How to answer is something popular in your country?

Are bikes popular in your countiy?
Is watching team sports popular where you live?
Is playing sports popular in your university?
Is music popular in your countiy?

Language step 1 Types of People
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, describe different types
of people.
…Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university male students regularly play football. As for watching football, I think most
Vietnamese men of all ages frequently witch English Premier League matches..,I
don’t believe football is very popular with manyVietnamese women.
…As a rule, the younger generation usually listens to pop, rock or hip-hop music,
whereas the older people tend to listen to older Vietnamese songs or folk music. I
think many wealthy people listen to classical music, sometimes going to live concerts.
Alice
David
Notice that both Alice and David say what types of people X is popular with. Talking
about types of people is a great way to sound like a native speaker when answering Is X
popular (in your country)? type questions.
Remember:
A country is made up of different types of people, different groups.
These different groups have different interests and likes and dislikes.
So, don’t just speak for the whole nation and say:
People in my country like to drink tea.
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Part One
A native speaker will talk about the types of people that X is popular with, rather than
saying that all people like it. So, a better answer- that does not generalise- would be:
In general, a lot of elderly Vietnamese people like drinking tea, though there are some who
do not like tea.
Now let’s look at some more words talking about the different types of people that make
up a society:
Age Groups & Generations Work-related Groups Social Classes
the older generation
the elderly
younger people
school kids
retired people
office workers
white-cpllar workers
unemployed people
housewives
poor people
rich people
the working classes
the middle classes
the upper classes
the lower classes
the younger generation
adolescents job seekers

Language step 2 Quantity Words
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, use the quantity words.
Alice …Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university
male students regularly play football…I thinkmosf Vietnamese men of all ages
frequently watch English Premier League matches…I don’t believe football is very
popular with many Vietnamese women.
David …Most people in Vietnam listen to music every day…I think martywealthy people
listen to classical music, sometimes going to live concerts.
Again, you will have noticed that both David and Alice use quantity words in their answers
so that they do not generalise.
Look at the following quantity words which you should master so that you also don’t
generalise about people:
most
I think most people like to occasionally watch and play sports.
the majority of
The majority of teenagers listen to pop music at least once a week.
a lot of
I believe a lot of people will decide to study abroad in the future.
(not) many
Not many elderly people are interested in basketball,
a small percentage of
Only a small percentage of students have their own cars,
very few
In my opinion, very few poor people have the chance to study English.

Language step 3 Expressions of Habit
Let’s take a look at how the two IELTS candidates, Alice and David, use expressions of habit.
Alice …Generally speaking, I would say that the majority of high school and university
male students regularly play football…
David ..As a rule, the younger generation usually listens to pop, rock or hip-hop music,
whereas the older people tend to listen to older Vietnamese songs or folk music…
L …
When you are trying to talk about a lot of people, you should also use different expressions of habit so that you don’t generalise too much.
Look at the following expressions to say what people usually or normally do:
ingeneral
In general, people in India like to eat spicy food.
generally speaking
Generally speaking, English people don’t really learn many other languages.
as a rule
This expression simply means generally, and has nothing to do with rules.
As a rule, the older generation tends to be more traditional than the younger generation.
more often than not
Businessmen drive cars to work more often than not.
tend to
Most people in my country tend to enjoy playing chess.

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