Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 214 - Annoying neighbour who lives in your community

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

Describe an annoying neighbour who lives in your community.

You should say:

  • who this neighbour is
  • why you think he/she is annoying
  • how he/she behaves with others

and explain what can be done to help him/her with his/her annoying behaviour.


Model Answer 1:
This is such a challenging topic for me because among a few things, which I really dislike to do, is to tell negative things about people around me, be them my neighbour or some mere acquaintances.  But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t have to deal with some annoying neighbours at some points in my life, and today I would like to talk about one such neighbour who I wish was a bit less annoying at times.

Anyway, the irritating neighbour, I am talking about, is a businessman, and a successful one in that, who likes to travel to different parts of my country rather frequently for various business purposes.  Nobody should find any issue with such a hard-working and successful businessman as his or her neighbour except, of course, the neighbour continuously keeps boasting about his business success while demeaning or belittling his neighbours at every opportunity because of their professions or beliefs.  For example, he didn’t like my teaching profession because he thought that the only PhD degree holders, which I wasn’t, should get the opportunity to teach students.  Now, I understand that he was a very authoritative person, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he could shout at his subordinates and insult them in front of others because of some petty mistakes.

Besides, he also thought that it was his “birth-right” to park his large wagon sometimes anywhere in our neighbourhood even if it was blocking the passage or exit route of his neighbours.  Anyway, I am not too sure as to why he is such an annoying person, but I guess that it must have to do with growing up in a rough neighbourhood with no proper guidance.

Of course, we can help him change his annoying behaviour to a great extent by engaging with him on a more regular basis, instead of actually avoiding him, and tell him how his behaviour hurts us.  We could also praise him more about his business success and ask about his health, family and well-being so that he understands that we actually care about him like some good neighbours.


Sample Answer 2:
Mr. / Mrs. (...say a name i.e. David/ Fiona/ Kumar/Sonia/ Maroof etc...) is a very annoying neighbour who lives across the street where I live. He/she would be around 55 years old and has a really irritating personality that bothers many of us.

I have seen him/her living there since my childhood and he/she still lives there. He/she is a short-tempered person who uses his/her mouth more often than his/her brain!

Sometimes he/she yells loudly and uses obscene languages for very silly reasons. We thought that he/she had some sort of mental instabilities but that was not correct. Actually, his/her attitude and behaviours with others are so rude that people get bewildered about his/her behaviour. I have never found a person who can use such mean and rude language when just a few kids went to play near his/her house. He/she never returns the balls that children unintentionally send inside his/her fence. Moreover, he/she screams and shouts to others for no apparent reason.

Though he/she complains about others most of the time, he/she does lots of stuff which he/she would not have allowed others to do. He/she is, in my opinion, an example of an irritating neighbour. I have never seen him help others and that is something I hope is not true. He watches TV and listens to the radio at a higher volume level at night, screams with his family members, throws water in the street, does not keep his yard clean, and litter garbage - all of which could be reasons for irritating someone's neighbours.

I am not sure what would actually work to pacify him/her but I guess he/she needs some friends and close family members who would accompany him/her and politely advises him/her. Maybe his/her loneliness and introverted lifestyle are the reasons for his/her rude behaviours. That can be reversed by people whom he/she would yield to. I have never seen him/her going out on vacations and I feel that he/she needs to visit different places and change the monotonous life he/she is living now.


Similar Cue Card Topics

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

  1. Describe an annoying person you know about.
  2. Describe a neighbour you have.
  3. Describe a person you dislike.
  4. Describe a neighbour who often irritates others.
  5. Describe someone from your community.
  6. Describe a bad experience you have had.
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