Describe something you can make by yourself – Cue Card # 696
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe something you can make by yourself.
You should say:
- what it is
- how you make it
- how often you make it
and explain how you feel about making it yourself.
[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.]
I am not exactly known to be a very “resourceful” person even on my best days. Besides, it is not like I have practised any art or craft a lot. However, when I was growing up as a child, I had a habit of playing with lumbers (wooden pieces), and that’s when I learned to make some wooden frames and toys. Surprisingly, I even made a few nice toys back then, and sometimes I still do it.
Now, please don’t think that I made a lot of toys as a child or when I was growing up, but it was just a little secret hobby of mine, which I used to enjoy from time to time in my solitude. I still enjoy doing it but can hardly manage time to do it these days. I would say I invest just a couple of hours doing it each month on an average
Anyway, one doesn’t really have to have the intellect or smartness of a rocket scientist to make some toys because all one would need is some solid wood pieces, a good knife, some perfect size nails and some screws. We could also use a “mini saw” and a screwdriver but I would suggest being a bit more careful when using a “saw”.
Of course, I also need to know how much wood and what kind of hardware are needed to do a certain type of toy. Once I can guess that, I start crafting the perfect size templates by either cutting the wood pieces or connecting them with each other by using the nails and screws. Now, as for trimming the wood pieces, anyone can do it either before completing the toys or after it. But, as for me, I trim all the wood pieces before using them to make my toys. This toy-making thing can take a while, but I like it.
I would say, I feel really great about making it myself. In fact, it is very fulfilling and confidence-boosting to see the results of my own works. Besides, I also like the fact that I can actually relax and forget about my worries when doing these little things all by myself by becoming a bit creative.