Part 1: Looking at yourself in the mirror |
Part2/3: Looking at yourself in the mirror
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Do you like looking at yourself in the mirror? How often?
For sure. I check my appearance whenever I could. So multiple times a day. I would make sure I’m looking good and energetic to start the day before I leave my house, and check it again when I’m using washroom throughout the day.
Have you ever bought mirrors?
Well, frankly speaking, I have never bought any mirrors in my entire life. This is mainly because I live with my parents in our house which was fully furnished before I was born.
Not really. I don’t wear makeup, so I don’t need a lighted makeup mirror. I just use the mirrors in the bathroom.
Do you usually take a mirror with you?
I don’t really do that. Although I’m checking up myself throughout the day, I’m not that obsessed with mirrors. I would never bring one with me.
Would you use mirrors to decorate your room?
I thought about it once long time ago, but the idea was rejected by my mother due to some local believes that having mirrors in bedrooms could bring bad luck or something. Therefore, I’ve never decorated my rooms with mirrors and use framed paintings instead.
Do you think mirrors are necessary ornaments?
Personally, I would say Yes. A house is incomplete without a mirror. However, it is often for personal use only, simply because mirrors are often hung on walls in the bathroom or in the bedroom.
Where do you put mirrors?
well, in my room, mirror is attached to the wardrobe, so it is convenient to stand contemplating myself in the mirror when trying on clothes.
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 person who impressed you most when you were in primary school
You should say:
Who he/she is
How you knew him/her
Why he/she impressed you most
And explain how you feel about him/her
Well, when I was in primary school, art class was always my favorite. So, the art teacher, Mrs. Li, really left a mark on me.
In my eyes she was like a superhero. She could do anything! I still remember clear as day that she taught us to draw stick figures, make paper lanterns and even make paper cuttings. I have to say she’s pretty skilled in paper-cutting. I remember that during one class, she took just a few minutes to cut two butterflies. It seemed like she had magic hands. But I couldn’t keep up with her at all.
My fingers were clumsy and I could never cut the papers well. But Mrs. Li didn’t look down on me. She personally came to my side and helped me fold a piece of paper in half several times. Then she asked me to draw an image on it and cut it along the lines. When I unfolded the paper, it really looked like a butterfly. I remember I was over the moon and thanked her a lot.
Actually, I learned many art skills from Mrs. Li. She was patient and kind to every student and was always smiling, so I was very fond of her. After so many years, my memory of primary school is fading, but I still remember tons of moments from art class and with Mrs. Li clearly. I really miss those days in primary school. It was the happiest and most carefree period of my life.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Why do people always miss their childhood?
I think people miss their childhood because it’s often much more stressful and complicated to be an adult. When you’re older, you have way more responsibilities than you did when you were a kid. Instead of your main priority being playtime with your friends, you have to pay bills, handle a full-time job, and in some cases take care of your own children. So compared to all the stress of adulthood, childhood seems like a much better time of life. It’s easy for people to be nostalgic.
Are kids happier than adults? Why?
I suppose that in some ways, kids are happier than adults. When you’re a kid, it’s not that hard to have all your needs met. You don’t have to worry about paying bills or working at a full-time job like adults do. Kids are content with simple things, like hanging out with their friends. As an adult, you have way more responsibilities and way more stress. So, it’s harder to find happiness.
What do people generally remember about elementary school?
I would say that people usually remember the friends they made in elementary school. They might remember some cool experiences from a class, or even one interesting lesson. But as time goes by, the thing that stands out the most is the people that they met. A lot of people might not remember much about their time in elementary school, but they do remember the good friends they had and keep a lifelong friendship with them.
Why do people still remember many of their friends from primary school?
I think it’s because primary school is a really formative time of people’s lives. When you’re young, you’re learning about the world for the first time. And the people that you learn with make a huge impression on you. It seems to me that most people can remember their childhood friends because they went through lots of important first experiences together. It’s really sweet how those childhood bonds can last throughout your lifetime.
What kinds of primary school teachers will impress students?
I suppose that students are most impressed by primary school teachers who are engaging enthusiastic, and caring. Children in primary school are very young, and they have a short attention to their teachers, so the teacher needs to be interesting enough and to plan enough engaging activities to keep students focused. Teachers also need to be kind and caring so that students feel comfortable coining to them if they have a problem.