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IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Sports.

1. What types of sports are popular in your country? Why?
2. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
3. Do you often play a sport? Why/ why not?
4. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
5. How can sports bring people from different countries closer together?
6. Why are some international sports more popular than others?

1. What types of sports are popular in your country? Why?
Answer: People in my country love all kinds of sports. However, sports like Football/soccer, English cricket, field hockey, volleyball, badminton and swimming are more popular in my country primarily because there is no age bar or any other kinds of restriction on anybody for taking part in these sports. Besides, playing these sports involves a very little cost, if any at all, and as a result, people can play these sports easily. Finally, successful sportspersons, taking part in these games, generally enjoy a very “glamorous” life in my country which acts as a motivating factor for their fans to watch and play these games even more.

2. What are the benefits of playing a sport?
Answer: Depending on what type of sports one plays, there are several benefits of playing sports. For example, if one plays sports like soccer and cricket, which require a high degree of physical activities, they will help one to remain physically fit and healthy by reducing the possibility having obesity, heart diseases, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Besides, these sports also help people to get rid of depression and other mental illnesses. Finally, game, like “chess”, stimulates the brains which are really good to develop our memories.

3. Do you often play a sport? Why/ why not?
Answer: Yes, I do like to play soccer whenever I get a chance, especially during the weekend, because it helps me stay fit and healthy, especially, when I gain a bit extra weight for my age. Besides, it helps me rewind from the monotonous and hectic schedule of my daily life. On top of that, playing soccer also allows me to socialize with my friends outside of my work life and have some fun with them. And, all these, when put together, help me remain confident and competitive in this modern, tough and complicated world.

4. Do you think the types of sport that are popular will change in the future?
Answer: Yes, it is very possible that the types of sports, that are popular today, would change in the future mainly because we will become even busier with our works, and our priorities most likely would change with it as well in the process. So, the chances are that we will probably play only those sports which require very little time. Besides, the chances are that those sports (ie. video games and computer games), which we are able to play at home with our families, will also become popular in the future. Finally, more and more sponsors and businesses would try to make other forms of sports popular because of more financial gains.

5. How can sports bring people from different countries closer together?
Answer: Sports play an important role in bringing people from different countries together by organizing different forms of international sports tournaments so that teams from those countries can learn about each other and become each other’s friends in the process of playing against each other, but that’s only a part of it. Sports also bring the supporters of one particular country closer to another country because they happen to love the team or certain players of that country due to their great performance in the field.

6. Why are some international sports more popular than others?
Answer: Some international sports are more popular than others because of their long history in our countries as well as because they are more intricately ingrained into our cultures than other international sports. Besides, some sports are not just given the chance to truly shine and show what they are capable of simply because they are perceived to be “not as exciting as others”. Finally, it is so also because the businesses and sponsors keep promoting and “patronizing” certain sports over the others purely because of additional financial gains.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Advertising.

1. What makes an advertisement effective?
2. What is the purpose of advertising?
3. How have advertisements changed since you were a child?
4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of advertising?
5. Do you think that advertisements should be strictly regulated?
6. How important is it for advertisers to tell the whole truth in advertisements?

1. What makes an advertisement effective?
Answer: There are a number of facts that makes an advertisement effective. To begin with, the advertisement on a particular product has to be absolutely relevant and specific on its message while also describing at the same time what exactly set the product apart from others in terms of its benefits. Besides, for an advertisement to be effective, the language or the wording has to be unique to the target audience, based on their age, gender, race, culture, religion and geographic location. Finally, the advertisement should include a clear “call for action” such as asking to buy the product or contact.

2. What is the purpose of advertising?
Answer: For a given market segment, there are six main purposes of an advertisement, which include informing the consumers about a certain product and convince customers, changing the belief about a certain brand, enhance the image of the company, point out and create a need for products or services, generating new direct sales and announce new products and programs. Some advertisements may also want to demonstrate new uses for established products and send a reminder to use an existing product.

3. How have advertisements changed since you were a child?
Answer: Advertisements have changed significantly over the years since I was a child. For a starter, when I was a child, if I remember correctly, there were only radio, TV and print media to show us the advertisements, but today there are computers, smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram also on which advertisements are being displayed continuously. We can also see billboards, neon signs, and other vibrant and visually captivating printed designs, that are placed at strategic locations with high volumes of human traffic, which were not seen when I was a child.

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of advertising?
Answer: The main advantage of advertising is that they allow us to learn about new products and services that we may need badly. Advertising also helps us compare among different kinds of products, in terms of their costs and qualities, so that we can make an informed decision when making a purchase.

The main disadvantage of advertising that I think of is that they increase the cost of the products because it costs to advertise and the companies pass those advertising cost to be picked up by the customers. They sometimes mislead the customers because not all the products, that are advertised, are good for them.

5. Do you think that advertisements should be strictly regulated?
Answer: Yes, I do think that advertisement should be strictly regulated because, without it, misleading information on the products will keep deceiving the customers into buying wrong and defected products. Besides, without strict regulation, bigger companies will always have undue advantages, because of their higher budget for advertisements, over the smaller and local manufacturers/companies even though the products of “bigger” companies are of inferior quality to those of smaller companies. In other words, advertisement kills competition and gives larger companies an unfair advantage over smaller companies.

6. How important is it for advertisers to tell the whole truth in advertisements?
Answer: It is absolutely important for advertisers to tell the whole truth in advertisements for trust issues. Advertisers should tell customers exactly what they are buying or getting because if there is a discrepancy between the expectation of the customers and what the advertisers advertise, then the trust would be lost, and the customers most likely would never come back to buy the same products again in the future. Besides, some customers may also go as far as “suing” the company, if they think that they are lied to, which certainly is not good for the lasting image of a company.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Childhood Memory.

1. Is it important to have pleasant childhood memories? Why?
2. Do you think that people are permanently affected by negative childhood memories? Why do you think so?
3. What do you think it means to ‘live in the past’?
4. Nowadays many parents try to make their children happy by buying them many toys. How do you feel about this?
5. Is it important for a child to have a lot of toys in order to be happy?
6. What is more important for a child’s happiness, many toys or many friends?

1. Is it important to have pleasant childhood memories? Why?
Answer: It is absolutely important to have pleasant childhood memories because, without them, negativity will creep up into our lives when we grow up to become adults. In fact, without pleasant childhood memories, we would develop mistrust, sense of unnecessary shame, doubt and guilt, sense of inferiority, confusion with playing a proper social role in the community in our lives while most likely remaining isolated also from the fun and productive activities. Childhood memories often make or break our future life and that is why it is imperative to have a pleasant childhood and positive memories associated with it.

2. Do you think that people are permanently affected by negative childhood memories? Why do you think so?
Answer: Negative childhood memories have some impacts on our future like but I don’t think that people are permanently affected by negative childhood memories just as they aren’t by the positive memories because if they did affect, it would be very difficult for us to make decisions quickly, and we would always carry a huge load of complex emotional bag on our back to be “functional”. Besides, the fact, that we are able to treat some of our mental illnesses (which are essentially nothing but a collection of negative memories from our past childhood sometimes) with “psychiatric” treatments, proves to us that people aren’t affected by childhood memories permanently. If we were enduringly affected by our negative experiences in childhood, it would have been quite impossible for us to carry on as adults.

3. What do you think it means to ‘live in the past’?
Answer: “Memories” are lifetime things that remain with us for the rest of our lives, and when we think and talk about these memories by forgetting about the normal activities of our lives, we call it “living in the past”. Of course, “living in the past” is not that bad when cling on to the “pleasant” memories because they sometimes motivate us to have positive views about life, but if we cling on to the “unpleasant or negative” memories most of the time, we become depressed and find it really hard to enjoy the “normal” things in our lives. 

4. Nowadays many parents try to make their children happy by buying them many toys. How do you feel about this?
Answer: Generally speaking, it makes me feel good when I see that parents are buying their children many toys in order to make them happy because it helps create “good memories” in the minds of the children. Besides, the practice also helps create a stronger bond between the parents and their children. However, while the practice of buying many toys may seem to be an “innocent” act in isolation, parents would do good on their parts if they also care to teach their children sometimes not to get “mad or unhappy”, when they (the children) don’t receive something they really like, in order to help children understand the “realities” of life.

5. Is it important for a child to have a lot of toys in order to be happy?
Answer: No, it is not important for a child to have a “lot” (because this is the “keyword” here) of toys in order to become happy as long as they are taught what it really means to be “happy”. If the children are taught that the “real happiness” lies in celebrating life and many of its occasions without receiving any “material” things in return, then the chances are that they wouldn’t exactly dig too much into the idea of receiving a “lot” of gifts to become happy. Besides, children are “innocent” minded, so if they are treated with genuine love and care, they wouldn’t really mind too much about the “number” of toys they are getting.

6. What is more important for a child’s happiness, many toys or many friends?
Answer: A child needs both the toys and friends to become happy in his or her life, but they certainly don’t need “many” of either of them. Contrary to popular belief, I really like to think that children are “rational”, and they don’t exactly care to understand the complicated issue of “being happy”. Rather, all the children care is to “enjoy and have fun” in their lives whether they get them from playing with their friends or by playing with their toys.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Photography.

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking photographs?
2. How has modern technology changed the way we take photographs?
3. How has sharing photographs changed since your grandparents’ time?
4. How well do photographs capture special moments?
5. Do you think that people nowadays spend too much time taking photographs?
6. Why do you think people photograph themselves?

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking photographs?
Answer: The primary advantage of taking photographs is that it helps us preserve the memories of both of our good times and “not-so” good times. By taking photographs, we can also establish a truth, especially, in situations where people are “maligned” unfairly. Besides, when choosing it as a “hobby”, we can always enjoy having a good time with our cameras by taking pictures of different “good” things randomly that we really like.

Among the disadvantages, sometimes, you might get so obsessed with photography that you forget to live and enjoy your life in the present moment. Besides, depending on the photographs in order to get the whole picture about a person or a situation can be misleading at times.

2. How has modern technology changed the way we take photographs?
Answer: Technology, especially in the form of digital photography, has made taking photographs way more easy today than at any other time in the history of photography.  With the digital camera, today we have more opportunities to take the photo from any location, distance and angle, take as many photos as we want, view them instantly, process it and then share it more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Besides, because of technology, messy and unnecessary paper prints are becoming more and more obsolete as there are many other ways to view photographs today.

3. How has sharing photographs changed since your grandparents’ time?
Answer: Photographs sharing have changed very significantly since our grandparents’ time for better, of course. Back in our grandparents’ time, we used to rely either on postal mails and other forms of “human courier” which would take days and weeks to share the photographs, sometimes damaged because of bad weather, with our families and loves ones. But, today, we can share our pictures “intact” with anybody in the world in the blink of an eye, courtesy to the internet and computer technology. Besides, unlike during our grandparents’ time, we save our photographs on computers and “cloud servers”, for sharing purposes instead of a paper-based, and physical photo albums.

4. How well do photographs capture special moments?
Answer: How well photographs capture special moments entirely depends on the skill level of the photographers as well as the “environment” in which the photographs are being taken. However, with the digital technologies, we have today, as well as with the many advanced university photography courses, it is fair to assume that photographs manage to capture special moments rather nicely. And, its proofs can be found in many “extra-ordinary” photographs that we see today in our daily life on different print media and picture galleries. People who are on the photo or had been present in an event where the photographs were taken can get back to the memory lane and cherish the moment once more.

5. Do you think that people nowadays spend too much time taking photographs? Why?
Answer: If you are asking about the ‘social media’ generation, who are using Facebook, Twitter and Instagrams pretty much 24/7, then the answer is that they do spend a lot of time in taking photographs of virtually anything and everything in order to share them with their friends and families on the internet. But, outside of this social media generation who are glued to the internet 24/7, I don’t really see that many people are spending much time in taking photographs unless, of course, there is a very valid reason to do so.  

6. Why do you think people photograph themselves?
Answer: Well, people choose to photograph themselves for several reasons. First, they probably can’t really rely on the “skills” of other people as they believe in their own skills. Secondly, taking photographs of one’s own has become really, really easy with smartphones and other advanced digital cameras and "selfie" is a modern craze popular among the young generation. Finally, some people photograph themselves because they don’t have any other people or expert photographers around them to take their pictures at some special moments.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Inventions and copyright.

1. Which invention has transformed your country most? How?
2. What inspires some people to be inventors?
3. How long should someone be able to profit from an idea? Why?
4. Do you think intellectual property laws are too strict? Why do you think that is?
5. What is your opinion about the copyright of an intellectual property and idea?
6. Can you cite one example when you noticed a copyright violation? What was it?

1. Which invention has transformed your country most? How?
Answer: In my opinion, the invention of computer technologies has transformed my country the most, first, by changing the mindsets of millions of young people where they think that they are able to do anything to improve their life. In fact, today we can see that a huge number of educated youth and professionals are working with computers one way or another who otherwise would have remained “unemployed”. Secondly, computer technologies have automated many offices and workplaces in my country which, in turn, certainly has helped in increased productivity and efficiency of our workers.

2. What inspires some people to be inventors?
Answer: I think that primarily three factors drive people to be inventors. One of those factors is that some people want to become inventors because they genuinely want to help people and improve their lives one way or another. Then the second factor is that some people see an opportunity to inventing something because that would allow them to make some huge profit financially. Finally, there is another group of people who like to be inventors because that’s just their hobbies, or they just like to experiment with their certain skills and talents.

3. How long should someone be able to profit from an idea? Why?
Answer: In my opinion, one should be able to profit from an idea as long as the common people receive the benefits from it. But, in reality, it doesn’t happen because different countries around the world have different patent rules (legal protection for the “inventor” or “the idea”). For example, the USA grants a 20-year “patent” while the UK has about 4 years.  But, that’s just one side of the story because a patent does not automatically grant the patent owners any right to make their own inventions. Rather, the patent just gives the “owner of the idea” the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or importing the invention. In other words, the “inventor” or the “owner of the idea” actually may not get any profit at all from his or her idea if it doesn’t gain any “traction”, and if nobody is willing to use his/her ideas.

4. Do you think intellectual property laws are too strict? Why do you think that is?
Answer: Yes, I do think that sometimes intellectual property laws are too strict because most of the copyright laws aren’t exactly aimed at protecting profits of the person, owning the work, but rather, the laws have become obsessed with the "rights" to show the copyrighted work in situations where it has very little or no effect on the sales and profit of the owner of the copyrighted work.

I think, most of the copyright laws for intellectual properties need an amendment to make it more practical and modern.

5. What is your opinion about the copyright of an intellectual property and idea?
Answer: In my opinion, there should be the copyright laws of intellectual property and idea in order to protect the interests of the companies and organizations. However, it should also be said at the same time that most of the copyright and intellectual property laws are generally written by lobbyists of major companies and organizations without thinking about the interests of the common public in most cases. Besides, in my opinion, copyrights should be valid for a much shorter period of time for the purpose of encouraging “fair competition”.

6. Can you cite one example when you noticed a copyright violation? What was it?
Answer: Yes, I have noticed a number of examples where copyright violations had occurred. For example, incidents like downloading music online which harms the music recording companies financially. Similarly, I have also found that people are using the copyright images of other individuals and companies without their permission. Finally, I have also found some fake companies in my country producing some products without the knowledge of the original companies or any legal authority.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Leisure Activities.

1. What type of leisure activities are popular in your country?
2.  Why it is important for people to have leisure activities?
3.  Why are some leisure activities more popular than others?
4. Do you think that parents should choose leisure activities for their children? Why/Why not?
5. Has free time activities among people in your country changed much than that of 2 decades ago?
6. What changes do you think technologies has brought in the way people enjoy their leisure activities?

1.  What type of leisure activities are popular in your country?
Answer: Well, the leisure and recreational activities in my country greatly vary based on the age group, economic and employment status, gender and location of people. However, watching TV, surfing the internet, walking in the park, reading daily newspapers and participating in sports like cricket and football are some very common past time activities of the people in my country.

To be more specific, teenagers and young people mostly like to watch TV programmes, use the internet and social networking sites like Facebook, play online games, sometimes collect stamps, and play outdoor games and sports while adults most of the time Watch TV, walk in the park and read newspapers. The choice of hobbies and leisure activities are quite different between city-dwellers and villagers. For instance, a teenage boy in a city would mostly play a video game or chat with friends online in his free time, a teenager in a rural area, on the contrary, would be busy fishing or playing outdoor games.

How these activities vary are quite prominent in our country. Even I can feel that by just looking at the different members of my family.  While my younger brother loves to travel, my elder brother plays cricket. Two of my cousins collect stamps and coins while I mostly read books and magazines. My parents walk in the park and other family members mostly enjoy movies and other TV programmes.  

2.  Why it is important for people to have leisure activities?
Answer: I believe that leisure activities are quite important for us as these activities often define who we are, what we like and how we chose to spend our time. Furthermore, these activities refresh our mind, motivate us and help us reinvent ourselves. For instance, one of my cousins started taking painting classes as his hobby a few years back. Initially, it was a simple past time activity has was passionate about. Later on, he found that he had great potential in painting and now he is a full-time artist. This is a real-life example of how a simple leisure activity can help us re-explore our hidden talent and passion.

Human, physically and psychologically, is not prepared to work stay idle all day long. They need a perfect schedule for working, relaxing, and enjoying their free time. Thus leisure activities help us enjoy our time, get refreshed, relax, and get recharged for working more. Interestingly, people who work very hard need more enjoyable free time activities. Otherwise, they will suffer from fatigue and get distracted soon. 

3.  Why are some leisure activities more popular than others?
Answer: It is quite natural that people would prefer some sort of leisure activities than others. The preference and choice depend on the way someone has spent his childhood and how he was influenced by the other family members. Besides, it varies from country to country and sometimes even cities to cities. The history and socio-cultural background of a nation also influence the type of leisure activities people have. To cite an example, teenagers in some Asian countries often make kites and fly them while this is not the case in many western countries.

Personally, I believe that the leisure activities of people are often determined by the society they live in and their socio-economic status. Finally, some leisure activities are more common and popular due to their attractions and engagements.

4. Do you think that parents should choose leisure activities for their children? Why/Why not?
Answer: Yes, I do think that parents should choose leisure activities for their children primarily because the practice will allow the parents to a have enough oversight over the activities of their children as in whether they are picking up any bad habits or hanging out with wrong the crowds. Besides, children are not always intelligent or smart enough to understand what are good for their proper physical and mental growth, and as such, would require advice from their parents so that the children are able to extract maximum benefits from the leisurely activities.

5. Has free time activities among people in your country changed much than that of 2 decades ago?
Answer: I am not sure if I will be able to give a full account of free time activities before two decades because of my rather young age, but I think that the free time activities in my country before two decades were pretty much limited to going to a movie theatre, visiting friends and families, just going to enjoy some snacks or refreshments at a local coffee shop or watching some games.  However, now free time activities have changed a lot because people today go for frequent shopping at big shopping malls/centres, visit restaurants to try some international cuisines, and travel to some distant tourist spots in addition to watching movies at home (not theatre) and surfing on the internet.

6. What changes do you think technologies has brought in the way people enjoy their leisure activities?
Answer: I think that technologies today have brought significant changes in the way people enjoy their leisure activities. For example, internet technologies have made it possible to listen to our favourite music or watch our favourite movies anytime whether we are at home or on the go. Internet, together with mobile technologies, also has made communication with our friends and families possible (my favourite leisure activities) even if we live the world apart.  Technologies have also given us “speed” with which we can travel to some interesting lands, far away from home, in minutes which would probably take hours before, if not days.


IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Studies.

1. What are some popular subjects that university students study in your country? Why?
2. Do you think that university education should be free for students? [Why/Why not]
3. Do you think students from all majors should study subjects like math and history? Why/ Why not?
4. What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
5. How technology has brought benefits to the way students prepare for their exams?
6. How the use of technology in the classrooms will bring more benefits to teachers and students? Why?

1. What are some popular subjects that university students study in your country? Why?
Answer: For years, we have seen that subjects like computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, pharmacy, business administration, medical science, public administration, international relationship, marine science and engineering, and other engineering subjects (like architectural and mechanical engineering) have remained popular. These subjects have remained popular primarily because they offer better employment and earning opportunities. They are popular also because they usually bring a greater social status and prestige for people that are not exactly associated with other subjects.

2. Do you think that university education should be free for students? Why/Why not?
Answer: No, I don’t really like to subscribe to the idea that university education should be free for students because that would tempt students to take education for granted, meaning that they wouldn’t possibly be enough serious about their studies. Besides, free education would also mean that universities wouldn’t probably have enough funds to put forth for high-level research works and structural improvements (ie. building new university residences and faculty halls) which would certainly harm the interests of students in the long run.

3. Do you think students from all majors should study subjects like math and history? Why/ Why not?
Answer: In principle, I am in favour of studying all subjects, including math and history, because the more we learn, the better will it prepare us to face the challenges of the real world.  Studying math equip us more analytical and reasoning capabilities which may prove out to be crucial in looking for a solution for complicated problems while studying history would allow us to take a more informed decision in the light of previous success and failures for identical problems or challenges.

4.  What are the differences between a private university and a public university? Which one do you prefer?
Answer: Well, as the name suggests, private universities are privately owned universities contrary to the government or state-owned public universities. Private universities are quite expensive and in many cases, offer a few selected courses. On the other hand, public universities are funded by the state and do not require high tuition fees for the students. From my personal experience I can say that, public universities large campuses and a great number of students while the opposite is the case for private universities.

Which one do I prefer? Well, as a public university student I personally prefer a public university over a private university. However, I am quite broad-minded in terms of accepting some advantages of studying at a private university. For example, a student from a private university can complete his course in due time while this is not possible at many public universities.

5. How technology has brought benefits to the way students prepare for their exams?
Answer: Technology has brought a number of great benefits to the way students prepare for their exams today. For example, today students can easily do research works on their computers by using the internet from the comfort of their homes without really going to a library. Students can also share and transmit important data and information, which are necessary to prepare for exams, in seconds by using their emails anytime and anywhere. Finally, technology has also helped students prepare for exams by allowing them to solve very complicated problems on their computers with the help of many math and engineering software and applications which wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

6. How the use of technology in the classrooms will bring more benefits to teachers and students? Why?
Answer: The use of technology can bring more benefits to teachers and students by allowing them to collaborate with each other because, in that way, both students and teachers can engage themselves in a more fun but challenging manner. For example, today, there are many teaching/learning apps, to be used on our computers, for individualized instruction. And with these apps, while students can learn at their own pace according to their abilities, the teachers can also, at the same time, work with the individual students who might struggle to learn.


IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic: Ceremony.

1. How important are ceremonies in our lives?
2. Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
3. Have attitudes towards marriage changed in recent years?
4. In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
5. What sort of national events makes headlines in your country?
6. Does the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?

1. How important are ceremonies in our lives?
Answer: Ceremonies are a part of our very existence and they represent our cultural Identity, religious norms, traditions, patriotic feelings and often our inner joys and expectations as humans. From this regard, they are quite significant. Without ceremonies, life would have been monotonous and we would have very few occasions to enjoy, celebrate and have reasons to be surrounded by friends and relatives. Personally, I feel more alive and more socially connected during the major celebrations we observe.

2. Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
Answer: No, I don’t really see the roles of private and public ceremonies are changing in the future because, both the private and public ceremonies, as they are now today, are being observed for an array of reasons which have existed and remained the same for thousands of years. For example, the roles (which is to share fun and happiness among friends and family members) of birthdays or wedding ceremonies are the same today as they were before centuries ago. The same can be said pretty much for all other ceremonies.

3. Have attitudes towards marriage changed in recent years?
Answer: Marriage is still an influential aspect of our social bonds, but thanks to the changes in our mentality about marriage and that help prevent early marriage which was so common even only 30 years ago. In the past, late marriage for females was unacceptable and often considered an unfortunate event. However, this is no longer the case, and both males and females, these days, want to have a career before getting married which, in my opinion, is a positive trend. However, an increasing number of single parents and unmarried population are often indicated by many to be a concerning issue and I accord with them in this regard.

Overall, our perceptions and attitudes towards marriage have changed to a great extent and I believe the changes are mostly positive.

4. In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
Answer: I think that depends on the type of marriage we are considering and the country where the marriage is taking place. For instance, both girls and boys in our country cordially accept love marriage while they feel differently about settled marriage.

Moreover, a boy has to be an earning member before he can get married while this is not the case for girls. Since a bride starts living with her husband's family in our country, this is a major shift for a girl. Grooms, on the other hand, focus more on starting his own family and thus their thoughts and preparation for the marriage are different.

5. What sort of national events makes headlines in your country?
Answer: Any major political decision, crisis or agenda get attention from mass media and become headlines in our country. Besides, whenever our national cricket team wins a game, that is also a piece of major news. I can recall a few occasions when the achievement of an individual, who brought glory for our country, also became headlines in newspapers and television news. Any catastrophic event that causes loss of life and property are often the headlines of the news. Finally, our Independence day is highly focused on different media throughout the month.

6. Does the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
Answer: This depends on the type of media we are talking about. If it's a national TV channel, for instance, it primarily focuses on national events. An English newspaper or a satellite TV channel that has a global audience, on the contrary, has more global than national news.

However, as a whole, national news and events get more attention from the media white prominent and important global events are also highlighted in the media we are talking about.

 

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