2016年12月11日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Visiting museum is the best way to learn about a country.是否同意参观博物馆是了解一个国家的最佳方式？
The approaches to learn about another country can vary from person to person. People varying in different personalities and characteristics tend to have distinctive strategies to learn the culture of another country. When it comes to the question of whether visiting museum is the best way to learn about a country, I, personally, think it is an overstatement since there are a galaxy of more effective and thrilling ways to learn about a foreign country.
First off, one can utilize the internet to search information and even find a pen pal to learn about a country, which is far more direct than visiting museums. With the advent of state-of-the-art technologies and the invention of cutting-edge technological gadgets like tablet, laptop, and even a smart phone, one can easily find relevant information about another culture. To be more specific, one can look up webpages that are dedicated to introduce specific parts of a foreign culture, like the fashion, politics, entertainment and art. Vivid pictures and videos depicting the local people’s ways of living and mindsets are available as long as one is willing to put some effort to do the research. Plus, one can find people from cultures all around the world on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. By friending them on these on-line social networks, one can communicate with them directly like sending messages or even facetiming with them, which is more interactive and thrilling.
Additionally, one can take a trip or join exchange programs to get first-hand exposure to the culture of a foreign country. As the saying goes: “the world is a book; those who do not travel read only a page”. Indeed, there are so much one can explore when traveling abroad. When traveling, you can take your time and interact with the local people. In this process, you can get to know their ways to deal with people and get exposures to their perspectives and philosophies about life. Plus, you can explore the local cuisines like the Thai pad thai, Italian pizza, Belgian macaroons and Chinese dumplings you find on your travels. Cuisine culture is also a big part of a country and the flavor of Thai paid thai is definitely not the same from the one you tried in your home country, obviously, it tastes more genuine from the place of its origin.
Admittedly, one can get a chance to appreciate the cultural relics and the local artworks in the museum, however these antiques are only representations of the past and they don’t reflect much about the current culture of the country.
In a nutshell, visiting museum is definitely not the best way to learn about a country since utilizing the internet and traveling to the country in person is far better and more direct ways to learn a country.
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