life would be boring if everyone had the same views.
  • I think there is nothing wrong with having disagreements, but we should try to resolve them peacefully.

Who was the person?

  • Recently, I had a disagreement with one of my friends about our future.

Why did you have the disagreement ?

  • Actually, my friend is very patriotic and he wants India to grow.
  • He believes that our country is not able to progress because of brain drain.
  • He is against people moving abroad for greener pastures.
  • I, on the other hand, believe that there is lack of opportunities in India and thus, there is nothing wrong with youth moving to foreign countries.
  • Moreover, the quality of life in India cannot be compared with the developed countries like the US, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
  • The disagreement happened when we were both discussing our future plans after completing our 12th standard.
  • He told me that he is planning to join the armed forces as he wants to serve the country.
  • Then, I told him about my plans of settling abroad after completing my higher education.
  • That’s how the disagreement started.
  • He gave me all the reasons why I shouldn’t settle abroad, while I gave him all the reasons why I decided to do so in the first place.

Was the issue resolved? If yes, how?

  • What surprised me is that normally my friend is really calm, but on this issue, he got really emotional.
  • I could see that he really cares about the country.
  • I think we had this whole argument for about 2 hours.
  • At last, we both just agreed that we both had different viewpoints and there was nothing wrong with having different views.


  • However, this disagreement did make me realise one thing, I had more responsibility towards my country.

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 you had a disagreement with someone”.

1. If there is a disagreement, what do you do?
It really depends upon the issue. If it is a minor issue, I don’t let it escalate and just tell the person, I disagree with and move on. However, if it’s something important, I ask my parents and friends for advice.

2. How can we disagreements from escalating into a fight?
I think we just need to be calm and rational. I think the best way to de-escalate situations is to give them time. We always make wrong decisions when we don’t give issues time. I also try to involve a neutral person and ask them for advice.

3. Who do you think should teach children to respect- teachers or parents?
I think both parents and teachers have the responsibility of teaching children. However, I think such things are not taught but rather learnt by observing others. Children pick up a lot of things by watching their parents and so it is absolutely important that parents behave appropriately in front of them.

4. What do you do when you have a disagreement with your parents?
Well, in this case, I am normally forced to accept their viewpoint. I know my parents have my best interests at heart, so I don’t mind it. However, sometimes when I feel strongly about something I do try to resist. Sometimes, they do let me prevail.


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