IELTS Cue Card Sample 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 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, and the name of this skill is “fixing motorbike”. 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 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:

If I ever get the chance to learn a new skill, I would like to learn karate which is a form of martial art. I had a great fascination and attraction to learn it but never had the chance actually to learn it. This is important for keeping a sound body and to remain fit. It is also a great weapon of self-defence in time of adversity and sudden attack by rogue people.

The greatest benefit this karate offers is a discipline and self-control. Besides the physical exercise, patience and hard work, learning karate requires a great deal of mental power, calmness and a type of discipline which are necessary for a modest life.

If I get the chance, I would get admitted to a good karate learning training centre that would offer really good training so that I can efficiently learn it. I will need to devote a great deal of regular time and will have to have the determination to learn the necessary skill.

I would like to get involved in some kind of activity which is helpful to keep the body and soul sound. Physical exercise is one way to do that but karate would be more helpful as it would require steady patience and determination as well. I have found some of my friends and relatives found it very helpful in their lives and I was inspired by their discussion regarding the usefulness of this martial art.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
  1. Describe a skill or quality you have. 
  2. Describe something you plan to learn in the future. 
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  5. Describe a skill you wish you had. 
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