IELTS CUE CARD – Talk about a person who taught you something important
Talk about someone who taught you something. You should say
- Who this person was?
- What did they teach you?
- When was this?
- And describe what you learned.
Sample Answer One
Learning is a never-ending process. The first things we learn are to think, to talk, to walk, basic behavioural quirks that we adopt from our family and environment. Later on, in life, we choose to learn higher-level skills such as reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and skills classified as extra-curricular. Examples of those skills might be learning to play an instrument, handicrafts, learning to ride a bike, art, and video gaming etc.
Now I will proceed to describe how a dear friend helped me discover the intricacies of braiding complex patterned friendship bracelets. This was back in the summers of primary school, my friend and I were next-door neighbours, and so quite naturally we used to spend all our time at each other’s houses. As 9-year-old girls are meant to do, our favourite pastime was drawing and playing on the swings.
It was, however, one fateful day when my friend was messing around with some string, tying them in seemingly pointless and frankly rather obscure knots. I did not understand the point of her actions but sat down to watch her anyway. She kept tying knot after knot after knot, soon enough I discovered rationality to her pattern. And why, before my very eyes she produced a magnificent friendship bracelet!
Made with a mosaic of diamonds I could not have told you how she achieved such a feat despite being present the entire duration of its creation.
A day after that I demanded she teaches me. She was reluctant but agreed eventually, though she warned me that I would not be reaching her level of expertise for quite some time. And how right she was! It was a tedious process, learning the different types of knots, the ways to tie them, how the direction determines the shape, all with a dual sting thread. Eventually, I learned to handle more threads, become more experimental with the intricacies. And Before we knew it, the summer had ended. This time we went to school with matching bracelets, for my final task had been to make her one to repay her for her patience, goodwill and friendship.
Sample Answer Two
Talk about person who taught you something important
- Who the person is?
- What he/she is like?
- What he/she taught you?
- How you felt about him/ her?
Life is all about learning. Whether it’s a new skill or some life lessons to live a more fulfilling life. All play a key role in our lives. Today, I’d like to talk about how I learnt to drive.
I’d always wanted to learn how to drive but my father insisted that I should finish my schooling first. So a week after my exams we made a plan for learning driving. We decided to get up early in the morning and set out to a huge ground located in the outskirts of the town. It was safe to practice there in the morning.
It was fun to learn driving. I felt on top of the world when every morning I sat on the driving seat next to my father. He never scolded me and always encouraged me with a positive attitude. He is the most patient person I’ve ever come across and even when I bumped into a tree he continued to motivate me and turned my fears into cheers!
At the end of a month’s training, I slowly started driving on the road. Eventually I became an expert and was able to drive in heavy traffic as well.
This training not only made my life easier and independent, but also gave me the opportunity to spend quality time with my father.
|I’d||I had (while speaking we use the contraction for I had)|
|I’ve||I have (while speaking we use the contraction I have)|
|Fulfilling||Making someone satisfied or happy through allowing their character or abilities to develop fully|
|Outskirts||the outer parts of a town or city|
|Expertise||expert skill or knowledge in a particular field|
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