Something important you have learned recently - Cue Card # 708

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

Describe something important you have learned recently.

You should say:

  • what you have learned
  • where you learned it from
  • how important the lesson was

and explain what impact this has on your mind.

[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:
We, as human, constantly learn and this knowledge and our life experiences shape who we become or choose to become. Pretty recently, I have learned about something called "minimalism" from a documentary on TV and it was entertaining and thought-provoking. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about it.

"Minimalism" is not about becoming a hermit in a jungle or giving away everything we have. Rather it's a concept that allows us to focus on more important aspects of life by breaking the chain of gaining and owing more and more. Statistically speaking, we are living in a rich era of affluence and prosperity and yet we are slaves to our desire of material gain and success that seems unattainable due to our changing goals and social pressure. We are living lives defined by capitalism and the corporate world and have little time to focus on what is truly important in our life like our family and friends, neighbours, relationship, peace and happiness. "Minimalism" thus tells us to get rid of things we do not need like three smartphones, 30 pairs of shoes and closet full of designers clothes and focus on what makes us happy.

I learned it from a TV documentary that I watched a few weeks ago and it was a top-class production. The way it was presented, the speakers who talked about it and the way it was made are simply outstanding. It was not just another TV shows or movies that we often forget about just after watching it. It was deep and it covered an unpopular topics that people usually tend to avoid thinking about.

The impact of the concept that it has had on me is tremendous. I no longer feel bad because I don't own the latest car or don't earn a six-figure salary. I have been thinking about the messages this documentary tried to gave us and it was astounding. I have started focusing on being happier and spending quality time with people I care and people who care about me rather than feeling bad about all the things I don't have. Minimalism teaches about being happier with less because it's always quality that counts, not the quantity.


 

Model Answer 2:
I have a habit of reading different kinds of health journals, and other books that are related to medical and healthcare information. So, the other day, when I found an international journal on herbal medicines, I naturally became curious and started to read it. Needless to say, I learned a lot of things about the use and benefits of different kinds of plants and herbals medicines like "mushroom".

Anyway, talking about the benefits of mushroom, I already had some idea that mushroom was used as some sort of medicines, but I didn’t know what kinds of illness it is used to treat or how useful they really are in treating those illnesses. But, reading that journal on herbal medicines opened my eyes like never before. For example, I didn’t know that mushrooms are very much antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral in nature. In other words, they help ward off all kinds of viruses, bacterial infections and bad fungal overgrowths way more effectively than many medicines.

By the way, I find it really surprising that the modern-day “allopathic” treatment doesn’t really go far enough to recognise the benefits of mushroom or, for that matter, other herbal medicines in treating virus-born or bacterial diseases, especially, when it has miserably failed to treat these illnesses on its own.

Anyway, I found this “mini-lesson” session with the herbal medicine journal to be really important and useful because they will go a long way, as far as I am concerned, to help me reap the benefits of the herbal medicines. In fact, now that I know that these herbal medicines help us heal naturally, stabilizes our metabolism and hormones, and strengthen our immune system while having very few unintended side effects, I can sure use them to heal me on a regular basis. Besides, I also firmly believe that more research works should be conducted to find about the more natural healing power of these herbal medicines, and the sooner we do it, the better will it fare for the well-being of the humanity.  

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