Describe a couple you know who have a happy marriage – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a couple you know who have a happy marriage
You should say:
- Who they are?
- How do you know them?
- What do they usually do together?
- And explain how you feel about their marriage.
Sample Answer 1
The definition of a happy marriage can vary from person to person. For some people, a happy marriage is one where there is a sense of understanding about one another and the ability to overcome hardships with ease. For others, a happy marriage is one filled with love and affection over anything else. One such couple with a healthy and felicitous marital relationship is my cousin and his wife.
Although there is a considerable age gap between me and my cousin Zeeshan, our relationship has always been amicable. I have known Zeeshan since I was a child, and I also had the good fortune of knowing his wife Meher from the time when they were dating. Ever since I have known them as a couple, I have admired the dynamics of their relationship and the respect and compassion they have for each other.
Zeeshan and Meher were good friends before they started dating during their college years, and they involve one another in many aspects of each other’s lives. After college, they began a small business together as equal partners, which they supervise well. Apart from that, they often travel to different places together and engage in volunteer work and other charitable endeavors.
I was among the few family members from both Zeeshan and Meher’s side to know about their decision of tying the knot, and I felt nothing but pure jubilation upon hearing this auspicious news. Eventually, the elders of both families were made aware of this decision, and they were filled with joy as well. I believe that their relationship has bloomed since their marriage, and they have been able to bring out the best in each other.
Sample Answer 2
One of my teachers gave a funny example while teaching oxymoron – ‘a happy marriage’. He had explained that marriage is rarely about happiness and understanding and mostly about quarrels and compromise. At that moment, I had believed my teacher. But later in life, I came across quite a number of couples who can be called a ‘happy couple’. One of the many couples who changed my view of a couple or marriage is Mr. and Mrs. Roy.
I met Mr. Anand Roy and Mrs. Sandhya Roy on a trip to Rajasthan. It was a planned tour organized by one of the leading tour companies. There were 11 members in the group and the trip started on 2nd October. I was accompanied by my parents, uncle and aunt, and Seema, my cousin. From the beginning, the couple attracted my attention. They were older than my parents and were quite friendly with all the members of the group.
Through many conversations during the trip, I came to know that they had been married for 51 years. They were married at a young age and had a son and two daughters who had settled in their lives and took nice care of them. Mr. and Mrs. Roy had faced financial problems at the beginning of their married life. After they overcame it, Mrs. Roy was diagnosed with a critical health issue. Although she was doing well now, they were very careful about each other’s well-being. They traveled a lot and took part in activities they both liked. They had visited different places all over India and had also gone to London, France, Egypt, and a few places in Australia. Mr. Roy said that they play chess daily to keep their brain cells active, and Mrs. Roy was a formidable opponent. They never ate their meal alone and, at the end of the day, talked to each other about new things they have learned.
One of the important things that I learned from them is that a couple may be different from one another or may have disagreements, but communication is the most important factor in any relationship. For example, Mrs. Roy lost one of her gold earrings during the tour. Instead of shouting or blaming, as usual couples do, Mr. Roy tried to cheer up his wife, who was terribly upset, and later bought her a new pair in Jaipur. On the other hand, sometimes, Mr. Roy forgot to take his medicines, and I saw Mrs. Roy scolding him while he was smiling sheepishly. So, they made me realize that being a happy couple is not about the lack of fights and similar points of view; it is more about how you communicate with your partner and try not to take each other for granted.
- oxymoron – a figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms
Eg: When the teacher asked for an example of an oxymoron, the student replied ‘My cousin is seriously funny’.
- sheepishly – in an embarrassed manner due to shame or a lack of self-confidence
Eg: My dog, Bruno, always looked at me sheepishly when he made a mistake.
- diagnosed – identified the nature of the medical condition of
Eg: One of my friends was diagnosed with polio and gradually lost her ability to walk.
- formidable – inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
Eg: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are formidable opponents to one another.
- disagreement – a difference of opinion
Eg: The jury had a disagreement on the case and so the verdict was stalled.