Describe A Family Which You Like and are Happy to Know – IELTS Cue Card Sample 54
In the IELTS Speaking section, one of the most common question types is the Cue Card Speaking prompt. The IELTS Cue Card topics will prompt you to formulate a response and speak on the given topic. To attempt this question, you must narrow down the essential questions on the given topic to answer within the given time. Consider the sample Cue Card below. Study the types of questions that have been formulated based on the cue card and how to go about with your response:
Describe a family (not your own) which you like and are happy to know.
You should say:
- where this family lives
- who the members of the family are
- how you know them
- what each person in this family does in life (student/work/retired etc.)
and explain why you like this family.
Sample Answer 1
Indeed, family plays an integral role. And, I am acquainted with several close-knitted families, both joint and nuclear. While some are my relatives, others live in my neighbour. So, there is one Gupta family that stays just beside my house. Each member of their family is intelligent, smart, well-spoken and polite.
In the family, there are six members: Mr Gupta, his wife, their two children and Mr Gupta’s parents. Mr Gupta works in the army, and they have shifted from Jammu here merely two years back.
Our society is a huge promoter of diverse religions and backgrounds. You can find anybody and everybody here. So, my first encounter with Mr Gupta and his family was on the annual day celebration of our society two years back. Everybody seemed decent and well-mannered.
In fact, even Mr Gupta’s father is a retired Army officer. His mother is a retired government teacher. Mrs Gupta is a principal of a private school in our town. Their two children, a girl and a boy, are currently studying in 11th and 12th standards respectively and simultaneously preparing for the NDA entrance exam.
After this meeting, Mrs Gupta invited me to their house as my age is almost the same as their son. I liked their mannerism and leniency. Their behaviour was a testimony to the fact that they come from an army background and are educated enough.
Sample Answer 2
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I’d like to talk about a family that I am very close to. It’s my uncle’s family. His family has 2 daughters who are around the same age as I am; therefore, I usually drop in to his house to chat with them. At times, we bake some cakes and take them to our grandparents’ house; then we have an overnight sleep there. Besides, we often hang out together, especially at the weekends just to take it easy and enjoy ourselves to get ready for a new week.
Their parents, I mean my uncle and aunt, are very warm-hearted, and they both work as college teachers. So, whenever I run into difficulties with my homework, I usually turn to them for help. I remember when I was small, I used to live in my uncle’s house and they looked after me as if I had been their daughter. Hence, our relationships are out-of-this-world, although we don’t have much time together like before. But on special occasions such as the Tet holiday, we will gather at my grandparents’ house to make Chung cake, enjoy a firework performance as well as wish New year’s greetings to each other. As a final point, I hope that we can maintain this close relationship for ever.
- Close to: [adjective] knowing someone very well and liking them a lot.
Eg: I am still very close to my best friend, and we meet up regularly.
- Drop in: [phrasal verb] pay an informal visit to someone.
Eg: I was passing your house, so I decided to drop in and have a chat.
- Overnight: [adjective] for one night.
Eg: All the hotels were full and I could not find any overnight accommodation.
- Hang out: [phrasal verb] spend a lot of time in a place.
Eg: During the school holidays, a lot of kids hang out at the shopping mall.
- Take it easy: [expression] relax and avoid working too hard or doing too much.
Eg: The doctor told me to take it easy for a few days until I felt better.
- Warm-hearted: [adjective] kind and generous.
Eg: My parents were very warm-hearted and they always helped other people with their problems.
- Run into difficulties: [expression] experience difficulties.
Eg: As I did not understand much French, I soon ran into difficulties when I visited Paris.
- Looked after: [phrasal verb] were responsible for and took care of me.
Eg: My aunt looked after us while our mother was in hospital.
- Out-of-this-world: [expression] used to emphasize how good something is.
Eg: Visitors to Vietnam think that the traditional food is out-of-this-world.