A subject you did not like but now you find interesting - Cue Card # 657

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

Describe a subject you did not like when you were at school but now you find interesting.

You should say:

  • what subject it was
  • how much time you spent to learn it
  • why you did not like it in school

and explain why you find this subject interesting now.

[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:

Is learning the ‘history’ of the world important? The answer is “yes”. Then again, I used to always ask myself during my school years if remembering the facts about some dead people, who were only too busy in killing others at every opportunity, was worth the efforts and time. And I have asked the same questions again and again from my 6th grade to 10th grade keeping myself busy to learn the “history” of the world, only to find out that “History” subject wasn’t exactly “my cup of tea”. In fact, “History” was the most boring subject for me during my school years. There, I just said it!

The main reason, for which I didn’t exactly enjoy studying it, was because it involved a lot of memorization of some random dates while learning about some Christopher Columbus “discovering” the continent of North America, even though the native Americans/red Indians were living there already, didn’t exactly make much sense to me. Besides, learning how “Genghis Khan” killed millions to expand his empire wasn’t exactly something I was interested to learn during my school years. On top of that, the history class wasn’t really interactive with very little or no opportunity for active participation, which made it even more boring and tiring. Finally, the subject seemed to be really difficult for me as I never really got a good grade in it even after trying my best.

As a result, I did not study it much. While some of my classmates, who grew an affection to this subject, were up to reading "history" from many different sources, I invested a little time reading anything related to history outside my syllabus.

However, as I am older now and beginning to learn about the world in an objective manner, I feel like learning history is imperative. In fact, the very reasons, for which I used to dislike “History” as a subject, seem to be rather interesting to me now. Learning history can be engaging, compelling and intriguing because, without it, we just won’t be able to learn our past in order to create a future that we would prefer.

Learning history can be really fascinating as it helps us understand our world at present as the culmination of many, many events in the past. Besides, learning history can be really interesting as it acts as a storehouse of data and information on how people and societies behave. Finally, our world has gone through many fascinating changes in the past, and we don’t understand why those changes took place, it will be just mighty difficult for us to predict any event that is supposed to happen in the future. However, history also teaches us that we humans don’t exactly learn from history. What an irony!

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