IELTS Cue Card 78: Describe a family (not your own) that you know well

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Describe a family (not your own) that you know well

IELTS Speaking Cue Card with Sample Answer. Describe a family (not your own) that you know well. IELTS Speaking Part 2 With Model Answer. Also Sample answer for Part 3 discussion.

Describe a family (not your own) that you know well

You should say:

  • where this family lives?
  • who the members of the family are?
  • what each person in this family does in life?

and explain how you feel about this family.

Model Answer:

My friend grew up in Beijing with her parents who moved here from Dalian. In her family everyone had to do their part.

They all had certain responsibilities. Her father was the main bread winner. He worked as an accountant in a big non-profit organization. He had to get up very early every morning to go to work. So her mother would get up extra early to make breakfast. They would make her get up early too. Her father thought it was healthy for a child to have a good sleeping schedule. So she would go to sleep at 9 or 10 pm. every night and wake up at 6 am every morning. Every morning she would have to go and get the newspaper for her father to read while he drank his tea. Then she would get ready for school. Her father and her would leave at about 7 am. for work and school. Her mother would stay at home and clean the house until she had to pick her up from school. When they got home she would help her with her homework, then she would prepare dinner. When her father came home they would sit and have dinner. Her father was very interested in world politics, so it would often become a topic of discussion.

I think she is very lucky to have such a close family that helps each other so much. She often says that she is proud to have learned how to be responsible and successful in life. I think her family taught her the skills she needs to be an independent adult.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Question and Sample Answer:

Who would you say is the head of your family?

My father is the head of our family. He is the main bread-winner. He sets the rules of the house. He makes sure the bills are paid on time, and that everyone has food to eat. He handles all of the family’s finances. He is very intelligent and understanding. Whenever I have a problem or any worries about something, he is always there for me to talk to. He comforts me and gives me good advice on how I should handle the difficulties of life.

In your opinion, what are the attributes of “a good parent”?

Attributes of a good parent are love, discipline, and the ability to cultivate a child’s interests into talents. Parents should be open and honest, and they should respect their child. They should prepare family activities, and should teach them culture and traditions. If a family does not have any traditions, then they don’t have a family life. A child also should have responsibilities of their own because if they are not taught this early, they may have a hard time learning this later in life.

Do you think that parents today should spend more time with their children than they do at the moment?

Yes, I believe it is a very important thing that a parent spends time with their children. Today the world is changing so much. There are more and more bad influences in the world. A parent needs to be more involved in their children’s lives. They need to make sure that their children are not around bad friends. They also need to direct their children in the right path. Parents should train their children to be prepared for the obstacles of life. Children are easily influenced by the world around them, and parents need to make sure those influences are good.

What effect do you think it would have on family life if a person had to spend seven days a week working, or seven days a week at school?

I think that if a person spends most of his or her time at work or at school, their family life can really suffer. If a family never spends any time with each other, there is no possible way they can have a good relationship. They won’t know what the others’ interests are, so communication would break down. Whenever they are home they will be so tired from the day’s events, that all they would want to do is relax. Plus, if they are anything like me when I am tired I get easily.

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