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Confirmation Questions

Good morning/afternoon. How are you?

Morning/afternoon. Fine, thank!

How do you do?

How do you do?

Hi, good to meet you.

Good to meet you too.

Hi, how are you doing?

Not too bad. And you?

1.Can I see your ID card please?

Sure, here you are.

2.Could you tell me your full name please?

My full name is ……. But you can call me.

3. And what shall I call you?

Most people call me …...

Hometown Questions

4. Whereabouts is your hometown?

Xian is located in Shanxi province, which is in central China.

5. Let"s talk about your hometown or village. What kind of place is it?

My hometown is a small place, just outside of Beijing. It takes about an hour to reach/get to there. The people there are mostly farmers, but a lot of the young people work in Beijing. It"s a quiet place and I like it.

6. Could you tell me something about your hometown?

a. Well, it"s quite big and it"s the capital of Shanxi province. The population"s about 6 million and it"s famous for its historic sites, especially for the Terracotta Warriors. Xi" an used to be the capital of China, and it"s the beginning of the famous Silk Road.

b. Okay. Well, my hometown is Beijing and I live just outside of it near the 4th ring road. As you probably know, Beijing"s the political and cultural center of China, and it"s quite a historical place as well. It"s huge-about 12 or 13 million people live in it now-and it seems to be getting bigger every year.

7. What kind of landscape surrounds your hometown?

a. Harbin"s right near the Song Hua Jiang River and it"s kind of in a flat area, with mountains in the distance.

b. Indio"s a coastal city near the sea, so the main landscapes are the beaches and bays. There are also some nice hills nearby.

8. What are the main tourist attractions in your hometown?

There"s the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. These are the two that are most well known. They are also symbols of China. They attract most visitors, but there are quite a lot of other famous sites as well.

9. What are the people like in your hometown?

They"re usually very friendly, but a bit conservative. People still hold onto a lot of old customs and traditions, which is what I mean by conservative. But I think people there are very hospitable and kind. If you ask someone for directions, they"ll always try to help you out, or find someone else who can.

10. What places in your hometown do you like best and tell me why?

I like the Temple of Heaven best because it"s very beautiful. It has a lot of space and there are lots of really nice and old trees there. In the early morning, it"s very peaceful. The older people practice their Tai-ji, while the younger children just run around and play. I like it there a lot.

11. What places in your hometown might a visitor be interested to visit, and tell me why?

I"d recommend the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and the Forbidden City. Those are the most famous places in the city, and I think they best represent Beijing.

12. Do you like your hometown, and tell me why or why not?

a. Yes. Although it may not have as many opportunities, I think my hometown is a warmhearted place and the people are not as selfish as they are in some of the bigger cities.

b. To be frank, I don"t really like my hometown that much. I mean, perhaps there are many people who are happy to live there, but I find that the pollution problem is just too bad, and to me it doesn"t seem like a good place to raise a family.

13. Do you think your hometown is a good place for a young person to live?

a. Yes I do, because it"s got a lot of opportunities and the entertainment facilities are quite good. You can get a decent job here

if you have some skills, and you can make a lot of good friends if you have a good personality.

b. No, I think if you"re young you"d be better off going to a bigger city with more opportunities. I think my hometown is more suitable for an older crowd, who enjoy a more peaceful life. Younger people get bored with the way things are here.

14. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in your hometown?

I think the biggest advantage is that it"s a place where you can find a good job with a good salary, if you try very hard. Also, the people are quite kind and generous. The main disadvantages are the traffic and pollution problems. If you stay in my hometown you will know that these are the two things that everyone here hates the most.

Weather Questions

15. What is the climate like in your hometown?

It"s generally very hot in the summer, like about 40 degrees Celsius. In the winter, it"s cold about minus 14 degrees Celsius. The spring and autumn are both mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from around 12 to 25 degrees Celsius. Oh, and summertime is extremely humid as well..

There are four seasons. Winter is cold and snowy; spring is short and rainy; summer is hot and humid; and autumn is beautiful.

16. What is the weather like in Beijing?

In general, it"s pretty dry. Winters are a bit cold. They are dry and windy, with a bit of snow. Spring is short and a bit windy. Summers are hot and a bit more humid, and temperatures can go as high as 30 degrees, so it can be kind of uncomfortable in the summer unless you have air conditioning. Fall is probably the best season-it"s very comfortable-not windy, and not too cold or hot like the other seasons.

17. How would you compare the climate in your hometown with other cities?

Well there are definitely places that have a milder climate. My hometown"s weather is a little bit uncomfortable for some people in the summer and winter. There are places where the weather is quite stable all year round. On the other hand, there are some places where the weather"s even worse, like in Daqing.

18. What"re the advantages and disadvantages of the weather in your hometown?

Advantages and disadvantages? That"s a difficult question to answer, let me think for a second. Well, I guess the main advantage is that its dry, so we don"t have to worry about too much rain, and the winters are not too cold like in some other places in northern China. The disadvantage is that it can get windy here, and when there is a sandstorm, well, that can be terrible to put up with.

19. What"s your favorite weather in your hometown?

Actually, I"ve never thought about that. I guess it would have to be a sunny but not too hot day. It would be just a bit hot, like the kind of weather we get here in Beijing during autumn.

Food questions

20. What kind of food and dishes do people eat in your hometown?

Most people in Changsha like spicy dishes because it"s quite hot and humid there, so we need to eat a lot of chilies to help us adapt to the weather. Many people say that in all of China people in Changsha eat the spiciest food.

21. What is the main food in China?

Well, I"d say it"s rice, but I think there are areas where rice is not that important. Each major area in China might eat rice in different quantities, but I think its still the biggest food and probably will always be the top one.

22. In what ways has the diet of people in your country been changing?

Well, we tend to eat more convenience foods now, especially fast food from restaurants like McDonalds and Chinese fast food places. Also, I"d guess we are now eating a lot of dishes regularly that we thought were big luxuries about 20 years ago.

23. How has your diet changed?

I don"t think it has changed that much. I still eat the same things as I ate when I was a child. I guess the main change is that I have more time and money to go out for dinner.

Festival Questions

24. Tell me what"s the biggest traditional festival in your country.

Definitely the Spring Festival. I suppose it"s somewhat like Christmas is in western countries. Spring Festival is the only time when all families gather together and stores and business are closed for several days.

25. What do you do during the Spring Festival?

I usually go back to my hometown and spend a week in my parents" home. We eat delicious food, visit family and friends, and watch TV. I also like to try and contact my high school friends and see how they"re doing and what they"re up to. We give each other presents and we buy ourselves new clothes to wear for the New Year.

26. Can you describe one of the main festivals celebrated in your country?

National Day, which is on October 1st, is a big holiday. We get three days off and there are a lot of fireworks displays. There are large flower pictures and other types of flowers decorating the city, and some of the larger cities hold parades.

Changes Questions

27. What changes have taken place in your hometown in the last 20 years?

Well, I"m pretty young, but may parents always complain that my hometown"s traffic is much worse, and they say that prices are a lot higher. But I think on the positive side, life is better, houses are in better condition and there are much better shops and cleaner conditions in the restaurants.

28. Has your life changed in the last 10 years, and if so, in what ways?

I think my life has changed. It"s a bit more comfortable than it used to be, because my parents have more money than they used to have. I think I am a bit more responsible than I used to be, and am not quite as carefree.

29. Is there anything you"d like to change in your life?

Yes, my dependence upon my parents. Right now I"m quite dependent on them for money, so I hope I can be more independent in the future and one day be able to support them instead of their always supporting me.

30. How different is your life from the lives of your parents?

It"s very different. I have had many more opportunities and a much more comfortable life than they had. I remember my father telling me stories about having just one egg to eat each week, and that was the highlight of his week. I can"t really imagine life like that, so I"m grateful that I have a better life than my parents dig. I appreciate their hard work to get us to this point in our lives.

31. Has tourism changed China very much?

Yes, very much in the last 10 years. Each year we are getting more tourists coming to China since the open door policy. People see more foreigners, and are used to the sight of them now. China is becoming more cosmopolitan, and people are getting to know more about the outside world.

32. Has the transport changed over the past 20 years in China?

Yes, a lot. We used to have very few bus lines years ago. Most people would use their bikes to get to and from places in the city. But now in big cities there are more bus lines, so it"s a lot more convenient. Some cities also have subway lines, and that makes things faster. There are also more taxis in cities, and more people are using them as a mode of transportation.

Travels and Holiday Questions

33. Do you enjoy traveling?

Yes, very much. I"ve been to most of the major cities in China, and I"ve also traveled to Thailand and Singapore. I think the more I travel, the more I want to travel. I just like seeing how other people live, and it"s really amazing to learn about different cu1tures-much more exciting than just reading about them in a textbook.

34. What do you usually do in your holidays?

During my holiday, I try to catch up with friends and go out together somewhere. That"s the only time I can relax and do something I enjoy. Other than that, it"s really difficult because I am always busy with my work, and sometimes I have to work overtime.

35. Is there anywhere you would particularly like to visit on your holidays? Where and why?

Yeah, I guess the best places to me are beaches. You see, I really like beaches because I just like watching the water come in and I love riding up and down the waves as they come into the shore. So places like Qingdao and Dalian are great places to me.

Yes, I"d love to visit Xinjiang if I have a chance. Xinjiang is in the western part of China. The people there are mostly minorities, and I"ve seen the landscape in some pictures. It"s incredible. If I travel to Xinjiang, I"ll take a train so that I can see the landscape throughout the journey.

36. Let"s talk a little about traveling and transport. For a long trip, how do you prefer to travel?

In my country, if it"s a long trip, I prefer taking a train. Not only is it more economical, but also the time has shortened tremendously in the past few years. Air travel is more expensive, and I don"t think its worth the extra cost.

Transportation Questions

37. Which type of transportation do you usually use in your hometown?

I use the bicycle. It"s fast and cheap and I can always trust it to get me places in the same amount of time.

38. Which type of transportation do you prefer for traveling around?

Trains are better because they don"t encounter any traffic jams, whereas sometimes in the bus, we get struck in traffic. Also, it is always difficult to get on buses during peak hours, whereas with a train you have a better chance of getting a seat during peak hours.

39. What"s the traffic situation like in your hometown?

It"s quite bad now, and I think it"s getting more and more serious. The big problems are too many cars and not enough space. I think that building more roads sometimes just adds to the problem because people just buy more cars.

Accommodations Questions

40. Tell me about the kind of accommodations you live in?

In my country, I live in a two-bedroom apartment with my parents. The apartment"s not big, but we"ve made it very comfortable to live in. We live on the third floor, and there"s no lift in our apartment. The highest floor is the sixth floor, so whoever lives on the sixth floor has to climb up and down everyday.

41. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the kind of housing you live in?

Let me think. The biggest advantage? I guess it would be the convenience of it. I can do anything I want. As for the biggest disadvantage, some people might say the space, but I think the biggest disadvantage of living in a flat is that you never really get to know your neighbours.

42. Which do you prefer, a flat or a house?

Well, it depends on the condition that they are in. I"d probably have to say a flat, because you don"t have to worry so much about maintaining it.

43. Which floor do you live on, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of living on that floor?

I live on the 1st floor. The advantage is that it"s easier to get to, because you don"t have to climb any steps. The bad thing is that it"s a bit noisier, although we don"t have to put up with too much noise from downstairs, since there is no downstairs!

Family Questions

44. Can you tell me something about your family?

I have 3 brothers and no sisters. Both of my parents are still alive, and are still working. My grandparents on my father"s side are both alive too, though my mother"s parents have already passed away. I am also married...I got married 2 years ago.

45. What do your family members do for a living?

My father"s retired, and my mother"s still working as a nurse at the Xie He hospital. My father used to be a city inspector. I have no brothers and sisters.

46. What do you and your family like to do together?

I guess we mainly just talk about a lot of things and then watch TV together. My parents and I like to visit people together. Sometimes we go shopping together, but to tell you the truth I prefer doing that by myself.

47. Do you prefer big families or small families? What do you think are the advantages of big families and small families?

Well, big families are probably good for the children, because there are so many people to play with. But I think that big families also create a big burden for the parents and it"s difficult for each child to receive the attention he or she deserves.

Studies Questions (Academic Module Students)

48. What is your major?

I major in Accounting, which is part of the School of Business at my university. I mainly study the international accounting system as it relates to foreign trade.

49. Why did you choose your major?

Because I"ve always enjoyed working with computers, and I was always good at math and logic. I was fortunate to have a computer in my home when I was in high school, and I spent quite a lot of time just playing around on the computer. My parents bought me all sorts of books on computer programming, and I just started to read them and pick up the ideas in them.

50. How do you like your major?

a. I enjoy it, actually. I didn"t know that much about it before I studied it, but I"m glad I chose it because it suits me a lot. My father actually suggested that I major in Accounting, because he thought that I"d enjoy it, too.

b. I don"t like it at all. I wish I could switch to a different one, but it"s next to impossible to change majors. I just hope that when I get a job, I won"t have to do a lot of work related to my major.

51. What do you like most about your studies?

I just like learning the principles, and I like solving problems successfully. I also like getting to know my classmates, and working with them.

52. Is there anything you don"t like about your studies?

Generally I like my subjects, but I hate the examination system. There are too many examinations, and most of the time we have to memorize lots of things in books. I"m not very good at that and I find it"s a waste of time and energy. Other than that, I quite enjoy my time at school.

53. How do you like your life in the People"s University?

A. I don"t like it very much. The dormitory"s very crowded, the food is tasteless and my teachers aren"t very inspiring. When I was a high school student, I was looking forward to university life so much. I"m quite disappointed, because it"s really not what I expected.

B. I like it a lot. Sometimes it is a little hard to live in the university, but I have made many good friends and I enjoy my major. It was hard at first to live apart from my parents, but I think that it has been a good change for me. I am much more independent and more able to deal with troubles on my own. My courses are mostly interesting too, so I"m glad that I chose the major I did.

54. What do you think of the training you got in the university?

a. I think most of my courses will be helpful in the future. My university has tried very hard to keep up to date with the latest developments in our field. There were some compulsory classes that I didn"t like, such as politics and history, but overall, I think I was provided with a pretty good education. I don"t think it"s possible to learn everything you need to know in a future career, but I"m satisfied my courses have given me a good start.

b. I don"t think it was very good. There were some compulsory classes that I had no interest in. Also, our facilities were not very modern, so there were many things we couldn"t do.

55. How was your high school experience?

I had a good high school experience because I was at a good school, and I made so many good friends there. I think I was lucky to have good teachers

I think my high school experience was not a happy one because I seemed to always be under a lot of pressure, and for some reason I always seemed to have bad luck. When I got to University my luck started to improve.

Work Questions

56. Where do you work?

I work in the main office of Motorola. It"s near the Lufthansa Centre, by the third ring road and Liangmahe road in Beijing. I"ve been there since 1985.

57. When do you go to work everyday?

I am required to get to work at 9:00 o"clock, but sometimes I get there at 8:00 o"clock, or even earlier.

58. How do you get to work?

I drive a car. I own a Santana car, and each morning I have to fight through the traffic. Sometimes I wonder if having a car is really worth it.

59. What do you do for a living?

I"m an engineer. But my day-to-day work involves quite a lot of management. In fact, I"m in charge of the Beijing branch of Motorola, and have a dozen or so engineers working under me to handle the technical side of the work.

60. What are some of your responsibilities? I mean, what does your job involve?

I"m a sales manager. I"m in charge of overseeing sales operations for all of northern China, including Beijing. I have about 40 employees under me who are the regional sales representatives.

61. Tell me about a typical day at work. What do you do on a daily basis?

Most of the time, I sit behind a desk and answer phone calls. It"s not a very active job, but I do enjoy it most of the time, except when I get a phone call from a very angry customer. Sometimes, they just want to shout at someone, and because I"m the first one to answer the phone, I get the full vent of their anger.

62. How do you like your job?

I enjoy it very much. It does have its ups and downs, but really it"s quite a good job. I enjoy the people I work with too, which really can make or break a job. We work very well together and can trust each other to do our fair share.

63. What do you like most about your job?

A. My job is challenging and interesting, and I think that the best thing about it is the satisfaction I get from solving problems. Each time I manage to make things go smoothly, I get a great sense of satisfaction.

B. I guess I like the pay. I know that sounds cold, but in fact my job is very routine and so I just feel that at least the pay gives me some satisfaction.

64. What don"t you like about your job?

a. I think the worst part of the job is all the unnecessary bureaucracy that exists to do everything. I jut wish that there could be simpler routines and not so many steps to everything.

b. I think the worst part of my job is the long hours that I"m sometimes required to work. I think it should be designed so that I can be allowed to go home on time every night.

65. Tell me something about your job?

Well, I"m a French teacher. I teach undergraduate students who are majoring in French. I"ve been working for about 10 years already, teaching a whole variety of courses over the past 10 years.

66. Which part of the day do you like best?

Going home from work! Well actually I should say stepping into my flat and greeting my baby daughter who is now about 2 years old.

67. What made you decide to get into this field?

I didn"t really plan to be a teacher at first, but my parents encouraged me to go into teaching. At first I really hated it, but after a while I got used to standing in front of a room full of students. I enjoyed my classes and the challenges of teaching, so that"s when I knew that teaching was the right profession for me.

Hobbies and Spare Time

68. What kind of hobbies do you have?

I"m a big basketball fan, even though I"m not very good at playing basketball myself. I love to watch the NBA on TV whenever I get a chance. I also play ping-pong and volleyball whenever I can.

69. How did you become interested in your hobby?

Since I was young, my father has always involved me in different activities. My father is a ping-pong coach in a high school. So I always have a chance to follow him when he coached. When I was in the school, I got a chance to play with other students in other sports. So that"s how I developed an interest in different sports.

70. What do you do in your spare time?

I like to play on the computer and surf the Internet. Once I get on the Internet, I find that time really passes very quickly. Before I know it, several hours have passed and my back and neck are aching. I also like to go for walks and read novels on ancient Chinese history.

71. Do you like to be with a group of people or alone when you"re free?

I like being with a group of people. It"s livelier and I feel more at ease, especially when I feel that my friends are also having a good time.

72. How do you spend your weekends?

I usually sleep in on Saturday morning if I can, study in the afternoon in the library, and go out with friends in the evening. On Sundays, I like to go shopping and just spend time walking around outside if the weather is nice. If I don"t have much money, I still like to go window-shopping, and I get almost as much pleasure out of that!

73. How do you spend your free time?

I attend training courses in the evenings. However, as a mother, I also take my son somewhere at the weekend. For example, I may drive to the suburbs or the countryside around Beijing and go fishing, swimming and mountain climbing. I enjoy family life very much.

74. What kinds of things do you like doing when you"re not working?

I"m kind of an indoor type of person, so I guess I like reading most. I"m interested in reading all kinds of books and newspaper or magazine articles, especially those on current issues. I just want to be informed of what"s going on in the world.

75. Do you like doing these things with a group of friends or by yourself?

I prefer being with my friends and family. I"m kind of an outdoor type. I like to go swimming or play badminton with my family or friends during weekends or holidays. If I have a longer vacation, I usually travel to further away places all over the country.


76. What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I like reading biographies of interesting people. I like these because they teach me something and also I find that other people"s lives are sometimes even stranger than the lives of people in fictional stories

77. Do you like reading books and newspaper?

Yes, I like to read the 21st Century and the China Daily. I usually read as much as I have time for, which is sometimes quite a lot. Both of these newspapers are in English, and I find that it really is a good way for me to practice my English.

78. Where do you like to read books?

I suppose it depends on the book. If it"s just a normal novel, then I guess I"d rather read it at home in my room. But if it"s a non-fiction, informational book I guess I"d rather read it in a library.

79.Do you discuss the books you read with friends?

Yeah, if there"s something interesting in them. For example some of the things people say in the biographies make good quotes and I like talking about these people to others.

80. Is reading popular in your country with young people?

No, I"d say that it"s getting less popular. There are just so many other things to do that we don"t really have to rely on books that much for entertainment. I think TV is the main reason. Is just more efficient and easier on the brain to watch a show than read a book.


81. What is your favourite sport?

My favourite sport is basketball. I"ve been playing it regularly for about a year, and I"m quite crazy about it now.

82. Why do you like it so much?

Basketball is fast and it"s a bit more exciting than playing other sports like football. I love the NBA, so that also makes me more interested in the sport as well.

83. What sports are played in your country?

Ping-pong and football are probably the most popular sports. China has a very large following of football fans. Especially now that China has qualified for the World Cup, we"ve become quite crazy about football.

84. What is the most popular sport in your country?

I"d have to say that football"s really the most popular sport in China. There are literally millions of crazy football fans. Whenever there"s a match on TV between China and another country, you can hear loud cheers and shouts all around the city whenever China scores a goal, and loud groans and moans when the other country scores.

85. What are the sports facilities like in your hometown?

Beijing has a lot of modem indoor facilities offering bowling, tennis, swimming, and other things. But, it"s too expensive for most Chinese, and you have to belong to the club in order to use the facilities. There aren"t very many sporting facilities that are free and open to the public. Most of the indoor facilities require you to be a member. The outdoor fields are open for anyone to use.

Films and TV

86. Do you often go to the cinema/theatre?

a. Yes. On Friday nights, I usually go and watch whatever"s playing. It"s kind of a family tradition that I started when my son was young.

b. No. I"m not really interested in the theatre. I"d much rather read newspapers and watch TV than pay for the theatre.

87. Which cinema do you often go to?

There"s a cinema just around the corner from my home. It"s called the Poly Plaza Cinema. It"s probably one of the largest cinemas in Beijing, so they always play the most modem films. And, the ticket price is still fairly reasonable.

88. What kind of films do you like?

I definitely like comedies best. I don"t see why I should pay money to be sad or scared, so I really don"t like sad films or horror films at all. I just like to laugh, and I like movies that can put me in a good mood.

89. Who"s your favorite film star? Can you describe him/her to me?

I like Leonardo di Caprio. I first saw him when he starred in Titanic. He"s very handsome...blonde hair, blue eyes. He has this look about him that makes him seem very sad, but at the same time hopeful. I have his posters all over my room at home.

90. Do you often watch TV? What"s your favorite program?

a. No, I hardly watch TV at all. I don"t find most programs interesting. I think it"s just a waste of time to watch TV.

b. Yes, I like watching the news and I enjoy watching some of the serial TV shows that come on. But I have to keep up with them, which is a bit hard since I don"t have a lot of time to watch them these days.


91. How often do you listen to music?

Everyday. As soon as I get home I usually play something. I"ve also got a Walkman that I use, and so I often put it on while traveling on the bus because I can"t stand all the noise of the traffic.

92. What kind of music do you like?

Definitely classical music. I have nearly every famous classical work ever recorded. I could sit for hours in a room with my stereo turned up, just listening to classical music. I"ve also attended several concerts here in Beijing, where world famous orchestras have come to play the great works of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin or other composers.

Clothing Questions

93. What kinds of clothing do you like best?

My favorite kind of clothing is very shiny, dark clothing. I like wearing very interesting designer clothing, and I like wearing clothes that are suitable for nightclubs.

94. What kind of clothing is popular in China?

Right now a lot of people are wearing the Zhong Shan Zhuang. It"s a style of clothing that is actually quite old, and was worn by Sun Yatsen. I"ve seen quite a few people wearing it these days. Young people are wearing more and more brand-name clothing.

95. What kind of clothing do children usually wear?

Most of them have to wear school uniforms while at school. When they get home they change into all kinds of clothing. It"s hard to say what particular style they like. Every child is different.

96. What does traditional clothing in China look like?

Well, if you"re talking about ladies, the traditional clothing for wealthy ladies was always the Qi Pao. It is long and is decorated with simple designs and made of silk. The men usually wore long shirts with big buttons.

97. How do older people feel about younger people"s clothing?

I think most of them don"t really like the clothes. They think they"re too revealing or just too flashy. I think they believe the girls are dressing too boldly these days.

Future Plan Questions

98. What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in when you get to England?

I think I will try to live in an apartment shared with other students something like a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom apartment. I was told living in room and board is more expensive than living in an apartment. Besides, I prefer to cook my own meals, so living in a dormitory or room and board is out of the question for me.

99.What problems or difficulties do you think you may have in Britain/Canada/Australia?

I will probably have some trouble with English at first. I heard that once you get used to using English all the time, it gets a lot easier to pick it up. I suppose I"ll also need to learn how to do things in Canada. For example, I won"t know how to buy a subway ticket and use the transportation system, mail a letter, open a bank account, and other things. I think that it"s pretty normal to face these troubles when one first arrives.

100. Can you imagine what life in Britain / Canada / Australia will be like?

I have seen many pictures of Canada. I"m looking forward to the fresh air and beautiful scenery. In some ways I can just picture myself there. But, I"ve never been to Canada before, so what I picture now, I"m sure, is not even close to what it will actually be like. Even though some of my friends have already immigrated to Canada or are there studying, I can only get a partial glimpse of what it will be like. I"m looking forward to the adventure!

101. What do you want/intend to study?

I plan to study Business. Hopefully at the master"s degree level. I"ve heard that if I can get an MBA from a university in the West, my chances of getting a good job in a joint-venture company are very good. If I can"t get into Business, then I hope to study Computers. Business is really my first choice, though.

102. Which university are you going to study at?

It"s a small university in eastern Canada called Mount Allison University. It has a very beautiful campus, but it"s quite remote. The nearest town is at least an hour"s drive away. It"ll be quite a change from living in a big city, but I"m looking forward to the peace and quiet.

103. Why did you choose this university? Could you tell me why you chose to study at (name of university)?

The London School of Economics is especially famous for Business and Economics. I think it"s the best place for me to specialize in Finance and Banking, and the University has a good reputation among employers here in China.

104. What are your plans in Britain /Canada /Australia/ New Zealand?

a. I plan to study at Monash University, and get my Masters in International Trade. That should take me about 4 to 5 years to complete.

b. I plan to immigrate to Canada. I have a few friends who can help me there. I am a petroleum engineer, so I think it should be easy to find work in Calgary.

105. What are you going to major in?

I want to major in Mass Media Communications. I am interested in this area and I think it is something I can do quite well at.

106. What kind of differences in the cultures are you expecting between China and the New Zealand?

That"s a good question. To be frank, I"m not sure, but perhaps I think: the way of life there may be more formal. The pace of life I"ve heard is a bit slower, so I"ll have to try and keep myself from getting bored.

107. What do you intend to do after you graduate?

I plan to return to China and get a good job or if I have further opportunity, I hope to do some further study in my field once I complete this degree. It"s hard to really say what I"ll be doing after my studies, because I think that many doors will be open to me once I complete a degree in Canada.

108. Are there any special places you want to see in Canada? What are they?

I want to see the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, and I also want to visit Quebec. I have heard so much about the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Also, I heard that Quebec is quite different than the rest of Canada. Some of my mends told me that it"s like visiting Europe. Even though I don"t speak French, I think it will be a very interesting place to visit. Eventually, I h()pe that I can drive all across Canada and really spend time getting to see all the famous sites.

109. What kind of things do you want to do in Canada that you can"t do here?

I want to buy a car. In China it is so hard to buy a car. There are all kinds of restrictions. Even though I"ve had my driver"s license for more than a year, I still haven"t had much opportunity to drive. Many of my mends bought a car once they arrived in Canada. It"s quite funny actually, because many Chinese are eager to buy their own car. Another thing I want to do is visit my former English teacher who lives in Vancouver now. I met her in 1992 when she taught me English at my university. We"ve kept in touch until now, so I hope I get a chance to meet up with her again.

110. What are your goals in life?

My short-term goal is to improve my English and go abroad to study. My long-term goals include adjusting to a new country, getting a good job, having a family, and eventually owning my own business. I have a lot of goals in life, but some of them are really just dreams. I mean, I don"t think I"ll ever be able to attain them all.

Foreign Language Studies

111. How long have you been studying English?

Hmm...let"s see... that"s hard to say. I started in middle school and so I guess you could say about 9 years in total. But it"s been kind of "off and on."

112. Do you think English is important for China?

Well, I think it will help us become better at business and diplomacy. For the nation, it will just make us easier to deal with, and I think we will have fewer problems, when we engage other nations. You know, I believe that language problems are often the main cause of misunderstandings.

113. What do you think of English?

I think it"s a tough language, frankly. Maybe not the toughest language, but I think there are lots of things that make it confusing. It seems to be a language that"s easier to pick up if you"re just listening and using it regularly.

114. What is most rewarding about learning a foreign language?

Communicating. When you can communicate successfully, it makes all that hard work worthwhile. I love just talking with my foreign friends, and if they understand me I feel quite proud.

115. What do you think is the best way to study English?

I don"t know. I mean, I"ve tried all kinds of ways. I suppose the best way is to use it regularly and to try and memorize a lot of different words and expressions, but I guess you need a lot of persistence for that.

116. What aspect of English do you find the most difficult?

Well, that"s difficult to say. I guess it"s the grammar. I mean, it"s simple enough to study the rules, but when I try to produce it I always seem to make mistakes. If I write the sentences I"m ok, but whenever I try to say them I seem to make mistakes.


117. Does your hometown have a lot of modern buildings or are they mostly traditional?

Well, that"s an interesting question, because it depends where in my hometown. The downtown area has mostly modem buildings, and you"ll see a number of skyscrapers. Outside the city center you"ll see a lot of older 1950s-style buildings and brick houses. As for traditional buildings, there are a few of those spread out throughout the town, but there aren"t too many nowadays.

118. Which buildings do you prefer to look at?

Well, I love the old-style buildings with the steep roofs and balanced style. I like all the symbol designs on them too. But to be frank, I think we need to concentrate on replacing those older buildings that were built 20 or 30 years ago, because, in my view, they are just eyesores.

119. Could you describe the traditional architecture of your country?

Firstly, the buildings are made of wood or bamboo instead of stone or metal. Secondly, they are very high and always have curved eaves. Thirdly, the traditional buildings have doors and windows that are adorned with paintings.


1.Hello. Could you show me your identification card please?

Hello. Sure, here you are.

2. Could you tell me your full name please?

My full name is XXX. I am also called by my English name, which is XXX.

3. What shall I call you?

You could call me XXX.

4. How are you?

I am well thank you, and yourself?

5. How old are you?

I am 22 years old. In other words, I was born in 1980. On the eight of March 1980, to be exact.

6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 5 - 6 )

Yes, my name does have some special meaning. My family name means ‘peace’, and my first name means ‘strong one’. My English name was given to me by one of my high school teachers, and it does not have any special meaning really.

6. Does your name have any special meaning? ( 7 - 8 )

I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Yes, the English equivalent of my family name would be something like ‘peace’, and in the case of my first name it would be ‘strong one’. My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers, and it really doesn’t have any special meaning. 7. Is your name important to you? ( 5 - 6 )

No. I don’t think it can do anything for me. I believe a person has to work out his own life. I am planning to do this as well as I can.

7. Is your name important to you? ( 7 - 8 )

Not really. I am part of the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names. Names were important to the older generation as they of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. However, I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny irrespective of what my name is. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard.


8. Where do you come from? ( 5 - 6 )

8. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 )

I come from Shenyang. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. We live in a nice area with many shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

8. Where do you come from? ( 7 - 8 )

8. How long have you lived in your hometown? ( 7 - 8 )

I come from Shenyang. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. I grew up here and I attended a well-known school called School number 163. We live in a respectable area with many shops, restaurants, and a variety of other businesses. The people in our building are generally friendly and quite, which makes it a pleasure to live there.

9. Where do you live? ( 5 - 6 )

I live with my parents here in Shenyang at the moment. To be more exact, we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings, but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. Allow me to explain: they are good parents, and I love them very much, but I would like to be more independent soon.

9. Where do you live? ( 7 - 8 )

Well, that is not so easy to answer. Please allow me to explain. During the week I live in a dormitory at the university, but over weekends I live with my parents in a village about one hour by car from Shenyang. So I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment.

10. Can you tell me something about your hometown? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, certainly. Shenyang is in the northeast part of China, and the capital of the Liaoning province. It has about seven million inhabitants. It has many heavy industries such as automobile, aircraft, and machine tool manufacturers. In addition, it is rich in history. For example, the Japanese invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to this day. Another example that I could mention is the Imperial Palace that belonged to the last dynasty - the Qing dynasty- in China.

11. Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your hometown? ( 5 - 8 )

11. Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your hometown? ( 5 - 8 )

11. What are the main places of interest in your hometown? Why? ( 5 - 8 )

11. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Why? ( 5 - 8 )

Sure. Firstly, I could mention the Hun River, which you will find around the city. To the northeast of the city there is the famous Qing Pan Mountains and the zoological park and botanical gardens. In summer it is a popular place to visit and see tigers, bears, wolves, other animals and even pandas in their natural environment. In winter we often go skiing there. Secondly, I would like to mention Beiling Park. It consists of a large park, with many gardens and a lake. In addition it also is the site of an emperor’s tomb from the Qing Dynasty. Lastly, there are many other sites that are worthwhile visiting. For example, Government (City Hall) Square with the Great Theater alongside it, Zhongshan Square, and the spectacular TV Tower, which is the highest architectural attraction in Shenyang.

12. What places in your hometown do you like best? ( 5 - 8 )

There are many places that I like. If I had to choose one place, I would like to tell you about Government Square. Firstly, it is the largest square in Shenyang. What I mean is that it is a large open space where one can see the sky clearly, and feel free. Secondly, it houses an important government building. I guess you could call it the City Hall.

13. What are the main crops in your region? ( 5 - 6 )

In our region many crops are grown. For example one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. In addition, many farmers have orchards. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples, pears, and peaches.

13. What are the main crops in your region? ( 7 - 8 )

In our region many crops are grown. For example one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. In addition, many farmers have orchards. Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples, pears, and peaches. Lastly, it is important to note that Shenyang is note known for its agriculture. It is better known as an industrial city. For example, here are many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircraft and automobiles to machine tools.

14. What is the difference between your hometown and Beijing / Hong Kong? ( 5 - 6 )

The main difference between Shenyang and Hong Kong is the climate. For example, there they have a tropical climate. That is to say that it is very hot and humid. Here in Shenyang we have cold winters and hot summers. Secondly, Shenyang is an industrial city, whereas Hong Kong is more a financial center. That is to say, here we have many factory workers, or to be more exact, family-orientated workers who are not very wealthy, and in Hong Kong there are many tycoons, millionaires, and wealthy people.

14. What is the difference between your hometown and Beijing / Hong Kong? ( 7 - 8 )

The main difference between Shenyang and Hong Kong is the climate. For example, there they have a tropical climate. That is to say that it is very hot and humid. Here in Shenyang we have cold winters and hot summers. Although cities like Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai are larger than my hometown Shenyang, they all are bustling with industrial and cultural activities. Maybe Hong Kong is an exception, as it is better known as one of the most important financial capitals of the world.

15. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 )

15. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? ( 5 - 6 )

Well, they aren’t any different from the people in any other large city. For example, here we also have good and bad people. Secondly, like everyone else, they are trying to work out a good life for themselves and their children. For example, parents are trying all they can to ensure that their children receive a good education.

15. What are the people like in your hometown? ( 7 - 8 )

15. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown?

Well, they aren’t any different from the inhabitants in any other large city. For example, here we also have many wholesome families as well as our share of criminal elements in the society. In addition, I believe that my hometown has not been westernized to the same extent as a city like Hong Kong. For example, in Shenyang the people have not become materialistic to the same extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. In other words, in Shenyang you would still find many good old-fashioned (traditional) people who have strong principles and values about many aspects of life.


16. Are you a student or do you have a job? ( 5 - 8 )

I am a student at the moment. I am studying English on a full-time basis at a Language School here in Shenyang. We have classes in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Wednesday afternoons we are off, and are allowed to go swimming at a nearby hotel. We have a number of foreign teachers who assist us in the correct pronunciation and grammar of the language.


17. What do you like most about your studies? ( 5 - 8 )

Well, I guess the speaking part. Please allow me to explain. Language is all about communication. So when I am able to communicate with someone in English, I feel that I have achieved something. I particularly like our free talk sessions with the foreign teachers. It gives me the opportunity to question them about their countries and cultures.

18. What is your major? ( 5 - 8 )

As I have been studying on a full-time basis at an English Language School, we have only one subject, namely English for Academic Purposes called EAP. We do reading and writing, practical speaking, and listening by means of cassettes. English is the language of the future, especially in the business world. What I mean to say is that when I am able to communicate well in English I will not only be able to go and study abroad and improve my qualifications, but also have mastered a very necessary tool for my future career.

19. Which is the best university in China? ( 5 - 8 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain my personal view by shortly mentioning the following points: I believe that the Liaoning University in Shenyang is the best University in the country. For example, it has the highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in China.

20. Describe your study habits? ( 5 - 8 )

I have well established study habits. For example, I always start promptly at eight in the evenings. I study for two hours, have a ten-minute break, and the study for another two hours. I follow this habit from Monday’s to Friday’s, but over the weekends I put in more hours. For example, I study in the mornings and afternoons, and then take the evenings off to relax with my family or friends.

21. Do you think your present subjects are relevant? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, we often use case studies in class. What I mean is that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on. Secondly, our lecturers and some advisors from the relevant industries have set up our study material. What I mean to say is that the people who we are going to work for one day have had the opportunity to tell the university what they think we should be taught.

22. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? ( 5 - 8 )

I would like to become a medical doctor. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I would like to render a service in the community to which I will eventually belong. For example, I would like to assist the elderly that do not have the financial means to afford private hospitals.

23. What are your job prospects? ( 5 - 8 )

I am planning to become a Hotel Manager. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I believe that the hotel industry will be growing greatly in future. For example, people are becoming more affluent, and spend more and more of their money on holidays. In addition, I believe that after graduating I will be able to find a good job anywhere in the world. What I mean to say is that all hotels and resorts have the same objectives irrespective of where they are situated. Their aim is to ensure that their guests have a good time and return again.


24. Do you have a degree? If so, when and where did you graduate? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes. I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. I graduated in 2001 from the Liaoning University in Shenyang. It is the largest university in the Liaoning Province and has about twenty thousand students.

24. Do you have a degree? If so, when and where did you graduate? ( 5 - 8 )

No. I have a Diploma in Nursing. I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College in Beijing. It is a well-known College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. For example, ambulance drivers, hospital staff, and so on are all trained there.

25. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? ( 5 - 8 )

I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. For example, they had experience in the working environment, and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. Secondly, I was impressed by the facilities. For example, we had a large library, well-equipped laboratories, and sporting facilities at our disposal.

26. Do you still remember your school days? ( 5 - 8 )

Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly they were carefree days. What I mean to say is that I had no or very few worries. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs, and all I had to do was get good grades. Secondly, I had many friends in school. For instance, some o my best friends today were people that I met in school.

27. What do you do for a living? ( 5 - 8 )

27. Describe your job in detail. ( 5 - 8 )

I am an Engineer. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I work for a large construction company. To be more precise, we specialize in the building of railway bridges. Secondly, I would like to mention that I am in the designing department. We have to look at the site for a new bridge, and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. Lastly, we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives, and give them some idea of the costs.

28. Is your job important to you? ( 5 - 6 )

That’s a broad question. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all, my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. For example, when my company builds a new road, many people benefit from our work. Secondly, it makes me feel good about myself. For instance, I am earning enough money to be able to rent my own apartment.

28. Is your job important to you? ( 7 - 8 )

That’s a broad question. Allow me to explain by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all, my job is important to me because by doing it I can serve my community and my country. For example, when my company builds a new road, many people benefit from our work. Secondly, I personally get a lot of job satisfaction. What I mean to say is that after we have completed a road, I am proud to drive on the road with my family and explain to them what was involved during the building of the road.

29. If you could, would you change jobs? ( 5 - 6 )

No, not really. What I mean is that I am very happy in my present job. In addition, in my present job I get along well with my colleagues. Should I change jobs however, I might not find such nice people to work with and could be very unhappy. Lastly, I believe I will be able to develop my career here. For instance, if I keep up the good work that I am presently doing, I could be promoted in two years time and so become the head of a department.

29. If you could, would you change jobs? ( 7 - 8 )

Although I am very happy in my present job, I believe one should always be ambitious. That is to say one should never be complacent, but should be on the lookout for opportunities to advance in your career. Furthermore, I would not hesitate for one moment if I could obtain a promotion by changing jobs. I realize that one should show some loyalty to your present employer, but there has to be a balance between looking after one’s own interests and those of your present employer.

30. Are their possible changes that could affect your job in any way? ( 5 - 8 )

I don’t think so. The company that I am working for is large and strong. In addition, I have a good relationship with my colleagues and my boss. Lastly, the only possible change that would affect me is if I should receive a promotion. That would be a positive development, so I am worried at all.



31. Could you tell me something about your family? ( 5 - 8 )

Certainly. We are a normal Chinese family. It consists of my father, my mother, and me. I am the only child, so I don’t have any brothers or sisters. My grandparents passed away when I was still very young, so I did not have the privilege of knowing them. My father was one of four children, and my mother has a brother, so I have a number of uncles and aunts, and many cousins.

32. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? ( 5 - 6 )

That’s a tough question. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I think we have to have the policy in China. Our population had been growing to rapidly and something drastic had to be done. Secondly, I believe the policy will give China a chance to move ahead in the world. What I mean to say is that as soon as the population growth has stabilized, China will be able to make progress in the fight against unemployment.

32. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? ( 7 - 8 )

That’s a controversial question in China. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly I believe that the authorities had to do something to curb the increasing problem of overpopulation. However, I am of the opinion that the One-Child Policy was extremely harsh on the people. Maybe the government should have started off by introducing a Two-Child Policy.

33. Why do people in China traditionally want to have a son? ( 5 - 8 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I believe that fathers all over the world want someone to carry their name into the future. For example, in many western countries it is customary for a boy to receive his grandfather’s name. A second reason that I could mention is that parents worry about what will happen to them after they had retired. They feel that when they have a son he would be able to provide for them in future.

34. Who does most of the shopping in your family? ( 5 - 8 )

As far as this topic is concerned, I could say that my mother does most of the shopping, but my father and I will do some shopping from time to time. My parents allow me to buy my own clothes. Lastly, I would like to mention that my mother does not like my father’s smoking habit and therefore refuses to buy cigarettes, so that my father has to do that kind of shopping himself.

35. Who does most of the cooking in your family? ( 5 - 8 )

My mother does most of the cooking, but my father and I will do some cooking from time to time. For example, sometimes my mother will be out the whole day doing voluntary work in our community, and then my father and I will do the cooking for her. The second aspect I could tell you about regarding this topic is that we often eat out. For example, often on a Friday night none of us feel like cooking, and then we visit one of the local restaurants, and have our favorite dish.

36. How does your family feel about you going abroad? ( 5 - 8 )

They are very happy about me going abroad. I believe my parents will be very proud if I were to achieve a degree at a university abroad. In addition, they themselves never had the opportunity to study. I am their only child, and they would do anything in their power to allow me to have the opportunity.


37. Are you married, and if so when did you get married? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, I am married. I got married about three years ago. I have a good husband / wife, and we are very happy together. To put it in another way you could say that we are best friends. For example, we do not keep any secrets from one another. We had known each other for many years before we got married, so we did not have to adjust too much. For example, I knew that he snores loudly when he turns onto his back when sleeping.

38. Do you have any children? ( 5 - 8 )

No, I don’t have any children yet. We are planning to start with a family as soon as we have our own apartment. Until then my husband / wife and I are working as hard as possible to improve our positions in the companies that we are employed by. We would both like to have a son and a daughter, but because of the one-child policy that will not be possible.

39. What is your child’s name? Does it have any meaning? ( 5 - 8 )

My child’s name is Li Ao Sheng. It says that he was born on the day that Macao became part of China again. His nickname is Bao Bao, as we believe that he is going to become a strong man one day.

40. What does your wife do? ( 5 - 8 )

My wife is a housewife at the moment. We are looking for a job for her, but it is not easy, as she does not have any qualifications or experience. They are opening up a new supermarket in our area soon, and we are hoping that she will be able to find a job there. She has placed her name on a waiting list, and we will be hearing from the employment officer soon.

41. What does your husband do? ( 5 - 8 )

My husband is a civil servant. He works for the Department of Health at a hospital near our home. He is responsible for keeping the patient records in the men’s wards. He loves his work, and is receiving a good salary, so we don’t have any serious worries. As a matter of fact we both agree that we have a lot to be thankful for.

42. Did you have a honeymoon, and if so where did you go? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, We did have a honeymoon. We went to Dalian for a week, and stayed in a small hotel next to the beach. I will never forget the time we spent there. For example, it was very romantic, as we could sit on the beach in the evenings and watch the moon rising over the sea.

43. Did you and your spouse have to ask permission from your parents before you could get married? ( 5 - 8 )

No, not really. They knew we were going to get married. We only had to confirm the date with them to ensure that it would suit them and our families. In earlier times is was customary for the young man to get the permission from his girlfriend’s parents before they could get married.

44. Is living together without getting married acceptable in China? ( 5 - 8 )

It depends to what extent the couple would adhere to earlier customs. What I mean to say is that these days it is becoming more and more acceptable. For example, young people feel that they first want to get know each other even better by living together. When they are absolutely sure that they are able to adapt to each other’s lifestyles, they would then most probably decide to get married.

45. Do you think couples should life with their parent or on their own? ( 5 - 8 )

There are several reasons as for why I think couples should life on their own. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. Firstly, I believe couples should become independent as soon as possible. For example, they should learn how to cope with the money at their disposal. Secondly, I believe they should be alone as soon as possible. For example, should they have an argument, they have to solve the problem by themselves.

46. What responsibilities should a couple take? ( 5 - 8 )

There are several responsibilities that couples should take. Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly. In the first place, I believe they should be responsible for their own finances. For example, young couples usually do not have a lot of money, and find it difficult to make ends meet. Secondly, I believe that later they have to look after their children. For example, they have to feed and clothe them, and ensure that they get a good education.


47. Are there any traditions around the birth of a baby in your region? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, there are quite a few. Firstly, after the baby is born, the father will give his wife some flowers, and take photographs of the baby and her. When the baby arrives at home, the parents will make prints of its hands and feet. This, together with a paintbrush made by using some of the babies hair, will be kept as memorabilia.

48. What kind of parent do you intend to be? ( 5 - 8 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all, I would love my child unconditionally. What I mean is that I realize my child is not perfect, but I will still love him/her even if s/he has made a mistake. Secondly, I would like to be known as a strict but fair parent. For example, I will not allow my child too many freedoms, but I will also try to understand his/her needs.

49. What hopes or fears do you have concerning your children? ( 5 - 8 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I fear that my children will have a very hard life. For example, I wonder if they will have work to do. Secondly, I hope that they will be happy. For example, that they will find a good spouse, have children, and live together in peace and love.

50. What type of culture do you want your child to grow up in? ( 5 - 8 )

That’s a broad question. Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I would like my child to grow up in a culture of love. What I mean to say is that I hope the circumstances in our home will full of love and understanding. Secondly, I hope my child will grow up in a culture where the finer things in life are important. For example, things like music, art, and studying should be part of his life from the beginning.

51. Are you going to bring your children up differently from the way you were brought up? Why? ( 5 - 8 )

No, not really. I believe my parents raised me well, and gave me a good education. If I could do the same for my child I would be happy. Maybe I would be a bit more modern. For example, I believe my parents were unreasonably strict at times. I would try and keep a balance between discipline and freedom.


52. Is there any sex discrimination in China? ( 5 - 8 )

52. Describe the position of woman in China? ( 5 - 8 )

One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that there is some discrimination against woman in China. For example, woman who are doing exactly the same job as men, are getting smaller salaries. Secondly, women are not considered for certain high level positions, like for example, in government. In addition, in many communities in China, women are still regarded as inferior to men. This is particularly the case in the rural communities. Lastly, parents prefer to have a boy as opposed to a girl. This is an unhealthy situation, as it will disturb the balance between the number of men and women in China in the years to come.

53. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 5 - 8 )

One of the main reasons regarding this topic that I would like to highlight is the fact that men often determine the wages in the companies. Secondly, women are not seen as able to do certain jobs as well as men. For instance, construction work has always been seen as a man’s job. Lastly, many men still believe that a woman should stay at home, raise the kids, and be of service to her husband.

53. What are the causes of sex discrimination? ( 7 - 8 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I believe that discrimination against woman have deep roots in societies all over the world. In other words, it is not a present day phenomenon. Throughout history woman have not enjoyed the same status as men. It is only recently that woman have been filling the same positions in the work place. Lastly, I believe that it will take much more time to eradicate this practice. For example, as more and more woman become the sole breadwinners in families, they will have to be compensated as such irrespective of their sex.

54. Should housewives be paid a salary by the government? Why? (5-8)

Yes, I believe housewives should be paid a salary by the government. Firstly, to be a housewife is a job just as any other, and one should be paid for what you are doing. Secondly, the more housewives there are, the better. For example, housewives can spend more time with their babies, and so lay the foundation of healthy relationships.

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55. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 5 - 6 )

55. What are your spare time interests? ( 5 - 6 )

As a matter of fact, I have very little spare time these days. My studies are so important to me that I have given up all my other activities. For example, I used to love playing tennis, but these days I simply do not have the time. In addition, I used to swim often, as I believe it kept me fit without the danger of being injured.

55. What do you usually do in your spare time? ( 7 - 8 )

55. What are your spare time interests? ( 7 - 8 )

Well, these days, I surf on the Internet in my spare time. I have just bought my first computer, and love to look for exciting web sites that I have not known before. It is of course very time consuming, so I don’t rally have time for anything else. I have to mention that it is an educational activity. For example, by means of web cams (video images from cameras set up at certain places) I am able to watch what wild animals are doing in many parts of the world. I particularly like to watch the polar bears playing with their cubs.

56. Do you often watch TV? What is your favorite program? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, I often watch TV. My favorite program is called ‘Discovery’. As to why it is my favorite, I would like to mention the following. Firstly, it is not science fiction but a documentary on real life events and happenings. For example, it had a program on the latest eclipse of the sun that occurred at the end of the year. Secondly, it often has items about nature. For example, last week it explained how some birds have adapted to survive in a desert.

57. Do you think watching TV is a waste of time? ( 5 - 8 )

No, I do not think watching TV is a waste of time. Firstly, one can learn a lot from watching TV, and secondly, it is a good way to relax. For example, the soap operas help me to relax, while the documentaries are informative. Lastly, I believe that TV has become the best source of information these days. For example, it is a fast and convenient way to find out about the latest news from all over the world.


58. What does friendship mean to you? ( 5 - 8 )

One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that friendship is very important to me. For example, I believe that friendship should be the basis for many of our relationships. Husbands and wives, for example, should be friends. In addition, I need friends to help me when I am in trouble. I know this sound selfish, but I feel that it is one of the reasons why I have friends, and they would not mind me saying so. On the other hand, my friends know that I will always be available should any one of them get into some trouble.

59. Do you have a lot of friends? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, I have a lot of friends. Some of them are only casual friends like my friends at work, but I also have some best friends. For example, I have some friends who I have known for many years. I will do anything to help them when they need me, and I know they would do the same for me.

60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 - 6 )

I prefer to be alone. Please allow me to explain. I like reading, which takes a lot of my time. Reading to me is a way of studying, so I have to do it alone. I often have to check the meaning of unfamiliar words in my dictionary, which is a slow process taking a lot of time.

60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 5 - 6 )

I prefer to be with my friends. Please allow me to explain. At work I spend most of my time alone in my office. So after work I like the company of other people. I often invite some of my friends over, and we listen to our favorite music, or just chat the whole evening.

60. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? ( 7 - 8 )

Sometimes I prefer to be alone. For example, after a hard day at work I just want to relax without anybody disturbing me. Those are the times that I might meditate on the meaning of life for example, or just savour some fond memories. On the other hand, sometimes I want to be with my friends. For example, over weekends, I like to go out with them and enjoy their stimulating company.

61. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 5 - 6 )

Firstly, we often visit the nearest net bar for a number of reasons. For example, to play computer games or to surf the net. Sometimes we chat to young people abroad. We often spend hours there at a time. Secondly, we like to play basketball. For example, we would challenge another group to play against us.

61. What do you usually do with your friends? ( 7 - 8 )

We usually go to the movies. My friends and I like cartoons very much, so we will look in the newspaper where a new cartoon is being showed and go and watch it. In addition, we like to watch a good action movie from time to time. We find the spectacular crashes and explosions very exiting. These movies are from Hong Kong or Hollywood, and have famous actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise playing in them.


62. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 - 6 )

On weekdays I go to school. On weekends I like to go out with my friends. For example, we will go and visit new shopping malls in the city. Then we would browse around all the shops. Sometimes we will sit in a restaurant and have something to drink while we watch the crowds of people go by.

62. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 - 6 )

On weekdays I go to school. On weekends I like to stay at home. I can easily spend a weekend watching TV and just relaxing. For example, I like the soap operas like ‘Meteor Garden’ and so on. I know the different characters well by now, some whom I love, and some whom I hate. I realize that some of the plots are silly and overdramatic, but it is good relaxing entertainment, as one does not have to think very hard to follow the stories.


63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 - 6 )

I usually go to the nearest net bar with some of my friends. We spend many hours playing games or surfing the net. In addition, net bars are a great place for social gatherings. There we meet other youngsters and just hang around talking, and generally having a good time.

63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 - 6 )

I usually go shopping with my mother. The reason for this is simple. Us ladies usually need a lot of clothes to make us look beautiful, so we love to go shopping. Often we don’t actually buy anything, but just browse around looking at all the clothes and comparing prices and quality.

63. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 7 - 8 )

One of the aspects I could tell you about regarding this topic is that I usually go to watch a football game with some of my friends. We go to one of the local stadiums where our favorite team will be playing. I love the excitement and suspense. It seems that I often loose my identity in such a large crowd, and go crazy about the smallest of things.


64. Do you like reading? ( 5 - 6 )

No I don’t like reading. I do not have the patience. For example, I have never been able to read a book from start to finish. Maybe the books I have tried were not interesting enough.

64. Do you like reading? ( 7 - 8 )

Yes. I like reading very much. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I believe that all of us should read a lot. For example, when you read you acquire new knowledge, which in turn will broaden your views on important matters. In addition I also like reading ‘Crazy English’. The topics are interesting and short, and the translations ensure that I don’t waste time looking up unfamiliar words.

65. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 5 - 6 )

I like cartoons. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I believe cartoons are a special form of art. For example, the Japanese cartoons that are common in China, have excellent illustrations.

65. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 7 - 8 )

I like novels. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I like to read a storyline that is full of intrigue and suspense. For example, many love stories have characters who are involved in all sorts of conflicts amongst them. The most common one known all over the world since ancient times is the so-called ‘love triangle’.

66. Describe a book that you have read recently. ( 5 - 6 )

I have read a book about the life of Michael Jordan. I am sorry, but I have forgotten the name of the book. I also like to read Japanese cartoons.

66. Describe a book that you have read recently. ( 7 - 8 )

I have recently read a book about the history of South Africa. It is called ‘ The Covenant’, and was written by a famous American author called James Mitchener. It describes the history from the very first days, up to the present. It covers all aspects of the country, but focuses on the people of the country. For example, he looks at the political situation over the past fifty years, which was based on racial discrimination and had become known to the world as ‘apartheid’.

67. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 5 - 6 )

No, I never read a newspaper. I watch TV if I want to know what is happening in China and the world. Newspapers take to much time to read. For example, the news on TV is short and to the point, and that’s all I want to know.

67. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 7 - 8 )

No. Allow me to explain the reasons by shortly mentioning the following points: Firstly, I use the Internet these days if I want to know what’s happening in China and the world. For example, websites like CNN contain all the latest news on world events. Secondly, I like to read about stories in depth, and this I cannot find in newspapers. For example, I often would like to know the history behind a story. On the Internet I can do some research right away, and so gain a broader perspective on the subject at hand.

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68. Do you have a hobby? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes. My hobby is stamp collecting. I have been collecting stamps for the past two years now. That is to say, for two years I have chosen stamp collecting to be my only hobby. I regularly spend time working on my collection. I guess I spend about two hours every week on my hobby. This is mainly over weekends, as I do not have time during the week.

69. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 5 - 6 )

That’s an interesting question. Allow me to explain myself/my personal views by shortly mentioning the following points: First of all, it’s a very interesting hobby. For example, the stamps from other countries often say something about that country and it’s people.

69. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 7 - 8 )

First of all, when you collect stamps, you are able to learn more about the world, and you will not be bored easily. What I mean to say is that you can get stamps from every country in the world, and the stamps often say something about that country and it’s people. Secondly, you are able to meet new friends through your hobby. For instance, you have a common interest with someone else, and you can discuss your collections together for many hours. Lastly, the hobby will teach you some self-discipline and how to be very systematic. That is to say, you have to tend to your collection regularly, and you have to sort the stamps according to internationally recognized systems.

70. What are good hobbies, and what are bad hobbies? ( 5 - 8 )

In my opinion, good hobbies are those ones that give you the opportunity to develop a new skill. For example, collecting stamps teaches you to be systematic. Bad hobbies on the other hand may result in you acquiring bad habits. For example, TV and computer games will result in you neglecting your studies.


71. What color do you like? Why? ( 5 - 6 )

I like red. Please allow me to explain. In China, red is associated with life and good luck. For example, a bride will wear something red on her wedding day, in the hope that it will bring her and her bridegroom some luck in future.

71. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 - 8 )

If I had to describe my favorite color, I would choose yellow. Many artists are known to use yellow in their paintings. For example, Vincent van Gogh is famous for the yellow sunflowers in some of his paintings. Many countries have yellow in their national flags. For example, South Africa has a broad yellow band in their newly designed flag. This symbolizes the energy and warmth to be found in the nation.

71. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 - 8 )

Yellow is my favorite color. First of all, to me, yellow symbolizes the sun. What I mean to say is that it reminds me of energy and warmth. Secondly, yellow is a bright color as apposed to dull colors like brown and gray. For instance, brown and gray usually make me feel depressed. Lastly, I would like to mention that yellow is a practical color. That is to say, you can wear yellow with almost any color, and it does not get dirty too easily.

72. Do colors have some symbolic meaning in China? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, colors certainly have a lot of meaning in China. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, it is significant that the national flag of China has a red background. Red is symbolic, for example, of a vibrant life, which we believe are one of the dominant characteristics of the country and its people. It also signifies good luck, so a bride would wear some red on her wedding day. In addition, I think that yellow has a specific meaning to Chinese people. For example, we believe that it symbolizes the energy radiated by the sun, which in turn is the primary source of life. In addition, however, it also signifies the obscene, as apposed to blue in the most of the western cultures. For example, here a ‘blue movie’, would be called a ‘yellow movie’. Lastly, I think that white has a special meaning to us. To be more specific, in times of sadness and mourning, we use white to express our feelings, as apposed to black in most of the western cultures.


73. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 5 - 6 )

Yes, I love shopping. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, I usually buy clothes for myself. I like to go to the shops and see what they have to offer. I browse around and compare the prices before a buy something. Secondly, I do the shopping of all our household needs. I love to find out about any new products on the market and how they can possibly make my life easier.

73. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 7 - 8 )

No, I hate shopping. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, shopping is the most basic activity in a capitalistic society. What I mean to say is that somebody has a product which they would like you to buy from them whether you really need it or not. They lure you into their shops and malls by advertising their goods on TV and in the newspapers. They only tell you about the positive aspects of their product, but would never mention the disadvantages. This you have to find out for yourself, usually after you have bought the product.


74. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 5 - 6 )

Yes, I go to the cinema as often as possible. I usually go with some friends to watch the latest action movies or comedies. We have a great time, like for example when our favorite star is playing a lead role in the movie.

74. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 7 - 8 )

Yes, I go to the cinema as often as possible. I believe that films are a wonderful form of art. Please allow me to explain. Firstly, in films there are a wide range of genres ranging from comedy and drama, to horror and science fiction. For example, recently I have seen the drama ‘Titanic’, which has been described as the most expensive film ever made. The extent to which the producers attended to the details of the original ship was astounding. Another example would be the thriller with my favorite actor Anthony Hopkins in the lead role called ‘Silence of the lambs’. It had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time.

75. Do you often go to the theater? ( 5 - 8 )

No. I have never been to the theater. Firstly, it is too expensive for me. I prefer to go to the cinema. Secondly, I believe that the theater is boring. What I mean to say is that the actors are on the same stage the whole time. I cannot see how that can be as exciting as a good movie.

76. What kinds of movies do you like best? ( 5 - 8 )

I like comedies. First of all, comedies are great fun. What I mean to say is that I have a good laugh while watching. Secondly, comedies seldom contain violent scenes. For instance, you would not easily find murders, shooting, fighting, and so on in a comedy. Lastly, comedies often contain excellent acting by famous stars. For example, Robbie Williams in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is considered one of the most extraordinary performances ever by an actor.

77. Who is your favorite movie star? Describe him / her. ( 5 - 8 )

My favorite movie star is Jackie Cheng. He is handsome, and very funny. He always has a smile on his face, and never seems to be worried about the situations that he finds himself in. The U.S. President Clinton went to watch one of his movies with him.


78. Do you like music? ( 5 - 8 )

78. Do you think music is important? ( 5 - 8 )

Yes, I like music very much. That is to say, I cannot imagine what my life would be like without music. Firstly, I believe music plays an important part in people’s lives. For example, we can use it to sooth our minds after a hard day at work, or it can provide us with the rhythm to dance to.

79. What kind of music do you enjoy most? ( 5 - 8 )

I like pop music very much. Allow me to explain. First of all, pop music is lively, and suits me at my age. What I mean to say is that us youngsters like to listen to music that fits in with the way we feel Secondly, usually has a good rhythm. For instance, it is suitable for us to dance on. Lastly, pop music is simple to understand. That is to say, I like it because it is not difficult to understand, and it helps me to relax after I have been studying hard for some time.

80. How long do you listen to music everyday? ( 5 - 8 )

Oh, let me think a bit. I guess I listen to music for about half an hour every day. I would, for example, listen when I get home from school, or in the evenings before I go to bed. On weekends, however, I listen to music much more. For example, I would invite my best friend over to my place, and we would listen to our favorite CD’s for a few hours at a time.


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