IELTS Part 1.6 Relationship (Fam & Friends)

Relationships Family and Friends 1. Who in the family are you closest with? Among my sibling s, I'm closest to my sister in my family. It's like we are joined at the hip and have a really strong bond. Growing up, we did everything together, from playing sports and games to sharing secrets and confiding in each other. Even though we're both adults now and live in different cities, we still make an effort to stay in touch and connect regularly. We talk on the phone, text, and video chat all the time, and we try to visit each other as often as possible. I think what I love most about my sister is that she's always been my there for me, no matter what. She's my rock , my biggest supporter and cheerleader throughout my life, and I know that I can always count on her in time of need. Whenever I think about it, I feel really grateful. Such a blessing it is to have such a strong and loving relationship with my sister. And, I know that no matter turbulence we face in life, we'll always be there for each other. 2. What are the benefit of living in an extended family? "I've been fortunate enough to have grown up in an extended family, and I think there are a lot of benefits to living in this type of environment. One of the biggest benefits is having a support system that you can always rely on. With more people in the family, there's always someone who can offer advice, help out with childcare, or just be there to lend an ear when u need to talk. Another advantage is the sense of community and connection that comes with living in an extended family. When you have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all living together, you get to experience a sense of shared history and culture that can be really enriching and rewarding. Living in an extended family can also be a great way to learn important life skills and values. For example, you might learn about teamwork, compromise, and communication as you navigate the dynamics of living in a multi-generational family . And you might also pick up important cultural traditions and practices that can help you stay connected to your heritage and identity. 3. When and how often do you have family gathering? I'm fortunate to come from a close-knit family that loves to spend time together, so we have family gatherings pretty often. We try to get together at least a few times a year for holidays, special occasions, or just to catch up and spend time together.
One of the biggest family gatherings we have every year is for New Year's Eve. We usually rent a big house or cabin in the mountains, and everyone in the family comes together to celebrate the end of the year and ring in the new one. We would cook sumptuous meals, play games, and spend a lot of time just hanging out and enjoying each other's company. We also have family gatherings for other holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as for birthdays and other milestones. And sometimes we just plan get-togethers for no special reason other than to spend time together. 4. What kinds of activities does your family often do together? "My family and I have a lot of fun activities that we like to do together. One of our favorite things to do is have a cook-out . We all love food and enjoy trying new recipes , so we often spend time in the kitchen whipping up a big meal together. Sometimes we'll even have friendly cooking competitions to see who can make the best dish. Beside that, we also love to travel and explore new places. We would plan trips to different parts of the country or even abroad, and together we would sightseeing, sampling new foods, and making memories. To me, adventuring and exploring is hands-down the best way to bond as a family 5. Do you prefer confining in your parents or friends? Personally , I prefer to confide in my friends when I need to talk about personal matters. While I do have a good relationship with my parents and trust them, I feel that my friends are better equipped to understand my struggles and offer the kind of support and advice that I need. I have a close group of friends whom I can always count on to listen without judgment and provide me with perspective on my problems. In turn, I am always there for them when they need someone to talk to. I value the trust and openness that we have with each other, and it has helped me through some really tough times in my life. 6. Would you want to have another sibling? For me, I would love to have another sibling. I grew up with one sibling and we have a close relationship, but I have always felt that having more siblings would have been even better. I think having more siblings would mean more support, more shared experiences, more partner-in-crime and more people to turn to when you need help. I have always been envious of people with big families and close - knit siblings, and I think it would be great to have more siblings of my own. That being said, I am grateful for sister and the wonderful relationship we have built over the years. 7. Have you ever had disagreement with someone in your family? Unfortunately, I have had disagreements with my mom in the past. While generally we have a fantastic relationship, we have quite different personalities, so sometimes we would clash over opinions or ways of doing things. However, I think it's important to address conflicts in a healthy and constructive way, rather than letting them fester and create resentment. That's
why I always try to communicate openly with my mother and listen to her perspective, even if we don't always agree because ,ultimately, I value the relationship I have with my mom and don't want disagreements to get in the way of that. 8. How do you keep in touch with distanced family or friend? I do that through various means. To start, social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram allow me to stay updated on their lives and connect with them through messaging or commenting on their posts. I also make phone calls or send emails to catch up and check in on how they are doing. Video calls are another great option for face-to-face conversations, which can be especially important when you haven't seen someone in a long time. Personally this is my favorite method. Being able to see people and their facial expressions as you talk to them make it feel so much more intimate. I find that it's important to make an effort to stay in touch with loved ones, even if it requires a little bit of extra effort or time. 9. What quality do you look for in a friend? For me, I value friends who are genuine and authentic. I appreciate people who are true to themselves and don't try to put on a facade or be someone they're not. Honesty is also of utmost importance in a friendship, even if it means sometimes saying things that might be difficult to hear but necessary nonetheless. Then, there's trustworthiness. I suppose it's needless to say how important it is to have friends whom you be yourself with. Additionally, having similar interests and values is another crucial thing to me, as it create opportunities to interact, foster a deeper connection and understanding between friends. 10. Where do you often hangout with friends? If I were to choose a place to hang out with friends, I would choose a café. I love the atmosphere of a well-designed coffee shop, with cozy seating, friendly staff, good lighting and music. It's a great place to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee or tea, and maybe even enjoy a pastry or two. I find that the relaxed vibe of a coffee shop allows for easy conversation and connection with friends. Plus, there's usually free Wi-Fi, which is always a plus!
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