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We live in a nice area with many shops. In other words.6) No. I will do t his by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. 6. and in the case of my first name it would be 'strong one'. and it really does not have any special meaning. How are you? I am fine. 1980. I believe a person has to work out his own life. I not specified 't think it can do anything for me. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny no matter what my name is. How long have you lived in your hometown? (5 . 7. I belong to the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. How old are you? I am 22 years old. 6. Is your name important to you? (5 . I was born in 1980. My English name was given by one of my high school teachers. 7. restaurants. my name does have some special meaning. Does your name have any special meaning? (7 . Is your name important to you? (7 . and other businesses. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers. Yes. Spoken Part1 Fan : HOMETOWN 8. I grew up here and attended high school called a well Zhixin High School. Does your name have any special meaning? (5 . I am planning to do this as well as I can. My family name means' peace '. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like 'peace'.8) Not really. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so.8) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. and my first name has the meaning of' strong one '.4.6) Yes.6) I come from Guangzhou. March 8. Names were important to the older generation as they are of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. However. and it really does' t have any special meaning. Where do you come from? 8. thank you. and you? 5. to be exact. .
Guangzhou is in the southern part of China.8) I live with my parents here in Guangzhou at the moment. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Why? (5 . aircraft.8) 11. Please allow me to explain. To be more exact. In addition. and a variety of other businesses. I grew up here and attended high school called a well Zhixin High School. the Japanese invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. but I would like to be more independent soon. It has many heavy industries such as automobile. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. and machine tool manufacturers. Where do you live? (7 . Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your hometown? (5 . but over weekends I live with my parents in a village about one hour by car from Guangzhou. Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your hometown? (5 . that is not so easy to answer. certainly. Allow m e to explain : my parents are very nice and I love them very much. and the capital of Guangdong province. 9.8) . What are the main places of interest in your hometown? Why? (5 . Where do you live? (5 . So I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment. a major middle school in the province. How long have you lived in your hometown? (7 . 10. The people in our building are generally dangerous places and quiet. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so.8) I come from Guangzhou.8) 11. 11.6) Well. During the week I live in a dormitory at the university. Where do you come from? 8.8) 11. Can you tell me something about your hometown? (5 . which makes it a pleasure to live there. restaurants.8) Yes. We live in a respectable area with many shops. For example.8. 9. but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to this day. it is rich in history. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings.
with many gardens and a lake. I 'd like to mention the Pearl River. On the . If I had to choose one pla ce. Of course it 's just a Metaphorin. There are many other sites in the city that are worthwhile visiting. It consists of a large park. pears. It is better known as an industrial city. which you will find around the city. The waterfall is the largest of its kind in the whole Asia.6) : In our region many crops are grown. it is important to note that Guangzhou is not known for its agriculture. It almost has no agriculture and no crops. You can see people plant bricks everyday. Or (5 . rather than wheat or corn. even pandas and other animals in their natural environment. Firstly. the zoological parks and botanical gardens. Guangzhou is a metropolis. What places do you like in your hometown best? (5 .8) The main crop in my hometown is. Chen Clan Academy and the CITIC Building. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. 12. It is very hot and humid here. is located in the park. I would like to tell you about Tianhe East Railway Square . such as Sun sen Memorial Hall. and months later skyscrapers grow up. The Yuexiu Park is the second place I 'd like to recommend. In addition. the city 's symbol.8) There are many places that I like. Lastly. In summer the park is a popular place to visit and see tigers.6) The main difference between Guangzhou and Beijing is the climate. here are many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircra ft to machine tools and automobiles. 13. and peaches. Next. the Statue of Five Rams. To the north of the city there are the famous Baiyun Mountains. skyscrapers. For example. In winter we often go skiing there. For example. wolves. one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. Guangzhou enjoys a tropical climate. It is the largest square in Guangzhou. bears. 14. many farmers have orchards. which is the highest architectural attraction in Guangzhou. you know. In addition. it houses a fabulous man-waterfall. What are the main crops in yo ur region? (7 . What is the difference between your hometown and Beijing / Hong Kong (5 . It enjoys a large open space where one can clearly see the sky and feel free. I 'm afraid.Sure. or something like that.
I am studying English on a full -basis at a Language School here in Guangzhou. Besides. For example.8) 15. 15. Spoken Part1 Fan : PRESENT SITUATION 16. I graduated from high school two years ago. here we also have many wholesome families as well as our share of criminal elements in the society. I am an assistant to one of the automotive electricians . I am working in a workshop of a large manufacturing plant at the moment. 15. Are you a student or do you have a job? (5 . In other words.6) 15. Secondly. I believe that my hometown has not been to the same extent as a westernized city like Hong Kong. they aren 't any different from the inhabitants in any other large city. like everyone else. We have a number of foreign teachers who assist us in the correct pronunciation and grammar of the language. What are the people like in your hometown? (5 . For example. What are the people like in your hometown? (7 . Wednesday afternoons we are off. For example. here we also have good and bad people. afternoons. they aren 't any different from the people in any other large city. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? (5 . In addition. Beijing has cold winters and hot summers. We have classes in the mornings. and evenings. they are trying to work out a good life for themselves and their children.6) Well. parents are trying all they can to ensure that their children receive a good education.8) I am a student at the moment.8) I have a job. and went to work immediately. and are allowed to go swimming at a nearby hotel. Fo r example.contrary. Are you a student or do you have a job? (5 . in Guangzhou you would still find many good fashioned (traditional) people who have strong principles and values about many aspects of life. Guangzhou is a regional center whereas Beijing is more a national or even world center. the people have not become materialistic in Guangzhou to the same extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. 16. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? Well.
Which is the best university in China? (5 . Could you sum up your study habits? (5 . I always start my study promptly at eight in the evenings. I guess the speaking part. 18. 19. For instance. Please allow me to explain. I have to assist my artisan in getting his jobs done. A) STUDENT 17. namely English for Academic Purposes called EAP. I follow this habit from 16 -18 's to sharp' s. I study for two hours. and that the workshop is always kept clean and tidy.8) . but also have mastered a very necessary tool for my future career. but over the weekends I spend most time in relaxing with m y family or friends. Allow me to explain my personal view shortly by mentioning the following points : I believe that Beijing University in Beijing is the best one in the country.8) That 's an interesting question. For example. Language is all about communication. 20. we have only one subject. I have the responsibility to see that are the tools are in good order.8) I have well established study habits.8) As I have been studying on a full-basis at an English Language School. English is the language of the future. especially in the business world.in the workshop. and the study for another two hours. 21. it has the highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in China. I particularly like our free talk sessions with the foreign teachers. 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. and listening by means of cassettes. It gives me the opportunity to question them about their countries and cultures.8) Well. have a ten -minute break. What is your major? (5 . Do you think your present subjects are relevant to society? (5 . I feel that I have achieved something. So when I am able to communicate with someone in English. practical speaking. What do you like most about your studies? (5 . We do reading and writing.
I believe that t he hotel industry will be growing greatly in future. It is a well-College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. What are your job prospects? (5 . B) EMPLOYEE 24. I believe that after graduation I will be able to find a good job anywhere in the world. In addition. The professionals ensure that hotel guests will have a good time and come back later. Please allow me to explain. and so on are all trained there. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? (5 . I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College in Beijing. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points : First. Do you have a degree? If so. . hospital staff. when and where did you graduate? (5 8) Yes. our lecturers and some advisors from the relevant industries have set up our study materials.Certainly. I have a Diploma in Nursing.8) I would like to become a medical doctor. we often use case studies in class. 24. 23. People are becoming more affluent. Firstly. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. I would like to assist the elderly that do not have the financial means to afford private hospitals. All hotels and resorts need well-trained professionals no matter where they are situated. What I mean to say is that the people who are going to work for one day we have had the oppor tunity to tell the university what they think we should be taught. It is the largest university in Liaoning Province and has about twenty thousand students. when and w here did you graduate? (5 8) No. I would like to render a service in the comm unity to which I will eventually belong. I graduated in 2001 from the Liaoning University in Shenyang. What I mean is that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on. Moreover. Do you have a degree? If so. For example. and spend more and more of their money on holidays and. 22. For example. ambulance drivers.8) I am planning to become a Hotel Manager.
Some of my best friends today were people that I met in school. Secondly. 28.25. They were absolutely carefree days. have a review of the surroundings. What do you do for a living? (5 . well -equipped laboratories. my colleague and I have to travel to the site. I become financially independent with the salary earned through my job 28. I had no or very few worries and at school. I can serve my community and my country through my job.8) The job means almost everything to me e xcept my family. I personally get pride and the sense of achievement from the job. For example. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. and people living along the road benefit from our work.8) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? (5 8) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. I made many good friends there. One more thing.8) 27. and all I had to do was get good marks. For example. For example. After we have completed a road.6) Definitely. I am proud to . and give them some idea of the costs. I specialize in the building of railway and bridges. (5 . For example. It provides a chance for me to serve my community and my country. many people benefit from our work. Describe your job in detail. 26. To be more precise. we had a large library. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. At the same time. and sporting facilities at our disposal. Is your job important to you? (5 . Lastly. they had experience in the working environment.8) I am an Engineer working for a large construction company in the city. when my company builds a new road. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives. When I am assigned a new bridge -building task. it makes me feel good about myself. when my company builds a new road. Is your job important to you? (7 . and co uld tell us exactly what we would come across there. Do you still remember your school days? (5 . 27. I was impressed by the facilities. At the same time.
My grandparents passed away when I was still very young. It consists of my father.8) Certainly.8) Although I am very happy in my present job. My father was one of their four children. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (5 . What 's more important. however. I get along well with my colleagues and my salary is satisfactory. but there has to be a balance between looking after one 's own interests and those of the present employer. 29. but should be on the lookout for opportunities to advance in your career. I believe I will be able to develop my career here. not really. Are there possible changes that could affect your job in any way? (5 8) There may be some but not many. Should I change my job. one should never be complacent. so I did not have the privilege of knowing them. I believe.drive on the road with my family and explain to them what was involved during the building of the road. would you change jobs? (7 . What I mean is that I am very happy in my present job. Spoken Part1 Fan : FAMILY A) GENERAL 31.6) . would you change jobs? (5 . That would be a positive development. and my mother has a brother. If you could. My family is a typical Chinese one. If I keep up working hard and perform well. I might not find such nice people to work with and could be very unhappy. I would not hesitate for one moment if I could obtain a promotion by changing jobs. so I have a number of uncles and aunts and many cousins. Could you tell me something about your family? (5 . That is to say. I know one should show some loyalty to his present employer. If you could. so I not specified 'not worry about it at all. Furthermore. The only possible change that comes to my mind is I may receive a promotion. I could be promoted to head of a department in two years. In addition. I am the only child. my mother and me. I have a good relationship with my colleagues and my endorsing. 30. I believe one should always be ambitious. The company that I am working for is large and strong. 32.6) No. 29.
In my opinion.That 'sa tough [question. Our population had been growing rapidl y and to something drastic had to be done. On the other hand. Why do people in China traditionally want to hav e a son? (5 .8) As far as this topic is concerned. They want their children to carry their name into the future. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (7 . China will be able to make progress in the fight against unemployment.8) That 's an interesting question. Who does most of the shopping in your family? (5 . I would say that my mother does most of the shopping. but my father and I will do some shopping from time to time.8) That 'sa controversial question in China. often on a sharp . I think we have to have the policy in China. My parents allow me to buy my own clothes. What I mean to say is that as soon as the population growth has stabilized. Only sons can fulfill the task.8) My mother does most of the cooking. For example. For example. The last thing I woul d like to mention that my mother does not like my father 's smoking habit and therefore refuses to buy cigarettes. the policy will give China a chance to move ahead in the world. For example. 33. but my father and I will do some cooking from time to time. in many western countries it is customary for a boy to receive his grandfather 's name. 35. The second aspect I could tell you regarding this topic is that we often eat out. sometimes when my mother is out the whole day doing voluntary work in our community and then my father and I will do the cooking for her. 32. I believe the most important reason lies in fathers. Who does most of the cooking in your family? (5 . The policy is one of the most effective tools to solve the increasing problem of overpopulation in the country. the One-Child Policy has been extremely harsh on the people. It violates basic human rights. the policy has both merits and shortcomings. so that my father has to do that kind of shopping himself. Besides. it deprives women of their fertility rights. 34. For example. They feel that when they have a son he would be able to provide for them in future. A second reason that I could mention is that parents Worry about what will happen to them after they retired.
so we did not have to adjust too much. We do not keep any secrets from one another. He was born on the day that Macao became part of China again. Since I am their only child. one -child but because of the policy that will not be possible. How does your family feel about you going abroad? (5 . 40. Until then my husband / wife and I are working as hard as possible to improve our life. as she does not have any qualifications or experience. What does your wife do? (5 . as we believe that he is going to become a strong man one day. they themselves never had the opportunity to study in foreign countries.8) They feel very happy about it and give me 100% support. I believe my parents will be very proud if I may achieve a degree at a university abroad. but it is not easy. they would do anything in their power to allow me to have the opportunity. I knew before marriage that he snores loudly when he turns onto his back when sleeping. That 's why he got the name. I am married. A new supermarket in our area will be opened soon. To put it in another way you could say that we are best friends. I not specified 't have any children yet. and have our favorite dish. 38. We are planning to start a family as soon as we have wi th our own apartment. What is your child 's name? Does it have any meaning? (5 . Are you married. His nickname is Bao Bao.8) My child 's name is Li Ao Sheng. In addition.8) My wife is a housewife at the moment. I have a good husband / wife. 36. We would both like to have a son and a daughter.8) No.night none of us feel like cooking. 39. and we are very happy together.8) Yes. We are looking for a job for her. and then we visit one of the local restaurants. but that did I. Do you have any children? (5 . 't mind. For instance. B) MARRIED Person 37. and we hope that she . I got married about three years ago. and if so when did you get married? (5 . We had known each other for many years before we got married.
Do you think couples should live with their parent or on their own? (5 8) Definitely the latter.8) Yes. they should be alone as soon as possible. as we could sit in the evenings on the beach and watch the moon rising over the sea. They knew we were going to get married. 41.8) These days the practice is becoming more and more acceptable to society. She has placed her name on a waiting list. He is responsible for keeping the patient records in the men 's wards. 42. Did you and your spouse have to ask permission from your parents before you could get married? (5 .8) No. We did have a honeymoon.8) My husband is a civil servant. and stayed in a small hotel next to the beach. In earlier times is was customary for the young man to get the permission from his girlfriend 's parents before they could get married. There are several reasons why I think couples should as for life on their own. He loves his work. They should learn how to cope with the money at their disposal. and we will be hearing soon from the employment officer. 45. it was very romantic. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. What I mean to say is that it all depends on the coupl e now. and is receiving a good salary. We went to Dalian for a week. . Generation gap can be the trigger for many quarrels between the young and old generations. He works for the Department of Health at a hospital near our home. First. We only had to confirm the date with them to ensure that it would suit them and our families. 44. and if so where did you Uzelac (5 . 43. so we do 't have any worries and ser ious. When they are absolutely sure that they are able to adapt to each other 's lifestyles.will be able to find a job there. What does your husband do? (5 . Did you have a honeymoon. Young people feel that they first want to know each other even better by living together. I will never forget the time we spent there. For example. Also. Is living together without getting married in China? Acceptable (5 . As a matter of fact we both agree that we have a lot to be thankful for. I believe couples should be come independent as soon as possible. not really. they would then most probably decide to get married.
The prints. there are quite a few. What type of culture do you want your child to grow up in? (5 . I believe they should be responsible for their own finances. They have to feed the kid and ensure that he/she gets a good education. I would love my child unconditionally. They will find a good spouse. 50. I wonder if they will have work to do since unemployment rate is so high even now. What I mean is that I know my child is not turns. In the second place. they have to look after their child if they have one. the circumstances in our home will be full of love and understanding. but I will still love her. the father will give his wife some Flowers. After the baby is born.46.8) There are several responsibilities that couples should take. together with a paintbrush made by using some of the babies hair. Next. I 'd like to mention the following points : first and foremost. 49.8) That 'sa good question. What responsibilities should a couple take? (5 . Are there any traditions around the birth of a baby in your r egion? (5 8) Yes. but I will also try to unders tand and satisfy his needs. will be kept as souvenirs. That is. I would like my child to grow up in a culture of love. When the baby arrives at home. I 'd like to mention the following points in this regard. . the parents will make prints of its hands and feet. I would like to be a strict but fair parent. Young couples usually do not have a lot of money. They should try to f ind ways to make ends meet. I hope that they will be happy. 48. I will not give my child too many freedoms. What kind of parent do you intend to be? (5 . First of all. What makes I Worry most is that my children will have a very tough [life. even if he/she has made mistakes. have children and live together in peace and love. In the first place.8) That 's an interesting question. just like the ending of a fairy tale.8) That 'sa broad question. What hopes or fears do you have concerning your children? (5 . and take photographs of the baby and her. C) CHILDREN 47.
51. 53. What are the causes of sex discrimination? (7 .8) That 's an interesting question. 53. This is against the nature. raise the kids and serve her husband. parents prefer to have a boy as opposed to a girl. in many com munities in China. What are the causes of sex discrimination? (5 . I believe my parents were unreasonably strict at times. Maybe I would be a bit more modern. In addition. say. many men still have the traditional idea that a woman should stay at home. as it will upset the balance between men and women in China in the years to come. Things like music. and studying should be part of his life from the beginning. I hope my child will grow up in a culture where the finer things in life are important.Furthermore. not really. Last but not the least.8) Sex discrimination against women can still be found in China though the country has tried very hard to eliminate it. women are still regarded as inferior to men. One obvious example is that women who are doing exactly the same job as men are getting smaller salaries. Moreover. For instance. Describe the position of woman in China? (5 . in government. Lastly.8) No. This is particularly true in the rural areas.8) One of the main reasons regarding this topic that I would like to highlight is the fact that men often determine the wages in the companies. the women are not seen as able to do certain jobs as well as men. Is there any sex discrimination in China? (5 . Are you going to bring your children up differently from the way you were brought up? Why? (5 . In other . I believe that discrimination against woman have deep roots in societies all over the world. women are not considered for certain high level positions. Next. If I could do the same for my child I would be happy. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points : Firstly.8) 52. art. D) WOMAN 52. construction work has always been seen as a man 's job. For example. I believe my parents raised me well and gave me a good education. I would try and keep a balance between discipline and freedom.
and one should be paid for what you are doing. housewives can spend mor e time with their babies. Secondly. I have just bought my first computer. What do you usually do in your spare time? (5 . but now I simply do not have the time. Should housewives be paid a salary by the government? Why? (5 -8) Yes. it had a program on the latest eclipse of the sun that occurred at .8) Yes. they will have to be compensated as such irrespective of their sex. and so lay the foundation of healthy relationships. as more and more woman become the sole breadwinners in families.8) 55. it is not a present day phenomenon.6) 55. What do you usually do in your spare ti me? (7 . I used to love playing tennis. 55. Firstly. Lastly. Throughout history woman have not enjoyed the same status as men. 54. I have very few spare times these days. It is only recently that woman have been filling the same positions as men in the work place. I particularly like to watch the polar bears playing with their cubs. I believe housewives should be paid a salary by the government.8) Well. to be a housewife is a job just as any other. F or example. the better. so I not specified 't really have time for anything else. Surfing on the Internet is of course very time -consuming. For example. I often watch TV. What are your spare time interests? (5 .words. I believe that it will take much more time to eradicate this practice. It is not a science fiction but a documentary on real life events and happenings. and love to look for exciting Web sites that I have not known before. For example. Do you often watch TV? What is your favorite program? (5 . M oreover. My favorite program is called 'Discovery'. surfing on the Internet has been my only interest in leisure time. 56. What are your spare time interests? (7 . My studies are so important to me that I have given up all my other activities. these days. the more housewives there are. Spoken Part1 Fan : PREFERENCES (1) A) SPARE TIME 55.6) As a matter of fact. Web cameras by means of what I am able to watch wild animals are doing in many parts of the world.
Please allow me t o explain. Do you have a lot of friends? (5 . Some of them are only casual friends like my friends at work. What does friendship mean to you? (5 . 59. and we li sten and to our favorite music. Please allow me to explain. I have a lot of friends. or just Chat the whole evening. so I have to do it alone. In addition. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (5 . For example. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (5 .6) I prefer to be with my friends. I believe that TV has become the best source of information these days. I will do anything to help them when they need me. I often invite some of my friends over. . which takes a lot of my time. Last week it explained how some birds have adapted themselves to survive in a desert. which is a slow process taking a lot of time.8) Yes. We can learn a lot from watching TV and it is a good way to relax. So after work I like the company of other people. 60. Soap operas help me to relax.the end of the year. Do you think watching TV is a waste of time? (5 . should be friends. 60. while the documentaries are informative. I not specified 't think so. I need friends to help me when I am in trouble. B) FRIENDS 58. and I know they would do the same for me. for example. but I feel that it is one of the reasons why I have friends.6) I prefer to be alone. I often have to check the meaning of unfamiliar words in my dictionary. and they would not mind me saying so. In turn. but I also have some best friends who I have known for many years. I like reading. Lastly.8) No. Reading to me is a way of studying. I know this sounds selfish. it is a fast and convenient way to find out about the latest news from all over the world. The program also talks about nature. Husbands and wives. 57.8) Friendship is of great importance to me because I believe that it la ys solid foundation for many of our relationships. At work I spend most of my time alone in my office. my friends know that I will always be available if they turn to me.
I like to go out with them and enjoy their company stimulation. We find very exiting the spectacular crashes and explosions. and have famous actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise playing in them. I like the soap operas like Friends and so on. We usually challenge to play against another group us. In addition. sometimes I want to be with my friends. For example. These movies are from Hong Kong or Hollywood. Visiting net bars is one of them. so we find out where a new cartoon in the newspaper and go and watch it is being showed. What do you usually do with your friends? (5 . Sometimes we sit in a restaurant and have something to drink while we watch the crowds of people go by. On weekends I like to stay at home. some of whom I love and so me I hate.6 ) On weekdays I go to school. we like to watch a good action movie from time to time. On the other hand. My friends and I like cartoons very much. For example. Then we would browse around all shops in the malls. c) WEEKENDS 62. after a hard day at work I just want to relax without anybody disturbing me.60. Sometimes I prefer to be alone. We go there to play computer games or surf the net to have a Chat with young people abroad. I know that some . 61. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 . Those are the times that I might meditate on the meaning of life for example. I know the characters in Friends very well by now. over weekends. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 . On weekends I like to go out with my friends. For example.6 ) On weekdays I go to school. We go and visit new shopping malls in the city.8) We usually go to the movies.8) It depends.6) We do a lot of things together. The other interest we share is to play basketball. 62. What do you usually do with your friends? (7 . or just savor some fond memories. We often spend hours there a t a time. 61. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (7 . I can easily spend a weekend watching TV and just relaxing.
6 ) I usually go shopping with my mother. 64. and generally having a good time. looking at all the clothes and comparing prices and quality. but just go windowshopping.6 ) I usually go to the nearest net bar with some of my friends. 63. I believe that all of us should read a lot.8 ) Yes. When you read. The topics in it are interesting and the essays are short. as I dont have to think very hard to follow the stories. you acquire new knowledge. Maybe the books I have tried were not interesting enough. Besides. The reason for this is simple. We spend many hours playing games or surfing the net. I prefer magazines like Crazy English. I have never been able to read a book from start to finish. I love the excitement and suspense. and go crazy about the smallest of things. In addition. e) READING 64.8 ) I usually go to watch a football game with some of my friends. We go to one of the local stadiums where our favorite team will be playing. so we love to go shopping. 65. I dont like it. it contains translations which ensure that I dont have to waste ti me looking up unfamiliar words. Often we dont actually buy anything. I dont have the patience. which in turn will broaden your views on important issues.6 ) .6 ) No. It seems that I often loose my identity in such a large crowd. I like it very much. but it is good entertainment for relaxation. We ladies usually need a lot of clothes to make us look beautiful. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . What do you usually do when you go out? ( 7 . 63. Do you like reading? ( 5 . net bars are a great place for social gatherings.of the plots are silly and overdramatic. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 5 . Do you like reading? ( 7 . There we meet other youngsters and just hang around talking. d) OUTINGS 63.
which was based on racial discrimination and had become known to the world as apartheid. and was written b y a famous American author called James Mitchener. the news on TV is short and to the point. Please allow me to explain. Please allow me to explain. 66. For example. ( 7 . 66. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 7 . I watch TV if I want to know what is happening in China and the world. and this I cannot find in newspapers. he looks at the political situation over t he past fifty years.8 ) I have recently read a book about the history of South Africa. 67. 65. Describe a book that you have read recently. I never read newspaper. but focuses on the people of the country. It covers all aspects of the country. Websites like CNN contain all the latest news on world events.8 ) I like novels. Besides. I like to read a storyline that is full of intrigue and suspense. For example. have excellent illustrations. Part1 PREFERENCES (2) f) HOBBIES . I have used the Internet these days to know whats happening in China and the world. I believe cartoons are a special form of art. It takes too much time to read newspapers. but I have forgotten the name of the book. For example. and thats all I want to know. and thus gain a broader perspective on the subject at hand.6 ) I have read a book about the life of Michael Jordan.8 ) No. For example. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 7 . I am s orry. I also like to read Japanese cartoons. up to the present. It is called The Covenant. Firstly. ( 5 . Describe a book that you have read recently.I like cartoons.6 ) No. By the Internet I can do some research right away. the Japanese cartoons that are common in China. 67. many love stories have characters who are involved in all sorts of conflicts amongst them. Firstly. It describes the history from the very first days. One more thing that newspaper are lack of is the history behind a story. The most common one known all over the world since ancient times is the so called love triangle. Do you often read newspapers? ( 5 . I like to read about stories in depth.
so you dont have time and energy to do develop other skills. If you have a common interest with someone else. That is to say.8 ) Yes. may make you lose the opportunity. red is associated with life and good luck.6 ) I prefer red. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 7 . 69. then you can discuss your collections together for many hours and its easy for both of you to become friends . you have to arrange your collections regularly. and the stamps from other countries often tell something about the countries and their people. Do you have a hobby? ( 5 . Im interested in stamp collecting. In China. For example. One more thing. What are good hobbies. What I mean to say is that you can get stamps from every country in the world.8 ) In my opinion. as I do not have time during the week.6 ) Stamps provide rich knowledge. and what are bad ho bbies? ( 5 . I regularly spend time on my collection. in the hope that it will bring her and her bridegroom some luck in future. Why have you chosen this h obby? ( 5 . good hobbies are those that give you the opportunity to develop a new skill.8 ) The hobby provides fun as well as knowledge. on the other hand. collecting stamps teaches you how to be systematic. 70.68. which cultivates your habit of being systematic. This is mainly over weekends. What color do you like? Why? ( 5 . you are able to learn more about the world. and you will not be bored easily. when you collect stamps. TV and computer games will waste a lot of your time. g) COLORS 71. Bad hobbies. For example. I have been collecting stamps for two years. the stamps from other countries often tell something about the countries and their people. about two hours every week. First of all . For example. Another reason is that you are able to meet new friends through your hobby. such as her wedding gown and handkerchief used to cover her head. 69. the hobby will teach you some self -discipline and how to be very systematic. . A traditional Chinese bride wears something red on her wedding day.
South Africa has a broad yellow band in their newly designed flag. would be called a yellow movie. h) SHOPPING 73.8 ) Yellow is my favorite color.8 ) Yes. Red is symbolic. I like to go to the shops and see what they have to . it is significant that the national flag of China has a red background. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . For instance. Firstly. First of all. Vincent van Gogh is famous for the yellow sunflowers in so me of his paintings. for example. here a blue movie. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 5 . This symbolizes the energy and warmth to be found in the nation. and it does not get dirty too easily. Lastly. That is to say. Lastly. which in turn is the primary source of life. in times of sadness and mourning. For example. Many countries have yellow in their national flags. 72. as apposed to black in most of the western cultures. we use white to express our feelings. What I mean to say is that it reminds me of energy and warmth. In addition. It also signifies good luck.71. In addition. to me. I think that white has a special meaning to us. we believe that it symbolizes the ener gy radiated by the sun. Many artists are known to use yellow in their paintings. colors certainly have a lot of meaning in China.8 ) If I had to describe my favorite color.6 ) Yes. brown and gray usually make me feel depressed. I would like to mention that yellow is a practical color. which we believe are one of the dominant characteristics of the country and its people. For example. yellow symbolizes the sun. however. as apposed to blue in the most of the western cultures. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . For example. Please allow me to explain. I love shopping. I would choose yellow. 71. you can wear yellow with almost any color. of a vibrant life. I think that yellow has a specific meaning to Chinese people. To be more specific. yellow is a bright color as apposed to dull colors like brown and gray. Do colors have some symbolic meaning in China? ( 5 . so a bride would wear some red on her wedding day. For example. it also signifies the obscene. Secondly.
74.6 ) Yes. They lure you into their shops and malls by advertising their goods on TV and in the newspapers.8 ) No.offer. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 5 . They only tell you about the positive aspects of their product. This you have to find out for yourself.8 ) Yes. The extent to which the producers attended to the details of the original ship was astounding. 75. I believe that the theater is boring. Do you often go to the theater? ( 5 . shopping is the most basic activity in a capitalistic society. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 7 . I prefer to go to the cinema. Secondly. but would never mention the disadvantages. which has been described as the most expensive film ever made. to horror and science fiction. usually after you have bought the product. For example. I go to the cinema as often as possible. . 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. I have never been to the theater. I love to find out about any new products on the market and how they can possibly make my life easier. I hate shopping. I cannot see how that can be as exciting as a good movie. I go to the cinema as often as possible. In films there are a wide range of genres ranging from comedy and drama. Please allow me to explain. Firstly. i) MOVIES 74. We have a great time when our favorite star is playing a lead role in the movie. It is too expensive for me. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 7 . Secondly. I browse around and compare the prices before a buy something. I do the shopping of all our household needs. Another example would be the thriller Silence of the Lambs with my favorite actor Anthony Hopkins playing the leading role. What I mean to say is that the actors are on the same stage the whole time. recently I have seen the movie Titanic. It had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time. 73. I believe that films are a wonderful form of art. I usually go with some friends to watch the latest action movies or comedies.8 ) No.
and we would listen to our favorite CDs for a few hours at a time. On weekends.76. I listen to music much more. Robbie Williams in Mrs. He is handsome and very funny. I like music very much. I believe music plays an important part in peoples lives. For instance. I guess I listen to music for about half an hour every day. ( 5 . listen when I get home from school. Lastly. For instance. What kind of music do you enjoy most? ( 5 . it is suitable for us to dance on. pop music is simple to understand. I would.8 ) My favorite movie star is Jackie Cheng.8 ) Oh. pop music is lively.8 ) Yes. 79. First of all. Do you like music? ( 5 . Who is your favorite movie star? Describe him / her. For example. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without music. Firstly. Lastly. comedies seld om contain violent scenes. shooting.8 ) 78. First of all. What kinds of movies do you like best? ( 5 . Doubtfire is considered one of the most extraordinary performances ever by an actor. j) MUSIC 78. What I mean to say is that us youngsters like to listen to music that fits in with the way we feel Secondly. How long do you listen to music everyday? ( 5 . and suits me at my age. 77. Do you think music is important? ( 5 . let me think for a while. comedies are of great fun. or it can provide us with the rhythm to dance to. For example. I would invite my best friend over to my place. fighting. however. .8 ) I like pop music very much. comedies often contain excellent acting by famous stars. 80. I like it because it is not difficult to understand. He always has a smile on his face. We can use it to sooth our minds after a hard day at work. and so on in a comedy. for example. What I mean is that I have a good laugh while watching them. and never seems to be worried a bout the situations that he finds himself in. you would not easily find murders.8 ) I like comedies. Secondly. That is to say. or in the evenings before I go to bed. usually has a good rhythm. and it helps me to relax after I have been studying hard for some time.
83. l) Time 85. the trains in China are convenient and comfortable. I believe that traveling is always educational. I wish I were able to travel more. one can chat with other passengers about where they are going. and I am able to sleep on the train. What do you think of time? To me. I enjoyed the trip as I have not been to Dalian before. Moreover. Secondly. people who dont show up on time are considered impolite. In addition. Do you like traveling? ( 5 . I dont like it when we go and visit my grandparents in the countryside. and why they are traveling. 84.6 ) Yes. For example. We went to see my grandmother who has been ill lately. How do you usually travel? ( 5 . 87. time is my competitor. I like traveling. How do you think of being late? It is quite rude to be late. Allow me to explain.8 ) I like to visit places where there is a lot of entertainment. For example. they show d isrespect to others because others have to wait for them. How do you feel if you are late? How will others feel? .k) TRAVELLING 81.8 ) I traveled to Dalian last month. 82. For example. They live on a farm and dont even have a computer for me to play on. I always have a lot of things to do and a lot of dreams to fulfill. Where have you traveled to lately? ( 5 . My parents and I traveled there by train. I hope the places I go to have coffee shops and theaters at least. Firstly. I have not traveled to a foreign country yet. What I mean to say is that the people that you meet along the way are usually interesting. Moreover. I can travel to any city. Lastly. when I travel by train I am able to see more of China. For example. Thats why I consider time my competitor. Generally. the city has left me a deep impression for its fresh air and clean environment. What kind of places do you like to visit? ( 5 .8 ) In China I like to travel by train. traveling on a train is a social event as well. Firstly. so I have to run against time and do my things as fast as possible. 86.
Of course.I will feel quite sorry for those who have to wait for me. . I must apologize sincerely to others. Whenever I show up late. I have few chances to do so because generally I am always punctual. I may also have the feeling of being embarrassed and shameful.