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A stranger who taught you something important

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 475 with Model Answer:

Describe a stranger who taught you something important.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who this person was
  • what important thing he/she taught you
and explain how it became useful to you.

[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:
I never shy away from learning something from a person whether he or she is a familiar person to me or just a complete stranger. Of course, it doesn’t often happen that I get to meet a stranger and learn something from him or her. But about 6/7 months ago, I accidentally met a person at a shopping centre and learned something useful from him.

Now, I am not too sure if I had seen that person before that day, but it was abundantly clear to me from his talks (or “exchanges” with the staff there) and activities that he was a frequent shopper at that shopping centre. Anyway, to move the story forward, we both were trying to pick up some stuff from a particular "aisle". But the problem was that I just couldn’t find the merchandises or products which I was looking for. So, naturally, I became a bit frustrated and started to blame the workers there at the store since they failed to stack up the stuff there in an organized manner. Then, as I was mumbling to myself, I suddenly noticed that the stranger shopper was approaching me with the same merchandise, I was searching for, in his hands, apparently because he wanted to hand them over to me.

And as he handed those things over to me, he told me with a smiling face that we should try to avoid complaining about small things in our life and instead try to become proactive more if we really want to make our life a bit easier. With those words, the stranger was apparently implying to me that I should have searched for those pieces of stuff in different aisles instead of complaining. The lesson was - "complaining doesn’t solve any problem, but being proactive does".

Anyway, from that day on, I have very seldom complained about anything even though I have had very valid reasons to do so. And, as a result, I have become more proactive and positive in order to get things done more successfully instead since then.

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