Part-2 国庆节 National Day

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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card with Model Answer.

Describe a national day in your country.

描述你国家的一个国庆节。

You should say:

  • What day it is
  • How it is celebrated
  • What the historical significance of this day is

And explain explain how you feel about this day.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

你有2分钟时间回答PART 2,在回答之前,你有1分钟的准备时间,准备时你可以写笔记。


Model Answer 1:

Vietnam is one of the countries that was under the domination of French colonies and got independent in 1945 from the French rules. Since then, the country observes the day as the National Day.

Vietnam is not so much developed in terms of modernity but the people of the country are too much patriotic. They underwent different struggles around their life before the independence and participated in the revolutions during the Second World War to make the state free from the occupation forces. Vietnam was used by the Japanese as a shelter to get involved in war and hide themselves. But by the same time, the domination of French colonies was prevailing on the land. Since the French dominators were alien in the country, they allowed the Japanese soldiers to stay in the country as long as they need. But the commoners revolted against the entire decision and finally on the day, September 2 in 1945 the country was declared as an independent state.

Presently the day is celebrated amid different events. The day is also known as the Independence Day of Vietnam. Marking the day, a large number of events are held across the country and the commoners participate on the events. This is a holiday for all around the country. In the early of the day, a good number of Vietnamese gather at the Ba Dinh Square. Here the declaration of Ho Chi Minh is played. Ho Chi Minh is the national leader who declared the independence of the country amid a disastrous situation. Later he became the first president in the independent Vietnam. Under his declaration, all the people gathered and revolted against the then occupiers. So, this declaration is used every year to remind the people about the origin of the country. A wide range of activities is undertaken on the day. Fireworks are the key attractions of the day. The streets are used for marches and many other events. Besides, many of the citizens go to visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh to pay respect to him.

The day is historically very important for all the citizens of Vietnam. Before the independence, French colonisers used to rule the country as a colony of them. As a result, the local people did not get enough attention from the colonisers in each of the aspects of daily life. In a word, the natives were exploited by the French colonisers. Thereby, a sense of discomfort started gathering among the locals. They wanted freedom. Simultaneously, with the initiation of the Second World War, life turned intolerable for them. Freedom from the occupational Japanese forces and the colonisers appeared like a basic need of the locals. So, they secretly started gathering opinions about their independence and once the opinions were gathered, they declared the independence by Ho Chi Minh. Later, he took care of the state like a father takes care of his son. So, if the declaration of independence was not made, the presence of Vietnam on the world map would not have been possible yet. The country might have been under the rule from the colonisers.

As a Vietnamese, I am proud of this day. This is the day for declaring our independence from France. If the day was not made, there would be no state named – Vietnam. My forefathers had participated in the declaration process and actively helped the president to bring the rule of peace in the country. Everything of Vietnam, before the independence, was in disorder. The declaration of independence brought everything under order. Different historic events took place before the date and the people had to silently tolerate the ill treatments. So, when my country became independent, the people started enjoying the freedom. The new name – The Democratic Republic of Vietnam brought a sense of peace among all. Later, some other events took place inside the country and government which are entirely different issues. So, when the day arrives, I try to participate in every activity organised by national and local level. I feel comfortable when I attend there.


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