1.What do you remember to do every day?
Well, there are many things I have to remember to do every day. For example, after getting up in the morning, I need to take some simple physical exercises like doing some crunches and push-ups. Besides, another important thing that I should keep in mind is to teach my son to read the traditional Chinese poems in the evening.
2. What helps people to remember things?
Well, it’s kind of hard to say but people I know around me use the to-do-list apps in their mobile phones to help them remember what to do next; but maybe for others, they may probably write the urgent things down in the notebooks.
3. Why do old people forget about things easily?
Well, I guess it’s quite normal that people are more and more forgetful when they are becoming ageing. Apart from some negative emotional factors like stress and depression, elderly people are easier to forget things because of their normal ageing.
4. Have you ever forgotten something important?
Oh yes, I nearly forgot the birthday of a woman I liked last time. I once asked her what her birthday was, and told her I would send her a gift, but I just unbelievably forgot it until the evening that day. Fortunately I asked her out to dinner to celebrate with her.
5.Why do people often forget small things?
Well, I suppose it could be because they have a lot of things to think about or remember and sometimes it’s easy to remember big important things – but little things are more easily forgotten.
6. What kind of things do you have to bring when you go out?
Cell phone, of course. I take it with me wherever I go. And my keys, wallet, lipstick are also must-have items. I always put them together in a small handbag.
7.Did you ever forget to bring something?
I rarely forget to bring something as I have a good memory. But there was a time when I forgot to take my house key before I left home. What was worse, my parents were on their trip. So I had to stay with my friend for onenight.
8.How do you remind yourself?
I always write a note about what I should bring, and stick it to the refrigerator door. Everyday before I leave my home, I check it to find out what is missing. And it really works.
9.Do you carry different things in the morning and in the evening?
For me, there is no difference between the things carried in the morning and in the evening, almost the same.
1.How old were you when you started school?
My school is in the vicinity of my house.I went there when I was 6 years old, because it is not allowed to start school before than 6.
2.How did you get to school each day?
My school was just located near my home, so every day I walked to school with myself, or sometimes with my neighbours.
3.Tell me something about the school
My school is called the Haiyang Elementary School, which was established 50 years ago in my hometown. The school was quite spacious as it was large but there were no many students. Besides, the teachers there were always kind-hearted and responsible for their teaching.
4.What subjects did you study in secondary school (=high school)?
There were many subjects we had to learn at secondary school, such as maths, English, physics, chemistry, history, geography, and so on. So you can see we had a heavy burden at that time.
5.Have you ever returned to see your old school again?
Yes, every time I go back to my hometown, I’d like to visit my old school and I’ll be very delighted to see how my school developed. I was really proud of it.
6.Can you describe yourself as a good student?
Well, overall I think I am a good student. … I am not an eager beaver, nor the teacher’s pet… but I’m good at scientific subjects and, most importantly, I like studying.
7.Do you study English now?
Yes, of course. I’ve taken an intensive course this year, where I’ve attend classes three times a week… And I plan on pursuing my studies in the future, too…
8.Did you enjoy/Do you enjoy studying at school?
I’ve never really liked school… I’m not a bookworm and a lot of humanities subjects seemed too boring to me. However, the workload was not too big… The other good thing about school is being able to see your friends. And fortunately, I had wonderful classmates.
9.What kind of school did you go as a child?
I have always gone to co-ed schools, right from primary to intermediate and it has helped me to be more comfortable while interacting with opposite sex.
1.Are you interested in robots? Why?
Yes, i have to say that i am fanatical about robots. I used to watch a very touching movie named Cyborg girl, which tells about the love story of a robot and her owner. we often think that robots can not think and love, but the movie has shown the opposite, by which i was deeply impressed.
2.Why are robots part of many TV shows and movies?
That’s a very interesting question ! Scientists and science researchers improve techniques by testing advanced technologies with robots to better understand our world as well as the universe in the film-making field. The audience feel like they have superpowers while the television or film is speaking to them .
3. Would you like a robot to help out around the home?
I hope so ! I’m in charge of making sure that everyone and everything is in the right place at home . Almost every day I am in need of urgent help . A robot , my most anticipated assistance , may reduce the frequency of my daily stress . It can become a part of my family .
4. Would you ride in a car driven by a robot?
I would love to have a car with a robot in it, but only if there is an option of manually driving the car as well. Having a robot every time in the car, will just take away the fun of driving the car. The fun that you get, the rush of reaching to a place, the fact that you can control something is amazing. Although, having a robot will help in having those long trips but a permanent driver is something I’ll avoid.
5.will robots replace human beings in the workplace completely?
Well, i don’t think so. Even though robots are massively replacing human labour and this helps us avoid potential dangers as well as saving labour, the role of human beings is irreplaceable. We still need to control robots as well as find solutions for arising problems or process data as robots are still unable to do these tasks.
6.What kinds of robots would like to have?
Just as I mentioned, I really want to have a robot like Baymax. Since I am so busy with my study every day, I don’t have any time to do any housework. So it would be great to have a robot that could do laundry, cooking and cleaning for me, which could save me lots of time.
7.Will robots change our society significantly?
Technology has already made great changes to our lives, and have made a lot of jobs much easier. Therefore, I am sure there will continue to be changes. However, it is hard to say how significant they will be.
1. Do you play any indoor games?
Absolutely yes! Playing indoor games is a must-do activity for me and my friends. The best part of it is that you don’t have to prepare much or spend money, by simply following the instruction you can get tons of fun together with friends.
2. Do you prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?
Well, I’ll definitely choose indoor games. Lazy bones as I am, playing outdoor games is a basically a waste of energy. Even thinking about the burning sun and clothes soaked with sweat makes me sick. On the contrary, indoor games can energize me without spending too much energy. So indoor games is no doubt my type.
3. What indoor games did you play when you were a child?
Well, there are lots of indoor games to play for me when I was a child. Card game, puzzles and indoor hopscotch were all very much interesting. More than that, I think it’s also my parents’ company that comforted me. No matter how busy they were, they always took some time from their tight schedule and played with me.
4. Is there any particular indoor games that you liked when you were a child?
Looking back to my childhood, playing hide and seek was the utmost important activity to me. I always enjoyed the excitement when I was hiding. My heart flooded with adrenaline as the seeker approached. As they left, the heart felt relief again excited me. Moreover, playing hide and seek can also build a close relationship with my friends. This indoor game now become my most cherished childhood memory.
5. What sort of indoor games do children play now?
I think children nowadays are more than willing to play video games. Take my nephew for example, whenever I propose to play hide and seek, he shows obviously no interest in it. Nevertheless, the moment I start my PS4, he will rush to my side and stare at me keenly. I guess virtual games now has taken over reality games.
6. Do you think the young people should spend a lot of time on playing games?
Well, I think so. I think the children can make many friends when playing games together and I think it is a good opportunity for them to broaden the social circle. Moreover, the children may play games with other friends, so I think the children can be more active and cooperative during this process.
1. Which musical instrument do you like listening to most? (Why?)
My favourite musical instrument to listen to is the guitar. I like the fact that there are different types of guitar, like classical, acoustic and electric. I love the variety of sounds a guitar can make.
2. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
I took some guitar lessons when I was younger and still have a guitar at home. I don’t play it much nowadays. I wish I had more time to practise.
3. Do you think children should learn to play an instrument at school?
Yes, I think it’s a great skill and it’s really enjoyable to be able to play a musical instrument. All children should be given this opportunity.
4. How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher?
It would probably be more difficult without a teacher. You need someone to show you what to do and correct your mistakes. You need a lot of discipline to teach yourself. 5.If you could learn to play any musical instrument, what would you choose? I think I’d probably go for the violin. It’s such a beautiful instrument and I think the music that can be played on it can be really haunting and moving. Yes,I’d definitely choose that one.
1.How is the weather today?
It’s really lovely today. There were a few showers this morning and it was a bit chilly, but it has brightened up this afternoon and I think it will stay that way for the rest of the day.
2.What’s your favourite kind of weather?
It depends what I’m doing really. If I’m doing something outside, I like the weather to be sunny but not too hot because it gets a bit uncomfortable after a while. If I’m inside, I love listening to the rain beating against the window and the wind howling outside.
3.What is the climate like in your country?
I’m from Ireland, so the thing people always complain about is the rain. It is right on the edge of Europe so we get lots of rain rolling in off the Atlantic. However, because we are an island it means that we don’t get very harsh winters and it hardly ever snows. I think temperate is the word to describe our climate- not too hot, not too cold.
4.Does the weather effect people’s lives in your country?
Yes, very much so. In the winter it is really grey all the time and it gets dark very early in the afternoon. The lack of sunlight leads to some people getting a bit depressed and I imagine that’s why people drink much more wine and whiskey in the winter to cope with how dull everything is.
5.Do people change in the summer?
Absolutely, as soon as the sun starts to shine and it gets warmer, people start to have barbecues, do more outdoor activities and are generally happier. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long but people definitely make the most of it while the weather is good.
6.Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?
I don’t mind when it’s raining or windy and I don’t mind when it’s cold, but when it’s cold, windy and raining all that the same time, well that’s horrible, especially if you have to work or do something outside. I remember when we were at school we would have to go outside in horrible weather to do P.E. and I detested every minute of it.
7.Does bad weather ever effect transport in your country?
As I said before, it rarely snows, but when it does the transportation system collapses. People are just not used to driving in the snow and the whole country pretty much grinds to a halt. Buses and trains normally stop running completely until the snow thaws.
8. Is it worse to feel too hot or too cold?
Well, I suppose if it’s too cold you can just wear more layers, but nevertheless I prefer to be too hot. At least it means the weather is good, and you can always go for a swim to cool down. What I really can’t stand is being cold and wet. That’s the worst combination and it makes me worry that I’m going to catch a cold.
9.Does the weather affect your mood?
Yes… Cold, gloomy days put me in a bad mood. I love summertime, when it’s warm and sunny.
10.What is your favourite season?
Well, I think it’s spring… The weather is very pleasant and it’s nice to see everything come back to life and blossom.
11.Do you always pay attention to the weather forecast? Yes, as Beijing is facing more and more oppressive haze, I always keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast. I installed an app in my mobile phone, and see the indicator of PM 2.5. It has been a routine for me.
1.What was your favorite color when you were a child?
As a child, I remember not being very much fussy about the color, I loved all of them and there was nothing like favoritism for any color. There were times when I loved violet, the other times red, sometimes yellow and on and on.
2. Is that still your favourite colour now?
Not really. I love black colour now. I think black is very mysterious and sophisticated at the same time.
3.Do you think colors are important?
Well, I think yes. Colors tend to suggest the mood of a person and bring more of spark in a particular day. Like, on a wedding , people tend to wear bright clothes and it uplifts the entire mood. I think every color has its own significance, and they bring that significance alive.
4.Is color very important for you when buying clothes?
For me, the only thing that matters while buying clothes is that it should look good on me. So, I really don’t bother much about the color as long as the dress is looking nice on me.
5.If you were to paint the walls of your room, what color would you choose?
I would prefer white or beige color for the walls, with some drawing or styling done on the room. White or beige make the room look more spacious and I like room to be spacious and the styling brings more of personal touch to the room.
6.Do you think different types of people like different colors?
Sure, some people like pale colors and other like darker colors. Take me and my sister for example – I love black and she almost hates it, she much prefers lighter, pastel colors, especially for her clothes. Some people prefer dark colors because they’re somber and serious and others prefer certain colors like yellow and white because they invoke a sense of serenity and peace. So, yes, different types of people like different colors.
1.Do you wear hats/caps? Do you like them?
I wear caps…I just had one big brown cowboy hat when I was in college but I didn’t wear it much….never found a liking for it.
2.Why do you wear them?
I wear them every day as I ride to work on my bike and I don’t want my hair to be wrecked…and since I need a cap every day, I have bought quite a few different kind of caps so that I don’t repeat just the one or two.
3.Why do people generally wear a hat?
To shade their heads from the sun…or maybe to hide their baldness…I think in my country these are the main reasons…and another reason can be for people who are fashionable and want to try hats with their look…some people also wear hats as it is a part of the uniform they’re wearing…for example, policemen.
4.Does it represent any fashion?
Yes they do…nowadays young boys and girls were these very quirky beret caps…I think they are in trend right now…
5.On what occasion people generally prefer wearing a hat?
Muslims generally wear a small round cap when they go to the mosques to pray, and in Hindu households, men wear a white cap called ‘Gandhi cap’ at the time they are a part of any religious or traditional ceremony.
6.Is wearing hats popular in your country?
It’s not much sought after in my country where motorbike is the most common means of transportation, and it is a must to wear a helmet whenever you ride a motorbike for safety. I think you can imagine how much uncomfortable it is to wear a hat under the helmet. Thus in most of the case, hats are for pedestrians and fashionista.
1. Do you like to receive gifts?
2. What kind of gifts do you like to receive?
3. Do you like giving gifts to people?
4.When do people give gifts or presents in your country?
5.Do you ever take a gift when you visit someone in their home?
6.When did you last receive a gift? [What was it?]
7.Do you enjoy looking for gifts for people?
1.Yeah, I really enjoy receiving gifts from friends because I’m always moved when someone gives me a gift on some special occasion like my birthday. I sometimes receive some books, fruit, tea from my close friends.
2.Actually, I really enjoy receiving books as gifts because I’m a bookworm, reading is my favourite habit. When I was a little boy, I had received a wide variety of gifts that I really liked, such as books, stationery, balls and so on.
3.Yes, I do. I’m pretty into giving gifts to friends because gifts can enhance the friendship between friends, although they will cost much, I still like sending gifts because I believe giving is much more pleasure than taking.
4.I think like in most countries we give gifts on special occasions; the main ones would be birthdays, weddings, graduation from college or university, maybe when people buy their first apartment or home; really anything that people think is an event to celebrate.
5.Yes, sometimes, but it’s a little different, maybe I would take something like some flowers for my grandmother or if it’s a friend’s house then maybe a bottle of wine or something like that. I think it’s nice to show your appreciation for the invitation or in the case of my grandmother, I know that she loves flowers so they always make her happy – which is great. The type of gift would depend a lot on why I was visiting; maybe a dinner invitation or just to call round and see a friend. I suppose it’s considered normal when it’s a social invitation but I certainly don’t always show up with a gift on every occasion.
6.Ok, this is funny; just a couple of days ago I received a bag of potatoes from the owner of the store at the corner of my street. Not exactly your usual ‘gift’ and I still don’t know why he did it, but he just gave them to me and said not to worry about paying for them. It was a complete surprise, but a really nice gesture by him.
7.Sometimes I enjoy looking for gifts, but not always. Again, it depends on what type of gift I’m looking for and who it’s for. Things like birthday presents can be hard to choose sometimes, because they’re so personal, unless you know the person really well. Wedding gifts on the other hand are much easier – they even give you a list sometimes! The gifts I like buying best are when I see something and I just think of a particular person, so I’m not really looking for a gift but I find something that I think one of my friends or family would love, and I buy it for them. There doesn’t always need to be a special occasion to give a gift.
1. Do you prefer going out or staying at home? Why?
A. I am the person who is interested in spending my spare time with my family. What matters is not about whether going out or staying at home, but being with my family, so both is ok to me. We can stay at home watching a whole day of old movies and ordering takeaways or we can make a wild field trip to the rarely beaten part of the city.
2. What will do if you go out?
A. In weekends, I am used to hanging out with my family members and spend on outdoor, sometimes we go to cinema or parks. In weekdays, I have to go to work and study. This is the usual thing I would be doing if I go out. Apart from that, sometimes I would like to hang out with my friends and visit naturally beautiful places in my hometown.
3.When you go out for an evening, what do you like to do?
I call my close friends to check out what they are doing and whether they are busy or not. If they are free, I either choose to visit a park and spend time there with my friends or arrange an outdoor game like cricket or badminton. Sometimes I go out for shopping in the evening if this is necessary or enjoy a movie in a movie theatre.
4.Do you prefer going out on your own or with friends?
You bet! being alone is boring while being someone’s company is joyful. So my motto is the more the better.it really feels wonderful even when we just slob around the streets and do some idle joking and poking at each other.
1. Do you play with toys when you were a child?
Yes, of course. I enjoyed playing with toys when I was small. I think all children do.
2. What kinds of toys did you like?
I was attracted by dolls, cars and stuffed animal toys. My bed was full of stuffed chicken, bear, panda toys and I always thought that they would protect me when I was sleeping.
3. In your country, do boys and girls play with the same types of toys?
Not really. I think boys prefer playing with boy toys like cars, robots.. and girls would choose Barbie dolls, stuffed animals… However, some boys and girls like to play the same things and enjoy playing together.
4. Do you think that toys help children to learn?
Well, it depends on types of toys they play with. Violence toys such as plastic swords or sticks would make them familiar with violent actions. If we provide them suitable toys, toys will be a good way to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity.
5. How? (related to question number 4)
Well, it is a fact that sometimes with even simple toys, children can use their imagination to create situations or invent games and rules. For example, they use colorful wooden bars to form a lot of things, even a castle.
1.What do you do in your spare time?
I love reading and writing when I have some free time available. Apart from these, I also like playing badminton. So, whenever I do get time, I usually read, write or play badminton.
2.What do you do to relax yourself?
For relaxation, I prefer taking a short nap. It could be either for 20 minutes or may be an hour. But, nothing helps me relax better than some sleep.
3.What do you usually spend your weekends?
During the weekdays, most part of the evenings usually gets lost doing the office work. But, during weekends, I work on my blog for the entire day and so during evenings I usually spend some time with my friends, going on long walks together or have dinner at their place.
4.What do you usually do after work or classes?
There is nothing much that can be done after work because it really becomes quite tiring. So, most of the times I am either working on my blog or writing something or some drafts, here and there.
5.Do you prefer staying at home or going out during evenings?
I love taking long walks. So, if I am not busy at something during evenings, I usually take long walks with my friends or for that matter even alone at times.
6.Do you think modern lifestyles give enough time to people for leisure?
I think it depends on the kind of modern lifestyle an individual is leading. So, a person doing a corporate job might have less time to spare for leisure activity but probably a person who does freelancing will find more time to leisure. Not because a work is less time consuming but because the way things get done in each. Even more, I think it all depends on how the person sets priorities for themselves.
7.Do you think people today have more time to relax as compared to that in past?
I certainly believe that people are more busy when compared with their past counterparts. Earlier people lived a content life but with changing times people are less satisfied with what they have and are always on the look out of doing more. This has made lives much more hectic than ever.
8.What do you think is the importance of leisure time in life?
Leisure is the one thing that makes the life worth living. I surely believe that apart from the daily mundane activities a person should always try to do things that makes him or her happy. It could be either something that he or she likes doing or could even be some person one likes spending time with. It is only through this that a person is able to enjoy life.
9.Do you think old and young people spend their leisure time in the same way?
I believe it is not about young and old, it is more about individuals. I have seen old people party harder than some of the young chaps out there and then some young people reading better than the wiser older people. In my opinion, it is all about the individual choices that people make.
10.Do you like to travel in holidays?
Well, I love travelling not only because everyone else does but because for me travelling teaches so much more to me than anything else can ever do. Also, travelling allows me to explore myself and the world in ways that opens up my horizons, giving me a broader aspect of life.
11.If you had a child, what leisure places would you go with your child?
I think I would like to take my child to library and a field ( could be of any game) as part of leisure activity. Also, I would love to travel with my child because in my opinion, a child learns so much more from travelling, history and art than he or she can ever learn from any of the text books or any motivational videos.
12.What do you like to do in your free time?
I do quite a lot of sport actually. I play football mostly – on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoon with a local team. I also play tennis and squash when I can but I don’t really get the time to do them as well every week. I work quite hard at the moment, so I don’t get a lot of free time unfortunately.
13.Have your leisure activities changed since you were a child?
Not a great deal actually. I used to love playing football when I was young as well – I played a lot at school. Though of course I did all the other things kids loved to do such as going out on bike rides after school and things.
14.Do you prefer to spend your free time alone or with other people?
It depends on my mood really. I think most people need some time on their own. Sometimes my work is quite stressful and I spend a lot of time there with others, so it’s good to just get home and relax and read a book or something. But I get bored if I am alone too much so I like to go out and meet friends in the evening or play football.
1.How do you usually spend your weekends?
Well, it depends on if I have any special plans or not. For example, last weekend I went to visit a friend for the weekend and while that’s not a usual weekend, nearly every other weekend I try to go out and do something different, either with friends, family or even by myself. But a normal weekend when I have nothing particular planned would revolve around my family and just being at home relaxing.
2.Which is your favourite part of the weekend?
Really, I don’t have a favourite part as in Saturday or Sunday or morning or night time. I guess I like having big meals with my family at weekends which we don’t always manage to do during the week, so that’s nice, but overall I enjoy all of the weekend and just being around my family.
3.Do you think weekends are long enough?
In general, yes, I mean it’s not something that is probably going to change so I’ve never really considered if two days are long enough or not. It’s always been two days. I feel that it’s time enough to have a break in your routine from during the week, and it’s also enough time to do things like traveling and visiting other places.
4.How important do you think it is to have free time at the weekends?
Having enough free time is very important for overall wellbeing and balance in life, but it doesn’t necessarily all have to be at the weekends, it’s just that for most people it’s the case that the weekends are the time when they have most of their free time because they’re so busy during the week.
5.What is a typical weekends or weekdays for you?
Speaking Answer A) Well, with me, there are no particular weekends/weekdays, it is more of the period when I am working and when I am on holidays. The job that I do, is of a travel host, so in busy schedules, which we are in for most of the time, we are only focused on work and not the day. However, in casual days, I tend to go for either a spa or meet my family members or hang with my friends, especially because they are free on week ends. Weekdays, when I am free, I tend to just stay in home and read some book and cook food and spend some time alone.
6.Do you wear a particular outfit on weekends and weekdays?
Why /why not? I work at a software company, so there is a certain attire that I need to maintain while at work, i.e. on weekdays. I prefer wearing Indian formals during weekdays, because I am more comfortable in them and they look more classy as well. On weekends, I put on t-shirts and jeans for most of the time. Because there is lot of ground work that I need to do and tshirts for some reason are easier when you feel like jumping and fighting.
7.Do you spend all your weekends the same way?
Well, too an extent you can say yes. My job is such that I have very less time for travelling during weekdays, but travelling and blogging being very important for me, it is in weekends that I do the travel blogging part. So, every weekend I travel to a new place and get to know about the local culture and what is important about the place