IELTS Cue Card: When you felt surprised to meet someone

When you felt surprised to meet someone

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 224 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you felt surprised to meet someone.

You should say:
  • when this happened
  • who this person was
  • what did you do together on that day
and explain why you thought it was a surprise to meet this person.

[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:
Samantha is my cousin and we live in the same town, Paris. Unfortunately, both of us cannot manage time to meet and when I met her last week at a social gathering; I was surprised to see her. She looked amazing and beautiful because she has lost her extra pounds.

Samantha is almost of my age and she is my paternal cousin. She lives with her parents in Bercy in Paris. Bercy is a residential area with the border of Bois de Vincennes while I am in Montparnasse with my parents. Since everyone is busy with their own works, it is difficult to manage time for social gathering here. Moreover, the residing locations of us are a bit distant. So, despite eagerness, we are unable to meet frequently and on some occasions. But this time, a birthday party of another cousin has brought us together. All of the family members were invited to the party of Andrew Simpson, one of my paternal cousins who just turned 15. I met with Samantha at the party and enjoyed it together.

Samantha Simpson is my cousin, and she was the daughter of my eldest uncle (the big brother of my dad). She looks pretty nice now and she is studying her graduation. She looks striking with her deep blue eyes, wide forehead and large black hairs. She is, in fact, proud of her hairs and takes regular care for that. She is 20 now but her growth looked like she was a bit more aged. In her early days, she was too much bulky that some of our cousins used to tease her for her overweight. But now she has removed the extra weights with hard work and exercise. When the family used to stay under the same roof, we had lots of fun. Strolling on the streets of Paris was our regular task. Besides, she was the leader for us and made different plans to make fun. Most of the time she used to move alone and when she succeeded in the plans, we followed her.

I met Samantha around nine months later and we did not have any formal communication excluding the SMS chats. She informed me that she is having some serious exercise to reduce her weight. I, in fact, did not care about the issue as she took such attempts earlier but each of them was a failure. But now she has done what she wanted I was totally surprised about her change. Earlier, she was fond of rich foods, which contributed to her weight gain, but now she did not take the foods in plenty. When I asked her to some more foods on the plate, she replied that she was selective in her foods. On the birthday party, she came wearing a neutral coloured jeans pant with the blue tops. She had boots on her feet and the look was splendid. So, I took some pictures with her to be used on the social networking site. Moreover, both of had long chats. She shared about the recent events of her life and about her new boyfriend as well.

Meeting with Samantha after the long nine months was a surprise for me. When I met last, she looked weighty and she had some weird habits. She tried to make fun with everyone irrespective of age and situations. I think her mental faculty was like the kids who do not know what to do or when to do. Besides, she was not attracted to boys. But now, she has a boyfriend. She was too smart in her speeches and talked faster than the other people. She is completely changed from her former habits. She, now, speaks with a silent tone and tries to communicate effectively with everyone. Her parents are also happy with the changes. She told me that the changes have come after her relationship with John. He has taught her the best practices to be exercised in the society. So, she has started following the instructions from John and has changed herself. So, I was surprised after meeting her. Though we had some irregular connections on social networking sites, she never told me about the changes and that was also a surprising issue for me as well.