Part 1: Your hometown |
Part2/3: A time when you waited for something special that would happen
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Where is your hometown?
My hometown is on the south-east coast of Northern Ireland. It’s called Dundrum and it’s about 1 hour south of the capital city.
Is that a big city or a small place?
My hometown is a medium-size city, so it normally takes local people less time to commute. We can save a lot of time.
My hometown isn’t a major city in China but it’s not small either. As far as I know, it has a population of 5 million people. So, the urban area is always crowded with people. It’s also the largest city of the province by land area.
How long have you been living there?
I’ve been living in my hometown since I was born. I’ve never thought about leaving my hometown because my entire social circle is there and the cost of living is pretty low. However, I also want to work in a different city for a few years to broaden my horizons.
I’m a Beijinger born and bred, so I’ve lived here all my life. I’m not telling you exactly how long, because my age is a secret…. I’m a girl after all.
I have been living there since I was born, so it’s about 20 years. I didn’t leave my hometown until I graduated from high school.
Do you like your hometown?
Yes, I do. Our local food is delicious. Beef ball is famous in my hometown. Tasty food always brings happiness to people.
Yes, I do. I’m from Harbin, which is a city in the northeast of China. It’s famous for the Ice & Snow Festival there, which is a really cool annual event in my hometown. Tons of visitors come to my city to see it every year. I love being a tour guide and showing my friends from other cities this tourist attraction.
Is there anything you dislike about it?
There are traffic jams in every city. My city is no exception. They are quite annoying especially during rush hours. That is the only thing I dislike about it.
I love the city I live in. But of course, every rose has its thorn. Sometimes, the buses are really slow here. So as a commuter, I often get fed up with having to wait for long periods of time. I just want to get places on time, but the public transportation can make that easier said than done.
What do you like (most) about your hometown?
There are many public parks in my hometown. I like them very much. When I feel tired, I always go to the park with my friends. So, it is a good place to make us relaxed.
As I said, Beijing is the capital, so the transport is very good and a lot more convenient than in other cities around China. Another thing really like is the food. There’s just such a variety; not just Chinese food but cuisine from all over the world
Part 2 In this part, you will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a time when you waited for something special that would happen
You should say:
What you waited for
Where you waited
Why it was special
And explain how you felt while you were waiting
I’d like to talk about my experience of waiting for the result of the National Judicial examination I took last September. It’s one of the most difficult qualification exams in China as the pass rate is only about 10% every year. So, passing this exam really mattered to me and it was especially important to my career. I took lots of online classes and studied Law day in and day out. I literally dreamed about legal cases several times. To be honest, I didn’t even know I had that kind of grit before I started preparing for the exam.
Anyway, after I finished the exam, I waited about two months to get the result. That was the most anxious and stressful period of time I’ve ever had in my life. Sometimes my mind would drift away from the things I was doing and I’d start worrying about what to do if I failed the exam. The only thing that helped me blow off some steams was chatting with other candidates in an online chat room.
Fortunately, it turned out that I passed the exam and by a lot! I was over the moon and burst into tears when seeing my good score. I really felt like all my effort paid off at that moment. You know, I’m finally qualified to be a lawyer!
So, waiting for the judicial exam result really left a mark on me. It was a long, hard wait, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
On what occasions do people usually need to wait?
People usually need to wait on a number of different occasions, including when they are lining up for something or waiting for an appointment. Sometimes people have to wait in very long lines at stores, especially if it is a busy time to go shopping. Sometimes people need to wait in traffic. Waiting for a medical or dental appointment can also take a long time. Most people need to wait for things very often throughout their lives.
Who behaves better when waiting, children or adults?
Usually, adults behave better when waiting than children. Children often do not understand why they have to wait for something, whereas adults know why they are waiting. Children get restless very easily, and they usually have more energy than adults, so they don’t like when they have to wait for a long time in one spot, not moving. Adults can wait more patiently than children because they have more experience and they have better self-control.
Compared to the past, are people less patient now, why?
I suppose that people are less patient now because it is easier nowadays to do things without having to wait at all. People have become accustomed to instant gratification. You can order packages online that arrive the next day, and you can order food from a restaurant delivered to your home. It is very easy to avoid waiting, so when people do have to wait for something, they are less patient.
What are the positive and negative effects of waiting on society?
Well, a positive effect is that, in some cases, it can teach people patience. When they have to wait in a line for a long time, they have to learn how to manage their impatience and still be polite. But a negative effect is that it can make people very aggressive. Not everyone can keep their temper in check. When people have to wait in a long line on the highway, you can often get drivers with road rage who act recklessly just to get ahead.
Is it a good thing to be patient all the time? /Should people be patient all the time?
Yes, I think that for the most part, it’s good to be patient all the time. There are a few instances where you should act instead of waiting around, like if there’s an emergency. But in general, patience is a good trait to have. Being impatient can make you feel anxious and irritable. Plus, you can’t control the things that happen around you. You might get stuck in a long line of cars on the highway, or you might have to wait a long time for your meal. But if the situation is out of your control, it’s good to be patient instead of losing your cool.