In this lesson, we are going to look at phrases and expressions to talk about friends. The lesson is suitable for English learners in general and those preparing for the IELTS Speaking test.
Read the answers below and spend some time analysing the language used. Try to sound natural when describing a friend and their personality. Follow the steps at the beginning of the lesson, which will give you an idea what to include in your description.
Let's look at the language you need to describe a friend.
When and how did you meet your best friend?
Our friendship goes back many years - we first met at high school about 10 years ago. Back then, I found it difficult to make friends with other classmates because we didn't have much in common apart from our studies. I'm that kind of person who doesn't open up easily and have a hard time starting a conversation. I slowly started to get to know my friend better and I felt that I could trust her.
How often do you see each other?
Nowadays, we are both quite busy with work and household chores. When we were at school, we had a lot more free time and we could easily hang out together whenever we felt like it. But as we get older, we have more responsibilities each day, so we can't meet each other as often as before. In general, we get to see each other once or twice a month.
What kind of personality does your friend have?
I always enjoy her company, because of her warm personality. What I really like about my friend is how cheerful and optimistic she is - she always tries to look on the bright side. Apart from that, she's quite generous, too. She doesn't care how much she spends on gifts for her friends. Having her as my friend is just priceless, because she's such a caring and considerate person.
Why do you enjoy spending time with your friend?
Even though we have different personality types, we enjoy trying new things together and we always celebrate special occasions together.
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