Part 1: Things are boring to you |
Part2/3: A businessman that you admire
In this part, the examiner asks you about yourself, your home, work or studies and other familiar topics.
What kinds of things are boring to you?
Off the tap of my head, there are large amounts of things which make me boring like waiting to someone, reading academic journals, listening to long speech. And on top of that, I also get easily bored by same daily routine.
What will you do when you feel bored?
I do many things when I feel bored. Most of the time, I love watching news on tv or YouTube as I want to be informed about what’s happening around me. Sometimes I have a long chat with my best friends or I make new dishes in order to pass time.
What was the most boring thing you did when you were young?
I’m not really sure, I felt bored from a lot of things these years. But it’s true that young generation gets bored easily without any reasons. I think, lack of concentration, stress and impatient are primary reasons for getting bored. They want to get everything without working hard.
Do you think school is boring?
Of course not. School is supposed to be boring because students are expected to pay attention. Students have to engage their mind with the subject to learn the material. When I write notes, I need to Listen carefully, mentally process the information, think of words, and then move my fingers.
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 businessman that you admire
You should say:
Who his person is
How you got to know this person
What this person does
And how you think of this person
I’d like to talk about Zhang Yiming, who’s the founder of ByteDance. It’s the parent company that developed TikTok, which is a trendy video-sharing social network in our country.
About two weeks ago, one of my friends shared a news report about Chinese enterprises to his WeChat moments in this story I learned a lot about ByteDance and what makes Zhang so successful.
Actually, with his leadership, ByteDance has almost more employees than Alibaba, the most famous E-commerce company. And yet they’ve been trying to expand their business at breakneck speed. For example, TikTok is not just a video-sharing platform. The latest version of the app has expanded into online shopping, online education and many other services on the internet. As far as I know, ByteDance is also recruiting and setting up branches in other countries, and their apps, especially TikTok, are very popular in foreign countries.
I really admire Zhang Yiming because he and his company never rest on their laurels, but instead keep innovating new products. What’s more, from the article I read, I learned that Zhang wasn’t from a rich family like many young entrepreneurs are, and he didn’t study abroad either. In fact, he graduated from college as a programmer. But he’s very driven for success and has a lot of grit. He often works more than 12 hours a day and has a great passion for what he and his company do. So, his success is inevitable. His entrepreneurial mindset is also worth learning for our young people.
Part 3 In this part, the examiner asks you a few more detailed questions about the same topic.
What kinds of qualities do people need to run their own business?
I think people need to be intelligent, determined, resilient, and enthusiastic in order to run their own business. People need to be smart enough to assess their target market and design a business that is appropriate for their customers. Plus, they need to be determined and resilient because running a business comes with many challenges and ups and downs. Finally, people need to be enthusiastic in order to inspire their employees and come up with unique ideas.
What fields do young people like to engage in when they start a business and why?
I would say that young people like the art and technology sectors when it comes to starting a business. A lot of young people are really creative and want to sell the things they make. I know many people who sell pins, prints, and other art products for a living. If they have a unique style, it’s easy for them to become successful. Technology is also a good area to start a business in, especially as people come up with more and more new apps.
Is it better to start a business alone or start as a team?
Well, it would be better to start a business as a team, because that way you can come up with double the ideas and double the financial capital to make your business a success. On your own, you have no one to talk to for advice, which can make it really difficult to make decisions and take risks. Having a partner or a team also means that you can divide up the work load and avoid becoming burnt out.
What do you think are the key factors that contribute to the success of a business?
I think that creativity, determination, and flexibility are the main factors that make a business successful. In order to make it, you need to have a unique approach. Since there are so many businesses out there, you have to be creative enough to set yourself apart. Businesses also need to be led by people who are hard-working and determined to meet their goals, no matter what obstacles they face. In today’s world, a business owner should also be flexible to adapt to different situations and needs.
If you had the opportunity to have your own business, what business would it be? Why?
I would love to open a small shop that sells books and also has a café so that people can sit and enjoy a coffee and a snack. I love to read so I think that I would be able to understand my target market very well and predict their needs and wants, which is an important part of owning a business. I also think that there is always a need for more cafes, so I would have a lot of customers.
What do you think is the retirement age for men and women?
I would say that anyone between the ages of 60-75 can choose to retire. Around that time, people are ready to settle down, and they usually have the financial means to retire and live comfortably. I don’t think it changes too much if it’s a man or a woman retiring. Since we’ve come a long way in regards to gender equality, it’s normal for either a man or a woman to work all the way into their sixties.