CUE CARD – Describe something you taught to your friend or relative

Speaking -Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe something you taught to your friend or relative.


You should say:

    • What did you teach him/her?
    • When it was?
    • How long was it for?
    • And explain how you felt about it?
Sample Answer

Well, I strongly believe that sharing knowledge with others always enhances our skillset. Today, I would like to talk about a skill which I mastered at a very young age; these are my culinary skills.

Around three years when I was residing in a hostel during my college days, and I can still recall that I was far away from home. So, I had to do everything on my own. Luckily, I did know how to cook, so it was never an issue for me. Although, my then roommate, Teena who is now a very bosom friend of mine, did not know cooking. Therefore, I helped her out in gaining this essential skillset throughout the time when we were together.

Even though she was a quick learner, when it came to cooking meals, she was terrible, and I had to literally guide her at every step. I enjoyed teaching her though because she was such a fun-loving person that I never had to keep track of time. Her witty sense of humor always made it an easy task for me to teach her. I taught her not only making a sandwich but also, heavy Indian cuisines like butter chicken, mutton biryani, Rassam rice and many more. It was a wholesome experience.

Moreover, now whenever we talk to each other, major part of our conversation is about cherishing the good old times that we shared together. She thanked me at the time and even till date she appreciates me for making her well versed with the skill as it is a life sustaining skillset. Today, she masters it and cooks for everyone in her family and friends.

Overall, this was something which I taught my friend.

Word Meaning Sentence
Cuisine Style of cooking Butter chicken is a famous cuisine in India.
Well verse learned He is well versed in the post-colonial era.
Witty amusing She has a witty personality.

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 an object you find particularly beautiful’

Q1.What are the things that young people can teach old people to do?

There are so many things that youngsters nowadays can teach old people, especially about technology. Mobile phones are a necessity in today’s modern world, so it is important that they learn the right way of using internet. Moreover, it brings them closer to their loved ones who have been displaced to faraway places due to hectic work life.

Q2.Why do older people have problems learning new things?

That is an interesting question. In my opinion, the reason why I feel older people face problems in learning new things is their poor receptivity. In old age people suffer from many severe disorders like arthritis, dementia and many more. Thus, it is hard for them to remember things and one must continuously remind them about the same.

Q3. Do you think showing is a better way than telling?

Yes, because it is a general human tendency that we respond to those things better when we see them visually than hearing. The brain easily grasps things and remembers them for a longer time.


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