Talk About An Interesting Old Person You Met Recently

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Talk about an interesting old person you met recently.

You should say:

Who is this person?
How you met him?
How you know him?
What you do with this person (optional)?
Why you found him interesting?

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:

It’s always a pleasure to meet someone new, especially when it’s an old person with tons of stories and experiences to share.

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting an interesting old person, and here I’d like to talk about him!

Who is this person?
The old person I recently had the pleasure of meeting is named Bob. He is a 78-year-old retired teacher living in the same town as me.

He has a white beard, a kind smile, and a twinkle in his eye that always makes me smile. Bob is an interesting older person with a wealth of experiences to share.

How you met him?
I first met Bob at a local cafe. I was sitting at a table when he approached me and introduced himself. He told me he was a retired teacher, and we talked for a few hours about his experiences. By the end of the conversation, I felt like we had become friends.

How you know him?
Since that initial meeting, I have spent much time with Bob. We have gone to the movies together, taken long walks through the park, and even went fishing.

We have also had many long conversations about his life and his experiences. Through these conversations, I have come to know Bob quite well.

What you do with this person?
I have enjoyed my time with Bob. We have gone out to eat at local restaurants, watched movies, and gone fishing. But the most enjoyable part of our time together has been our conversations.

He has shared so many interesting stories and insights with me that I could not help but be drawn in.

Why you found him interesting? and Conclusion:
I found Bob to be an incredibly interesting old person. He is full of stories and experiences I would never have been exposed to if I had not met him.

He has a unique outlook on life and a wealth of knowledge that I have been able to draw from. His enthusiasm for life and his passion for learning has inspired me.

Model Answer 2:


  • I know many old persons, but here I would like to talk about my friend Sonia’s grandfather.
  • I met him about 6 months ago and I found him very interesting.

Who is this person?

  • His name is Mr Jaswant Singh.
  • He is in his mid seventies.
  • He is not tall, but looks very handsome.
  • Even at this age he is very lithe and agile.
  • Sonia tells me that he is very health conscious, and never misses his morning and evening walk.
  • He retired as a colonel from the Indian army.

How you met him? and How you know him?

  • Once i visited Sonia’s place to work on a project and there I met him for the first time.
  • He was sitting in the lobby doing something on his laptop.

Why you found him interesting?

  • I found it very interesting that a person of his age was so comfortable with a laptop.
  • He was placing an order at for some headphones.
  • My parents find it difficult to handle a smartphone and he was using a laptop like a pro.
  • He greeted me very warmly and so I started chatting with him.
  • I was amazed at his vast knowledge.
  • He told me stories of his life in the army.
  • He told me how he participated actively in the Kargil war.


  • So now whenever I go to Sonia’s house, I make it a point to sit with him for some time and learn something new.

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 “Talk about an interesting old person you met recently”.

1. Do you think old people and young people can share the same interest?
It may sometimes be difficult for old people and young people to share the same interests. Young people are generally more energetic, so they prefer outdoor sports, but old people can only play those games which are not physically trying. It would be wrong to say that they cannot share the same interest. They both can share the same interest in TV programs, movies, indoor games, etc.

2. What skills can the old teach the young?
Old people today have seen a lot of changes in their lifetime. My grandfather has told me many stories of how difficult his life was when there were no vehicles and horses were used for transportation. He has also seen a lot of technological advancements. For example, the evolution of music started with radio and was followed by gramophones, cassette players, cd’s and dvd’s, and finally IPods and Mobile Phones. The most important life skills such as adaptability, versatility and openness to change, can be taught by the old to the young.

3. What skills can the young teach the old?
Young people are faster at learning about modern technology and better at operating gadgets. They can definitely teach these skills to old people. Also, since young people are now entering various businesses, other young people understand them and can do a better job of negotiating prices of goods and services. This too is an important skill for old people who are always keen to get a good bargain.

4. Do you think the old people should live with their family?
Ideally they should. But, if not possible for some reasons, they should be in old age homes and not live alone. Living alone can be dangerous for them.


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