IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like
You should say:
When and where it happened
Who he/she was
Why you didn’t like this person
And explain why you were friendly to him/her on this occasion
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Band 9 Model Answer 1:
IELTS cue card Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like
Band 9 Model Answer 2:
To be honest, I am an introvert (someone who is quiet, shy, and prefers to spend time alone rather than communicating with other people) person, so I don’t like to socialize with other people and just prefer spending time with the like-minded (of people) sharing the same ideas, opinions, or interests) ones. But there was one time I had to try to be friendly with a classmate called Bill who lives in close proximity of (=near) my house.
Frankly speaking, we have nothing in common (to share interests or other characteristics with someone) in terms of personalities and interest, so it is really hard for me to communicate with him. Actually, he is quite extrovert (an energetic person who enjoys being with others), talkative, easy-going and quite humorous. He likes outdoor activities with all kinds of friends while I just want to spend time with close friends or stay alone to read books.
Unluckily, one day coming back from school, I fell off the bike and broke my legs. So I had to take a couple of weeks off from school and stay at home to rest. My mother was afraid that I couldn’t keep up with (to do whatever is necessary to stay level with someone) my friends after 2 weeks off from study, so she asked Bill to come over (to come to a place) my house every evening to help me study. At first, I felt quite awkward and couldn’t talk to him because I had never thought of one day I would communicate with him who I never wanted to. But I realized that I had to be polite and friendly to him, so that he was able to feel comfortable when teaching me. Although I appreciated his help a lot, those 2 weeks were really a nightmare to me.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions
Here some IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions asked during your speaking part 3 by IELTS examiner related to IELTS cue card “Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like”.
1. Why are people friendly with the person they don’t like?
Sample Answer 1: Well, we don’t live in a perfect world, so all people around us are not perfect. The person we don’t like is not intrinsically (in an essential or natural way) a bad person. The main reason you don’t get along ( =like each other) is that we have different values with them. So we don’t need to be friends with them but should be friendly to each other to create a better world.
Sample Answer 2: People can be friendly to others, even to people they don’t like, for various reasons. Some do that because those who they don’t like have what they want. Some are nice and friendly because the people they don’t like haven’t done anything harmful to them anyway. And some are just nice with everyone because they are genuinely nice and have friendly manners no matter who they are with.
2. What kinds of people are usually friendly?
As far as I’m concerned (according to what someone thinks), the vast majority of (the large number of) the people all over the world are friendly to others, especially the ones who work in education, customer service, sales & marketing, healthcare fields.
3. What are the differences between being friendly and polite?
Sample Answer 1: As far as I know, being friendly means you are nice, pleasant when talking with someone. Meanwhile, being polite is to follow the social norms and behaviors and doesn’t show levels of comfort and intimacy. For example, you can show your politeness by giving the seat for someone who is pregnant, but you don’t want to do so, deep down (in the part of your mind where your strongest & secret feelings are).
4. What do you think about people who are always straightforward?
I think being a straightforward person has some advantages. The first advantage is that you can get immediately what you want without beating around the bush (avoid talking important things). Another one is that a straightforward person is the go-to (the best person for a particular purpose) one when they need an advice or suggestions because they don’t sugarcoat (to make something seem more pleasant or positive than it is) their words and usually tell the truth.
Other IELTS Speaking Part 3 (Discussion)
What are some qualities of a good friendship?
Is it important for people to have a good friendship with their colleagues?