IELTS Cue Card Sample 443 - Describe a very useful skill you have learned

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a skill you have learned that you think is very useful.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • where and when you learned it
  • how you use it

and explain why you think this skill is so useful.

Sample Answer:
I can speak Spanish and I consider it as a very useful skill. My mother tongue is not Spanish and it was not even my second language in our school. However, I learned it during my three-year stay with my grandmother in Spain. My grandmother got me admitted in a local school and I learned this language there. After I returned Italy, my homeland, I always practice Spanish with some of my friends from Spain. The comprehensive online language learning materials and reference websites also helped me learning this language.

Well, I use Spanish to talk to my grandparents and three cousins I have in Spain. I also read Spanish story books and novels recommended one of my university teachers who is from Spain. Most importantly, I use my skill to translate some of the web page contents as a freelance translator and this brings a good earning for me. I have left the part-time job I was doing in a large grocery shop and now I work solely on the translation jobs online.

I believe that learning a new language and actually being able to use it is a great skill. It enables us to know about a different culture and thus enhances our overall understanding of the diverse cultural aspects of various nations throughout the world. My skill in the Spanish language enables me to make new friends, read books written in another language and understand a different nation and their cultural aspects. Another important use of this skill is my freelancing job. I work as a translator from and to Italian, English and Spanish and I enjoy this job while earn some money per month. In short, I would say that this skill is quite helpful and handy to me.

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