IELTS Cue Card: Describe a person you admire

Describe a person you admire

IELTS Cue Card Question 47 With Model Answer: 

Describe a person you admire.

You should say: 
  • who he/ she is
  • how you know him/ her
  • what characteristics this person has
and explain why you admire this person.

[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 1:
Admiration to any individual comes from the heart and requires lots of endeavours as well. I admire a man in my family from my teenage for his extraordinary qualities.

He is the uncle of mine, the husband of my maternal aunt. Looks like a Hollywood hero with a height of 6’1”. He loves me very much and is always with our family in both our happiness and sorrows. He is a man of special qualities and is a very good teacher too. I mostly like him for his outstanding ability to teach mathematics and he makes the lessons easy and clearer. Moreover, he can sing very well and his paintings are superb. When I used to learn mathematics from him, he made all the logics and complexities clear to me within the shortest time and I had a good score on that final exam.

I was a kid of nine or ten when my aunt Sofia was married to Mr. Alexander Cumberland. As I was highly busy with my studies, I did not have enough chance to meet him frequently. When he came to our apartment, I did not have much interaction with him. But gradually I started realising that he is a man of skill and special qualities. One night, he started singing a melodious song at a party in our apartment to entertain the visitors, and he presented me a very nice painting on my 13th birthday that I later came to know was painted by him. But I came to his close contact when I needed to complete the complex mathematics for my final exam in my sixth grade.

Although in the beginning, I failed to manage time to spend with my uncle, I managed it later when the exams were over. I passed few weeks with him and found that he is a great man. He is sincere, likes to talk straight, punctual, and sympathetic to others; and filled with other special qualities which are absent among the common people. He is kind and helps the poor based on his ability, never ill-treats anyone and always busy with his own activities. I have not seen him getting engaged in a gossip which is another cause for me to admire him. He is softhearted giant and never hurts people. He is punctual and I have never seen him missing appointments.    

Earlier, I told that I had less chance to meet him, but now I regularly meet him (at least twice a week) for different purposes and I find a different taste in passing times with him. When he paints, he keeps me with him to discuss different issues and he invents ideas for painting during the conversation, according to him. Besides, when my father is out of the state, he takes care of my family like his own. He never allows us to feel alone and he is a must for any of the familiar occasions in our family. He cheers up the participants and creates a pleasant noise there which increases the beauty of the events. For all these reasons, I admire him most.



Sample Answer 2:
Mr Yuri Chekhov is a neighbour of mine and I admire him most for some reasons. He is really a man to be admired only for his intellect and smartness. Yes, this is a very interesting topic to discuss and I am grateful to you for asking the question.

Mr Chekhov is one the most influential men of locality I live in Kazan under Russia. In fact, he has access to almost all the local government offices and everyone there knows him well. He is now a retired government official and served as a diplomat in different countries in his early life. He looks very strong even in his 65 he looks much younger as he takes regular physical exercise. Moreover, he also participates in almost all types of sports and gaming activities organised in local levels. He is a social worker as well and takes part in various awareness-raising activities voluntarily.  

I know him from an early childhood. He was the friend of my grandfather and thus he used to visit us often. In fact, my late grandfather was his bosom friend and been brought up in the same locality. Moreover, he used to study in the same school with my grandfather. As a result, there had been a very intimate relationship with my family and Mr Chekhov. He knows me very well and I also had taken part in some social awareness activities with him in the locality. Even today, if I am in any trouble, I take his advice. He is a man of letters. He has a vast experience as he travelled in various parts of the world. So, most of his suggestions were related to real-life problem-solving issues and I found them effective indeed.

Mr Chekhov is an extrovert in nature. He loves to meet people and socialise. He is a widower and lives alone in his own apartment – a few blocks away from mine. Besides, he is skilled in telling stories, puzzles and also can solve highly critical math problems. When I was a school student, I used to meet him with my mathematical problems. He resolved the problems easily and also made me understood how he completed them. On the other side, he is supportive to everyone. He never refuses to help anyone within his capacity. If you make him a call for an emergency even after midnight, he will be there for your help. With this feature of his character, he has won the hearts of people. Everyone admires him for his benevolent nature and kindness to others. There is a saying that nobody has seen Mr Chekhov shout so far. He is always calm and quiet.

I admire him for many reasons. First of all, he is a respectable man in the locality and he has gained the position by hard efforts. He never behaves rudely with anyone. As a man, he owns almost all the positive qualities. Everyone loves him for his kindness and selfless support to anything. He never refuses to spend his own bucks for the sake of others. Mr Chekhov is a kind of social leader with his extraordinary skills to impress people and raise awareness about any specific issues. Besides, I know him from my childhood and he has been a nice man to me since then. When my parents scolded me for inattentiveness with my studies, he interfered there to save me from the troubles. He did all the things only for the greatness of his mind. Therefore, I admire him most.