Describe a person in your family that you admire

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a person in your family that you admire.

You should say:
Who he or she is?
What he or she does for a living?
What he or she is like?
And explain why you admire him or her?

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

Introduction :

Admire means to respect someone and approve of someone or their behaviour. It is our culture we respect and praise other people and their work.

Who he or she is?

Today, I am going to talk about a person whom I admire. The person is my mother’s sister.

Her name is Sukhumani. She is about 60 years old. She lives in Chandigarh.

What he or she does for a living?

She has a different kind of experiences such as teaching, social work. a health fitness trainer. She did master Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. She did a teaching job for ten years in the same institute where she studied , I always admire her work because she is doing a great job.

What he or she is like?

Even though she is above 50. but she looks like a 40-year-old lady. and it is because of her hard work and activeness. She says that humanity is more important than the money, that’s why she provides free facilities to people.

Explain why you admire him or her.

She is a straightforward person, so she speaks directly to the person’s face if he/she has done wrong. She mix-up with people very easily because of her polite and friendly behaviour. I like to spend time with her. So these are the main qualities for that I always admire her.

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 person in your family that you admire”.

1. Who is important in your family: the father or the mother?

Well, both are equally important. Both have a different role. The mother takes care of the family while the father does work to earn money for the family.

2. How should parents look after their children?

There are different methods they can follow. Parents have to be very alert about their children’s study and their activities. They have to check their children’s work from time to time.

3. How should working parents look after their children?

It is challenging for working parents to look after their children, but they have to do it for their children’s bright future. They should make a difference between work and family. Parents should keep an eye on their children’s activities.

4. Do children get sufficient love and affection from their parents these days?

Yes, they get, but nowadays, parents give their children money to show their love instead of spending time.

5. What do you think about relationships between teenagers and their parents nowadays?

The relationship is changed nowadays. It becomes strained rather than friendly because children want to do whatever they want, but their parents do not allow them. Teenagers want to select subjects of their choice, but parents force them to do those courses which they choose for them.

6. How do children learn to speak?

Children learn to speak from the parents. They observe their parents and speak as their parents teach them to, and slowly they get the hang of the language and learn to speak on their own.

7. Do you think adults speak to children differently than between themselves?

Yes, adults speak to children differently than among themselves. Sometimes they don’t want to show their stress or emotions to their children and so speak differently with them, but when they speak with each other they have no such inhibitions.

8. Do you think human communication is different from that of animals?

Yes, there is much difference between human and animal communication. Humans use different languages and expressions to convey the message, whereas animals use their methods, which is different from humans.

9. What do you think are good communication skills?

Good communication skills involve being able to convey what you want to say to the other person without creating any misunderstanding. Good communication involves good command over the language and also good command on body language which involves gestures and expressions.

10. Do you think everyone can learn these skills?

Yes, I believe everyone can learn the skills. Communication Skills is a fully fledged subject these days in colleges. However, some people are born with good communication skills and they have a way to communicate their feelings to the other person in a very simple way which does not lead to any misunderstanding.

11. How would you suggest these skills be taught to children?

These skills can be taught to children in many ways. Firstly, parents can be good role models. If parents have good communication skills, children will imbibe communication skills without even being taught formally. Then, this subject can be added in the school curriculum. Nowadays, even in graduate courses like engineering and commerce, communication skills are thought as a subject in the first semester.

12. Do you think adults and children communicate the same way?

No, I don’t think adults and children communicate in the same way. Children are innocent and their communication is plain and simple, which doesn’t involve any twist of words. On the other hand, adults are really careful in what they want to communicate. They are wise enough to know the consequences of the words they use and so their communication is a bit complex.

13. Can you think of any example of work (or, jobs) that require good communication skills?

I think every job needs good communication skills. For example doctors need good communication skills to convey things to their patients; engineers need good communication skills to work as a team to accomplish many projects; hawkers need communication skills to sell their products and so on. Sales personnel need good communication skills

14. What (personal) qualities do you think good communicator should have?

I think a good communicator should have an amicable personality. He should also be willing to listen, because I believe that a person who can listen to others can also communicate well.

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