Part 1: Travelling by car when you were a kid |
Part2/3: A piece of local news that people were interested in
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
Did you enjoy travelling by car when you were a kid?
Yeah, I was into travelling by car when I was little. My mum says I’d shout and jump for joy if we had a car trip on the weekends. I guess that’s because I could enjoy the changing scenery out of the window and stop for a while to have a picnic with parents. Honestly, I had many model cars at that time and I just loved everything that can move.
What types of cars do you like?
I really fancy sport utility vehicles because the people who drive this car look so dashing and smart. I’m just thinking if I plan to buy a car in the future, I’d choose this type, specifically black and pink. And MINI also deeply wins my heart I just love its adorable appearance and the delicate interior design.
Do you prefer to be a driver or a passenger?
Well, I think I have no preference because each has its attractive point. A car driver can have a better field of vision, but he or she must be responsible for the safety of everyone in the car. A passenger, especially the one takes the front passenger seat is more likely to get injured in the accident, but this person can be carefree and even take a nap during the whole car trip.
What do you usually do when there is a traffic jam?
At first, I just zone out for a moment. Then I become a little anxious and impatient probably because the traffic is crawling along. And I can do nothing but wait. For the most part, I listen to some soothing music to calm down.
Do you like to travel by car?
Definitely! It’s way more convenient than public transport. I’m more than grateful to have owned a car, especially these days that it’s not completely safe to go to crowded places like stations since the threat of contracting the coronavirus is serious.
When do you travel by car?
Well, every day, when I go to work and when I need to go to the supermarket. As I said, I don’t use any modes of public transport, especially these days. Although traveling by car is very convenient, I must say it’s incredibly costly to own a car. When my friends invite me to travel somewhere â€“ that’s the only time that I can travel by car. However, these days I don’t have any opportunity because my friends and I temporarily delay our travel plans due to the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Where is the farthest place you have traveled to by car?
Let me thinkâ€¦I guess when my family went to the neighboring island of our city. If my memory serves me right, that was four years ago. So, we had to take our car on the ferry in order to get to the island and I enjoyed driving around that island because its beauty is just mesmerizing. I suppose when my friends and I traveled to the western part of our state. I don’t know how many miles we had traveled then but we came from the northeast part of our city and it took us almost six hours to reach our destination. That was a great trip but I felt sorry for our driver.
Do you like to sit in the front or back when traveling by car?
Well, if I’m not the driver, I prefer the back seat because I can rest or sleep. It’s impossible for me to sleep when I sit in the front because I feel like it’s my obligation to have a chat with the driver so he won’t feel drowsy, especially if it’s a long hour drive. It depends, if I’m asked to sit in the front, then I won’t say no. It’s nice to sit in the front, especially if I’m traveling in scenic spots, I’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular view completely since there’s no obstruction of my eyes.
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 piece of local news that people were interested in
You should say:
What it was about
Where you saw/heard it
Who was involved
And explain why people were interested in it
I’m going to talk about a piece of news I got from my friend. He forwarded the news to Wechat moments about two weeks ago. It was posted by the city about building a new bicycle lane. Since I have a great liking for cycling, I read the article really carefully.
It said that the new bike lane would be built in the newly developed Fuxin district. Actually, since I have a friend who moved to the district last year, I’ve visited him and toured the area several times. It’s about an hour drive from my home. It has a really good location because it’s next to a beautiful river in our city, and there are many tourist attractions nearby.
Anyway, the long bike path will be built alongside the beautiful river. According to the news report, the building of it will be completed next spring. I think this is terrific news for all of the residents in our city. Just thinking about it, you can breathe in fresh air and enjoy the sparkling sun on the water while riding, which would be fantastic. And when you get tired, you can just sit on the lawn nearby and enjoy soaking up the sun. It’ll definitely be an excellent place to kick back and relax.
I read the comments under the news and everyone was happy about it. Apparently, we’re all looking forward to seeing our city become more people-friendly.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
Do people read the newspaper where you live?
Yes, a lot of people still read the newspaper where I live. It might seem a little bit old-fashioned, depending on your age, but I think it’s kind of sweet. And newspapers are sometimes more reliable than other media sources, especially online ones. Plus, I live in a small city. So there are lots of human interest stories. I think it’s nice to read articles about the community you’re a part of.
Do people prefer local or international news?
I suppose that lots of people prefer local news. I mean, there are definitely people who care about international issues and want to know what’s going on in other countries. But as far as I’ve seen, a lot of people prefer local news because it affects them more directly. They’re invested in their community, so they want to know what’s going on around them. I think that’s a pretty valid perspective.
Do you think it’s important to have a national identity?
Well, yes and no. On the one hand, it’s really important to have a national identity because it can help unite a country. People can have all kinds of political perspectives, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds within a single country. So, if there’s some way for them to feel connected to their community by sharing a national identity, that can make them closer to each other. But I also don’t think it’s super important because people should be able to have differences without having to conform to one identity.
How can people develop their national identity?
I suppose that people can develop their national identity by focusing on their county’s culture. They can take part in different traditional customs and try to contribute to their national identity in that way. Plus, people can try to determine what values are important to their country. They can do that by being involved in local and national political movements. It’s important to try to be an active and involved citizen.