Although the Compare and Contrast task on CELBAN Speaking is used more rarely now that the CELBAN exam has become more sophisticated, learning how to compare and contrast is a valuable skill to have when it comes to both:
- CELBAN Writing Task 1, and
- CELBAN Speaking Tasks for “Getting Things Done” and “Giving Instructions.”
For this reason, the following is being shared with you. The piece is called Shopping in Dubai versus Canada It was written by an IEN, like you, preparing for the CELBAN.
Note the introduction, the conclusion, the comparison of things, and contrasting things in Canada and Dubai.
Shopping in Dubai versus Canada
Today I am going to talk about shopping in Dubai versus Canada
There are similarities between shopping in Dubai versus shopping in Canada.The most common one is that the population of Dubai is multicultural, there are expatriates who work and live there from all over the world like: India, Africa, Singapore e.t.c. who love to shop. Similarly in Canada there are many different nationalities from countries like: Bangladesh, Africa, Pakistan, India that enjoy shopping in Canada as they are exposed to a variety of western standard of shopping. Also in Dubai there are many malls that sell a variety of international brands whether it’s clothing, perfume, or handbags. Likewise in Canada people have the opportunity and the advantage to choose from a variety of goods and international brand names when shopping. Both countries offer huge sales that range from 20 to 50% off selected items like clothing, branded footwear or jewellery.In Dubai the low income group look forward to these sales by browsing through flyers that are sent out monthly or bi-weekly, so too in Canada people who cannot afford expensive goods or items take advantage of the sales advertised in the flyers.
In contrast however in Dubai everything is tax free including a persons income. But in Canada there is a tax on everything. Be it groceries, income, travel or anything else. Also the tax in Canada differs from province to province. For e.g in Nova Scotia people pay 15% tax compared to a 5% tax that people pay in Alberta. Secondly the mall timings differ. In Dubai the malls usually open up at ten in the morning and close at twelve at night, however in Canada there are specific mall timings for weekdays and weekends. Malls open early and close early in Canada. Thirdly the busiest time of shopping in Dubai would be during Ramadan, Eid and Muslim new year, but in Canada shopping periods would be at its peak during the festive season like Christmas, boxing day or new year.
So when I compare shopping in Dubai versus Canada I can say that I love shopping in both countries.
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