Cue Card 583 - When you visited a friend or family member at their workplace

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

Describe a time when you visited a friend or family member at their workplace.

You should say:

  • who you visited
  • where this person worked
  • why you visited this person’s workplace

and explain how you felt about visiting this person’s workplace.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
I don’t normally like to visit any friend or family members at their workplaces because I think that such practice distracts them from their works.  Besides, I don’t exactly think that the bosses at workplaces would like that.  In fact, my boss thinks that it should be a standard norm not to visit anybody at his or her workplaces unless there is a very – I mean, very – valid reason to do so.  But, I broke that norm once and decided to meet one of my good friends at his workplace.

Actually, I haven’t met Patrick Lee, since the time we graduated from the university about 5 years ago, because right after finishing our university life, we had to go on our separate ways due to the professional reasons.  In fact, we both moved to two different cities with more than 250 kilometres of distance between us.

Of course, I knew exactly where he used to work, and we even used to have phone conversations with each other once in a while in order to keep in touch with each other.  So, when an opportunity arrived one day in the form of an official tour into the city where Patrick lived, I just didn’t want to let the opportunity to meet my good old friend get wasted.  Of course, Patrick asked me to visit him the next day at his home, but I told him that I would remain too busy to meet him then.  So, in the end, it was decided that I would meet him at his workplace for a few minutes just for old time’s sake.

But, even though, it was supposed to be only a brief meeting for a few minutes, it went on for about a good 30 minutes, as we both tried to catch up with each other on what we had missed over the years while enjoying some great coffee.  In fact, I felt like we went back to our old university days again as we laughed and made jokes with each other as long as I was there at my friend's office.


Sample Answer 2:
I met my dad at his office for an important reason a few months ago. It was an amazing experience and this is the first time I went to his new office where he joined 2 years ago. The working environment was nice and adorable. Dad was surprised seeing me there too. I went there from my college and get back to college again after meeting with him. This cue card task topic is an excellent one and I would love to talk about it. Here are the remaining answers.

Dad worked for a multinational corporation in Nepal while the headquarters of the office was in Malaysia. The company had its wings in some other Asian countries too. It mostly dealt with export and import of varieties of goods including cosmetics and toiletries products. The office was located at a corner of Dharan covering a large space. It accommodated about 30 employees altogether and I found everyone busy with their respective tasks while my dad was in charge of the office.

My academic progress report card needed a signature of dad. Actually, I was not brave enough to get the signature again until it was the last date. I thought to submit it without the guardian’s signature and did so. But finding the card without a signature, my class teacher asked me to have it signed by my dad. So, in the last date of submission, I went to meet him at his office and got the report card signed.

Visiting dad’s office was a memorable experience and I enjoyed spending time there. I loved the way of office arrangement. Everyone was performing their responsibilities in different positions. In a word everything in the office was standard. I liked the office space and inner allocation of staffs. But I was afraid about my dad’s reactions to my result. Luckily he was reserved on the day for his official activities which saved me from his undesirable anger.

Part 3 - Two-way Discussion:

Discussion topics: Different kinds of workplaces

Q. What things make an office comfortable to work in?
Q.  Why do some people prefer to work outdoors?
Q. Do you agree that the building people work in is more important than the colleagues they work with?

Discussion topics: The importance of work

Q. What would life be like if people didn’t have to work?
Q. Are all jobs of equal importance?
Q. Why do some people become workaholics?

The answer to those part 3 questions: Speaking Sample 71 - Part 3 - Details Discussion/ Two-way Discussion

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe a time when you visited a friend or family member at their workplace.

1. Samuel is an engineer and works for a multinational company here in Newcastle in England. I did not have any prior plan to visit him rather I was passing by his office. So, I decided to visit him and make him feel surprised. It was a pleasant visit. We spent around 40 minutes together and we discussed different issues.

2. My elder brother works at a computer software producing company based here in Atlanta. He is the station chief at his office. I recently went to visit him for some private purposes at his office. In fact, it was an emergency. I liked the office environment much. The office was nicely decorated and everything was in order.

3. Robert is a technician for a car manufacturing company in Germany. I met him a couple of years ago and we are good friends now. He has been working in Germany here an overseas employee for the last three years. I went to meet him to know about some information and I was unable to get him on the phone. The workplace was nice but it was noisy that I did not like at all.

4. My mom works as a senior teacher at a school for autistic children in Melbourne. I had to meet her at school last week for some important issues. In fact, mom forgot to take some documents to her school and I went there to deliver them after she asked me over the phone. The school premise was nice and attractively decorated. I loved the arrangements.

5. Nicholas is my cousin and he runs a traditional Spanish food shop in Granada. He owns the restaurant and sells various types of traditional foods. I went there to invite him to my younger sister’s marriage ceremony. It was a stunning restaurant. He adorned the place with lucrative materials and I had a special type of feeling after entering there.  

6. My brother is a businessman and he owns some nurseries. He sells various types of flower and fruit plants at a corner in Mumbai. I went there with one of my friends to get some plants for her. I felt great after visiting the nursery. It appeared that I entered into a small piece of heaven. The entire nursery was dazzling with greeneries. I fell in love with the place.


Describe a time when you visited a friend or family member at their workplace.

1. Describe an office you or someone you know works in.
2. Describe a good workplace you know about.
3. Describe a time when you met someone without a prior schedule.
4. Describe a building or house you have recently gone to.

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 3.93 (7 Votes)