CELPIP Speaking Difficult Situation Graduation or Cruise

CELPIP Speaking Difficult Situation – Graduation or Cruise

Your best friend is graduating this weekend, and you promised to attend the graduation. Today, your uncle sent you a message and invited you to go on a cruise with him to the Caribbean — all expenses paid for! You need call one of them and explain why you can’t make it.

Preparation: 60 seconds Speaking: 60 seconds


In this question, you should just choose the option you think is easier. Don’t worry about which option is morally better. The CELPIP exam is not testing you on your morality. It’s testing you on your English!

Task 6 is called “a difficult situation”, but maybe it would be better if it was called “a sensitive situation”. In this particular question, you have to choose between a promise to your best friend and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This is a sensitive situation because you don’t want to offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. These kinds of situations in life can really harm a relationship. That’s why you have to be very sensitive about it. Your choice of words and tone of voice should reflect the sensitive nature of this situation.


Conflicts with (doesn’t match with)
Place (house)
Torn over (unsure)
Exotic (foreign, fancy)
Worthwhile (good use of time)

CELPIP Speaking Difficult Situation – Graduation or Cruise

Hey Mohan,

I just got a call from my uncle. He’s inviting me to go on an all-expense-paid cruise with him! I was really excited about it until he told me the dates of the cruise. It conflicts with your graduation! I know I promised to attend your special day… that’s why I’m so torn over this.

The thing is that the cruise is for a whole week, and the graduation is just for one evening.

That’s why it seems more worthwhile to go on the cruise. I’ve never been on a cruise before and I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me! I’m so sorry that I’ll miss your graduation, but I know you understand because we’re best friends. I’ve already been thinking of some exotic gifts I can buy you as a graduation present! I was thinking that we could have another graduation party for you at my place after I get back. What do you think?

Anyway, thanks for understanding!

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