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IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Birthday

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Birthday

  • What do you usually do on your birthday?
  • What did you do on your birthday when you were young?
  • Do you think it is important for you to celebrate your birthday?
  • Whose birthday do you think is the most?
  • Important to celebrate in China?

What do you usually do on your birthday?

  • My birthday falls on January 25th. When it happens to be on a weekday, I typically go about my usual routine, heading to work. However, I might have lunch outside with my family or arrange a convenient dinner together. When my birthday falls on a weekend, though, we have the chance to celebrate in a grander manner by dining out at a restaurant. Interestingly, this date also holds significance as our wedding anniversary, prompting us to turn it into a mini-feast and enjoy the occasion even more.
  • I don’t do anything too special, just have dinner with my family and occasionally some friends. If my birthday falls on a weekend, maybe I’ll do something a bit more unique, but I still tend to work. However, I might have more flexible time. It varies, to be honest. The dinner is the only constant.

What did you do on your birthday when you were young?

  • I never had a cake on my birthdays due to my mom’s frugality. She believed in not overly celebrating birthdays and insisted that I could celebrate more freely once I had a job. Strangely enough, even after I got a job, I didn’t find myself celebrating my birthday in the typical way most kids do. A straightforward lunch with friends sufficed for me. It wasn’t until I got married that I truly started embracing birthday celebrations.
  • I never had anything particularly special as a child for my birthday. My mom would just come to my room, give me a kiss, and occasionally she’d cook pasta, but that’s about it.

Do you think it is important for you to celebrate your birthday?

  • I find myself in a bit of a dilemma. Growing up, I never experienced elaborate birthday parties, so I never felt a strong desire for them or regretted their absence. However, now that I’m a father, witnessing my own child not celebrating their birthday brings a sense of heartache. I’ve come to realize the importance of celebrating birthdays, as it provides children with a unique and cherished experience. Without these celebrations, there’s a risk of them undervaluing themselves.
  • In the past, I didn’t see much importance in it. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate it. It’s a day to celebrate all my accomplishments and triumphs, the challenges I’ve endured. It’s a good excuse for the world to be happy, so it has become important to me.

Whose birthday do you think is the most important to celebrate in China?

  • It’s widely accepted that our parents and grandparents play a crucial role in our lives, and on a larger scale, figures like our founding Chairman Mao are also significant. Nevertheless, for us as Chinese, the most significant celebration revolves around the birth of our nation. This significant event takes place on October 1st, marking a week-long holiday during which families come together to honor this occasion collectively.
  • We could say our parents or leaders are important, but as a whole, it’s the country itself. Our government has made it into a long holiday in October. As a united country, it’s the birthday of the nation.

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