An interesting tradition in your country
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1
What is your full name?My name’s …
Can I see your ID?Yes, of course, here it is.
Where are you from?I’m from [name of city] in [name of country].
Do you work or study?I’m a student at the moment.
Describe your hometown, please.
What facilities and services are available in your hometown?
There are both public and private schools, colleges and universities, and of course, hospitals and various different types of health clinics, again, some are public and others are private. Obviously there are lots of other places too, like restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment related locations.
There are all the normal services and facilities you would expect to find in a city that size.
Do you want to stay in this country for a long time?
Do you like giving presents to people? Why?
What type of presents do you like to give?
Usually I like to get something which is quite personal based on the personality, character or interest of the person, so that means that each time I look for a gift it’s a unique event.
The event or reason for the gift is important as well in deciding what to get; for example, birthdays, graduations, or special days, influence the type of gift I would choose. And sometimes I give my friends small gifts for no special reason – just because I see something I think they’ll like.
Do you give presents that you made yourself to anyone?
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2
IELTS Speaking Cue Card Answer | An interesting tradition you have in your country
Many families gather together at family alters, or ‘ofrendas’, where they spend time with their loved ones honoring those who have died. They bring items like flowers, sugar skulls and often women in the family will prepare the favorite dish or food that a particular person loved to eat and take it with them when they visit the grave site. Some visitors to the family graves also leave items which belonged to the person who died; mementos of them.
The origins of this tradition go way back, hundreds of years to the time of the Aztecs and an annual festival they used to hold worshipping a goddess; I can’t remember her name now though.
And it became a national holiday back in the early 1960s when the government decided to consolidate the tradition of the indigenous natives to unify the whole country because apparently it wasn’t a special event in the north of the country originally, or something like that, but it gradually spread throughout the whole country over a long period of time.
The three-day event has separate parts to it. So the first day is when kids dedicate their prayers to children who have died, ‘angelitos’ they call them, and ask the spirits of the children to visit. The second day is dedicated to the spirits of adults who died, and then the final day is when families visit their family grave or cemetery with their special gifts, food and so on and spend time praying for the souls of their loved ones who have died.
I think it’s an interesting tradition because it involves all family members and all families across the country, so it really is a strong tradition and it brings families together every year.
IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3
Do you know any other interesting customs or traditions?
Are there any changes in modern and traditional lifestyles?
There are still some traditions which everyone observes, because they are an integral part of our culture, but each generation changes their lifestyle a little and it’s slowly becoming a more globalized culture.
For example, you can see a lot of influence from the USA here, because it’s so close and so many people have been there and then come back and brought various aspects of the lifestyle back with them. You can see it in clothes, music and lots of different things in everyday life.
It’s quite normal; when people move around between countries, and technology has influenced the latest generations a lot, as it puts them more in touch with the world outside their own country – so it’s inevitable that this will influence the general lifestyle which people adopt.
I think if you asked an older person what the biggest difference is – they would say that the pace of life is much faster now than it was in the past.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of traditional lifestyle? Why?
I mean, you could say that things were worse in the past because there was no internet, but that would be stupid because it’s not a fair comparison. Much of our contemporary lifestyle incorporates the most important aspects of traditional culture, such as the closeness of the family, respect and being a good person.
Yes, things have changed, but nothing stays the same forever. My grandparents would probably say that when they were young life was better, but if you ask my parents, they would probably say that the time when they were young was better, and I think that now is the best, so it’s all a matter of perception.
It just wouldn’t be possible to live a traditional lifestyle nowadays – because the whole world has moved on. It’s just not practical.