An Adventurous Person | IELTS speaking questions & sample answers

An adventurous person | IELTS Speaking Cue Card

In the IELTS speaking test you are sometims asked to talk about an adventurous person. How do you answer this IELTS speaking question?

What does adventurous mean? Here's a dictionary definition of the adjective 'adventurous':
  • 1. a willingness to do or try new and daring things
  • 2. dangerous / hazardous / risky

Some examples of how to use 'adventurous' are: an adventurous explorer; an adventurous sport; an adventurous journey

Synonyms of adventurous include: audacious; daring

IELTS Speaking | Planning your answer

So when you have to talk about or descibe an adventurous person, the question is typically asking you to talk about or describe a person who likes doing dangerous or risky activities or trying new things that most people woul not do or try.

This is an IELTS Part 2 question so you are expected to talk for 1 - 2 minutes on this topic. You are allowed 1 minute to think about, and plan your answer.

Start by brainstorming who you know that could be described as adventurous; maybe your father when he was younger, your grandfather, brother, friend or someone else you know.

Think about why you consider this person to be adventurous.
  • What did they do?
  • Where did they go?
  • What kind of adventures did they have?
  • Can you tell a story about something this person did?

This is the eaiset way to answer this particular question: by telling a story about something the person did. For example, you could talk about how your father travelled around the world when he was younger, visiting many different countries and cities, maybe he was a sailor or just liked travelling a lot. Expand you answer by describing some of the things he did.

Another possible answer would be to talk a bout a friend (or yourself) who likes extreme sports. Activities like snowboarding, mountain biking, sailing and similar outdoor activities that have an element of risk in them would make the person adventurous. Talk abut what the person does, how often, what the risks are and why the person likes doing the activity.

If you can't think of anyone you know who you think is adventurous; then talk about a character from a book, a movie or TV program who is adventurous. You could talk about a childhood character like an explorer, a warrior, a comic book hero like Batman or Superman.

It does not have to be a real person. You simply have to say to the examiner: "I don't really know anyone personally who is adventurous, but when I was a child I used to like (name of character)", and then talk about or describe why you think that character is adventurous.

IELTS | adventure vocabulary

You will also need to think about vocabulary to describe adventurous activities. Here are just some words that can be easily used to describe adventurous activities:

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thrill, stimulation, danger, risk, daredevil, intrepid, dauntless, exciting, bold, fearless, brave, suddenly, escape, run away, scurry, dash, gallop, bound, sprint, leap, plummet, plunge, pounce, shock, boost, fall, flatten, roll, spiral, whirl, chaos, scramble, unexpectedly, abruptly, swiftly, quickly, hastily, rapidly, explore, seek, unafraid, jump, slip, tangle, immediately, rummage

IELTS | adventure activities

These are some activities that an adventurous person might try (or do regularly):

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Base jumping, caving, hang-gliding, free running, iceskating, kayaking, kite surfing, mountain biking, parachuting, rock climbing, rollerblading, skateboarding, ski jumping, skydiving, snorkelling, snowboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing.