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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 1:
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 on 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 relationship 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 the unconditional support 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 to me than any other thing.



Sample Answer 2:
The majority of the families in rural India are still living in a primitive age. They prefer living in a large family and it brings a sense of deep happiness among the family members. I am lucky to have one of such families here in a remote state - Bihar in India. Thank you for the question. I am happy to have the chance of describing my family here.

In many of the modern states, the number of large families is on the decline. But some of the parts in India, they are still prevailing. The families contain a notable number of members. In most of the cases, the family is led by the grandfather. He is the family head while his sons and grandsons live with them. My family has also the similar scenario. In my family, I have my grandfather, grandmother, my parents, my paternal uncles and their families. In fact, we are30 members altogether including the kids and servants. 

Most of the members are adults while there are some children and youths of my age. My grandfather is a doctor in the locality and he owns a moderate homoeopathy business in his chamber. On the other side, my father is a businessman and deals in importing raw materials for preparing plastic goods. My uncles are not involved in the business rather they prefer to be service holders. One of my uncles is a government official while another one is an engineer. I have two siblings and they are students like me. I am a student at a local college and completing my twelfth grade. My younger sister is in her ninth grade while the older one has completed the graduation and seeking a job. Most of my cousins are of my age and they are also studying in different educational institutions. My mother is a housewife and she is responsible for taking care of everything of the house. She is a typical housewife who takes care most of the things, even the cooking and cleaning.

I am extremely lucky to born in this family. The family bonding is great here. Everyone comes out to help the others in needs and emergencies. In fact, the entire family backs the other family member. My one thing should be made clear here – my family does not favour any illicit activities. If someone is found guilty of any illegal cause, my grandfather does not support him/ her and the similar issue is for us. We do not favour anything illegitimate and in our early childhood, we were taught to follow the standard rules and laws for everything. The entire family spends quality time when there is an occasion or during the weekly lunch. In fact, this has become a tradition for us to take a weekly meal together on the weekly holiday afternoon. It has been possible only for the strong bond we maintain.

My family is the place where I return at the end of the day. This is the place that takes care of me. It supports me when I am sick, when I am down – it cheers me up to move ahead. The other members also take care of me in various aspects. There is a strong feeling inside me for my family. The feeling is the same to the family members as well. We love to be happy in contact with each other. As a matter of fact, this is the very best family I have ever seen or met where there are no major conflicting issues. I have learnt a lot of real-life things from here. Based on such things, my family is important to me than any other things in the world.


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 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. 

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