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Describe a person who leads an exemplary life

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 296 with Model Answer:

Describe a person who leads an exemplary life.

You should say:
  • who is he/ she
  • how old is he/she
  • what he/ she does for a living.
And explain why you think he/she leads an exemplary life.  

[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:
Leading a very simple life is not possible for everyone. It requires a lot of patience and mental strength. Sometimes such a life becomes an example to many. Mr. Peter Strauss is one of such man who leads an exemplary life. I will describe him here.

I live in a small apartment in the new part of Nafplio in Greece. Mr. Peter Strauss is my neighbour and lives in the opposite door of mine. He is a retired university professor and lives with his wife. In his early age, he joined the army but could not adjust to the hard rules and regulations. So, he left the job and came to start his career as a teacher. He still looks younger than his actual age. He is a tall figure man with a wide vision. He loves to meet new people and socialise and his wife is also of similar character. In fact, both of them has a very good relationship with the neighbours and other people of the apartment block.

Mr. Strauss is over his 65. But even in his age, he looks fit and fine. In fact, he takes a regular exercise with me. I go for a morning walk in the early hours of the day and he accompanies me in the walk. We together walk for around one hour. Sometimes, I run with him. He runs fast in this age. Besides, he also takes some other types of exercise. For his special diets and regular exercise, he is still fit today. He can use the staircase without any trouble. Moreover, he is also good at sports. His wife is not as much strong as he is. She is a bit weak in her 50s and loves to stay at home. Mr. Strauss also loves to take part in adventurous activities. Often he moves for hiking and other outdoor activities with me and some other people of our locality. The spirit he owns is incredible.  

At present, he is bearing his expenses from his business. He owns a small gift shop in line with a restaurant in the city and makes a smart profit to meet the needs of him and his wife. Both the businesses are located in the same place. He is the father of four daughters and sons. And all of them are grown up and have their own family. They live in the other parts of the city. They come to meet the parents on different occasions. It becomes really a happy event for them. Mr. Strauss moves for his shop in the afternoon and takes care of everything till the dusk. He then returns home. The staffs in his shop are trustworthy and they take care of the business in the remaining hours. So, he does not need to worry about the businesses at all. The staffs are honest and he pays them well. Hence, everything is in order and under control.

Mr. Strauss is not very rich but he has moderate wealth. But I have never seen him for showing off his belongings while the other people with such issues turn expressive much. Besides, he loves to meet and greet new people. When he is in the restaurant, he greets his visitors and offers special types of foods and discounts as well. I have never seen him in a gloomy state. His attires are moderate. He takes the traditional foods of the country and also drinks the traditional beverages. He is different than the other rich people with arrogance. He is accessible always even in the mid of night with any problems. Considering all the issues, I think he leads an exemplary life and I appreciate that.

Model Answer 2:
Life is a continuous process of struggle. There are some people who can survive with the struggles and majority of them cannot. I know a man named Roberto Julius who has an enriched life. He leads an exemplary life. He began his life as a small businessman in Italy and now reached the peak. Thank you for the question. I will describe the matter now in brief.

Mr Roberto is a living example of patience and struggle. In fact, is a man to be followed. I know him from my early childhood when he used to live adjacent to us in Verona in Italy. He had a business of selling handicrafts to the tourists in different places of Italy. But now the scenario is altered. He owns a good number of such businesses which has brought him an enviable fame in the home and abroad. He is very simple in his way of life.

Mr Roberto is around 50 years. But he is extremely fit even in this age. Many of the people of his age are not as much young as him. He takes a regular exercise and a bit selective for his foods. I have never seen him to smoke cigarettes or drink alcoholic beverages. This is a secret of his stamina. Besides, he takes regular physical exercise daily with some other people of his forum. As a result, he is having a happy life. He also loves to socialise with people and deals his business perfectly. Mr Roberto is an example for many of his fellow people. They try to follow his lifestyle. On the other side, he never negotiates with any illogical activities. And he has never been seen to get engaged in such activities. So, he is also loved by everyone for this matter.

He is a businessman. In fact, there are a good number of stories are available regarding his ups and downs in life. People adore the stories and often cite them to inspire someone. It is told that he struggled a lot in his early life. Selling small gift items, handicrafts and other knick-knacks for tourists and locals. Gradually, he developed into his business. Before taking a permanent shop in the city, he used to sell the things in a small temporary shop. Later, he grew a lot and now owns a good number of large permanent shops selling the similar items across Italy. Besides, he has also expanded his business in some other sectors. He now proudly owns a tourist and travel agency here which helps foreigners to make trips across Italy. The agency tries to provide the best possible service to the tourists from both home and abroad.

Mr Roberto Julius is the name of inspiration for the people who want to start entrepreneurship in Italy. He is a living legend in his locality for many reasons. He is the living example how the wheel of fortune could be changed. It should be acknowledged that his early part of life was thorny. But he had a firm determination in his mind to succeed. With his hard efforts and patience, he overcame the situations. He now owns a substantial number of properties and wealth. All the things he gained in several years and with hard works. In fact, he has an indomitable spirit to win. And he won his luck. So, his life is an example for many of the people.

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