Describe a person from a different culture: Latest Speaking Cue card
- Who this person is?
- Where you met this person?
- Why do you like this person?
- What did you learn from this person?
Sample Answer of Describe a Person From a Different Culture
Answer – I would like to describe a person having different culture than mine. Her name is Maria, and she is Romanian in nationality. She is my colleague from the present project who joined last year.
I have not met her in person as we are from different nations and working virtually from our respective entities. However, I feel that even though we have not met each other, there is still an attachment developed between us, and there is a genuine fondness. The reason behind this is we got along so well, and I don’t think I would get along so well with my fellow Indian colleagues as better as I got along with her.
I admire her positivity and cheerful nature, and she brings life to the office environment, even if it is virtual. She is very appreciative and compassionate and always makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. I could sense the genuineness with which she looked up to me and praised me for my smallest achievements.
She shows her excitement about meeting me one day where we would spend time together, probably somewhere between locations, but her eagerness is very sincere. She has proposed a Paris location to meet as we have not explored France. In the past year since I have known her, I did learn some of her great qualities, such as finding your inner ray of sunshine even in the dullest moment, this is a very big takeaway from her, and she is a person who lives her life to the fullest be it going to sudden road trips caring less about the work and enjoying every moment.
We often call each other while addressing each other, which shows that our bond has only grown from friendship to sisterhood; I wish our friendship lasts forever and I could meet her soon.
Follow-Up Questions Describe a Person From a Different Culture
Question 1:- What is the best way to learn a foreign culture? Where and how can we get to know people from other cultures better?
Answer – The best way to learn about a foreign culture is to explore the region by travelling to that place. Local people would always be keen on helping outsiders or foreigners by sharing knowledge of their traditions, custom, and cultural beliefs. The best way to know people from other cultures better is to make an effort to understand their culture and where they belong. Small initiatives like making friends in foreign places also help to know the other culture in exchange for sharing the knowledge of one’s culture. Also, suppose you travel to cultural heritage places of that nation. In that case, there is always a brief written about its history and cultural beliefs, which helps us learn about its traditions and cultural beliefs.
Question 2:- Do you agree that reading is the best way to know about culture?
Answer – I do not agree with this, and reading is not the best way to know about the culture, as theoretical knowledge is always limited. Practical knowledge like speaking to someone from a different culture or meeting the person will make a lot of difference in learning about cultural beliefs. Reading, generally, cannot be completely true with the facts, or rather some of the facts are not even covered fully of a particular culture unless we experience it on our own while exploring it practically, so I would not completely believe what is written and read on the magazines or the books, instead, I will attempt to know it through person via communication or meeting in person.
Question 3:-Do you think that cultural differences will disappear in the future?
Answer – As I mentioned, we all are turning to globalization; if you see it negatively, it is a big threat to local cultures and social customs. Some societies may partly lose their cultural identity as I don’t believe the oneness of the culture worldwide will ever be soon. But yes, there is an observation that most nations have started following western culture. Even in India, I have seen people getting more excited for Halloween or New year’s eve than the other religious festivals. I have also seen people moving swiftly to the choice of hip-hop dances, and the classical dance craze has been gradually decreasing among the youth; these are some of the changes, to name a few, where there is evidence of following the single western culture and fizzling out the existence of the traditional culture in a gradual manner.
Question 4:-What can make people more interested in other cultures?
Answer – I believe keeping an open mind is the most important attribute to accepting different cultures with a warm heart and making people interested in other cultures too. This can be done by celebrating the festivals of each culture with the same enthusiasm. For example, In India, multicultural festivals are celebrated among all the castes and discreet people with the same zeal. New local delicacies can also be found on the internet and tried in order to get to know more about different cultures. People can join cultural organizations which run some programs to acquaint the public with specific cultures, and there are multicultural programs too.
Question 5:-How can traditional culture and other cultures coexist?
Answer – For different cultures to coexist together, especially traditional and modern, it requires a lot of effort from the members of the society. Genuine respect and fondness should be shown in every culture, as it is not right to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments.
Also, I feel that the generation gap plays a huge role in traditional and modern cultures, and narrowing it down can help both cultures to coexist peacefully.
Question 6:-Which Indian traditions are disappearing?
Answer – I am a person into following the traditions and customs which I learned from my mother and grandmother in my childhood days. Some Indian traditions like doing pooja when you buy something valuable have not been followed much by the youth and youngsters as they believe what they have achieved is with their hard work and there is no divine intervention. I see most people developing a modern outlook on life and leaving behind small traditions followed by sincere beliefs to seek blessings from their god and forefathers. Even nowadays, hardly the deceased family members are remembered on occasion by some of the youth.
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