Last week’s sample question was another in the series of culture-themed questions. The aim of Part 2 questions is to allow candidates to talk about something specific and personal to them, for which no specialist vocabulary is needed. You can probably talk at length about such questions, so does that mean you should not prepare for them?
In fact, the easier questions – about topics that you have a lot of knowledge – are the best ones to impress the examiner on. And you can do this simply by peppering your answer with good vocabulary - collocations, phrasal verbs, and some uncommon words.
Here’s my model answer. Can you identify instances of good vocabulary in it?
I’m going to talk about the festival of Diwali, which is also called the festival of lights.
Diwali is usually celebrated in late October or early November. The exact date is determined according to the Hindu calendar.
We wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets, and light firecrackers on Diwali night. We also call on our close relatives and friends and exchange gifts.
Diwali is perhaps the most important of all Indian festivals because it celebrates the family, which is the core of the Indian social fabric.
I used to really enjoy Diwali when I was younger - I loved the lights, firecrackers, and food. But in recent years, I’ve become more and more aware of the magnitude light and noise pollution on Diwali, so I’ve (sort of) drifted away from traditional celebrations. I like my Diwali to be a quiet day spent with family now.
Here’s the cue card for this question: