IELTS Cue Card: Conversation you had with someone you didn't know

Conversation you had with someone you didn't know

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 229 with Model Answer:

Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you didn't know.

You should say:
  • what the conversation was about
  • who you had this conversation with
  • where the conversation took place
and explain why you found the conversation interesting.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Humans cannot live alone and hence the society has emerged as a large institution to keep people united. But it is impossible always to get familiar with all the people of the society. A few days ago, I had some talks with an unknown person and it was highly interesting.

I was travelling to Manila, the capital and bay side city of Philippines at LRT (Light Rail Transit) and suddenly noticed that a young English woman of almost my age is sitting beside me. I was reading a thriller and coincidentally the lady was also reading the same thriller. Meanwhile, she also noticed me and started talking about the book that we were reading. I also participated in the discussion with her eagerly. Gradually I came to know that she is a wise woman and knows more about the writer of the book than me. I was reading the book for passing the time on the train. I boarded on the LRT to reach Mega Manila from Metro Manila. When I do not have anything to do in such cases, I read novels for passing the moments. This is a habit for me but I found that reading novels is a fascination for the lady. We discussed different issues of the entire thriller series.

Gradually I introduced myself and came to know about her. Her name was Jessica Bill. She was a teacher of English in a local elementary school. She lives alone in Manila and her family is in England. The school authority has hired for a three-year contract to teach British English at the school. She is a fan of thrillers and also told me that she has a huge collection of thrillers written by different renowned writers. She loves to read. I also expressed myself to her. I also mentioned her about my preferences and told her the truth that I am not that much passionate like her on reading books.

The conversation between us took place inside a train. The LRT is one of the most popular transportation systems in Manila. A large number of people usually ride on the LRT as it is comparatively faster than the other vehicle. Once people are on board on LRT, they are free of anxieties of reaching their destinations in due time. As a female, I took my seat on a corner, designated for females, and Jessica also sat by me on the same row. The train was less crowded as it was the noon and everyone is busy with their respective works at their workplaces. So, I comfortably grabbed my seat and started reading the thriller. Initially, Jessica took her seat behind a couple of rows but she sat by me after sometimes as she was not feeling comfortable there. We discussed numerous issues during the journey. We got down at the same station and her residence was a few minutes’ walk from there. We exchanged our telephone numbers and social network identity to remain in touch.

I am an introvert in nature, and accordingly, I do not prefer to talk with unknown people in most of the cases unless there are any emergencies raised. But the scenario was completely different here. Jessica was unknown to me and the issue was also similar for her. She was the lady with a cheerful mind and made the first move to talk with me. Gradually I found that we have graduated in the same year but in different regions – she was in England and I was in the Philippines. So, a sense of friendship grew between us. We shared our views and ideas about the world. She is living alone here and so I invited her to be at my place in Manila on her weekends where she will get an entertaining environment. The conversation was interesting for both of us. We laughed out loud while discussing the comical events of the movies made based on the thriller- James Bond. In fact, being an introvert, the number of my friends is limited but when I met with Jessica, she behaved like a good friend to me. I was highly amazed at her ability to meet someone so fast and make them feel at comfortable with her. She could do this only for her extrovert nature and her outgoing attitude has made her company comfy for everyone and even talking with her is also interesting.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an interesting conversation you had with someone you didn't know." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well:
  • Describe a time when you had a conversation with a stranger. 
  • Describe an interesting conversation or discussion you recently had. 
  • Describe a conversation that influenced you. 
  • Describe something interesting you did recently.