Describe an old person you know and respect

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an old person you know and respect.

You should say:
Who he or she is?
How you know this person?
What he or she is like?
And explain why you respect 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 1

Introduction :

Well, frankly speaking, I am born and brought up in a country where showing respect to elders is expected in our culture. Besides, I believe that senior citizens are the backbone of our society because of their ample amount of knowledge and wide experiences of their life, which could be helpful in many ways. I am fortunate enough that I have come across a myriad of amazing old people, and of course, I respect them all.

Who he or she is? and How you know this person?

However, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about my grandfather, whom I don’t only admire the most, but also, he is very close to my heart. Like any other grandchildren, I am extremely attached to him due to his unconditional love. There is nothing so extraordinary to exaggerate about him, but one thing that makes him special is his humble and down to earth nature. By profession, my grandpa is a retired doctor as he is in his 80s and is very simple and a kind man. Frankly speaking, I have seen him since my childhood working really hard to cure his patients.

What he or she is like?

Moreover, he never discriminated between affluent and deprived people and always consider all his patients equally. I remember when he was working in his clinic, sometimes few patients did not have any money to pay the fees, but he still consulted them that too free of cost. I vividly remember people used to say that there is some magic in my grandpa’s hand, and they consider him as God as he healed numerous sick patients.

Honestly speaking, I always wonder how he manages to be so generous and grounded, being at such a prestigious position. Besides, he is never proud of his achievements and wealth. He believes in simple living and high thinking that makes me a die-hard fan of him.

And explain why you respect him or her?

I admire him for so many reasons, but mostly because of the loving and caring nature for everyone. It wouldn’t be wrong if I say that he is my biggest inspiration, and I love him to the moon and back.

Conclusion :

He took his retirement because of his old age, but he is still as fit as a fiddle, and I hope Almighty bless him with a healthy and long life.

Model Answer 2

Introduction :

It is our culture to respect the elders and do all the works with their permission, and it doesn’t matter big or small. I know many older adults, and I always give respect to them.

Who he or she is? and How you know this person?

Here I would like to talk about my teacher who toughs me Maths during graduation.

His name is Haricot Singh. He is 69 years old, tall and handsome man. He is retired from university where he did the job as a professor of Maths. I meet him two years before in a college seminar. Luckily, he is from my town. When I came to know that he teaches maths, then I requested to him to explain that subject because I am weak in this subject and he accepted. his home every day in the evening for three hours. With the help of his teaching, I cleared my exam. But even after graduation, I still go to his home to spend some time with him because he is a very nice person and helping by nature, he gives free coaching to needy children.

What he or she is like?

I know him very well know, he is a sincere person, so that’s why he always expect that another person also told his truth and did work with full honesty. He spends his half pension on purchasing books and cloths which he distributes in poor children. His sense of humour is perfect.

explain why you respect him or her.

He uses some funny tricks which turn any tense situation into a happy one. So that is the person I know and respect a lot.

Vocabulary related to this answer

Exaggerate : To overstate on something
‘he was apt to exaggerate any aches and pains.’

Affluent : rich
‘The Government wants to redistribute wealth from more affluent areas in the south to deprived parts in the north of the country.’

Deprived : poor
‘the charity cares for destitute and deprived children’

Ample : plenty
‘there is ample time for discussion.’

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that IELTS candidate may ask during his speaking part 3 by IELTS examiner related to cue card “describe an old person you know and respect”.

1. What qualities does a person need to have to take care of old people?
In my perspective, a person should be very patient by nature when it comes to taking care of old people. In old age, people tend to move around or do routine jobs. It is essential for a caretaker to show patience while nursing an old person, and he should also be compassionate nature.

2. Do you think old people should be taken care of at home?
In my opinion, if younger people are working they do not have time, then professional caretaker had better be hired. Otherwise, home is the best place as chances of recovery are higher when they are close to their family members, enjoying the warmth and comfort of their own home.

3. How can people in the neighbourhood help the elderly during an epidemic?
Actually, in my country community members have strong bonding and they are always ready to help each other at times of need. For instance, recently, due to the Corona virus, few elderly couples were not allowed to go out of their houses for safety reasons, and during this time the neighbours helped them in every possible way.

4. Do you see this kind of help occurring in your neighbourhood?
I think neighbours can help old people living next door in many ways. For example, they can get them groceries from the market as old people cannot afford to go out frequently. In addition, people of this age generally suffer from loneliness, so neighbours can give them some company to help them feel better.

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