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Describe a feature of your personal character

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 199 with Model Answer:

Describe a feature of your personal character that you find important.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • why is it important to you
  • What difference it makes in your life
and explain why it 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:
Human beings are subject to imperfection. They will not be perfect despite numerous attempts. This is natural. But they might be able to own some special qualities which make them great. I am humbly proud of my honesty. This is the best feature that I possess.

Honesty is a great virtue and everyone is almost known for the saying that 'Honesty is the best policy'. Yes, undoubtedly the saying is true for all. If people could remain honest during the lifetime, they will be rewarded in the long run. To be frank, I have been enjoying a pleasure that cannot be expressed in language. The honesty inside me leads me to do everything with due sincerity and perfectly. For being honest, I am adored by everyone and especially by my colleagues. Since my early childhood, I have never got involved in any dishonest act and thus everyone respects me.

Honesty is globally respected. In each of the sectors of life, people need honesty. The number of dishonest people is on the rise and thus it has become a rare virtue in the present days. So, when I found that everything is becoming corrupted, I should walk on the opposite track. I got the learning from my parents, especially my dad, a former police officer here in Singapore. He advised me to be honest in every sphere of my life and I would be successful. How right he was! By dint of my honesty, I have overcome all of the troubles of my life so far. I have a good job at a local real estate call centre with some standard benefits. My parents, neighbours, colleagues and friends love me. But if I did not own the virtue, I think I would be treated like the other people. Besides, my honesty makes me feel better. I get encouraged by my inner self to perform the works more efficiently. Besides, I am following the advice of my parents. For all these reasons, I think it is important for me.

After adopting the policy to remain honest in the rest of my life, I have gained much. Firstly, I gained the job currently I am performing in, I gained the love of my surrounding and overall the blessing from my parents. I have experienced that the people with dishonesty are shining in their life and life is a luxury for them. But my shabby life is enough for me and I am satisfied with what I earn in honest ways. My neighbour (I do not want to expose his name) once was poor and now he has built a huge residential complex on his land next to ours. But he is not respected in the society as everyone knows that he gained wealth by dishonest means. Even he does not receive the importance as I get as a junior from the others. Honesty has brought a sense of self-dignity to me. I feel glad when people greet me and adore my virtue. I take humble pride in those greetings. This has changed my thoughts about life and living.

Honesty is a divine gift and it is not placed upon anyone. So, I think I am divinely blessed with the virtue. This is a unique feature of mine that has made me popular among everyone. I have got my job only for my honesty. When they asked me about my academic background, I did not hide anything from them though they called for someone with a shiny academic career. Moreover, I am able to impress people with my speeches as I am a trustworthy person to all in my locality. Almost everyone knows me for my feature of not lying. Besides, when I sit at the store with my father - the retired government official, people make crowds in our grocery store to collect their daily necessaries as we always provide the exact measures. No dishonest means are followed here. Honesty has made everything for me. I have a happy family, better career and hopefully a bright future. Everything has been possible for my honesty. Thereby, honesty is truly important to me.



Sample Answer 2:
Seeking perfection in everything is one my important personal features that has made me different from the other people. Sometimes, I am in trouble with the feature but finally, I get the best things. Thank you for the great cue card topic. Here I will describe the feature in brief.

I love to do everything in a perfect manner whatever it is. If the task is not done perfectly, I actually do not get the peace of mind. Everyone blames me for being so perfect. I think they have a sense of jealousy with me when they find my works are the most attractive one and get the best rewards. But often I need to undergo lots of stress and struggles to make the things in my desired way.

This is important to me for many reasons. The most important reason behind seeking perfection is that I love to do the things in a neat and clean way. I also prefer to do the things following the proper procedure while many others do not follow the right way of doing the things. Being perfect is important to me because the perfect deeds get the recognition quickly and help people to change their conditions. I have also seen how negligence brings disasters in life from my early age. If the works were done with carefulness, they could have been the very best works of the century. But alas! They brought only disasters for the people. Based on the grounds, I pledged to be perfect in every step of my life.

I have noticed some remarkable changes from the very first day I thought to be perfect. I noticed the changes in my office. I work for a multinational tobacco manufacturing company. A lot of other people are engaged here. But most of them do not work properly and are insincere. As a result, the rate of recruitment in this company is higher. In fact, teams change in every six months from top to bottom for their insincerity. But there were no issues with me. Rather, I have been promoted in thrice in past three years. And this has happened only for my sincerity and perfection in the assignments.

I do firmly believe that being perfect is the best way to gain success in life. But it is also true that nobody can be perfect all the time and we are to admit this. We have some limitations. Considering everything, we are to deal with the situations and do the very best from our part. The sincere attempts will bring the good result and make a visible difference between us and others. By keeping the practice of being perfect, someday certainly people will be perfect in all of their activities and be the winner in life. Hence, this is highly important to me.

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