Describe A Person You Only Met Once And Want To Know More About

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a person you only met once and want to know more about.

You should say:

Who he/she is?
When you met him/her?
Why do you want to know more about him/her?
And explain how you feel about him/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 1:

Well, we always come across new people at different places, but some people we find quite interesting that we want to know more about them.

Who he/she is? and When you met him/her?
Here I would like to talk about one such person Karan, who was invited as a guest lecturer at our school for career guidance.

He was a former student of our school and now well-settled in Canada. He was on holidays in India and was invited by the school principal to share his experience of studying abroad to get us familiar with the opportunities ahead.

He was quite a stylish gentleman and we all got impressed with his personality especially, his sense of dressing.

Even I still remember the fragrance he was wearing. He got on to the stage (podium) and started to share his experience. His command over the English language was just fabulous and his public speaking skills were jaw-dropping.

In his 30 minutes lecture, he introduced us with all the challenges and opportunities that students may confront if they choose to study abroad. We never knew that after completing 10+2 we could continue further study abroad.

Why do you want to know more about him/her? and Explain how you feel about him/her?
I was lucky enough to meet him personally after the lecture to get more clarifications and during this time I came to know how polite and down to earth this person is.

He not only answered all my questions but also shared his personal contact for further guidance.

I am quite interested in knowing how he has achieved success in such a short period and what are his future plans.

For me, he is a great inspiration and I hope when I will contact him he will not hesitate to tell me more about himself.

Model Answer 2:

We meet new people in different places such as at school, at parties and during travelling. Sometimes we say we will keep in touch with that person, but most of the time we lose contact with that special person and want to see him/her again. Today I would like to talk about the person I met last year.

Who he/she is?
Sandeep Maheshwari is a name among millions who struggled, failed and surged ahead in search of success, happiness and contentment.

Just like any middle-class guy, he too had a bunch of unclear dreams and a blurred vision of his goals in life. All he had was an undying learning attitude to hold on to. Rowing through ups and downs, it was time that taught him the true meaning of his life.

When you met him/her?
Last year I went to Delhi to attend his seminar. I booked it online. it was a life-changing seminar. People’s way of thinking about their life and work mostly changed after listening to him. I met him for five to ten minutes after the seminar. He is a nice person.

Why do you want to know more about him/her?
Everyone knows that he is a famous motivational speaker. I want to meet him again to know where he gets motivation, and how he gets success. I also want to ask some questions that, occur in every youngster’s life.

Explain how you feel about him/her?
Sandeep Maheshwari has a lot of knowledge about motivation. Five to ten minutes of discussion wasn’t enough to get information from an informed person like Sandeep Maheshwari.

I want to see him again for a valuable education. I would like to use the information he gave me to raise the awareness of those who are not confident.

Model Answer 3:


  • I am a very friendly person and can easily begin a conversation.
  • I like to talk to people at work, events, parties, and even on my daily commute.
  • I usually forget about people I have met only once, and I am not likely to meet again.

Who he/she is?

  • However, there is one person I remember vividly who I met only once.
  • He left quite a mark on me, and I couldn’t help thinking about him the next day and for many more weeks.

When you met him/her?

  • I met him on the train while going to my cousin’s home in Karnal
  • He was sitting next to me and reading a newspaper.

Why do you want to know more about him/her?

  • I was really bored, my phone was discharged, and it was a long journey.
  • I asked him if I could borrow the crossword puzzle page from his newspaper.
  • He gave me the puzzle page and I worked on it for some time.
  • I gave it back to him and he inspected the questions I couldn’t answer.
  • He started to help me with those questions. He knew everything I couldn’t answer.
  • I was really impressed and asked him how he knew all that.
  • He told me he was a reader and reads every single day – books and newspapers
  • We started to talk more, not only was he knowledgeable, but he was also very witty and funny.
  • We could hold an actual conversation the entire trip.
  • He told me more about himself. His name was Nitin. He was a few years older than me.
  • He was from Delhi and had gone to Chandigarh for the weekend.
  • Besides reading, he loved to travel in his free time, hike, explore new cities.
  • I also have this love for travelling and we exchanged stories about interesting places we had visited.
  • He told me he was a computer engineer and had a stressful job.
  • However, he made sure to rejuvenate himself by doing things he loved.
  • I had just started my first job and had been so inundated with the workload.
  • I was having a hard time with work-life balance.

And explain how you feel about him/her?

  • His words left me feeling happy, motivated and inspired.
  • I lost track of time and very soon my station was there.
  • I had a short train stop and had to get off quickly.
  • I wish we had exchanged contact information.
  • It’s hard to find people who have such positive energy.


  • I would certainly like to know more about Nitin and have him in my life as a friend and a mentor.

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 you only met once and want to know more about”.

1. How do people make friends in India?
People in India make friends by starting conversations, showing interest, smiling, sharing, and helping. This is especially true for the older generation. Young people tend to make friends through social media networks. They have fewer in-person friends and make more friends online.

2. On what occasions do people like to make friends?
People make friends at various events like weddings, birthday parties, etc. People can make friends while travelling and exploring different places, cultures, etc. People can make friends attending hobby classes or join online groups that share their interests.

3. Is it important to have the same hobbies and interests when making friends?
No, it’s not important. Common hobbies do bring people together and are especially helpful in the beginning stages of a friendship. However, people can have different interests and still become friends. In fact, it can be exciting to be a friend of a person with totally different interests and do things that you never tried.

4. What qualities make true friends?
True friends stick with you during tough times. They are supportive, non-judgmental, and accept you as you are. They give your honest opinion even it’s painful to hear. They genuinely love and care for you.


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