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Person in your family who you most admire

IELTS Cue Card Question 10 With Model Answer:

Describe the person in your family who you most admire.

You should say:
  • what his/her relationship is to you
  • what s/he has done in your life
  • what s/he does now
and explain why you admire this person so much.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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:
'Family' is the most precious thing for everyone. One cannot live without a family, and even if we notice deeply, we could see that familial bonding is also found among animals. Thus, the importance of having a family cannot be ignored to live on the planet. A family is a place where anyone could expect to get anything without the promise of return in exchange. In my family, I admire my father most. He is the key person in our family and maintains the family in a solid way. He is my hero in my life. My father is truly an admirable person for his outstanding qualities.

He has guided me to the right path so that I could shine in my career and personal life. When I was a kid, he helped me in all possible ways, when I turned a bit matured he showed me the ways to choose. The most important thing is that he never forced me into doing something or performing after his will. He always left the issues on me, showed the ways, and I decided the right road. With his advice, currently, I am an established photographer in the society. He bought me the first camera of my life by cutting his costs in half when he came to know that I would like to be a photographer.

My father has retired from his job and now passing his days with the family and friends. Most of his friends have also retired like him and together they pass their moments by recalling their olden days. Sometimes my father takes my mother for outing too. They spend all the day outside and return at night as they used to do in the first hours of their marriage. I like the romanticism between my parents. Moreover, my father loves gardening, and he takes care of the garden before our house. Frequently he buys flowers of different categories and asks me to get his photos with the plants. 

I admire my father and will continue doing so for his honesty, his sincerity and the sense of responsibility. I have never seen him ignoring his responsibilities to my family. The most important feature of my father is sympathy for others regardless of relations. When someone of the family turned ill, he rushed to take care of the patient amid his thousands of responsibilities. He also used to help the destitute relations and also hide the events to us. I am truly lucky to have a father like him.

Alternative Answer 2:
The person I admire most in my family is my mother. Why? She is always there for me and never turns her back on me. She brought to me in this world and because of her, I came to this world. She loves me even when I disagree with her or do something wrong! Her love for me is unconditional and I have countless reasons to admire and love her the most.

She is the most loving person I could possibly meet in my life. She taught me the basic values of life and she put a great effort to teach me to distinguish the right from wrong. She is a virtuous and benevolent woman and I have a great admiration for her. She took care of my elementary education and inspired me to read books outside of my academic book list. In my childhood, she was always near me. She took me to schools and playgrounds and waited patiently for a long so that she could look after me.

She never hesitates to inspire me whenever I do something good. She is the best critic I can possibly have and because of her, I have learned computer programming, art and other important skills. She is a hard-working woman who has devoted her entire life to her family. I learned the importance and necessity of a close family from her. I have only a younger sister who is 12 years old and my mum was always my best friend.

In my teen ages she advised me about many things and always supported me and that helped me a lot to come out from the depression I had at that time. She inspired me to take part in the outdoor activities and motivated me to play cricket with other children of my age.

She took great care of me when I was ill and I can remember many sleepless nights she had spent to look after me. She still does that whenever I get sick. She inspired me to get admitted to the best university of our country and she is the one who contributed the most to help me become the man I am.

She was a school teacher for about 5 years but she left her career and became a full-time mum when I was born. Who else would make such great sacrifice for me except my mother? She is my inspiration and idol in my life. I admire her for everything she has done for me and everything she still does for me. Her sacrifices and love for me are unparalleled to anyone or anything in the whole world.

Other family members in your family you might describe:

  • Your mother.
  • Your elder brother or sister. 
  • If you are living in a joint family, you can also describe your grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt or any elder cousin.

Do not describe the whole family as the cue card asks you to talk about a single family member whom you admire the most.  

Part 3: Details Discussion:

Attitudes to the family:
Q.  In what ways have families in your country changed in recent years?
A. The families have changed greatly in my country for different reasons and situations. Earlier the families were united but currently, they have been shaped into nuclear families. When people used to live the in the country areas, the families were large but with the advancement of time, the families have broken and took their own shares and formed small families instead of the large ones with the excuse of extensive maintenance cost, misunderstanding and more other issues.

Q.  Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family? Why / why not?
A. A husband and a wife should play different roles for different reasons. From time immemorial, males are considered as the bread earners while the females are the homemakers. But the ideas have changed massively in the current days. Now, both the husband and wives are seen engaged in money-earning activities. Moreover, they are sharing their responsibilities between them and thus they are playing different roles in the family.

Family or friends:
Q.  Which are more important to you - your family or your friends?
A. My family is the most important thing to me than friends. A Family is a place where you will have everything. The family members will try to support you reasonably; both in good and bad situations and in return, they do not expect anything. It is the most important feature of a family. The family members will never leave you forever, but the scenario is just the opposite with the friends. When there are no benefits in helping you, the friends will be nowhere to be found! They will avoid you in every possible manner. So, my family is my top priority.

Q.  What conflicts can arise between a person's family and a person's friends?
A. There are different issues that can create trouble between you and your family or you and your friends. Regarding the familial issue, your family members may guide you to the right way but due to your lack of knowledge, you may get involved in arguments over the guidance. You may prefer following the one which appears better to you (although in reality that is not meant for you).

On the other hand, conflicts with friends may range from any trifling matter to a major issue like business loss or life or death situation. Family members are always with the well-wishers or try to make better but the friends are not always with the same thought to make you feel good unless they have any hidden benefit with the issue. The common conflict can arise when someone spends most of his/her time with friends and family members start complaining about it.

Family responsibilities:
Q.  What responsibilities do parents have towards their children?
A. Parents naturally love their kids. However, the parents are responsible for everything of their kids from rearing their kids well, educate them, and allow picking the right things for them or their career or even their marriage.   

Q.  What responsibilities do children have towards their parents?
A. The most important responsibility the children have towards their parents is to abide by all the directives they get from the parents. There are no parents who want to have their kids in distress. So, the children should pay attention to their parents, take care of them in their old age and overall they should respect the parents always.

Your ability to talk about this topic will enable you to answer the following IELTS cue card topics also:  
  • Describe someone in your family.
  • Describe someone you really admire.
  • Describe your childhood hero.
  • Describe a person you like to work with.
  • Describe someone who had a great influence in your life.
  • Describe the person you most admire.
  • Describe a family member who is similar to you.
  • Describe a person who is a good cook.
  • Describe a talented person you know about.
  • Describe your favourite personality.
  • Describe someone you know for a long.
  • Describe a person who is a good mentor.
  • Describe an honest person you know about.
  • Describe a relative you really like.

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