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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Family Member: Mom

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Describe a family member whom you really admire.

You should say:

  • What his / her relationship is to you

  • What he / she has done in his / her life

  • What he / she does now

And explain why you admire him / her so much

Well, I gotta say it’s really hard for me to pick one family member whom I really admire, but I guess I would talk about my mom, the very first one who springs to mind.

My mum is in her late fifties right now with many wrinkles around her eyes and salt-and-pepper hair , you know, just like most other women at that age. Having said that, she used to be the dream girl of many lads in her high school. Later on, she decided to continue the educational career of my grandma and worked as a highly dedicated English teacher. I guess it was the energy and enthusiasm, an important part of her life, that has helped her to maintain a youthful appearance until now.

As a teenager, my mum used to live a materially comfortable life because my maternal grandparents owned a lot of valuable land those days. However, everything changed completely when my mother got married and decided to leave all the property behind in pursuit of a new life in Ho Chi Minh City. In an entirely unfamiliar place, she had to start everything from scratch in order to fulfil her dreams of becoming a committed teacher and nurturing a happy family . Fortunately, she has accomplished both goals with her hard work and dedication and is currently enjoying the fruits of her labors.

As a caring mother, my mom always helps me make the right decisions related to my study and shares with me all my daily worries. It’s also my mother who has inspired me to become a better teacher with so much helpful advice and support. Needless to say, my mother is one of the most influential people in my life and I am deeply grateful for having her as my beloved family member.



  • spring to mind (idiom): bật ra trong đầu

  • wrinkle (n): nếp nhăn

  • salt-and-pepper hair (n): tóc muối tiêu (tóc lốm đốm đen và trắng)

  • dream girl (n): nàng thơ

  • highly dedicated (adj): cống hiến, tận tụy

  • maintain a youthful appearance (phrase): duy trì một ngoại hình trẻ trung

  • live a materially comfortable life (phrase): được ăn no mặc ấm

  • maternal grandparents (n): ông bà ngoại

  • in pursuit of (phrase): theo đuổi

  • start everything from scratch (phrase): bắt đầu mọi thứ lại từ đầu

  • fulfil one’s dream (phrase): hoàn thành ước mơ của ai đó

  • nurture a happy family (phrase): vun đắp một gia đình hạnh phúc

  • the fruits of one’s labors (phrase): thành quả công việc

  • daily worries (n): những nỗi phiền muộn hằng ngày

  • influential (adj): có sức ảnh hưởng

  • to be deeply grateful (adj): cảm thấy cực kỳ biết ơn


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