IELTS Cue Card Sample 154 - Talk about one of your long-time friends

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

Talk about one of your long-time friends.

You should say:

  • when you first met your friend
  • what is s/he like
  • how the two of you keep in touch with each other

and explain why this friendship is important to you.

Follow-up Questions:
-   How do people make new friends?
-  What do you think makes people have a long friendship?
-  Does it make things easier in a friendship if you have similar interests?

Model Answer 1:
I have many friends and among them, there are some friends whom I know for a long time. One such friend is (...say the name of your friend...) and he has many distinctive characteristics. I know him from my childhood and still I value his friendship.

He comes from a middle-class family and he has a natural talent of learning everything very quickly. I met him for the first time in my school when he sat near me. He had some distinctive characteristics and that's why I started observing closely and later we became friends. Though he was very talented, but he did not have the tendency to hold on to something for a long. He was the most talented boy in our class but because of some whimsical decisions and because of his priority to his own wishes, he does not have a bright and prosperous career. He was a very good chess player, an excellent all-rounder in cricket, a good defender in football, a tactical badminton player and the quickest math solver in our class. Everybody thought he would become either a math professor or an engineer and sometimes people thought that he would become a good athlete, but he finally did his graduation in History as he thought that this would allow him to learn a lot. After he finished his graduation he learned some programming and designing and started his career in Information Technology. He worked for 3 years in this sector and then all of a sudden decided to leave this day job and work as a freelancer. As far as I know he's been a good programmer and designer and in his freelancing career, he is doing well.

He often travels to different places and leads a life bit away from the society. He has not married yet and I guess he has no intention to do so. He is talented and sometimes whimsical.

He is a close friend of mine and though we do not spend much time together, we have a good bonding and we value our friendship. I know how much talented and creative he is. I like his morality, talent, truthfulness, boldness, bravery and his unquenchable thrust for knowledge and freedom.

Cue Card Answer 2:
James is more than a friend to me. He is, in fact, my best friend and I like to spend my time with him more than any other friend. He is one year senior to me and I met him in my grade 4. On the first day of our class in grade 4, he sat beside me and when I observed him being busy with something that was hidden in his desk, I became curious about him. Next week I lent him one of my story books and thus we knew each other. We are still friends and apart from some very minor incidents, we have always been in a good relationship as friends.

He is working in a consultancy firm these days and planning to settle in Canada with his family. On the other hand, I am planning to complete my Master's degree in a reputed UK university. We still try to meet each other in our free time and have conversations about different issues and topics. Our discussion includes our family, politics, books, works, films, music, our friends and our plans for the future.  

I believe that James is a bit different from others. While many other friends got busy with their work and hardly communicated me, James on the contrary always kept in touch. He even wrote me regularly when he was in a different city. Thus our friendship became stronger with our regular interaction, mutual trust on each other and due to our many common interests. We respect each other, criticise each other if needed and always try to help each other. Respect and trust, in my opinion, are two very strong elements for a strong friendship and we never had any issue regarding these two. I consider him as my best friend because I never have to pretend anything in front of him, I can be quite myself with him and we can comfortably continue any conversation no matter how different our views are on this.  

We were in the same class in school from grade 4 till grade 10. Then I got admitted to a different school. However, the 6 years when we were together in school were some of the best years in our life. We were younger at that time and everything was different then. There were numerous occasions when we did exciting and interesting things that our parents would not have allowed us to do. For instance, collecting frogs of various species in a large box, visiting old buildings to find hidden treasures, fighting with other boys, visiting theatre without informing anyone and swimming in the river without anyone's knowledge were some activities we enjoyed together and knew none of our parents would have permitted us to do.  

In our life, we make different types of relationships and friendship is one such important relationship that last forever. Good friends are like brothers and sisters who will comfort you, guide you, criticise you if needed, accompany you, encourage you, and help you in your rainy days. James is such a friend who has done those all for me and is still a person I can rely on. He is more like a family member to me than an outsider. Without any doubt, he is my best friend.

Similar Cue Card Topics

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

1.    Describe a good friend you have.
2.    Describe a helpful person you know about.
3.    Describe one of your childhood friends.
4.    Describe a friend you know from your school.
5.    Describe a friend you like to spend time with.

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