- At what time of day do you prefer to study?
Unlike my friends who tend to be early birds I’m a night owl. I’m most productive in the late evening and into the wee small hours. I find that this is when I’m really able to concentrate and can focus on the task at hand. At the moment I’m preparing for the IELTS exam so I study every day after 9pm.
- What do you think of robots?
I think robots can be very useful – they can carry out boring or repetitive tasks that humans do not want to do. If we had a robot to clean our home, then we could have more free time to indulge our hobbies or spend time with friends and family. We can also send robots to places where it’s inhospitable or dangerous for humans to go, for example deep in the ocean or into conflict zones.
- Do you think robots will be developed further?
Robots have already replaced humans in many sectors, and I think we will see this further expanding, for example in hospitality and medical care. Technology will continue to develop, specifically there will be significant developments in artificial intelligence. I believe that robots will become more intuitive but I don’t believe they will become more lifelike. Actually, I think they will be intentionally designed to keep them from resembling human beings, although I do still wonder if at some point they will rise up and try to take over!
- Do you want to be a popstar?
I wouldn’t want to be a popstar. While at first it might be fun to have fame and fortune, I think this would soon wear off. I think there is too much pressure on performers in the music industry and living under the constant scrutiny of the media would be incredibly stressful. I value my privacy, and I’d rather have a quiet life.
- Do you often go to the zoo?
I go to the zoo once in a blue moon. I don’t really enjoy the zoo in my hometown becuase it’s quite small and the animals look depressed. However, when I am overseas, I sometimes go to see exotic species up close. I went on a night safari at Singapore Zoo and saw some incredible creatures in their spacious enclosures.
- Do you want to travel to space?
If I had the opportunity to blast off into space, I’d love to – I’d be over the moon, literally! I’m a huge fan of sci-fi movies so I’d like to experience weightlessness and seeing our home planet from a different perspective would be incredible – really out of this world!
I was looking at some common part 1 exam questions with my students today.
This one – “Where are you from?” – comes up all the time.
We could, of course, answer the examiner in a few short words, but this is a speaking exam so let’s offer just a little bit more.
Think about the following:
- Which country are you from?
- Which city/town/village are you from?
- Where is that place located within your country?
- Where are you living now?
- Is your hometown famous for anything?Also think about the facilities your hometown has – shops, museums, restaurants, for example
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- Tell me about your first day at school?
I only have vague memories – it’s such a long time ago!
My primary school was an imposing, old building and I remember being quite intimidated by it. I also remember my teacher was strict and scary – she certainly frightened the life out of me. I remember crying because I didn’t want to stay there and I wanted to go home with my mum.