Describe An Interesting Neighbour

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an interesting neighbour.

You should say:

How long you have known this neighbour?
What sort of person he/she is?
How often you see him/her?
And explain what kind of relationship you have with him/her OR explain why you consider this person to be an interesting neighbour?

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, neighbour plays an integral role in our life as they are even closer than our friends and relatives.

How long you have known this neighbour? and How often you see him/her?
I would like to take this opportunity to talk about my uncle Mr. Singh, who lives next door to me and whom I find the most interesting neighbour.

Well I have a very good bonding with this person as I always love to spend my evenings with my uncle or whenever I get a chance, I enjoy his company.

What sort of person he/she is?
There are lots of things that make this person quite interesting. First, let me tell you that he is a retired military officer. He was a high-ranked officer, and he has lots of interesting things to tell me related to his job.

Since I, too want to become a military officer, so I always enjoy his talks and gain information related to this particular profession. As we know that military officers often get transferred during their working life to different locations.

So he has travelled pretty much all different states; of India. So its quite interesting to know about different cultures and different places of India.

In fact, he has many albums loaded with photographs and I often go through these albums to check out different places. Not only India, he has travelled abroad and he loves to share his travel experiences with me.

And explain what kind of relationship you have with him/her?
One more thing that makes my uncle interesting is his knowledge. He is a well-learned person and keeps a profound interest to read interesting books or books for interest.

He has a kind of small library at his home and he also encourages me to read books for interest to improve knowledge and every now and then, I borrow such books from him. One more thing that I would like to add here is, these days, people living in the neighborhood are not well connected.

They do not want to spend time with their neighbor, but my uncle always come up with interesting ideas to bring the community members closer.

For example, last month only, he organised a sports meet and earlier he organised a cookery event and all these things really help to bring the community members closer and give an opportunity to interact and mingle with each other.

All these qualities make Mr. Singh really an interesting person who is highly active and energetic even in this age.

Overall I can say that Mr. Singh is a neighbor that I find most interesting.

Model Answer 2:


  • Neighbours are just like family in today’s era of nuclear families.
  • I have many neighbours and I am very fortunate that all my neighbours are very good.
  • Here I would like to talk about my next-door neighbour, Mr. Joginder Singh.
  • I call him Jogi uncle.
  • I find him very interesting because one can never feel bored in his company.
  • He has so many interesting stories to tell.

How long you have known this neighbour?

  • I have known him for the past ten years as he moved into our neighbourhood tenyears ago.

What sort of person he/she is? and How often you see him/her?

  • I see him every day because I go with him for morning walk daily.
  • He is in his eighties.
  • He is not very tall but looks very good.
  • Even at this age he looks very hale and hearty.
  • He generally likes to wear Kurta pajama.

And explain what kind of relationship you have with him/her?

  • I believe he is a good neighbour because he is always there whenever anyone needs him.
  • He also helped me a lot in my studies.
  • He treats me like his grandchild.
  • Even though he taught history at college, he helped me in all subjects till my tenth class.
  • He is very helpful to all people in the neighbourhood.
  • Whenever anyone comes to him for help, he is always willing to help.
  • He is a retired history teacher.
  • He reads a lot and seems to know something about everything.
  • During our morning walk he tells me many stories about his life.
  • He is a self made man.
  • He told me how he started from scratch after the partition and worked very hard to make a living.
  • He has two sons who live in the States but he prefers to lead a simple life in his own home here.
  • I love listening to his stories.
  • He also has a great sense of humour.
  • He can lighten up any tense situation by cracking jokes.
  • He has a magnanimous personality.
  • He donates his entire pension for charity.
  • He believes in simple living and high thinking.


  • So, Joginder Singh is the person I like talking to the most.

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 an interesting neighbour”.

Q1. Do you think (good) neighbours are important? (Why? How? Why not?)
Good neighbors are important because they are our family apart from our real family. When we are alone, and we need somebody then neighbors are the first people who can give us company. When we are sick and need to go to the hospital, the neighbors are the first people who can help. When we have guests and need a helping hand, then neighbors are the first people who come to our rescue

Q2. What are the qualities of a good neighbour? (What qualities would you like your neighbours to have?)
Good neighbors should have many qualities. They should be cooperative. They should be helpful. Good neighbors should respect boundaries, which means that they should know when they are being helpful, and when they are interfering.

Q3. Do most Indian people know their neighbours?
In smaller towns and cities, and in villages most people know their neighbors, but in big cities and in metropolis, people are leading self-centered lives and do not know their neighbors. In small towns and cities life is slower, and so people have time for their neighbors, where as in big cities, life is fast and so people do not have time for their neighbors.

Q4. What are some of the qualities of a good community?
A good community should care for each other. All people in the community should cooperate with each other. This should help each other in times of emergency. They should all keep the environment clean. They should have frequent get-togethers, and celebrate festivals together. If all people of the community know each other, then miscreants could be spotted easily and everybody would feel safe and secure.

Q5. In India, are there any facilities for improving relations between neighbours?
Yes, the government authorities such as, PUDA, Punjab Urban Development Authority, has provided well-maintained parks at regular intervals so that people can socialize. Such facilities have been provided by all states. Even the private housing societies, which make and sell apartments, have some combined facilities for all people in that society to use.


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