Describe an Old Friend – IELTS Cue Card Sample 66
Describe an old friend you enjoy talking with.
You should say:
- who this person is
- how you know him/her
- what you usually talk about
- And explain why you like talking to this person.
I’ve always been lucky enough to be surrounded by a large circle of friends who are incredibly supportive, compassionate and open-minded. And everybody knows how precious it is to have such a gift and I, of all people, know better than taking that for granted. That is why I always make effort to keep in touch with people I’ve become close with and one of whom is my ex-boss, aka my mentor – Eli.
Admittedly, it’s far from an ordinary relationship for most people, but to Eli and I, it came naturally. We first met during the training course we both attended for a luxurious soon-to-be-open restaurant in town roughly 2 years ago. Eli was our Filipino manager and I was about to be a hostess for the very first time. Every concept, every rule and every etiquette when working in hospitality industry just overwhelmed me and if it hadn’t been for Eli, a patient teacher as well as a dedicated friend, I wouldn’t have managed to complete my training and achieved high performance at our workplace. However, thanks to those hard times we’ve been through together, we became closer and our conversations would last endlessly ranging from family, career, happiness to setbacks in life. As a predecessor, Eli usually offers me valuable advice and emotional support whenever I confine in him. No lecturing. No “I told you so”. Just pure compassion. He always tries to bring out the best in people instead of being Mr. Know-it-all and patronizing, which is one of the million things I admire about him.
Even though we’re no longer working together and hanging out as often as we should, our strong bond has never got loose. We keep each other in the loop about everything significant happening around us and provide mutual support if needed. Once in a while, we would meet over coffee or dinner to catch up if our schedules allow, and still, I t ruly, deeply treasure every moment together.
- Take something/ someone for granted: fail to appreciate the value of something/ someone
Eg: He has always taken her for granted, which is the main reason why they split up.
- Make effort to do something: do something even though you find it hard to do
Eg: Her parents made effort to reconcile their relationship but it didn’t work out.
- Come naturally: to be naturally easy to someone
Eg: Josh’s ability to play guitar came naturally when he was young.
- Achieve high performance: do an excellent job
Eg: They spend hours practicing everyday to achieve high performance in a play-off round.
- Hard time: difficulty that can be overcome with effort
Eg: 2017 is going to be a hard time for real estate market.
- Confide in someone: to trust someone with one’s secret or personal problem
Eg: Jack always has difficulty confining in anyone but his twin.
- Bring out the best/ the worst in someone: cause someone to behave in the best/ worst manner
Eg: Susan is a bad influence. She always brings out the worst in me.
- Mr. Know-it-all (informal) (disapproving): someone who acts as if he/ she knows everything
Eg: We can’t get along with Steve, who plays Mr. Know-it-all every time someone raises a question as if we asked for his opinion.
- No longer = not anymore:
Eg: Tom no longer smoked since his wife was pregnant.
- Keep someone in the loop: keep someone informed about something
Eg: We keep you in the loop if we have any updates about the contract.