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Credits Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:18 am Post subject: Model Speaking Question & Answer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------part 1-Introduction 1.Hello. Could you show me your identification card please? Hello. Sure, here you are. 2. Could you tell me your full name please? My full name is XXX. I am also called by my English name, which is XXX. 3. What shall I call you? You could call me XXX. 4. How are you? I am well thank you, and yourself? 5. How old are you? I am 22 years old. In other words, I was born in 1980. On the eight of March 198 0, to be exact. 6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 - 6 ) Yes, my name does have some special meaning. My family name means peace, and my first name means strong one. My English name was given to me by one of my high s chool teachers, and it does not have any special meaning really. 6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 - 8 ) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Yes, the English equivalent of m y family name would be something like peace, and in the case of my first name it would be strong one. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high scho ol teachers, and it really doesnt have any special meaning. 7. Is your name important to you? ( 5 - 6 ) No. I dont think it can do anything for me. I believe a person has to work out h is own life. I am planning to do this as well as I can 7. Is your name important to you? ( 7 - 8 ) Not really. I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significa nce to our names. Names were important to the older generation as they of the op inion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. However, I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. part 2-hometown 8. Where do you come from? ( 5 - 6 ) 8. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 ) I come from xxx. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or s
it is rich in history. but I am looking forward to the day th at I can have my own apartment. and the capital of t he xxx province. Where do you live? ( 7 . but I would like to be more independent soon. which you will find around the c ity. that is not so easy to answer. Allow me to explain: they are good parents. W e live in a respectable area with many shops. Where do you live? ( 5 . In addition. What places in your hometown do you like best? ( 5 . and the spectacular TV Tower.8 ) 11. To be more exact. restaurants. I guess you could ca ll it the City Hall. but over weekends I live with my paren ts in a village about one hour by car from xxx.8 ) I come from xxx. 11. and machine tool manufacturers. 9. there are many other sites that are worthwhile visiting.8 ) 8. Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your hometown? ( 5 . Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your hometown? ( 5 . It consists of a large park. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. pears. aircraft. it houses an important government building. W e live in a nice area with many shops. I would like to mention the Par k. In winter we often go skiing there. I would like to tell you about Government Square. other animals and even pandas in their natural environmen t. Firstly. Please allow me to explain. Java Square.o. 13. For example. In addition it als o is the site of an emperors tomb from the Dynasty. For example one would find all kinds of vege tables in the fields of this region. xxx is in the northeast part of my country. Another example that I could mention is the Imperial Palace that belonged to the last dynasty .8 ) There are many places that I like. Government (City Hall) Square with the Great Theater alongside it. the xxx invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. In summer it is a popular place to visit and see tigers. with many gardens and a lake. For example. 12. What I me an is that it is a large open space where one can see the sky clearly. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite. bears. which makes it a pleasure to live there. 8. In addition. wolves. During the week I live in a dormitory at the university. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 7 .8 ) Well. which is the highest architectural attraction in my country. and peaches. and feel free. Where do you come from? ( 7 .8 ) Sure.8 ) 11. 9. it is the largest square . I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. and I love them very much. He re they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. It has many heavy indus tries such as automobile. This is still re membered by many of the elderly folks to this day. 10. . Secondly. I could mention the Great River. If I had to choose one place.8 ) Yes. I have my own r oom and enjoy the privacy that it brings.8 ) 11.6 ) In our region many crops are grown. To the northeast of the city there is the famous Mountains and the zoologic al park and botanical gardens. Can you tell me something about your hometown? ( 5 . Lastly. and a variety of othe r businesses. What are the main crops in your region? ( 5 . Firstly. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Why? ( 5 . we live in a n apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city.6 ) I live with my parents here in xxx at the moment. certainly. Secondly. What are the main places of interest in your hometown? Why? ( 5 . and other businesses. It has about three million inhabitants. many farmers have orchards. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or s o. So I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment. restaurants.
8 ) In our region many crops are grown.8 ) I am a student at the moment. and peaches. family-orienta ted workers who are not very wealthy. it is important to note that it is not known for its agriculture. are larger than my hometown . For examp le. We have classes in the mornings. That i s to say. I am studying English on a full-time basis at a La nguage School here . here we have many factory workers. That is to say that it is very hot and h umid. as it is be tter known as one of the most important financial capitals of the world. whereas Hong Kong is more a financial center. Are you a student or do you have a job? ( 5 . He re they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. here we also have good and bad people. and in Hong Kong there are many tycoons. Maybe Hong Kong is an exception. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 7 . 14. they arent any different from the inhabitants in any other large city. Forexample. m illionaires. I believe that my hometown has not be en westernized to the same extent as a city like Hong Kong. For example. Wednesday afternoons we are off. I am an assistant to one of the automotive electricians in the workshop.8 ) I have a job. It is better known a s an industrial city. Part 3-present situation (student) 16. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 5 . Here in my hometown we have cold winters and hot summers. 15. That is to say that it is very hot and hu mid. in my hometown you would still find many good old-fashione d (traditional) people who have strong principles and values about many aspects of life. they a re trying to work out a good life for themselves and their children. they all are bustling with industrial and cultural activities. What is the difference between your hometown and Hong Kong? ( 7 . there they have a tropical climate. 15. Although cities like Toronto. the peo ple have not become materialistic to the same extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. For example. and are allowed to go swimming at a nearby hote l. here we also have many wholesome families as well as our share of crim inal elements in the society. many farmers have orchards. and went to work immediately. For exam ple. In addition. 14. there they have a tropical climate.6 ) Well. I am working in a workshop of a large manufacturing plant at the m oment. here are many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircraft and automobiles to machine tools. they arent any different from the people in any other large city. I have . For exampl e. What are the main crops in your region? ( 7 . pears. like everyone else. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown ? Well. or to be more exact.6 ) 15. parents are trying all they can to ensure that their children receive a good ed ucation. For example one would find all kinds of vege tables in the fields of this region. Are you a student or do you have a job? ( 5 . My home town is an industrial city. Lastly. and wealthy people.6 ) The main difference between my hometown and Hong Kong is the climate. and evenings.8 ) The main difference between my homnetown and Hong Kong is the climate. I graduated from high school two years ago. afternoons.New York. Secondly. Here in my hometown we have cold winters and hot summers. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown ? ( 5 . 16. What is the difference between your hometown and other cities(such as Hong K ong)? ( 5 . We have a number of foreign teachers who assist us in the correct pronunciati on and grammar of the language. In addition. In other words.8 ) 15.13. For example. Secondly.
and that the workshop is al ways kept clean and tidy. In addition. and then take the evenings off to relax with my family or friends. I follow this habit from Mondays to Fridays. 21. For example. Please allow me to explain. it has the highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in my country. I believe that after graduating I will be able to find a goo d job anywhere in the world. I graduated in 2001 fr om xxx University . It gives me the opportunity to question them about thei r countries and cultures. I would like to render a service in the community to which I will eventually belon g. What do you like most about your studies? ( 5 .8 ) I would like to become a medical doctor. when and where did you graduate? ( 5 . For example. So when I am able to communicate with someone in English. and spend more and more of their money on hol idays. Please allow me to explain. I guess the speaking part. 17. Their aim is to ensure that their guests have a good time and return again.8 ) Thats an interesting question. For example. I study for two hours. people are becoming more affluent. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? ( 5 . Secondly. I believe that the hotel industry will be growing greatly in future. Allow me to explain my personal view by shortly m entioning the following points: I believe that the xxx University is the best Un iversity in the country. 20. For example. we often use case studies in class. 22. We do rea ding and writing. I have the respons ibility to see that are the tools are in good order. our lecturers an d some advisors from the relevant industries have set up our study material. especially in the business world. 23. Part 3-present situation (employee) 24. What are your job prospects? ( 5 . have a ten-minute break. and listening by means of cassettes.8 ) I am planning to become a Hotel Manager.8 ) Well. Wha t I mean to say is that the people who we are going to work for one day have had the opportunity to tell the university what they think we should be taught. I would like to assist the elderly that do not have the financia l means to afford private hospitals. but also have mastere d a very necessary tool for my future career.8 ) I have well established study habits. What I mean to say is that all hotels and resorts h ave the same objectives irrespective of where they are situated. 18. I particularly like our free talk sessions wi th the foreign teachers. we h ave only one subject. Do you have a degree? If so. Firstly. Do you think your present subjects are relevant? ( 5 .8 ) Yes. For instance. What is your major? ( 5 . What I mean is that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on. Firstly.to assist my artisan in getting his jobs done. Please allow me to explain.8 ) Yes. I study in the mornings and after noons. It is the largest university in my country and has about twe . I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. but over the weekends I put in more hours. Language is all abo ut communication. Engli sh is the language of the future. and the stu dy for another two hours.8 ) As I have been studying on a full-time basis at an English Language School. practical speaking. Describe your study habits? ( 5 . For example. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firs tly. What I mean to say is that when I am able to communicate well in English I will not only be able to go and study abroad and improve my qualifications. Which is the best university in your country? ( 5 . I fe el that I have achieved something. namely English for Academic Purposes called EAP. 19. I always start promptly at ei ght in the evenings.
I might not find such nice people to work with and could be very unhapp y. For example. Is your job important to you? ( 7 . Allow me to explain mys elf by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly they were carefree days. I am proud to driv e on the road with my family and explain to them what was involved during the bu ilding of the road. when my company builds a new road. when and where did you graduate? ( 5 . To be more precise. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? ( 5 . many p eople benefit from our work. Secondly.8 ) I am an Engineer. t hey had experience in the working environment. It is a well-known College giving excellent training to future nurses a nd other medical staff. we had a large library. 29.8 ) 27. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 . Lastly. and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. For examp le. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the followin g points: Firstly. would you change jobs? ( 5 .8 ) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. 24. That is to say one should never be complacent. would you change jobs? ( 7 . I am earning enough money to be able to rent my own apartment. I work for a large construction company. in my present job I get along well with my colleagues.8 ) That??s a broad question. For example. well-equipped laboratories. Do you have a degree? If so. For instance. For example. I have a Diploma in Nursing. 28. Secondly. not really. Describe your job in detail. if I keep up the good work that I am presently doing. What do you do for a living? ( 5 .8 ) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. I would like to menti on that I am in the designing department. w e specialize in the building of railway bridges. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. Secondly. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few worries.6 ) No. 25. many p eople benefit from our work. but should be on the lookou . For example. and give t hem some idea of the costs. 28. when my company builds a new road. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives. What I mean is that I am very happy in my present job. it makes me feel good about myself. For i nstance. 26. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the followin g points: Firstly.8 ) Although I am very happy in my present job. Secondly. and sporting facilities at our disposal.nty thousand students. I could be promoted in two ye ars time and so become the head of a department. my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. Should I change jobs however. Is your job important to you? ( 5 . I believe one should always be ambit ious. and all I had to do was get good grades. hospital staff. Secondly. I had m any friends in school. I was impressed by the facilities. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. If you could. What I mean to say is that after we have completed a road. ( 5 . I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training C ollege . 29. If you could.6 ) That is a broad question. Lastly. my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. ambulance drivers. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. 27. and so o n are all trained there.8 ) No. some o my best friends today were people th at I met in school. I believe I will be able to develop my career here. I personally get a lot of job satisfactio n. In additi on. We have to look at the site for a new bridge. For instance.
30. China will be able to make progress in the fight against unemployment. Why do people in your country traditionally want to have a son? ( 5 . I believe the policy will give China a chance to move ahead in the wo rld. and then we visit one of the local restaurants. 32. What I mean to say is that as soon as the population growth has stabilized. so I did not have the privilege of knowing them. I would like to mention that my mother does not like my fathers smoking habit and therefore refuses to buy cigarettes.t for opportunities to advance in your career. How does your family feel about you going abroad? ( 5 . so that my father has to do that kind of shopping himself. For example. A secon d reason that I could mention is that parents worry about what will happen to th em after they had retired.8 ) My mother does most of the cooking. Allow me to explain my personal views b y shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly I believe that the authoritie s had to do something to curb the increasing problem of overpopulation. Maybe the government should have started off by introducing a Two-Child Policy . sometimes my mother will be out the whole day doing voluntary work in our community. My father was one of four children. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? ( 7 . but my father and I will do some cooking fro m time to time. In addi tion.6 ) Thats a tough question. Lastly. 35. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? ( 5 .8 ) I don?t think so. I believe my parents will be very pro . That would be a positive development. my mother. My grandpare nts passed away when I was still very young. and have our favorite dish. the onl y possible change that would affect me is if I should receive a promotion. I am the only child.8 ) Thats a controversial question in China. 36. often on a Friday night none of us feel like cookin g. Who does most of the shopping in your family? ( 5 . However. I have a good relationship with my colleagues and my boss. 31. in many weste rn countries it is customary for a boy to receive his grandfathers name.8 ) As far as this topic is concerned. Are their possible changes that could affect your job in any way? ( 5 . Our population had been growing to rapidly and something drastic had to be done. a nd me. Secondly. and then my father and I will do the cooking f or her. 32. I would not hesitate for one moment if I could obtain a promotion by changing jobs. so I am worried at all. I could say that my mother does most of the s hopping. Who does most of the cooking in your family? ( 5 . but my father and I will do some shopping from time to time. Lastly. s o I have a number of uncles and aunts. I realize that o ne should show some loyalty to your present employer. 34. We are a normal Indian family. My parents allow me to buy my own clothes. They feel that when they have a son he would be able to provide for them in future. Could you tell me something about your family? ( 5 . The second aspect I could tell you about regarding this topic is that we often eat out. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mention ing the following points: Firstly. For example. and many cousins. For example.8 ) They are very happy about me going abroad. I think we have to have the policy in China. It consists of my father. but there has to be a bala nce between looking after ones own interests and those of your present employer. The company that I am working for is large and strong.8 ) Certainly. Furthermore. I believe that fathers all over the wo rld want someone to carry their name into the future. so I dont have any brothers or sisters. I am of the opinion that the One-Child Policy was extremely harsh on the people . Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. 33. and my mother has a brother.8 ) Thats an interesting question.
but because of the one-chi ld policy that will not be possible. 38. I have a good husband / wife. As a matter of fact we both agree that we have a lot to be thankf ul for. He is responsible for keeping the patient records in the mens wards. Are you married. I got married about three years ago. young people feel that they first want to get know each other even better by l iving together. To put it in another way you could say tha t we are best friends. What I mea n to say is that these days it is becoming more and more acceptable. Until then my husband / wife and I are working as hard as possible to improve our positions in the companies that we are employed by.ud if I were to achieve a degree at a university abroad.8 ) My husband is a civil servant. Is living together without getting married acceptable in your country? ( 5 8 ) It depends to what extent the couple would adhere to earlier customs. Did you and your spouse have to ask permission from your parents before you could get married? ( 5 . In earlier times is was customary for the young man to get the permission from his girlfri ends parents before they could get married. so we did not hav e to adjust too much. 44. He loves his work. and if so where did you go? ( 5 . We only had to confirm t he date with them to ensure that it would suit them and our families.8 ) My childs name is David Lee. as we could sit on the beach in the evenings and watch the moon rising over the sea. We went to Cuba for a week. We would both like to have a son and a daughter. they thems elves never had the opportunity to study.8 ) My wife is a housewife at the moment. as she does not have any qualifications or experience. We had known each other for many years before we got married. and is receiving a good salary. What is your childs name? Does it have any meaning? ( 5 . it was very romantic. For example . and we will b e hearing from the employment officer soon. I knew that he snores loudly when he turns on to his back when sleeping. and stayed in a small hotel next to the beach. What does your husband do? ( 5 . 40. He works for the Department of Health at a hospit al near our home. 39.8 ) No. 42. We are planning to start with a family as soon as we have our own apartment. I am married. we do not keep any secrets from one another. His nickname is superman. Part 4-family (married person) 37. For exampl e. Did you have a honeymoon. We did have a honeymoon. and if so when did you get married? ( 5 . 41. they would then most probably decide to get married. In addition. but it i s not easy. They knew we were going to get married. What does your wife do? ( 5 .8 ) Yes. Do you have any children? ( 5 . For example. so we dont have any se rious worries. not really. We are looking for a job for her. I dont have any children yet. She has placed her name on a waiting list. I am their only child. and they would do anything in their power to allow me to have the opportunity. and we are hoping that she will be ab le to find a job there.8 ) Yes. For example. I will never forget the time we spent there. They are open ing up a new supermarket in our area soon. 43. as we believe that he is going to become a strong man one day. . and we are very happy together.8 ) No. When they are absolutely sure that they are able to adapt to eac h others lifestyles.
I would try and keep a balance between discipline and freedom. I believ e that later they have to look after their children. Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. I believe my parents were unreasonably . 51. For example. not really. 48. In the first place. What responsibilities should a couple take? ( 5 . For example. I would love my child uncondition ally. Maybe I more modern. 46. but I will still lo ve him/her even if s/he has made a mistake. the father will giv e his wife some flowers. I believe they should b e responsible for their own finances. I hope my child will grow up in a culture where the finer things in life are important. and ensure that they get a good education. they should learn how to cope with the money at their disposal. I believe they should be alone as soon as possible. I hope that they will be happy. What hopes or fears do you have concerning your children? ( 5 . This. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all. For example. and take photographs of the baby and her. What kind of parent do you intend to be? ( 5 . they have to solve the problem by themselves. Are there any traditions around the birth of a baby in your region? ( 5 . should they have an argument.8 ) No. Firstly. and find it difficult to make ends meet. I believe my parents raised me well. art. and gave me n. Part 4-family (children) 47.8 ) Part 4-family (woman) way you were br a good educatio would be a bit strict at times 52. Firstly. young couples usually do not have a lot of money. that they will find a good spous e. I will not allow my child too many free doms. y sex discrimination in your country? ( 5 . Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by s hortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. I believe couple s should become independent as soon as possible. If I could do the same for my child I would be happy.8 ) Yes.8 ) There are several responsibilities that couples should take. When the baby arrives at home. 49. and studying should be part of his life from the beginning. Secondly. What I mean is that I realize my child is not perfect. Is there an . Are you going to bring your children up differently from the ought up? Why? ( 5 . Secondly.8 ) Thats a broad question. Secondl y. I fear that my children will ha ve a very hard life.45. and live together in peace and love. A llow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. I would like to be known a s a strict but fair parent.8 ) There are several reasons as for why I think couples should life on their own. For example. For example. For example. For example. For example. but I will also try to understand his/her needs. I would like my child to grow up in a culture of love. What type of culture do you want your child to grow up in? ( 5 . after the baby is born. Secondly. For example. have children. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. things like music. I wonder if they will have work to do. 50. toge ther with a paintbrush made by using some of the babies hair. Do you think couples should live with their parent or on their own? ( 5 . What I mean to say is that I hope the circumstances in our home will full of love and understanding. will be kept as me morabilia. the parents will make prints of its hands and feet.8 ) Thats an interesting question. there are quite a few.8 ) Thats an interesting question. they have to f eed and clothe them. Secondly.
For example. I believe that it will take much more time to eradicate this pr actice. Throughout history woman have not enjoyed the same status as men . It is of course very time consuming. in governmen t. In other words.8 ) One of the main reasons regarding this topic that I would like to highlight is t he fact that men often determine the wages in the companies. as I believe it kept me fit without the danger of be ing injured. My favorite program is called Discovery. This is an unhealthy situation. are getting smaller salaries. For example. It is only recently that woman have been filling the same positions in the wor k place. so I dont rally have time for anythi ng else. For example. and so lay the foundation of heal thy relationship part 5-preferences (spare time) 55.8 ) Yes. to be a housewife is a job just as any other. I particularly like to watch the polar bears playing with their cubs. In addition. What are your spare time interests? ( 7 . women are not considered for certain high level positions. Do you often watch TV? What is your favorite program? ( 5 . I surf on the Internet in my spare time.8 ) 55. Lastly. 55. parents prefe r to have a boy as opposed to a girl. 54. it had a program on the latest eclipse of the sun that occurred at the end of the year . woman who are doin g exactly the same job as men. and be of service to her husband. I have just bought my first computer. as more and more woman become the sole breadwinners in fami lies.6 ) As a matter of fact. Firstly. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 7 . and one should be paid for what you are doing. My studies are so important to me that I have given up all my other activities. it is not science f iction but a documentary on real life events and happenings. Describe the position of woman in China? ( 5 . I believe that discrimination against woman have deep roots in societies all over the world.8 ) One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that there is some discrimination against woman in my country. What are your spare time interests? ( 5 . in many communities . In addi tion. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 5 . as it will disturb the balance between the number of men and women in my country in the ye ars to come. it is not a present day phenomenon. I often watch TV. For example. This is particularly the case in the rural communities.52. Should housewives be paid a salary by the government? Why? (5Yes. raise the kids. Secondly. For example. I have very little spare time these days. but these days I simply do not have the time. I have to mention that it is an educational activity. like for example. they will have to be compensated as such irrespective of their sex. Firstly. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. many men still believe that a w oman should stay at home. Lastly.8 ) Well. these days. construction work has always been seen as a mans job. 53. As to why it is my favorite. the better. I us ed to love playing tennis. I used to swim often. I believe housewives should be paid a salary by the government. by m eans of web cams (video images from cameras set up at certain places) I am able to watch what wild animals are doing in many parts of the world. women are still regarded as inferior to me n. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 5 . For example. For instance.6 ) 55. and love to look for exciting web sites that I have not known b efore. women are not seen as able to do certain jobs as well as men. 56. the more housewives there are. Lastly.8 ) Thats an interesting question. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 7 . 53. I would like to mention the following. hou sewives can spend more time with their babies. Secondly. Secondly.
So after work I like the company of other people . it is a fast and convenient way to find out about the latest news from all over the world. Please allow me to explain.8 ) We usually go to the movies. the soap operas help me to relax.8 ) One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that friendshi p is very important to me. and secondly. over weekends . Reading to me is a way of studying. an d they would not mind me saying so. I often have to check the meaning of unfamiliar words in my dictionary. In addition. On th e other hand. For example. but I feel that it is one of the reasons why I have friends. we would challenge another group to play against us. Secondly. Some of them are only casual friends like my frien ds at work. we often visit the nearest net bar for a number of reasons. o r just chat the whole evening. to play computer games or to surf the net. For example. one can learn a lot from watching TV. I have some friends who I have known for many years. Those are the times that I might medit ate on the meaning of life for example. sometimes I want to be with my friends. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 7 .6 ) I prefer to be alone. For example. I need friends to help me when I am in trouble. part 5-preferences (friends) 58. so we wil l look in the newspaper where a new cartoon is being showed and go and watch it. Do you have a lot of friends? ( 5 . I know thi s sound selfish. 57. or just savour some fond memories. I like to go out with them and enjoy their stimulating company. 61. we like to watch a good action movie from time to time. For example . 59. We find th e spectacular crashes and explosions very exiting. For example. while the documentaries are informative. Secondly. but I also have some best friends. These movies are from Hong Ko . Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 . My friends and I like cartoons very much. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 . Sometimes we chat to young people a broad. For example. it is a good way to relax. I like reading. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 7 . it often has items about nature. Firstly. Please allow me to explain. For example.8 ) Yes. and I know they would do the same for me. my friends know that I wi ll always be available should any one of them get into some trouble. At work I spend most of my time alone in my office. For example. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 5 . Lastly. I will do anything to help them when they need me. we like to play basketbal l. which is a slow process taking a lot of time.6 ) Firstly.8 ) No. Do you think watching TV is a waste of time? ( 5 . I bel ieve that TV has become the best source of information these days. and we listen to our favorite music. On the other hand. 60. I believe that friendship should be the basis for many of our relationships. for example. so I have to do it alone. should be friends. after a hard day at work I just wan t to relax without anybody disturbing me. I have a lot of friends.6 ) I prefer to be with my friends. last week it explained how some birds have adapted to survive in a desert. What does friendship mean to you? ( 5 .. For example.8 ) Sometimes I prefer to be alone. I often invite some of my friends over. 61. 60. 60. I do not think watching TV is a waste of time. Husbands and wives. which takes a lot of my time. We often spend hours there at a time. In addition.
Part 5-preferences (reading) 64. Please allow me to explain. so we love to go shoppin g. but just browse around looking at all th e clothes and comparing prices and quality. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . The reason for this is simple. 62. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 . when you read you acquire new knowl edge. we will go and visit new shopping malls in the city. Do you like reading? ( 7 . I know the different characters well by now. Us ladies u sually need a lot of clothes to make us look beautiful. In addition. Firstly. net bars are a great place for s ocial gatherings. OUTINGS 63. some whom I love. 63. 63. Firstly. a nd generally having a good time. We go to one of the local stadiums where our favorite team will be playing. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 7 . Firstly. I love the excitement and susp ense. Often we dont actually buy anything. There we meet other youngsters and just hang around talking. 65. I can easily spe nd a weekend watching TV and just relaxing. The most common on . What do you usually do when you go out? ( 7 . In addition I also like reading Crazy English.8 ) I like novels.ng or Hollywood. On weekends I like to go out with my friends. Do you like reading? ( 5 . Sometimes we will sit in a restaurant and have something to drink while we watch the crowds of people go by. I do not have the patience. and the t ranslations ensure that I dont waste time looking up unfamiliar words. For example. 65.6 ) I like cartoons. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 5 .6 ) On weekdays I go to school. I like the soap operas like Meteor Garden and so on. which in turn will broaden your views on important matters. The topics are interesting and short. For example. but it is good relaxing entertainment. and some whom I hate. 62. Please allow me to explain. It seems that I often loose my identity in such a large crowd. Maybe the books I have tried were n ot interesting enough. 64. I like to read a storyline t hat is full of intrigue and suspense. For example.6 ) I usually go to the nearest net bar with some of my friends. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 .8 ) Yes. I have never be en able to read a book from start to finish. many love stories have charac ters who are involved in all sorts of conflicts amongst them. the Japanese cartoons that are common in China.6 ) I usually go shopping with my mother. have excellent illustrations. We spend many hours playing games or surfing the net. I believe cartoons are a s pecial form of art. Please allow me to explain. On weekends I like to stay at home. For ex ample. I believe th at all of us should read a lot. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . as one does not have to t hink very hard to follow the stories. I like reading very much. and go craz y about the smallest of things.8 ) One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that I usually go to watch a football game with some of my friends. I realize that some of the plots are silly an d overdramatic. For example. and have famous actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruis e playing in them. For example.6 ) On weekdays I go to school.6 ) No I dont like reading. Then we would browse around all the shops.
Do you often read the newspapers? ( 7 . collecting stamps teaches you to be systematic. I also like to read Japanese cartoons. ( 7 . Ba d hobbies on the other hand may result in you acquiring bad habits. good hobbies are those ones that give you the opportunity to deve lop a new skill. websites like CNN contain all the latest news on world events. the news on TV is short and to the point. For example. its a very interesting hob by. and what are bad hobbies? ( 5 . Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 5 .8 ) No. On the Internet I can do some research right away. ( 5 .6 ) No. I guess I spend about two hours every week on my hobby. For example. For example. and this I cannot find in newspapers. Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by s hortly mentioning the following points: First of all. 69. which was based on racial discrimination and had become known to the world as apartheid. I watch TV if I want to know what is happening in China and the world. I like to read about stories in depth. That is to say. for two years I have chosen stamp collecting to be my only hobby. I often would like to know the history behind a story. Describe a book that you have read recently. and you can discuss your collections together for many hours. the hobby will teach you some self-discipline and how to be very systematic.6 ) I have read a book about the life of Michael Jordan.6 ) Thats an interesting question. you are able to meet new friends through you r hobby. Lastly. For example. Part 5-preferences (hobbies) 68. For instance. 67. I have been collecting stamps for the past tw o years now. and so gain a broade r perspective on the subject at hand. 69. Secondly. Describe a book that you have read recently.8 ) Yes. 66. What I mean to say is that you can get stam ps from every country in the world. I use the Internet these days if I want to know whats happening in regi on and the world. This is mainly over weekends. It covers al l aspects of the country. as I do no t have time during the week. It is called The Covenant. but I have forg otten the name of the book. TV and computer games will result in you neglecting your studies. For example.8 ) First of all. you have to tend to your collection regularly. and was written by a famous American author called James Mitchener. 66.8 ) In my opinion. you have a common interest with someone else. and the stamps often say something about tha t country and its people. 70. For example. What are good hobbies. you are able to learn more about the worl d. Do you have a hobby? ( 5 . but focuses on the people of the country. Newspapers take to much time to read. and you have to sort the stamps according to internationally recognized systems. Secondly. I regularly spend time working on my collection. Allow me to explain the reasons by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly. Part 5-preferences (colors . when you collect stamps. That is to say.8 ) I have recently read a book about the history of South Africa. For example. he looks at the political situation over the past fifty years. up to the present.e known all over the world since ancient times is the so-called love triangle. the stamps from other countries often say something about that country and its people. and you will not be bored easily. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 5 . My hobby is stamp collecting. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 7 . 67. I am sorry. I never read a newspaper. It describes the history from the very first days. and thats all I want to know.
usually after you have bought the product. 73. would be called a yellow movie. That is to say. in times of sadness and mourning. I usually go with some friends to watch the latest action movies or comedies. yellow is a bright color as apposed to dull colors like brown and gray. I think that yellow has a specific meaning to our people. 71. In additio n. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 7 . Many countries have yellow i n their national flags. For instance. Firstly. They lure you into their shops and malls by advertising their goods on TV and in the newspapers. Please allow me to explain. in the hope that it will bring her and her bridegroom some luck in future. I think that white has a special meani ng to us. I love shopping. I would like to mention that yellow is a practical color. Many artists are known to use yellow in their paintings. This you have to find out f or yourself. we bel ieve that it symbolizes the energy radiated by the sun.6 ) Yes. here a blue movie . What I mean to say is that somebody has a product which they would like you to buy from them whether you really need it or not.6 ) I like red. and it does not get dirty too easily.8 ) . Do colors have some symbolic meaning in your country? ( 5 .8 ) If I had to describe my favorite color. red is associated with li fe and good luck. Please allow me to explain. Lastly. as app osed to blue in the most of the western cultures. We have a great time. 74. I hate shopping. a bride will wear something red on her wedding da y. In my country. I like to go to the shops and see what they have to offer.6 ) Yes. For example. Secondly. South Africa has a broad yellow band in the ir newly designed flag. Firstly. First of all. I usually buy clothes for myself. Secondly. 71. it is significant that the national flag of my country has a red background. like for examp le when our favorite star is playing a lead role in the movie. 72. Vincent van Gogh is famous for the yellow sunflowers in some of his paintings. I browse around and compare the prices before a buy something. we use white to express our feelings. This symbolizes the energy and warmth to be found in the nation. I go to the cinema as often as possible. Red is symbolic. which we believe a re one of the dominant characteristics of the country and its people. For example. It also si gnifies good luck. Lastly. 74. Please allow me to explain. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 5 . but would never mention the disadvantages. colors certainly have a lot of meaning in my country. you can wear yellow with almost any color. for example. In addition. so a bride would wear some red on her wedding day. shopping is the most b asic activity in a capitalistic society. of a vibrant life.71. Firstly. Part 5-preferences (shoppings and movies( 73.8 ) Yellow is my favorite color. to me. brow n and gray usually make me feel depressed. For example. What color do you like? Why? ( 5 . I would choose yellow. For example. To be more specific. I do the shoppi ng of all our household needs.8 ) Yes. Wha t I mean to say is that it reminds me of energy and warmth. which in turn is the pri mary source of life. For example. as apposed to black in most of the western cultures. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 5 .8 ) No. it also signifies the obscene. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 7 . What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . Please allow me to ex plain. however. They only tell you about the positive aspects of their product. yellow symbolizes the sun. I love to find out about any new products on the market and how they can possibly make my life easier.
or it can provide us with the rhythm to dance to. I cannot se e how that can be as exciting as a good movie. That is to say. and never seems to be worried about the situations th at he finds himself in. listen when I get home from school. however. 79. On weekends. Please allow me to explain. comedies are great fun. comedies often contain excellent acting by famous st ars. we can use it to sooth our minds after a hard day at wor k. For example. I guess I listen to music for about half an hour every d ay. Allow me to explain. What I mean to say is tha t I have a good laugh while watching. I believe that traveling is always educational. for example. shooting. I have never been to the theater. The U. Firstly. I listen to music much more.8 ) My favorite movie star is Jackie Cheng. Lastly. and it helps me to relax after I have been studying hard for some time. President Clinton went to watch one of his movi es with him. For exam ple. I believe that films are a wonderf ul form of art. it is too expensive for me.8 ) 78. What I mean to say is that us youngsters like to lis ten to music that fits in with the way we feel Secondly. or in the evenings before I go to bed. I go to the cinema as often as possible. It had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time. Do you like music? ( 5 .Yes. let me think a bit. 75. Do you often go to the theater? ( 5 . I would invite my best friend over to my place. I like it because it is not difficult to underst and. Firstly. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without music.8 ) I like pop music very much. recently I have seen the drama Titanic. What kinds of movies do you like best? ( 5 . Robbie Williams in Mrs. 77.6 ) Yes.8 ) Yes. He alway s has a smile on his face. pop music is simple to understand. and suits me at my age. Another example would be the thr iller with my favorite actor Anthony Hopkins in the lead role called Silence of the lambs. For instance. in films there are a wide r ange of genres ranging from comedy and drama. First of all. What kind of music do you enjoy most? ( 5 . Lastly. comedies seldom contain violent scenes. Doubtfire is considered one of the mos t extraordinary performances ever by an actor. I would. I like traveling. Firstly. you would not easily find murders. pop music is live ly. and so on in a comedy. Do you like traveling? ( 5 .8 ) Oh. Part 5-preferences (music and traveling( 78. Secondly. That is to say. 80. Do you think music is important? ( 5 . For example. 76. it is suitable for us to dance on. How long do you listen to music everyday? ( 5 . Firstly. He is handsome. and very funny. TRAVELLING 81. usually has a good rhyt hm. ( 5 .8 ) I like comedies. I like music very much. For example. I believe that the theater is boring. I pre fer to go to the cinema. . I believe music plays an important part in peop les lives. First of all. The extent to which the producers attended to t he details of the original ship was astounding. which has been described as th e most expensive film ever made. Who is your favorite movie star? Describe him / her.S. Secondly. to horror and science fiction.8 ) No. What I mean to say is that the actors are on the same stage the whole time. fighting. and we would listen to our favorite CDs for a few hours at a time. For instance.
I wish I were able to travel more. and I am able to sleep on the train. 83. How do you usually travel? ( 5 . F or example. 84. Allow me to explain. Where have you traveled to lately? ( 5 . traveling on a train is a social event as well. They live on a fa rm and dont even have a computer for me to play on. Lastly.8 ) I like to visit places where there is a lot of entertainment. I don t like it when we go and visit my grandparents in the country. What kind of places do you like to visit? ( 5 . We did not have the opportunity to sleep on the train. In addition. 82. My parents and I traveled there by train. I like to visit the cities w here there are movies to watch and nightclubs to visit. I enjoyed the trip as I have not been to xxx before.What I mean to say is that the people that you meet along the way are usually in teresting. one can chat to the other passengers about where they are going. For example. when I travel by train I am able to see more of my country. For example. For example. I have not traveled to a foreign country yet. as it takes only six hours to get there. ---Shawrav . Secondly.8 ) I like to travel by train. the trains in my country are c onvenient and comfortable. and why they are traveling. Firstly. I can travel to any city.8 ) I traveled to xxx last month. We went to see my grandmother who has been ill lately.
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