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Ring the bell, and let’s do this In the second task in the IELTS speaking test You will be given a piece of paper
with a question written on it. This is what is called a cue card. You will also be given
an empty paper a pencil
and only one minute to structure and organize your answer. After the minute is over
you’re supposed to speak on the topic for 2 minutes
and then you’ll answer one or two follow up questions. Not all questions will be familiar to you.
You are not expected to tell the truth. So use your imagination Today’s cue card question is to
Describe one of your family members with whom you
spend the most time To answer this question
think of family vocabulary grandparents
grandchildren parents
brothers sisters
siblings uncles, aunts,
aaand cousins. Also, try to think of relationships and feelings
love, hate, like
dislike, admiration and so on Let’s discuss the cues
and see what we can do The first cue is
“Who he or she is” on your paper draw a box
and note down the tense you will be using ,
to accomplish this specific task. If you cannot decide on the tense
you can always rely on the tense of the cue. In this case,
the cue tense is the simple present tense. Like we said earlier
think of family and relationship vocabulary for our answer
the family member will be an aunt who’s a middle child
in her family I wrote them down so I won’t forget The second cue wants us to answer “What do you usually do together”
The first step as always is to establish the tense,
in this case, I will be using the present tense. think of places you go to
or activities you do shopping
for example The third cue asks us
to talk about “What kind of person he or she is” here we’ll describe the person
so we’ll need the present tense but I am thinking of talking about an example
that happened in the past to further the description
so we’ll use the past tenses sociable,
kind-hearted, example (friends) the fourth and final cue
is to “explain why you spend most
of the time with him or her” This is about usual habits or routine
so we’re using the present tense but if you wanna talk about an example
you will need the past too so I’ll just throw it in there Here we’ll talk about feelings and expectations So that was our analysis
If you are following with us, your paper should look
something like this. Now boxes are ready
for you to start speaking but remember to keep an eye
contact with your examiner Also, Remember to use
unfamiliar vocabulary, a few collocations and idioms,
and a mix of tenses if you can. Before we start with the answer
remember to subscribe and ring the bell If you want to try on your own
now is a good time to pause the video Now here’s our example answer the first cue is
“Who he or she is” our answer is: The person
I am closest to in my family is definitely my aunt Selma.
She is the middle child of three girls. Aunt Selma and my mom
are incredibly close. They even take after
each other. closest is the superlative form
of the adjective close, it means emotionally attached, to take after is to resemble or to look alike the second cue is
“What do you usually do together” our answer is: We have always got on
and we never fell out. I know that is unusual but she is
so outgoing and sociable. Everybody who sees her
falls for her. Her friends especially value
her care and kindness. I remember them
praising her efforts at university
to mend fences between her two best friends. to get on is the British way to say “get along”,
the meaning is to have a harmonious or
friendly relationship to fall out is to have an argument to fall for someone is to like or love them to praise is to express warm approval or admiration
of someone to mend fences is an idiom that means making
peace with a person the third cue is
“What kind of person he or she is” our answer is: My aunt and I
always hang out together and go shopping
in her free time which
is not as often as you would think.
Last week, for instance,
we were in the mall shopping for new boots for grandpa
but we ended up buying three pairs of
shoes because
we have the same taste in fashion. to hang out is to spend time with someone As often as you’d think is an expression that
means as expected for instance, is another way to say for example
to end up is to result in something to have a taste in something is to have preference
or liking the fourth and final cue is
“explain why you spend most of the time with him
or her” our answer is: I think we hang out
because I admire my aunt. I look up to her because
she is responsible. My grandpa
had a heart attack once
and had it not been for her quick decisive action,
we could have lost him. I also value her honesty.
I would like to think of myself as honest,
too. We both hate lying. to admire is to regard with respect or warm
approval. to look up to is another way to say admire
or aspire to be like someone when a decision is decisive
it produces a definite or final result. had it not been for something:
is an inverted 3rd conditional structure this is an advanced form
for you to use in your speech it helps you show variety in grammatical
structures, the simpler way to say this is
to say If it had not been for someone to do something and finish the sentence So there you have it
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