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Describe a skill you have learned

IELTS Cue Card Question 77 With Model Answer:

Describe a skill you have learned that you think is very useful.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where and when you learned it
  • how you use it
And explain why you think this skill is so useful.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Typing on a keyboard without looking at that is a special skill and recently I have learnt to type by not looking at the keyboard.

When I bought the computer, it was impossible for me to type without looking at the keys. It took long hours for me to type a single page by searching the letters on the keys. It was a troublesome task for me and most of the time I had to type different topics on a computer for my official purposes. But I could not complete the tasks in due time for my lack of skills in typing. When I started to type, it appeared to me that the letters should be placed on the keyboard alphabetically for better use. But gradually I learnt that this way is better than the alphabetical letters.

Basically, I learnt the skill at my home using my personal computer. In the very beginning, it was tougher for me to compose anything on the computer with the keyboard attached to it. When I joined my new office, it becomes a regular trouble for me to compose the different documents and it took long hours for me to compose a document of three or four pages. So, I started using the internet to get some ways to learn to type. I found some special applications that allow the users to get the desired typing skill. Besides, the applications also helped me to make the typing faster than it was in the beginning.

I primarily apply the skill at my office to perform different typing. As the administrative officer at the office, I have to issue different orders and notices to the office employees and I type the notices and orders after the direction of my higher authority. Besides, I remain busy round the day with different other activities that require typing different documents. Sometimes, my higher authority assigns me with translations from one language to another, and I have to use my typing skill for the work. At the office, I have become the hub of typing now for my outstanding speed and skills.

All of the earned skills are useful in real life but the applications may differ in situations. When I started learning the skill, I thought that it would be of no use in my practical life and I am wasting my times. But after some days, I was surprised by the applications of typing in my office. I have started serving the office in different ways with the typing skill. Everyone in the office now depends entirely on me to get their documents be typed. As a result, my fame has increased as a typing expert and accordingly the office has evaluated my performance. I have been promoted to the senior administrative officer post after three months when I applied the skill to my daily works in the workplace. So, it appears to be a very useful skill for me.

Model Answer 2:
Learning to know about driving a car is a very useful skill. Recently, I have learnt to drive a car and I believe this is highly beneficial for me. In fact, before learning the skill, it was troublesome for me to manage my commuting to and fro my college. Thank you for the question and now I will describe the event now in short.

Before learning the skill, I used to move to college using public transportation. As a result, it was hard for me to reach the college and attend the classes in due time. Most of the cases, I needed to get out of home too early to attend the classes. But now I have learnt to drive a car and use that car to reach my college in time. I do not need to waste time on the streets and waiting for the public transports. On the other sides, my father is also happy with my skill of driving. I have become the unofficial driver of my family now.

I learnt driving at a local driving school here in Chhattisgarh in India. The school offers a wide range of driving courses and I took one of the courses after my preferred schedule. In this course, I have learnt the basics of driving and about taking care of a care. the Instructor taught me about the driving basics carefully. Initially, my advancement slowed down for few days as I was afraid of driving. Riding on cars always created a sense of fear inside me. I thought that if the driver fails to control the car or if the brake does not work, I will have to die. But now, the fears are gone and I can drive a car faster than any other people. I used to learn the driving after the dusk. In fact, I could not manage time to learn in during the daytime owing to my studies and other engagements. On the holidays, I used to move to the driving class in the early morning and drove the car on the main streets of the city. 

This is an important skill for me. Now I have my own car and I drive it to the college. Sometimes, my family use me as their driver to reach in various destinations. Often my elder sister asks me to bring her home from her university. When the driver of my father misses his duties, I am to be responsible for carrying father at home or dropping him at his office. In fact, this is a great skill for me and I use it after my will. Sometimes, I go for long drives with my friends right before the weekend nights. Besides, I use it in many other ways as well.

This is a useful skill for me in many aspects. When I was unable to drive, I had to suffer a lot in the streets. I could not meet my schedule at the right time. Besides, I had to wake up early in the morning to prepare for my destinations. In fact, riding on public buses was really hassle for me. So, when I learnt driving, I can drive my own car and go to my destinations easily. I do not need to wait in the public transport queues for the ride. I can save time and can focus on the other important tasks. I think this is a great real-life skill for me.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a skill you have learned that you think is very useful." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:
  1. Describe a skill you wish you had. 
  2. Describe a skill you find useful. 
  3. Describe something new you want to learn. 
  4. Describe a skill you find particularly useful. 
  5. Talk about a skill someone in your family has. 
  6. Describe an ability or skill you learned recently. 
  7. Describe something useful you learned lately. 

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