1.Do you mind noises?
It’s really hard for me to say no. I mean, I really can’t bear noisy people, noisy places or even noisy things. For me noise is the number-one distractor when it comes to studying or working. You know, they actually just go ahead and interrupt my flow of thoughts.
2.What types of noise you come across in your daily life?
Well, I have to say that I face up to a rich variety of noises on a daily basis. The first type of noise is from traffic, especially during the rush hours. The second is noise from factories, construction sites which never fail to distract me from working, thereby reducing my productivity.
3.Are there any sounds that you like?
I think there is one sound that can always lull me to sleep, the rain sound. There are nights I was so stressed out that I can hardly sleep no matter how much I tried, and then I went online searching for some sound for deep sleep or relaxation, and rain sound is always one of the top choices. And since then rain sound has become my go-to on sleepless nights.
- Where can you hear loud noise?
From a number of sources. It can come from the crazy drivers down there on the streets. It can come from a building being built. It can come from a music festivals or a DJ party where the crowd totally go wild. It can even come from a crying baby or a fight next door.
- Do you think there’s too much noise in modern society?
Indeed. I do think the level of noise is increasing overtime mainly due to human activities. The situation gets even worse if you live in a big modern city at a young age. Your auditory must be trained so hard to tolerate such noise everyday. It is really alarming now to raise people’s awareness towards this “invisible” killer.
- Are cities becoming noisier?
Most cities in our country are suffering serious noise pollution due to rapidly increasing population and a massive amount of daily transportation. The consistently intense presence of noise does serious harm to the public health.
- Do you like science?
I love science so much because it can explain everything in life. It allows me to know where things come from and how we act, why roses are red, how airplanes fly, and so much more! Besides, it is never ending, which means that there is always something new to discover because the topic of science is so huge.
- What science have you studied?
I have studied several science in the middle school and university, such as maths, physics, chemistry, biology, geography and computer science. I found most of them were very challenging and thought-provoking.
- What do you find most interesting about science?
Science in itself is pretty interesting because of the broad concepts that it brings into the picture. So, it is all about nature and its components: biology, physics, and chemistry do make our daily lives possible. I believe the fact that no matter one does not pursues it in their lives as a career, science surely helps in leading a better life.
- Is there anything that you do not like about science?
Science is a beautiful subject which if learned practically can teach people a lot. But I believe it is taught poorly in schools making kids lose interest in it. Science is about doing experiments and trying new things, the lack of proper lab tools and the competition of getting good grades often takes away the real teaching that science has to offer.
- Is your work related to Science?
Being a computer engineer science does not come to my use every day. Most of the times I am writing articles on things around or coding my way to make certain things happen. But Science does create curiosity in me and I do watch some shows on Discovery or read science fiction.
Do you think pollution is a big problem nowadays?
Yes, definitely. Air and water pollution are huge issues in the modern world... The air pollution problem is especially grave due to the increasing amount of exhaust fumes, which are produced by cars, and result into a poor air quality.
What do you do to prevent our environment from pollution?
A lot of things... First of all, I don't litter. Also, my family and me try to buy only environmentally friendly goods whenever we can... And finally, I try to save trees... I print on both sides of every sheet of paper I use and use any left over white space to scribble notes.
Have you ever participated in any environmental events?
Yes, of course! Last year I participated in an event in my hometown, which was all about preserving nature... We were taught about the greenhouse effect and I learned about many endangered species in the world.
Do you like your dreams at night?
For me, the answer is obviously no. This is mainly because I often dream about the bad experiences in the past, which makes me have a sinking feeling when waking up and put me in such a bad mood all day long.
Do you remember your dream when you wake up?
Well, honestly, I completely forget most dreams I have been through. However, sometimes I had vivid dreams which regularly haunted me. Every now and then, I had really pleasant and meaningful dreams which I could remember well after awakening and I love to take a trip down memory lane for a while.
Do you like hearing other’s dreams?
By all means. I suppose that dreams represent their current psychological stress or struggles that they express themselves in an environment considered safe. Therefore, when I listen to them speaking about their dreams, I can get an insight into their body, mind and spirit.
4.Why are dreams so important? /Do you think dreams will affect life?
Well, this is an interesting question. I think we are all aware of how important dream is. Dreams motivate us to move forward, overcome obstacles to fulfill ourselves. Dream is something out of reach only when do people have no passion and patience, as well as life purposes. Honestly, I feel pity for whoever lives without dream as they’ll never know what they can do and how dreams can shape them.
What is your dream?
I’m living the dream to become a successful businessman who can run a chain store. I’m trying to fulfill my dream and hopefully one day it’ll come true.
Do you want to learn more about dreams?
To me, dreams always beg a question. I often wonder why we dreams, how dreams occur in our life and how they can predict what will happen in the future. Therefore, I would like to look into them more carefully to figure out the mysteries lying beneath my dreams.
1.When was the last time you were alone?
The last time I stayed alone at home was when my wife went on business trip with my child for several days, so I was living, eating, sleeping at home with myself. It’s quite quiet so I can do something at ease.
- What do you like to do when you are alone?
I really enjoy being alone in the weekend morning, reading some books and playing computer games. During that time, I can do something I am interested in, and don’t have to think about how to brace for the coming problems.
Do you like to spend time with your friends or just stay at home on your own?
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with hanging out with my close friends because you need to be sociable in the society and friendship really adds spice to my life; whereas, you know, spending too much being alone is really boring and terrible.
Is it important to have some time alone?
Definitely yes, I’d like to stay alone for some period of time if I have to do something without interruption. It’s a really irreplaceable test for me to refresh my mind. But if I have spare time, I would prefer stay with my friends to enjoy the free time.
Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the evening?
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with studying in the evening, because it would be very quiet at that time and there would be no much other distractions; whereas, you know, I cannot concentrate on the books in the morning, and even drowsy after breakfast.
Why do some people find it difficult to focus in the morning?
I believe that it depends on the people’s biological clock. Some people find it less productive in the morning due to variety of disturbances, like TV, other people and eating. Besides, some people always get tired after waking up or drowsy after breakfast, so they cannot focus on the work and study.
3.What do you do to improve your efficiency?
Firstly I would find a suitable place and quiet period for studying which should be according to my own habit; besides, I would set a target every time before getting started and push myself to the limit to realise it; moreover, taking breaks regularly is also very important which could help relax my brain and get refreshed again.
Are street markets common in your country?
Yes ，street markets could be found in almost every city in China. As people generally prefer to go to outdoor markets as prices tend to be a lot cheaper and they can get a bargain and negotiate prices with street vendors.
2.What is usually sold there?
Well it covers what you can image about. You can find items ranging from fruit and vegetables to toiletries like shampoo and soap. But quite often, people like me go there just for street food like stinkyTofu or lamb kebabs.
3.Do you think people like street markets? Why?
It depends. If you’re out looking for a bargain, then the market would be a good place to hunt, I think. However, I… it’s… it’s really not to everyone’s taste. Supermarkets are much better for convenience and if you want to look for something quickly
1.What is the most important festival in our country?
China is a very diverse country. We have got more festivals than any part of the world. There are festivals like Spring Festival , middle autumn day that are very important for family reunion. We also have some unique festivals like Qingming Festival to worship the dead. It is so amazing, that going across from one part of the other in our country, we can experience all the diversity.
2.How do people celebrate festivals in your country?
Festivals are truly the time when people do come back home and celebrate with their family and friends. People dress up according to the occasion and cook delicacies, invite friends and have a family time. I remember when I was a child it was common to shoot off firecrackers when we had festivals but now it is forbidden in cities due to environmental reasons.
3.What special food are associated with festivals in your country?
Each festival has its own food.Take Spring Festival as an example, In North, dumpling is eaten in the lunar new year’s Eve while in South, we eat Tangyuan.
4.Which festival do you enjoy the most?
I love Spring festival the most. This is the festival where people color each other and forget about any clashes and enjoy with each other. Friends come together and dance and throw colored water at each other and it is fun!!
5.Do you think festivals are important for the society?
I think definitely yes, festivals are surely the binding force for the society. In lives of people who are truly dissatisfied, festivals bring in the hope of something good and something new. Most people forget their issues and come together to celebrate a festival. Even more, with prayers being associated with each of the festivals, they bring about so much positivity in life.
Tea or coffee
1.What do you prefer, tea or coffee?
Well I tend to have a cup of tea when I have to choose between the two. It’s hard for me to know the differences between the Macha（摩卡） or Mande Ling(曼特宁）while when it comes to tea, it’s pretty easy——green , white, red or Black，I could tell them through the colors and the taste of them are good.
2.What do you usually prepare for your guests, tea or coffee?
Tea always is my first choice as I prepare different kinds of tea in my office or home. You know , make a cup of tea could be a process or some kind of conversation between me and my guests, because we could oversee the changes of tea-leaves in boiling water and wait for drinking, and then,the topics are coming.
3.When was the last time you drank coffee or tea?
I just drank tea this morning because it’s one of my habits in each day. And I believe the tea could refresh my energy and mind, for me, a good opening of a day is to drink a cup of tea.
Who is your favorite film star?
I guess not only me, a number of young people have been highly impressed by her for the past months- Dilireba. She became well-known for her outstanding beauty, her amazing characteristics and also her professionalism.
2.Do you think that international film star is famous in your country?
Absolutely. I guess most people at the same age as me grew up with Bond series or mission: impossible（碟中谍） and among its successful series, Tom Cruise would always be on top of many people’s list.
Do you like local film star or international film star?
Since my country has a huge film industry, so we also have many stars like Gongli , Geyou or Zhangziyi, I guess we could find more natural attraction from them because we share the same cultural background.
Concerts or music
Do you often listen to music?
So far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes listening to music. However, when the workload is too heavy that requires me to stay highly focused, music is a huge distraction. Unlike many people who like listening to instrumental music because it highly benefits for their concentration and study, in my case the music makes me feel instantly sleepy.
When do you listen to music?
Well, music is essential to human in the whole world so I’m no exception. I usually listen to cheerful music when I need motivation while sad music is my preference if I’m in a bad mood.
Have you ever been to concerts?
Last Month I attended a concert which was performed by a foreign Orchestra named illumiArt. It was absolutely mind-blowing and unforgettable for me as the artists played my favorite ：1812 Prelude(1812序曲）
What do you think “patience” is?
Well, I think patience is a virtue. Unfortunately, nowadays most people are quite impatient. For example, many people want to get rich quickly but are willing to get their hands dirty, so they always complain about how harsh life is.
Do you think patience is important?
Absolutely. I think it’s a quality that everybody should try to learn. Learning to wait until the timing is right is the key to success, in my
opinion. In fact, most successful entrepreneurs are very patient people.
Do you think being patient is an important part of being polite?
Yes, I think patience is an indicator of politeness. I mean, a polite person would never chew someone out for keeping them waiting. If there’s a good excuse for being late, a polite person should be willing to overlook such minor mistakes.
Have you ever lost your patience?
Well, yeah, without a doubt, there have certainly been times when I lost my cool. For example, there was this one time when I had to wait forever to be seated at a popular restaurant. Then someone suddenly cut in line and that really ticked me off.
Do you like to watch the sky?
Yes, I am really into watching the sky especially at night to count the countless stars when I was a kid. I remember I sometimes laid down in the grass for hours to watch the shining stars when in summer because I was fond of imaging the folk stories about the stars.
What is the sky like at night in your hometown?
Well, as my hometown is a tourism city and there is no any industrial pollution, the sky is always clean and clear, and I can see the stunning night sky with countless and glittering stars and sometimes even the galaxy. But unfortunately in a metropolis like Beijing light pollution makes the night sky invisible.
- Have you ever taken a course about stars?
No, I have never been in any sorts of courses about stars because actually there was no such courses in the schools or university. But fortunately my grandmother once sent me an encyclopaedia about nature in which there were loads of stories about stars, I got the most of the knowledge about stars from it.
Is it important to study stars?
Yes, I believe that astronomy has always had a significant impact on our world view as it can help open our eyes, give context to our place in the cosmos and that can definitely reshape how we see the world.
What’s your favourite star?
My favourite star constellation is Orion（猎户座）. It’s very easy to spot on winter nights. Firstly, it has a huge red giant star, which may explode any time soon. Besides, it has a massive blue star which is very young. On top of that it also has a big nebula where new stars are being born – so it has everything!
1.Where do you run?
I like running near to where I live, there is a park. It is very beautiful with trees and streams. Each Saturday a large group of about 500 people meet at 9.00 a.m. in the morning and go for a 5 km run together.
2.How often do you run?
Regularly 3 or 4 times a week, while if it is a rainy day ,I would still run indoor in the gym.
3.Is running a good exercise?
Running is important to me because it keeps me fit, has helped me make new friends, and it has shown me that I am not too old to try new things.
4.Do you run more now than you did you in the past?
I keep running for over 3 years , so I would say I haven’t change the habit in terms of times or distance.
1.What do you like to share?
Well， I’d like to share my experience of tour or study if any friends need it. I guess sharing is some kind of re-learning process because it could practice my talking skills and refresh my acknowledge about what I learn through travel or study.
2.What kinds of things that are not suitable for sharing?
I guess it’s privacy. If you share you private information such as your ID cards number, your address or your work, it may be risky because some criminals will track your information and steal your identity.
How often do you go to cinema?
Well, I am quite a busy bee (a busy person), but I manage to see about one or two films a week at home. After a long day of studying, I love snuggling up (getting comfortable with blankets) on the sofa and watching a film to unwind. I tend to do this on Friday and Sunday evenings with my friends.
Did you go to cinema in your childhood?
Yes, my schools organized us to watch some moves in local cinemas but what we watched always some documentaries or something educational, I wanted watch action movies then but I had no choice.
Do people in your country like to go to a cinema to watch a film?
I would say so. Since people like to go out with their families on the weekends, this is often an activity that they would choose. Moreover, teenagers enjoy this activity as a way to get out of the house. Furthermore, it’s often a popular date option for many people!
Do you like animals?
I would say I don’t hate them. I am not very much of an animal lover but I like them if they exist and I am able to see them. But, owning an animal might be something I won’t prefer.
What’s your favorite animal? Why?
I love cows a lot. I think they bring in lot of peace and care in a house. You see them, they rarely make any noise and still for some reasons when I look into their eyes, it feels very peaceful and lovely.
Are people in your country fond of animals?
Yes, they are. People in my country love animals. You could find a dog or a cow being owned by a family. And it is not for any monetary reasons but because they like being around them and caring for them. Animals do bring a certain extent of happiness and togetherness in a family.
What kinds of animals as a pet do the people have in your country?
As a pet, most of the people have dogs in their house. Dogs are preferred over other animals because firstly they are very friendly and loyal to their owner. Also, they help in guarding the house against all the possible odds.
1.Would you say that the majority of cities in your country are overcrowded?
Yes , I could not deny that China has the largest population is the world, especially in some big cities like Shanghai ,Shenzhen ,they are so crowded that I would rather stay at home in some holidays because there will be filled of people on the streets.
2.What are some problems that (can) result from crowded (or, overcrowded) living conditions in cities?
Well，many peoples means that with the overuse of coal, oil and natural gas, it has started producing some serious effects on our environment. Rise in the number of vehicles and industries have badly affected the quality of air. Besides, the living space for people in big cities is limited even stifling.
- Do you like to dance? (Why?/Why not?)
No, because first of all never did I dance before, so I don’t know how to dance. Then secondly, I’m introverted and dancing is sort of showing yourself, so I don’t think it complies with my character.
- Have you ever learned to dance?
No, because when I was young, the minds of Chinese people are much more conservative than they are today, so at that time public consensus believed that dancing was sort of amorous, and immaturity people were not allowed to enter those places like KTV or dancing hall/ ballrooms. So we never had a chance to learn how to dance.
- When was the last time you danced?
I suppose it would be sometime in the future, since never did I dance before.
- What kind of dancing do Chinese people like?
Well, actually, I don’t have much knowledge about dance, and in general Chinese people don’t dance, at least I don’t know anyone in my acquaintance who dances. So I’m afraid I have no idea about the answer of this question.
- Does China have any traditional dances?
Yes, but these traditional dances usually focus on minority. And they differ from different ethnic.
- Is traditional dance still popular today in China? (Why?/Why not?)
I’m afraid not, because most Chinese people reckon that it would be more fashionable to dance in a modern way like jazz or something. And those traditional dances mainly remain in school.
- What kinds of dancing are popular with young people in China?
Well, I’m not sure whether young people today are still not allowed to enter ballrooms as we were in the past. But if they could, I suppose they may mainly focus on modern dancing, but I can’t specify which type of dance they particularly like, due to my lack of knowledge of dancing.
1.Do you drive often?
Yes, I drive a lot. I have a personal car which I drive on a daily basis on my way to and from my office. Occasionally, I like to hire a taxi or use public bus whenever there is an issue with my car.
2.Do you want your children to drive in future?
Yes, definitely. I would like my children also to learn driving so that they can become independent in their lives. Being able to drive is a good way of travelling which just eliminates the hurdle that you may otherwise face if there is no public transportation available or no driver is there to be hired in your area.
3.Do you like cars?
Yes, I’m a big fan of driving because car is an indispensable part of my life and I enjoy the speeding and steering when driving.
4.Do you have a driver’s licence?
Yes, I do. I bought my car right after I got the driver’s license in last year. I almost drive it every day between my home and office.
5.Do you plan to buy a car in the future?I prefer the SUV because it is really versatile. It is comfortable inside like the sedan, and it can also be off road if necessary.
6.Do you like to take long trips in a car?
Yes, I’m really into self-driving travelling because it’s not only very convenient as I can make my own itineraries and go anywhere I like but I can also take as many things as possible without worrying about where to put them. I’d like to travel with my friends so that we are not tired on the road because we can take turns to drive.
7.Is there anything you don’t like about cars?
I don’t like the engine lubricate oil because the smell disgusts me and also I’m afraid they will pollute the environment deadly if not dealt with properly.
1.Do you like swimming?
Yes, I do. More now than in the past – I wasn’t so keen on it when I was younger, but since I’ve been here I’ve been swimming a lot more.
2.Where do (or can) people go swimming in your hometown (or, near your home)?
Okay, well, back home people don’t really swim that much, except when they’re children. We used to swim in the river near our home, especially when it was very hot. Here, it’s different – we have a swimming pool in the apartment complex where were staying, so I probably swim about three or four time a week because it’s a great way to relax, and it’s good exercise too.
3.Why do many people like swimming?
I guess it could be because it’s relaxing and it makes you feel good, and it’s also a super way to cool off when it’s really hot, like it is here at the moment.
4.What do you think are the benefits of swimming (or, the benefits of knowing how to swim)?
Knowing how to swim is important, especially for children if they live near water – it could literally save their life if they fell into a river or something like that.
As for benefits, well, it’s great exercise, full cardiovascular benefits for your heart and it’s also low-impact exercise so people of any age can do it without risk of damaging their joints. And of course, it’s a great way to have fun at the beach with friends – or as we do – at the pool when we’re relaxing.
- Drinking water
- Morning routine
- Parks/ Gardens
- Drawing/ Paintings
Study or Work / Accommodation / Hometown
1.What do you do?
I am a teacher and I work for MQ learning school, Shanghai.
2.Where do you come from?
I belong to China, and my hometown is called as Magic city, Shanghai, which is the commercial capital of our country.
3.Do you like your country?
As a matter of fact, I would say, I am proud that I am a Chinese and yes, I love and respect my country a lot.
4.What do you like about your country?
Well, my country has the world's largest population .Additionally, you won't be able to find another nation like China with its vast diversity in culture, language, customs . The simple and amiable people who represent the country are quite helpful to others. Our country has a vast diversity of natural beauty and if you travel to China, you can in a sense say that you have travelled the entire Asia.
5. What street do you live in?
As I have already mentioned, I live in the city of Shanghai, and the street where I live is Guoding Road Street.
6. Do you like your street?
By contrast to the other streets, this is my favourite one. The most significant reason for this could be the fact that, it's one of the busiest streets in the city with all types of shopping destinations.
7.What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
For the past 30 years I have lived in a house with my family. And I think if I can move out and start making a living on my own, I would try my best to have an independent place where I can plan and design a house layout to suit myself since sharing a room or a flat with strangers sounds so troublesome to me.
8. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
Well definitely I’ll spend some me-time there. I study, I chill out by reading, drawing and dancing all by myself. Sometimes I also invite one or two friends to spend time with. We’ll watch some movies together and tell each other endless stories.
9. Who do you live with?
I live with my family. There are 5 of us and we all have our own room, which is way more comfortable as the older we grow, the more privacy we need for ourselves. I think our house is big enough for us yet still a warm and cozy place that I call home.
10. How long have you lived there?
Although during my childhood my family had to move a lot, I’ve lived in the most recent house for almost ten years. Comparing to the old houses, I think this house has been the best so far.
11. Do you plan to live there for a long time?
The answer would be yes if the respondent is my parents, since moving in and out is too time-consuming and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be like torture to them. For me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life, hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford to live in a flat or an apartment.
12. What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
As I’ve already mentioned my family moved several times when I was younger. And the most current house where we’ve been living for about ten years is the best house so far. All of us have separate rooms for our need of privacy yet a big dining room where we can spend the whole evenings together watching TV or having dinner.
13. Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in.
Briefly, my humble house locates in a small and quite street, so coming home to me is like all the craziness happened outside is left behind. Just beside my house stands a big old tree. I have my own room with walls painted violet, which is kinda a peaceful color. The air outside is fresh. I usually open the window to enjoy the wind and sunshine, which will help cool down my room without an air conditioner. Since I spend most of my time staying at home, my room means the whole world to me. It’s like a friend who is always there to share ups and downs with me. So yeah, I would always miss my house, my room whenever I’m away.
14. Which part of your home do you like the most?
It’s the dining room where my family spends our time together. Not only lunch or dinner but all our family reunions take place in the dining room where we can enjoy a harmonious atmosphere. We always try to keep the family dinner as something we cannot go a day without, since for us it’s the family bonding that lies behind.
1.What public holidays do you have in your country?
My country has a great range of public holidays but to me the most important one is the national Day， which is annually celebrated on October 1st. This day are to celebrate the day the China secured independence after the second world war and civil war.
2. Do people in your country celebrate foreign festivals?
Of course we do. We celebrate Christmas with extraordinarily colorful lights and decorations similar to those found in Western countries. It is a grand party when the fun-loving and sociable citizens, whether being a Christian or not, celebrate with gusto. Besides, there are also sparkling lighting decorations on the streets and in front of houses, turning particular places into Christmas area. Usually the shops will have their signs advertising sales for Christmas seasons, and the piercing cold is a wonderful chance for people to get dressed up.
3. What do you usually do during public holidays?
Well, I often spend my time gathering with my beloved family and friends. Maybe go shopping and take advantage of the sales which my favorite shops are offering or hanging out with friends and having a whale of time at some entertaining places.
4. Do you like short holidays or long holidays?
Both options have their own merits, but if I have to choose one, I would pick short holidays. The reason for this is that I can feel more prepared to go back to study and feel less fatigued than spending a week for playing or traveling. The purpose of holiday should be to give people a temporary rest and help them recharge the batteries for a fresh period ahead. Therefore, it is not recommended that people turn their days off into a long holiday, indulge themselves and neglect their study and work.
1.Do you like to watch films?
I’m really into watching films because some films are very entertaining and provoking. I sometimes go to cinema with my friends and family to enjoy our leisure time in the weekends.
2.Do you prefer foreign films or Chinese films?
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with the foreign films, especially the Hollywood films because most of them are well-acted, with lots of charismatic celebrities and always are enormous box-office hit; whereas you know, the Chinese films are almost low-budget, so they are not as attractive as their American counterparts.
3.How often do you go to a cinema or watch a movie?
I go to cinema to watch movies from time to time. Normally if I’m not busy with my work, I’ll check out the movies to see whether there are any movies that attract me; but if I have lots of things on my hands, I’ll probably focus on my work.
4. Do Chinese people like to go to a cinema to watch a film?
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to like watching movies in the cinema, but maybe for others, they just prefer stay at home and watch TV programmes.
5. What kinds of movies do you like best?
As for me, I like the drama films the best because sometimes they just tell simple but warm and heartfelt stories with provoking endings, which would touch on my deepest emotions.
6.What was the first film that you watched?
The first film that I watched was the The Lion King many years ago in the cinema with my parents. What I can remember now is the terrific animation and the amazing soundtrack. I particularly liked the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight that I knew it was produced by Elton John later. And I’d learned lessons from this movies. It was about living up to our responsibilities, no matter how hard it is.
Drawing or Art
1.Are you good at art?
Art is a really vast subject, I believe and if it is about drawing things here and there, I would say I am pretty fine at it. But, I am surely not one of those who can go on to make some master pieces.
I think I am good at, all thanks to the art classes that I attended during my teen years. They were a great help during my growing years and taught me lot of creativity. Now, I can easily draw simple day to day things like pen or a face.
2. Did you learn art at school when you were a child?
Yes. We did had an arts subject during our school days and we were taught lot of basic things like how to color, shade or different kinds of paintings.
No, I did not. In our school, there was a choice between arts and music and I opted music.
3. What kind of art do you like?
I love sketching human faces. I really am fascinated by the different moods a face can easily depict. There is lot that be can said with a human face.
I like sketching natural things, the ones that are very near to nature. It could be mountains or rivers or the trees, anything that is near to nature.
4. Is art popular in your country?
I would say, art surely does gets importance as people really like to see great art work but when it comes down to choosing arts as a career it is not a very popular choice among people. They prefer pursuing their art goals a mere hobby.
5. Have you ever been to an art gallery?
I am not particularly an art fan. So, I have never visited any art gallery, although I do like watching the paintings made by my friends.
Oh! I have gone there so many times. I love them. It is so much fun to see people portray so much on a single canvas.
6. Do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?
I think definitely yes. Art is that part of our lives that brings out the creative side of ours. If children go and visit art galleries, they might be able to understand things better and may be feel motivated to draw things and explore their creative side.
I don’t think children will be very much benefited by just going to art gallery. It is very important for them to understand what is being shown, what is the meaning, how it has been made and why is art important. It is only when they understand the answers to the questions, it makes sense to make children visit art gallery.
1.Do you like to take photographs? Why?
If it were 3 to 4 years ago the answer would be a big no. But now it has become one of my hobbies and I’m actually thinking of learning more about it. I had no idea what I can do with my iPhone until I learned to make use of its wonderful camera as well as some miracle apps. Unlike some people, I indeed want my photos to look unique, lively and a little bit professional.
2.Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take your photos? Why?
It would be way more comfortable taking photos myself, as I can see crystal-clear how ridiculous my face expression looks like or if there’s something on my hair or stuck between my teeth. And in case it’s a scenery photo, I can apply the techniques I’ve learned to produce stunning photos.
3. How long have you liked taking photographs?
Just recently. As a final year student, I no longer can spend hours on drawing, reading or singing. Only photography which is way more instant suits me now to document my life. And as I enjoy my life on this campus, for example the road I walk to school everyday, the sunset, the rainbow, the trees, photography is the best way to store my memories.
4. In what situations do you take photographs?
As I’ve mentioned, I snap a photo of anything that catches my eyes when I’m in a good mood. So I take photos when my friends and I hangout or when I participate in social activities of the university and meet amazing people. However, when it comes to practicing for professional photography, I prefer taking photos of scenery and foods.
5. What kind of photos do you like to take? Why?
Food and scenery are definitely my inspiration. I just can’t sit still when beautiful breakfasts and stunning landscape keep appearing on my Instagram everyday. What is more, it is my natural instinct that helps me to go find the simple uniqueness of my university, namely the sunset, the lake, the trees and flowers and show people how beautiful my university is. However, I’m not good at taking photos of people so activities or street-life is not my style.
6. How (why) did you become interested in photography?
The situation was quite all of a sudden. I posted some scenery photos I took on the spur of the moment on Instagram and received lots of compliments, even from those whom I’m not following. Then I realized I should develop this skill, you know, should take it seriously and keep up the good work. And the more I learn about it, the more passionate I become.
7. How often do you take photographs?
Not too often I must say. Since I really don’t like posting boring photos with the same object all the time, so timing is everything. I believe my guts will know exactly when and how I should flick to produce high-quality photos.
8. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?
I think I’m gonna go for taking scenery photos. As a beginner, the knowledge of human facial expression, the part that needs focus, the harmonization between them and their surroundings are a bit too advanced for me. I can’t really make the person in my photo become lively as I do with the scenery. Besides, looking at the beauty of nature and capturing it is kind of mind-purifying to me and is a good way to escape from the artificial world. So yeah, scenery is safer and more enjoyable.
9. Who do you take photos of?
Although I’m not good at taking photos of people, I do take selfies with new friends whom I meet when I participate in social activities. To me it’s more like a reminder or something to look back, reminding me that yeah, this time last year I went out, I met amazing people and had lots of fun.
10. How do you keep your photos?
Printing the photos out, making an album or sticking them on the wall for decoration sound so common and also interesting. But I don’t think photos are worth that much time and budget, unless what I captured is apparently important to me, otherwise I only keep them in my iPhone.
11. Do you keep your photographs on your computer?
I don’t think I need to do so. Firstly, because my memory is somewhat similar to goldfish memory, storing in different devices would drive me crazy. Plus, my iPhone has large memory storage so I think I won’t need computer for storage.
12. Are there any photos on the walls of your house?
Since my parents love decorating our house, putting photos nicely on the walls of my house is an essential part of their decoration style. Some photos go with frame or plastic cover, some are sticked directly onto the wall in heart-shaped. However, it’s quite ridiculous for me to see myself grinning everywhere in the house so I told them to let me decorate my room on my own.
13. Do you frame (or have you framed) any of your photos?
Although I don’t usually print my photos out, I think I would store some photos of me with my high school friends or me with my family. And framing helps preventing scratching and is good for long-term storage, so this is probably a good alternative beside albums.
14. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?)
Firstly, the postcards are made of thicker paper, which makes it way more convenient for long-term storage as well as decoration. Secondly, the process of sending and receiving postcards appeared to be simpler and faster compared to photos. For those reasons I think I probably go with sending postcards.
1.Do you like shopping for shoes?
It’s ok I suppose, but it’s not something I especially enjoy doing. You know, for me it’s just a matter of finding the right shoes and buying them, and the faster I can get it done, the better!
2. How often do you buy shoes?
Let me have a little think…um, I guess probably something like once every few months, cos I mean, the shoes I buy tend to last quite a long time, sometimes even a year or so, before I need to get another pair. So yeah, on average I’d say I buy a couple of pairs a year. Something like that!
3. What kinds of shoes do you usually buy?
Well, thinking about it, the shoes I normally buy are just plain, simple walking shoes, cos that’s all I really need. Oh and I also occasionally buy trainers for running, but that’s pretty much it!
4. Do you prefer comfortable shoes or good-looking shoes?
Ah, that’s an easy one! I much prefer comfortable shoes, cos for me, comfort is definitely the number one priority. But that’s not to say I don’t care at all about how they look. I mean, I don’t wanna go around wearing shoes that look hideous! You know, that would be pretty embarrassing. But as long as they’re ok looking, then that’s good enough for me.
5. What kind of shoes do you usually wear?
I mostly wear flat shoes rather than high-heeled shoes because I find them more comfortable. I also go for shoes that aren’t lace-ups so that I can slip them on and off whenever I need to.
6. Do you think the type of shoes someone wears reflects their character?
Yes, I do. People say that first impressions are important and I think that goes for shoes too. If you see a person wearing a worn out pair of shoes, it gives you the impression that they that are sloppy. On the other hand, if you see someone wearing brand name shoes that cost a fortune, you know that the person has plenty of money to splash around and doesn’t care about costs. So, shoes can tell you a lot about someone’s character.
1.What kinds of food do you particularly like?
I’d have to say Asian cuisine is my favorite. I am a huge fan of the bold flavors and spices used in Korean and Japanese dishes. Something I often daydream about eating is X, which is a tip-smacking noodle soup dish served with a crab broth. It’s every bit as delicious as it sounds.
2. Are there any food you don’t like?
It’s true that there are a few things that kind of put me off. For example, I cannot stand Y, which is essentially a shrimp paste. A lot of people like it, though, but I think it smells awful. Definitely not my cup of tea.
3.What kinds of food are most popular in your country?
I think street food is a staple around here. You can find bustling food stalls all around our nation, and they are my go-toes for a cheap and cheerful meal. I mean gourmet restaurants are nice and all, but street food is what our country is all about.
4. Do you like cooking? (Why?/ Why not?)
Actually, I’d like to think that cooking is my forte. I developed a passion for culinary arts when I first watched the cooking show Masterchef. Since then, I have learnt a lot of recipes and I can easily whip up a good dinner.
1. When do you wake up?
Well, I’m a morning riser and I wake up at about 5 o’clock. Getting up early not only makes me feel refreshing and productive but it also prevents my skin from having wrinkles.
2. What is your daily routine?
Well, in the morning, I get up early to have a light breakfast and hit the gym at about 8 a.m. After one hour of workout, I leave the gym club and go to the supermarket to buy food to make lunch and dinner. In the afternoon and evening, I go to my workplace and start working from 14.00.pm until 21.00.p.m.
3. What part of the day do you like most?
Personally I enjoy late night when I come home from work and everything is filled with dim gray light. To me, it’s a great time to kick back on the bed to have a chit-chat with my roommates, surf the Internet, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.
4. Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?
Yes, it definitely is. A proper daily routine will help you arrange your activities in the most sensible way. Without a daily routine, people usually do things spontaneously, which could waste their time and reduce their work efficiency. I think those who are disorganized can gain more benefits from creating a daily routine.
5. What’s the difference of routine between you and your teenager’s times?
Well, I can say that there’s a huge difference between my life back then and my present life. You know, when I was a teenager, besides focusing on study, I have much free time to pursue my interests like watching films or listening to music. As opposed to my life now, my routine and time management has become stricter. Since I graduated from the university and began working as an English teacher, I’m so occupied with my work that I have little leisure time for my pastimes.
1. Do you ever get bored?
I used to get bored when I was a kid, and that was awful but today, I don’t have time to get bored because the internet has taken over my life, there’s always something to do or to watch. That said, I think boredom is not a bad thing, because you need to use your imagination to stave off boredom.
2. Do you think you get bored more now than when you were a child?
I think I got bored more often when I was a kid, like I said, without computers or the internet there weren’t many THINGS to do. With your friends, you could play games, but they weren’t there every summer or on holidays, so I was alone by myself and I didn’t have so many things to do. Nowadays, I have many more hobbies, I like to play guitar and do sports and surf the Internet.
3. What things do you find boring?
Chores are really boring when you have to iron clothes or when you have to clean the house. I hate doing that, and I always try to optimise the way I do the tasks, so they are easier and faster I don’t spend much time doing it. Since I live alone, my mother can’t do it for me any more. My life has changed in that way.
1. Do you think it is important for an individual to be on time?
I think it is quite of a relative question. So, it mostly depends on the situation. For example, if an individual is late for a meeting or a flight, the person is going to loose lot of things. However, for places like parties or traveling, being very time bound takes a lot of fun out of vacations. Also, if you know someone is waiting for you, one must try to be on time.
2. How do you feel when others are late?
If my entire plan depends on that person, I really don’t like people getting late. Also, being late does not mean skipping five or ten minutes, but beyond that, it really becomes annoying. Specially, in places like movies or a game, where you miss a part of it, if your partner is late. But, for the most part, if I have to not wait for a very long time, I don’t mind too much on people being late.
3. How often are you late?
For most part, I try to be on time, but surely I am not one of those who follow the dot rule. So, being on time for things like meeting up with friends I can be late by five or ten minutes. But, in formal situations like meetings or for flights, I am punctual enough not to cause any trouble.
4. Do you feel guilty when you are late?
Definitely yes, if the team had to wait for me, I do feel bad. But, yet again, it is all about the time they have to wait. For me, being late five minutes is not a big deal in informal situations. But, yes, in formal if I am even late by a minute, I feel a little low, because then there are many eyes looking on you.
5. What are some of the ways by which you think people can come on time?
Well, I believe being on time is just a matter of practice and attitude. So, if every time you are late for the small things that do not matter much, there are more chances that you are likely to be late when big things come up. Also, it is about attitude in a sense, that if you consider the even as important or for that matter the small things in your life important, there are less chances that you shall be late for it.
6. Do you wear a watch?
I like wearing watches and I used to wear them. However, with changing times, I have stopped wearing one.
7. When does time moves fast for you and when do you find it is moving really slow?
Well, like most humans, for me, when I waiting for someone with nothing to do, time seems to go really slow. Also, when I am waiting for something to arrive, time seems like moving like a turtle to me. But, in moments when I am doing something that I love, time flies by for me. Things like writing, reading, travelling or coding makes my time go by like a bee.
1.Do you like it when it rains?
When it rains at night time I find it quite relaxing, but I generally don’t like it when it rains during the day because it just makes the day more difficult if I have to go out and do things.
Here, heavy rain can even stop the traffic for a while, so it’s really inconvenient.
And if it’s unexpected you can get soaked in a just couple of minutes unless you find shelter quick.
2. Does it rain much where you live?
When it rains, yes, but there are basically two seasons, the wet season and the dry season.
So, in the wet season, for example, it’s normal for it to rain at least two or three times during the week. It’s expected, and maybe more sometimes.
And sometimes at night it rains for hours and hours on end, but that doesn’t usually happen during the day.
In the daytime the rain is normally heavy but short bursts, maybe 30-40 minutes maximum and then it stops.
3. Has it ever rained when you were outside without a raincoat or an umbrella?
Yes, I’ve been caught out a couple of times in recent years that I can remember.
Sometimes it seems like it won’t rain and then within a short space of time, the sky darkens and then the rain comes down really heavy.
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it comes as a surprise to everyone and you either find shelter quick until the rain passes or you get soaked through if you stay out in it.
4. Do you think rain affects the way people behave?
Definitely, people tend to not go out as much when it’s raining.
Personally, I try to plan my days better during the rainy season and avoid going out in the afternoon when it usually rains the heaviest.
It’s not always possible, but the weather is certainly more on my mind at that time of year rather than in the dry season when you don’t have to worry about it raining so much.
Traveling (Space travel)
1. Do you want to travel to the outer space?
I would say a definite ‘yes’! That would be an amazing experience as I will gaze at earth and other planets such as moon, mars. Besides that, if I travel outside the galaxy, I could see there may be a lot fewer points of visible with the naked eye.
2. What do you do if you had that opportunity?
I guess I would take a lot of pictures during the outside trip even I could say ‘hello’ to the ETs, if I meet them.The most thing I should do may be to update my moment in WeChat and Weibo ，showing the scenery of our cosmos.
3. Do you think it’s necessary to see other planets?
I guess for those who are really into the mystery of cosmos, to visit more planets is meaningful and necessary. The main reason is they want to seek habitable planets for human or find extraterrestrial life.
4. When was the last time you travelled?
Last December, I had a five days vacation to Japan with my family.It was a wonderful trip full of memories and happy moments. We was shocked by the modern toilets there. Apart from that, the local scenery was breathtaking and the sushi ，hot spring，as well as the traditional architectures were all impressive.
5. Do you like to travel by plane/air?
I didn’t like it at first, because I often felt sick and vomited on the planes, especially during their landing and taking-off. However, thanks to the many trips that I have made by plane, now I’ve got used to this mode of transport.
Sports/ Physical exercise
1. Did you participate in sports or similar physical activities as a child?
Yes, I did. Apart from the physical education sessions while I was at school, I used to play soccer and go cycling a lot when I was a child.
2. What was your favorite physical activity?
It was probably soccer. I used to do a lot of sports like running, swimming, basketball and also some weight training in the school gym.
But I think that soccer was my true passion when I was a child, it’s the sport I used to play the most often.
3. Is it important for children to do be involved in physical activities? Why? Why not?
Yes, I think it is important. Physical activity is good for many reasons. Apart from aiding in physical development, such as strength and coordination, and flexibility, it also helps cognitive processes, it helps you focus and concentrate for longer.
I don’t think children should be forced to be involved in physical activities.
But there are some really good long-term benefits which come from being physically active as a child and later in life also.
4. How can parents involve their children in sports and similar physical activities?
What’s important is to allow children to explore various sports. Some are more popular than others and most schools encourage students to participate in the most popular team sports such as soccer, volleyball, etc.
When it comes to parents, they need to identify what their children might be interested in doing, and then give them the opportunity to try it and see if they enjoy a particular activity.
There are lots of physical activities which are not available in schools, for example, trampolining, archery, skateboarding, cycling, and many others.
If a child shows an interest in something, whether it’s a physical activity or not, they should be encouraged to explore it and see if they have a talent or a passion for it.
6. Do children in your country do many different physical activities?
Like I said, most children will participate in team sports of some kind while at school.
Other physical activities which are common include bike riding, tennis, swimming, and then there are many playgrounds where children can run, climb and jump on slides, ropes, and climbing frames.
So, I guess that they do a wide range of different physical activities, either in organized groups or individually.
1. Do you often (like to) listen to music? Or Do you like listening to music?
So far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes listening to music. However, when the workload is too heavy that requires me to stay highly focused, music is a huge distraction. Unlike many people who like listening to instrumental music because it highly benefits for their concentration and study, in my case the music makes me feel instantly sleepy.
2. When do you listen to music?
Well, music is essential to human in the whole world so I’m no exception. I usually listen to cheerful music when I need motivation while sad music is my preference if I’m in a bad mood.
3. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
As I’ve mentioned I prefer working in silence. To put it simply, no music is allowed during my working hours. After a long day at school, I probably want to chill out for like half an hour with music to help me stay energetic so I can get back to work later.
4. What kinds of music do you like to listen to? Or What’s your favorite kind of music?
My music taste varies widely from West to East and from the 90s to modern EDM. But if Korean pop is considered as a kind of music, then yeah, that’s my favorite of all time. More than half of my playlists are rock songs and I always keep myself updated with the news related to rock
5. Have you ever been to a concert before? Or Have you ever been to a musical performance?
Once in a blue moon I attend a concert, since the ticket price for foreign artists’ concerts is so out of my reach that I can only stay home and watch online. It was 2014 that I finally did go to a concert on my own, obviously it was an international music concert. It was absolutely mind-blowing and unforgettable for me.
6. Do you like to listen to live music?
Unless it’s live at a coffee shop, where literally there are only you and music, then yeah I would love to. But I would change my mind if it’s a concert. The crowd is too crazy. It’s completely a mess that most of the time I end up having serious dizzy and headache.
7. When did you start listening to this type of music?
Since the day a friend of mine introduced her favorite group to me. She couldn’t help herself talking on and on about them that I thought I somehow needed to catch up with her. And the more I know about Korean pop, the more passionate I’ve become.
8. Where do you listen to it?
Almost everywhere, except for classroom. It’s the golden era of mobile devices, everyone carries earphone and phone with them all the time, music therefore is on their fingertips.
9. How do you feel when you listen to this music?
Well I’m a type of person whose mood is easily affected by what I’m listening to, thus as the music changes, my mood also fluctuates. But most of the time, listening to some music helps me pick up my energy and chill a bit.
10. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
I learned to play the organ when I was in kindergarten. It was quite funny because I started out as one of the performers, then my teacher told my mom that I had better play the organ instead of performing, so I became her trainee and it continued for around 4 to 5 years until I was 10.
11. Is music an important subject at school in your country?
Music is one of the compulsory subjects for primary and secondary students in my country. However, mainly singing is focused. We can also add some movements to make the songs more lively. Only those who are selected for the big performances are allowed to use musical instruments.
12. Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes give details.)
Since my parents are music-lovers and they also have very good tastes, I was exposed to the old kinds of music at a very young age. Sometimes my mom sang me to sleep with her lullabies. Although I can’t get the message at that time, my mom said that I buoyed up when listening to them.
13. What kinds of music are (most) popular in your country?
Beside pop music, the young generation nowadays expose to a number of different types of music. It is indeed difficult to tell which is the most in demand, since from my point of view each type has roughly the same popularity. But I guess pop music is the most sought-after now. At least I’ve never met someone who completely doesn’t know a single pop song.
14. Do you like traditional songs?
Well, it’s easy for me to name some traditional songs, some of which are even quite familiar to me. But to be honest, I think I’m not that into this kind of music.
1. Do you write letters or emails?
Yes, I almost write emails for my clients as part of my job on a daily basis. There are many things I have to write, for example, I usually write end user training for my clients to teach them how to use the system, or I write the development guide for my technical staffs to tell them how to code.
2. Do you prefer to write letters by hand or use a computer?
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with writing things with a computer. I believe that in the age of fast living and a culture of convenience, writing things with computers can bring people convenience and efficiency. Whereas, hand writing is really time consuming and hard to share.
3. What do you usually write about?
Normally it seems like a daily routine for me to write emails to my teachers about how to learn and read.
4. Who do you usually write to?
It depends on what I am writing. All my writing is written toward a particular audience, but that audience changes. Most letters might be written to my friends online.While when I want to write a letter to myself, poetry would always my first choice.
5. How do you feel when you receive a letter?
I would be feeling both honored and excited to receive a letter or email from other because the sender has spent time writing it. Especially when someone writes to me to appreciate me or compliment me about my responsible work.
6. Do you think people will still write letters in the future?
I believe that as a major method of communication between people, letter writing has a vast and interesting history; besides, handwritten letters are personal. They show the receiver that someone has spent time and effort in communicating with them. They are a way of connecting two people that cannot be achieved through the impersonal use of texts or instant messages. Therefore, I feel that the handwriting letters are irreplaceable in the future.
1. Have you ever tried foreign food?
Yes，I ate pasta in my friend’s home.It tasted real good. Wet, juicy and if you can get it a little bit spicy then you will have the greatest taste ever. As far I know this is a Italian food. And they don’t like spicy food. but pasta has its actual beauty when it get spicy.
2. Do you like to try new food?
Yes. Actually I’m not afraid of anything and my parents will often have me order the thing on the menu that is strange to us if we are in a foreign place. For example , I tasted the sashimi in Japan and pasta in Italy.
3. What kinds of new food have you tried recently?
Yes，I ate pasta in my friend’s home last week.It tasted real good. Wet, juicy and if you can get it a little bit spicy then you will have the greatest taste ever. As far I know this is a Italian food. And they don’t like spicy food. but pasta has its actual beauty when it get spicy.
1. Do you keep plants at home?
Well I am glad to have some houseplants, such as Chinese evergreen and snake plant, in my bedroom as it make my shelves look brighter as well as boost my mood . Most importantly, such plants are easy to grow.
2. What plant did you grow when you were young?
Yes, I remembered my middle school once organised hiking in a mountainous area, we planted several saplings in the forest, and I guess they have grown up into big trees already.
3. Do you know anything about plants?
Well , the most thing about plant I learnt was from a report which indicated an interesting fact that , plants can see, hear and smell even respond. For example, a plant could be able to hear approaching insects.
4. Do Chinese people send plants as gifts?
Yes, we often send flowers or potting plants to friends or relatives as they are especially meaningful in our culture. I remembered in some areas , when a family moved to a new house , they would receive some bamboos as it means ‘growing up stage by stage’.
1. Do you often use a map?
Yes, I do. I am always using map on my computer when I am going to somewhere I am not familiar with. As I have a bad sense of direction, I find it really useful. I use map when I need to go to unfamiliar cities, so I would never be afraid of being lost. Modern digital map even can position yourself in a minute and guide you to your destination quickly.
2. Who taught you how to use a map?
Actually I figured it out for myself. It is well-designed and tend to be self-explanatory.
3. Do you prefer to use electronic maps or those made of paper?
I generally prefer to use the electronic one because it has more advantages. Firstly you can search a place you don’t know where it is in a minute. Besides, the electronic map can tell you the current traffic flow so that you can steer clear of the terrible traffic congestion. In addition, it can position you and guide you to your destination quickly.Study time
1. Do you have a favorite teacher?Why do you like the teacher?
My favorite teacher was my chemistry teacher whose name was Mr. Shen in my middle school. He was the most influential teacher I had ever had as he told us a lot of chemistry background knowledge to encourage and motivate us because that subject was quite complicated for us. I still remembered that he frequently gave us articulate speeches that the chemistry was the gymnastics for the nature , which inspired my enthusiasm to learn it well.
2. Do you think you could be a teacher?
Well, I don’t think I am suitable to be a teacher as I am not a patient person and cannot bear to repeat the same things frequently. Thus，a job as a teacher is really boring to me, you have to make your explanations as easy as possible for students to fully understand. It is a challenging job, I am afraid I cannot do it.
3. What kinds of teachers do you like?
Maybe I was not an excellent student, but the teachers I liked best ,especially in high school , were the ones who were the most passionate about their subjects, whether it be Math or History or English or whatever. Besides, I loved the teachers who made their subjects come alive in class by adding knowledge that obviously didn't come from the textbook, but instead came from their own years of extensive reading and study of the subjects they taught. I especially loved the teachers who gave homework that allowed us to take what we had learned and apply it in a creative way, instead of just regurgitating it.
4. Do you like strict teachers?
Well, for me I really like teachers who are strict if he is doing it in a right way. I don't like teachers who are lax and has no control of his classroom. If the teacher is strict, students will behave and once they behave, they will learn faster. If the teacher lose control and has unruly class, no learning would take place.
5. What’s the different between young and old teachers?
Obviously, experience is the main difference. Apart from that, an old teacher has a “knowledge-base” that is developed over years of teaching experience. When it comes to young teachers, I guess they are generally the “smarter” generation. I mean, they make use of technology and various teaching gadgets. They are the ones with “more energy”.
1. Describe your family.
I live in a nuclear family, with my parents and a younger brother. My father is an engineer and lives in Shanghai whereas my mother is a home maker. My brother is currently doing his Bachelors in technology in Jiaotong University.
2. How much time do you spend with your family?
I really love spending time with my family, however, my present job, which is a host for a show with fox traveler, requires me to travel a lot, so I am not able spend that much time with them. However, whenever I do get time I either call them to wherever I am or go to meet them at home.
3. What is your personal contribution to your family?
Towards my family, I make sure that I spend at least 2 days a month with my parents and my brother. So, most of the time we all make plans to make sure that we do spend those two days together, no matter where we are. Other than this, I give 5% of whatever my earnings are to my family.
4. What type of task do you do to assist your family members?
Well, most of the time I am doing the work that requires me to move out of house, like paying bills, buying grocery or going to bank.
5. Whom do you like most in your family? Why?
I love both my parents a lot. For me, nothing comes before them, so they are the first priority. To an extent this is because, I believe that who I am now is because of them. They have supported me through the toughest phase of my life and have enjoyed every moment of my success with me. They have given me so much that I don’t even find myself capable enough to say that I will return your love. So, for sure they are the ones that I love the most.
1.Do you think it’s easy for (young) people to save money?
I think it’s all about motivation. When people have specific goals, they’ll find saving money easier. For instance, lots of youngsters are working their way through university by doing some part-time jobs. They don’t feel like depending on their parents and wanting to have less burden on family. They can save a small sum of money every month. Once young people keep that habit, they can have considerable savings for their future
2.Do young people nowadays believe in saving money?
Well, I don’t really know. It depends on their outlook, I guess. Saving money up is a good idea in case undesirable problems happen. Developing the discipline to do it over a long period of time is what most people find difficult to do. That’s why not many young people keep track with their monthly expense
3.Do you think parents should give pocket money to the kids?
I do agree with that. Giving pocket money to children helps them start learning about money management. When children get pocket money, they have to make choices about spending or saving it. If they save up, they have to learn about waiting for things they want . Otherwise , kids who choose to spend are likely to use up all the money. After a few months, they’ll know how to spend within their budget. Paying the children to do chores also makes them more hard-working. Money doesn’t grow on trees so giving pocket money will teach the kids to appreciate it.
4.Do parents in your country think it’s important for their children to save money?
Yes, they do. They always encourage the kids to live within their means . They believe if the children save money , they will be more appreciate and use it wisely. When they set aside money, they will prepare better for the future. They may think saving isn’t necessary now since they are still young and lack of experience. Once they grow up, they ‘ll understand that it makes good sense.
22/ Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up
24/ Describe a time you enjoyed your free time
25/ Describe an intelligent person you know
26/ Describe something you made by hand that you gave to other people
29/ Describe a time you looked for information from the internet
32/ Describe something lost by others but found by you
33/ Describe a subject you used to dislike but now have interest in
34/ Describe a present you received which was made by hand
36/ Describe a newly built public facility (such as parks, cinemas..) that influences your city
37/ Describe someone you haven't seen before but you would like to know
38/ Describe a teenager you know
39/ Describe an equipment of yours that had problems/Describe a time that a piece of equipment of yours was broken (such as TV)
41/ Describe a person who helps protect the environment
42/ Describe a game you played in your childhood
44/ Describe a situation when you didn't have enough time
45/ Describe an important decision made with the help of other people
47/ Describe someone you would like to study or work with
48/ Describe something interesting happened in your school
49/ Describe a radio programme that you found interesting
50/ Describe an outdoor sport you played for the first time
53/ Describe an interesting place in your country that not many tourists get to
54/ Describe a time when you arrived early for an appointment
Let’s consider values and the way they change.
What kinds of possessions give status to people in your country?
That’s a good question. Let me think…I’d say it depends on where you are and who you are with. If you are out in public, it’s things like the car you are driving. If you have the latest Mercedes Benz model, then in my country that is a sign of status, as most people can’t even afford a car at all, whatever the make. Property, or the house you own, and the possessions you have in it are also a sign of status. If you have a nice house in a nice area, then this shows you have money and are someone important.
Has it always been the same or were different possessions thought of as valuable in the past?
I’m too young to remember exactly what it was like a long time ago, but yes, I think it was different. For example, cars as I mentioned before only really came to our country in the last ten years or so. That kind of consumerism is a fairly recent thing so this couldn’t have been used as a representation of something valuable. I think it was things like gold and jewelry that were seen as valuable. Of course these are still seen as valuable today, but previously it was these things over anything else as a lot of the modern day possessions were not available.
Why do you think people need to show their status in society?
I believe that this is because it's important in society to show you have money or are successful – it is nature, or the way we are brought up, that makes us feel like this, but also the pressure that society puts on everyone to be successful. And showing status is basically showing that you have money and you have success, so this is what people want to do. Going back to the example of the car, driving around in a Mercedes is a very conspicuous show of status – it basically says to people, “Look, I am successful and I have money.” Another reason is possibly for respect. In many cultures, if someone has high status, then they will be respected by others and they may receive preferential treatment.
Now we'll discuss the role of advertising.
Do you think advertising influences what people buy?
Yes, definitely. If there were no advertising and you went to a shop, then you would just buy what you wanted based on maybe what others have told you, what the product looks like, or, depending on the product, what it says on the label. Advertising builds up a brand and people then trust a certain thing because they have seen it on television or elsewhere. Also, there is so much advertising around it must influence us. You can’t escape it as it is fed to us constantly in our daily lives – not only in magazines, radio and television, but on billboards, on TVs installed on trains and platforms, even in schools and universities. So yes, advertising influences what we buy.
Do advertisements give correct information, or do they encourage people to buy things that they may not need?
I think some do and some don’t, but it’s difficult to know which are giving us the correct information. For example, the skin whitening products – I do not believe that these work but we see them everywhere in Asian countries, and we are encouraged to buy them even though they are not actually necessary. The adverts, though, tell us they are necessary as they will improve our lives and we will become more accepted and successful. This then, is an example of advertising encouraging people to buy something they do not need. I do think there are checks in most countries these days to make sure that adverts are giving the correct information and not lying to people, but I think it is still easy for advertisers to exaggerate or to do this without breaking the regulations.
Is advertising really necessary in modern society?
It could be seen to be necessary in terms of the fact that, as I mentioned before, there is so much choice that we need someone to guide us in what to buy or to give us some extra information about products. Without this, it would be difficult to know where to start. However, that said, I’m not sure that I would regard it as ‘necessary’ as overall I think it may do more harm than good. As we just discussed, advertising encourages people to buy things they possibly do not need. We live in a consumer society and many people are in debt because we are encouraged to buy and buy, and I’m sure advertising plays a major role in this. Without advertising we could just do our own research and decide what we really need. So no, I would not say that advertising in necessary in modern society.
Now we'll move on to the influence of the internet.
Do you think people take notice of advertisements on the internet?
Despite the fact that there are many adverts on the internet these days, I think actually many people tend to ignore them, or at least that is my experience. People usually go onto the internet to find something specific that they are looking for, which may be a product, or to read about something, so they will ignore what is not relevant to that. But of course there is no doubt that some people take notice of them. Advertising on the internet is a practice most companies partake in now, and they have to pay quite substantial sums to advertise on highly ranked sites. Of course they would not do this if it were not attracting customers for them.
How do you think it will change people's buying habits in the future?
Buying from the internet is becoming more and more popular. For example, we’ve seen many book shops close down because people can buy online at cheaper prices from sites such as Amazon. It makes life much easier if products can be delivered direct to our door, especially with our busy modern lifestyles. I think this will only increase in the future as more people feel safe to buy online and online shops make it easier to purchase this way. Also, I think our lives are only going to become busier, so more people will choose to shop this way.
Are there any disadvantages to shopping on the internet?
There certainly are some. Firstly, buying clothes can be a problem. When you go into a shop you can check what you are buying fits you and suits you, but it is obviously not possible to do this online. Shopping does not become less hassle if you have to send something back in the post. Another problem is the security. We have to give out our bank details to people we don’t know. There have been several recent reports in the press about sites that have had their security breached and credit card details have been stolen. So far this is fairly uncommon, but it is a risk none the same. Another disadvantage is to society as it could destroy local shops and businesses if people are not going out to shop in their local town.
Let's talk about transport.
How do most people travel long distances in your country?
I’d say that the main ways are cars, buses and trains. If someone has a car, I think this is their preference because to be honest the trains are not that much cheaper where I live. Also there are often delays with the trains which can be a real pain, so you may end up with a really long journey. The buses are a bit cheaper but I don’t think that is such a comfortable way to travel. There is the option to travel by plane as well of course, but most of the bucket airlines go abroad – you can’t really travel that cheaply by plane within the country. So then, cars are really the best option, and of course they give you the most freedom when you are travelling.
Have the types of transport people use changed much over the last few decades?
I don’t think they have really. We’ve had the transport I mentioned before for many decades now in my country, and it is much the same today. Of course cars have become much more popular as people’s incomes have risen which accounts for the problems we see on the roads today such as congestion and more accidents and pollution. This has probably led to some changes within cities. Many have now introduced environmentally friendly forms of transport such as trams and guided buses that don’t run on gas and mean that people can travel without the use of the car. There has also been an increase in air travel, but like I said, this is quite expensive in my country so most cannot afford it.
What kinds of improvement have there been in transport in your country in recent years?
There has been several ways that transport has improved. More major roads have been built which means it is easier to travel long distances, though of course some would argue that more roads are not an improvement. They can be an eyesore in the countryside and they have encouraged more people to drive which may mean these improvements ultimately don’t work because there are more cars using the roads. As I mentioned before, there has been the introduction of mass transit in many cities, such as trams and trains. In our capital city they have also extended the underground system so it now links many more areas of the city. This has helped many people as commuting times are horrendous if you have to travel on the roads. Those are the main improvements.