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 you know them
- what they usually do together
- and explain how you feel about their marriage
One of my teachers gave a funny example while teaching oxymoron – ‘a happy marriage’. He had explained that a 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 in 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 travelled 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 learnt.
One of the important things that I learnt 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 point 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 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 – difference of opinion
Eg: The jury had a disagreement on the case and so the verdict was stalled.
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