IELTS Cue Card: Describe your family

Describe your family

IELTS Cue Card Question 44 With Model Answer: 

Describe your family.

You should say: 
  • how many family members your family has
  • what they do
  • how close you are
and explain why your family is important to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
A family is the most important place for any individual and it is considered as the root of people. Without a family, one cannot have a decent and happy life. I also live in a family consisting of several members.

In my family, basically, we are five members altogether. They are – my parents, my younger sister and younger brother and me. We five people live in our own apartment. Besides, we have some other relatives who are family members too and they live adjacent to us. If I count them, the number will be more. Most of the members are related to me either from my father or my mother. But the number of my maternal relatives and family member is more from my paternal part. I am too lucky that all of them love me much.

My father is a government worker and serves in the District Council while my mother is a housewife and she takes care of the family. My younger sister is a student of 10th grade while the brother is in his 6th grade, and I am a university student. As a District Council officer, my father remains busy always and even he is to bring some work at home to complete as he cannot execute the massive tasks within the budgeted time of his office. My mother remains busy with her household chores as we do not have any domestic help. My sister and brother remain occupied with their studies while I pass my day in the university and return home at night.
I am lucky to have such a family. All the members of the family are highly intimate with me and I am to them too. The interpersonal relationship with all the family members in my family is fine and we do truly care for each other. When someone is in any sort of trouble or in any difficulty, we try to provide necessary supports immediately so the situation could be solved. Moreover, I always try to help my siblings in their studies and sometimes my father also helps them in completing their school assignments. Besides, my mother takes every form of care for us all. She is the one who is the key member of the family. I have a very good relation with my father but the relationship is better with my mother and I pass more time with her when I am at home on my off-days. 

My family is important to me for different reasons. First of all, it is the place where I belong to. Literally, at the end of the day, I return to my home where my family lives. I cannot think that I am living without my family. When I was younger, my family members provided me with all forms of necessary supports and I am highly grateful to my parents for their unconditional supports they provided me and still they are playing the same roles as they did after my birth. I am happy with my two siblings and cannot imagine my life without them. My family is my life and thus it is most important for me than any other thing.

Idea Generating for this Cue Card:

To talk about this cue card you should focus on the questions listed below the Cue card topic. Then answer each of these questions and focus more on the fourth question which is 'and explain why your family is important to you.'

Question 1: How many family members your family has: Before answering this question give a brief introduction. A sample introduction is given below:

I have a lovely family and my family is the most important aspect of my life. I am very close to my family members and they are my best friends, mentors and supporters.

Now say, how many family members you family has and who are they. Give their name and occupation if possible and then your personal relationship with them.

Question 2: What they do: This question should include your family members personal characteristics and professions. Also, mention what they do with you.

Question 3: How close you are: As you have already said what you do together, give some examples in this section to express your close relationship with your family members. Mention how they interact with you, what interesting things you do together and how they help you.

Question 4: And explain why your family is important to you: To show the importance of your family to you, give one or two examples or events when your family members supported you in a way that no one else would do. Then mention how a family is important to a person and how this is even more true for you.

We would love to hear about your own family. Describe them in the comment section and let people know how much your family means to you.