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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Describe a time when you were friendly to someone you didn't like

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

There are times in our lives when we had to do something that we really hated and every now and then when it happens, we have to accept that it’s part of our lives. C’est la vie!

If memory serves, when I studied in grade 12, my teacher randomly divided all the members in my class into pairs and asked us to collaborate with our designated partner to finish a joint project. Unfortunately, I was assigned to work with another boy in class, the one I really couldn’t stand as he always appeared to be arrogant and unapproachable. This made me feel very uneasy and uncomfortable so at that moment I intended to ask if someone else in my class would be willing to swap with me. However, this seemed like a mission impossible as many other classmates also didn’t like him at all. Well, as you can imagine, I had no choice but to work with him and try to finish our task for the teacher.

It wasn’t easy for me at first because we had had lots of arguments about how everything should get going. There were some moments when I said to myself I just couldn’t work with that guy anymore. You know, he could be as stubborn as a mule some time and it took us one entire afternoon just to reach agreement on how we would conduct the project. Thankfully, he conceded that I had got some interesting points and became more open to my suggestions. In the end, we got very high marks for that cooperative effort.

More surprisingly, he asked me out for a drink to celebrate the success of our project and most importantly, it was his treat. Well, thanks to this, I finally came to realize that he wasn’t that bad and the real problem with him was that he didn’t know how to express his feelings. After all, we’ve become good friends and believe it or not, he’s the only one from high school that I still keep in touch with.


every now and then: thỉnh thoảng, đôi lúc

c’est la vie: cuộc đời là thế mà

if memory serves: nếu như tôi nhớ không nhầm thì

designated partner: bạn được chỉ định làm chung

joint project: dự án làm chung

assign: giao cho ai làm gì đó

can’t stand sb: không chịu được ai đó

arrogant: chảnh

unapproachable: khó gần

uneasy: không thoải mái

swap with sb: đổi với ai đó

mission impossible: nhiệm vụ bất khả thi

as stubborn as a mule: rất cứng đầu, bướng bỉnh

one entire afternoon: cả một buổi chiều

reach agreement on sth: đạt được thỏa thuận về gì đó

conduct the project: tiến hành, thực hiện dự án

concede: nhượng bộ

become more open to sth: cảm thấy thoải mái, cởi mở hơn với gì đó

cooperative effort: nỗ lực chung, không phải của mỗi cá nhân

sb’s treat: ai đó bao, trả tiền

come to realize sth: nhận ra điều gì đó

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