Cue Card # 50: Describe one of your neighbours

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 50

Describe one of your neighbours.

You should say:

  • who he/she is
  • how often you see/meet him/her
  • what type of person he/she is

and explain why you like/dislike this neighbour.

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


Model Answer:

They say that you just can’t change your neighbours whether you like them or not. But when it comes to a neighbour like Peter Malcolm, who is living nearby my family as a good neighbour for more than 10 years, I can consider myself lucky without giving any chance to a second thought.

Peter Malcolm, probably in his mid 30’s, is a well-built person with a height of almost 6 feet, and the very first thought which would cross your mind, after seeing him, is that you wouldn’t exactly want to “engage” with him in any kind of hostility. But, in reality, if you ever care to say “hello” to him, you would be in for the biggest surprise of the day as Peter would greet you back with the “biggest” smile on his face that you could ever expect! But, Peter would never bother to greet you first with a “hello” or even notice you unless you are offering him a very valid reason, like dropping “dead” right in front of him, seriously, to do so. Peter seems to be a great family man since I can see him going out with his little family every Friday night.

It is not really very easy to get a hold of my neighbour or see him during the weekdays probably because he remains too busy with his job, but if and when I get out during the weekends, the chances are that I will get to see Peter, in his “imposing” figure, walking with his little “puddle”. But, does he ever actually say “hello” to me first just because I happen to be his neighbour? Well, the answer is “no”. Of course, he never forgets to respond back with his big smiley face and a rather long conversation as soon as I say “hello” to this nice gentleman first.

I like my neighbour mainly because he never bothers us with any nonsense like fighting, arguing and screaming. Neither do I ever find him playing any loud music or making any noise even when he is having a barbeque night at his front yard. However, the most important reason, for which I really like my neighbour, is that he is never really nosy in the affairs of others. Besides, I really appreciate having a neighbour like Peter who treats me like a younger brother and offers some great advice on life and careers whenever I ask about it to him.

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