Cue Card 291 - Describe a neighbour who helps other people

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

Describe a neighbour who helps other people.

You should say:

  • who is he/she
  • how you know him/her
  • how often you meet him/her

and explain how this neighbour helps others.


 

Model Answer 1:
It’s not always that you get to talk about good neighbours – neighbours who help others – because having helping neighbours these days is not a commonplace. Luckily, however, I know a neighbour of mine who likes to support other people, whenever he can, and I am going to talk today about who he is, how I met him, and how often I meet him.

The name of this neighbour of mine is Raisul Chowdhury. I met Mr Raisul and talked to him for the first time at a super shop in my hometown about a few years ago when he was buying some groceries. Of course, I had seen Mr Raisul, who lives only a few blocks away from me, a number of times before, but I just didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him. In fact, I always used to find him leaving his house hurriedly to either go to his pharmacy shop or his college (I think that he was too active of a person for 50 plus years old since he is a pharmacy owner and a college teacher at the same time). 

But, on that day, when I saw him buying an unusual quantity of groceries, I asked him about what he was going to do with so much grocery. In response, he told me that he was going to donate them to some poor and needy people who lived in the next neighbourhood. Since then, I always used to be the first one to greet him every time I meet him at the weekends, mostly. Later on, I came to know that Mr Raisul offered free medicines also to the people with very limited income on a particular day every week.

Anyway, I have already mentioned above how Mr Raisul likes helps other people directly. But, he likes to help others indirectly also by creating a charity foundation in his town where he doesn’t just donate money himself but also encourages other people around him to do the same. Besides, he never hesitates to ask his neighbours like me if we know anybody who needs any help.


 

Sample Answer 2:
I live in a metropolitan city where people mostly lead a busy life. We do not know all the neighbours in our locality and yet I am lucky to have many nice neighbours for their amiable behaviours, sense of responsibilities and benevolent mentality. Among them, Mr Kruse (…or say a name you like…) is a person who frequently extends his helping hand to others. He is a doctor and in fact a very famous one. He is a devoted doctor who often helps people with his service and he has a good reputation as a good and kind doctor. I have noticed many times that he does not impose a fixed fee for the poor patients.

He has been living in our community for the last 5-6 years and I often meet him in the evening while we both get out for a stroll in the nearby park. I visited his chamber for professional advice regarding the health issue I had and took my family members to him as well. To my surprise, he gave utmost importance to our issues, unlike other doctors we have seen and prescribed some really helpful therapy and medicines.

Usually, the doctors in our city have a tendency to charge a large amount of money to the visiting patients and do not care for the paying capability of the poor patients. But Mr Kruse is an exception to that. With his professional skill and reputation, he could have amassed a fortune for him and for his family but because of his benevolent and kind nature, he is still leading a mediocre but happy life. From my conversation with him, I realised that he puts more priority in helping others than earning money.

He sometimes even sacrifices his own conform and family needs to visit a patient who can’t come to his chamber. Thus he has sought to help others and that’s a great virtue we do not see very often. In my opinion, he is the most helpful neighbour I have ever had.


 

Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. What are some of the ways people can help others in the community? Which one is most important?

Q. Why do you think some people like to help other people?

Q. Some people say that people help others in the community more now than they did in the past. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Q. What types of services, such as libraries or health centres, are available to the people who live in your area? Do you think there are enough of them?

Q. Which groups of people generally need the most support in a community? Why?

Q. Who do you think should pay for the services that are available to the people in a community? Should it be the government or individual people?
 

Similar Cue Card Topics

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

  1. Describe a good neighbour you know about.
  2. Describe one of your neighbours.
  3. Describe a person who helps others.
  4. Describe a person you like.
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