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Skill that you believe takes a long time to learn

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 379 with Model Answer:

Describe a skill that you believe takes a long time to learn.

You should say:
  • what skill it is
  • how you can learn this skill
  • what benefits it offers
and explain why this skill takes a long time to learn.

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


Model Answer: 
I have tried to learn several skills, some of which took me only a few days to learn while some others took me a long time, but one particular skill, which I think, takes a much longer to learn is “computer programming” or “coding” skill.

Of course, I was already aware of the fact that programming was not something which one could learn quickly, but I thought that I was smart enough to learn it easily and quickly with the use of proper planning as well as by reading good study materials, but I was proved wrong. Later on, at one point, I even got enrolled at an IT training institute to learn this particular skill, but still, no significant change was noticed in my coding skills. In fact, after studying, practising and training at the training institute for about a year, and learning things like system development life cycle, pseudo coding, data structure and programming logic, among many other things, I felt like I was still struggling to write some basic computer programmes successfully.

So, I was becoming a bit frustrated despite my best efforts and intention. However, I kept trying even harder and started to follow some interesting videos on YouTube and other video channels, and then I slowly, slowly began to get a better feeling about my coding skills. Anyway, even though, it took me a long time to learn this particular skill, it offers some significant benefits. For example, with this skill, I can actually create a programme for my own use. I can also get a high-paying job after learning it on a professional level.

Anyway, it takes longer to learn this particular skill because the computer requires very clear instructions (not “smart” ones) to perform a certain task, but, unfortunately, our brains aren't exactly wired to think through problems in a very clear, black-and-white and binary pattern, like a computer. Besides, programming requires learning a number of other important things, like “user requirements” and the “environment” in which a computer programme would be used, which makes learning this skill really a time-consuming affair.

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