IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

In this IELTS Speaking Part 2 post, I’m going to discuss and provide a cue card of Speaking Part 2 of the IELTS test. Here, I’m going to describe a model answer for the topic of a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting. You will find a short discussion on how to prepare yourself for the cue card as well as some notes that will help you speak fluently. You will also get some part-3 questions at the end of the post.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

A short discussion on the topic card:

Before you start speaking, you should jot down some ideas for the topic card.

Here are some notes that may help you speak fluently:

Think about the phrase ‘foreign person’. Have you ever heard this phrase before?
‘Foreign’ means ‘of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one’s own’. So, ‘a foreign person’ means ‘a person who lives in any country other than your own/native country’. So, we can talk about any person of any country; the only thing you have to remember is that you must include in your speech in the Speaking Part 2/ topic card section that this person belongs from a different country.

We are going to describe ‘Mr. Elon Musk’ for this cue card.

Add the following information in your speaking part 2 answer:

  • Elon Musk
  • Owner- SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, Tesla Energy, Neuralink, Dogecoin
  • Ex owner- PayPal
  • South-Africa born American entrepreneur
  • Interesting personality
  • Unconventional entrepreneur
  • Thinks differently
  • Invests in domains beyond his comfort zone
  • Extremely positive about results, doesn’t stop until it’s done

Model answer:

Well, I consider myself a bookworm and I’m an avid reader of different books, magazines, and journals which makes it possible for me to learn about different people from different parts of the world. Some of them are ordinary; a gigantic number of them are extraordinary. For this topic card, I’m going to talk about such a personality who is extremely popular all over the world because of his works and especially for his innovative mind and thinking which makes him an interesting person.

The name of the person is Elon Musk. He is a South-Africa-born American entrepreneur who is currently the owner of SpaceX and Tesla. I watched a documentary on his life named ‘Elon Musk: the Real-Life Iron Man’ around 6 years ago and from that day I became a big fan of him.

He is an interesting personality because he is known as one of the most unorthodox entrepreneurs of the present world. He became successful because of his personality traits and impressive hopefulness on ‘not to stop trying until it’s done’. He always tries to explore beyond the conventional domain and for this particular reason he chose NASA to be his prime competitor which has forced NASA to continue more research towards space exploration.

One of his key interesting attributes of him is his goal to solve the current pressing issues of this globalized world. This is hardly found in other current thriving business people. He is always thinking about solving problems around the world along with his regular businesses.

One other impressive quality of Elon Musk is that he had not confined himself to one project only like many other business magnets. He has explored different branches of the business world and is still exploring more. He used to own PayPal which he has sold to eBay. He owns TESLA, SolarCity, and TESLA Energy. Recently he has founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology startup company to integrate the human brain with AI. Currently, he is investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and invented Dogecoin.

I remember one of his best quotes, “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

I think all the attributes that Mr. Musk contains make him an interesting person. He is indeed the real-life Iron Man.

Part 3 questions with answers:

  • Do you have any foreign friends and do you think having foreign friends is a good way to know other countries?

Answer: Yes, I have. As I work as a freelancer, I have many clients abroad and some of them have become closer and so I consider them my friends. For my part, we gain substantial information from friends abroad regarding their culture, traditions, and cuisines. Therefore, it is one of the best ways to gain knowledge of other countries.

  • Do you think it’s important to know the culture and language before going to another country? 

Answer: Yes, I think it is vital to gather some knowledge about the custom and language of other nations before we visit them. And it has become extremely easy to acquire knowledge about any country with the touch of a button and Google is one of the best sources. This would really help us bridge the gap between us and the natives. Also, this is a great opportunity to expand our friend circle.   

  • What do you think of people who work in international companies?

Answer: Working for an international company is many people’s dream job. This gives us great exposure to work in a cosmopolitan environment. Furthermore, international companies have different branches all over the world, For example, consider companies like Samsung; it has 66 office locations in 44 countries. This wider network penetration allows the employees to work across the globe and leads their lives towards a remarkable growth trajectory. Lastly, it allows them to scrape a huge amount of money.   

  • What abilities do people need to have when working in an international company?

Answer: To work in an international company, people must hold knowledge and understanding of the essential aspects of the specific field. They need to surpass the usual sphere to handle the conflicts in a skillful way at their workplace. They should also develop their soft skills. These abilities assist them to slice out a niche for themselves in the company.

Here are model answers to some other speaking topic cards for your preparation:

Describe an aquatic animal/ an animal that lives in water

Describe a beautiful building in your city

A sport or exercise that you do for fitness

Describe a handsome person you know

Describe someone you know who does something well

Describe a situation when you were late

Describe an important decision made by you

Describe the best gift or present you have received

Describe something that helps you concentrate 

Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted

Describe an advertisement you remember

Describe a newly built facility that improves the quality in your city

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