Cue Card # 254 - A feature of your character you find important
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a feature of your personal character that you find important.
You should say:
- what it is
- whether it is a common characteristic
- how it is helpful to you
and explain why it is important to you.
Model Answer 1:
I am never really afraid to say that I don’t really have that many personal characteristics which I could be proud of. In fact, I do a lot of soul-searching, and that perhaps could also be an important personal characteristic, I suppose. But, I think that I have another personal characteristic, an important one in my humble opinion, about which I would like to talk here today.
The personal characteristic, I am talking about, is called “patience”. Interestingly enough though, I didn’t really know about this important personal character of mine until one of my paternal aunts had revealed it to me one day about 10 years ago. In fact, up and until then, I didn’t even think that it was such an important personal characteristic, but rather I just thought that every person around me was just like me.
But, when my aunt told me that I had such an important feature, I curiously asked her as to why she thought like that. In response, she just told me that not many sons would keep themselves up night after night in order to help their mothers because they (the mothers) had some important medical surgeries. By saying this, she was actually referring to my month-long help to my mother when she had gone through a very important medical operation.
Now, I don’t really think (again, I started to think like this only after becoming aware of this through my aunt) that it is such a common characteristic of the majority of human beings – at least the people I know around me – because I have found them to be complaining a lot.
Anyway, this personal aspect of mine is important to me because it has helped me get over with many unpleasant situations in life by teaching me that not everybody is the same in our world, especially, when I have been treated unfairly. I consider it to be important also because it has helped me to become the person, I am today, who is happy with himself. Now, if you are happy with yourself, what else is that you need in your life?
Sample Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this nice topic. It’s kind of tough to talk about someone’s own personal characteristics as I believe the way we judge ourselves differs from the way other people judge us. Nonetheless, we all have our idea about our own characteristics, and I would like to talk about my ability to stay calm even in the time of distress as a quality here.
I am not a short-tempered person, and I try to remain calm no matter how severe the situation is. And I find it a helpful characteristic - to say the least. From my own experience I can say that, whenever I got angry and acted very promptly without giving much consideration to the situation, I did not make the right decision and repented for that.
In my opinion, it should be a common characteristic among people but my personal experience sometimes contradicts my opinion as I often find people who can’t remain calm in an adverse situation and act very weirdly. So to say, this is not a rare quality, but many people lack it for sure.
Remaining calm and using the brain rather than the tongue is a helpful characteristic as it definitely helps us make the right decision and guide us to the right course of action. Being very fragile in action and taking a prompt decision without thinking can sometimes lead us to misinterpretation and can ruin our relationships with others. Not being able to remain calm also shows our weakness.
To me, calmness is a very important characteristic. This quality has saved me from making many mistakes and saved me from lamenting later on. Being able to remain calm in an adverse situation helps me make the right judgment and that’s something which I find very helpful in my personal and professional life.
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