Friendship is a common IELTS topic and so it is essential that you can talk about your friends khổng lồ succeed in the speaking exam. In fact, people & relationships are really important. You should learn how to speak about personality, appearance, và how we interact with one another. This could prove sầu useful in any part of the speaking exam, but today we are going to lớn look at a part two question, which asks us to describe a cthua kém friend.

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Describing People

Being able lớn describe people can prove really useful for the IELTS speaking part two because often you vì chưng have to describe someone. Of course, there are many people you could be asked to describe: a relative, a sportsperson, a pop star, a world leader, a teacher, a family member, and so on. You can’t predict the exact question, but you can be prepared lớn give sầu a good description of a person by learning some useful language. Think about some personality adjectives:


You should also be able to lớn talk about how you know each other, in the case of friends, family, & other acquaintances. Pay attention not just to lớn getting the correct word, but using the right tense.

We grow up together -> We grew up togetherI know him since we are children. -> I’ve known hlặng since we were children.We are cđại bại when we are schoolmates, but now we grow apart. -> We were close when we were schoolmates, but now we’ve sầu grown apart.

Relationship Vocabulary

I posted this about five sầu months ago, but it’s useful so here it is again. This PPT contains important language for describing friends or family:

Family and Friends Vocabulary from David Wills

Describe a Cthua Friend

As with any IELTS speaking part 2 question, you need to look at the cue card and quickly analyse it – what exactly does it ask you khổng lồ do? What are the important things to say?

Here’s how it might look:

Describe a close frikết thúc.

You should say:

how long you have sầu known this personhow you metwhat kind of person he/she is

& explain why you like him/her.

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So clearly you must talk about the beginning of your friendship, as the first two points relate lớn this. Then you should describe their personality, and also what it is that you lượt thích about them. This is a great question, but it should be quite easy lớn answer. But first, let’s think about making notes.

I would personally look to make brief notes about meeting my friend and about his personality. I would be sure to lớn jot down any good vocabulary that I might later forget, as well as a structure of the story of how we met. This can help me to lớn keep my tenses in order. It might look like this:


Remember that you only have sầu one minute to make notes, so keep them short. Don’t attempt khổng lồ write any sentences in this time, as you won’t have time khổng lồ finish.

Describe a Frikết thúc

It is important you read the cue card very carefully because there are often subtle ideas that can really impact how you give sầu your answer. For example, we are talking about describing a frikết thúc but in this cue card it says “a cthua frikết thúc.” What if it was slightly different? Maybe you could talk about the same person… but it might not be possible. Here are some others:

Describe the person who was your best friend as a child.Describe a frikết thúc that you rarely speak lớn now.

There are so many possibilities, including “describe an old friend” or “describe a frikết thúc you made in school.” You should make sure that you fully understvà the cue thẻ before you begin khổng lồ plan your answer or else you might talk about something different. This could cause you khổng lồ panic later.

Hints và Tips for Part 2

The most important thing you need to remember is that you shouldn’t speak for less than 1 minute. In order to speak 1-2 minutes confidently, you must practice at home page regularly. Use the timer on your phone, or a watch, to make sure you know how it feels to speak for that length of time. Pace yourself. Talk slowly và don’t panic. Nervous people tkết thúc to talk very quickly & you could easily find yourself running out of things lớn say in just 30 seconds! If that happens, you will repeat yourself and hesitate, and your score will be very low.

Sample Answer – Describe a Friend

So here is my sample answer, in which I describe a cđại bại friover. There is a video clip below, in which I also answer this question, but I will bởi vì it off the top of my head, so the answer will be different khổng lồ this:

My best frikết thúc is a guy called Rich. We met in 2003 on our first day of university, during Freshers’ Week. I can hardly believe that it was fifteen years ago! We were both seventeen at the time and we met in the halls of residence, which is where we stayed during that first year. He was an art student & I was studying literature. We got along well from the very first moment. I rethành viên hyên wearing a Guns n Roses t-shirt, and they were my favourite band at the time. We lived together for two years và have sầu stayed best friends ever since. Rich is a very generous and creative person. He plays in a bvà & he loves to paint and bởi vì other artistic things. A few years ago he got married và now he has a child. He’s changed a lot since we were students, but in many ways he has stayed the same. I liked hyên ổn back then because he was such a nice guy, và the same is true now. Everyone who knows hlặng thinks he is patient and open-minded, so he’s very easy to get along with.

Reading this took me about 01:20 minutes, which is perfect. However, if I’d been nervous và read too quickly, it would have sầu gone under 1 minute, so please be careful of this.

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Notes on Language

In this answer, I described my friover in simple terms. There is no advanced jargon khổng lồ be used here. Instead, you should focus on using simple, everyday English lượt thích I have sầu done.

I have sầu used some adjectives to describe him:


However, you should not just list adjectives when you are asked khổng lồ describe a friend. Instead, you can tell stories or give sầu information about their past or present. Look at these simple but effective sentences that I used:

He plays in a b& và he loves to paint and vì chưng other artistic things. A few years ago he got married và now he has a child. He’s changed a lot since we were students, but in many ways he has stayed the same.

These tell the reader a lot about my friend, so they are very useful. Rethành viên that you don’t need to use very advanced vocabulary. Just make sure that the words you bởi use are accurate & relevant.


Here’s a video of me explaining the topic and giving my sample answer. It’s a little different from above sầu because I did it spontaneously. Please subscribe to my channel & give sầu the video a like. It means a lot to lớn me!

So who is your cthất bại friend? Who would you choose to talk about if you were asked this question? Put it in the bình luận section below và I will answer you baông chồng.