IELTS Cue Card Sample 406 - Something you have learned recently from the Internet

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

Describe something that you have learned recently from the Internet.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • how you found out about this
  • would you recommend this to your friends

and explain whether it is important to you.

Model Answer 1:
The Internet is perhaps the most wonderful and helpful modern invention that has touched the lives of billions. This worldwide network has not only revolutionised the way we communicate, shop or exchange information but has also changed the way people learn new things, teach others, do travel plans, get enrolled in a course and so on. I personally thank you for the opportunity you gave me to talk about something I have recently learned from the Internet.

In fact, I use the Internet almost every day and learn new things quite often. One of the things I have recently learned  is how to reuse the ordinary plastic bottles we throw away almost  every day. While surfing the Internet, I found that one of my friends has shared a video that shows different utilities of the plastic water bottles and soft-dring bottles. the creator of the video called it a lifehack and uploaded this video on YouTube. From YouTube, this friend of mine shared it on his Facebook account. It was 15-16 minutes video and I was quite amazed by the idea and genius behind this video.

Recommending something that I like with my friends has become quite easier these days. I only need to press a button or click the mouse to share a content with my friends. In fact, just after I watched it, I have shared this video with my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter friends. As I find this video and its content helpful, I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

As I have already told, the idea behind this video was quite remarkable and this has taught me something that I never thought would be possible. The video was professionally made and it was easier to follow the process described in this video. I was quite astonished how a simple plastic bottle could be turned into so many useful things. I watched this video several times and found that it showed 20 handy utilities of plastic bottles including how to make these. I  learned how to make a plant pot, soap bottle, basket, napkin holder, kind's pencil holder, leaf lamp, piggie bank, decorative container, jewellery stand, bird feeder, hanging-chandelier and many other handy things out of the ordinary plastic bottles.

Learning how to upcycle plastic bottles to make those handy and beautiful things was very important to me. Up until I learned how to upcycle the plastic bottles, I mostly threw away those bottles and never thought about their practical use. Now I have made two holders for my small plants, a piggie bank, a bird feeder and a pencil holder and I felt an enormous pleasure in making them. I will try making other things that were demonstrated in this video. Such crafty works, I believe, foster our creativity, hones our skills and saves money. The utmost pleasure I can feel when I successfully make something useful from an ordinary plastic bottle is unparallel. This is quite important to me due to its practical usefulness and creative processes. I would definitely watch similar video and tutorials and learn such skills more in the future.


Sample Answer 2:
This is the age of technology. By dint of the technological advancement, people are moving ahead. Outsourcing is one of the wonders of the technological advancement that is making people independent in all terms.

In the present age, the world is a global village. Distance is not a barrier now to work from a different country. So, the number of offshore employees is on the rise. It has happened for the improvement of technology. People now can communicate easily even at the distant part of the world. As a result, when the youths do not get jobs in their native lands, they are moving for freelancing. It is also known as outsourcing. They work sitting at home and get paid at the end of their projects. Earlier, I was unaware of the issue. Though I heard about freelancing, I did not have a clear idea until I searched the issue on the internet.    

I am a middle-aged man and been engaged in a personal business here in Mozambique. I own a medium-sized restaurant and also a small coffee shop. So, I was not that much familiar with the technological advancements. But now I need to explore the virtual arena for some reasons. I needed a software to maintain my restaurant accounts and started using the internet to know about it. Later I started browsing the internet and came to know about a lot of things and information that I did not know before. Gradually, I learnt about the freelancing issues and how the service is provided. There is a wide range of scopes to work as a freelancer. But for this, people need to have some sort of special set of skills like designing a web page, skills with photo editing, writing capacity and more.  

Of course, I will recommend it to my friends. This is really an interesting thing to share. Many of my friends are not well versed with the technology. Even some of them are unaware of using computers while I am a bit different from them. So, if I share the information with them, they might be beneficial. They might grow the interest on the internet and will try to start some sort of outsourcing after their qualifications. In fact, all of my friends, including me, are moderately educated but we lack the knowledge of computer and internet. So, the issue of freelancing was unfamiliar with us. Recently my contact with the internet has made it clearer and I want all my friends also should know about the vastness of the internet.

This is really an important aspect for me. I want to know the entire world and the internet is the best possible thing that can help me for this purpose. Besides, there are potentials to generate income as well. Considering all the aspects, it appears that the freelancing is really an important issue for me. But I need sometimes to get skilled over the specific sectors I need to work. I can paint very well and I think if I learn graphics design, I could shine in the arena. As a fresh internet user, it may take time for me to master the skills but I will be patient to reach my goal.

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