雅思口语之Abilities and Skills技能类
1、What was your favourite subject in school？
Honestly，recess and lunch were my favourite subjects. I am just not that interested in abstract subjects like math or history. I am more intrigued by subjects that are either practical and creative.【be interested in…（对……有兴趣）；be intrigued by…（对……好奇）】
2、What would you have preferred to study？
词汇：prejudiced有偏见的adj.；vocational职业的adj.；well-rounded 全面的、多方面的adj.；relate well to与……和睦相处
I think Chinese parents are very strongly prejudiced towards professional or academic skills but I think vocational and life skills are equally important. In my opinion，it is important to be well rounded and to relate well to other people.【be strongly prejudiced towards…（对……有强烈偏见）；relate well to sb.=get on well with sb.与某人和睦相处】
3、What are the most important skills in modern China？
Computer skills are obviously invaluable for everyone nowadays. Also，competence in several languages and people skillswould be at the top of my list. And I think the ability to handle money shrewdly is also key.【be invaluable for sb.对某人非常宝贵的；would be at the top of my list是我首要的看法】
4、Do you think oversea experience will make it easier to find the job in China？
That was very true in the past. But nowadays，more and more families have the means to send their kids oversea to study so the competition is stiffer. English proficiency is a big plus but many other skills that are applicable overseas may not betransferable to the local Chinese market.【have the means to do sth.使用这种手段做某事；send sb. oversea送某人到海外；proficiency精通n.；plus好处n.】
Describe a skill that you would like to learn
You should say：
what the skill is
the best way to learn it
when you would use it
and explain why this skill would be useful to you.
● Key words：
1. be handier around the house
2. need a professional to demonstrate some of the difficult tasks
3. constantly because I live in an older building
4. could save a lot of money
● Sentence making
1. I really wish that I was handier around the house.
2. I could try to learn that way，but I am sure I would need a professional to demonstrate some of the more difficult tasks.
3. I would use these skills constantly because I live in an older building and thinks are always breaking down.
4. DIY skills would be extremely useful because I could save a lot of money.
● Sentence translation
1. I could fix things like the air-conditioner，hotwater heater（热水器），plumbing（水管）and something like that.
2. I am not sure the best way to learn these kinds of skills，but whenever I go to the bookstore（书店），I notice some books on DIY（自己动手做）.
3. It is really infuriating（使人恼火的）to have to wait a week for a repairman（修理工）when I could fix the problem myself in five minutes if I had expertise（专门技术）.
4. I could be more self-reliant（依靠自己的；自立的）and could even help out my friends and family.
● Whole answer：
I really wish that I was handier around the house. I could fix things like the air-conditioner，hotwater heater（热水器），plumbing（水管）and something like that. I could try to learn that way，but I am sure I would need a professional to demonstrate some of the more difficult tasks. I am not sure the best way to learn these kinds of skills，but whenever I go to the bookstore（书店），I notice some books on DIY（自己动手做）. I would use these skills constantly because I live in an older building and thinks are always breaking down. It is really infuriating（使人恼火的）to have to wait a week for arepairman（修理工）when I could fix the problem myself in five minutes if I had expertise（专门技术）. DIY skills would be extremely useful because I could save a lot of money. I could be more self-reliant（依靠自己的；自立的）and could even help out my friends and family.
1、 Can we learn skills from books or do we need a teacher？
I think people have different learning styles. Some people are good at processing information visually（视觉化地）so it is easy for them to learn from books. Other people need to learn by example or remember things better if they hear them. Also，if you are very self-motivated（自我激励的）you might not need a teacher，but many people benefit from（得益于……）a teacher’s guidance（指引、指导）.
2、Is it more important for children to learn practical or academic skills at school？
I think，ideally，that education should help children reach their full potential（发挥最大的潜力）. If a child has a particular aptitude（才能、资质）for something，regardless of whether it is a practical or academic skill，then their parents and teachers should encourage it. Instead of forcing children to fit the mold（适应模式），we should provide support in learning whatever skills children are interested in.
3、Why should people who are naturally talented in one area study other things in school？
I definitely don’t think that people who are naturally gifted in one area should be allowed to focus on it to the exclusion of（把……排除在外）all others. Look at Olympic gymnasts（体操运动员），who sometimes train sixteen hours a day. If they don’t master a diverse（多样的）range of skills，one small injury（受伤）could make all their talent and hard work meaningless.
4、Are certain skills easier to learn for people of different ages？
I think it’s true that children’s brains are more receptive（乐观接受的）. Some child prodigies（神童）can play chess or music even better than adults. But I also think it’s easier for adults to dedicate to（奉献……）single goal. They’ll keep practicing long after children have given up and will have the persistence（坚持）to really master certain skills.