We all are, at some point, in our lives effected by the opinions of others. It eventually broadens our viewpoint and thinking process. The topic reminds me of our school’s Psychology teacher whose influential opinions affected me the most. Her name was Ma’am Pooja and she was quite admired among her students mainly due to her optimistic attitude towards life and the way in which she gave her personal suggestions and recommendations while teaching, making the students comfortable in any situation. Her cheerful nature was absolutely remarkable.
As I told earlier, Ma’am Pooja was my Psychology teacher at school but she was also one of my closest friend’s mother. With time, I started discussing my confidential matters with her. She taught me to keep a positive view towards life and with her help and guidance I was able to improve my confidence substantially.
This all started when once I went to visit my friend and I had a low spirit that day regarding my choice of career. My parents wanted me to pursue my profession in Chartered Accountancy, while I was interested in Photography. She guided me to speak to my parents about my passion in this field and gave me a brilliant idea of taking them to an International Photography Event that was being conducted in my city. This helped me change their perspective towards this profession. Since that day, I constantly take Ma’am’s advice related to many things without hesitation. I’m extremely grateful to her guidance because of which today I’m a widely known Photographer of my country. Had I not followed her advice, I wouldn’t have achieved what I have so far.
Talk about an important decision that you made with the help of another person
What was the decision?
Why did you take that decision?
Whose help did you take?
Explain how it affected your life?
Well, there are times in life where we face tough choices or predicaments that leave us confused in terms of decision calls. We always have someone or the other in our lives who may give us a piece of correct advice or help us with decision-making processes. I too have also faced a few dilemmas regarding my life choices from time to time.
One such time was when I had completed a year in my bachelor in engineering degree. I was tensed as I took up the course under parental pressure and it was not my first choice of career. In spite of my best efforts, I was unable to perform and score passing marks. I was at my wit’s end and thought about changing my course in order to opt for another one. Subsequently, I decided to speak to my maternal uncle about the issue. He has been a very supportive pillar all my life. He took note of my issue and knowing my aptitude for business studies, suggested me to opt for bachelors in business administration instead. I was always connected to him and he understood somehow, that I could do well in this field. I made up my mind and let my family know as well.
In the end, with his support, I changed my course and completed it with flying colors. Indeed, it was a great decision as it has turned around my life for the better. As a result of this decision, I was able to secure a well-paying job.
A difficult situation. Example – Maria’s company was facing a financial predicament
A place where a difficult choice has to be made. Example – Mira was in a dilemma regarding her choice of jobs.
Relating to a mother. Example – Jack’s maternal grandfather has come to live with him.
A natural ability or talent. Example – Some children have an aptitude for painting and drawing.
We are living in a world where it is all about learning. New technologies come up and come down in minutes and seconds and with so many things erupting in our lives, the only way to move forward is to learn new skills. With so many skills that are around here, there are some that take more time than others. So, this time we are looking at a cue card that talks about a skill that takes a long time to learn.
Talk about a skill that takes long time to learn. You should say –
what is the skill
have you tried learning the skill
why do you think it takes more time
also, explain, the challenges you faced while learning the skill.
Sample Answer One
There are many skills that require a lot of patience and interest. I am keenly interested in learning new languages as it helps us break barriers and experience different cultures and customs. It’s not easy to learn a new language as it can be something that is very different from your mother tongue and pronouncing words rightly can take years of practice.
I am very fond of Spanish culture and customs. Their excessive use of “S” sounds has always intrigued me. I went to Spain about a year ago and that’s when, I decided to learn this beautiful language. As I have recently completed my graduation and I have plenty of free time in my hand, I will be trying my hand at learning Spanish. Even though I live in a small city there are many language schools here and I’ll be taking regular classes at of those institutes.
It will be pretty difficult as my mother tongue is Hindi and we have no co-relation between the two languages. The demo classes, I took gave me an idea that it will be a daunting task but one that I’ll face with a smile on my face. I do speak English fluently but then again it has got nothing in common with the Latin languages so I’ll be spoon fed for the initial days before becoming any good at it.
Firstly, it does take a lot of time to learn a new language as adapting to new sounds and grammar is not an easy task. Various studies have shown that there is a critical period during which effective language learning takes place but at the same time for an adult like me it is a challenge. Therefore, kids are able to grasp new languages more quickly as compared to a fully grown adult. Secondly, the fact that when you learn a new language after being fluent in one or two already, your brain is not able to process it quickly as it should. It starts overriding words hence making learning even more difficult. As your lexical resource for that particular language is next to none you are not able to grasp anything quickly making the learning process a long ordeal. It is a long process and quite a difficult challenge but one that I am looking forward to the most.
Sample Answre Two
Skills are what makes or breaks a person. The more skilled an individual is the better are their chances of succeeding in life. This is what I learnt from my previous mentors. So, I have been trying out new skills for a long time. I learnt coding and then writing and also analysis. But, the one skill that I found particularly hard is writing. Writing has more flavors to it than one can think of!!
When I started to learn writing I had to work on my vocabulary and then structuring. Once both of them were done, it was then towards making sure the content is good. Moreover, there are different formats of writing, academic, blogging, general and bookish. It was only when I practiced them all for around 5 years that I did got a hold of the different forms of writing.
What is particularly difficult about writing is that you never know what will click! There never is any idea in the mind of writer. You can write the best of the blog and still not find viewers and then sometimes, something that does not satisfies you, clicks the users. Also, everyone has a unique way of writing and there is no copy paste that an individual can do.
Sample Answer Three
Skills define an individual, the more skilled an individual is the better it is for them. Out of the different skills that I have tried to acquire, public speaking has been one of the most difficult skills to acquire for me. It has so many branches to it. So, many formats, so many customs to follow that it really seems to me as one of the most difficult skills to acquire.
There is voice modulation, stage coverage, body postures and then the content of the speech! When learning the skill of public speaking, I had to learn to interact with different individuals, because even when a person is on stage they have to make sure that the entire audience is able to interact with him or her.
I think the one thing that makes public speaking so difficult to learn is the fact that not many individuals understand that although public speaking seems like talking with many individuals, it is actually interacting with single person. Also, what is different about public speaking is the fact that it is not so much about how the person is speaking, but what he or she is sharing.
A time when you went to a street market to buy something.
Where is the market?
What did you buy from there?
How was your experience?
Street markets are a highly popular phenomenon in a lot of cities around the world. They not only provide a variety of products in different categories but also support the local economy as well. Street markets around the world are set up daily, weekly or monthly! These markets are standalone events in themselves, and going to shop in them can be a quite wonderful and satisfying experience.
Actually, our locality is one of the main and busiest areas in the city and has one such market too. This market is set up each day, near the main crossroads nearby my place. It is indeed quite large and contains more than a hundred makeshift shops. This market is quite an old one and is being set up every day since the last ten years. The local government setup has helped the people here a lot and has created separate spaces for the shopkeepers. I also go there to purchase a few things every now and then. The first time I went there, I had to buy a few things for my home such as vegetables, fruits, and other routine items.
As soon as I went inside the market area, I found that it was very crowded. People were walking in all directions, hurrying to buy things. With a little difficulty, I found and purchased everything that I needed to buy and then sat down on a bench to relax. It was a hot summer day hence I decided to relax along with a glass of sweet lemonade and some locally made snacks. All the vendors and shopkeepers there are very nice and provide goods at reasonable prices. Although very busy, the market has a very nice atmosphere, and I find it a good experience to go there and buy things.
A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen. Example – Wars were a very common phenomenon in the 18th century.
An intersection of two or more roads. Example – “Donna slowed her car, seeing a crossroads ahead”
An interim and temporary measure. Example –
“John arranged a row of chairs to form a makeshift bed”
A person or company offering something for sale. Example – Tasha is the only ice-cream vendor in her village.