Describe a family which you like and are happy to know

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a family which you like and are happy to know.

You should say
Who they are?
Where they live?
How you know them?
And explain why you like them?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer

The family plays a vital role in every person’s life. I know many families, some are my relatives, and some live in our neighbourhood, and mostly they are polite and intelligent.

Who are they? And where they live?
Here I would like to talk about a family that comes to our society four months ago. I enjoy spending time with them. They belong to Bengali culture.

There are six members in the family, Mr. Sengupta, his wife, his parents and two children. Mr. Sengupta works in the railway department. They lived in Agra before the shift here.

How do you know them?
Families belong to different religions live in our society, and there is one rule of our society to organize a dinner party whenever a new family comes into our society.

So I meet them the first time at the dinner party; they are very decent people; their children are brilliant and well mannered. The Father of Mr. Gupta, retired from Army, and his mother is retired from a government bank.

I feel very happy when I came to know that Mrs. Sengupta is an English teacher. I requested her to teach English because I am preparing for the IELTS exam. She gets ready to teach me.

Now I go to their home every evening from 5 to 7 pm for speaking and writing. She is a very polite lady and never gets irritated if I asked some questions again and again.

Explain why you like them?
I noticed one thing in their house and that everything is well placed and they do not force their children to do something; in fact, they support their children’s decision, which I like.



  • I know many families that live in our neighbourhood.

Who they are? and Where they live?

  • But there is one family that I really enjoy spending time with.
  • They are our next-door neighbour’s, Stigmas.
  • There are four members in the family, Mr Sharma, his wife and their two children, Navneet and Priya.
  • I think they shifted to Phagwara and our neighbourhood about five years ago.
  • Before that they lived in Jalandhar.
  • Mr Sharma works in a bank, and he was transferred to Phagwara branch five years ago.
  • That’s how they came to live in Phagwara and our neighbourhood.

How you know them?

  • I remember immediately after moving to our neighbourhood, they invited everyone for dinner.
  • Their son is the same age as me, and he and I have become very close friends.
  • There are many things I like about them, but the first is that they don’t do any formalities.
  • I don’t get the feeling that I am at somebody else’s house when I am at their home.
  • For example, they offer me things to eat when I go there, but they don’t force it.
  • They just tell me not to hesitate if I want to eat something.
  • It’s another matter that Mrs Sharma is a very good cook and I actually look forward to tasting all the delicacies she makes.
  • I also like the relationship between Mr and Mrs Sharma and the children.
  • They are strict but friendly, and they encourage their children to share whatever problems they are facing.
  • I have never seen Mr and Mrs Sharma raise their voice.
  • I have noticed that my friend Navneet, shares nearly every detail of his life with his parents.
  • If he does something bad, they don’t scold but tell him why it was wrong.

And explain why you like them?

  • I think very few people have this special dynamic relation with their parents.
  • In all, I get very positive vibes from all the members of the family.
  • I feel very comfortable at their home, and that’s why I like them a lot.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a family which you like and are happy to know”.

1. Who is usually the leader in an Indian family?
India is a patriarchal society, and, in most families, the eldest male member is the leader. If it’s a joint family, its generally the grandfather and in nuclear families, it’s the father.

2. How do grandparents take care of their children?
I think today grandparents fill the void left behind by working parents. Both the parents work today and as such, are not able to devote enough time to the children. So, grandparents raise children just like parents. They also teach them about moral values. In some ways, they are also responsible for spoiling children as they give in to their demands much more easily than parents too.

3. What’s the most important quality of a good parent?
I think the best quality of a good parent is flexibility. Flexible parents tend to be open-minded and easy-going. They resolve disagreements smoothly. Kids are naturally defiant, and thus, inflexible parents increase defiance and rebelliousness in their kids, and this always escalates conflicts.

4. How can new parents learn about parenting?
I think there are many ways to learn about good parenting. They can read books on parenting. They can join parenting classes, they can watch video on you-tube about parenting and last, but not least, they can take guidance from their own parents.

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