A language other than English you would like to learn - Cue Card # 635

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

Describe a language other than English that you would like to learn.

You should say:

  • what the language is
  • where it is spoken
  • what you think would be difficult about learning it
and explain why you would like to learn it.
 
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

This is an absolutely marvellous topic and I am fortunate to have been given the chance to talk about a foreign language, other than English, that I would love to learn.  

I believe, learning a second language not only benefits our cognitive developments but also adds up our skills and helps us look at the world from a different perspective. Our skills in a foreign language offer enormous benefits for our personal growth and open up new possibilities. Additionally, multilingual ability expands our knowledge beyond borders and provides meaningful access to the understanding of other cultures and thus makes us tolerable to other people and their culture. 

Therefore, I would love to learn Spanish, a spectacular language that stands high in my must-learn list due to its wide range of application and beautiful and rich culture. Spanish is not only one of the most spoken languages in the world but also one of the richest languages ever. I had been briefly introduced to this language in my childhood by one of my uncles but that was it, and I did not get any further opportunity to learn it. Now that I have the freedom to learn a language or to enhance my skill set, I will definitely give it a try.    

Spanish is spoken in most of the countries in South and Central America and in the US; with over 400 million global speakers of Spanish as their first language and millions more as a second language, this is an official language in many international organizations. It is the official language of 21 countries, including Spain. Besides, Spanish is the official or co-language in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

I believe, knowing Spanish will be a great opportunity for me to learn about the cultural aspects and rich history associated with this language. It will develop my sense of appreciation for Hispanic culture as well as transform my travel experience. Who knows when I'd bump into some Spanish friends on my next travel! 

I was told by my uncle and two other language teachers at school that Spanish is comparatively easier to learn for people who know English - thanks to its phonetic pronunciation and its similarity with English, in terms of vocabulary. However, I believe that without steady commitment and self-discipline, being able to speak Spanish would be a far-fetched idea. Therefore, in order to meet my goal and not to get demotivated along the way, I would have to find a teacher and one or two learning partners and we would fight this "tough war" together! Thanks to the development of the internet and I will definitely seek help from online resources to accelerate my Spanish learning process.


 

Model Answer 2:

I have always felt the need of learning another language, other than English, as it always helps to learn an extra language in order to succeed professionally in a world which is very competitive and tough. And I realized it in a hard way after coming to work as a Doctor in Saudi Arabia as I had no other choices but to learn the Arabic language if I was really to succeed in my profession.

Anyway, learning the Arabic language should be a priority for every professional as it is spoken by almost 420 million people in the entire middle east and the Arab world, including a significant part of the African continent, which makes it the 6th most spoken language in the world. But, after starting learning the language, I immediately realized that learning Arabic was not easy for an Indian like me mainly I never needed to undertake an Arabic class in my country. Besides, Arabic mostly is a “pronounce-based” language rather than “alphabetic” language. In other words, if you don’t pronounce a word properly, the meaning of a sentence changes completely. Besides, most people don’t use vowels when writing Arabic which makes it really difficult for a foreigner like me with no prior knowledge of the language. Then there are also issues of “diacritics” (marks, points or signs) without the proper use of which, the same word can have up 5 meanings in Arabic. There are a number of other issues like this which makes learning Arabic rather difficult.

Anyway, I like to learn this great language mainly because it would allow me to understand my patients better and thus serve them more efficiently as a Doctor. Besides, learning the language of another country would allow me to interact and communicate with the locals in a more proper manner by having a better understanding of what they appreciate and what they don’t appreciate culturally and traditionally. Finally, if I am able to converse in Arabic, the locals would possibly think of me as their own which would certainly make my life bit easier and happier.

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