IELTS Cue Card: Describe your family

Describe your family

IELTS Cue Card Question 131 with Model Answer:

Describe your family.

You should say:
  • what type of family it is (nuclear, joint etc.)
  • how many family members you have in your family.
  • what you do together as a family.
And explain how important your family is 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:
The family is the oldest unit of the world where people lived together with the members including parents, kids and other members. But with the change of time, families have been divided into different categories.

In France, most of the families are nuclear. For more clarification, a nuclear family always refers to a family where two parents are living with their kids. No other members are included in that family. But sometimes, the family may experience several difficulties when guests come to visit them. I live with my own family while my parents are living on their own. My father and mother live in another city and they also have the same situation. They have formed their own nuclear family while the two brothers and one sister of mine have also the similar type of family. Living in a nuclear family is preferable to me for a wide number of causes. It helps to lead a stress-free life. However, there are some joint families living in France and all of them have migrated from different Asian countries. Thus, the number of such families is lower.

In my family, I have three other family members except me. I am David and by profession, I am an engineer. I live with my wife Lisa, my son – Abran and daughter Silvya. Lisa is a teacher by profession and teaches at a senior school adjacent to my apartment. My son is three years older than my daughter and now is in his fourth grade while the daughter got her admission at the elementary level in the current year. We are a happy family. Lisa takes care of the kids when she comes back from the school. It is beneficial for me that neither Lisa nor I have to care for the kids when they are at school. She brings the kids home when she returns from her own workplace. In my off days, I go to bring the kids from the school and both of them are in the same school which is also positive for my small family. 

Usually, I do not get enough time in the day time to spend with the family members, especially with the kids. On most of the days, I have to return after the dusk and find the kids busy in their studies. But when I could return early in the evening from my work, I try to spend some quality hours with them by playing or making fun. Generally, I participate in different indoor sports with them and play chess. This is a very special game for the two. Sometimes, I take all the members for outing in the holidays. We visit the tourist spots and other destinations, watch cinemas or attend in exhibitions. Sometimes, we take food outside the home and I have made a routine that I will take dinner outside once in a month together and it will help strengthening our bond. It will also help us to get rid of the boredoms of the mechanised life.

My family is the issue of top most importance to me. I love my family. I have been supporting my wife in different household chores and also share some responsibilities as much possible for me. Usually, I shop groceries for the week and sometimes cook foods at home so that Lisa could take care of the kids. Sometimes, I read out stories to my kids so that they could fall in sleep. Besides, I try to teach the standard norms and manners to my kids so that they could be presentable everywhere and survive. This is my way to teach them how to deal with the world. They are highly important to me and thus I try to make them fit to handle all the obstacles of the world

Your preparation for this topic will help you to talk about the following cue card topics:
  • Describe your family members. 
  • Describe someone you really admire. 
  • Describe something which is very important to you. 
  • Describe a relative or a friend you like.