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Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family

Speaking Part 2

Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family

You should say:

  • What you learned
  • How this became useful later in your life
  • Have you taught it to someone

and explain why it was important for you

Sample Answer:

I have been grown-up in a joint family with more than 12 family members. They were my parents, siblings, grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt and cousins. I had the chance to learn so many things from them and it is, in fact, natural that a kid would learn things from his/her family members. I have learned swimming from my uncle, learned the painting from my aunt, learned to play chess from my grandpa, learned to play cricket and badminton from my brother and so on and on. I have learned how to handle the stress and adverse time from my parents and learned how to behave with unknown people from my elder cousin. Thus the list would be a very long one. But I would like to emphasise the thing that I learned from my younger aunt and that is the reading habit and the pleasure of reading. Not that other things I learned from other family members are of less importance, but the reading for please and true interest of reading that I learned from my aunt is different and have a great power

I found my aunt very charming, caring and possesses a great personality. She had been a voracious reader and because of that, she was more learned and wise than people of her age. Initially, I thought that how come she spend most of her time reading? Over the time I became close to her, and she started helping me with my studies. She started inspiring me to read books other than my academic books. She read me stories and that help me grow an interest towards books. Then she started telling me amazing stories of our history and showed me which books actually have those histories written

She shared the stories she were reading and thus we started becoming a good critic of stories and writers. She told me more stories that I have heard from anyone else. I am grateful to her that she so painstakingly explained different topics and help me grow a good interest on reading. Because of her contribution, I have started reading books of different types whenever I got time which I think is a better investment and activity than spending time idly

Later I have inspired my nephew to read books. I did the same, I read him stories which would be interesting to him and gave him sweets, candies, ice-cream if he could have finished a book and explain the stories. I guess he has become interested in reading as well.

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