My parents decided on my name before I was born. My family is Irish and my name is a traditional Irish name. My middle name, Bridget, was the name of my deceased grandmother. The middle name Harry was the name of my grandfather, also recently deceased. I think it’s quite nice that my name continues my family’s Irish heritage and that my grandparents’ names were picked by my parents to be a part of my name, whichever sex I had turned out to be.
Do you think your name is special ?
Yes, I do think that my name is special, mostly because of the reasons I gave in answer to the last question. My name is pretty unique to Ireland; I haven’t met anybody who has this name who doesn’t also have Irish family roots. I think that it forms part of my cultural identity and I like that I do not hear the name often when I am meeting people from outside of Ireland. Once I have introduced myself to someone, it always sparks a second question such as ‘where does that name come from?’. It’s a very easy conversation starter.
Do you like your name ?
Actually, I never used to like my name when I was a child. It wasn’t until much later – when I was around 15 or 16 – that I started to be proud of my unique name and it’s heritage. Since then, I have worn my name with pride. I think that your name is a gift from your parents and it is a gift that you will carry with you for life; even when you are no longer alive on earth, people will remember you by this name and it will be part of your legacy.
Did you use to have a nickname when you were a child ?
Yes, my family called me ‘Bridie’, a play on the name ‘Bridget’. Unlike the nickname given to me by my friends, I adore this nickname. Part of the reason being that my grandmother was called ‘Bridie’ by her friends when she was growing up. Although she is no longer with us, she was a woman I respected enormously and had a deep connection with as a child. I like that I can continue to share this with her, even after her death. I also think that I can continue to advance my career as a professional woman whilst being called this name publicly by those who know me well.
Do you live in a house or an apartment ?
For the past 21 years I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can plan and design a house layout to suit myself since sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds so troublesome to me.
Which part of your home do you like the most ?
It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together. Not only lunch or dinner but all our family reunions take place in the dining room where we can enjoy a harmonious atmosphere. We always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a day without, since for us it’s the family bonding that lies behind.
I would like to tell you about Tokyo, the city I want to live the most in the future. It is the capital city of Japan and is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
The most important reason I wish to settle down in Tokyo is the co-existence of modern and traditional values. It’s the kind of city where the red gates of a centuries-old Shinto shrine may well be found just next door to a glass skyscraper showcasing the finest 21st century technology. Or where a quiet green lane lined with wooden low-rise houses and an old school tofu shop might sit just a short stroll from a neon-lit square packed with flickering billboards and rainbow-bright street fashion.
The hectic life in Tokyo is also an irresistible attraction for young people. Tokyo’s railway system seems like it was designed to win world records. It’s rare to find a location in the metropolitan area that can’t be reached with a train ride and a short walk. It is also common knowledge that you could spend hours drooling over the elaborate pastries and picture-perfect sushi rolls in a department store.
I feel that the city is moving toward the future. I believe Tokyo will become a city that is full of surprises.
Vocabulary Highlights :
• metropolitan: connected with a large or capital city
• settle down: start to have a quieter way of life
• co-existence: the state of being together in the same place at the same time
• shrine: a place where people come to worship
• showcase: present
• a short stroll from: not far from
• flicker: keep going on and off as it shines or burns
• hectic: full of activity
• irresistible: cannot be stopped or resisted
• drool: let saliva come out of your mouth
• elaborate: carefully prepared
IELTS Speaking Part 3
What are the advantages of working abroad ?
There are numerous benefits I can think of. Firstly, people have a great chance to improve their use of a foreign language. Working in countries like England or the US, for example helps them practice their English on on a daily basis, which eventually results in the a better level of confidence and activeness in their English communication skills. Also, people have ample chance to broaden their horizons by learning about the progress of other countries, such as management systems or technological advancements, right in their workplace, which not only provides them with knowledge but gives them a chance to accumulate a lot of good skills and experience.
What are the disadvantages of living in a foreign country ?
There are many but I would like to focus on two that I believe are the biggest. One of the drawbacks relates to culture shock. You know, differences in working manner or working culture may result in employees’ reluctance in processing their tasks, not to mention the difficulties in understanding others with a foreign language. Secondly, working in a foreign country can also be a challenge of one’s independence. In fact, a number of people have not been able to stay in a foreign country for the long term just because they cannot suffer the loneliness.
Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through ieltsmaterial.com. With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.