IELTS Preparation

Describe a person who leads an exemplary life


IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 296 with Model Answer:

Describe a person who leads an exemplary life.

You should say:

  • who is he/ she
  • how old is he/she
  • what he/ she does for a living.

And explain why you thinks he/she leads an exemplary life.

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.]

Model Answer 1:
Leading a very simple life is not possible for everyone. It requires a lot of patience and mental strength. Sometimes such a life becomes an example to many. Mr. Peter Strauss is one of such man who leads an exemplary life. I will describe him here.

I live in a small apartment in the new part of Nafplio in Greece. Mr. Peter Strauss is my neighbour and lives in the opposite door of mine. He is a retired university professor and lives with his wife. In his early age, he joined the army but could not adjust to the hard rules and regulations. So, he left the job and came to start his career as a teacher. He still looks younger than his actual age. He is a tall figure man with a wide vision. He loves to meet new people and socialise and his wife is also of similar character. In fact, both of them has a very good relation with the neighbours and other people of the apartment block.  

Mr. Strauss is over his 65. But even in his age, he looks fit and fine. In fact, he takes a regular exercise with me. I go for a morning walk in the early hours of the day and he accompanies me in the walk. We together walk for around one hour. Sometimes, I run with him. He runs fast in this age. Besides, he also takes some other types of exercise. For his special diets and regular exercise, he is still fit today. He can use the staircase without any trouble. Moreover, he is also good at sports. His wife is not as much strong as he. She is a bit weak in her 50s and loves to stay at home. Mr. Strauss also loves to take part in adventurous activities. Often he moves for hiking and other outdoor activities with me and some other people of our locality. The spirit he owns is incredible.   

At present, he is bearing his expenses from his business. He owns a small gift shop in line with a restaurant in the city and makes a smart profit to meet the needs for him and his wife. Both the businesses are located in the same place. He is the father of four daughters and sons. And all of them are grown up and have their own family. They live in the other parts of the city. They come to meet the parents in different occasions. It becomes really a happy event for them. Mr. Strauss moves for his shop in the afternoon and takes care for everything till the dusk. He then returns home. The staffs in his shop are trustworthy and they take care for the business in the remaining hours. So, he does not need to worry about the businesses at all. The staffs are honest and he pays them well. Hence, everything is in order and under control.

Mr. Strauss is not very rich but he has moderate wealth. But I have never seen him for showing off his belongings while the other people with such issues turn expressive much. Besides, he loves to meet and greet new people. When he is in the restaurant, he greets his visitors and offers special types of foods and discounts as well. I have never seen him in a gloomy state. His attires are moderate. He takes the traditional foods of the country and also drinks the traditional beverages. He is different than the other rich people with arrogance. He is accessible always even in the mid of night with any problems. Considering all the issues, I think he leads an exemplary life and I appreciate that.

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