1.What kind of housework do you often do?
Well, when I’m at home, I would normally wash clothes and mop the floor. Doing housework is a kind of relax to me. I always feel comforting when everything is tidy and clean.
2.Do you think men and women should share housework?
Yeah. Definitely. Nowadays a large number of women choose to work outside rather than be a housewife, so men should share housework with their wives.
3.What kinds of housework do you dislike to do?
I don’t like to wash dishes. After lunch all I want to do is to lie on the sofa and watch TV. I hate to wash the greasy dishes.
4.Did you help your parents do housework when you were young?
Well, to be honest, I seldom helped them with housework when I was young. I was under great pressure of study and my parents always tried to relieve my pressure and did all the housework for me
5.Do you think that children should do housework?
I think doing housework does children good, so they should do some housework. They shall be more independent. When they grow up, they know how to take care of themselves.
Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone. You should say:
when and where it was;
why you were not allowed to use your phone;
what you wanted to use your phone for;
and explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone.
Last Monday, I went to visit a famous grand museum that is located in the center of the city. The administrator said that we are not allowed to use our mobile phones and cameras during the visit because taking photographs of exhibitions are not allowed. I obeyed the rules, handed in my mobile phone and other personal stuff and enjoyed the visit. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I didn’t tell my mom that I would be late for home and I took the only keys of my home. She possibly couldn’t get into the rooms if she came home earlier than me. Then I couldn’t focus on my visit. I wanted to use my mobile phone to call her. But the workers in the museum told me that they could only return our mobile phones after the visit is over, otherwise they will shoulder the responsibility of any loss of visitors’ stuff. I was worried and restless all the time during the following visit.
This is the first time that I wanted to use my phone so much. I felt a great sense of unease and danger if I lost the contacts by mobile phones. We often say that we rely too much on our electronic devices, but I have to say they are really helpful in all sorts of emergencies.
①How do young people and old people use mobile phones differently?
Well, I believe young people and old people use their phones quite differently. To start with, many old people only use their phones to make phone calls and look at time. Many companies even have launched many phones customized for old people. These phones have large keys and loud ring tones. But young people usually use their phones more extensively. They use their phones to play games, take notes and do all sorts of things. Cell phones play a very important role in young people’s lives. They can hardly leave their phones in their work and study. In a way, they spend more time on their mobile phones then old people do.
②What’s your attitude towards people using mobile phones in public places?
Well nowadays mobile phones get so popular that it is not rare to see people use their phones in public places. I’m Ok with it as long as it would not disturb other people. Sometimes when I go to the library, I would switch my phone to silent mode. In this way I could use my phone to look up the meaning of some words or send messages to my friends without disturbing other people. But under certain circumstances, I think it would be better if people don’t use their phones, for example, in the museums or theaters. The light or the noise would greatly disturb other people.
③Is it popular to use mobile phones in your country?
Yes, it is quite popular to use mobile phones in China. When you are in the subway or on the bus, you can see people—whether they are male or female, old or young—they all use their phones to view the news, watch TV or play games. So many people use mobile phones because it is very convenient. As long as you have a mobile phone, you can contact with people anytime you want. You can also surf the Internet and search for the information you need. I usually use my phone to guide my way since I’m terrible with directions. Mobile phones are quite cheap now, so generally everyone can afford one.
④Is it harmful for children to use mobile phones?
It depends. Mobile phones can do children good and bad. It depends on how they use the phones. Many parents are worried about the safety of their children, so they would buy their children mobile phones. Whenever the children are in trouble, they can call their parents immediately. Besides, mobile phones can be a very good tool. There are so many education applications that children could use them to improve their learning. But mobile phones can do harm to children, too. Children have a low level of self-control. They may get too devoted to the games or get exposed to some bad information. So I believe they should use the phones under the supervision of their parents or use the phones specialized for children.
Describe a foreign food. You should say:
What it is
How popular it is in your country
and explain the reason why you like it or not.
Spaghetti and Sushi are two kinds of foreign food I like best. But I prefer Sushi more because making Sushi is easier than Spaghetti. Sushi comes from Japan. They could be made as snacks as well as formal dishes. It tastes fresh and delicious. The fragrance of the rice could arouse the unique taste of the fish along with it. Sushi enjoys great popularity in my country. Well, as you know, China is not very far from Japan. You could see a diversity of Sushi restaurants in many shopping malls. And Chinese even developed many ways to process Sushi in order to localize their tastes to Chinese people. And more and more other Japanese foods are introduced along with Sushi.
I like Sushi because it was a kind of approachable cuisine. Many top-notch delicious foods are also on the pyramid’s top and ordinary people could not have accesses to them either they need valuable food ingredients or they are too difficult to make. Besides that, Sushi could make you taste several food ingredients at the same time. For a foodie like me, it was so amazing.
①Do you like to try new food?
Well, I like to try new food—new fruits, new vegetables and new cuisines. It is fun and sometimes it is like a special adventure. Every time I’m going out to try a new kind of food, I’m thrilled and full of expectation. I would keep thinking what it would taste like and get pretty excited. Though sometimes the taste may not agree with me, I think the special experience is what counts most. Sometimes I would make something special by myself at home. I have already learned how to bake cakes and cookies, and I’m willing to try more things.
②What kinds of foreign food are popular in your country?
There is so much foreign food popular in China that I can hardly name them all, for example, hamburgers, pizzas, beefs, sushi, to name but a few. In Beijing when you walk on the street, you would encounter all kinds of restaurants selling different exotic food, Italian food, French food, Korean food and Japanese food. When I get tired after shopping, I would like to go to McDonald or KFC to have a drink. When I am in a hurry, I would like to grab a hamburger. When I am on a diet, I would like to order a piece of salad. These food have become quite common in China.
③Do you like to cook at home?
I like to cook at home. One of the reasons is that it is much cheaper to have meal at home. Besides, I can cook dishes that adapt to my flavor. I don’t like the taste of ginger and onion and I like spicy food. So when I’m cooking, I would avoid putting ginger and onion but add more peppers. Whenever I’m free, I would like to watch videos and learn how to cook. Some cuisines are so complicated that I have to prepare the ingredient in advance. But I would feel extremely fulfilled when I manage to cook some new cuisines and gain praise from my family.
④Is it expensive to eat out in your country?
Well, it depends. We have expensive food as well as cheap food. You can spend less than 10 yuan on some street sold snacks, or you can spend hundreds or even thousands per person for a meal. Some special ingredients, like beef exported from Australia, or goose liver transported from France, can be very expensive. But normal food like noodles, fried rice, or dumplings can be very cheap. Apart from the ingredients, the better the dining environment is, the more expensive the price gets. If you go to a French restaurant for a meal, it can be very expensive and you have to pay for service and tips.
⑤ What’s the difference between Chinese food and western food?
Well, there are many differences between Chinese food and western food. I think there is no other nation that cares about food more than we Chinese does. We have food species that are beyond count and we have many different ways to deal with a certain ingredient. Take chicken for example, we have fried chicken, steamed chicken, braised chicken… And take the soybean for example, it can be used to make tofu, soybean milk, fried tofu skin… to name but a few. Another difference is that we don’t have a standard procedure to cook a dish. If you ask different people to cook the same dish, the taste can be quite different.
Describe a book you want to read again. You should say:
Where you found it
What it is about
Why you want to read it again.
And explain when you read it for the first time
Well, I think the book I want to read again is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was my favorite book. I first read the book when I was in middle school. A friend of mine bought it from the bookstore and she strongly recommended me to read it. At first I was not very interested because she said it was a book about magic and I thought magic means nonsense. However, when I finally picked up the book, I found that I could not put it down anymore. I was greatly attracted by the book. The book was the first one of the Harry Potter series. It talked about how Harry found out he was admitted by a magic school named by Hogwarts. He met his best friends on the train to the school. They had quite an adventure in the school. The plot of the book was very interesting and I kept wondering what happened next.
The reason I want to read the book again is because I am under great pressure these days and I think the book can make me relax. Many years have passed and the actors and actresses who played the role in the book have all grown up. But I can always meet the young Harry in the book. I believe it will be fun.
①How often do you read?
Well, I nearly read books everyday. I have bought an e-reader. Every day when I am on the subway or bus, I would bring it out and read. The books I read are various, fictions, poems and academic books, to name but a few. Reading not only helps me to kill time, but also accompanies me through many hard times and gives me great pleasure. I have gained courage from books I read. I still remembered that when I was in high school, I was under great pressure and got very depressed, my classmate lent me the first Harry Potter book. I was impressed with the magical world. It made me laugh. I think the beauty of reading is beyond description.
②Do Chinese people like to read?
In the past, many people complained that Chinese people were reading fewer books than before. However, I think it is not true, especially with the popularization of mobile phones and e-readers. In the past, people had to read paper books, which are too heavy to take on their way. Sometimes people were too busy to take a full one or two hours on reading. But nowadays people can read at odd moments. When they are waiting for the bus, they can take out their mobile phones and read an e-book. So if you get on a bus, you will find more people reading e-books now.
③Do people with different reading levels buy the same kinds of reading materials?
Well, I don’t think people with the same reading levels should buy the same kind of reading materials. I think they should choose reading materials that suit to their needs. Take children for example, the words they have learned are limited, but they may be very interested in classic Chinese literature, so they should choose books that have been adapted to their levels. But to common adults, they can choose the full edition of literature works or literature works with interpretations. Besides, people may be interested in different things. Many people like poems while others love popular fictions. There is no need to ask them buy the same kind of books.
④What do Chinese people like to read?
Well, the books Chinese people like may vary. Some people are fans of classic Chinese literature like poems. The Book of Songs is the earliest-known poems in China and it was written nearly three thousand years ago. Since then numerous poems were created and many of them were so classic that they were well known by Chinese people. So a lot of Chinese people love to read poems. There are also some Chinese people who like to read foreign literature works. Some excerpts of the literature works of Hemingway and Dumas are even adopted in textbooks of students. Though the books people like and read may vary, I think the pleasure and joy of reading books are the same.
⑤What kinds of materials do you think people should read?
I think people should pick reading materials according to their interests. Take children for example, normally toddlers like books with cute pictures, vivid expressions and simple sentences. The world is totally new to them, so they are very interested to learn about new things like all sorts of animals. When their parents choose books for their children, they should choose books of this kind. When children grow older and learn more words, they normally get interested in adventurous stories or fairy tales, so they may choose this type of books. I think a good book makes them happy and form positive ideas. The same is true for adults when they pick books.
⑥What benefits do young people get from reading?
Well I shall say reading brings about a lot of benefits. When I read books, it seems that I have entered a new world, a world of magic, joy and sorrows. When I read books, it seems that time has slowed down and all my problems have gone. I would focus on the fate of the characters, get worried for them and get happy with them, laugh with them and cry with them. Sometimes even after I finish reading the book, it seems that I have become friends with them. I could gain courage from them. I am motivated by their experiences, and get impressed with how they overcame difficulties and created the best opportunities out of their toughest problems.