IELTS Cue Card Describe a Time You Made a Promise to someone
You should talk about:
- Whom did you make the promise to
- Why did you make the promise
- What was the promise
- Was the promise easy to achieve
It is easy to make promises, but it is always hard to keep them as the saying goes, “Never make a promise in haste.” So, if you don’t intend to keep promises, then avoid making them.
(Whom did you make the promise to?) I had promised my best friend that I would visit her once she’s back from the United States and spend an entire day with her and recollect our college memories. (Why did you make the promise?) My best friend moved with her family to the United States after graduation, while I became busy in my daily routine. Thus, we didn’t get a chance to have a good time. It was very difficult, even to call or text her. (What was the promise?) One day, she called to tell me that she’s coming to India for a week. On hearing the news, I was so excited that, impulsively, I promised to spend a day with her. (Was the promise easy to achieve?) I decided to take a day off and spend the day with her. But to my surprise, on the very same day, my manager asked me to come to the office as another colleague of mine was on sick leave and informed me that I had to work as a substitute. Irked, I reached the office and started my work, and tried to complete it at the earliest. Although it was difficult for me to manage work at the office, I did my best to finish it quickly and keep my promise of spending more time with her. Later, I called my best friend and convinced her to spend at least half a day with me. She gladly agreed, and we had a great time in the evening.
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Vocabulary for IELTS Speaking Part 2
Recollect (verb): To remember or recall (call to mind)
Eg: She recollected her childhood memories.
Routine: A sequence of action that is regularly repeated or followed.
Eg: My mother’s daily routine includes cooking and cleaning.
Impulsively(adverb): Doing something suddenly or without forethought.
Eg: She impulsively jumped into the still water.
Irked (verb): irritated
Eg: She got irked when the manager chose her best friend.
Substitute: A person or a thing that serves in place of another.
Eg: She used the meat as a substitute for chicken while preparing the dish.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions (Discussion)
Do parents in your country make a lot of promises to their children?
Yes, most Indian parents make promises to their children such as gifting their favourite toys or taking them on a vacation only to motivate them to achieve good academic results and maintain healthy competition amongst other children.
Do children also make a lot of promises to their parents?
Obviously Yes. Children make a lot of promises to their parents as parents have high hopes for them. Children make promises such as securing good grades, being obedient and disciplined, and not idling away their time but utilizing it in the right way, and many others.
Are most people able to fulfill their promises?
Most people try to fulfill their promises. Few of them don’t. For example, some people promise to be on time, but they don’t happen to be on time. So it is better to avoid making promises.
How do you feel when others break their promises?
I would feel terrible if someone makes a commitment and is unable to fulfill it. It will become hard for me to trust them again. Most people make promises frequently but are unable to keep them, which is very disappointing. Therefore, I believe that people should not befool others by making false promises and think twice before making one.
Vocabulary for IELTS Speaking Part 3
Idling: to spend time doing nothing
Eg: After her exams, you can only find her idling.
Eg: Coming back from the office, he met with a terrible accident.
Disappointing: feeling sad because of something bad
Eg: Her behaviour toward me was disappointing.
Befool: to make a fool of
Eg: I wanted to help him in the business but he tried to befool me