Describe An Interesting Person That You Have Not Met In Person And Would Like To Know More About

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an interesting person that you have not met in person and would like to know more about.

You should say:

Who this person is?
How you knew him/her?
What interesting things he/she has done?
And explain what you would like to know more 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:

There are many people I have not met in person, but inspire me and I would like to know more about.

Who this person is? and How you knew him/her?
One such person is Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.

Dr. Kalam’s life is a journey of hard work and perseverance. Born into a humble family in the small town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, he had to work from a young age to support his family. Despite these challenges, he had a strong passion for learning.

His thirst for knowledge led him to study physics at St Joseph’s College in Tiruchirappalli, and later aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology.

His academic pursuits paved the way for his career as a scientist at two of India’s premier research institutions – the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

What interesting things he/she has done?
At ISRO, Dr. Kalam was instrumental in the success of several landmark projects, including the launch of the Rohini satellite into orbit.

His work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology earned him the title “Missile Man of India”.

In 1998, Dr. Kalam played a vital role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests, marking a significant milestone in India’s journey as a nuclear power.

His achievements in the field of science and technology were recognized when he was elected as the President of India in 2002.

Despite his numerous accolades and achievements, Dr. Kalam remained grounded and approachable. He was fondly known as the “People’s President” and continued to inspire millions with his simplicity and humility.

And explain what you would like to know more about him/her.
I am particularly interested in learning more about Dr. Kalam’s views on education. He believed that education has the power to transform society and was passionate about nurturing young minds.

Overall, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s life is an inspiring tale of determination, hard work, and unwavering belief in one’s dreams. His journey from a small town boy to the President of India serves as a beacon of hope for millions around the world.

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 person that you have not met in person and would like to know more about.”.

1. Are there any differences in the relationship between you and your friends and between you and other people?
Of course, I am much more honest and direct with my friends. I know my friends well and I know their limits and what is tolerable to them. On the other hand, with strangers I am always afraid of saying or doing something that might hurt their feelings. So, I am much more reserved and sometimes I hide my true feelings in front of others.

2. Do people feel lonely in crowded cities?
Yes, surprisingly although we are geographically surrounded by people in cities, emotionally we are much farther apart. Because of the busy lifestyle, people don’t find time to interact and form close bonds with their neighbours and friends. Thus, more and more people are facing problems of depression and loneliness in cities.

3. Where and how can people get to know new people?
I think one of the best places to meet new people is celebrations like weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties. People can also meet strangers while travelling or visiting new places. I think getting to know people is all about spending time with them. For example, while travelling I used to play games with the fellow travellers and this way I learnt a lot about them.

4. Can clothing tell and reveal a person’s personality?
Yes, I think appearance and clothing preferences can give a pretty good idea of a person’s personality. For example, a person who wears informal clothes like T-shirts and Jeans is much more likely to be carefree and casual. Similarly, people who usually dress formally in public, are more disciplined.

5. Why do individuals from the same family have different personalities?
I think personality is influenced not only by upbringing but many other external factors like media, teachers and friends. Also, gender influences behaviour as most families treat boys and girls differently.

6. How does society influence a person’s personality?
We are social animals. It is our basic tendency to conform to the standards set by the society. If people don’t adhere to the morals and ethics laid out by the society, they are afraid of being left out and being a social outcast. So, in a way, people try to match their behaviour with what’s considered normal and fit into the world around them.

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