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Describe a Person You Know Who is From a Different Culture
You should say:
– Who he/she is
– Where he/she is from
– How you knew him/her
– And explain how you feel about him/her
Sample Answer 1
Well, I remember it was a few months ago I had an argument with my classmate Jessica. She is from Europe and we met each other in the college. On that day, we were having dinner with a couple of other classmates, and one of them arrived and gave me a gift.
Simply, just because I did her a favor a couple of days ago. The gift was well packed, so I put it in my bag after I took it and just at the moment Jessica looked at me in surprise and asked me why I didn’t open it straight away. I was confused about that question as well, but I told her that I would open it later.
And then, Jessica stopped eating and seriously asked me to open it straight away, and she said it was impolite not to open it in front of everyone. I was like where does that come from right impolite? so it was really embarrassing and I never did this before. I mean, I always unpacked the gifts I received after I got home because I think sometimes people do not want others to know what they said right. So I had an argument with her. I seriously told her that I wouldn’t open it right away. I didn’t think it was impolite. Instead, I thought it was polite not to open it immediately.
She then explained to me that in her country everyone would open the gift in front of others, because in that way people could express why they choose this gift and also they can get the feedback from the receiver. Then, I realized that actually we had a culture shock. So I also explained to her that in China we didn’t do what she said because it was considered to be respectful and polite to open the gift later. So finally we understood each other and we agreed that it was because of the different culture.
Sample Answer 3
Ohno, my second foreign language teacher, is the person I’d like to talk about. He is from Japan, and had stayed in China for two years then. The reason why I started my study of Japanese is that l’m a big fan of manga. With the assumption that language is a vital way to comprehend the core of manga and the pronunciation of Japanese is very cute, I decided to sign up for an Japanese training class. Then I met Ohno.
As a teacher, Ohno is very professional. He knows lots of teaching techniques and often took advantage of these skills to organize our teaching activities, making our Japanese class full of enjoyment. As everyone knows, the usage of verb in Japanese is a great challenge for Japanese learners. In order to ensure that we could have a better grasp of using verbs, Ohno frequently took examples from manga, TV series, or variety shows. We’re so interested in these teaching resources that verbs seemed to be not that insufferable as before.
In daily life, Ohno is quite gentle and considerate. His tender voice and polite manners made every people around him feel comfortable. He treated us as friends. If someone was in need, or in a depressed mood, Ohno would extend a helping hand to solve the problems or relieve the blue mood. Until now, I still keep a small cartoon sticker in my drawer. It’s a gift from Ohno to encourage me when I failed my grade examination at the first time.
Sample Answer 2
Who he/she is and Where he/she is from?
I’m going to talk about a friend of mine, Andrea. He comes from Milan and used to work as the chef in a posh local eatery before emigrating to China. I met him through our mutual friend, Jerry, a regular customer to the cafe I always go to. Jerry’s a quintessential foodie and runs a few social media accounts featuring restaurants and food.
One day, Jerry and I talked about Italian cuisine, which I was quite keen on, and also some of the most fabulous Italian restaurants in our city. He mentioned a place I’d never heard of and it’s got an excellent rating on Yelp for its wide variety of Italian dishes. personalized service and quality ingredients. He suggested going to that restaurant for dinner, adding that he’s a good friend of its owner and could make reservations with him. I was certainly not going to waste that opportunity to taste some authentic Italian food.
How you met him and how you feel about him?
As soon as we arrived, a foreigner came out of the restaurant and greeted us with cordiality. Jerry introduced us to each other. That’s how I met Andrea.
Andrea joined us for dinner that day and shared many of his personal stories to us, like how he met Jerry, his hometown, where his passion for food came from and why he moved to China in his late 40s. Andrea’s very amicable and talkative. We were exchanging pleasantries before the meal, but when it was over, I somehow felt like we’d been friends for many years. On top of that, the food served there is divine, especially carbonara and Parma ham. From then on, I would go to his restaurant every time I’m craving for some Italian delicacies.
1. Where and how can we get to know people of different cultures better?
Well, the effective way to know someone better is talking, a principle that also can be applied to understanding foreigners. Of course, I do not mean a simple hello, but a relatively deep conversation which can contribute to the growth of relationship and clear up the misunderstandings. As for the place, I guess, home and restaurant with homey environment are both good choices, because the comfortable surroundings relax your mood and make your inner guard down. I mean, you can feel free to discuss the traditions, conventions, historical stories and to exchange opinions on critical events.
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of cultural diversity?
In my opinion, one of the merits of culture diversity is that we get the chance to experience a totally different lifestyle. Imagine that how boring the life would be if there is only one culture on the globe! Another advantage of culture diversity popped into my mind is that differences among cultures offer the opportunity to improve ourselves. That means we can learn something from other cultures, including technology, ideology,and even recipe. And it’s impossible to ignore the drawbacks of culture diversity. Causing conflict is the most serious one, I think. Just because of the existence of different cultures, conflicts always emerge based on the misunderstanding.
3. How can traditional culture and other cultures coexist?
The first thing we can do is to show the respect to traditional culture. History is continuous and traditional culture engendered other cultures. If someone deny tradition, the person is rejecting the world he or she lives in. Second, learning some traditional culture may make the co- existence come true. After a period learning, people may develop a great interest in tradition and also find some common between traditional culture and other cultures. In this case, promoting the coexistence of different cultures is not that difficult.
4. Which Vietnamese traditions are disappearing?
There are two things I’d like to mention here. The first one is dialect. Based on the needs of studying and the convenience of communication, people, especially those who live in urban areas, increasingly tend to use Mandarin almost everywhere, causing children losing the chance to learn dialect. The second one is skills for making traditional artifacts. We can appreciate various unearthed cultural relics in museum, but it’ s really hard for modern people to duplicate those fine works of arts. The same thing has happened to current handicraft industry.
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Vocabulary: Cambridge Dictionary
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