2019年5-8月 雅思口语 Part 2 Topic 26 学会的实用技能 Describe a practical skill you learned (e.g. driving, painting, making clothes)

Describe a practical skill you learned (e.g. driving, painting, making clothes)
You should say:
What the skill was;
Who/Where you learned it from;
How you learned it;
And explain whether it is difficult or not.

26. 学会的实用技能

I’m going to talk about how I learned to bake cakes. I had the idea to learn the skill when my mom’s birthday was coming up. I thought no gift was more genuine than a gift I made myself. So I decided to bake a delicious butter cake for her.

The main problem with my plan was that I didn’t have a clue174 when it came to baking. So I googled how to bake a cake online, and found a ton of recipes and videos that teach you how to make cakes. In the end, I chose to challenge myself and picked one that was very detailed. I purchased lots of ingredients like cake flour and butter according to the recipe. The next morning, I followed the recipe and its procedures to the bone175. I made sure to complete every step exactly as it was shown online to avoid making any mistakes. Eventually, I managed to bake a cake all by myself. To be honest, my first cake looked a little rough176, but my mom was over the moon when she saw it.

Anyway, baking a cake isn’t exactly rocket science177, but covering the cake with icing178 was harder than I thought. I’ve been practicing baking, and I tried baking all kinds of cakes, like sponge cakes and cheese cakes. I think it’s a really practical skill to learn. Once you get the hang of it179, it can save a lot of money for parties and celebrations. Most of all, I actually quite enjoy it.


174 didn’t have a clue:没有头绪,不知道
175 to the bone:彻底的
176 rough:做工一般,做的不怎么好看
177 isn’t exactly rocket science:…并不难
178 icing:糖霜,糖衣
179 get the hang of it:掌握窍门

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