Describe something you taught to your friend

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS speaking Cue card by IELTSKING

8. Describe something you taught to your friend/relative

You should say:-

– What you taught him/her?
– When it was?
– How long was it was for?
– And explain how you felt about it.

Note: you have to talk for 1 to 2 minutes. You have 1 minute to take a look at the main points and prepare some notes which you can use while speaking.

Sample answers (1) Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023 along with Follow-ups

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach my friend how to make pizza from scratch. Pizza is one of my favorite foods and I have been making it for years, so I was excited to share my knowledge and skills with my friend.

The lesson took place on a weekend afternoon at my friend’s house. We started by making the dough, which is the base of any good pizza. I showed him how to mix the ingredients, knead the dough, and let it rise. We then moved on to making the sauce, which is a simple recipe that I have been using for years. We used canned tomatoes, garlic, and basil to make a flavorful sauce that would go well with any toppings.

The lesson took about two hours in total, with most of the time spent on making the dough and sauce. My friend was eager to learn and asked a lot of questions, which made the experience even more enjoyable. He was also impressed by how easy it was to make pizza at home and was excited to try it out on his own.

I felt great about teaching my friend how to make pizza. I love cooking and sharing my knowledge with others, and seeing my friend’s excitement and satisfaction made the experience even more rewarding. I hope he continues to make pizza and that our lesson will be the start of many more cooking adventures together.

In conclusion, teaching my friend how to make pizza was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. I was able to share my knowledge and skills with someone I care about, and I hope that he will continue to make pizza and other delicious meals in the future. Making pizza at home is not only easy but also cost-effective, and it can be a great way to bond with friends and family.

Sample answers (2) Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023 along with Follow-ups

I have taught so many things to my friends, cousins, and relatives. Here, today I would like to talk about a thing which I taught to my friend, Akash. It was about the use of Paytm app.It is an e-commerce application. This app provides facilities for paying bills, money transfer and many more. In actual, it was about 6 months ago, he bought his brand new Android smartphone.

As nowadays, technology is increasing, hence almost everything is shifting online.

In contrast, he had not knowledge about using paytm for online transactions, such as bank transfer, paying bills etcetera. He already knew that I have been using this app for so long. And, he didn’t want to take any financial risk. That’s why he wanted to learn from me. Moving ahead, I took almost 4 hours to clear him all things about paytm app. For example, I taught him about the method of paying all kinds of bill as well as prepaid mobile recharges.

In addition, I taught him to link bank account with paytm application as well as I also told him about sending and receiving money in just few seconds.

The far most important thing which I taught him to keep in mind that he should never share his personal UPI Pin with anyone else, otherwise he may face financial loss because scammers may hack bank account if we share UPI pin with them mistakenly.

I felt very proud to teach him about the usage of e commerce app so that he can also do little contribution to make India Digital. On the other hand, he was also on could nine after learning from me.

So, that was a time when I taught something to Akash(you can speak any name). 

Sample answers (3) Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023 along with Follow-ups

Well, learning and teaching different kinds of skills to others is a unique talent in this contemporary era. Even by teaching others, individuals can enhance their cognitive and sensory skills. However, today I want to shed some light on an important thing that I taught to my cousin Aman. I taught him about cooking skills. It is an interesting skill and everyone should know about this skill.  

I also told him about the choices of vegetables.

Moreover, we both decided to prepare one to two cuisines regularly so that he could learn quickly. He just took around 4 months to learn about this skill. Now I can say that he can prepare food very nicely. After learning this skill, he made a special cuisine for his parents and they liked that very much.

In addition to it, after teaching cooking to him, I also felt extremely glad because I also enhanced my experience with that skill. Even if I get a chance, I would like to open my YouTube channel about cooking classes, I will make it so that people can learn from all over the world. So, this is the cooking skill that I taught to my cousin.

Sample answers (4) Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023 along with Follow-ups

In this modern era, we thrive primarily on the knowledge at our disposal to lead our lives towards an impressive growth trajectory. And we must impart knowledge to others so they can have a fruitful careers. Recently I taught my friend something which led to a paradigm shift in his life. I taught him to cook food. Last year I had free time because the administration imposed a stringent lockdown in my nation due to the corona pandemic. During that time, one of my friends, who was also my neighbour, approached me to learn to cook. He came to know from my mother that I am a cooking expert.

Since I had a lot of free time at my disposal, I used it prudently by teaching the skill of cooking to my friend. My training lasted for one month. During that time, I focused on Indian, Chinese and Italian food. Initially, my friend found it challenging, but I told him to practice with determination, dedication and discipline. My training worked like a charm; he became an excellent cook who could make mouth-watering delicacies with tremendous ease in one month. The experience was good because that helped me gain confidence in teaching.

After imparting the training, I started posting my cooking videos on Youtube, and my channel has grown by leaps and bounds. Moreover, my training has helped my friend enjoy home-cooked meals in Canada, where he studies these days.


1.What things can young people teach older adults to do?

Older adults have heaps of experience, which helps them to learn new things with tremendous ease. And youngsters can allow them to use modern technologies like laptops, smartphones, printers, scanners, vacuum cleaners, etc.

2.Why do older people have problems learning new things?

Older people find it challenging to learn new things for two reasons. Firstly, the latest products and services require the use of technology, and older people need help applying technology. Moreover, with age, our inclination and potential to learn new thing decline due to physical and mental exhaustion.

3.Do you think showing is better than telling during education?

There is no denying this conviction that visual content is easy to comprehend. Our brain keeps data in the form of images. Moreover, when we tell something to someone, the chances of misunderstandings are higher due to the wrong interpretation of the words and intent.

Sample answers (5) Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023 along with Follow-ups

• My sister lives in the US.
• Last summer, she and her children visited us in India during the summer vacation.
• Both her children, my niece, and nephew are quite inquisitive and they are always keen on
learning something new.
• One day, they saw me playing chess online and they immediately developed an interest in
• They requested me to teach them.
• They visit India very rarely, so I thought it would be a nice way to spend some quality time
with them.
• They were visiting for 2 months, so we had plenty of time.
• I started with the basics and explained how each piece moved first.
• With time, I covered some of the complex mechanics like castling and en passant.
• I also bought them a membership at, so that they could practice alone when I was

• The website has some nice puzzles, which teach how to think in difficult positions.
• They played against computer bots and other players as well
• Chess is about practice and the more they played different players, the more they learned.
• They were very quick to pick up things and by the end of two months, they had also beaten
me two or three times.
• In fact, I also learned a few special moves from them.
• It was a very fulfilling experience overall.
• I think it was the first time I taught someone something.
• I felt very proud when they picked up things and they’re beating me was the icing on the cake.
• I lost as a player but I succeeded as a teacher.

Part 3: Follow-Up Questions of Describe something you taught to your friend/relative from Jan to Apr 2023

1. What are things that young people can teach old people to do?
I think they can teach them anything they are good at. However, if I had to pick something specific I
would say the use of technology like how to use mobile phone features, apps, and computer
2. Why do older people have problems in learning new things?
I think it’s about memory. I think people’s memory deteriorates with time and people start
forgetting things. For example, sometimes when I am teaching my mother, she forgets the previous steps. However, when I repeat it once or twice, she picks it up.

3. Do you think showing is a better way than telling during education?
Of course. It’s easier to remember things we see. I am not sure why but I think our visual memory is far better. Moreover, there can be misunderstandings when telling something as words can be interpreted differently.
4. Do you think constant training is important for people to study something?
Yes, practice is the key to success. I remember I once watched a video that said that if a person
spends about 1200 hours on something, he can become an expert at it. I couldn’t agree more. I
remember I taught my mother how to use Microsoft Word and now she knows about it more than me because she uses it much more.

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