Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a situation when you had to be nice to someone you dislike
You should say:
- who this person was
- why you do not like him/her
- what happened
and why you still had to be nice to him/her
In our daily walk of life we meet different kinds of people. We may like or dislike some, and some attract ambivalent feelings from us. But there is a fourth category of people whom we ‘dislike but have to be nice’. This category mostly comprises relatives and people from our professional field because we cannot ignore their presence in our lives. We have to act in a responsible manner and respect them to make our life easy.
I met one such person when I joined my first job. Both of us were English teachers, but she had joined the institution before me. As she was my senior, the head told her to help me out whenever I needed help. Whenever I would approach her for advice, she gave me answers that were not much of a help. So, I started asking the other teachers for guidance. Later, I learnt that she had told my colleagues that I was very arrogant and did not accept any of her helpful approaches.
She used to complete her responsibilities in a careless manner and suggested to me not to put so much effort in my work. Although she was gifted in the field of creating and producing drama, she did not take any responsibility. As a result, some of my colleagues and I were burdened with most of the cultural duties. As both of us taught the same subject, the head had suggested that we work in sync with each other. When I tried to consult her, she complained that I was making her do all the work. In the beginning, most of my colleagues and the head trusted her and supported her because they thought I was jealous of her. In spite of all these actions, I tried to be amicable with her. But, one incident changed their perception and also made me dislike her.
During my second year at the institution, I was made the coordinator for the half-yearly examination. By then, I had gained enough experience and the head began to put some faith in me. With the cooperation of my colleagues, I completed all my duties. After the exams ended, the students were given one week of relaxation, and it gave us time to review their work. One day, I was summoned by the head, who informed me that some English papers could not be found. I remembered I had submitted the answer scripts, but the sheet which was to be signed in the office was blank.
I searched for the papers in all the cupboards which my English partner and I had used, but I failed to find them. The head rebuked me for being irresponsible. Seeing me upset, one of my colleagues, who by then had become my friend, suggested that I look through the footage of the CCTV. So, after some coaxing, my head gave me permission. As we were looking through the footage, we found that my English partner had taken the answer scripts and put them in the cupboard of another teacher who was on leave after the exam was over. After the papers were found, the head appreciated my efforts and talked to my counterpart in private. From that day, she changed a little of her attitude towards me.
Sharing a workplace and working for the same goal are the main reasons I had to be nice to her. I did not mind working with her and liked to have a subject partner. Sometimes, her attitude irked me a lot, and I avoided her. I hoped that someday we could be friends like my other colleagues. Unfortunately, she left the institution soon after, and we did not get another chance to work together cordially.
- Ambivalent – having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
Eg: The class teacher was ambivalent when I expressed my thoughts on the controversial topic.
- Rebuked – express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behaviour or actions
Eg: Roy’s parents rebuked him for returning home so late at night.
- Coaxing – persistent gentle persuasion
Eg: After coaxing for a long time, she was allowed to go on a solo trip.
- Cordially – in a warm and friendly way
Eg: The diplomat welcomed the minister cordially.
- Irked – to irritate; annoy
Eg: Any noise during worship irked my grandmother.
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