IELTS Daily Speaking Topic – Speaking Part 3: Business (Follow-up Discussion)

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IELTS Daily Speaking Topic - Speaking Part 3: Business (Follow-up Discussion)

Discussion Topics

  1. Role of Family
  2. Work-Life Balance
  3. Family Traditions and Values

Follow-up questions

1. Role of Family

Q.1. How does the role of family differ across cultures?

Ans. The role of family varies across cultures. In many Western societies, people focus a lot on individualism and independence. Kids are often encouraged to become independent at a certain age, and families usually consist of just the parents and their children. On the other hand, in many Eastern and African cultures, there’s a bigger emphasis on collectivism and interdependence. Extended families often live together or nearby, and decisions are made collectively, prioritizing the family’s well-being over individual desires. In India, for example, it’s common to have joint families where generations live together, which is quite different from the nuclear families you often see in places like the United States or Canada.


Q.2. Can friends replace the role of family in a person’s life?

Ans. Friends play a crucial role in our lives by offering emotional support, companionship, and shared experiences. Sometimes, especially when family relationships are strained or absent, friends can step in and fill roles that are traditionally filled by family members. However, in my opinion, family can never be replaced by friends. The role of family is unique and often irreplaceable. Family provides a sense of belonging and identity, shaping our values, beliefs, and behaviours from a young age. They also connect us to a broader network of relatives and our cultural heritage.

2. Work-Life Balance

Q.1. How do you maintain a balance between your work/study and family life?

Ans. Balancing both work and study with family life is like spinning multiple plates all at once. It’s all about setting clear boundaries and sticking to them. I try to allocate specific hours in my day for work and then dedicate quality time to family. It’s not just about quantity, but also the quality of the time spent. Also, it’s important to remember that everyone needs a bit of “me” time. This could include anything from reading a book, painting or writing a journal. And that personal time is crucial for recharging and maintaining mental health. 

Q.2. What challenges do people face when trying to achieve a work-life balance?

Ans. Achieving work-life balance sometimes feels like climbing a mountain. One of the biggest challenges is time management. We all have 24 hours in a day, fitting in work, family, personal time and sleep feels like doing tons of tasks at one time. Another challenge is dealing with guilt. It’s common to feel like you are not spending enough time at work when you are with the family and vice versa. This guilt adds an extra layer of stress to the balancing act. 

3. Family Traditions and Values

Q.1. Can you share some family traditions that you have?

Ans. Absolutely. One of our most cherished family traditions is our Sunday family dinner. Every Sunday, we all gather together around the dining table. Everyone brings different dishes to the table from dal makhani to gulab jamun. The conversations around the table are filled with laughter, debates, and sometimes even friendly banter. Another tradition is having an annual summer vacation. We choose a new destination every year. It is always an adventure to explore different national parks and hiking trails to visit museums in bustling cities. These trips are more than just vacations. They are our ways to step out and break our daily routines to explore new cultures and create new memories. 

Q.2. How have your family values shaped your personality and decisions?

Ans. My family placed a strong emphasis on values such as kindness, gratitude, honesty and hard work. These values have become part of who I am. The value of hard work, for instance, has instilled in me a strong work ethic. I believe in giving my 100% to everything I do, whether it’s a project at work or a hobby I’m passionate about. The values of kindness and honesty have shaped my interactions with others. I strive to be fair and compassionate, treating others as I would like to be treated. These values also influence my decisions, guiding me to make choices that are ethical and considerate of others. For example, when I was faced with a difficult decision at work regarding the allocation of resources, my upbringing taught me the importance of fairness and honesty. Instead of prioritizing my own interests, I considered the needs of my team members and the overall goals of the project. Despite the pressure to prioritize certain tasks, I made a decision that was fair and equitable for everyone involved.

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