1. How often do you see your neighbors? [Why/Why not?]
Not very often, like three or four times a week. We both have pet dogs, and when I walk my dog downstairs, I may meet her walking her dog as well, so we would exchange some words but not many. She is a bit old and around her seventies I think. She lives alone and that’s all I know about her.
2. Do you invite your neighbors to your home? [Why/Why not?]
No. I rent an apartment here in Beijing and I’m so busy with my work. I don’t have time to socialize with my neighbors and I don’t even know their names. Also, I have no interest in my neighbors. I mean we have nothing in common. So I never invite my neighbors to my home.
3. Do you think you are a good neighbor? [Why/Why not?]
Well, I don’t know. Maybe not. I mean, I don’t even talk to my neighbors, so they may think I’m a bit indifferent towards them, even selfish who only cares about his own things. But I may as well be considered as a good neighbor, because I don’t trouble them. For example, I keep my TV volume down at night.
4. Has a neighbor ever helped you? [Why/Why not?]
Yes, but it was a long time ago when I was a primary school student. I lived in my hometown with my parents back then and that day after school I got home only finding that I left my key in the school. Luckily, my neighbor, a grandma, invited me to her home and even treated me with chocolate cookies. I was so grateful to her help.
Describe a very difficult task that you succeeded in doing as part of your work or studies.
You should say:
what task you did
why this task was very difficult
how you worked on this task
and explain how you felt when you had successfully completed this task.
I’d like to talk about the presentation about a historical event I prepared and delivered when I was in high school. I did this task with the other three members and the topic we got was simple, which was to introduce the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors to the rest of the class.
But what made this task so difficult was that our teacher warned us that we should not use the Internet too much and that we should write with our own words. She did not want us to recite anything, but rather explain what we had learned with simple words.
So we had nowhere to go but the library of our school. And we divided the work into four different parts and each of us went there to find out information about the tomb. Luckily we successfully completed the task, the presentation. During the presentation, my classmates explained the Emperor’s fear of death, and how large the site might be, as most of the statues are still buried everywhere. I concentrated on the design and the way the soldiers are lined up like on a battle field.
I felt relieved right after we finished the presentation. I knew we did a good job from my teacher and our classmates’ response. Also I learned how to cooperate and communicate during the process. Anyway, I felt so happy when we had successfully completed the task.
1. What are the most difficult jobs that people do?
I think jobs like policemen, doctors and lawyers are really difficult to do. I mean, professional skills are required when doing these jobs. And these skills can’t be gained at school. People need not only knowledge but also practical experience in order to be qualified for these jobs.
2. Why do you think some people choose to do difficult jobs?
Maybe it’s a matter of interest or life goals. I mean, when people choose a career, they care more about whether this job is going to fulfill their dream or potential, rather than how easy it is to do the job. Also, I feel that people have different definitions of difficult jobs. I mean, for me I think it would be really hard to be a teacher because I’m not a patient guy but others may think it’s easy.
3. Do you agree or disagree that all jobs are difficult sometimes?
Yes, I agree. There are no completely easy jobs and all jobs can be difficult sometimes. For example, people may think being a bus driver is an easy job, because the route of a bus is usually fixed. But we may not know it’s really hard to get a bus driver’s license. And driving all day long is harmful to the driver’s waist. It may even cause some serious illness.
4. How important is it for everyone to have a goal in their personal life?
I believe it’s vital to have a goal in people’s personal life, mainly because it makes their life more meaningful. Life without goals will suffer from a lack of motivation. A goal can be being a successful businessman, and it also can be traveling with your family every year. All of these goals make you feel motivated in your everyday life.
5. Is it always necessary to work hard in order to achieve career success?
I don’t think so. Career success should not be the only success in people’s life. Not everyone can achieve so called career success. So it’s alright to work hard but always working hard in order to achieve career success will somewhat make you feel stressed and exhausted. Instead, I believe work-life balance makes a successful life.
6. Do you think that successful people are always happy people?
I don’t think so. Success doesn’t mean happiness. Also, people have different definitions on success and happiness. Some people think money, which is usually associated with successful people, can buy happiness but others don’t think so. Also, everyone has a skeleton in the closet. When we assume someone is successful, he may be suffering from difficult things.