IELTS Cue Card Sample 347 - Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life.

You should say:

  • who this person is and how long you have known him or her
  • why you chose this person
  • how this person has influenced your life

and explain how you feel about him or her.

Sample Answer:
My sister is my idol and she is the person who helped me to become the better me. She was only 3 years senior to me and yet she was the mother, mentor and best buddy to me. I am quite unlucky that I lost her 5 years ago when she died in a car accident and that was the most devastating moment in my life. She will be my guide and inspiration for the rest of my life though she is not around.

I knew her my whole life. I still miss her in every passing second. I wish I could turn back to the past and meet her once again. My mother was a doctor and her profession demanded her to work long hours. My father worked in a foreign multinational company and stayed more than 7 months away from home in a typical year. To me, my sister was the world I knew. She taught me how to walk, how to read, how to swim, how to behave and even how to cherish life. I will never find a friend and counsellor like her and that’s why she had and still has the most important influence in my life.

I remember an event when I was late to return home as I was playing with my friends in a nearby park and all of a sudden a ferocious storm started. I was shocked and numbed and then I noticed my sister was running fast towards the park in this devastating weather to save me. She indeed saved me many times: sometimes from a storm, sometimes from a depressive and gloomy experience and sometimes from my own evil side. Thus her influence was most significant in my life.

I feel so brokenhearted not to have her near me. I would have been a much happier person if she was still alive. I wish I could be as strong she was in my tough days.  I always pray to the Almighty so that she rests in peace and we can meet again someday.

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe someone you really like.
  2. Describe a person you admire.
  3. Describe someone who has a great influence in your life.
  4. Describe someone you want to be like.
  5. Describe a family member you really like.
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