1. What’s your favorite hairstyle?
My favorite hairstyle is dreadlocks. It’s a hairstyle common on rappers, which may be thought to represent a rebellious state. But I think it’s just a matter of individual expression. Two of my colleagues have tried the dreadlocks. Both of them got artificially dreadlocks temporarily when travelling abroad. It’s a pity I didn’t try this hairstyle myself. It’s already on the top of my lit, and I’ve determined to try dreadlocks when I go to Thailand this November.
2. What do you do with garbage when you are on street?
I think I will hold it until I find the next trash can instead of littering it on the street. That’s how I was taught and educated in my younger age. Then, I will classify my garbage into specific can. Although I can just make limited efforts, I still want to make my own individual contribution to environmental protection.
3. Do you prefer eating at home or at a restaurant?
If I have time cooking, I prefer eating at home which is much healthier. Dishes in restaurants are often greasy and contain a lot of fat which is not suitable for me because I’m a little chubby. I don’t want to gain weight anymore. I can have more healthy and nutritious foods at home like cauliflower and chicken.
4. Have you ever been to an island?
Yeah, I have been to an island once. It’s an activity organized by my company. We went on an autumn trip, a one-day excursion which includes exploring an island. We landed on an island and spent about an hour strolling and taking photos. The island is not big, so it only takes about half an hour to travel the whole island. It’s uninhabited, with fantastic natural scenery.
5. Do you like going shopping?
Probably no. Cuz, you know, shopping is very tiring and time-consuming. I’d rather lie on the bed to relax physically and mentally after my busy work.
6. Do you like living in the countryside?
No, not really. I admit that there is fresh air and peaceful environment in the countryside. However, living in the countryside could be boring for young people like me, as there might be not so much recreation. Instead, living in urban areas would be much more fun. I can go to cinemas and theatres. I can hang out with my friends and shop in all kinds of popular stores. Therefore, I am not a fan of countryside life.
7. Do Chinese people like to drink tea or coffee?
As far as I can see, Chinese people really like to drink tea or coffee, especially tea. Tea drinking is a tradition of my country that has lasted for at least 2,000 years. It has deeply emerged into people’s everyday life.
8. Who do you watch movies with?
I tend to watch movies with my families and friends. When I watch movies at home, I always ask my parents to enjoy the films together with me. But when I go to the cinema, I am likely to invite some of my friends to accompany me.
9. Which public holiday do you prefer?
I prefer Spring Festival, which is also known as the Chinese New Year as it celebrates the beginning of a new year in Chinese lunar calendar. I love Spring Festival cos it is the longest holiday in China. It starts on the Chinese New Year’s Eve and lasts for 7 days. Other holidays in China don’t last for such a long time. I can do a lot things during this long holiday. And mum would always prepare a lot of delicious food during the Spring Festival. We would have several family reunions and I can meet a lot of relatives and friends and chat with them. That why I like Spring Festival the most.
10. Where would you like to travel in the future? Why?
If possible, I would like to travel to the Moon someday in the future. I know it’s somewhat ridiculous, but if it’s true, it’s going to be once in a lifetime. I mean, over the course of human history, the number of people stepping their foot on the Moon can be easily counted, so it would be a huge honor to enjoy the moonlight right on the Moon. Another thing that I would like to do is to see the Earth, precisely to enjoy her charm, from a rather long distance on the Moon, which I think would be incredible.
1. Describe a place where you read and write (not your home)
You should say:
Where it is
How often you go there
Who you go there with
And explain how you felt about this place
I like reading and writing in a coffee shop, like Starbucks. And I often go there once or twice a week, when I have a day off. I’d like to go there alone with a book, a pen, or just the I-pad and my laptop. Nowadays, WIFI is available in almost every coffee shop, it is very convenient for me to finish my work or just read a book I like there. There are also cooling systems in the cafes, providing me an environment which is very comfortable, especially in summer. Sometimes, I will go there with my best friend. Both of us like the atmosphere there, we’d like to read the same book and share our thoughts about that book with each other. Every time, we will have a great time together. And you know, the coffee shop is full of the aroma of coffee, I like it very much, because coffee is my favorite drink. Its smell makes me feel at ease. Nobody will disrupt me while I am reading or writing, so I can enjoy myself completely. At the same time, I can order a cup of coffee for drinking. As for me, it’s the best couple with my writing. Writing always makes me feel tired, but coffee can make me feel sober. I’m used to writing with a coffee for a long time. There are also many coffee shops which serve bakery food. I like cakes and cookies, reading and writing consumes my energy, and the cake is the best fuel for me. So if you ask me, is there any place for reading and writing better than a coffee shop? My answer is absolutely not.
1) Which is more important, reading or writing?
In my opinion, reading is more important than writing. Because reading is the input of the knowledge while writing is the output of the knowledge. Input is the precondition of output. For example, before you write a thesis, you need to read up a lot of references. Furthermore, without a careful reading, you may not write high-quality essays.
2) Who needs to have good writing skills?
I think students need that. They need to write different materials. For example, they have a lot of tests, especially in Chinese and English tests. They have to write compositions. And test grades are important for all the students. At the same time, every university student needs to write an essay in order to graduate successfully. So, the writing skills are very important for them.
3) Where can people get more information, words or pictures?
I think we can get more information from words. Because words provide a direct meaning to us, we can avoid ambiguity. And people can read words easily in everywhere and any time. On the contrary, I don’t deny that we can also get information from pictures, but different people have different perceptions of them, it’s hard to reach a consensus.
2. Describe a time you taught something new to a younger person
You should say:
When it happened
What you taught
Who you taught to
Why you taught this person
And how you felt about the teaching
It was two years ago when I taught my younger sister to bake cookies. At that time she fell in love with a boy and didn’t know how to express her love to him. Then, I came up with an idea that she could make something by herself for the boy. Thus, she volunteered to learn baking from me and made some delicious food for the boy. In China, there was an old saying that if you want to win a man’s heart, you must firstly feed him up. Frankly speaking, I was not so expert at baking and only mastered some basic baking skills, while baking cookies was a good choice since it wasn’t that demanding. Luckily, there were a lot of apps about baking in app store which made it much easier to bake if you follow the instructions step by step. First of all, I helped my sister to prepare all the ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, eggs and some nuts. Since the proportion of these ingredients was very crucial, so I required my sister to use the electronic scale to weigh each kind of ingredients. Then, I taught her to use hot water to soften the butter. When the surrounding temperature were low, it would be difficult for the butter to soften by itself. Sugar and eggs were added into the softened butter in the next step. In addition, an electronic egg beater was used to mix the ingredients. Flour was then added into the mixture. Finally, it reached the part of baking. In this part, two things were important: time and temperature. If baking time was too long, cookies would be scorched. If the time was too short, cookies would be too soft to shape. Although baking cookies was not a hard job for a skilled cooker, it was still a challenge for a beginner. Especially when facing a variety of ingredients, beginners can easily mess it up.
1) What skills should be taught to children?
Children should firstly be taught some basic skills to protect themselves when facing danger. For example, they should be taught how to swim in order not to be drowned. Then, they should be taught to remember some basic information about their parents such as parents’ cellphone numbers or the family address. When they get lost outside, it is very vital for them to tell the information correctly. In addition, children should also learn some survival skills such as skills about how to protect themselves from earthquake or fire. Some of these skills should be taught by professional teachers such as skills of swimming. Others can be taught by their parents.
3. Describe a school you went to in your childhood.
You should say:
Where it was
What it was like
What you learned there
And how you felt about it
When it comes to the topic about schools I attended in my childhood, the first primary school I went to in my life comes to my mind immediately.
The primary school I’m about to describe used to be located in the west of the countryside where my late grandparents lived. It is a textbook example of village school, with almost all of the pupils coming from the village. In my memory, the primary school was medium-sized and surrounded by walls. A variety of Chinese characters like hard working and motifs with symbolic meaning were painted on the outer side of each wall in bright red color. The school gate was set in the front facing to the north, with the name of the school written on the wall next to the gate. Opposite to the gate, there was a two-storey main building. Rooms on the first floor acted as classrooms, with the teachers’ office at the end. Rooms on the second floor were left for extra-curriculum activities, such as handicraft facture or that sort of activities. To the west of the school building, toilets were sited and connected to the main building by a vestibule. The space between the main building and the gate was the playground for pupils to take P.E class or do the physical exercise. The area for raising national flag lied in the east of the school. It is worthy to mention that trees with large canopy were planted around the playground, allowing students to shelter from the heat in hot summer.
I used to spend three years there for learning primary courses from the first to the third grade until moving to the city with my parents. I learned the basic knowledge about Chinese and mathematics there during the first three years in primary school. For example, I acquired the skill of reading and writing as well as the knowledge of basic arithmetic. By contrast to primary schools in most cities in China, the total number of students in that primary school was much smaller. Therefore, the population of students in each class was just around twenty and they had been close friends since their childhood. Although many years passed, I still keep in touch with my playmates regularly. To me, that primary school is more like a large family full of love and care.
1) What’s the difference between the present and the past teachers?
The present teachers differ from their past counterparts on the basis of several aspects. Firstly, the qualification of teachers is far higher than before because of the increasing of general education offered to the citizens as a whole. For example, in China, people with a bachelor degree could be appointed to teach students in secondary school decades ago. However, it turns out to be very different nowadays. The normal threshold is master degree for graduates teaching in secondary school. Secondly, the present teachers are equipped with more skills, especially, the skills in using teaching technology. Owing to the technical advancements, such as mass media, is applied in teaching lessons, the teaching method is more diverse in drawing students’ focus and interpreting some deep knowledge. Accordingly, ability to use certain equipment is necessary for the present teachers. Thirdly, apart from the traditional academic knowledge delivered in the class, the present teachers also lay great emphasis on the cultivation of students’ innovation and creativity, so they shoulder more duty in the current teaching process.
2) What’s the difference between being taught by teachers and being taught by AI?
Fundamental differences exist between teachers and advanced technology, particularly in AI. Specifically, students taught by teachers can be effectively reminded and supervised by teachers when being distracted. In this case, students are more likely to concentrate on their learning. Besides, study with teachers allows students to promote their communication skills and critical thinking, thanks to the face-to-face teaching activities and free exchange of ideas. In addition, teachers are capable to adjust their teaching strategies and relevant knowledge according to the level of students in their class. For example, they can shorten the time for exercise when students have already mastered certain knowledge and make fewer mistakes. By contrast, AI, as a novel means in teaching, seems to be more intriguing to students, especially those with younger age, thus making students to be positively devoted in study. What’s more, in comparison to teachers who may give some incorrect information in some cases, AI provides nearly standardized procedure and accurate answers. Additionally, more diverse information is accessible to students by using AI, since the capacity for AI is without limit and almost incomparable.
4. Describe a time a child made you laugh
You should say:
When it was
Where you were
Who the child was
What the child did
And explain why you laughed
Speaking of a child that made me laugh, the first person that comes to my mind is Dongdong who is the son of a Chinese renowned star.
Dongdong is a warm hearted and lively boy. Even though he is only 5 years old, he has joined many outdoor reality shows since he was 3. His humor, kindness attracts plenty of audiences, and of course, I'm one of them.
There was one time he joined a reality show in Hunan TV, and this program was about talking to foreigners on the street just for chatting or fun. I really expected this part because I know Dongdong can't speak English and I was wondering how he could talk to that foreigner. Here comes the funniest moment, Dongdong used body language and special Chinglish to show what he wanted to ask. For example, he asked that foreigner “how big are you?” The foreigner was confused because he didn't know exactly what big means. That was the part I laughed out loud, because I know Dongdong wanted to ask him “how old is he.” In Chinese, big means age. In the end, Dongdong said I'm 5, and you? The foreigner finally understood his question and replied right away. Although it seemed a little awkward, I think he is so funny and adorable.
And the other day, this funny event was on the top search in Weibo. I’ve watched that highlight for another 20 times or so. No kidding, I laughed every time I watched. And I believe when he grows up, he will laugh too. I really appreciate that child who gives me happiness.
1) What can make child laugh?
There are plenty of ways that can make child laugh. First, we can buy some candies, cookies or cakes for him, and as we all know, child likes to eat something sweet, and he will feel happy and enjoyable because he gets what he wants. Second, play games with him is also a good choice to make him laugh. For example, if you and him play league of legend together as a team, maybe you made an easy mistake and got yourself killed, I am sure he will laugh out loud because he didn’t know you can be that dumb. Third, generation gap or cultural lag is definitely another way to make him laugh. For example, there are some modern online words which are quite popular among young people, and if he asked you but you’ve never heard of it, that moment will be very hilarious, and he will feel funny too.
2) What do you think is the best age for people to have children?
Personally speaking, the best age for people to have children is when they are at about thirty years old. Because if they are too young, they may not have enough amount of money or decent living quality to raise the kid, which will be bad for the kid’s normal life. For example, the kid may not have well education or nutritious food, and I think it’s not responsible for parents to do that, if parents are very poor or young, they should first work harder to earn money, and then raise kids, because kid needs a lot of money. On the other hand, if adults are too old, like when they are thirty-five or so, women's fertility would drop drastically. At that time, they may not able to have baby. So, I think the best time of having children is when they are about thirty, by that time, they should have a house or a car, and of course a stable job which can sustain the life quality and stand the cost of raising the baby.