Cue Card # 2: Person who has been an important influence

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 2

Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life.

You should say:

  • who this person is and how long you have known him or her
  • why you chose this person
  • how this person has influenced your life

and explain how you feel about him or her.

[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:
Without a shadow of a doubt, the most important and most influential person in my life is my father. He taught me to walk, to read, to help others and sometimes fight for justice. I really am grateful to you for the time you have allowed me to talk about my idol in life- my father.

I have known him my whole life- from a time when I was an infant, throughout the time when I started going to school or at the time when I became an adult and this relationship will go on till the angel of death decides to visit one of us- you know what I mean!

When I got this topic to talk about, I was certain it would be my father. I took some time to brainstorm about how I should present him to you but I had no doubt that my father had been, and still is, the most influential person in my life. Due to his unconditional love, and his instrumental guidance for me in every stage of my life, he is the most obvious choice for me to talk about.

My father has taught me the importance of morality and honesty in life and showed me how to become a good human being. He also taught me the qualities of a good person, and how to form good and reliable relationships with others. He has always been a good role model for me as I was growing up. So the person I have become is greatly inspired by my father. I will give you an example of how he guided me my whole life by telling you about an event. I was the top scorer in my school days but the grade started declining in my college. Noticing that he started spending more time with me and put his every effort – including hiring two home tutors, taking me to libraries, consulting with my college teachers, to make sure I retain my good grades. During the process, he had never been rude and always assured me that exam results are not that important in life! A truly remarkable way to inspire someone, yet not to pressurise him.

As a person, he is kind, hard-working, patient and understanding, not to mention his sense of humour that allows him to get on well with almost everybody. He was a successful lawyer but has recently retired. Hopefully, I’ve inherited some of his traits and I dream to be a father to my kids the way he is to me!

He is always fair, and he has always been someone I can turn to for advice. I think my father has a positive outlook on life and that has helped me fight my depression in my adolescent years. I feel very close to him and would be ready to do anything and everything humanly possible to make him happy, the same way he did for me his whole life.

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