IELTS Cue Card Sample 408 - Describe a close friend

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

Describe a close friend.

You should say:

  • how long you have known this person
  • how you met
  • what kind of person he/she is

and explain why you like him/her.

[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:
Thank you, sir/ madam, for this opportunity to let me talk about one of my closest friends. Without a doubt, that would be Martin, who is a very intimate friend of mine and with whom I spend a lot of time these days.

I know him for more than 8 years. I can still recall the day we first met and that was the very first day in our high school. He sat next to me and when our new class teacher gave us a task to complete, I could not find my pen that supposed to be in my bag. Noticing that I was searching my bag over and over again, Martin gave me one of his pens and I thanked him profoundly for saving me from an embarrassment, especially in front of a room full of new classmates! The next day we sat together again and this arrangement went on for a long. In the meantime, I found that he plays football, which I also did and he became a member of our high school debate club which was also an activity I was very passionate about. Within a few months we became good friends and in a year we became very close.

Martin is a good person and a very helpful friend. The most remarkable characteristic of Martin is his leadership quality. He can quickly judge a situation, make an action plan and act promptly. Several times his prompt decision-making ability saved us from unexpected and difficult situations. Furthermore, he is very talented, well-read and well-travelled. The stories we heard from him about his tour in the Europe were quite remarkable. Finally, he looks like an athlete and very strongly built. He runs for more than 2 miles each morning, a habit I wish I would take up! He is ver kind, contrary to his heavy built, and soft-spoken.

Why I like Martin? - Well, this is probably because he is a great person. He is one of my best friends and I like to spend time with him. We have some common interests and passions that make us close friends. I like the leadership quality he possesses and the way he often helps other selflessly.  Finally, as a close friend, I know him very intensely. I would certify him to be a good human being, a humble person, a good and helpful friend. I hope our friendship lasts forever!  

 

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What are the differences between adults and children in terms of making friends?

Q. Can adults make friends with children?

Q. What do you think are the most important factors when making friends?

Q. What are the possible factors that cause the break-up of friendship?

Q. Why is it difficult for adults to make friends?

Q. What will the friendship become like when getting old?

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