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Model Answer for IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Topic: Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up

Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up

You should say:

• Who is this person?

• Where and under what circumstances did you meet him/her?

• What were the physical attributes – eg. height / hair / eye colour / scent?

• What quality about him / her inspired you?

• How was the attitude of this person towards you and towards others


I have wanted to be similar to many people when I was growing up. Here, I would like to talk about my aunt, Jyoti, whom I really wanted to be like. She is my father’s cousin and is a doctor. She is in her early forties and is tall and beautiful. She has a wheatish complexion and has short curly black hair. When she smiles, she has a deep dimple on her right cheek, which makes her look very beautiful. I vividly remember, the first time I met her in a family function when I was in 8th. She had come from Canada and seemed to be the hot favourite of all family members. I was impressed by her way of talking. I could see the look of admiration everyone had for her. When my father introduced us, she gave me a warm smile and hugged me tight. I immediately developed a liking for her. The whole day I remained with her like her shadow. I really wanted to be like her. My father invited her to spend a day or two with us at our home. She spent the weekend with us. I can never forget those two days. Now I am planning to go to Canada for my higher education. My favourite aunt is there, so even the thought of being with her makes me happy.

Part 3 Follow Up Questions

1. What kind of famous people do children like?

Children like famous film personalities, sports personalities, comedians, singers and many more.

2. What good qualities do famous people have?

Famous people have good communication skills. They also have good leadership skills. They are hard working and focussed.

3. Do you think advertisements aimed at children should be endorsed by famous people?

No, I don’t think so. Children follow these famous people blindly. If common people they will try to see the message behind the ads.

4. Can you compare the past and the present of children’s life?

In the past children were very obedient. They did not question things. Parents and teachers were their only source of knowledge. Today’s children are the most well informed than ever in the history of mankind. They have the power of the satellite TV and the Internet. They sometimes know even more than their parents do. They question things. They want to know more and more.

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