IELTS Podcast 5 – Part 1 Topic: Birthday



How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?

Birthdays are a big deal (very important) in my country! We usually have some sort of gathering with our immediate family, typically a meal together at the birthday boy or birthday girl’s restaurant of choice for adults. Apart from this, we normally go out with drinks for an evening on the town or have a get together with drinks involved at home. On the other hand, children usually have a large party with family and friends. The parents often hire some sort of special entertainment, like a clown or even animals!

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How did you celebrate your last birthday?

I took it easy my last birthday. I had a simple meal with my family at home. As my mother is quite thoughtful, of course she made my favorite dish of hers, Shepard’s Pie, and my favorite type of cake, red velvet. After dinner, some of my mates and I went out to local brewery to celebrate. They of course treated me (paid for me)!

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What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?

Any really! Of course I appreciate all gifts, but if I could choose, I would prefer gift card or cash. Since I’m a college student, these really help with my living costs and allow me to treat myself to something nice- like a massage, shopping, or a nice meal. To be honest, I don’t enjoy when my mother picks out (chooses) clothing for me because I end up (do without wanting or planning) looking like a grandma!

Is there a difference between the way you celebrate your birthday in the past and in the present?

Oh for sure! Birthdays are a huge deal when you’re a child. 30+ family members and friends used to gather for my special day, but now only my parents, sister, and closest mates. I used to look forward to this day all year long and make birthday lists, but now I just get some cash in a card.  Although they still make it memorable for me by their thoughtful gestures, sometimes all my birthdays feel the same.

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