IELTS Speaking Part 2 & 3 | Topic: Useful Skills

Đề bài: Describe a useful skill you learned from an older person.

Part 2

  • Describe a useful skill you learned from an older person. You should say:
  • What is it
  • Why the skill can be learned from older people
  • How you learned the skill
  • And explain how you will feel when you master the skill
What it is Since I was young, I have been an inquisitive kid and eager to learn new things, whether through life or books. Recently, I have been getting more inclined toward knitting, which is a quite common activity among the elderly with many benefits. One of those is to help seniors improve their cognitive function. Also, it gives a great opportunity to get out and socialize with others through clubs. To me, it is a very relaxing and fun activity that enables the young generation like me to connect with our grandparents.
Why the skill can be learned from older people I first learned about this skill from my grandmother, who is about 80 years old now. She has spent most of her life doing different kinds of crafting, so I can say that she is an expert in knitting.
How you learned the skill To be honest, I didn’t think that knitting would become one of my hobbies because it was very complicated and time-consuming. However, on my birthday, my grandma gave me a lovely pair of gloves with lots of beautiful patterns, which was really fascinating. Then I thought that If I could knit, it would be very meaningful to give my friend a hand-made garment as a gift. I asked my grandma to teach me how to knit. At first, things were very new to me, I couldn’t do the knit stitch for a long time. But thanks to my grandma, I could eventually do some basic techniques. After a few months of practising, I have successfully made a product on my own – a plain red scarf. I gave that to my boyfriend on his birthday. Although it wasn’t perfect, he was very surprised and appreciated the gift, which gave me more motivation to be better. Ever since that, I always spend at least an hour learning to knit with my grandma.
Explain how you will feel when you master the skill Knitting requires a lot of patience to learn. Hence, you need to invest a lot of time to master all the techniques. If so, I can be more confident making other gifts for my loved ones. Besides the garments, I can make lots of cute and funny things from the wasted wool yarn, such as a friendship bracelet or maybe a keychain. Knitting is a fun crafting activity which can help me relieve stress and be more creative.

Part 3

What do you think is the most important practical skill? Why?

I would say it’s computer literacy. There are several reasons for this. First, many jobs require the use of computers in some form. For example, office work is mostly based around a computer. The next benefit is that having basic computer literacy skills can help people, especially children, move on to more advanced skills such as programming. Last but not least, communication today is mostly digital, so all of us need to understand how to communicate with others safely, appropriately, and effectively through various communication tools.

Do you think people learn a new skill because they enjoy/like it?

Yes, I do think so. While there are some essential skills that people can not live without, others can be learned out of interest. People nowadays tend to take up creative activities as their hobbies. Painting, photography, and dancing are some quintessential examples which are very relaxing and fun.

What kinds of skills did people learn in the past?

Well, people used to focus on learning basic life skills such as sewing, cooking, fishing or building a simple house. However, with the development of technology, some of those skills have become irrelevant nowadays as they can be performed better by machines.

Are skills in the past more difficult to learn than today’s skills?

To be honest, I’m not sure about that. On the one hand, some basic skills in the past like bread making, gardening and knitting tend to take a lot of time and maybe backbreaking. On the other hand, video editing or computer programming are equally time-consuming and complicated. Overall, it’s very hard to tell which ones are more daunting to master.

Vocabularies and phrase

  • inquisitive (a): very interested in learning about many different things – ham học hỏi
  • get more inclined toward something (phrase): to tend to think or behave in a particular way – có hứng thú với, muốn làm gì đó hơn
  • cognitive function (n): refers to multiple mental abilities, including learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem solving, decision making, and attention – khả năng hoạt động của não
  • crafting (n): an activity involving a special skill at making things with your hands – thủ công
  • time-consuming (a): taking a lot of or too much time – tốn thời gian
  • garment (n): a piece of clothing – quần áo, đồ may mặc
  • wool yarn (n): a thread that has been spun, used for knitting, making cloth, etc. – sợi len
  • computer literacy (n): the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology efficiently – kiến thức và kỹ năng về máy tính và công nghệ
  • quintessential (a): representing the perfect example of something – mang tính điển hình
  • backbreaking (a): something that needs a lot of hard, physical effort
  • that makes you feel daunting (a): making somebody feel nervous and less confident about doing something;


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