IELTS Speaking Part 3 | How should tourists behave when they are in a different country?

Suggested Answer:

Visitors to a country should try their best to act like the locals1 as much as possible2. Whenever two cultures meet, there can be some friction, so travellers3 should research the local customs before they go. Learning a few4 words in the language and what constitutes good etiquette can really help to reduce tension and bring people closer together.


1Locals is a very useful word to know when discussing travel. It means the people who live in a place, and it is often used when contrasting them with tourists.

Many tourists in France annoy the locals by trying to speak to them in English.
Locals say this is the best place to eat.
As a local, I can take you to some of the places tourists don’t know about.

2As much as possible is a good phrase to add to an answer when you are suggesting somebody should do something to the furthest possible extent. For example:

I want to lose as much weight as possible this year.
She wants to earn as much as possible.
Business owners should think about their customers as much as possible.

3 – Paraphrasing is important in IELTS. If the examiner asks about tourists, you can still use that word in your answer, but you can demonstrate the breadth of your vocabulary by using synonyms such as traveller or people visiting a country. Other similar words include holidaymaker and sightseer.

4 Few vs A Few – This is one of those instances that show what a horrible language English can be. When used as a prenominal (before the noun) adjective, they mean completely different things. Few means not many, whereas a few means some (but not loads). They may refer to the same number, but few sounds more negative, whereas a few sounds more positive.

I have few friends. = I don’t have many friends.
I have a few friends. = I have some friends.

There are few tourists in Osaka. = There aren’t many tourists in Osaka.
There are a few tourists in Osaka
. = There are some tourists in Osaka.

Sorry. English can be horrible.

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