IELTS Preparation Series 3, Episode 17: Talking about Festivals & Celebrations
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Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I'm Margot Politis.
A common topic in the IELTS Test is Festivals and Celebrations.
It's a good idea to be prepared to talk about a major festival in your country or the way
weddings and birthdays are celebrated.
By festivals, we mean things such as Chinese New Year or Christmas or the Water Festival.
How does our speaker talk about the Water Festival?
The Water Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Cambodia. There are about 430
boats from all over the country. Each boat carries between 40 to 70 people. They just
pack into these little canoes. There are quite a few aspects to the Water Festival.
It's best to introduce a topic so the listener knows what to expect. This is called the orientation.
The opening statement should tell us what to expect - here it is a description of the
Water Festival in Cambodia and some aspects of this festival.
What exactly are these aspects?
There are quite a few aspects to the Water Festival. It is celebrated every year and
its history is that the King would use the Water Festival to find the strongest men to
join the marine force to look after the country. I would say every Cambodian would consider
water the most important thing in their life.
There are two aspects. There's the history of the festival and the significance of the
festival to people now. It's a good idea to think of a major festival in your country
and then think of ways to expand your answer, like this:
I would say every Cambodian would consider water the most important thing in their life.
The majority of Cambodians live in the countryside and the rural population rely on water, you
know, to farm. So they basically almost worship water. And Cambodia's Water Festival coincides
with the full moon, a good omen that promises a bountiful harvest.
Notice that when you talk about customs you are talking about facts and so you would need