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Important skill you learned when you were a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 286 with Model Answer:

Describe an important skill you learned when you were a child.

You should say:
  • what this skill was
  • when you learned it
  • how you learned it

and explain why you think it is an important skill.

[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:
In childhood, we learn many important skills, like walking, talking, reading and so on, and sometimes without even noticing that we are learning a new skill. On contrary to that, during our teenage time, many of us try to learn different skills in order to make ourselves look cool and important to other people around us. Today, I would like to talk about one such skill which, I think, was important and that I learned as a child.

This important skill, I learned, was running a video camera and doing the recording and finally editing it on a computer. I became interested in learning this skill when my maternal uncle gave a video camera to my family as a gift about 15 years ago or so. By the way, I was just ten years old at that time.

If I remember correctly, I was in grade three at that time, and I had a great deal of interest in shooting videos just the way moviemakers would shoot a movie. So, when my uncle handed that camera over to my family, I felt like I was the happiest person in the world.

Anyway, as I got the camera, I started to play with it even though, my parents were nervous about it initially. After all, they didn’t want this new camera getting damaged by some “careless” child like me. But, when they saw that I was handling that camera with utmost care while also recording different kinds of things and events at home, they felt that their camera was, after all, in a safe pair of hands. Slowly and slowly, thereafter, I became a rather confident and skilled (“skilled” for a 10 years old child that is) about doing videos by experimenting with different colour balance, field depth, frames per second, lighting schemes and view angles. Later on, I even went to events, like birthday parties and award-giving ceremonies of my friends, with my camera to do the video recording.

Well, learning this skill was important for me, mainly because it could keep me occupied in doing good things instead of wasting my time on unnecessary stuff. It was important also because it allowed me to capture many rare and important events of my life so that I could watch them at a later time. Finally, I had to spend a lot of time editing on a computer and it enhanced my skills in using a computer as well.


Model Answer 2: 
I learned to cook various types of meals in my childhood, and my mom inspired me to learn this important skill. As the only daughter of my parents, I liked to spend most of my time with my mother as my father had to be outside. My mother used to cook for the family. As a result, I learned this skill from her. Thank you for this nice topic, and I would like to describe this cooking skill that I learned as a child.

Cooking is often considered a great art form, and I am lucky that I had been able to learn it when I was only 10 or 11 years old. It took me at least a year to be able to cook a few items and get some credits as a cook from my parents!

I did not have any siblings or playmates at home. This is why whenever my mother was in the kitchen, I used to follow her there. Initially, I used to help my mom in the kitchen. After a while, when my mother discovered my interest in cooking, she started showing me how to cook different items. Gradually, I developed a sense of cooking different meals by following my mother. The whole credit goes to my mother whom I consider an excellent mentor. She painstakingly taught me how to be a good cook.

Learning the skill of cooking is important because it enables us to be more cautious about the means we prepare and eat. It also enhances our knowledge about the nutritious values of different food items. People who know nothing about cooking often rely on junk foods and get health complications as a result. Moreover, cooking is an excellent hobby that enables me to enjoy this great art from time to time while also cooking some delicious meals for the family to bring joy to their faces.

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