IELTS Writing Practice 63

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

It is often said “when in Rome, do as the Romans do. ”  Do you think people should adapt and accept the culture of the country they visit?Do you think it is possible to learn a culture without learning the language?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

It is often said “when in Rome, do as the Romans do. ”  Do you think people should adapt and accept the culture of the country they visit?Do you think it is possible to learn a culture without learning the language?

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Model Essay
It is often said “when in Rome, do as the Romans do. ”  Do you think people should adapt and accept the culture of the country they visit?Do you think it is possible to learn a culture without learning the language?

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When travelling, a popular maxim states that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  In my view, this is important to maximize the experience of being in a foreign land.  I believe that while it is possible for visitors to learn a new culture without knowing the language, they would comprehend it more deeply if they did.

Acting in a similar manner to local people is a great rule of thumb when travelling overseas.  It means that the traveler avoids offending native inhabitants as well as unpleasant encounters that may result in embarrassment.  It also shows a local population that a tourist is respectful of local customs which means they are more likely to make friends.  As a result, a visitor’s trip becomes more meaningful where local people show them around, share local traditions and integrate them into local life.

To truly know a culture, it is necessary to experience it in person.  With the worldwide propagation of the English language in recent decades, it is easier than ever to communicate with locals almost anywhere in the world.  However, achieving a deeper understanding of a culture can only result by knowing the local language.  For one thing, speaking the language provides insight into how people think, which helps a traveler to more accurately apprehend people’s actions in a foreign land.  Furthermore, when speaking a foreign language overseas, a visitor is able to talk with anyone irrespective of language ability, which may reveal a multitude of differing perspectives of life there.

In conclusion, while travelling in a foreign country, respecting local customs and speaking the local language, not only helps avoid unpleasantries, but brings about a deeper, more meaningful experience that may lead to fascinating insights into the culture being visited.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

To truly know culture, it is necessity to experience in person.  With the worldwide propagation of the English language in recent decades, it is easier than ever to communicate with locals almost anywhere in the world.  However, achieving a deeper understanding of a culture can only result by knowing local language. Speaking language provides insight into how people think.  It helps a traveler to more accurately apprehend people’s actions a foreign land. Furthermore, speaking a foreign language overseas gives a visitor the ability talk with anyone irrespective of language ability.  This may reveal a multitude of differing perspectives of life there.

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Step 1: Planning
It is often said “when in Rome, do as the Romans do. ”  Do you think people should adapt and accept the culture of the country they visit?Do you think it is possible to learn a culture without learning the language?

Type: Two-part Question

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many sides do you need to consider?  

The question topic discusses respecting local culture while travelling abroad.

There are two questions, one paragraph about whether tourists should adapt to local customs and one regarding whether it is necessary to know a language to learn a culture.

Plan:

  1. Analyse the question.
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use and think of two supporting details for each
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing.

Thesis

Better to know a language, to learn a culture more deeply

Adapt to local culture

Act in a similar way to local people

Avoids offense, shows respect to local population

  • More likely to make friends
  • Visitor’s trip is more meaningful, local people show around

Need to know a language?

Necessary to experience in person

Easy to communicate nowadays in English

  • Deep understanding only through speaking their language

Allows accurate comprehend actions

Reveals many varied perspectives

Plan Practice:

Look at the main points above and write down the supporting details for each one.

Step 2: Write the essay

When travelling, a popular maxim states that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  In my view, this is important to maximize the experience of being in a foreign land.  I believe that while it is possible for visitors to learn a new culture without knowing the language, they would comprehend it more deeply if they did.

Acting in a similar manner to local people is a great rule of thumb when travelling overseas.  It means that the traveler avoids offending native inhabitants as well as unpleasant encounters that may result in embarrassment.  It also shows a local population that a tourist is respectful of local customs which means they are more likely to make friends.  As a result, a visitor’s trip becomes more meaningful where local people show them around, share local traditions and integrate them into local life.

To truly know a culture, it is necessary to experience it in person.  With the worldwide propagation of the English language in recent decades, it is easier than ever to communicate with locals almost anywhere in the world.  However, achieving a deeper understanding of a culture can only result by knowing the local language.  For one thing, speaking the language provides insight into how people think, which helps a traveler to more accurately apprehend people’s actions in a foreign land.  Furthermore, when speaking a foreign language overseas, a visitor is able to talk with anyone irrespective of language ability, which may reveal a multitude of differing perspectives of life there.

In conclusion, while travelling in a foreign country, respecting local customs and speaking the local language, not only helps avoid unpleasantries, but brings about a deeper, more meaningful experience that may lead to fascinating insights into the culture being visited.

 
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