IELTS Speaking test: Behaviour, Patience and Politeness

IELTS Speaking Behaviour Politeness

On IELTS Speaking test, people are asked questions on behaviour politeness and patience. I know these are very difficult topics to tackle. Many students run out of ideas while speaking about them. However, they can always deal with these topics if they can have some ideas about how to answer these questions without many efforts. Here are some sample questions and answers on the topic.

IELTS Speaking Part 1


What do you think patience is?

For me, patience is the ability to wait for things to happen in its course without getting frustrated. For example, waiting in line to get your favourite food at your favourite restaurant or even waiting for an offer letter from your first job.

Do you think patience is necessary?

Yes, being impatient can create some problems. For example, I once bought an overpriced product in a hurry only to find out that a better one at a justified price was available after a few days. Had I been patient, I could have had my hands on the better item. This incidence made me aware of the importance of being patient.

IELTS Speaking Patience

Do you think you are a patient person?

Sadly, no. I am very impulsive and therefore tend to act out rashly. I cannot be patient. I guess it runs in the family.

Have you ever lost your patience?

The last time I lost my patience was when my car would not start, and I was stuck in the middle of nowhere. I still have no idea what happened but I had to call a tow truck to rescue me.


Are you a polite person?

Yes. I was taught that manners are essential and that you should always respect others. Therefore, I always make it a point to be polite to everyone. It is actually quite useful in challenging situations.

Who taught you to be polite?

It was my parents who taught me to be polite. They made me read through tons of books to ensure that I realise being nice to people pays off.

Is it essential to be polite?

Absolutely. It helps you get the upper hand when it comes to dealing with people who can be difficult. Also, people will always ask you for your opinion and trust you with a lot of personal matters.

What do you do if others are not polite to you?

Well, I usually leave them alone or distance myself from them. I also try not to associate myself with people who are not polite. I have had personal trouble with them, so I tend to run away instead of being around them.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Cue Card 1 on patience

Describe a situation when you had to wait for something special to happen.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • what you did during that time
  • what eventually happened
  • and explain what happened afterwards.


It was five years ago. I had just passed all my board exams without any trouble. The results were out, and I had performed well above expectations. Therefore, my parents and I had a small party. Father went out before the party to get something. He came back two hours later with a small, wrapped package. And that is the story of how I got my first smartphone.

While he was gone, I spent the time with my friends and my mother celebrating. We mixed different types of cold drinks and played arcade games. We also played nostalgic card games. After the party was over, there was nothing much to do than waiting for my father to return and clean up any accidental mess that had been made.

Because of my love for technological things, I immediately took the phone apart to see how it worked. These were those times where phones could easily be pulled apart and put together again. So, I did zero damage to my phone. The phone lasted for years before dying and now hangs on my wall.

Watch the following video, to have more ideas on importance of patience.

Cue Card 2 on politeness

Talk about a time when you had to be a polite person.

You should say

  • When did this happen?
  • How did you do this?
  • Why did you have to be polite?
  • How did you feel later?


The one time that I struggled to be polite was when I dealt with a rude person at a multi-purpose shop. She seemed to be one of those entitled people who enjoyed making the cashier’s lives miserable for no reason.

When I reached the check-out counter, this woman was repeatedly shouting and cursing at the cashier. Due to an error, her card had debited the payment twice instead of only once. She had demanded a refund for one payment in cash, and due to the shop’s policy, the cashier refused.

As I was the next one in line, I helped the cashier and the woman clear this out. I convinced her that these transactions are automatic and her bank would return her money automatically. She had nothing to worry. The woman calmed down in the end and apologised to the cashier in the end.

After her apology, I felt that I had to be polite as anything else would have escalated the situation. Also, I was satisfied with the outcome as said earlier, I don’t have patience, but while dealing with this person, I had to be control my emotions and help her smilingly.

Cue Card 3 on polite person

Describe the most polite person you know.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • how you met him/ her
  • whether you enjoy his/her company or not
  • and explain why you think him/her to be the most polite person.
IELTS Speaking polite person


The politest person that I know is my best friend – Mira, and she and I met while we were in college. She is my junior, but we did not know each other till much later. We ran into each other by accident in a mall, and as we were the only two people left that hadn’t left the city during the holidays, we decided to hang out. A full three weeks later, we became fast friends.

We love hanging out with each other. We meet mostly in cafes or restaurants and work together on our respective assignments. I usually visit her home, and similarly, she calls mine to pursue our common hobbies of cooking and arts. While spending time with her, I observed that she cared for almost everyone around her, including pets and birds.

In my opinion, she is the politest person I know because she was taught to be polite to everyone, human or animals. She is kind and caring to everyone and plans to be a psychiatrist to help others out. She is also famous for helping others in their college work as well as participating in a lot of college events.


In your country’s culture, how do you show that you are polite?

In my culture, people show politeness with kind words and friendly body language. Additionally, there are certain customs and traditions. For example, in my country, children usually stand in front of elders till the seniors ask them to sit. The youngsters typically touch senior family members’ feet if they meet after a long time gap. These gestures symbolise respect and politeness.

Are we less polite with members of our families than with people we don’t know?

Yes, I agree that we take family members for granted than people we don’t know. Usually, we are taught to be courteous of strangers, but we may have complicated family relations. We might have some resentment that may show up in our behaviour at the moments notice. As a result, many of us may be kind to strangers but not to our relatives.

Role models

Which types of people become role models in your society?

In my society, people who are kind and helpful are considered ideals because, since ages, our culture has emphasised the importance of helping others regardless of their wealth, background or reputation. For example, one of the most famous personalities in my country is Mahatma Gandhi, known as the epitome of politeness.

Do you agree that famous people have more responsibilities than ordinary people?

Yes, well-known personalities always hold more responsibilities than ordinary people, because people hang on to their every word and listen to them. The fans will aspire to be like them and emulate them. Thus if these famous people commit a wrong, there is always a danger that everyone may accept that behaviour as normal, corrupting society.

What happens when young people lack good role models?

Without ideals, I believe youngsters go down the wrong path. We humans and especially youngsters, learn by imitating other inspirational individuals. However, if they don’t have anyone to follow, they may never realise the difference between good and evil & thus may end up taking the wrong decisions.

Do you agree that you should never meet your heroes?

I agree. Usually, we imagine our heroes to be superhumans who have no physical, emotional or moral faults. Yet, they are humans and may not always be on their best behaviour. In my case, I have personally met my heroes only to be disappointed by them as they were nothing like I had imagined. Therefore, while there is no harm in making someone their hero, one should not meet them.

For more ideas on role models watch the following video

What benefits a famous person get that ordinary people cannot?

I believe in most cases; famous people are blessed. They get their fair pick of houses and other comforts as everyone admires and treats them on priority. In fact, everybody wants to be in their excellent book so that in case they can too get some favours by being associated with famous personalities.

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