LATEST IELTS PART 3 Speaking Question & suggested responses / answers – POLITENESS (June 2017)

  1. How do Chinese people show politeness?

Answer: We all know that politeness is a part of good characteristics which Chinese people consider very essential. Being respectful and being helpful are just few ways Chinese people portray this act. The first common way to consider is showing respect to people, honestly speaking, people in China hate mistreating others, we usually communicate politely to people no matter what type of people they are. Let me give you an example, Chinese people approach sales man/lady when they shop for things politely, we don’t act rude just because they are a worker. Another point here is that, we portray politeness by helping each other, helping one another is a kind act to win humanity and when we help others we don’t ask anything in return. Let me take the elders as an example, in my home country, we give a hand to senior citizens by helping them cross the street or carry their heavy luggage.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with an introduction sentence beginning with a linking phrase (We all know that..), followed with the key points – RESPECTFUL & HELPFUL. Next to that is the first main point beginning with a linking phrase (The first common way to consider is…) followed with a reason and an example. Same goes to the second point (Another point here is that…). As you noticed, there are 2 main ideas with reasons and examples on each section to elaborate its point.

 

  1. Are there any differences between etiquette in cities and in small towns?

Answer: To be honest with you, it’s hard to generalize, but it’s possible that people in big cities are in more of a hurry and perhaps less tolerant of mistakes or ignorance compared to people in small towns. This is for the reason that, people in big cities have fast-paced of life, they normally encounter hustle and bustle of the city life. In addition to that, they are more accustomed to diversity of all kinds. As opposed to people in small cities, they tend to have a more relaxed and peaceful life. I would also want to add that, people there tend to be closer to everyone, but it also varies by country, and by region if the country is big enough.

Answer Overview:

The structure of this answer is in comparison form. We started off with a linking phrase together with the comparison of both sides. As you can see, there were at least 2 reasons provided with linking structures in each points. We’ve also used comparative phrase – AS OPPOSED TO to show comparison of both sides.

  1. How to teach children to be polite?

Answer: As you know, every parents’ dream of a polite little child as their child’s behavior reflects of who they are as a parent. Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is to teach polite words to their children such as saying “Please” and “Thank you” and “Excuse me”. Let say for instance, when you give something to your child they must say “thank you” in return or when they ask something from you they must say “Please”. Another way is that, parents should teach their kids the golden rules of conversations which can be applicable in their professional lives. There are several examples to these rules, such as  to not interrupt another while someone is speaking, also,  to not misquote or lie.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (Let say for instance). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another way is that) followed with its example (There are several examples to these rules).

 

 

 

 

 

  1. How do you deal with impolite people?

Answer: Honestly speaking, being impolite is one of the few things that get my blood boiling right away, therefore, I have come up with several ways to deal with these people. The very primary thing I do is to never greet them first, I act like they don’t exist. As a matter of fact, last month I saw an acquaintance in a shopping mall, she acted rude during our school’s party so when I bumped into her I just walked straight to my destination pretending I didn’t see her. In addition to that, I never start a conversation with them because having a conversation with them is only an invitation for more rudeness. Basing from my previous example, I didn’t talk to her at all even though I was aware that she saw me.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (The very primary thing I do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (As a matter of fact). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (In addition to that) followed with its example (Basing from my previous example).

 

  1. What kinds of behavior are not polite?

Answer: As you know, there are bunch of impolite acts out there which causes conflict to people. And the first thing I can think of is saying nothing when someone handed you something whether it be a thing or a service, most people today don’t know how to say “Thank you”. A most common example is, when we go to public places such as a café, restaurant or spa, we tend to forget to thank those employees for the good service they have provided us. Another type of bad behavior is disrespecting your parents, most parents has misunderstanding with their kids because of the generation gap. Take me as an example, I often have an argument with my dad because he often scolds me of hanging out with my friends late at night on weekends. I couldn’t make him understand that weekends is when people attend party and most entertainment facilities are open.

 

Answer Overview: Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (And the first thing I can think of is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (A most common example is). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another type of bad behavior is) followed with its example (Take me as an example).

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