1. Do you play any computer or cellphone games?
I usually play cellphone games when I am waiting for the bus and have nothing else to do. It’s a good way to kill time for me.
2. Which kind of game do you like to play?
I prefer puzzle games. Sometimes they can be very challenging and I have to think really hard to solve the problems. But each time I pass the game, I feel fulfilled.
3. Is it beneficial for young people to play games?
I think there is no harm done for young people to play games. It helps to relieve their stress. But of course they shouldn’t get too devoted to the games.
4. What TV programs are you interested in?
I am very interested in entertainment programs like the reality show. I like to know what these pop stars really look like when they are not on the platform.
5. When do you watch TV?
I usually watch TV at night or weekend when I am not occupied by work or other matters. Occasionally I would stay up late to watch live competitions like World Cup.
Describe a holiday you want to go on in the future. You should say:
Where you want to go
When you would like to go
Who you would like to go with
and explain why you want to have this holiday
Speaking of a holiday that I want to go on in the future, I will definitely say that Italy is my favorite destination of the holiday. I would like to make a seven-day route to have an eye feast of the Alps in the north where it is covered with snow all year round and enjoy the beach and sunshine scenery of Sicily Islands in the south. I’d like to arrange a thorough and wonderful holiday plan there with my parents because I consider a family holiday values most. I’ve searched for some detailed information and it is said that the best time of a year to go to Italy is between May and October. Consequently, I think our National Holiday, which is from October 1st to 7th, will be a good choice to go on this family holiday. I guess the only drawback of this plan is that there will be too many tourists during that time.
I want to have this holiday because my parents never have an experience of going abroad for a travelling so far. This kind of holiday, I hope, could compensate the regret to some extent. Besides that, the exotic scenery and culture will open our mind and relax us. Italy is a classic European country, for my part, it is a kaleidoscope to view the European world.
① Do you like short holidays or long holidays?
Personally speaking, I prefer long holidays. By long holidays, I mean they usually last more than five days. In this way, I can go visit a place that is far from Beijing, the city where I live. For example, I can go visit Hainan which is located in the very south of China. The weather there is totally different from Beijing’s. It is much warmer and pleasant and it is known for its beautiful sea. Thus I can enjoy the sea view there and eat as much seafood as I can. I can have some experiences that are much different from my usual life. But if the holiday is too short, I would not be able to choose a place that is too far. I would not like to waste time on the transportation.
②Do you think modern life styles give people enough time for leisure?
Well, I think nowadays most ordinary people are having a very tense pace of life and they don’t have enough time for leisure. It is true that nowadays people have more choices on entertainment. For example, if they want to travel abroad, they can contact a travel agent and have everything done for them; if they want to relax，they can use the weekend to go shopping or watch a movie at the museum. However, a lot of people are facing great work pressure and they have to work extra hours. It is often the case with young people who work in metropolis like Beijing or Shanghai. Even when they are free, they may prefer to have a rest rather than an entertainment activity.
③What’s the most popular tourist attraction in China?
Well, talking about the most popular tourist attraction in China, I believe it should be the Great Wall. There is a saying in China that “you can not call yourself a hero unless you have climbed the Great Wall”. The Great Wall winds through mountains and looks extremely spectacular. In the history, the wall was established to defend the invaders from the north. Since the First Qin Emperor, Chinese people have started to build the Great Wall. It played a very important role to defend our territory. The existing Great Wall was mostly built in the Ming Dynasty. It has already become a place where tourists must go when they visit Beijing.
④What’s the most important factor for a tourist attraction?
I think the most important factor for a tourist attraction is its infrastructure. First a convenient transportation should be provided so tourists can approach the tourist attraction. For elder people or disabled people, they may need a wheel, so these basic tools should also be provided. When the tourists arrive at the tourist attraction, it would be better if there are abundant restaurants and restrooms. I once visited a tourist attraction that I could never forget. The place was beautiful but what I can’t bear was the long queue. I had to wait in line for everything, the food, water etc. So I think it won’t be a good tourist attraction without the well-functioned basic infrastructure.
⑤Do you think we should have more public holidays?
I do think that the public holidays we have now are too few and we should have more public holidays, or at least expand the holidays we have now. This move could bring about many benefits. For the ordinary officers and workers, they could take the holidays to have a nice trip. Since their pace of life is usually very tense, it is good for them to take more time to relax themselves. For the commercial companies, holidays are also a good time to promote their goods. The number of their consumers usually peaks in holidays. So it will be a win-win situation.
Describe an experience you spend your time with a child. You should say:
When you spent time with this child
Who this child was
What you did together
and how you felt about it
I can’t bear staying with a little child. Last week my aunty Laura had to go out for an emergency and she can’t take her two-year old baby girl Lucy out with her and asked my mother and I to shoulder the responsibility of a babysitter. My mother was occupied with cooking and housework. So, I had to look after her by myself. Her rosy and chubby face was cute, so I poked it now and then. Unexpectedly, I overexerted it a little and she began to cry. Hearing this, my mom shouted at me and scolded me to calm her down. I patted her back and murmured stupid comforting words to her. However, she didn’t stop crying. Then I gave her a toy doll to play with her, she didn’t even look at me at all. Perhaps she recognized the unfamiliar environment and began to look for her mother, she cried more loudly. It upset me. I passed her feeding bottle; she took it and threw it onto the ground. I was very angry with that but I couldn’t say anything since she couldn’t understand it at all. Then my mom came and held her up; she began to stop crying gradually.
I felt frustrated to babysit a young child. As a child, he or she could not understand you at all for reasonable causes. As if you’re governed by him or her because you need to care his or her feelings all the time. It makes me feel tired and annoyed. But I could imagine how our parents got through those days when we are young children.
①Do parents in your country spend a lot of time with their children?
Honestly speaking, I think most Chinese parents are not having enough time with their children. They are just too busy with their work, especially to those parents who work in metropolis like Beijing and Shanghai. They usually live far from their work place and need to spend a long time on their way to work. Sometimes they need to work extra hours and when they finally get back home, their children are already asleep. This is a very common problem for many Chinese families. So many children are under the care of their grandparents for most of the time, which makes children very lonely.
②Who did you spend most time with when you were young?
Well, I spent most time with my mom. She was a housewife then so she had plenty time with me. I was under great care of her. Every morning before I went go school, she would have my breakfast prepared. When I came back home from school, dinner was all ready. When I had my summer holiday or winter holiday, she would always take me to have a nice trip. We have been to many cities in China. I felt very safe and happy to be with her. I was also deeply influenced by her way of treating other people. She was very kind.
③Why do some young people dislike living with old people?
Well, it is true that many young people would prefer to live alone rather than live with old people like their parents. The reasons may vary. They may feel not comfortable to be with the elders. They may have different and opposite life habits. I have a friend who moves out of her parents’ home because she likes to stay up late to watch TV series and play games and get up late the next morning. But her parents usually go to bed before 9 o’clock and they get up even before the sun rises. That’s one thing that she cannot bear. Another reason she moves out is because she doesn’t want her parents to poke into her privacy. So I think it is understandable for her to move out.
④What do you usually do when you hang out with your friends?
Well, when I hang out with my friends, we usually have meals together. We would search all kinds of nice restaurants and pick one that we are both interested in. The place we go most is a hot pot restaurant. We would order all the meat or vegetables we like, put them into the pot, wait for a few minutes and then spoil ourselves with the delicious food. Sometimes we would cook at home. It really feels good to ask friends to come at my house. We would make jokes and gossip a lot while we are preparing the dishes. It makes me feel close to them.
⑤Do you like to spend time on your own or with your family/friends?
Well, I like to spend time with my family or friends, especially when I am in a good mood. We could talk with each other and have fun together. But sometimes I prefer to be alone, especially when I am tired from work. I would take a nice bath and pick up a book randomly from my bookshelf. I like the feeling when I am totally immersed in the plot. It seems like time has suspended there. When I finish reading, it seems I finally come back from the other world. So it’s not bad to have time to be alone. Normally I try to strike a balance between time spent with my family or friends and time spent to be alone.
Describe a plan in your life (that is not related to work or study). You should say:
What it was about
When you made it
How it worked
and how you felt about the result
The biggest plan that I completed in 2016 was learning to play the guitar. It is not like any a plan or a goal related to work or study, which ultimately has to be achieved by external stress. I initiated the plan because I’ve prepared to learn a sort of musical instrument for a long time. I’ve made up my mind to accomplish the goal in 2016 finally. I’ve searched for a lot of detailed information about guitars on the Internet, from how to select a good guitar to how to arrange my daily practice. Then I bought a delicate and special travelling guitar and began on the way of learning it. I signed up an online course and there was a supervisor to help me with my daily practice task. There are the occasions that I was so busy with my work and study that I didn’t want to keep up with the online course. However, my supervisor always reminded me with my goal and encouraged me to keep practicing. When I finished the course, I found that I could play my favourite songs proficiently. How grateful I am to my supervisor and my perseverance!
I felt a sense of accomplishment about the result of the plan. It made me feel satisfied when I look backwards about what I have done in last year. But obviously, I possibly couldn’t achieve it without outer supervision. So, I have to learn deeply about what the word “perseverance” really means.
①Should parents set goals for children?
Well it depends. I think to children who are only one or two years old, there is no need to set goals for them. They are too little to follow rules. Besides, they are in a period of endless exploration. They may feel interested in everything, the nature, buses, toys ect. What parents should do is to spend more time with them and help them to know the world better. But for children who are older, for example those who are in primary school, it is necessary for parents to set goals for them, to remind them what they need to complete. It’s time for children of this age to learn to concentrate on something important.
②When do young children start to set goals for themselves?
Well, it depends. Many children begin to set goals when they are very young. When my nephew was three years old, he was determined to become a car driver. Thus he collected dozens of toy cars. He took these cars as his precious treasure. But when he was seven years old, he changed his goal and he determined to be an astronomer instead after he visited the science and technology museum. I think he was adorable when he set goals like these. Now he has turned 15 and his newest goal is to enter a good university. I guess he has become more realistic.
③What kinds of goals are not realistic?
Well I think a goal is unrealistic when it requires more energy, skills and time than people could have. For example, sometimes a young girl may want to be liked by everybody. That is something that can be achieved by nobody. But if she just wants to be liked by her parents and classmates, well, that is something she could do with appropriate efforts. To take another example, I might be able to lose ten pounds in a year by dieting and doing exercises. However, it is impossible for me to lose ten pounds over a night. Time is required.
④Why do people set goals?
I think people set goals for many good reasons. Psychologically speaking, if we set a goal and we keep telling ourselves that we can do it, the result is more likely to turn out the way we wish it to. Besides, goals also motivate us to move on when we meet difficulties. When I was in high school, I set a goal that I must go to a good university. To achieve this goal, I spent nearly every minute I was awake on learning. Sometimes it just got so hard to carry on. I would imagine what it would be like when I fulfilled my dream and how life would be if I succeeded. I was greatly motivated by my goal.
⑤What would you feel if you couldn’t achieve your goals?
Well, to me it is not that bad that I couldn’t achieve my goals. At least it tells me that something is wrong with my goal. Maybe I have set the standard too high or maybe I haven’t taken some circumstances in consideration when I first set these goals. I would analyze the reasons and make modifications accordingly. Like last summer I took part in a driving training class. At first I intended to pass the exam in one month. But it turned out that I was not so good at driving that I failed the exam twice. Though I haven’t met my goal, my driving ability has improved a lot and I think it is even better.