Cue card 2: Family and Friends
Cue card 2: Family and Friends
Describe someone in your family who you really admire.
You should say:
Who is s/he
How often you see this person
What you do together
and explain why do you admire this person.
Model Answer 1: I have got a small family that has only five members and all of us love each other and we have a strong bond. It’s hard to pick the one I admire most among them. Well, if I have to choose someone, it would be my mother. I would like to thank you for this nice topic and the time you have allowed me to talk about the person in my family I admire deeply.
I love my mother more than anyone else in the whole world. I revere my mother for her caring, loving and adorable behaviours on top of her smartness. She is the person I can share everything with and that’s the reason I worship her so much. She is perky, charismatic, optimistic and the ray of sunshine in my life.
Possibly she is the first person I saw when I opened my eyes to this world as a newborn. Someone’s relationship with his or her mother is divine. I can still remember a childhood day when I was late to return home due to a programme at the school I did not know about. After a few minutes, I noticed my mother at my school. I was horrified that my mother would be angry with me and she would punish me. But to my surprise, when my mother saw me, she had a warm smile on her face that I’ll never forget. Then she hugged me and gave me a kiss. At that very moment, I realised how much she loves me.
To describe her more, I would say she is kind to all in a unique way and yet proactive and in control. She loves cooking, decorating homes with innovative ideas, helping others and reading. O. Henry is her favourite writer. She hates speed driving and liars, you know what I mean!
I spent my 19 years or so with my parents but I now stay in a metropolitan city for my college education. Whenever I get a vacation, I visit my family. On an average, I spend 2/3 months with my mother each year but I talk to her over the phone almost every day.
The reason I admire her, well – she is caring, compassionate, and possesses kindness and love for everyone. She is an ideal mother who raised 3 children and making sure their education and moral values. She has sacrificed a lot and had never complained about anything to us. She is the person who reminds me the power of love and affection. How could not I admire her unconditionally?
Sample Answer 2: A person I admire is my “mother” because she is a fighter. You may ask why? To start, my mom got pregnant with me at the age of 18 and she did not have the support of my grandparents. Her own parents wanted to kick her out of the house when they found out. She convinced them to let her stay, but she could not ask them for any help when raising the baby. Knowing all this my mom still decided to have the baby – and that’s baby is me. How could I not adore her with my every breath!
Besides not having the support of her parents, she did not receive any help from my father either. Although my father cared about me, he never gave my mom money or clothes to help her maintain me as a baby. She had to provide for me on her own. Going to school and working was killing her, but she wanted me to have a good life so she did anything that she could. My mom got pregnant again two years later, with the same man. The only difference was this time – it was worse! He abandoned her completely and her dad was sick. Now, not only did she have to provide for her two babies, but also for her parents. She was overwhelmed by everything happening; she didn’t know what to do.
Finally, she decided to attend a college and become a teacher to support the family. It was not an easy thing to do. After she finished college it took her a while to find a job. It is not easy to find a job in Nicaragua. However, my mom never quits, no matter how hard things got for her she fought through it. To provide for her offsprings and parents. I see her every since day and I wish to be with her for the rest of my life. I have never seen anyone so determined and caring and she deserved to be admired and loved.
Sample Answer 3: I have got 6 family members and all of them are very dear and close to me. If I have to pick a family member I genuinely admire that would be my father. My father’s name is Alfred Brooke and he is approximately 50 years old. He is the kind of person I would want my offspring to be. Thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about my father.
He did his graduation at a time when formal education was not people’s first choice. They would rather start working rather than going to school. My father fought for his right to the education with people who thought working or doing some sort of business has more advantages than going to schools. But my father believed that education shapes a man’s life and is a power that would guide him throughout life.
I have numerous memories of my father and I see him every day now. We share a strong bond and have a mutual respect for each other. I still remember my childhood days when I used to wait in the evening for my father to return from his office. He would then play with me and help me complete my homework. I vividly remember the times when he took me to the market and bought me gifts. When I was an infant he moved to a city from our village to ensure better schooling for me. That was a decision that has changed my life path. He helped me finish my lessons and often surprised me with gifts if I could complete my study in time and all these are days I cherish the most.
He used to work in a Government organisation and for his devotion to work and kindness, he is revered by all of his relatives, friends and neighbours. He is humble yet dynamic, charismatic, and very social.
He believes in humanity, in God and the afterlife, good behaviour, and leads a life that can be exemplary for many. He still does most of his works himself and helps my mom with her household tasks. After retirement, he has picked up two new hobbies- gardening and teaching young children. He is a quiet and intelligent man who has a benevolent heart and that’s something that makes him so admirable to me. He is still the pillar of our family and all of our family members love and respect him very much.
Tips for answering this Cue Card Topic:
You already know a lot about your family members and this cue card should be an easy one to answer. Just focus on the questions mentioned below the Cue card topic. Following questions may appear with this cue card and note the quick answers to these questions:
Who is he/she? : My mother / My father/ My brother/ My sister etc.
Your relationship with this family member: She is my mother/ he is my father etc.
What you do together: We walk out in the evening together/ cook together/ study together/ enjoy our conversations/ talk a lot about family issues etc.
What is s/he like- He/ She is kind, talented, energetic, works a lot, dedicated, caring, possess a great personality, open-minded etc.
How long do you know him /her: From my childhood/ all of my life/ for more than 20 years etc.
How often do you see him/her: Everyday/ once in a month/ most of the time I stay at home/ in every three months etc.
Why do you like him/ her or why do you admire him/ her?: S/he loves me unconditionally, very close to me, very caring, have a good heart, talented, helpful, my best mentor etc.
Since grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt, etc could be the part of a joint family, you can describe any of them if you live in a joint family.
While talking about what is s/he is like or what qualities he /she has or even why do you like/ admire him/her you can use some of the following points:
For father: He is honest, brave, had a good heart, talented, leads an ideal life, has sacrificed a lot to up-bring us, is an exemplary person, everybody respects him, is the best person I have ever seen, loves me very much, hardworking, punctual, talented etc.
For mother: She is so caring, loving, hardworking and possesses a good heart, has done a lot to up-bring us, very close to me, very understanding, one of my best friends, knows a lot of things and has so many practical skills etc.
For brother: He is so brave, talented, well mannered, knows a lot about different things, has always supported me no matter what, he is loved and liked by others, cooperative and we have many pleasant memories together, like a mentor to me, is my best buddy, taught me almost everything he knows, always protects me etc.
For sister: She is caring, a good friend, loving, a good mentor, helps you with study or on other tasks, supportive, a very good friend, talented and well-mannered.
Necessary vocabulary for this cue card:
Relatives = Your family members are also your relatives.
Nuclear family = A nuclear family, also called an elementary family, is a type of family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children.
Extended family= An extended family extends beyond the nuclear family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Sibling = Siblings are your brothers and sisters.
Relationship Synonyms = Tie, link, attachment.
Admire Synonyms: Adore, idolise, respect, revere, honour, hold in high regard, think highly of, esteem.
Memory Synonyms: Remembrance, thought, reminiscence, recollection, musing.
Phrases with meanings:
Bring up = Raise a child. Look after = Take care of. Rely on = Depend on: Be close to = Having a strong bonding. Get along with = Being close and friendly. Admire = To respect and like someone. A bubbly personality = A person who is very happy, lively, and often optimistic. Charismatic = Someone with great charm and attraction, especially one who inspires others.
If you prepare for this cue card you should be able to answer the following cue card topics as well with very little changes:
Talk about someone who cares you a lot. ۲٫ Describe a person who you like very much. ۳٫ Describe the person whom you admire most. ۴٫ Talk about a person you know for a long. ۵٫ Talk about a senior person whom you like a lot. ۶٫ Talk about a person who has a great influence in your life.