Describe a good quality you admire - Cue Card # 313

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

Describe a good quality you admire.

You should say:

  • what quality it is
  • how this quality helps us
  • how difficult it is to acquire this quality

and explain why you admire this quality so much.


Model Answer 1:
I always try my best to admire any kind of human quality that benefits our society and bring us human closer together. But, out of all of those good human qualities, I admire “modesty” the most, and today, I would like to talk about it here.

So what exactly is “modesty”? Well, while different people would try to render different meaning to it, I would say that modesty is a feeling or attitude that encourages to think that we have no special importance over the others. In other words, it is a sense of “lack of pride” which prevents us from feeling that we are somehow better than others. 

But, unfortunately, no matter how much we admire this great human quality, the truth is that modesty is an underrated quality that isn’t touched upon often by the majority among us. Some of us are even tempted to overlook this great human attribute by telling to ourselves that it is something that is only mentioned heavily in religious texts, and it may seem a little old-fashioned, and as such, we don’t really need it that much in this day and age, but, as far as I am concerned, I try to give “modesty” the utmost importance. Of course, it is difficult to acquire true modesty because it essentially demands from us to belittle ourselves in front of the whole world. Besides, most of us think that being humble is a sign of weakness, so we try to avoid it at all costs because we just hate to appear “weak” in front of others.  

Anyway, I admire “modesty” so much, mainly because it allows us room for self-improvement, both in our personal and professional life. Besides, we also need humility or modesty for our inner-peace because it helps us navigate the losses in our life better and pick ourselves up after the falls. Finally, I admire it because it brings us closer to each other by eliminating our artificial differences, in a society that is full of hatred and animosity.


Sample Answer 2:
Honesty is the quality I admire most and I believe that honesty is the mantra towards a corruption-free happy world. To me, honesty is a quality that involves being honest in every way of life.

Honesty is considered to be the most important virtue as this quality ensures a balance and authentically structured society where each member would work together towards a better world.

The virtues and good qualities are deeply rooted with honesty. Only an honest person can be truthful, brave and benevolent. A dishonest person will start acquiring other vile characteristics and with time, s/he would become a corrupted and harmful person in every sphere of life. Honesty makes a man brave and happy. A dishonest person can't be truly happy and contended.

This is indeed a difficult quality to acquire if that was not rooted from the early childhood of a person. The society and circumstances offer many attractions and denying all of those devilish attractions and greed is something an honest person would do. To me, this is the first and foremost important quality a good person must have.  

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

  1. Describe a good quality one of your friends has.
  2. Describe an important quality someone needs for success.
  3. Describe a unique quality someone in your family has.
  4. Describe an admiring quality you have.
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