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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Incorrect Information

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Describe an occasion when you received incorrect information

You should say:

  • when it happened

  • what the information was

  • how you found out the information was incorrect

and explain how you felt about the experience


I'd like to talk about a time when I received the wrong information about my flight schedule. So, it was a few months ago when I was planning a trip to Europe. I was incredibly excited about the trip and I had been doing a lot of research online. One day, to my amazement, I stumbled on a website that had a wealth of useful information about the different cities I wanted to visit. And without a second thought, I decided to book my flights and hotels through that website straight away.

The website was very user-friendly and it appeared to have a lot of positive reviews. I also booked my flights and hotels without any problems. Then, a few days before my trip, I decided to print out my boarding passes and hotel confirmations. However, as I was printing them out, I noticed that the flight times and hotel addresses were inconsistent with what I had originally booked. I checked the website again and realized that the information had been changed.

I was really let down, to be honest. I mean, I had already booked my flights and hotels and had to repeat the entire procedure later at a higher cost. I also had to spend a lot of time and effort trying to sort out the problem. I felt very frustrated and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to thoroughly enjoy my trip.

In the end, fortunately, I was still able to get to Europe and had a whale of a time there. But, you know, I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this experience. I’ve promised myself that I’ll always check the information on websites carefully and also make sure to book my flights and accommodation directly with the airlines and hotels next time.



  • to one’s amazement (phrase) = trước sự ngạc nhiên của ai đó

  • stumble on sth (phrasal verb) = tình cờ bắt gặp cái gì đó

  • a wealth of sth (phrase) = một số lượng lớn cái gì đó

  • without a second thought (phrase) = không suy nghĩ gì thêm

  • user-friendly (adj) = thân thiện với người dùng

  • boarding pass (phrase) = thẻ lên máy bay

  • be inconsistent with sth (phrase) = không ăn khớp với cái gì đó

  • let sb down (phrasal verb) = khiến ai đó thất vọng

  • sort out sth (phrasal verb) = giải quyết một vấn đề, tình huống nào đó

  • have a whale of a time (idiom) = có khoảng thời gian vô cùng vui vẻ


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