Person is a cue card topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 2. Below you will find a list of some exam questions and answers that you could encounter during part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test.
The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking part 2 cue card prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.
Person Speaking Part 2 – Cue Card 1
Talk about someone who performs a job that is useful to society. Speak about
You should say:
- who this person is
- what does he/she work as
- how does this job benefit society
- and what skills are required to perform this job
- Who this person is?I believe that every single person who works contributes to the betterment of society but today I am going to talk to you about my friend’s father, Kailash Shrestha. He is around 55 years old and lives with his wife and kids in Nepal’s capital city.
- What does he/she work as?Well, he works as a traffic policeman in Kathmandu. He has been directing traffic in the metropolitan region for over three decades, which is no mean feat considering that the city’s Air Quality Index (or AQI) is among the worst in the world.
- How does this job benefit society?The traffic policeman’s job benefits us in many ways but it is a thankless one. They stand all day in a cloud of black smoke, flailing their arms around to direct the traffic. Most people don’t really respect rules, especially in developing countries like mine so it’s the traffic cops who are entrusted with the task of controlling traffic and ensuring it runs smoothly, especially during peak hours. Since computerized traffic signals aren’t so common in my country, we depend on traffic cops. I think Kathmandu would come to a standstill without them.
- and what skills are required to perform this job?The skills required are manifold. Firstly, they need to pass a very stringent exam that tests their knowledge of road rules and regulations. But the worst part is the occupational hazards they must face and overcome. Traffic police need to be mentally alert and physically fit because of the prolonged exposure to honking, toxic vehicular emissions, and rash drivers who have little regard for human life. They can’t afford to lose focus even for a split second – that’s all it takes for an accident to happen. I have great respect for traffic police, and wouldn’t want to be doing their job.
Occasion Vocabulary Speaking Part 2 – Cue Card 1
- no mean feat – a great achievement
- thankless – (of a job or task) difficult or unpleasant and not likely to be satisfying or to be appreciated by others
- flailing – wave or swing wildly
- come to a standstill – when all movement or activity stops completely
- split second – a very brief moment of time
- occupational hazard – a risk accepted as a consequence of a particular occupation
Cue Card 2
Talk about something interesting that you would like to learn more about. Please say
You should say:
- what it is
- why it is of interest to you
- how you plan to find out more about it
- and explain why it is important that you learn more about it.
I am going to talk about something that I find interesting and would like to learn more about. The activity is CrossFit training. This type of exercise is a high intensity training programme where you can build your strength and get fitter. I have always been an active person and have always enjoyed team sports like football and hockey. Now, I don’t have as much time to commit to a team full time. I would like to learn an activity that I can go to regularly but which fits in with my schedule. I became interested in CrossFit when a friend of mine got into it. I saw him walking home one day, he was sweating a lot and had just been to a class. He was really passionate about it and had got into excellent shape since I last saw him. This motivated me to ask him more about it.
The problem is not only time but laziness. I have become a bit of a slob since I started university. Too much socialising, eating and drinking. I have put on some weight and I can’t run as fast as I could. Next time I go past the centre, I am going to go to the reception desk and ask for more information. I can have a chat with one of the trainers and pick up the schedule for the classes. As long as the cost isn’t sky high; I will book an induction class. Alternatively, I could give my friend a call and see if I could go with him to his gym. I have already watched some videos online and I am sure it will be right up my street. I just need to take the first step because it is important that I get back into regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 2
- get into (something) – become interested in an activity/hobby
- a slob – a lazy person
- put on weight – increase weight, more kilos
- sky high – expensive
Cue Card 3
Talk about a person you consider to be a good singer. Please say
You should say:
- how do you know him/her
- when did you first see him/her
- where was the first time you listened to their music
- and why do you like listening to their music
I am going to talk about my favourite singer, Adele. I have been listening to Adele’s music throughout her career, I have all the albums and love her voice. I first heard Adele on the radio in the car and thought her voice sounded incredible. The lyrics of the song were really emotional and really struck a chord with me. After that, I saw her appear on various TV programmes and heard her on the radio singing other songs from the album. When she did interviews, she came across as really down to earth and quite direct. She certainly didn´t beat around the bush!
My parents surprised me with tickets to see Adele in concert a few years ago. I was overwhelmed and beyond excited to see her live. She sang beautifully and chatted about her life to the audience. When she sang, you could really hear the emotions, she wears her heart on her sleeve and the audience can relate to the lyrics about heartbreak and love. I also follow Adele on social media so I can find out about her life and when she is going to release more music. I listen to her albums, new and old, all the time. Especially, if I am feeling emotional or just need a good cry. I always listen at top volume, I hope my neighbours don’t mind the sound of Adele belting out a song.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 3
- struck a chord – relates to you
- (doesn´t) beat around the bush – speaks directly and truthfully
- wears her heart on her sleeve – exposes true emotions
- belt out (a song) – sing with power
Cue Card 4
Describe an energetic person that you know well. Please say
You should say:
- who he/she is?
- how you came to know him/her?
- what he/she does?
- and how you feel about this person.?
- Who he/she is?I am going to talk about my friend Tom. Tom is my childhood friend and my best friend. We have known each other for years and he is someone I can trust with all my heart.
- How you came to know him/her?Our mothers met at work about twelve years ago, and they have been close friends ever since. Tom and I were born a few days apart and at the same hospital, so we are practically family!
- What he/she does?Tom is an event planner, which fits him perfectly. He is the most energetic person I know. When we were growing up, he would always come up with very creative games for us to play, and he would be the first one to suggest we go on an adventure. We would always have a blast together. As an event planner, he gets to do business with different companies for office parties and galas, but he also plans birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and even weddings. He has incredible23 people skills and he is very good at understanding exactly what people want. He is a very flexible and can easily cater for people’s needs24.
- and how you feel about this person.?He is someone I truly admire. He has great appreciation for what he does and he is a very optimistic person. He really inspires me and I feel I have learnt a lot from him over the years. He is a very trustworthy individual and I know I can always count on him. He is a great friend and is always there to lend an ear28 when needed
Vocabulary for Cue Card 4
- practically = almost, very close to being
- have a blast = have a great time/have a lot of fun
- do business with = work with
- galas = a social event with performances and entrainment
- bachelor and bachelorette parties = engagement parties (bachelor = for the groom, bachelorette = for the bride)
- incredible = (in this case) amazing
- cater for people’s needs = change his methods for different people to give them what they want and need
- optimistic = positive, looks at the positives/good things in life
- inspires = give someone the urge to do something
- lend an ear = listen when someone is going through a rough time and needs to talk
Cue Card 5
Describe a photograph of yourself that you like the most. Please say
You should say:
- when and where was it taken
- who took it
- explain how you feel about it.
- and Why do you like it so much
I am going to talk about a photo of myself that I really like. I have a photo that was taken by my friend Chris last winter. It is a picture of me skiing down the slopes in the town where I live. I had been working all winter and we had some free time to ski, I had just decided to attempt one of the more difficult slopes and Chris captured my achievement in this photo. The photo reminds me of how exhilarating skiing is, you can see that my face is flushed and I am focussed really hard on my speed. I am wearing the new ski kit I had bought with my wages, I was really proud and felt like a pro that day. I also like how the photo captures the snow spraying out behind me, it makes it look like I was travelling faster than I was. The view is absolutely breathtaking, you can see the snow capped mountains in the background and luckily the slope was clear so it is just me and the snow in the photo. When I look at that photo, I feel proud that I have reached this level of skiing and I also remember the feeling of freedom that day. When I reached the bottom of the slope, I was pleased as punch that I had made it in one piece! I have the photo in my house at home, alongside other adventures I have been on.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 5
- flushed – red faced
- breathtaking – beautiful to look at
- pleased as punch – proud
Cue Card 6
Describe a person you know who expresses his/her feelings openly. Please say
You should say:
- who that person is
- how long you have known him/her
- how you feel about him/her
- and explain how he/she developed that attitude.
I am going to talk about one of my closest friends who I have known since I was a child. We met playing out in the street where we lived and ended up going to the same school and hanging out with the same people. She is a very honest person and always says what she thinks. This can be both a positive and a negative trait as sometimes she can come across as tactless and this can hurt somebody’s feelings.
My friend will always voice her opinion if she thinks something. For example, she will give her opinion on your new job or partner and has lots of perspective to give. She will always stand up for you in front of other people, she is a good person to have on your side.
On the other hand, she can embarrass me in public as she doesn’t realise that it is obvious when she is gossiping about somebody. Also, she doesn’t like to back down in an argument so that can be tiring. I do admire her honesty and confidence. I think it comes from being the oldest child and developing an assertive, sometimes bossy character. Now she works in the world of finance and you have to have confidence to do this. For example, turning down a client for a loan or giving difficult feedback to a CEO, she would have no problem with this whereas I would probably run a mile.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 6
- tactless – without sensitivity
- stand up for – defend somebody or something
- gossiping – talking about trivial things
- to back down – admit you were wrong
- turn down – to say no
Cue Card 7
Talk about an open person you know. Please say
You should say:
- who is he/she
- how did you come to know this person
- what makes this person open
- and How do you feel about this person
- Who is he/she?I am going to talk about a very open person I know. His name is Tom and he is the most extroverted person I have ever met.
- How did you come to know this person?I met Tom at a dinner party hosted by some really good friends of mine. He had just moved to the area where they lived, and my friends wanted to make him feel welcome. I remember my very first interaction with him. When he greeted me, he gave me a confident handshake and looked me right in the eye with a genuine smile on his face. I immediately had a good feeling about him.
- What makes this person open?Right from the first real conversation we’ve had, I could tell he was an open book. There was no topic he was hesitant to talk about and he seemed more than happy to answer any questions people had about him and his life. He also had this aura of someone who has achieved inner-peace and was comfortable with themselves. He seemed to be quite the optimist, and he cracked a joke wherever he could. He seemed to be genuinely happy, and I could not find not even an ounce of pretense in what he was saying or how he was behaving.
- and how do you feel about this person?Normally, this type of overly-excited and joyful personality would drive me up the wall, but I think it’s his sincerity that made me feel differently about him. I feel he is the type of person I could count on if I needed a shoulder to cry on, or some wise advice to help me out of a sticky situation. I am very grateful to have him a s a friend!
Vocabulary for Cue Card 7
- genuine = sincere
- he was an open book = he was easy to read/get to know, he was open about everything
- aura = energy that people emit
- cracked a joke = told a joke
- an ounce = a little bit
- pretense = the idea of acting like someone you are not
- drive me up the wall = make me feel extremely angry and annoyed
- a shoulder to cry on = a person you can confide in when you are going through rough times
- a sticky situation = a difficult situation
Cue Card 8
Talk about a teenager you know personally. Please say
You should say:
- how do you know this teenager
- how often do you spend time with him/her
- what does he/she like to do
- and How do you feel about him/her
- How do you know this teenager?I am going to talk about my sister’s son, my nephew, Steve. Steve is a teenager, and he had his fifteenth birthday just last week.
- How often do you spend time with him/her?I attended his birthday party of course and was amazed to see how fast he had grown. Although my sister lives in the same neighbourhood as us, and I get to see them very often, he seems to grow up at lightning speed. I usually have either dinner or lunch with them twice a week, and, sometimes, I get to look after Steve when my sister has errands to run or extra shifts to work. We like to while away the time at the park, either biking or walking around. I even teach him some skating moves on occasion!
- What does he/she like to do?I enjoy spending time with Steve because he is interested in all kinds of activities, and is anything but a couch potato. He likes to exercise and learn new skills. Just the other day, we went to a recreation centre, and Steve spotted a rock-climbing activity. With a devil may care attitude, he walked over to that area and boldly climbed that wall. I am an adult and I had reservations about this activity! He is brave and open to trying all kinds of new experiences.
- and how do you feel about him/her?I may be biased because he is my nephew, but Steve is a terrific kid. He is so bright and fun to be around. He is very open and enjoys sharing his thoughts and feeling uninhibitedly, which I admire so much. I think that adults have much to learn from teenagers like Steve, and I hope that he stays in touch with his feelings and sense of self, as he grows older
Vocabulary for Cue Card 8
- at lightning speed = extremely fast
- errands to run = things to do in town, like grocery shopping or going to the dry cleaner’s
- while away the time = spend time pleasantly, in a carefree way
- couch potato = a person who does not do any exercise and prefers to sit on the couch for long periods of time while watching TV
- devil may care attitude = doing something in a care-free way, without worrying about the consequences
- boldly = bravely
- had reservations = I had my doubts/I was hesitant
- biased = partial, taking sides
- terrific = great
- uninhibitedly = freely, without restraint
Cue Card 9
Describe a person you have met and whom you found particularly beautiful of handsome. Please say
You should say:
- who is that person
- where and when did you meet this person
- why do you find him/her beautiful or handsome
- and Did this person inspire you to try a new look for yourself
- Who is that person?I am going to talk about a person I have met, and whom I find to be beautiful. Her name is Sierra and she is a Human Rights lawyer who works at a company she founded with her partner. She went to college with a mutual friend of ours, called Kelly. Sierra is a very impressive person, and I admire her strength of character and her sense of justice and fairness.
- Where and when did you meet this person?Sierra and I met at Kelly’s birthday last year. Kelly insisted I met Sierra and she thought we had a lot in common. When we met, we both felt an instant connection, and we pretty much spent the entire party joint at the hip, chatting and dancing together.
- Why do you find him/her beautiful or handsome?When I first saw her, I found Sierra to be absolutely stunning. I was particularly mesmerised by the look in her eyes. It is said that eyes are a mirror to your soul, and I believe it to be true in her case. There was so much power and kindness in her eyes. She had a very adventurous look, like nothing could stand in her way. Our conversations matched my impression of her. I find her personality beautiful which adds to her gorgeous physical appearance.
- and did this person inspire you to try a new look for yourself?Another thing I loved about Sierra, is how comfortable she felt in what she was wearing. Her own unique fashion style made her stand out in the crowd, but she wore it with confidence. While part of me wanted to change my entire wardrobe to try her style of clothing, another part of me realised that what makes her look so beautiful is how true to herself she was in her appearance. This eventually inspired me to be bolder in my choices of clothing that would help me feel like myself.
Vocabulary for Cue Card 9
- founded = created, established
- mutual friend = a friend in common
- instant connection = immediate emotional connection
- joint at the hip = inseparable
- stunning = beautiful and inspiring awe
- mesmerised = amazed by something you see
- mirror to your soul = a way to look into someone’s essence and deep personality
- nothing could stand in her way = nothing could stop her from doing what she wants
- physical appearance = how someone looks
- stand out in the crowd = being and, in this case, looking different from anybody else
- bolder = brave
Cue Card 10
Describe a talkative person you know. Please say
You should say:
- who is this person
- how did you come to know this person
- what do you usually do together when you meet
- and how do you feel about this person
- Who is this person?I am going to talk about a person I know who enjoys talking very much. That person is my very good friend Jenna. She is the most open person I have ever met.
- How did you come to know this person?I met Jenna at my very first baking job, about ten years ago. We were employed at the same time, and started on the same day. Jenna was so bubbly and open, and after our very first chat, we were joint at the hip. Jenna had gained baking experience from a previous employer, and she was always there to give me a hand when I was struggling. I could not have wished for a better co-worker.
- What do you usually do together when you meet?Even though we no longer work at the same place, we have been keeping in touch all these years. We met regularly for lunch, and make sure we catch up on the latest events of our lives. Jenna is more than happy to talk about all aspects of her life, and it is quite frankly refreshing. We also thoroughly enjoy going to art exhibits together. We are birds of a feather when it comes to art, and we enjoy it in all its forms, be it sculptures, paintings, concerts, dance performance or plays. There is so much we share, and I sincerely value our friendship.
- and how do you feel about this person?Jenna is one of my very best friends, and I feel like she enriches my life in unexpected ways. I have a tendency to restrain myself when talking about my personal life, but with Jenna, I truly feel safe to talk about anything, even subjects which are difficult for me to express. Her sincerity is what won me over, and I am so grateful to have her in my life
Vocabulary for Cue Card 10
- we were joint at the hip = we were inseparable
- give me a hand = help me
- birds of a feather = are very similar, have very similar interests
- enriches = adds value to
- won me over = made me like her
Cue Card 11
Talk about a time when you experienced bad service from someone. Please say
You should say:
- where and when did this take place
- by whom was the service provided
- how did you respond to it
- Where and when did this take place?I am going to talk about a time I received bad service. It happened six years ago, when I was traveling with my then-fiancé to a picturesque town, for a romantic weekend getaway. The trip to our hotel was uneventful, and we were both in a very good mood. We arrived to the hotel we had booked for our stay, and that’s when our experience had turned upside down.
- By whom was the service provided?We approached the front desk, and the assistant on the other side was talking on the phone. The assistant saw us standing by the desk and then looked away. We didn’t think anything of it, and waited for him to finish the call. We were elated and excited about our adventure. After about thirty seconds, we looked at him and he seemed to be unbothered by the fact that we were standing there, waiting to check-in. We wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, in case he was dealing with a delicate situation over the phone. However, when we listen more carefully to what he was saying, we realised it was a personal conversation!
- How did you respond to it?I was beside myself. I leaned forward to and politely called for his attention. And the assistant said to the person on the other of the line: ‘some random people are here, wait a second’. I could not believe it! My fiancé and I were enraged, and we made sure to give him a piece of our minds. It goes without saying that we did not stay there in the end
Vocabulary for Cue Card 11
- uneventful = nothing out of the ordinary happened
- turned upside down = changed completely in a negative way
- elated = ecstatically happy
- give him the benefit of the doubt = avoid judging before knowing the full story
- I was beside myself = I was extremely upset
- on the other of the line = the person he was talking to on the phone
- enraged = extremely angry
- a piece of our minds = our honest opinion and feelings