An Occasion You Unexpectedly Met Someone for the first time – IELTS Cue Card Sample 26

Describe an occasion when you were surprised to meet someone you know. | Describe an occasion when you unexpectedly met someone you know.

You should say:

  • who it was
  • where you met this person
  • what you did when you met
  • and explain why you were surprised to meet this person.


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Well, it doesn’t happen a lot when you unexpectedly meet someone you know. But couple of days ago when I was out for lunch, I bumped into a high school classmate whom I haven’t seen since we graduated.

I was walking along the street when I saw him standing in front of a restaurant. He hasn’t changed a bit, so I recognized him right away. I approached him and said hi; however, it took him a while to realize that I was his high school classmate. At that moment, I felt very awkward. Luckily, it didn’t last long and we started to give each other a quick update about our lives recently, such as where we are working currently, our families and, of course, we swapped phone numbers and promised to keep in touch in future.


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Since we were both in a hurry, we didn’t spend much time chatting with each other. However, it always feels good when you unexpectedly meet a long-lost friend. If we had had more time, we’d probably have reminisced about our high school memories with all the crazy things that we did back then.


bump into: [phrasal verb] to meet unexpectedly by accident.
Example: To my surprise, I bumped into my English teacher in the supermarket.
he hasn’t changed a bit: [verb phrase] he looks or acts exactly the same.
Example: My uncle looks the same as in the photos of him 20 years ago. It’s amazing, he hasn’t changed a bit.
right away: [adverb] immediately
Example: This message is very urgent, so please send it right away.
awkward: [adjective] making you feel embarrassed.
Example: At the restaurant, my friend had to pay for our meal. It was an awkward situation because I had forgotten to bring any money!
update: [noun] a report containing the most recent information.
Example: I planned to go to the beach, so I checked on the Internet for an update on the weather forecast.
swap: [verb] to give something to somebody and receive something in exchange.
Example: I swapped places with a man on the bus so that I could sit near the front.
keep in touch: [verb phrase] to communicate with somebody, especially by writing or telephoning.
Example: Most young people nowadays keep in touch by e-mailing or texting their friends.
chat: [verb] to talk in a friendly, informal way to somebody
Example: I decided to invite my friend for a coffee, so we could chat about our recent holidays
a long-lost friend: [noun] a friend that you have not seen for a long time.
Example: At the bus station, I bumped into a long-lost friend that I had not seen since my school days.
reminisce: [verb] to think, talk or write about a happy time in your past.
Example: My father often reminisces about his years at university.
 back then: [adverb] at a particular time in the past.
Example: I remember when I visited Thailand many years ago. Back then, there were very few tourists.

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