Describe a Polite Person

Describe a polite person whom you know IELTS cue card

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In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you could be asked to describe a person. There are many different types of people you could be asked to talk about – a kind person, an interesting person, a helpful person, someone you admire, a famous person, a sportsperson, a family member, and so on. One possible task is being asked to describe a polite person.

In this lesson, I will show you how to answer this question by analysing the cue card, looking at some useful vocabulary, and then I’ll give you my own sample band 9 answer.

The Cue Card: Describe a Polite Person

As always, it is impossible to predict upcoming cue cards, but it can be useful to look at past ones in order to prepare more effectively. Thus, I will give you a sample (reported) cue card about a polite person. Here it is:

Describe a polite person you know.

You should say:

– who this person is

– how you met him/her

– whether you enjoy his/her company or not

and explain why you think he/she is a very polite person.

Keep in mind that even if you received this cue card in your next speaking test, it could have some subtle differences, so read it carefully and answer directly. Don’t make assumptions.

In any case, this cue card is asking you to talk about a person who has the following qualities:

  • They are polite
  • You know them

In other words, don’t talk about someone who is not polite or someone that you do not know. This may sound obvious, but stress makes people panic and say strange things.

As for the bullet points, you should aim to talk about them, but you don’t have to do it in order and if you missed one out it would not be a huge deal.

Language for Describing a Polite Person

When talking about a polite person, you might want to use some synonyms or related words in order to avoid saying “polite” over and over:

  • Affable
  • Attentive
  • Considerate
  • Courteous
  • Friendly
  • Good-natured
  • Gracious  
  • Neighbourly
  • Pleasant
  • Respectful
  • Thoughtful
  • Well-mannered


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