1. What job would you like to have ten years from now? [Why?]
I don’t have a clear mind of what kind of jobs I’ll I have in the future, but I’m sure it’s computer science related. Because that’s my major and I enjoy learning these stuff. Also, people nowadays almost can’t work without computers, so I believe I’ll have many job opportunities in this area.
2. How useful will English be for your future? [Why/Why not?]
I think good English skills will be a must when it comes to my future career. My major is computer science and most computer languages are based on English so I have to master this language at least in writing and reading.
3. How much travelling do you hope to do in the future? [Why/Why not?]
As much as possible, so to speak. There are lots of destinations on my list and actually I want to travel all over the world. Every time I went traveling, I literally felt like entering into a new world, a world with new people, new dressing style and new lifestyle. I love this feeling.
4. How do you think your life will change in the future? [Why/Why not?]
Maybe the core of my life would change, I suppose. I mean now I’m a student and studying is my top priority, but in the near future I have to find a job and walk into the work force. My life will be totally different when changing my role form a student to an office worker.
Describe a book that you enjoyed reading because you had to think a lot.
You should say:
what this book was
why you decided to read it
what reading this book made you think about
and explain why you enjoyed reading this book.
I’d like to talk about the book The Road Less Traveled. It is, in short, a description of the features that make for a fulfilled human being, based largely on the author’s experiences as a psychiatrist and a person.
I read this book several years ago, because I heard a phrase called “delaying gratification”, which means the process by which pain is chosen to be experienced before pleasure. For example, children will rather finish their homework first, so that they can play later on. But I was the boy who played first without finishing homework. So I got totally attracted by this book, which the phrase “delaying gratification” is derived from.
This book begins with the statement "Life is difficult". The author argues that life is never meant to be easy, and is essentially a series of problems which can either be solved or ignored. And actually this made me think a lot, because sometimes I chose to ignore problems I encountered in life. Anyway, the author defines discipline as the basic set of tools required to solve life’s problems.
I enjoyed reading this book so much, because I did learn a lot from it. I learned that most people, like me, avoid the pain of dealing with their problems and actually it is through facing the pain of problem solving that life becomes more meaningful.
1. What are the most popular types of children’s books in your country?
I guess it should be comics. These books have more pictures or illustrations than words, which make it easier for children to read, to understand. Additionally, the plot is usually much more appealing. Take my little nephew for example, whenever I visit his home, I would see him reading comics and he reads so fast. I believe he can quickly gain the information from pictures, which means he can easily get entertained from reading comics.
2. What are the benefits of parents reading books to their children?
The most obvious benefit I can think of is building a strong bond between parents and their children through reading books together. I mean, when parents read books to their children, they are going through the story or knowledge together. So they may have the same feeling to story, and they may be happy or upset together. This way, children and parents will have more topics to discuss, and thus, they can be good friends.
3. Should parents always let children choose the books they read?
I don’t think so, and the matter is “always”. Children are called children because they are not mature enough, not only their bodies but also their minds. Sometimes they cannot tell right from wrong. So here comes the problem, there can be violence in some books and it will be really dangerous if children imitate these things. So I believe parents should respect what their children choose to read, but also supervise what they read.
4. How popular are electronic books in your country?
Oh, these books are quite popular, because e-books can be read on many different types of devices, like computers, tablets, mobile phones, and Kindles. It’s so convenient. And people can also put a variety of books into their one specific device, which makes it so easy to carry. For example, when I take a bus or subway, I usually see people reading books on their phones or Kindles. And I read e-books too, when I commute.
5. What are the advantages of reading electronic books (compared to printed books)?
Well, obviously, there are many advantages of reading electronic books, and the first one should be money saving. We can find that electronic editions are usually cheaper than printed ones. So for an avid reader, buying e-books and reading them on a device are more affordable. Additionally, reading e-books makes it easier for people to read anywhere anytime. I mean, people can use their mobile phones to read instead of carrying a heavy printed book all the time, which is a bit cumbersome.
6. Will electronic books ever completely replace printed books in the future?
Maybe not, because in spite of the great things e-books accomplish — convenience, portability, multimedia — there are still some fundamental qualities they will simply never possess. For example, paper books have physical beauty. E-books are great for people who care only about the contents, but for people who truly love books, printed books are the only medium that will satisfy.