IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card with Model Answer.

Describe a polite person you met.


You should say:

  • Who this person was
  • When and where you met this person
  • How you met this person

And explain why you think he or she was polite.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

你有2分钟时间回答PART 2,在回答之前,你有1分钟的准备时间,准备时你可以写笔记。

Model Answer 2:

Ok, right then, well the person I’d like to talk to you about is a very good friend of mine called Matthew, the reason being that he must be one of the nicest and most polite people I know, which I’ll come to explain in a moment.

But firstly, as for how I know him, well we’ve basically known each other since middle school, because we were in the same class together, and we still see quite a lot of each other. You know, if I feel like going out and doing something, I normally give him a call and see if he’s free to meet up.

And moving on to why I think he’s so polite, well it’s basically because he’s just got really good manners. And just to give you an example, he always says thank you to people, even for the slightest thing. For instance, I’ve noticed that whenever we’re eating at a restaurant, he will thank the waiters and waitresses every time they bring a dish to the table. And another example would be that whenever he gets off a bus, he will always say thank you to the driver, which a lot of people probably think isn’t necessary, but I’m sure the bus drivers really appreciate it, as do the waiters and waitresses, because it’s not all that often they hear people thanking them!

So yeah, that’s basically why I’d say he’s such a polite person, and I’m just trying to think if there’s anything more to add, um……, oh yeah, and one other thing to mention would be that he’s always very complimentary to people. So what I mean is that he tends to always say nice things to people, for example, he might make a comment about how nice someone’s looking, or how good their cooking is, which I know might be seen as being a bit um,…what’s the word……um… insincere, but I think he genuinely means what he says, at least most of the time anyway!

And I mean, I can’t remember a single time when he’s ever been rude or unpleasant to anyone, and I also can’t really imagine him being nasty to anyone either.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it then. Thanks for listening.

…which I’ll come to explain in a moment = …我待一会儿就解释
he’s got really good manners = 他很有礼貌
And just to give you an example = 给你举个例子呢 (this is a set-phrase which is used a lot in English, and is normally used for when the example is quite long)
not all that often = 不是那么经常
I’m just trying to think if there’s anything more to add = 我在想还有没有什么可以补充的!
he’s always very complimentary to people = 他总是对人很恭维
he tends to always = 他一般总
which might be seen (by some) as being insincere = 可能会被别人看作是虚伪
he genuinely means what he says = 他是真的认为的
at least most of the time anyway = 反正大多数时候是这样 (this is a useful structure: at least……anyway 反正……是这样)
what’s the word = 哪个单词怎么说?!(卡住的时候,可以用这句话 you can use this phrase when you are trying to think of what word to use.自言自语的话, it’s best to try and keep talking, even when you are thinking!


Model Answer 2:

I have met many persons with very polite behaviours and soft attitude and among them my neighbour Mr Arun (…say a name you like…) is the most polite person I have ever met. Interestingly he is very talented, well-mannered, possesses an extensive experience of travelling and he is a writer. There is a rumor that after his son died, he started living a discrete and solitary life.

I first met him after he moved to our neighbourhood around 5 years back. One day I went to his home to give some homemade cookies and food for a major festival. The way he greeted me and thanked me was simply amazing. I was around 19-20 years old but he treated me as if I was a more matured and experienced person. I am at least 20 years junior to him and yet he showed me a respect which is very rare nowadays.

In fact, he is well-known in our community as a perfect gentleman and a sober person. Almost every one of our locality likes him for his polite manner, serene life-style and his wit. I often visit his place and discuss on several issues. He is a great problem solver and has a natural gift on Mathematics. He often helped me on my studies and we played table tennis, chess and other indoor games. The most interesting part about him is that he is a brave person and he often protests the unfair issues of our community. But those are so natural and his way of presenting those issues are so important and obvious that people obey him and give great concerns on the issues he raises. Besides, people respect his judgments and good wills. I like spending time with him and enjoy his accompany. We all have our own perceptions about polite persons and in my opinion, he is a perfect example how people can be earnest and polite being very brave, intelligent and righteous.




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