IELTS Cue Card Sample 172 - Describe a good quality you admire in your friend

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

Describe a good quality you admire in your friend.

You should say:

  • what quality it is
  • how this is a good quality
  • how you feel about having this quality

and explain why you like this quality in your friends.


Model Answer 1:
Having friends in our life is important because they complement us in many ways. Therefore, it is also equally important we choose our friends carefully, based on certain qualities. One such quality, which I really admire in my friends, is positive thoughts and attitude.

Actually, carrying positive thoughts and attitude is such a rare and precious quality that one would actually need dozens of pages to highlight its importance. It is these positive thoughts and attitude of a person that motivate him to achieve and accomplish all sorts of things in life. I used the phrase “all sorts of things” here to underscore the fact that while common people tend to do take care of only the so-called important tasks seriously in life, the people with positive thoughts and attitude take even the so-called little and unimportant things seriously, in addition to the things that are deemed generally important.

So, I must say that I am really glad that almost all of my friends carry this great quality in them because they have helped me get through a lot of challenges in my life. By the way, I didn’t understand the importance of this rare and gifted quality, until I started my second job when my boss told me that he couldn’t care any less about my performance at my job as long as I was trying my best to carry a positive attitude in me. In fact, he even lectured me once for a good 30 minutes to teach me about how to remain positive. And, it was after that little valuable lecture that I started to become selective in picking my friends.

Anyway, I like this great quality in all of my friends because they always bring out the best in me, even when things look rather bleak for me, in order to face the tough challenges in this modern, tough and complicated world. Besides, my friends with this rare quality in them always make me happy and smile by helping me understand the fact that life is too short to remain sad and unhappy.


Sample Answer 2:
There are several qualities which I expect to have in my friends and among them, truthfulness is the quality I admire most. In my opinion, the most important and fundamental quality that makes the bond among friends stronger is the truthfulness. If a friend tells me the truth, no matter what I would stick to his/ her friendship. The trustworthiness can exist only the truthfulness persists between two friends.

I sometimes evaluate others with the way I judge myself. For instance, I would tell the truth to my friends and I know this would make them rely on me and have faith in me in the long run. Similarly, I want my friends to tell the truth always. The lies can never make friendship strong and in fact, if a friend finds that his best friend has lied to him/ her, the friendship would become shaky.

I strongly feel that friends should first tell the truth and then other important factors would exist among them. I believe a good friend should never lie and thus the truthfulness among friends strengthens their trust, reliability, dependency and belief. For all these reasons I like this quality.  


Part Three - Details Discussion:

Q.  What type of qualities you prefer to make friends?
A. The two most important qualities that I always prefer are positive mentality and honesty among friends. If someone has these two qualities, I will become his/her friend easily. Apart from that, I look the way he or she makes a conversation, criticise others and behave with others. Finally, I would also look for common interest as I believe having common interests and similar views make the friendship stronger.

Q.  Do you have many friends? How much time do you spend with friends?
A. I used to have quite a large number of friends during my college years. Nowadays I have comparatively fewer friends, but they are very close to me. I have around 3-4 close friends and many other good friends whom I really like to discuss, talk and spend time with.

As I have got busy these days, I spend around 5-6 hours with my friends weekly. Sometimes, it varies from 3 to 10 hours on an average. 

Q.  What is more important to you- your family or your friends?
A.  I would say family comes first. However, I would not say that my friends are not important to me. My family is my first identity and I love all of my family members a lot. They, especially my parents, have done a lot for me. They are, in fact, still sacrificing for the betterment of my life. This is unparallel and could not be expected from anyone else.

On the contrary, friends are important to enjoy our time with them, help each other, enjoy gossip, debate, visit places and share things that we would often hesitate to share with others and good friends are like a great comfort and support in life.

Q.  Why we admire some people while we do not like others?
A.  I think there is no specific laws and rules for admiring or disliking someone. From my experience, I can say that we admire someone who we find helpful, amiable and talented. People who are selfless and works for the greater goods are often admired. For instance, I have neither met Thomas Alva Edison nor Mother Teresa. But I admire both of them for the things they have done for humanity. Then we often revere our parents due to their great sacrifices for us and this admiration comes naturally. Sometimes we are helped by people who we never expect us to help and they become admirable to us. For example, I was once helped by a total stranger on a serious danger and I still remember him and think him with high admiration.

On the contrary, disliking comes mostly from someone's behaviours, acts and way of life. For example, if someone behaves rudely, we immediately dislike him. I guess we have a natural way of reacting depending on someone's attitude towards us. We can also dislike a corrupted person and a person who is quite selfish and harmful to others. I would say the opposite reasons for liking someone make us dislike someone in most of the cases.

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