IELTS Cue Card Sample 74 - Describe an irritating neighbour of your locality

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

Describe an irritating neighbour of your locality.

You should say:

  • For how long the person has been your neighbour
  • How this person behave with others
  • Explain how annoying the person is.

and explain what can be done to reduce his annoying activities.

Model Answer: 
Most of our neighbours are amiable and well-behaved and they are good neighbours except Mr. Deun who seems very irritating to me. He is living in our community for about 3 years after he bought the house from the previous owner. So he is our neighbour for the last three years and shortly after he started living here people started noticing his annoying behaviours. 

He is a retired person who has only 4 family members and though other family members are well-behaved, this person has some issues that make him a bad neighbour. He does not behave politely and often we find him rude with others. He often shouts on very silly issues. Even with kids, he behaves rudely. 
 
He often complaints about people standing in front of his house while it is a street and people stand there for a while to look for an auto. In my opinion, he has no right to yell with the neighbours who play in the nearby playground. He does not go out very often and stays at his home most of the time. But he complains about everything, about everyone. Since he has complaints on other people, he should have followed the strict rules not to disturb others but in reality, he does the opposite. He sometimes shouts with his family members that other people can hear and that's very disturbing especially in the middle of the night. 
 
I remember him scolding a 10 years girl who mistakenly entered in his garden and just enjoyed the flowers. She did nothing and Mr. Deun acted very impolitely with her. People in our locality sometimes make fun of him for his behaviours and usually avoids him from the social gathering. He has a habit of advising people while he does not listen to anybody's request. Thus I find him very annoying. 
 
I am not sure what to do to reduce his annoyance but I guess we should talk to him very politely and try to make peace with him. He is not a type of person who would yield to any logic or good intention. So if he does not heed to polite conversation, the local senior persons can sit with him to short out the problem. His family members can contribute in making him understand that the way he behaves with others are not acceptable and is not a good sign. Finally, if nothing can be done to change him, we should avoid him and ignore his disturbance. He is not a kid whom we can teach the basic of mannerism and social responsibilities. So, in my opinion, a polite discussion can be effective and if not there is nothing we can do to change his behaviours.
 

Tips for talking about this Cue Card topic:

While talking about an irritating neighbour, first mention that why this person is irritating. Be careful about the fact that mentioning your abhorrence about the irritating neighbour would only be reasonable when you can establish the fact that s/he is really irritating.

Do not say that you know this annoying neighbour only for few days. That would give a shallow judgment about someone. Mention that you know this person for a long time and not only you but other people in your neighbourhood also abhor him/ her for the annoying activities s/he does often.

You would be convincing if you mention that the person does not obey the rules and regulation of your community, often make disturbing attitude with others; especially with kids and senior citizens, shouts very loudly and makes quarrels loudly.

Now give some of your personal experiences regarding this people and that should be convincing why you have started feeling that he/she is an annoying person.   
 
Some of the attitude/ activities that you can mention while describing this annoying neighbour of yours:

1. S/he always shouts and does not show respect to others.
2. Often listen to music very loudly that annoys people who live around.
3. Often makes quarrels and does not obey the rules people usually follow in your community.
4. Throws away trash to other people’s yard.
5. Often get drunk and does make scenes in public.
6. Often bits the pets of other people.
7. Does not show respect and love to children and elderly people.

For the last question “and explain what can be done to reduce his annoying activities” mention that, though s/he is irritating you still respect him/her and believe that s/he has a reason for the way s/he behaves. Proper counselling, advice and friendly behaviours might help him. Also, mention that people in your locality should talk to his/ her family members to learn what makes this person annoyed and then you should try your best not to do that. Try to be very reasonable and understanding in this part to show your goodwill regarding helping this person.

If you can answer this cue card topic, you should also be able to answer the following topics:

1. Describe a person you do not like.
2. Describe someone in your locality.
3. Describe something that annoys you.
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