Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 233 - Describe a skill you want to learn

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

Describe a skill you want to learn.

You should say:

  • what skill it is
  • why you think having this skill is important
  • how you are going to learn it

and explain why you want to learn this skill.


Model Answer 1:

Different people like to learn different sets of skills, depending on their needs and ambitions. Some people even like to learn some new skills like some sorts of hobbies. Well, as for me, I'd like to learn a skill because I consider it to be important, and I will tell you why I want to learn that skill.

But, first of all, let me tell you what skill I really want to learn. Well, the name of this skill is “fixing motorbikes”. Well, I will perfectly understand if you don’t consider this skill as appealing and inspiring as many other skills, but trust me, this skill comes in handy if you have a motorbike that keeps giving you trouble almost regularly.

I am sure that by now, you are probably guessing that I must have a motorbike also in order for me to feel so strongly about this motorbike fixing skill, and you are right. I indeed own an old motorbike, which just likes to keep troubling me every once in a while, even though I like this old metal bird a lot. But, just because I like it a lot, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am willing to spend tons of money every week to fix it. And so I have decided to learn this skill so that I don’t have to run to a mechanic to fix my clunky motorbike.

To do that, of course, I would need to get enrolled at a technical school first, and then I would also need to read some useful books on this subject. On top of that, watching some practical videos on this trade skill would also help a great deal.  

Anyway, I want to learn this particular skill because it is important to have the needed safety and security on the road when we are driving a motorbike. Besides, I want to learn it also because it would help me save a lot of money that is spent on fixing this bike of mine since it will teach me how to fix my own motorbike.


Sample Answer 2:

I would like to thank you first for allowing me to talk about this interesting topic. So, if I ever get a chance to learn a new skill, I would like to learn "karate", which is a form of martial art. I had a great fascination with learning it in my early teen days, but I never had the chance to do that. Hopefully, I will be able to learn it soon.

This skill is important for self-defence while also remaining fit. But, perhaps the greatest benefit karate offers, according to many who have mastered this skill, is discipline and self-control. According to them, besides physical exercise, patience and hard work, learning karate actually requires a great deal of mental strength, calmness and discipline which are also necessary for leading an ideal life.

How am I going to learn it? Well, if I get the chance, I would get admitted to a good karate training centre that would offer excellent training so that I can efficiently learn it. I will need to devote a great deal of time, work really hard and have solid determination to learn the necessary skill. I hope I will be able to dedicate my time and practice hard to learn it well.

I want to learn it because I would like to get involved in some sort of regular activity. And karate is undoubtedly one such excellent activity that keeps us fit and improve our mental strength and willpower. Finally, I know some of my friends and relatives who've found this skill very helpful in their lives. I've been inspired by their discussions and opinion on how helpful this skill could be. So, I also want to learn it.


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