IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #6 Describe an adventurous person who you know

Describe an adventurous person who you know.
You should say: Who the person is
How you know this person
What this person does that is adventurous
And explain why you think this person likes to take risks.

Sample Answers:

My younger uncle in my view and experience is the most adventurous person I’ve ever seen and met. He is my father’s younger brother and is around 35-36 years old. I know him from my childhood as he is my uncle and visits us often. I have always known him as a mysterious man who loves adventure and love to explore new things and places. From my childhood till now I’ve heard lots of stories about him and many of them are so exciting and adventurous that they can be easily converted to stories or movies. I often found my uncle disappears from home and then nobody knows where he has gone. All of a sudden he comes back and disappears again. I heard he only lets my grandpa know about his departure and his next exploration. He does not lead a conventional social life and still unmarried. He loves to read and visit different places. All the stories I heard about him from other and some of them from him seem very interesting and new to me.

Once he disappeared and came back with the story that he has found a place where ghosts can be found. Then again he came back with long bearded and we learned that he lived in a forest with people for about 2 weeks. He knows a lot about people and their customs of our country. To me, the most adventurous thing I know he did is the time when he went to Nepal to reach the top of the Mount Everest. There are so many other stories that I heard about him like killing a giant snake, swimming in a big river to rescue a victim, Egypt and many other places. Everything he does is a mystery to me and I have never met anyone more brave and adventurous than he is.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Why do some people seem to like taking more risks than others?
    I suppose all people are different, some are naturally more adventurous and like to do things that other people would never dream of doing. It’s just in their nature, they like to experience dangerous situations or test their abilities doing dangerous activities, and in some cases of course the greater the risk the greater the reward, especially in business. So some people like to take more risks so they can get a bigger reward for their efforts.
  2. Why do you think it is that some people like to take part in dangerous sports?
    I think for many people, it is a way to get some excitement into their lives. When people thousands of years in the past lived in nature, they often faced dangers like wild animal attacks, but now many people just spend their lives sitting in an office. By participating in extreme sports, people can feel alive and get a rush that they can’t experience in normal everyday modern life.
  3. Do you think people take more risks now than in the past?
    It’s difficult to say. There are so many things available to do nowadays that weren’t in the past. Like, for example, extreme sports are popular nowadays, but in the past they didn’t exist, so yes people take more risks than before, but in normal life I think it’s probably about the same. We make decisions and almost all decisions carry some degree of risk – you either make a good decision or a bad decision and sometimes the consequences can be serious. Even choosing a career, or a life partner, where to live, buying a car, buying a house, etc. all these things have some element of risk attached to them – and those risks were the same for our parents and probably our grandparents, so there are many risks that haven’t changed.