Toastmasters has become an integral part of my life and going to its meeting is a beautiful time spent. The organization organizes few competitions every year and among them, I took part in the evaluation contest. In the contest, there was a speaker and I had to evaluate him on his speech, giving him ideas on where the speech can be improved. There were 16 participants and three judges.
I remember I had a work priority on the day and I was juggling between the competition and the workplace. And when it was my turn to speak I missed it. They were gracious enough to let me speak at the last. Once my evaluations were over, the results were announced and I had come at the first place.
The feeling was amazing because I had never given evaluations before and it was my first experience. The best part was the feedback that I got from the audience and the speaker. The speaker felt he had never received a better evaluation and the audience wanted to listen more. For me, the prize had become secondary in front of the feedbacks.
Disappointment in life is a part of life and no one has ever been through life without having any disappointments. This time we are looking at a cue card where you need to talk about something that disappointed you.
Talk about something you were disappointed about.
You should say:
what it was about
when it happened
why it disappointed you
and explain how you felt about it.
SAMPLE ANSWER 1
We have shifted our roots to buying online rather than going offline with friends and buying things. For a long time I had been skeptical about buying things online, but after a few purchases, I once ordered a phone from Amazon. It was my first phone from my salary and I was very excited about it. The company did an amazing delivery and the phone reached to me before the expected time.
I had ordered a Motorola G4 and was expecting to be able to use it for better clicks and my writing. But, it seemed that the phone came with a bit flaw. It had heating issues and the phone used to hang up in every fifteen minutes. Frustrated and agitated I decided on returning the phone. I had bought the phone on 15 June 2015 and returned it on 18 June. My expectations were that the phone would be returned by 25 and then I will buy a new one for myself.
But, somehow it did not happen. I did return my phone but did not get any refund. Initially, I had asked for a cheque and it got delivered to my old address from wherein I could not pick it and the processing began again. It was only after 5th July that I could get my money and hence a phone.
It was truly a very irritating and more disappointing one because I had some plans with my phone and wanted to execute them, but because of phone and money problems, things got messed up.
SAMPLE ANSWER 2
Disappointments are a part of life and I have realized it by now. There have been many times when I have been disappointed because of various things. But, I think the biggest disappointment for me till date has been my failure of being not able to buy a Macintosh. I remember planning for a cheap laptop and maybe a DSLR to start off. But then my love for Macintosh pitched in and I started working for it.
I remember doing extra shifts for my laptop and working even on weekends and long weekends. It took me around 5 months of hard work after which I was able to save money for Macintosh. But, when the time arrived, it so happened that I could not get a major amount of money that I had saved for it and I lost hope. When that happened, I could no longer buy Macintosh for myself. I thought it is not a major thing, but with passing time I did realize that it was important for me.
The one thing that disappointed me the most was initially when searching for Macintosh in my city, I could not find them. However, after some time when the money was gone, there were a lot of places that displayed it. It was only after seven months after buying a DSLR that I was actually able to feel good.
Often growing up we do get nostalgic about school, miss our school days. The fights, teachers and our friends. We do get reminded of our lively days. This time we are looking at a sample IELTS answer that takes us back to our school and reminds us of the rules that we used to have in our schools. The different reactions to the rule in school and your take on the one that you disagreed with.
You have 1 minute to prepare notes.
Describe a rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with. You should say :
what was the rule?
for whom was the rule applicable?
why did you not like the rule?
Also, explain how do you think the same thing could have been achieved without the rule.
Fig: IELTS Cue Card school rule
Schools have always been the institution of teaching discipline and hard work and mine was the epitome of it. I studied in a convent school and there were many rules which we had to adhere to. But, after a change in our principal, a new rule was established which stated that any student who is late for school would not be allowed to attend the first three classes. On looking back at the rule, I can understand the reason for its severity. Students would have surely and they did avoided being late.
However, during that time, when the rule was beginning to apply, there was a lot of hustle and bustle in the school. Many students of the primary classes on getting late had to stand outside and wait for the first three lectures to complete. There were even cases when the children who got late were bullied and I can clearly remember one case. A child of fourth grade was late and when he reached the class, he was teased by his peers for a week. It led to his health deteriorating and his parents had to complain.
On the other side, many formed friendships with their late comers and so they came purposely late.
The intentions of the rule, in my opinion, were good but could have been implemented other wise. Students getting late could have been recorded and actions taken on them for being late for three consecutive days. In this way, we could have avoided the bullying and the extreme laziness which the rule brought along.
epitome – a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
adhere – believe in and follow the practices of.
hustle and bustle – A large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.
bullied – use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force them to do something.
Most of our lives, we are surrounded by people. No matter the kind of personality that we have, extrovert or introvert, we often need to interact with people. This time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a person you work or study with.
You have one minute to prepare your notes.
Describe a person you work/study with. You should say –
who is that person?
how did you meet him or her?
what do you like and dislike in the person?
also, explain, how has the person an impact on your life?
I have been working for a multinational company for past two years and working there gave me an opportunity to meet a multitude of people. People from different regions, traits and ambitions. There are few friends that I made and many colleagues I am on good terms with. I would like to talk about Sourabh, my senior under whom I worked for almost one and a half year. He was my manager and also my confidant.
He has been one of the best persons I have met through my career till now. What I really admire about him are his ethics. He has a very strong value system. I remember a few months ago, he was talking to his friend and in the conversation, told him that parents are the most important people in our lives. He is the kind of a person who lives and let live. I really admire his humour. Even in the toughest of times when the entire team has succumbed, I have seen him smiling and handling things better.
The only times I remember not being able to connect with him well is when he had to do things he might not have done personally, just because of professional pressure. Sourabh unknowingly has been a great mentor for me through my working days. In times of troubles, I have always found myself thinking what if Sourabh was in my position, and things have really gone well for me.
multitude – a large number of people or things.
confidant – a person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.
ethics – moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity.
succumbed – fail to resist pressure, temptation, or some other negative force.
SAMPLE ANSWER 2
I am a student currently in my High School and have few close friends with a spirit of companionship with almost all. Out of all the people, the one person I spend most of my time is, Vipula. She has been one of the finest people I have met throughout my school years. We met by chance on our school bus. We shared the same route for our house and one day sat in the same seat. Being new to the school, both of us did not have many friends and in the moments of aloofness, gelled well.
She is a basketball champion by now and teaches me biology. I help her with Math and we are hoping to have better scores in our High school. What I really like about her is she always finds happiness. Even in the darkest of her times, I have rarely seen her falling. Her favourite quote being, if I can solve the problem, what is the issue. If I cannot solve it, then also.
But, sometimes she tries to handle all of it alone and it does bring issues between us. Vipula has been one of those important people who has taught me the importance of teamwork and being calm. She is truly a gem in my life.
companionship – a feeling of fellowship or friendship.