IELTS Speaking Part 2: Common Topics in IELTS Exam | Topic 9: Family event

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IELTS Speaking Part 2: Common Topics in IELTS Exam | Topic 9: Family event

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Describe a happy family event from your childhood.

You should say:

  • what the event was
  • where it happened
  • what you saw and did *
  • and explain why you remember this event so well

Sample Answer:

There are numerous happy events in my life that I can recall and among them, I would
like to talk about the time when my family gathered to make the Chung cake for the Tet
holiday.

The Lunar New Year, or Tet, is a very special traditional holiday in my country. It was
probably my most favorite holiday when I was a small girl as my family had a lot of
activities to celebrate this occasion. Among them, making the Chung cake made me
excited the most. The Chung cake is made of glutinous rice, green beans and fat pork, wrapped in banana leaves in the shape of a square. I often played with my older brother when my parents prepared the ingredients for the cake. And then, my father lit a small fire to boil the cake overnight.

It was perhaps the only time of the year when I was allowed to stay up late. While my family was sitting around the warm fire, my grandmother would tell the old legendary
the story about the Chung cake to commemorate the filial affection of Lang Lieu prince to his father and remind us of the long-lasting Vietnamese tradition.

In recent years, my family has not had enough time for making the Chung cake on our
own. However, to me, a ready-made Chung cake that we buy from a local market cannot bring the special feeling and replace the taste of a Chung cake from my childhood. I hope that my family can continue our tradition in the coming years