Describe One Of Your Family Members You Spend The Most Time with

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe one of your family members you spend the most time with.

You should say:
Who is he/she?
What do you usually do together?
What kind of person he/she is?
Why you spend most of the time with 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:

Introduction ( grandparents ):
In this contemporary world, the majority of people want to live separately from their elders. However, I am fortunate that my grandparents’ blessings are still with me, and we all are living under one roof.

My grandparents are really close to me, especially my grandfather, who is also my favourite person from my family. We both spend the majority of our time together.

What do you usually do together?
On weekdays, in the evening, we play mind games such as chess, crosswords, sliding puzzle, pretending etc. in order to do brain exercise whereas, on weekends, we play different outdoor games.

What kind of person he/she is?
He believes that being mentally strong is as vital as being fit as a fiddle. Apart from this, he loves to try different cuisines. Whenever one of us crave for any particular dish, we immediately search its recipe from google and try to do experiments in the kitchen.

Even though most of the time, we don’t cook the dish as delicious as we plan, my grandfather’s enthusiasm motives me to keep trying new things even if we fail at it.

Why you spend most of the time with him/her?
This is the reason I love to spend time with him. He is always ready to do creative and crazy things, unlike my family. Rest of my family members can always be seen busy in their routine work, and sometimes they think doing those things which won’t benefit us in the future is entirely a waste of time.

On the other hand, my grandfather has a different perspective. He believes that we should try all those things which we find amusing. I am also like him.

What separates us from others. My fun, loving grandfather never turn down my ideas of doing crazy things. That’s why I never miss the boat to spend my time with him.

Model Answer 2:

Family forms an integral part of our lives, shaping our experiences and memories. Each family member has a unique place in our hearts, but there is always that one person with whom we share a special bond. In my family, it’s my grandfather – Baba, who occupies this special place.

Who is he?
In the lively hustle and bustle of our family, Baba is a beacon of tranquility. A retired school teacher from a small town in Rajasthan, he is a man of wisdom and virtue. I’ve always found comfort in his serene presence, a sense of calm that contrasts the chaos of our everyday life.

What do we usually do together?
Our daily routine is punctuated by little rituals that have now become dear to me. Mornings begin with a peaceful walk around the local park. The air is crisp, the city is just waking up, and we are surrounded by the chirping of birds. These walks are a time for us to catch up, discuss ideas, and share stories.

Baba has an amazing ability to turn even mundane experiences into fascinating tales. He shares anecdotes from his life, lessons from his experiences, and occasionally, wisdom from the books he reads. In the evenings, we often engage in a friendly game of chess. Baba, being a chess enthusiast, always presents a formidable challenge.

What kind of person is he?
Baba is a true embodiment of patience and kindness. He has a captivating aura of simplicity around him. Despite his age, he continues to foster a childlike curiosity about the world around him.

He savors the joy in small things, like the fluttering of leaves in the wind or the melody of an old Hindi song. His laughter is infectious, and his eyes shine with the wisdom of the years.

Why do I spend most of the time with him?
I believe the time I spend with Baba is not just a matter of hours and minutes, but a treasure trove of experiences and learning. I love the way he sees the world, the way he can find joy in the simplest of things.

I appreciate his wisdom and value the stories he shares. He reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. His company is a soothing balm to the frenzied pace of life.

Overall, my time spent with Baba is filled with love, laughter, and learning. He is not just a family member, but a friend and a mentor.

The moments we share are invaluable, enriching my life with wisdom, love, and contentment. Spending time with him is not only a pleasure but also a journey into understanding life better.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have such a bond with him. These cherished moments with Baba are truly the highlights of my day.

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 one of your family members you spend the most time with”.

1. Do you think relationships in the family are important?
Yes, I believe that family relationships are incredibly important. Family is a constant presence in a person’s life, providing unwavering support, care, and love even when the rest of the world may seem to turn its back. Being part of a family helps to nurture crucial qualities such as responsibility, compassion, and emotional resilience. For families that include grandparents, the younger members can also gain a wealth of cultural knowledge and experience.

2. Do the young people in your country like to interact with old people?
This isn’t something that can be generalized as it largely depends on individual preferences. Some young people may resist interacting with older individuals due to a confidence in their own ways and lifestyles, perceiving any advice or input from the older generation as interference. However, many young individuals appreciate and seek out interactions with older people, recognizing the wisdom and guidance they can provide. Personally, I greatly enjoy talking with older people, as I often find their advice to be grounded and insightful.

3. Why do some children get spoiled in families?
A variety of factors can contribute to children becoming spoiled in their families. Often, it occurs when parents are not able to sufficiently supervise their children’s behavior, perhaps due to both parents working long hours and having limited time to devote to their children. Furthermore, parents may unintentionally spoil their children by granting them excessive privileges without setting boundaries or monitoring their use. This lack of oversight can lead to children developing a sense of entitlement, contributing to spoiled behavior​​.

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