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Friday, January 19, 2018


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1. for ex, pyramids in Egypt

In my country,namely , Sweden , owning summerhouse which is usually a little cottage in countryside is a status symbol.

Honest answers:

1. i'm not sure
2. i personally don't but as for "we", i have no idea ( i need to go out and talk to people more often, and determine their attitudes towards their possessions along the way. )
3. have no idea about this too. i'm only 20 years old. ( i need to read more history books)

Made-up answers:

1. In my country, a house in which one lives or an expensive car one owns are usually seen by many as status symbols. If my fellow countryman walking down the street casually sights a person driving a luxurious car that bears a famous brand name, for example, he/she would conclude that that person is rich and has a higher social standing.

2. i do think that many people attach too much importance to their possessions. When they go to parties, their possession is their favorite topic to chat about. Some others mistakenly think that happiness lies in owning an expensive car or a yacht. And they spend their whole lives
trying to make enough money to buy those things.

3. i think almost everything was different including people's attitudes towards their possessions 50 years ago. In the past, people were mainly concerned about their essential needs like food. But world's economy has improved since then increasing people's purchasing power, and their priority has thus shifted.

( somehow it took me over an hour to write those made-up answers above)

any suggestions to improve the answers are welcome.

In my opinion, status symbols are something you have, which identify your level. In general, it can be your educational level, which give you the title in communications, such as Pro. A or Dr. B. It also can be the assets you possess such as houses, cars, big account...

1. I my country, it seems to me that the assets make up the status symbols. Owning a house is symbolized for having enough money to live. Of course, it is understandable because housing prices in major cities are crazy. If you have a villa in a luxury compound whose name is knowned by almost everone, your position yourself at a substantially high level. Onother example is having a car. Especially when you drive Mercedes or BMW, people admire your wealth.

2. I think people have warranted reasons for importance of possessions. It is really not easy to have a big account in the bank legally or buy a luxury car which our Government imposes high taxes on. If you can earn that much money and possess a house or houses, a nice car and your children study at international schools, you deserve to gain admiration from others.

3. Things were different in my country 50 years ago. At that time, my country was still close to the world. We ran a centralized economy and we did not buy things by money. So at that time, i heard that possession did not play any significant role at all.

Try to use complex sentence, it is important like topic language

1. Many people in my country love possessing good houses and sports cars, and they are considered as status symbols of the upper class people which make them proud to see people marveling at these things.

2. Yes. I think many people value materialism too much. For them, possessing or having ownership of something that costs a fortune and most people can afford can make them stand out from the crowd and be admired.

3. I think things were mostly them same in the past 50 years. Most people in royal families in the past centuries also highly valued the materialism and had always tried to distinguish themselves from the rest of the population. Perhaps, we don't see it visibly or today's media have drastically developed to make this materialism phenomenon more widely known.

Hi Nhan,
I have seen a few of your comments before and I guess you´re Vietnammese,are'nt you? I really be impress by you. I'm preparing for IELTS exam by mysefl and what do you think if we have some discussions sometimes?

1.In my country, People has a high regards to personality possessing extremely huge houses and beautiful ,branded cars . It became the status symbol for us , which means that person belongs to elite level.
2.Nowadays, importance to possesions is important because if u look poor and dirty , people will not respect you ,nevertheless if u looks great , with branded clothes and a branded car, everyone has high respect.
3.50 years back, life in the phils is very different and backward.We dont have television ,so theres no way to know new brands . The only main focus on that time is how To live.


Thank you for your advice. Can you tell me more about that?

1 In my opinion, the status symbols for Japanese are probably European famous brand cars, such as Ferrari and Mercedes for men and some gorgeous real diamond or other crystal accessaries for women.
2 No I don’t think the possessions take an important role for our life. Of course it is matter for some high taxpayers to keep their status higher to show off how much rich they are. Otherwise our communities have more interest in low price with high quality. For example, we talk about op-shop where sales second hand stuffs and we love 100-yen shop that the most of our daily life necessaries are sold by 100-yen.
3, Yes I think there is a difference between 50 years ago and now.
I would like to tell you about the story that I heard from my uncle. He was very proud of himself when he had an original phone connected to his house. It was only the house where had a first home phone in his village. I am pretty sure about having a home phone was the status symbol in 50 years ago.

Possessing some luxurious products or using some high-standard services is a kind of status symbol. In my country, if someone owns a BMW, Lamborghini of can afford buying a VIP flight seat, we call him or her a rich one. Also, when organizing a big wedding and inviting many guests, especially some VIPs, the ceremony holder try to impress others by their wealthiness. It’s also kind of status symbols. I can read them everywhere in daily articles. I can hear them in every gossip. I can see them in every corner of my town. So, I think we place too much important on possession.
I think when we place too much emphasis into any kind of symbols, we fail the true meaning of any product/service/activity we have or carry out, especially about something most important in our life such as the wedding.
50 year ago, in my country, things were very different. It was the time of my parents. After war time, they rushed to rebuild the country. Products were rare and all people were poor. So it was hard to hear or see about somethings like show-off or high-standarded products.

1.In my country, status symbols come from how rich you are. The higher social status you own, the richer person you are. So, there are various possessions can be considered status symbols, such as positions, luxuries and estates, just to name a few. If you are a manager or an enterpriser that link people to an imagination of rich men. Also, you living in a villa in cities instead of a flat for normal citizens and having a lot of luxuries with famous brands represent you are particularly rich as well as high social status.

2.Sometimes, the answer is yes. In my culture, parents always teach their children to storage more income and to set the more assets providing from being poor. So, some specific people will focus their lives on earning money and setting estates instead of using the resources to learn more knowledge or to travel abroad. But I think the situation is depended on personalities and the majorities are good at using their resources to live balance between life and money.

3.Yes, the answer is absolutely positive. Because, in the past, the majority people were farmers, they had not to find jobs for salaries instead of planting vegetables on large land and cultivating animals for their food. Also, in the old generation, people lived simple and easily felt satisfied. So I think they might not be interested in achieving high social status but just lived simple days.

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