IELTS Cue Card 87: Describe Another Language That You Would Learn

Describe Another Language That You Would Learn

IELTS Speaking Cue Card with Sample Answer. Describe Another Language That You Would Learn. IELTS Speaking Part 2 With Model Answer. Also Sample answer for Part 3 discussion.

Describe Another Language That You Would Learn

You should say:

  • The name of this language
  • How you would learn it
  • What equipment or facilities you would need to study this language

and explain what difficulties you think you would have when learning this language.

Model Answer:

I am still trying to get a better grasp of English, but if I were going to study another language, it would be Russian. It is an interesting language with a lot of culture behind it. Also China has very close relations with Russia, so I think it will really help my future.

To start, as with any other language, I would learn the alphabet. Learning the Cyrillic alphabet can be difficult, but I think that I can learn it quickly by listening to and repeating a recorded tape of all the possible syllables. I will get a good book that explains grammar simply and study it. I will constantly practice new vocabulary. I could find Russian movies and download them or stream radio via the Internet. Also since there are a lot of Russian: people or people from Russian-speaking countries here to study Chinese, it should be easy to find a language partner.

I have heard that Russian takes longer to learn than many other commonly taught languages. Pronunciation sounds difficult; there are a lot of hard tones and stresses of the throat. I also heard that the grammar can get really frustrating. I think it might be difficult to keep languages separate in my head; I might want to say something in Russian and it will come out in Chinese or English. I think Russian in combination with my major can give me a real edge. Here the prejudice that Russian is difficult plays in my favor. Russian on your resume shows that you believe in your abilities and that you accept challenges.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Question and Sample Answer:

Do you think it’s important to study a foreign language?

Learning another language gives the learner the ability to step inside the mind and context of that other culture, Without the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, true access to that culture is barred. In a world where nations and peoples are ever more dependent upon one another to supply goods and services, solve political disputes, and ensure international security, understanding other cultures is paramount. A person competent in other languages can bridge the gap between cultures, contribute to international diplomacy, promote national security and world peace, and successfully engage in international trade.

Why do you think some people are better than others at learning a foreign language?

I do not think people are better than others at learning a foreign language. I believe it depends on circumstances and benefits that certain people have. For example, if you are placed in a situation where you are completely deep in a surrounding that forces you to learn, you will certainly learn faster. Some people are more communicative in general, so having this skill gives you more converse about and leaves you open to have more practice. Also some people are more dedicated than others, and have better study skills. Then there are people who have more free time to spend learning, while others have major responsibilities to attend to.

How would you assess your own language ability?

I find as many chances as I can to use what I already know by finding friends that can help me practice. I embrace every opportunity I get, and surround myself with as much as possible television, music, and books as I can. I practice and practice and repeat. The only way to grow is to compose a plan and a routine that you will follow through with. You have to really push yourself and be dedicated. Hard work and dedication is the key to success in anything you do.

Who do you think is better at learning a language. boys or girls?

People usually believe that girls have more advantages in learning language, because it requires more patience; they don’t get distracted as easily. Also it is not that girls are smarter, they just usually have better study habits than boys. Girls are more communicative and talkative than boys, so they get more practice. On the other hand, most of the leading interpreters and spokes people in China are men.

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