IELTS Speaking Part 3 Practice 13

 

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Is family important in your country?

Sample Answer 1
Yes, I would say that family is probably the most important thing to most people in my country. You can see this in the way that people live, as well as the activities they do. For example, most young people in my country choose to live with, or very close by their parents and grandparents, so that they can get together for dinner or family gatherings often. In some other countries, people will move far away from their families for jobs or other reasons, but in my country, we tend to stay close together because family is so important to us.


Who should be responsible to care for the elderly? Should it be the family or the government?

Sample Answer 1
This is quite a difficult question to answer, but if I had to choose, I would probably say caring for elderly family members is more the responsibility of the family than it is the government’s. I think that the family has more insight into what the elderly family member wants, and will have their best interest in mind more than the government will. They can choose the proper housing and care for their elderly family member. However, because these things are expensive, I also believe that the government is responsible for subsidizing the costs of elder care, and make it possible even for poor families to care for their elderly members.


How has the size of the average family changed in your country in the last few decades?

Sample Answer 1
Overall, it seems to me that most families today are much smaller than they were in the past few generations, including my parents generation. To explain what I mean, it’s easy to look at my dad’s family compared with my family. My dad has a total of 7 siblings, which was normal for his generation, while I only have 1 sister, which is normal for my generation. The sizes of families have changed to become much smaller today.


How do you think families will change in the future?

Sample Answer 1
In the future, I think families around the world will continue to become smaller, like mine, with just a few children, or none. In places like Japan, this is already happening, with the birth rate falling lower than it ever has before. On top of that, I think more families in the future will have people from different races and nationalities, as in, there will be more multicultural and biracial children in the future. In my country, younger generations are already having smaller, more mixed families, so I think these will continue to be the trends of families in the future.


Let’s move on to the roles of different family members. Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family?

Sample Answer 1
Traditionally, husbands and wives had had clear-cut roles in society. Husbands used work and fulfill financial needs of the family, while women were expected to take care of the house. Changes had occurred over time and both husbands and wives started to take part in each of these roles. I think this change is rather positive. It is not necessary to sharply define each role. I reckon, whatever role family members take, they should always move in the same direction and pursue what is best for the family itself.


What role do grandparents play in the family in your country?

Sample Answer 1
In my culture, family is very important, and elder family members must be especially respected and cared for. Once grandparents retire, they often live together with younger generations in the same home, so they can help take care of housework, care for children, and prepare meals. Grandparents are also responsible for making big decisions with houses and money, which means they have quite a bit of power in families in my country.


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