Speaking Situations: Talking about Abilities
- Phrases for these situations
Vocabulary for these situations
1. Ask your partner or classmates about their talents and abilities.
Can you play a musical instrument?*
Yes, I play the trumpet.
How well do you play?
Do you ski?*
No, I don’t.
How about other winter sports?
I love to play ice hockey.
*The difference between can and do here is very slight.
“Can” focuses on ability, whereas “do” indicates regular activity.
2. Tell your classmates about your best friend’s talents or interests.
My best friend is an artist. He’s really good at painting.
In fact, one of his drawings won a blue ribbon at the county fair.
He also knows how to do sculpture and ceramics.