Describe a place that is quiet
1. Are there many quiet places in your city? 你的城市里有许多安静的地方吗?
Well, quite a few. As I know. There are several cosy spa treatment zones where people can take a break from a constant stream of noises, feelings, thoughts and vibes which don't belong to them. There are botanical gardens and remote corners of parks which help people slow down, catch a deep breath and set their minds straight. There are public libraries, museums, art galleries and a planetarium which help people reboot their brain and unwind. And, of course, there is a good deal of small quiet cafes which help people rid their minds of negative and unnecessary thoughts, and just a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of delicious cake. So, there are quite enough quiet places in my city.
2. Why do people sometimes prefer to be alone? 为什么人们有时更喜欢独处?
Oh, I guess, first of all, because they need to reboot their brain and unwind from time to time. There is too much noise and communication in people's everyday lives these days and sometimes all of them need time just for themselves, time to think about their past actions and behaviour or think through every action they are about to take, time to discover themselves and find their own voice. Sometimes people need solitude to improve concentration and increase productivity or work through problems more effectively cutting off any dependance on how others can affect their state of mind and decision-making. I guess these are the main reasons.
3. Is there much noise around your home? 你家附近有很多噪音吗?
Well, fortunately, 'no' as I live in a very quiet area with quite few people around. There are no industrial facilities or machinery in my neighbourhood, so the worst noise around my home is either barking dogs of my neighbours or the noise from air conditioning equipment. Though, from time to time I can also hear squealing brakes of passing cars but it is the exception rather than the rule, thank god.
4. Does this noise affect you in any way? 这种噪音对你有任何影响吗?
Well, I am pretty tolerant to noises and just try to tune out whenever I hear them. So, noises which I usually hear in my area don't make me nervous or stressed. Though, there are some kinds of noise I am very sensitive to. I mean some special noises like scraping chalk or nails on a board or persistent knocks on the door. They immediately distract my attention from what I am doing and make me very irritated. I also can't stand loud snoring and intermittent noises that repeat.
5. How do you think noise in cities could be reduced? 你认为城市里的噪音是如何减少的?
Oh, I guess there is a list of 'noise off solutions and large-scale steps that could be taken by cities all around the world. One of them is to lower the speed limit in the inner parts of the city to 40 km/hour. It will not only provide a quieter atmosphere in the city but also reduce pollution and traffic accidents. One more important step that should be taken is to pave roads with noise dampening asphalt, and if it doesn't change the situation significantly reduce traffic volume in the most crowded areas. I would also offer to plant 'noise buffers' composed of trees and shrubs everywhere and especially in busy and create quiet areas and zones in parks, squares and other recreational areas around the city to provide people with special places for relaxation and energy reboot.
6. Is there any place that is absolutely quiet? 有什么地方是绝对安静的吗?
Oh, I don't think so, to my regret. I guess it's hard to find havens where silence still rules. When I try to find one, it always turns out that finding unsullied locations is more difficult than it might seem 'cause humanity's noises are always with us in one form or another.
1. What shows do old people and young people watch? 老人和年轻人各自看什么节目?
Oh, I guess old people, first of all, opt for news programs as only news lets them stay informed and up-to-date with what is going on in the area and in the world. They also like to watch all types of programs which help them get entertained and not feel lonely, I mean different talk and talent shows, cookery, programs and other programs about hobbies such as gardening, fishing and travelling. Elderly women also watch soap operas and dramas in order to involve themselves emotionally in something outside themselves while elderly men prefer to watch sporting events to expose themselves to things they enjoyed doing in their young years. I am not sure that young people watch TV these days as the majority of the young think that it's not very meaningful as it leaves people with less time for life, causes unrealistic expectations and is just unable to bring people any of the change they want in their life or in the world. So, I guess that even if young people watch TV, they opt only for entertainment programs like reality, talent and game shows, and maybe programs that feature holiday destinations and travel reviews as let them get a broader understanding of the world they live in.
2. What is the influence of foreign shows on the shows produced in your country? 外国节目对你们国家制作的节目有什么影响?
Well, to my mind, foreign shows have tremendous sway with TV shows made in my country as they provide our TV producers with the three most important TV show components, I mean great ideas, the format and interesting content. This influence can hardly be overestimated as altogether these three building blocks improve the quality of shows produced in my country and make them explode with audience activity massive numbers of engagement, is vital for our TV channels and the profit.