Describe something you can make by yourself - Cue Card # 696

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

Describe something you can make by yourself.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you make it
  • whether you like to make it

and explain how you feel about making it yourself.

[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:

I am not exactly known to be a very “resourceful” person even on my best days. Besides, it is not like I have practised any art or craft a lot. However, when I was growing up as a child, I had a habit of playing with lumbers (wooden pieces), and that’s when I learned to make some wooden frames and toys. Surprisingly, I even made a few nice toys back then, and I would just like to share that story here.

Now, please don’t think that I made a lot of toys as a child or when I was growing up, but it was just a little secret hobby of mine, which I used to enjoy from time to time in my solitude. Anyway, one doesn’t really have to have the intellect or smartness of a rocket scientist to make some toys because all one would need is some solid wood pieces, a good knife, some perfect size nails and some screws. We could also use a “mini saw” and a screwdriver, if needed, but I would suggest you to be a bit more careful when using a “saw”.

Of course, we also need to know how much wood and what kind of hardware are needed to do a certain type of toy. Once we know, what kind of toys we want to make, we start crafting the perfect size templates by either cutting the wood pieces or connecting them with each other by using the nails and screws. Now, as for trimming the wood pieces, you could do it either before completing your toys or after it. But, as for me, I trim all the wood pieces before using them to make my toys.  This toy-making thing can take a while, but I like it.

Anyway, I feel really great about making it myself. In fact, it is very fulfilling and confidence-boosting to see the results of your own works. Besides, I also like the fact that I can actually relax and forget about my worries when doing these little things all by myself by becoming a bit creative.

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