IELTS A Conversation Topic You Were Not Interested In: Below is the sample answer for the recent IELTS Speaking cue card talking about a particular conversation topic that one was not interested in talking about. Study how the speaker developed his monologue in an organized way.

Also, learn how to discuss your answers in Part 3, understand the different ways on how the speaker presented his arguments with straightforward explanations. 








Describe a conversation topic that you were not interested in


You should say:

Who you talked with

When you had the conversation

What the topic was


And explain why you were not interested




A N S W E R 



A few months ago, I decided to meet one of my closest friends just to catch up with him

since I hadn’t seen him for quite a while. We met at a mediocre coffee shop in his town,

which is far from my residence, but it wasn’t a big deal though since I really wanted to

know about what’s going on in his life. 


We talked a lot and I was so glad that he’s perfectly fine. He told me that he had quit his

previous work as a sales manager and started working as a financial advisor in a bank. I

was happy that he took a leap of faith because I knew how he hated his previous work. 




Catch up with (someone) [phrase] – to update one another on life events 

Mediocre [adj.] – average; not very good

Not a big deal [expression] – not a problem

Leap of faith [noun] – you do something even though you aren’t sure if it is right or it will succeed



While we’re enjoying our coffee together, he suddenly brought up the topic of investing

in the stock market.  He encouraged me to invest my money in stocks because he

believed that it’s one of the best ways I could grow my hard-earned money, instead of 

just saving it in a bank. As a person who had no basic knowledge about investing in

stocks, I was really having a hard time comprehending the things that he shared. What’s

worse was he used a lot of investment jargons that made the conversation so

complicated like the bear and the bull market, blue-chip stocks, dividend, IPO, short

selling, and many more. Those were too hard for me to digest since I had no idea about

investing in the stock market, and I had no interest in investing in stocks for fear of

losing my money. 




Bring up [phrasal verb] – to bring to attention; introduce

Hard-earned [adj.] – earned by working very hard

Jargons [noun] – special terms or expressions used by a profession that are difficult to understand by others



As I didn’t want to come off as rude, I just did my best to listen to him while he’s eagerly

sharing his strategies in investing. I tried asking questions to elicit information thinking

that I might understand things but things got more confusing to me, so I gave up. What

I did then was, I thanked him for sharing his knowledge and told him that I had to spend

time learning the things that he said, but actually, it was my way of changing the topic,

which really worked well as our conversation got diverted to talking about our respective

plans for next year. I then realized how exhausting talking to someone with a topic that

you know nothing about or merely uninteresting. It’s just mentally draining. 




Come off as [idiom] – appear; seem 

Elicit [verb] – to get or produce







What topics do young people in your country talk about?

Let me base my answer on the trending topics on social media since the majority of

users in those platforms are young, more often than not, entertainment and political

topics are commonly talked about. Well, it’s indisputable that gossip about famous stars,

the latest movie releases, and some trending videos on Youtube pique their interest, as a

result, most conversations among young people center on those subjects.


Also, young people in my country get so involved in political discussions more than

before, I think they are truly aggressive in exercising their freedom of speech, which is

sometimes not commendable because some of them are just giving nonsensical

arguments, that instead of helping our government, they appear to be tirelessly

nitpicking the government officials. 



Indisputable [adj.] – unable to be challenged

Pique one’s curiosity [phrase] – to make someone want to know more about something or someone

Commendable [adj.] – admirable 

Nonsensical [adj.] – meaningless 

Nitpick [verb] – to find faults that are not important 



What’s the difference between the topics that are popular now than those in the past?


That’s something I’ve never thought about, but I think it’s obvious that people these days

are more concerned about their safety and their health due to the existence of the

coronavirus. Considering that there’s no vaccine available yet, people talk about how

their lives change dramatically and how they take precautions seriously so they won’t be

contracted with the virus. Mostly conversation topics these days revolve around the


On the other hand, people in the past, especially in the dot-com era, talked about how

the internet could change their lives if internet technology would succeed. As a result,

there was an enormous wave of enthusiasm in investing in internet companies that

caused the dot-com bubble. People were so excited about what lay ahead that made the

internet a common topic in every household. 




Dramatically [adv.] – greatly; to a large extent 

Precaution [noun] – a measure taken in advance to prevent something bad from happening 

Dot-com era [noun] – the late 1990s

Enormous [adj.] – huge

Lie ahead [phrasal verb] – be going to happen 



How do you know if others are not interested in the conversation?


Well, through understanding the body language of the person you’re talking to. If he

looks away or doesn’t make eye contact with you, then most likely he’s not interested, 

but that’s not universal since some Asian countries don’t have that kind of culture in

conversations. So we also need to consider the cultures before concluding that the

person is not interested.


Another way to know is when there’s less interaction. I mean,  when the person never

makes any effort to contribute something in the conversation, like he never asks you

something or he remains quiet unless you ask him questions. That’s an obvious indicator

that he is not interested in talking with you or not happy having that conversation. 




Look away [phrasal verb]  – to turn one’s face away from someone 

Eye contact [noun] – the situation in which two people look at each other’s eyes

Universal [adj.] – general 

Obvious [adj.] – clear; easily perceived or understood 

Indicator [noun] – sign or signal


What’s the influence of modern technology, such as the internet and emails, on our communication?


Well, there are good and bad influences that are brought by these modern

communication technologies. First, it provides convenience for all of us in keeping in

touch with our loved ones in real-time, and using video conference calls makes it more

personal when connecting with them. Second, from a business perspective, these

technologies make remote work possible. Workers can attend online conferences or

meetings in the comfort of their homes, especially in these trying times that we are all



However, we cannot deny the fact that using these modern technologies

sometimes negatively impacts people’s relationships. For example, when the message

that is sent is taken out of context that results in miscommunication or misunderstanding

which causes problems. Not only that, the dependency of using these modern

communication technologies makes people less sociable as they prioritize online

interaction rather than a face to face communication. All things considered, I believe

people need balance when using these technologies.




Keep in touch [idiom] – to continue to talk with someone

Out of context [phrase] – if a message is taken out of context, the circumstances in which it was said are not correctly reported or understood, thus, the meaning is different from the meaning that was intended

All things considered [idiom] – when all the good and bad parts are thought of



And that’s all about IELTS A Conversation Topic You Weren’t Interested In recent topic! Now that you have some good ideas on how to develop your monologue and how to discuss your answers in Part 3, make sure to practice and build your confidence to ace your exam. 


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