IELTS Cue Card Sample 20 - Describe a person who became your friend

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

Describe a person who accidentally became your friend.

You should say:

  • who the person is
  • how  you met him/her
  • what made you two become friends

and explain how is your friendship now.

Follow-up Questions:

  • Which one is better, being introvert or extrovert?
  • What type of person are you?
  • What important aspects do you consider to make new friends?

Possible Answer:
Though I have many friends, my friendship with them grew up with times and mutual understanding. But I can recall that my friendship with George grew up almost all of a sudden.

George is senior to me by 2-3 years and I did not meet him until I was in the 4th semester in my University. One of my term final exam's schedules was changed and I did not know that. According to my previous exam schedule, I reached my University and was totally confused what to do when I heard that the exam was already over. I went to our Departmental head's office and he could not find a way around of it. He blamed me that I should have been more careful about the changes. I explained to him that I was sick and did not come to the university for 3-4 days and that made me unaware of the exam schedule changes. Then I found that someone who was sitting next to me in the departmental head's office asked me to meet the course teacher and explain the situation. He then escorted me to our course teacher's room and talked to the teacher. It seemed to me that George was already personally known to our teacher and they had an intimate relationship. Hearing everything the teacher agreed to arrange an exam for me the next day in his office room.

My friendship with George grew up after that event and albeit our age difference, we found that we had many common interests and habits. We started spending time and I visited his home many times. We worked in a retail shop for about 6 months and that helped us become more intimate.

George is now staying in the USA and we do not meet each other in person. But we have online communications and we often let each other know our updates.

Tips for answering this cue card topic:

You should speak about a person who became your friend accidentally for this cue card. Usually, we have friends from our childhood, classes and locality but this cue card would be a bit different from the topic “Describe one of your friends”. This cue card expects you to talk about a person who became your friend for a reason and whom you met accidentally i.e. you helped him/ her at a time and later you became friends or can be opposite. However, the basic rules for describing this person would be very similar to describing a friend.

Read the tips for the cue card ‘Describe a friend who you really like to spend time with’ that you can also apply for answering this cue card.  

We accidentally made friends in many different ways and some of the common ways are:

1. We meet someone in a party/ park/ occasion and start a conversation and find that there are lots of common interests between us. We simply exchange our email address or phone number and keep in touch.

2. We find someone in need of help and raise our helping hands and thus the person becomes grateful and keeps communicating and thus the friendship grows.

3. Sometimes a friend introduces with his/her friend who later becomes our friend. (This is a very common reason)

4. We meet someone helpful in a time when we need certain helps and thus the person helps us can later become our friend.

5. We meet people on our journey and some of them have influential personality, common interest and thus can become our friends.

6. We mistakenly get letters, emails or couriers from an unknown person who later becomes our friend because of the follow-up communications. etc.


Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q. Which one is better, being introvert or extrovert?
Answer: I think there is no definitive answer to this question as it is a controversial issue and everyone has an opinion. On the one hand, an introvert enjoys solitude and operates as a loner most of the time. Furthermore, they have only a few friends and they don't open up easily to others about personal matters. Great scientists, poets, artists and talented people were often introvert. Being introvert means people will have more time to think and create something new.

On the other hand, being extrovert means that someone is friendly, outgoing, sociable, affectionate and has large groups of friends. Oftentimes, they engage in different kinds of activities and they share things that concern them with their friends. Regarding which type of personality is more preferable, I would say that 'ambivert people' is the answer to me. I don't think that being totally introvert or extrovert is good, but combining these two types would be the most appropriate.

Q. What type of person are you?
Answer: That's a really difficult question for me and I confess that I haven't even thought about it. The truth is that I have only 5 close friends, they are like siblings to me and I discuss anything that happens in my life with them. I wouldn't say that I'm always an outgoing and sociable person except for the times that I really want to. For example, I am not the type of girl who will go out every day and meet new people but when I was at university I showed others the social part of myself in order to make friends. I know it sounds a little weird and creepy, but this is the way I am. So, I would say that I'm more of an introvert person, with some elements of extroversion when needed.  

Tip: Say about your type of personality, for example, whether you are introvert or extrovert and justify it with examples from your life. You can also say that you are an ambivert person by having characteristics from both types - introvert and extrovert. In any case, exemplify your answer.

Q. What important aspects do you consider to make new friends?
Answer: 'Friend' is a sacred notion for me and they are as important as family. First of all, as I mentioned earlier, friends are nothing less than siblings to me and they are the people we have chosen to have in our life for whatever reason. A real and strong friendship should be based on true feelings and not on selfishness. Virtues like love, trust, honesty, compassion, affection and kindness are indispensable parts of this concept. Moreover, being there when your friend needs you, help them whenever you can, console them when they get hurt and be happy with their achievements are some of the main characteristics. Everyone should invest in emotions and show them to friends in certain circumstances. Besides, if people don't give and receive love in their life, nothing would have a meaning and I believe friends are there to do just that.

[Part three answers are written by - Mary, Economist & Business Consultant, UK]

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