IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Năm nguyên tắc quan trọng cần lưu ý
IELTS Speaking Part 1 được cho là phần thi dễ nhất trong bài thi Speaking. Vì vậy, các bạn không nên đưa ra câu trả lời “khó” và phức tạp nhé. Hãy nhớ 5 nguyên tắc sau để phần thi này của bạn được trôi chảy và mạch lạc.
- Trả lời câu hỏi một cách ngắn gọn, đơn giản, kết thúc câu trả lời một cách tự tin và dứt khoát. Mỉm cười nhẹ với giám khảo để làm dấu hiệu cho giám khảo thấy bạn đã trả lời xong câu hỏi và đang sẳn sàng cho câu hỏi kế tiếp.
- Trả lời câu hỏi bằng nguyên câu văn trọn vẹn gồm đầy đủ các thành phần của câu.
- Có thể sử dụng từ trong câu hỏi của giám khảo trong phần trả lời của mình.
- Nếu có thể, bạn hãy giải thích lý do cho câu trả lời của mình.
- Khi cần thiết, bạn đừng quên sử dụng “YES” hoặc “NO” cho câu trả lời.
Đây là một số câu hỏi của bài thi thực tế. Trong phần 1, các bạn hãy trả lời đơn giản, trực tiếp câu hỏi và trả lời một cách ngắn gọn. Trong đầu nghĩ gì, trả lời liền, không được do dự hay ậm ờ nhé.
Các bạn có thể tham khảo các câu trả lời bên dưới.
1) At what age did you start studying mathematics?
I can’t exactly remember, but it was probably in my first year at primary school when I was 5 years old. I probably learnt simple addition at that age.
2) Do you like mathematics? Why / why not?
I don’t dislike maths, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever really liked the subject either. I’m happy to do simple calculations, but my brain can’t cope with the complex stuff!
3) Is it necessary for everyone to learn mathematics?
Yes, I think it is. We all need a basic grounding in maths so that we can do daily tasks, like managing our money, working out bills, and so on.
4) Do you prefer to use a calculator when doing mathematics?
It depends. I quite like exercising my brain with anything that’s easy enough, but I use the calculator on my phone for anything tricky.
NEGATIVE ANSWER WITH PHOTO TOPIC
1) What type of photos do you like taking?
Well, I don’t usually take photos to be honest. I prefer to enjoy whatever I’m doing, rather than stop to take a photograph.
2) What do you do with photos you take?
I don’t really do anything with the occasional photos that I take. They just stay on my phone and I forget to save them or upload them to my computer.
3) When you visit other places, do you take photos or buy postcards?
Neither. As I said, I prefer to enjoy myself, so I tend to let other people take photos. I used to buy and send postcards when I was younger, so maybe I should go back to doing that.
4) Do you like people taking photos of you?
As a child I was always a bit shy when it came to having my photo taken, so I would have said that I didn’t like it. These days, if someone wants to take a photo of me, I don’t mind at all.
- What job would you like to have ten years from now?
I’d like to think that I’ll be doing the same job in ten years’ time. I like being a scientist, so I can’t imagine changing profession.
- How useful will English be for your future?
English is essential in my field of work; most of the research that is being done in this area is published in English, so I read articles and papers in English every day.
- How much travelling do you hope to do in the future?
I’d like to see more of the world, so it would be nice to be able to travel extensively at some point, maybe when I’m retired.
- How do you think your life will change in the future?
Hopefully I’ll make progress in different areas of my life, for example at work and in terms of my home life. I’m also interested to see what new technologies come along in the next decade or two.
- What form of transport do you prefer to use? Why?
I prefer to travel by car because it means that I have my own space. Also, the buses and trains in my city are usually overcrowded; my car is much more comfortable.
- How much time do you spend travelling on a normal day?
I probably spend about an hour and a half travelling to and from work. I travel during the rush hours, so there is quite a lot of traffic.
- What do you do while you are travelling?
I usually listen to the radio or a CD. In the morning I like to listen to the news to find out what is happening in the world.
- Do you ever have problems with transport?
Yes, as I said, I get stuck in traffic on my way to and from work. I used to get annoyed by traffic jams, but now I’m used to them.
- How well do you know the people who live next door to you?
I know my neighbours quite well. They’re really nice people, and I always stop to talk whenever I see them.
- How often do you see them?
I see my neighbours at least a few times a week. We usually see each other when we’re leaving for work in the morning or coming home in the evening.
- What kinds of problem do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
I think the most common problem is probably noise. It’s difficult to live next to people who have a dog that barks at night, or who play loud music.
- How do you think neighbours can help each other?
Neighbours can do little things like watching your house if you go on holiday or taking a delivery if something arrives by post when you’re not at home. I think these little favours are a good way for neighbours to help each other.
1) Are you happy to be the age you are now?
Yes, I’m quite happy at my current age, although I wouldn’t mind going back to when I was younger. It would be nice to relive some of my memories from childhood.
2) When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?
Not really. I remember thinking about the near future – about exams and things in the year ahead – but I didn’t worry too much about adulthood.
3) Do you think you have changed as you have got older?
Yes, in some ways I’m a completely different person now, compared to when I was younger. I think my personality has changed quite a lot, and I’m more open and relaxed.
4) What will be different about your life in the future?
Who knows? Hopefully, my life won’t change much over the next decade or so, but after that I can’t really imagine or predict.
- Did you enjoy singing when you were younger?
No, I was never much of a singer. I remember that I was always a little shy and embarrassed when it came to singing in front of others.
- How often do you sing now?
I don’t sing in public, but I do sometimes find myself singing along to songs if I’m listening to music in the car. Perhaps this happens once a week or less.
- Do you have a favourite song you like listening to?
No, not at the moment. I used to have favourite songs when I was a teenager – when I was discovering new music – but these days I prefer to listen to a variety of music, rather than a particular favourite tune.
- How important is singing in your culture?
It seems to be really important these days. TV programmes like ‘X Factor’, which are basically singing contests, are hugely popular at the moment. So many young people dream of being famous singers.
- Do you like walking?
I’m not one for going on really long walks in the countryside, but I don’t mind walking when I’m in a town or city, for example when I’m sightseeing in a new place.
- Do you think walking is important?
Yes, I think it’s important to be active, and walking is the most basic physical activity that we can do.
- Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?
Personally, no. As I said before, I like walking in the city, especially if it’s somewhere with a lot of history like London or Paris.
- What could be done to improve the experience of walking in cities?
I suppose the main issues are space and safety. Pavements need to be wide enough to accommodate lots of pedestrians, and we need safe places to cross the street.
- Did you enjoy doing art lessons when you were a child?
No I didn’t. I was never very good at drawing or painting, and I found art lessons quite slow and boring. I preferred language and science lessons.
- Do you ever draw or paint pictures now?
No, I don’t draw or paint these days, because there’s never any need for me to create art at work, and I still don’t enjoy art as a hobby.
- When was the last time you went to an art gallery or exhibition?
I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to any kind of art exhibition; I’m not much of an art fan, and I tend to go to music concerts, the cinema or the theatre instead of art shows.
- What kind of pictures do you like having in your home?
I don’t have any paintings or artistic images in my home, but I do have photos of family members and some nice photos of landscapes on the walls to brighten the place up.
1) Do you use public transport? Why / why not?
These days I mostly drive, and the main reason is that my usual journeys are much faster by car. For example, the half-hour drive that I do twice a week would take me three times as long by train and bus.
2) Which type of public transport do you prefer? Why?
I definitely prefer the train. I like being able to stroll up and down, and on some trains I can book a seat with a table and a socket, so that I can do some work.
3) How good is the public transport where you live?
It’s quite good. There’s a train station not far from my house, and it’s a direct line straight into the city centre. There are lots of bus routes too, and there’s even a tram network in the centre of Manchester.
4) Do you think people should use public transport more? Why / why not?
Yes, as long as it’s convenient for them. Public transport is obviously more environmentally friendly than private cars, so we could reduce air pollution by using it more.
1) Do you like rain? Why / why not?
No, not at all. It rains far too often in Manchester, where I live, and I’m fed up of it; I wish we had more sun!
2) Do you think that rain affects people’s mood?
Yes, definitely. I think rainy days and grey skies can be a bit sad and depressing. Where I live, people are much more cheerful when the sun comes out.
3) Does it often rain where you live?
Yes, unfortunately it does. As I said, Manchester is known for being a rainy place; you can’t trust the weather here, because it can cloud over and start raining at any moment.
4) Have you ever been caught in the rain without a coat or umbrella?
Yes, many times. Just last week I went out without an umbrella and got soaked; I did have a coat on, but it didn’t really help.
1) Do you have a favourite number or a number that is special to you?
Yes, my favourite number is… because it’s the day I was born on, and it’s my lucky number.
2) Do any numbers have special importance in your country?
Yes. The number 7, for example, is supposed to be a special number in my country. It appears in so many places, like the seven days of the week, the seven main notes in music, and the seven ages of man that Shakespeare described.
3) Are you good at remembering numbers? Why / why not?
No, I’m not very good at remembering numbers. I don’t think it’s necessary to learn them by heart; I just save them on my phone.
4) What numbers do people often have to memorise?
The most important number to remember on a daily basis is the pin number for your bank card. Without this you can’t pay for anything or get cash out.
- What do you think of robots?
I think robots are a clever idea. I’d love to have a robot that could speak to me and do things for me!
- Did you watch any cartoons related to robots in your childhood?
I can’t remember watching cartoons with robots, but I remember that I liked the robots in films like Star Wars.
- Do you like the idea of robots helping you at home or driving your car?
Yes, definitely. It would be great to have a robot helper at home, and I like the idea of driverless cars – I think driving would be safer if cars were controlled by robots.
- Do you like to buy expensive shoes?
No. I tend to buy average-priced shoes because I’m more interested in comfort than expensive brands.
- When you buy shoes, do you prefer convenience or style?
I mainly look for comfort and convenience. But obviously I consider the style too, because I do choose shoes that match the clothes I wear.
- Why do you think some people buy many pairs of shoes?
I suppose they either like following the latest fashions, or they want a pair of shoes to match all of the different clothes or outfits that they have.
- Have you ever bought shoes online?
No, I haven’t. I always like to try shoes on before I buy them, to make sure that they fit properly and feel comfortable.
1) Do you like holidays? Why / why not?
Yes, I love holidays because I get the chance to take a break from work, to relax and unwind, and to spend time with my family.
2) Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during holiday periods? Why?
If I can I prefer to travel. It’s nice to get away from everything and to have a change of scenery. Also, I like visiting new places and doing some sightseeing.
3) What do most people do during their holidays in your country? Why?
During the summer especially, I think most British people go somewhere hot and sunny, to escape from the British weather!
4) When do you prefer to take your holidays? Why?
I like taking my holidays just outside the main summer season, which is July and August. If you go on holiday in May, June or September, everything is cheaper and places aren’t so crowded with tourists.
1) Do you like chocolate? Why / why not?
Yes, I love chocolate. I like the taste, the texture and the feeling that you get when you eat it. And it goes really well with my favourite drink, coffee.
2) What type of chocolate do you prefer? Why?
I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate, because it has a stronger taste. I also like chocolate when it’s in a cake, and I love drinking hot chocolate too.
3) When do you usually eat chocolate?
I try not to eat too much, but I probably eat or drink something that contains chocolate every couple of days.
4) Do people give chocolate as a present in your country? When?
Yes, it’s very common to give boxes of individual chocolates as a gift. You can give chocolates on any special occasion really: birthdays, Valentine’s day, Easter, Christmas, and so on.
1) How did your parents choose your name?
To be honest, I’m not sure how they chose it; I’ve never asked them. I suppose it was just a name that they both liked, and maybe they thought it suited me.
2) Does your name have any special meaning?
It might do, but I don’t know what that meaning is; I’ve never looked it up. Maybe I’ll google it later today; you’ve made me curious to find out!
3) Is your name common or unusual in your country?
Yes, it’s quite a common name. I remember that there were two other people with the same name as me in my class at school.
4) If you could change your name, would you?
No, I definitely wouldn’t. My name is part of my identity now, and it would feel strange to suddenly change it. I don’t think my friends and family would like that either.
FREE TIME AT HOME TOPIC
1) How much time do you spend at home?
Obviously I sleep at home, but I don’t spend very much time at home during the day, because I’m usually busy with work.
2) Do you prefer to spend your free time at home or outside the house?
During the day I prefer to be out of the house, so I like visiting family or meeting up with friends. But I do like relaxing at home in the evenings.
3) What do you do when you have some free time and you’re at home?
I usually sit and watch some TV or a film, or I listen to some music. I also like sitting outside if the weather is nice.
4) Would you like to have more spare time to spend at home in the future?
No, not really. I get bored if I’m at home for too long. In the future, I imagine I’ll still prefer to go out and do things rather than stay indoors.
1) Do you live in a house or an apartment?
I live in a semi-detached house with three bedrooms and a small garden.
2) Which room do you like most in your house? Why?
My favourite room is the kitchen because it looks out onto the back garden, and it’s on the side of the house that catches the afternoon sun.
3) Is there anything about your house that you would like to change?
Well, it would be nice if it were a detached house so that we could have windows on the wall that we currently share with our neighbours.
4) Tell me something else about your house.
The previous owners converted the loft into an extra bedroom; that’s the quietest room in the house, and the best place to go to do some work.
1) Do you like music?
No, I don’t really like music, and I don’t listen to it. It’s not something that I’ve ever been interested in.
2) What kind of music did you listen to when you were young?
I can’t remember listening to much music as a child either. I suppose I must have heard some traditional music at festivals or parties, but I didn’t take much notice of it.
3) When was the last time you went to a concert?
I’ve never been to a music concert. Maybe I should try going to one; perhaps it would be interesting to see an orchestra playing classical music.
4) Would you like to participate in a live music show?
No, definitely not. I don’t play a musical instrument and I don’t sing, so I can’t imagine that I’d ever find myself performing to an audience.
- Do you like studying? Why / why not?
Yes, I like studying because it’s the best way to gain a deeper insight into any subject. I like reading, learning from others, and trying to understand difficult concepts.
- Do you prefer to study alone or with others? Why?
I prefer to study alone because I need to be able to concentrate fully. Other people are a distraction.
- Where do you prefer to go when you need to study? Why?
I like to find a quiet corner in my local library; being in an old building and surrounded by books seems to help me to focus on my work.
- How do you feel if someone disturbs you when you are studying?
It frustrates me because it breaks my concentration. I prefer to avoid distractions by going somewhere where nobody will interrupt me.
- Do you like cooking? Why / why not?
Sometimes. I like preparing a special meal for family or friends who visit, but everyday cooking is a bit boring; it’s something that has to be done, but it’s not really fun.
- Who did the cooking in your family when you were a child?
My mother almost always did the cooking when I was young. I don’t think she trusted my father to make a nice meal.
- Do you think that it’s important to know how to cook well?
I’m not sure whether it’s important to cook well, but I do think that everyone should know the basics. It definitely isn’t healthy to rely on pre-prepared meals or fast food.
- Do you think that children should be taught cookery at school?
Yes, that’s probably a good idea. If all children knew how to cook a few basic, healthy meals, that would surely be a good thing.
1) Have you ever collected anything as a hobby? (What?)
Yes. When I was younger I used to collect keyrings. I remember that my favourite was a Lego man keyring that someone bought me as a present.
2) What kinds of thing do people often like collecting?
Some people collect cheap items like stamps, keyrings or toys. Others collect expensive antiques, watches, jewellery or even cars.
3) Why do you think people collect certain objects?
Maybe they like the constant search for a new item, or they want to remember past experiences. Others might like the feeling of organising and presenting what they own.
4) Is there anything that you would like to collect in the future?
Yes. If I could afford it, I’d love to have a collection of guitars in different colours, shapes and sizes!
- Do you ever use maps?
Yes. Whenever I go somewhere new, I plan my journey with the help of a map.
- When do people usually need to use a map?
I imagine that some people use a map every day if they travel to different places for work. Others might only use a map when they’re on holiday.
- Do you prefer electronic or paper maps?
I still prefer paper maps for a long journey; I like being able to open the map out on a table and see the full journey ahead.
- Do you ever ask people for directions instead of using a map?
Only if I’m really lost. Whenever I ask for directions, I find it difficult to remember what the person said. So I prefer to find my own way.
- Do you like parks? Why / why not?
Yes, I like parks because they’re great places to relax or go for a walk. I think every city needs some green space where people can escape from the crowds.
- How often do you visit parks?
There’s a park very close to where I live, so I probably go there once or twice a week if the weather’s nice.
- Why are parks an important part of many towns and cities?
Parks are like an oasis where people get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. They are where people go to have lunch, to take some exercise, or to forget about work for a while.
- What do you think could be done to make parks better?
The parks in big cities are already really good in my opinion. If I think about the famous parks in London, Paris or New York, I can’t imagine what I would do to improve them.
- Do you live in a house or an apartment?
I live in a semi-detached house with three bedrooms in a suburb of Manchester. I’ve lived there for just over a year.
- Which is your favourite room in your home? Why?
I don’t really have a favourite room. But if I had to choose, I’d say the living room because that’s where I go to sit and relax.
- Would you change anything about your home? Why / why not?
Yes, I’ve been meaning to redecorate it since I moved in last year. It needs a new kitchen, so that’s what I’d change first.
- Would you like to move to a different home in the future?
Yes, I’d definitely move again at some point if I could afford to. I’d like to live in the countryside, or maybe in a different city or country.
- What games are popular in your country?
Well, if we can consider sports as games, then football is definitely the most popular game in my country, but we also love board games like chess.
- Do you play any games?
Not regularly these days. I play the occasional game of tennis with my brother-in-law, and I recently played a bowling game on the Nintendo Wii with my nephew. I wasn’t very good at it.
- How do people learn to play games in your country?
I think children teach each other to play games. I remember a friend at primary school teaching me to play chess, for example.
- Do you think it’s important for people to play games?
Yes, it’s really important, especially for children. I think research has shown that play can improve brain development, intelligence, creativity, and the ability to cooperate with others.
- Do you like reading?
Yes, I like reading a lot. I read all sorts of things, including novels, newspapers, magazines, and online articles.
- Do you usually read for leisure or for work purposes?
Well, I have to do a certain amount of reading as part of my job, but I probably read more for enjoyment. I pick up a newspaper most days, and I usually have a book on the go.
- What was your favourite book or story when you were a child?
The first book that I remember really enjoying was ‘……….’. It only took me a few days to read because I liked it so much that I couldn’t put it down.
- Do you think it’s important that children read regularly?
Definitely. I think reading is possibly the most important skill that children learn. The ability to read opens the door to all aspects of education.
- What sports or physical activities do you regularly do?
Unfortunately I don’t have time to do any sports or physical activities because of my work commitments. I’d like to find more time for regular exercise.
- Which sport or game would you like to be good at?
I’d like to be good at tennis. It must be great to be able to hit the ball as hard as you can and watch it land exactly where you wanted it to.
- Do you prefer watching or playing sports?
I don’t watch much sport on TV and I’m not a big sports fan, so I think I would probably enjoy doing sports more than watching them.
- Do you think children should be encouraged to do more sport?
Yes, I think that sport is really important for children. Sports and games teach children to play together and try their best.
1) Who does most of the shopping in your household?
There isn’t one person who does most of the shopping. I’d say it’s a shared responsibility because we tend to go shopping together as a family.
2) What kind of shopping do you like doing?
I quite like shopping for presents for people’s birthdays or for Christmas. My favourite type of shop would have to be a bookshop.
3) Is shopping a popular activity in your country?
Yes, it’s very popular. Saturday is the busiest shopping day, and lots of people treat shopping as a kind of leisure activity, rather than something practical.
4) What types of shops do teenagers like best in your country?
I’m not an expert on teenage behaviour, but I guess they like buying clothes, music, gadgets… that kind of thing.
1) Did you play with toys when you were a child?
Yes, of course. I loved playing with toys when I was a child; I think all children do.
2) What kinds of toys did you like?
As far as I remember, I mostly played with toy cars, planes and action figures from films or cartoons. I also liked building things with Lego.
3) In your country, do boys and girls play with the same types of toys?
Not really. I think boys like the kinds of toys that I mentioned before, whereas girls play with dolls. My niece, for example, doesn’t like toy cars; she prefers dressing dolls in different outfits.
4) Do you think that toys help children to learn?
Yes, I do. All toys encourage children to use their imagination and creativity. Even with simple toys, children imagine situations and invent games and rules.
- How often do you make telephone calls?
I probably make three or four phone calls every day, usually just to make arrangements with work colleagues or to speak to family and friends.
- Who do you spend most time talking to on the telephone?
I think it would be one of my closest work colleagues. We often call each other rather than meeting face-to-face.
- When do you think you’ll next make a telephone call?
My family are expecting me to phone them as soon as I finish this exam. They’ll want to know how it went.
- Do you sometimes prefer to send a text message instead of telephoning?
Yes. I prefer to send a text message when I’m arranging something simple, like a time to meet someone. In those situations, a phone call isn’t necessary.
- Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
Most of my friends are about the same age as me because we met at school or university. I’ve got one or two friends who are older or younger that I met through work.
- Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?
I tend to meet up with my friends at weekends because everyone’s too busy during the week.
- The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
It was one of my friends’ birthday last weekend. Six of us went out for a meal to celebrate.
- In what ways are your friends important to you?
I think it’s important to have friends that you can talk to and share experiences with. My friends make me laugh, but I know I can also rely on them whenever I need help or support.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TOPIC
- Which musical instrument do you like listening to most? (Why?)
My favourite musical instrument to listen to is the guitar. I like the fact that there are different types of guitar, like classical, acoustic and electric. I love the variety of sounds a guitar can make.
- Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
I took some guitar lessons when I was younger and still have a guitar at home. I don’t play it much nowadays. I wish I had more time to practise.
- Do you think children should learn to play an instrument at school?
Yes, I think it’s a great skill and it’s really enjoyable to be able to play a musical instrument. All children should be given this opportunity.
- How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher?
It would probably be more difficult without a teacher. You need someone to show you what to do and correct your mistakes. You need a lot of discipline to teach yourself.
- Are clothes and clothing fashions important to you? (Why/Why not?)
No, clothes and fashions are not really important to me. I tend to wear clothes that are comfortable and practical rather than fashionable.
- What different clothes do you wear for different situations?
Well, I have to dress quite formally for work, so I wear a shirt and trousers. At home I prefer to wear jeans and a T-shirt, and on special occasions I might wear a suit.
- Do you wear different styles of clothes now compared to 10 years ago?
No, not really, because I don’t follow fashion. I think I have dressed in a similar way for the last 10 years.
- Do you think the clothes we wear say something about who we are?
Yes, they probably do. Some people are really careful about what they wear because they want to be seen as stylish. Other people wear clothes that show wealth or status, such as clothes by famous designers.
- How do you usually keep in touch with members of your family?
I mostly keep in touch with my family by phone, and I’ve started using the Internet to make video calls. I also try to visit members of my family in person as often as I can.
- Do you prefer to speak to people by phone or by writing emails?
It depends on the situation. I use email and text messages to communicate with friends, but my parents prefer it if I phone them.
- Do you ever write letters by hand? (Why / Why not?)
No, I don’t write letters by hand because it’s so much easier to send an email that will arrive immediately.
- Is there anything you dislike about mobile phones?
Well, I don’t like listening to other people’s conversations in public places, and I don’t like it when someone’s phone rings in the cinema or during a lesson.
- Do you like dancing?
No, I don’t like dancing. I’m not a big music fan, and dancing just makes me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.
- Has anyone ever taught you to dance?
No, I’ve never been interested in learning to dance, so I’ve never taken any lessons or asked anyone to show me how to do it.
- Do you think that traditional dancing will be popular in the future?
I’m afraid I have no idea because I don’t follow what’s happening in the dancing world! I suppose it will always be popular with some people.
- Do you work or are you a student?
I’m a qualified doctor, but at the moment I’m studying English so that I can work in this country.
- Do you enjoy your job?
Yes, I really enjoy my job. Ever since I was a child I have always wanted to be a doctor; I’ve always wanted to be able to help people.
- What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I can make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a great feeling to see someone recover after an illness because my colleagues and I were able to help.
- Do you prefer working alone or with others? Why?
In a hospital you have to work as part of a team. I’ve got used to working with others, and I think you can achieve a lot more as a team than you would alone.
- Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in.
I live in a house that has a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small garden. It’s not a very big house, but it’s just right for me.
- How long have you lived there?
I’ve lived there for about five years. It’s the first house that I’ve owned; before that I was renting an apartment.
- What do you like about living there?
I like living there because I think the house reflects my personality: I decorated it myself, I chose all the furniture, and everything is where I want it to be.
- What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?
If I could, I’d buy a bigger house near a beach or in the mountains, preferably somewhere with a warm climate.
- At work or in your studies, do you often write things?
Yes, I write a lot of emails as part of my job. I work for a company that has offices in several countries, so we use email to communicate.
- How often do you send e-mails?
I probably write between 5 and 10 work emails every day, and I send emails to friends or family a few times a week.
- Do you prefer to write by hand or on a computer?
It depends what I’m doing. I prefer the computer for most things because it’s faster and you can save or copy things, but I still like making notes or writing ideas down by hand.
- Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
No, I think we will always write by hand as well. I think it’s an important skill, and schools will continue to teach children to write by hand before they learn to type.
- What kinds of thing make you laugh?
I laugh most when I’m with friends talking about funny things that have happened to us. I also like watching comedians and comedy films.
- Do you like making other people laugh?
Yes, it’s a nice feeling when you can make someone laugh because you can see that you’ve made them happy. It’s great to share a funny moment with someone.
- Do you think it’s important for people to laugh?
Yes, of course. It’s important to see the funny side of things; humour helps us not to take life too seriously. I think that laughter is good for our health.
- Is laughing the same as feeling happy?
It’s not exactly the same because you can be happy without laughing, and sometimes we laugh when something bad has happened; a sense of humour can help us to cope with difficult situations.