IELTS Cue Card Sample 399 - A person who can speak a second language

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

Describe a person who can speak a second language.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • what language this person can speak
  • how often this person uses this language

and explain why this person has learned a second language.

Model Answer:
In fact, I know many people who can speak a second language. Just after I looked at this Cue Card topic, their names and faces came to my mind. However, for this cue card topic, I would like to talk about my uncle, Joseph, who can speak English very fluently. English is the second language in our country and many of us can speak it quite fluently. However, my uncle Joseph was graduated from the London University and stayed in London for more than 7 years. After he came back to his motherland, he went into the teaching profession. These days he teaches history in a college.

Joseph is 2 years younger than my father and I know him from my childhood. He is around 40 years old now and stays near our house. He is a doting father of 3 children and a devoted teacher who is loved by his students. He has a good and natural accent and a pleasant speaking style that give a soothing feeling when I listen him speak. He has a great way of teaching and I often took his advice regarding my studies. Whenever I had any complex grammatical issue, he was the person I turned into for the help. He could explain things like a magician!

Apart from his mother tongue, he can speak English very fluently and I heard that he can also speak Spanish, Hindi and French. I have seen him speak with many American and British teachers and it seemed to me that he speaks very naturally with them. I guess he has to speak English every day at the college he teaches in has got many foreign students and teachers. He needs to deliver his lectures in English as well. I sometimes speak English with him and I am no match for his fluency, academic knowledge and experience.

Learning a second language is a must in our school curriculum.  So everybody has to learn a second language in our country. In most of the colleges and universities in our country, the lectures, exams and academic books are in English. My uncle must have learned this second language as part of his academic study. However, his study in a university in the UK and his 7 years staying in this country must have improved his knowledge and language fluency to a great extent. The other foreign languages that he can read and speak must have been the result of his personal interests and he must have learned them due to his stay in different countries.

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