Most people whom i meet ask me the question, 'How do you manage to cook? Can you cook? How does your father survive your cooking?' the likes. And i must've answered more than a dozen times that i know the basics of the art. Otherwise we (father and i) wouldn't have lived to this day (this is an exaggeration).
Give me a break. You question somebody once, twice on this subject. But to broach on the same subject a third time does annoy me. One definitely will learn a necessary skill given a situation when one cannot live beyond it. It's simply a matter of time, before somebody else is asked the same question.