IELTS Cue Card: Describe a person who can use/speak a second language

Describe a person who can use/speak a second language

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 223 with Model Answer:

Describe a person who can use/speak a second language.

You should say:
  • who this person is
  • what language this person can use/speak
  • how often this person uses/speaks this language
and explain how this second language is helpful for 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:
The use of the second language in Vietnam is very important and most of the people are unable to speak a second language properly or they have some sort of pronunciation problem. But I know a man who is able to speak a second language flawlessly and he uses the language to his everyday tasks.

Mr. Giang Dung is my neighbour and lives in the next apartment at the apartment complex we are living now. He is a mobile phone engineer by profession and owns a mobile selling business at a shopping mall located in the downtown of the city. He mostly uses the language with his clients. Some of his clients are foreigners and he needs to communicate with them in the second language to serve them in the right manner. Besides, he also takes classes at a local language club and teaches how to speak the second language. He can speak the language like the native speakers and the key behind his speaking fluency is that he visited some of the European countries for around 10 years before he started his own mobile phone selling businesses in Vietnam.

Mr. Giang Dung is able to speak English as his second language. He is also capable of speaking some other languages like French, Japanese and German. He has spent a part of his life in those countries and learnt the languages. He has spent a notable time of his life in England and thus he has made English as his second language. He is able to speak fluently and his pronunciation is like the native English people. Usually, he uses English with people who are not familiar with the local language. Since English is an international language, it is used everywhere in the world for communication. Almost all the countries use English as their second language and the scenario is similar in Vietnam as well. But many of the English speaking people are unable to articulate the words perfectly as it is done by Mr. Dung. He has made his speaking tone attractive that most of the times people keep listening to him.

Mr. Dung uses English frequently with everyone and prefers to practice the language with his students most. As Vietnam is gradually developing and many of the global tourists come here to visit the historical places especially related to the wars, the necessity of English is emerging here. Besides, many of the visitors need to buy or repair their cellular phones during their stay at the country and thus they have to move at the shopping malls where the mobile phones are sold or repaired. Mr. Dung is quite familiar in the city for his business and in most of the cases, he is referred by the people as he can take a good care of the tourists and visitors arriving out of Vietnam. He speaks his second language with the people and sometimes he uses the other languages as well if the tourists belong to Germany or Japan. In fact, he loves to speak English and shares positive information about Vietnam to them.

English has helped him to perform some good jobs. Mr. Dung is the man of a good heart and he loves to help people. One day an English traveller came to his shop and explained some troubles to him. Mr. Dung helped the man unconditionally and after some days, the man returned the favour in plenty which was surprising for Mr. Dung. None of the people of the locality could come into help of the man as they did not have command in the English language. Mr. Dung was able to help for his good skill at the language. Besides, his business is expanding comparing the other businessmen of the shopping mall as he could bargain with the foreign clients in English. Rest of the shopkeepers and businessmen are unable to bargain the way he does in English with the foreigners and thus they are lagging behind in the business competition with him. If he did not know the second language, he might not have done so well in his business. Moreover, he has very good relations with the other people and they admire him for his skill in the languages. In a word, the second language has benefited him from several aspects.