CUE CARD – Describe a skill that you learned from older people

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a skill that you learned from older people
You should say:

    • What the skill is ?
    • Who did you learn it from ?
    • How did you learn it ?
    • And, how do you feel about it ?


Sample Answer

I think older people are the most experienced and well-versed in a lot of things that we as youngsters sometimes are not able to understand. Today, I would like to talk about the culinary skill, that I learned from my grandfather, as he is a great cook and loves to cook a plethora of cuisines, which I cherish a lot.

I was never into cooking before, until the day when I went to my grandfather’s house to spend my summer vacation holidays. I can still recall, it was a dull afternoon and I was just sleeping on a couch and suddenly my grandfather called me out in the kitchen and asked me for some help there. The beautiful aroma of the food was mouth-watering, and I asked him out of excitement if he could teach me what he was cooking. He instantly said yes, and enlightened me with the spices and other ingredients used in it, such as clove, turmeric, and red chili powder along with some healthy and fresh green vegetables. I really enjoyed learning this skill under his guidance, because unlike others he was quite patient with every mistake that I made and made sure that I did not repeat them.

Ever since then, I developed a keen interest in cooking, and, not only do I do it for myself but also love to feed others on special occasions with the handmade delicacies that I got to learn from him. I really feel that it was a jubilant experience for me to be able to not only learn this vital skill, but also I was able to spend some good quality time with him. This skill really made me feel happy, and I will always be grateful to my grandfather for teaching me and helping me gain a relevant skill to my skill set.

Therefore, this was a skill that I learned from my grandfather.

 Speaking -Part 3 (Follow up questions)
Here are some examples of follow up questions that examiner may ask during your speaking (part 3) related to cue card ‘Describe a skill that you learned from older people’.

Q1. What can children learn from their parents ?

In India, people have many events to celebrate. For instance, birthdays, anniversaries, and marriages. There are some instances when they forget some events like meetings, appointments, and even birthdays.

Q2. What skills can young people learn from older people ?

There are innumerable skills, that young person can gain with the help of older people, such as cooking, driving, gardening, communication, storytelling, and many more. Older people have greater experience of life and thus, under their guidance, youngsters can definitely learn a lot of things that are helpful to sustain a good life.


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