IELTS Preparation

Describe an event when someone apologised to you

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 247 with Model Answer:

Describe an event when someone apologised to you.

You should say:

  • who apologised to you
  • when it was
  • why this person apologised to you

and explain how you felt when this person apologised to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

When I was at my school, a classmate of mine made some quarrels with me over a petty issue. Later he apologised to me for the incident and promised me that such events will never take place between us.

I was a student of Govt High School Kotwal Quetta in Balochistan under Pakistan. In my school, there were no chances for coeducation. It was only for boys. So, all the students were boys and thus the numbers of misdeeds were more than the other school of the locality. Majority of the boys were wicked and did not follow any rules and regulations. Khashru Ameer was one of them and loved to quarrel with some other boys. Unfortunately, he also got involved in a quarrel with me though I was not to be blamed. The quarrel started with the seating arrangements. I always used to sit on the first row in the class. Sitting in the first row was set on the first come first served basis. So, the students who used to go early in the class could occupy their seats on the first bench. But Ameer started the quarrel over occupying a seat on the row though he was too late for the class.

He did the foul acts for his immaturity and nothing but the age was to be blamed. We were the students of eighth grade in the school. The activities we did were almost childish but the teachers used to advise us over not performing such acts. They advised that we have to behave gently as most of the students were disobedient. Most of the students were involved in some sort of monkey business and they did not follow the orders of their parents or teachers. So, it was really difficult for the teacher to control the situations in the class. When they controlled one part of the class, troubles began from another corner. Sometimes the students used to start a fight with one another over minor issues and all of such things happened as all of us were in the beginning of our teenage.

Khashru Ameer was one of the mischievous boys and he often started the quarrel by himself with the others. Since he was somewhat healthy than the other boys of the class, he used to dominate over them by force. But he could not dare to get engage with me because I was the only boy who knew the martial art. Initially, he could not understand the issue that what he was doing. So, he continued the quarrel with me and he had firm belief that I would leave the seat for him. But instead, I did not do so. Instead, I looked into his eyes directly. I gently said that I would not leave the seat and if he needs to sit on the first row, he should come earlier. I also told him not to behave rudely with me otherwise, he is to pay a heavy price for that. With my speeches, he was a bit astonished and felt embarrassed. No one else told him so before and my statements hit on his ego. He also stared at me. Finally, when some other boys came to my help and told him about my expertise, he apologised and took a last-row seat.

Actually, I felt nervous in the beginning when he was quarrelling with me. I have seen that he is beating the other boys who were disobedient to him. But I had no interactions with him until he wanted to grab my seat. I knew that I could handle him very well, but I did not want to create a scene in the class. I could beat a boy like him severely and without any pause, but I did not do so. I just warned him that the consequences of quarrelling would be terrible for him and if he did not listen to me, I really would have beaten him seriously. When I warned him, I saw a fear in his eyes and when he apologised to me, I got relieved that the trouble was gone. I was also in a trouble that if I had to beat him, the issue would be publicised and then a mess will be created. So, with the apology, I got free from all the anxieties.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe a shop near where you live that you sometimes go to.” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe a situation that you feel bad about. 
  • Describe a memorable event from your high school. 
  • A time when someone said sorry to you. 
  • Describe an event that you can remember from your childhood.

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