Cue Card # 4: Important skill you learned when you were a child

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 4

Describe an important skill you learned when you were a child.

You should say:

  • what you learned
  • how long it took you to learn it
  • who helped you learn it

and explain how this skill helped you in your life.

[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:
This is a great topic and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about a skill I learned in my childhood. We possibly learn the most important life skills in our childhood including how to talk, how to avoid danger, how to read, how to write, how to swim, how to walk and so on.

For this cue card topic, I would like to talk about the numeration skill that I acquired when I was a child. In my childhood, I learnt about the digits, how they are used for representing numbers, and how they create basic mathematical equations. The numeration skill is thus a very important skill that I mastered at my early stage.

To answer the question – ‘how long it took me to learn’, I would like to say that I am still uncovering the advanced skills of mathematics. I am still learning many mathematical equations and their usages in science, but I can say that the seeds of learning this skill were planted in my childhood and it advanced throughout my academic years.

My parents were my first teachers. They taught me how to count, add, subtract, divide, multiply and solve some basic math problems. Later, different teachers helped me a lot throughout my life to enhance my skill.

I believe numeration is a fundamental skill in learning mathematics. Mathematics is all around us and to understand the world we live in we need to appreciate the magic of mathematical equations. This skill helped me to learn several other subjects more deeply including physics, chemistry, statistics, algorithm, data structure, programming, economics and so on. It is often said that we live in a world which is represented by numbers. From this regards, it has helped me read and understand many books written by famous scientists, mathematicians, and researchers. Besides, I still use numeration every single day- ranging from ‘planning my weekly budget’ to ‘solving intricate programming problems’ in my professional life.

I consider it one of the most important skills in life and I am happy that I had been able to learn it quite adequately in my childhood. The credit goes to my parents, teachers, classmates, and many writers whose books I have read in my childhood. I believe this skill would be useful for the rest of my life.

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