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Describe your experience of a stressful event

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 361 with Model Answer:

Describe your experience of a stressful event.

You should say:
  • what the situation was
  • what you did
  • how other people might have behaved in this situation
and explain how you felt about it later.

[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:
Getting involved in a quarrel with my husband was really a stressful event for me last week. I failed to control my temper. In fact, it was his fault and he tried to trap me as guilty. So, I protested against the unjust attitude and the situations turned worst. It was the perfect example of a stressful situation in my family of two. Finally, he admitted the guilt and then everything went back to normalcy. Both of us went angry on the matter that it created a mess around the home.

When I was blamed, I tried to control my temper. Actually, I am a short-tempered woman and become angry at things when they are not done accordingly. It was the event of our second marriage anniversary and I asked Marcos to bring a cake. He forgot. Then after returning home, he shouted at me that I did not tell him about the cake. And there were guests around. So, the situation took an untoward turn.

Well, the situation might be controlled in some other ways. If there were a more patient woman instead of me, she might have handled it cautiously as there were guests at home. She might have sent the husband to bring the cake silently. Though I did the same, there were some arguments between us while one of the senior guests tried to resolve the issue. But the scenario could have been worst too if there an even angrier woman than me.

Later, I felt that it was a mistake. He might have forgotten for his work pressure at the office and I also forgot to remind him again before he left office in the evening. However, it was a special learning for me to deal with the stressful situation. Thank God that everything went well finally.

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