Hello,

I have recently encountered a TOEFL essay topic that sounds as
follows:

"Describe a custom from your country that you would like people

from other countries to adopt."

I tried to think up a custom worthy adopting by other counties but
unfortunately I had not come up with any. Could you please suggest

any custom, not necessarily innate to your culture, which other
counties would benefit from adopting?

Holidays, celebrations, ceremoines, etc. do not seem to provide
much of benefit. They are just sediments of the past, peculiar to the
history of a single nation. What may be the benefit of one more holiday
except it may be another day off?!

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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Victor
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Here's an example: In the US, we have a holiday called "Thanksgiving." Originally, it was to express thanks for a bountiful harvest, but since few Americans farm their own food these days, it has become a chance for extended families to get together. A typical family tradition might be for everyone around the table to say one thing they are thankful for in their lives. It makes people pause and realize the many blessings they have in their lives, whether it's for family or a good job or a pet that makes them smile, or even (usually the younger ones) some new thing they now own.

What is something your family does that you think other families might enjoy doing? What is something your country recognizes that you think other people may have forgotten about or not understand the importance of?
Hello Barbara,

> What is something your family does that you think other families

> might enjoy doing? What is something your country recognizes that

> you think other people may have forgotten about or not understand

> the importance of?

I wish I knew the answer =) But anyway thanks for the example with

the Thanksgiving Day. I'll try to think up something similarly useful but

within the Russian culture.

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Victor
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Hello victor,

I have just read this post a few minutes ago. It has been about 3 days since the day you posted this topic here. So, have you come up with any ideas yet?

Anyways, I don't know much about Russia, but, I have one example regarding my country, Malaysia and East-Asian Countries (Japan and Korea). For so many years, my country has been trying to accustom and adopt their "hardworking culture" into my society. (I have no ideas what's the perception from other parts of this world regarding these two countries, but, from the eyes of most people in my country - we regard the Japanese and Koreans as "hardworking societies")

So, in 1982, we had an economy policy called "Look East Policy". My government did lots of campaigns and advertisements to my people; encouraging us to be as hardworking as the Japanese and Koreans in order to improve the development of my country. And, that policy really did lots of progressive changes to my country. [Y] (Last month, my government has been planning to innovate that policy . They are planning to add something that's called "Green Technology" which is a collaboration between Malaysia and Japan - I know it's not worth mentioning here; just sharing, he he) Emotion: embarrassed

Though it has got nothing to do with Russia, hopefully, it could help you a little bit in triggering some ideas for that essay. Maybe you could start searching for policies (regarding economy/ politics/ academics) of other countries that's related to your country, Russia. (though i am not sure how to do that). I know it should be an essay regarding "custom", but, it doesn't mean you have to be restricted to celebrations and holidays only, i think. Emotion: thinking

Regards,
[8].RedGuitar.[8]
Hello RedGuitar,

Thanks for your advice. First, I came up with an idea to write about benevolence and politeness which is innate for all Russians. But after I worked out a tiny essay, it became obvious that it is not quite a custom but a peciliarity of society members. And what was not the least important, it was not completely true =) Unfortunately, many fellows here are rude and impolite. Even if it were not so, it should have been something that others do not have. Writing about Russians being polite in this context implies that other nationalities are not. ;-) I ended up writing about old Russian tradition of visiting "banya", the Russian version of the steam bath. It looks more like a "custom" and writing about it does not disparage other nations =) I really don't know why I had not written about it first...

With regard to your proposal to write about hardworking,

> For so many years, my country has been trying to accustom
> and adopt their "hardworking culture" into my society.

as I have already said, in such a context writing about it would imply that people of other nations are lazy bums. Even if it were true, it would be considered as an gesture of extremism. =)

Nevertheless, thanks for the story. It's always interesting to know what's happening at different corners of the earth.

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Victor
Hello,
victor_amelkinThanks for your advice
victor_amelkinNevertheless, thanks for the story
You're most welcome, Victor. Emotion: happy

.....
victor_amelkinBut after I worked out a tiny essay, it became obvious that it is not quite a custom but a peciliarity of society members
May I ask something? What does it mean with "peciliarity" ? I couldn't find its meaning in the dictionary. Emotion: sad

.....
victor_amelkinUnfortunately, many fellows here are rude and impolite.
victor_amelkin...writing about it would imply that people of other nations are lazy bums.
he he, honestly, reading these two comment made me laugh. that's funny! Emotion: stick out tongue

Regards,
[8].RedGuitar.[8]
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victor_amelkinI ended up writing about old Russian tradition of visiting "banya", the Russian version of the steam bath. It looks more like a "custom" and writing about it does not disparage other nations =) I really don't know why I had not written about it first...
Victor, do you mind to share your essay (at EnglishForward) after you have finished writing it? it sounds interesting. I'd like to know more about that "banya". Emotion: nodding

Regards,
[8].RedGuitar.[8]
> May I ask something? What does it mean with "peciliarity"? I couldn't
> find its meaning in the dictionary. Emotion: sad

I beg your pardon. It should have been "peculiarity" (~= characteristic, trait).

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Victor
victor_amelkin> May I ask something? What does it mean with "peciliarity"? I couldn't> find its meaning in the dictionary. Emotion: sad

I beg your pardon. It should have been "peculiarity" (~= characteristic, trait).

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Victor
oh, okay. Thanks! Emotion: smile

Regards,
[8].RedGuitar.[8]
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