1. Do you ever ride a bicycle?
Yeah I do, but not that much anymore, because I’m living on campus at the moment. So everything’s pretty close to me, and I don’t really need a bike to get around.
2. How old were you when you first learned to ride a bicycle?
It was quite a while ago – let me have a little think! Um……I suppose I must have been about 5 or 6 when I first learned, but I honestly couldn’t tell you for sure, because I simply can’t remember! But I think I was pretty small, so five or six sounds about right.
It was quite a while ago = it was quite a long time ago
I suppose I must have been about 5 or 6 = I think I was about 5 or 6 (“must have been” is like the past tense of “should”)
3. Are bicycles popular in China?
Yes they are. They’re incredibly popular! You know, if you go out onto any street in China, the chances are you’ll see a lot of bikes. And I guess the reason for this is that they’re the cheapest way to get around, apart from walking of course, but that’s a lot slower!
4. Would you say it’s difficult to learn to ride a bicycle?
Well I think it’s like everything really, in the sense that when you start off learning, it feels extremely difficult, but the more you practice, the easier it gets. So yeah, I guess it is a little difficult to begin with, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of.
5. What kinds of people ride bicycles?
Wow, you know it’s pretty hard to generalize, because I think all kinds of people ride bicycles, at least here in China anyway! So to be a bit more specific, you see young children riding their bikes around their neighborhood, and then older children riding to school. And as for adults, I think a lot of them will ride their bikes to work if they don’t have too far to travel. And the middle-aged and elderly also like cycling, as it’s good exercise for them and a cheap way to get around. So yeah, I think it’s fair to say that all ages of people ride bicycles, apart from the very young and very old.
6. Would you say it’s safe to ride a bicycle in the city?
On the whole, I’d say it is, yeah, as long as you cycle carefully of course! Because what’s good is that in most cities here, there are separate bike lanes for cyclists to use, which makes it a lot safer.
No I wouldn’t, because I mean there are just so many cars on the road now, and it’s not always easy for a driver to spot a cyclist, for example when It’s dark and raining, plus the fact that bicycles here don’t have lights. So you’ve basically just got to be really careful when you’re cycling anywhere.
The chances are = in all likelihood 十有八九
Apart from…Of course = 当然除了….以外
On the whole = generally speaking 总的来说
Bike lane = 自行车道
It’s pretty hard to generalize = 很难概括
At least here in China anyway = 至少在中国是这样的
So to be a bit more specific = 说具体一点呢
Cycling is good exercise =骑自行车是很好的锻炼 (saying something is good exercise is very native English!)
I think it’s fair to say = I think it’s true to say, 我觉得可以说
I think it’s like everything really – here, “really” means “actually”
In the sense that =在...意义上讲/从...角度来讲
Get the hang of something = 掌握某事的窍门