Describe a second language you have learned - Cue Card # 781

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

Describe a second language that you have learned.

You should say:

  • what language it is
  • how you learned it
  • how fluent you are in this language

and explain how this language is useful to you now.

[Instruction: 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:

Of all the skills, I think, learning a second language is probably the most vital one in this interconnected world. And if I had realized this when I still was a student, I probably could have learned a few more other languages in addition to just the Italian language. But, still, I am so glad that I have learned at least one foreign language.

Learning the Italian language was never easy for me. But, then, I suppose that learning any kind of new skill is never easy unless, of course, someone is really smart and talented. Needless to say, I am neither exceptionally smart nor very talented.  On top of that, I am already holding a job where I have to remain very busy most of the time. So, given these constraints and tough situations, it was indeed a challenge for me to learn a second language, and that too within a year.

Anyway, to learn this language, first I started to read a book that contained the most popular Italian words and phrases, along with a few basic grammar properties. But, I was going nowhere with that book that didn’t really explain anything about what words or phrases are best to use under what situation. So, I decided to enrol at a foreign language institute that offered a diploma certificate in the Italian language. And it is in this language institute that I started to become more and more familiar with the Italian language since it didn’t only use proper grammar textbooks on the Italian language, but also videos, movies, lectures and lessons, wherever it best fit their needs.

Now, because of these things, I am not only able to understand and speak a significant chunk of the Italian language, but also express them in writing.

In conclusion, I would like to add that learning this second language has boosted my confidence, so much so that I feel like I can learn anything now. Besides, it also has allowed me to understand and appreciate the Italian culture and civilization, which once ruled entire Europe from Rome, in a more objective manner. 

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