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☝ How to talk about a Person?

IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to explain about a person. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering IELTS questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to know how to talk about a Person?

When IELTS examiner asks you such question they really have no interest on the content of your answer but construct. They just want to know weather you can use right grammatical structure.

First let’s see some questions under this category

» Talk about a good cook.
Talk about a famous person you’d like to meet.
Talk about an animal you find interesting.
Talk about a person who looked after you as a child.
Talk about a teacher you know.
Talk about a neighbor you have or have had.
Talk about a person you enjoy spending time with.
Talk about one of your friends.
Talk about an old person you know who lives near you.

Remember this formula

To give a good monologue about a person, you should use the following native speaker answer order.

Stage 1: Say who they are and how you know them.
Stage 2: Say what they are like and what they do.
Stage 3: Say what they have achieved and how they have influenced you.
Stage 4: Say why they are special and how you feel about them.

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Stage – 1: How to talk about a person?

Say who they are and how you know them.

To say who they are and how you know them remember this formula:-

  1. Use words or phrases for relatives, occupations, and social positions correctly.
    My grandfather was a good man because…
    A family friend once told me…
  2. Use relative clauses with“who” correctly.
    David, who was my best friend at school, often played football in the local park.
  3. Use the past continuous and past simple to say how you met somebody.
    When I was studying at university, my teacher told me…
I will always remember Dr. Shutter, he was one of my history teachers at university, I had always loved history at school and college and so I chose history as my major at university. When I was choosing my courses, I decided to try Roman I history and so met Dr. Shutter.

Language step 1.1: Relatives, Occupations and Social Positions

When giving a monologue about a person, it’s always a great idea to say something about the person’s relationship to you, their occupation, or social position using a complex sentence.


I would like to talk about my nephew, who is a plumber like me.
I really admire Daniel Craig, who is an excellent actor and has recently become a huge movie star.
My grandparents were both surgeons during the war.

Language step 1.2: Relative Clauses with “Who”

I would like to talk about my grandmother. When I was a child, my parents were very busy and so my grandmother, who is my father’s mother, had to look after me…

There are two main types of relative clauses, defining and non-defining. Look at the examples below.

➨ Non-defining relative clause
My mother, who worked as a waitress for many years, thoroughly dislikes politics.
Her good friend Daniel, who became a very successful businessman, had suggested to her once that she should study computer programming.

In these examples, the relative clause gives extra information about the person being spoken about. The information is not necessary because if we were to remove the relative

Defining relative clause
The woman who lived next door to us when I was a child was extremely ugly.
The movie star who starred in the film Titanic has become hugely successful.

These relative clauses are necessary to the meaning of the sentence and are not giving extra information. If we removed the relative clause, the sentence would not make good sense as we would not know which woman or which movie star was being talked about: The woman was extremely ugly. The movie star has become hugely successful. When using a defining relative clause, you should not pause but speak continuously.

Note: whom is very rarely used in spoken relative clauses- just use who.

Language step 1.3: The Past Continuous & Past Simple to Say How You Met

When introducing somebody, it’s often useful to say how, or under what circumstances, you met. Using the past continuous and past simple is a good way to do this. The past continuous is used together with the past simple to talk about a longer action that was happening when a single or shorter action happened.

The structure of the past continuous is: be + verb-ing
I was walking…
They were talking on the phone.

When or while is often used to link the past continuous and past simple, as in the following examples:-
When I was studying at university, my teacher told me to spend more time researching my subject.
» While my brother was visiting Vietnam, he lost his passport, wallet, and credit cards.
» We met when we were working together at the same company.
» I first talked to my girlfriend when I asked her the time while we were waiting for the bus.

Stage – 2: How to talk about a person?

Say what they are like and what they do

… My grandmother is a very gentle and kind woman. Her hair- as far back as I can remember – has always been brilliant white but she is quite selling conscious about this and wears a shoulder-length wig to hide it. In sire seems even shorter because she lias a permanent stoop. When I think of my grandmother’s appearance, the thing which stands out most is her constantly smiling lace – she has a very kind lace, which is covered in wrinkles.

Although she was a bit elderly and had to take care of the house as well as me, she tried to keep me entertained and find interesting things for us to do together. I remember once when we were playing hide-and-seek at home, I ran into the garden and hid so well that she couldn’t find me. It was quite a few hours before I decided to come out and my grandmother was so relieved she had almost called
the police…