IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic in 2018 & Sample Answers – Topic: Politeness
Speaking Part 1
1 Do you think people should be polite? Why?
In my opinion, politeness should be considered a basic virtue that every person must possess. Being well-mannered may not get you straight to the highest position at work within one day, but would give you respect, trust and kindness from other people, all of which are beneficial for you in a long run. Furthermore, politeness can partially reflect your educational background and your proffession as well.
2 How do people in your culture show good manners towards others?
Good manners can be shown in a wide range of acts in our culture. For example, when we run into people who are older than us like our parents, grandparents or our university lecturers, we say hi and bow our head to show our respect towards them. Additionally, when we talk to them, we use certain pronouns and words to indicate the age gap between that person and us. Another example is our tone when we speak. Raising the voice, scream or shout to others would leave the worst impression.
3Who taught you to be polite?
I guess similar to most people, I was raised to be a polite person by my parents. As I spent most of my time around them, they tried to set good example for me. They also gave me advice and told me moral stories about how being polite and kind to others can help me a lot in real life.
4 Is it important to be polite in your country?
I believe so, yes. Being impolite to people – especially elders – is a major faux pas. Even perceived impoliteness can earn you a reprimand.
- To set a good example: to behave in a way that others should copy
Eg: He has set a good example for the community
- To run into: to meet something unexpectedly
Eg: I ran into some issues
- A wide variety/range of: to have many options to choose from
Eg: There is a wide variety of clothes in the new shop
- Virtue: goodness
Eg: He is a man of virtues
- Well-mannered: polite, showing the good manner
Eg: Seema is a well-mannered girl
- In a long run: long term
Eg: It will be beneficial in the long run
- To be beneficial for: to provide advantages for someone
Eg: It will be beneficial in many ways