Discussion Topic - Your hometown

Discussion Topic - Your hometown.

Part 1 - Introduction & Interview:

Q. 1. Where is your hometown?
Answer: My hometown is a small place called “Natore” which is located in the western corner of Bangladesh. Even though it is a small town, it is very famous for sweet delicatessens, serving and selling many different kinds of sweet desserts.

Q. 2.  What do you like about your hometown?
Answer: I like several things about my hometown. First, since it is a small town, it seems everybody knows everybody here like a friend. Besides, it is a quiet town where I don’t really have to deal with the crowd, noises and bad traffics on a daily basis. People are amicable and helpful and that makes it a great place to live in.

Q. 3. What is the weather like there?
Answer: The weather can be hot and humid, with an average temperature of about 35 degree Celsius, during the summer season which starts from around June and ends in October. The winter in my hometown is moderately cold with an average temperature of about 15 degree Celsius.

Q. 4. What building is considered famous in your town?
Answer: There is a number of buildings in my hometown which are famous, but one particular building called “The Rajbari” (residence of the landlord king) demands for some special attention because it is there for almost 300 years as the remnants of a glorious past of a people who used to rule the town and its adjacent areas.

Q. 5. How has your town changed over the last twenty years?
Answer: Over the last twenty years, my town has changed rather significantly as its population has increased and so has the number of new buildings and infrastructures with it. Today, we can notice that many people from my hometown have left for bigger cities because of better employment opportunities as people want to improve their living standard even more.


Part 3 - Details Discussion:

Q. 1. Why do people have a very strong bond with their hometown?
Answer: One of the best indicators of happiness is how much social connections of different types we have in our life, and perhaps there are no better and natural social connections for a human than the one he creates with his hometown. After all, a hometown is the place where we are born and raised as children. Besides, people have this strong bond also because it is hard to replicate the depth of social interaction that we build up from our youth when you move somewhere else as an adult.

Q. 2. What is the main reason for liking a hometown other than the fact you were born there?
Answer: The main reason for liking a hometown, other than the fact that someone was born there, is that the person most likely has created some wonderful memories with his/her friends and families, to cherish for his/her entire life, throughout his or her childhood. Besides, in a hometown, everything sounds and looks so familiar, and that perhaps could also be a very good reason for liking the place. It is also associated with our childhood memories, which for most people, is the best time of their lives.

Q. 3. Do people with the same hometown have similar thinking and preference? Why?/ Why not?
Answer: No, I don’t think that the people, born, raised or even living in the same hometown, necessarily have similar thinking and preference, primarily because they are brought up in different families with different values and norms. Besides, different people are born with different kinds of physical and psychological needs, regardless of whether they have the same town, and therefore what one may find useful can be disregarded as some completely “worthless” objects. Also, people from the same area have different characteristics and moral values.

Q. 4. Many people do not live in their hometowns. Why?
Answer: Many people do not live in their hometowns, primarily because they want to pursue a better career opportunity somewhere else. They may decide not to live in their hometowns also because they have a fascination with certain spots or cities where they can do a lot of things in order to enjoy their lives. Finally, many people choose to leave their hometowns simply because they just don’t like the overall culture and the environment of the places where they have grown up.

Q. 5. What can people do to improve their hometown even if they do not live there?
Answer: People can actually do a lot of things in order to improve their hometowns whether they live there or not. For example, people can help establish some kinds of sports clubs, study clubs or libraries in order to encourage young people to become more involved in physical and intellectually-stimulating activities. They may also plant and grow trees in the front yards or backyards of their homes, not only make the city look greener and more beautiful but also to improve the quality of their airs. They can also contribute to some charities that work to help needy people.

Q. 6. What changes do you think your hometown went through in the last ten years?
Answer: Over the last ten years, my hometown has gone through a number of changes, both positive and negative. To name a few of these positive changes, people have become more technologically-savvy with access to smartphones and the internet. Besides, people, in general, have also become more aware of the natural environment around them.

But, as far as negative changes are concerned, people have become more “self-centred”, and as such, they have very little time to socialize with their families and friends.

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