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IELTS Speaking topic: A time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like

24/04/20152 minute read

Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like.
You should say:
when and where it happened
who he or she was
why you didn’t like this person
and explain why you were friendly to him or her on that occasion.

Let me tell you about the challenging person I had to deal with when I was doing a project for one of my clients last year in my client’s office. He was the manager of that company. After we co-worked for a couple of days, I found that he had a caustic style and often spoke in a pejorative way. Even worse, the manager was standoffish and quick to criticise. He even withheld critical information from our project team.

However, thought I was really frustrated by him and didn’t personally like him, I tried hard to face it. I had to get along well with this guy because how I managed those relationships could be vital to my careers and I needed his participation to be successful in this project. Therefore, in the following days, I sometimes took him out to dinner and asked him to talk about some of the projects he had heard about, and surprisingly, he was willing to share with me his teamwork. In the end, the late evenings were always filled with collaboration, shared success and accomplishment.

He was much more cooperative when some of colleagues in our team asked for his viewpoint and acknowledged his expertise. And I had a much easier time working with him.


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  1. I got two new topics
    Describe a situation that others didn’t tell you the whole truth.

    You should say:

    what the situation was;

    who was involved;

    why they didn’t tell you the whole truth;

    and explain how you felt when you found out you were not told the whole truth.

    Describe a childhood song you remember well.

    You should say:

    where you first heard this song;

    how old you were when you first heard it;

    what it was about;

    and explain how you feel now when you hear this song.

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