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    IELTS Cue Card Sample 1 - Describe someone in your family

    Last Updated: Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:45
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    IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

    Describe someone in your family who you really admire.

    You should say:

    • what relation this person is to you
    • what are your first memories of this person
    • how often you see this person

    and explain why you really admire this person.

    [You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.

    You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
    Everyone has a person to admire and to be inspired. So do I. I really admire my Grandpa. He passed away 3 years ago but in my heart, I always feel like he’s still alive. His life experiences inspired me and made my life become better. The terrible war had stolen his right arm and his respectful father when he was just a young boy. Life brought lots of difficulties and pain to his soul but he never gave up. He used them like the motivation to promote himself to keep trying and learning hard. He told me that I shouldn’t be afraid of failure because it can help me to grow up and it built who he was at that time. He was a daring and independent young man to find a job and make money by himself. His job was to teach at a school for disabilities, the people like him. He helped them with his huge warm and generous heart. He was really confident, patient and intelligent. He had found lots of way to help those cowardly people to become braver and happier. He had been spending the rest of his life helping and curing unlucky people. He was like Uncle Ho’s look-alike. He was a serious and strict person but sometimes humorous and really emotional. He is a great emotion in my soul. The memories of him really bring tears to my eyes every time I think of. However, they’re not the tears of pain and sadness, they are made from pride, gratitude and nostalgia.

    You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

    Part 3: Follow-up Questions:

    • What are the values of family in your country?
    • How family bonding is necessary for happiness in life?
    • What type of family do you like? Nuclear family or joint family?
    • How family value and bonding have changed over the last decade?

    Model Answer 1:
    I've got a small family with only five members and all of us are very close to each other and we love each other very much.

    Among them, I love my mother more than anyone else in the whole world.
    Movie stars and singers, who make a lot of money and are famous, are admired by teenagers. However, they don’t even know the person or their personality. To me admiration is a kind of respect. But there aren’t a lot of people in this world who demand this sort of respect from me. My mother is the only person who has entered my life and made me look at things differently.

    I adore my mother for her caring, loving, adorable behaviours and wit. She is the person I can share everything with and that's the reason I worship her so much.

    Possibly she was the first human I saw when I opened my eyes in this world.

    A relationship with a mother is divine and all of my childhood memories are either related to my mom or my school.
    The first reason that I admire my mother is she teaches me about experience. Experience is what you learn as you go through your life. As a child, you always learned that people really nice and generous. That is not true. As you step into the real world, you will see the person’s real face and all difference schemes, plan to make them success. This had happened to me when I was in sixth grade. When my class has a test and my friend does not know the answer , she asked me what the answer is and I told her what the answer is but when I have a problem and I asked her, she’s never answer me. Instead she said she doesn’t know or she hasn’t got there yet. I was really upset and unhappy but as I have learned this from my mother, I understand why my friend did that and I let it go easier.

    I can still remember a day I was late to come back home after school and that's because there was a ceremony at the school I did not know about. All of a certain I found that my mother was entering through the school gate to find me. I was so frightened that my mother would rebuke me for being late unnoticed and she must be mad at me. But to my best surprise, when my mother saw me she had a warm smile on her face that I'll never forget till my last breath on this earth.
    Take care for her children first before she can take care of her is the second reason why I admire my mother. Take care of a person is not easy, and take care of you as the same time is even harder. My mother always takes care of me first before she can take care of herself. For example, after a long day of work, she was really tired that she can just go home and has a nap. Instead, she made diner for our family, washed our cloth and took a short time to look at my homework and listened to me complaining about the school, the teacher. And then she gets my bag pack ready for the next day before she can even go to take a shower. Nobody had ever done this for me and there will be no one who would do the same thing like my mother beside her.

    Then she hugged me and gave me a kiss. I felt then that I love my mother more than me. She attended the program at the school and afterwards we came back home together.

    I spent my 19 years or so with my father and mother but I stay at a metropolitan city now for my education.

    Whenever I get a vacation, I meet my mother at my village home.
    Once I remember I was sick so I had to stay home in bed. Since my dad had a lot of work to do he left early, and told me he would be back late. When he got to the office he called me and asked me how I was doing, i answered I wasn't doing so good, and 15 days later he was back home because he was worried about me. I saw him working at the same time that he was taking care of me. Even though I was only 10 years old, that is when i realized how much time and work he gives up for me.

    On an average, I spend 2/3 months with my mother each year but I talk to her over the phone almost twice a day.

    The reasons why I admire her are endless.

    She is caring, tender, she has got a big heart and she possesses a great love for everyone.
    I belive not every father can be a dad it takes courage, strength, responsability, patience, acceptance, love, justice, reliability and much more and my dad has shown this virtues in everyday life experiences, in spite of the situation we are in, he never looses himself.

    She had been an ideal mother to raise 3 kids and making sure our education and moral values. She had made a lot of sacrifices all of her life and had never complained about anything to my best knowledge.
    My mother always takes care of me before she takes care of herself. For example, after a long day of work she was really tired and just wanted to go home and take a nap. Instead, she made dinner for her family, washed our clothes, took the time to look at my homework and listened to me complain about school. And then she got my backpack ready for the next day before she took a shower.
    Originally Posted by nguoibanthan_ph
    In conclusion, I admire my mother because she teaches me about life experience and she takes care of me before she can take care of her. My mother works so hard for our family and for my best. When I grow up I will take care of her as the way she did to me right now.
    In conclusion, I admire my mother because she teaches me about life, and she takes care of me before she takes care of herself. She works hard for her family. When I grow up I will take care of her the way she takes care of me now.
    I would like you to rewrite the essay and post the revised essay here.

    She is the person who reminds me the power of love and caring.

    Sample Answer 2:
    A person I admire is my “Mother” because she is a fighter.

    You may ask why? To start, my mom got pregnant with me at the age of 18 and she did not have the support of my grandparents. Her own parents wanted to kick her out the house when they found out.
    She took care of her children first before she took care of herself is the second reason why I admire my mother. Taking care of a person is not easy, and taking care of yourself at the same time is even harder. My mother always takes care of me first before she takes care of herself. For example, after a long day of work, she is so tired that she just wanted to go home and have a nap but instead she made dinner for our family, washes our clothes and takes a short time to look at my homework and listens to me complaining about the school, the teacher. Then she gets my bag pack ready for the next day before she can even go take a shower. Nobody has ever done this for me and there will be no one who would do the same thing besides her.

    She convinced them to let her stay, but she could not ask them for any help when raising the baby. Knowing all this my mom still decided to have the baby.

    Besides not having the support of her parents, she also did not receive any help from my father.

    Although my father cared about me, he never gave my mom money or clothes to help her maintain me as a baby.
    Of all the people I have encountered in my life, the person I admire the most is my father. the reason I admire him that much is for the simple fact of him being not just my father, my dad.

    She had to provide for me on her own. Going to school and working was killing her, but she wanted me to have a good life so she did anything that she could. My mom got pregnant again two years later, with the same man.
    My name is Diana Tower and I have been an English teacher for the past 2 and a half years. I am Canadian but I am currently living and working in Spain. (Just so you know a little about me and who is correcting your essay).

    The only thing was this time - it was worse. He left her life completely and her dad was sick. Therefore, he could no longer work. Now, not only did she have to provide for her two babies, but also for her parents. She was overwhelmed with everything happening; she didn't know what to do.

    Finally, she decided to attend college and become a teacher for she can support the family she was now in charge of. It was not an easy thing to do.

    After she finished college it took her a while to find a job.
    I ate toast yesturday (happened yesturday and is finished...simple past).

    It is not easy to find a job in Nicaragua. However, my mom never quit, no matter how hard things got for her she fought through it. To provide for her kids and parents.

    [Written by - Rafael]

    Alternative Answer 3:
    I have got 6 family members and all of them are very dear and close to me.

    If I need to pick one family member among them to talk about, that would be my father.
    Two years ago, when I was ten years old, my family travelled to the USA to visit my grandpa. I and my uncle went to the mall. By chance, I saw Selena Gomez when I bought a blue alarm. You know, I am her fan, so I was really suprised and I begged her to sign her name on my shirt.

    My father’s name is (say your father’s name) and he is around 50 years old. He is the kind of person I would want my offspring to be. He did his graduation in a time when formal education was not people’s first choice.
    Do the preparation exercise first. Then do the other exercises.

    They would rather start earning from work rather than going to school. My father fought to ensure his education with the people who thought working or doing some sort of business has more value than education. But my father believed that education is the most important part of a man’s life. He heartily held the idea that education shapes a man’s life and is the kind of power and asset that would always accompany him.

    I have lots of memories of my father and I see him every day.
    Selena is an intelligent woman. She knows the way how to make us suprised through her songs. I think Selena is a person who lkes to try new things. Long time ago, everybody said:" She is a Disney princes." But now she growing up. The way she sings in changing. She is a creative women because she likes to compose a lot of songs and to record many album by herself.

    There exists a strong bonding between us that only two of us feel. I still remember those days of my childhood when I used to wait in the evening for my father to return from office. He would then play with me and help on completing my lessons. I vividly remember him sometimes taking me to the market and buy me gifts.
    In general your essay is well organized, has a good voice or style and has a good flow. You want to make sure that you are using your tenses correctly as you go through your text. Make sure that you use the simple past for things that happened in the past and that are not occuring now. If things happen in general (like your mom making you dinner every night and helping you before she does something for herself) then you want to just put that in the present. (To make it general).

    When I was an infant he moved to the city from the village to ensure me better schooling and environment. That was a decision that has changed my life path. He himself helped me finishing my home works and lessons, always allured me of gifts if I could complete my study.
    My mother works so hard for our family and to do the best for me.

    Besides my education, he taught me lots of moral values and important things of life.

    He used to work in a Government organisation and for his hard-working and kindness; he is revered by all of our relatives, his friends and neighbours.

    He believes in humanity, good behaviour, our creator, and leads a life that can be exemplary.

    He still does most of his own works and helps my mom on her household works.
    In my opinion, Selena is not only a beautiful singer, but also a good person. That is the reason I like her until now I am still her faithful fan.

    After retirement, he has picked 2 new habits: gardening and teaching neighbours’ kids. He is a quiet and intelligent man who has benevolent heart and that what make him so admirable to me. He is still the pillar of our family and all of our family members love and respect him very much.

    Tips for answering this Cue Card Sample:

    You already know a lot about your family members and this cue card should be an easy one to answer.

    Just focus on the questions mentioned bellow the Cue card topic. Following questions may come for this cue card and note the quick answers of these questions:

    1. Who is he/she? : My mother / My father/ My brother/ My sister etc.

    2. Your relationship to this family member: She is my mother/ he is my father etc.

    3. What you do together: We walk out together/ cook together/ study together/ talk a lot about family issues etc.

    4. What is s/he like- He/ She is kind, talented, energetic, works a lot, dedicated, caring, possess a great personality, open minded etc.

    5. How long do you know him /her: From my childhood/ all of my life/ for more than 20 years etc.

    6. How often do you see him/her: Everyday/ once in a month/ most of the time I stay at home/ in every three months etc.

    7. Why do you like him/ her or why do you admire him/ her?: S/he loves me a lot, very close to me, very caring, have a good heart, talented, helpful, my best mentor etc.

    8. Since grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt, etc could be the part of a joint family, you can describe any of them if you have a joint family.

    While talking about what is s/he like or what qualities he /she has or even why do you like/ admire him/her you can use some of the following points:

    • For father: He is honest, brave, had a good heart, talented, leads an ideal life.

    has sacrificed a lot to up-bring us, is an exemplary person, everybody respects him, is the best person I have ever seen, Loves me very much, hardworking, punctual, talented etc.
    • For mother: She is so caring, loving, hardworking and possesses a good heart, had done a lot to up-bring us, very close to me, very understanding, one of my best friends, knows a lot of things and has so many practical skills etc.
      She is about 1.8 metres tall. Her eyes are brown and her nose is straight. She has beautiful a white teeth.I love her hiar because she has long, curly, light-brown hair, so she looks extremely beautiful and fashion. She has fair skin like Snow White.

    • For brother: He is so brave, talented, well mannered, knows a lot about different things, has always supported you no matter what, he is loved and liked by others, cooperative and have lots of memories together, like a mentor to me, is my best buddy, taught me almost everything he knows, always protects me etc.
      I hope that helps you. If you need anyother help don't hestitate to ask.

    • For sister: She is caring, a good friend, loving, a good mentor, helps you on study or on other tasks, supportive, a very good friend, talented and well-mannered.

    Necessary vocabulary for this cue card:

    Relatives = Your family members are also your relatives.

    Nuclear family = A nuclear family, also called an elementary family, is a type of family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children.

    Extended family= An extended family extends beyond the nuclear family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

    Sibling = Siblings are your brothers and sisters.

    Relationship Synonyms = Tie, link, attachment.

    Admire Synonyms: Adore, idolise, respect, revere, honour, hold in high regard, think highly of, esteem.

    Memory Synonyms: Remembrance, thought, reminiscence, recollection, musing.

    Phrase with meaning:

    Bring up = Raise a child.
    Look after = Take care of.
    Rely on = Depend on:
    Be close to = Having a strong bonding.

    Get along with -= Being close and friendly.
    Admire = To respect and like someone.

    If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well with very little changes:


    Talk about someone who cares you a lot.
    For example, I eat toast every morning (its habitual..present)

    2. Describe a person who you like very much.
    3. Describe the person whom you admire most.
    4. Talk about a person you know for a long.
    5. Talk about a senior person whom you like a lot.
    6. Talk about a person who has a great influence in your life.

    Part 3 - Details Discussion:


    What are the values of family in your country?
    That's a really important question. First of all, I believe that family values don't differ from country to country and allow me to say that they should be the same throughout the world. As far as I’m concerned, the most important values of a family are the so-called moral values, which enable people to draw plausible distinctions between right and wrong, good and bad, true and false. The lessons learned from the family are invaluable throughout our life.

    Furthermore, the family values are vital in making decisions and can be obtained by personal and life experiences with close relationships with family members.

    To be more specific, some examples could be: being honest and trustworthy, courageous and patient, taking up responsibilities as well as adding values to the world are the norms of our family and society. A family is so important and we stand for our family members no matter what. Thus the family comes first is the morality everyone in our country believes. We also consider a family as the unit of a society or a country and bonding, relationship, trustworthiness, helpfulness are lessons that come with the close family ties.

    Q. How family bonding is necessary for happiness in life?
    Our parents are the reason for our existence and with them, we get a family.

    Parents are the persons we see and rely on when we open our eyes for the first time. Moreover, parents are the primary educator and they teach their children how to develop confidence, socialisation skills, morals, values and views in life. Since they are the base of our family, closeness in a family leads people to have an intrinsically fulfilling and flourishing life.

    This can be justified by the fact that kids who enjoy strong family bonding tend to be happier and mentally healthier that those who are in a dysfunctional family environment.

    Q. What type of family do you like? Nuclear family or joint family?
    That’s really an interesting question! My personal opinion is that a nuclear family is much more preferable to me compared to a joint family.

    The reason for my preference is possibly because I grew up in a nuclear family and it was a pleasant memory for me. Besides, in a nuclear family there are the couple and their children and in this situation anything is manageable and family members have a stronger relationship. Fighting and quarrel are rare in nuclear families.

    On the other hand, the second type of family is extended family or joint family and includes grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and so on. I prefer a quiet environment than a noisy one.

    In a joint family, this is unlikely to happen and people always do not have privacy. Therefore, I strongly believe that a family only with mum, dad and siblings works better for me.

    Q. How family value and bonding have changed over the last decade?
    Unfortunately, the sacred notion of a family has lost its meaning to a certain extent in the last ten years.

    People don’t invest in feelings anymore and don’t retreat as well. Nowadays quarrels between couples are a frequent occurrence and because women are financially independent, they don’t step back like they did many years ago. Moreover, a principal cause that has led to this situation is the internet. When family members have some spare time they prefer to consume it by going online instead of having some family conversations. I would jump to the conclusion that people who decide to create a family should let go off their ego and in difficult times they should also think that their children want their parents to be happy and together.

    [Part 3 answers are written by Maria | UK ]

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