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Describe A Concert or A Live Performance
You should say:
- A concert you attended
- Whose concert was it?
- What kind of music was it?
- How was the whole experience?
There are several occasions and places in our country when musical events take place in my country. I’d like to talk about a particular music event that takes place in my hometown and this takes place at the beginning of the spring. The event runs through 3-4 days and in 2-3 phases. In the first phase, the local music bands and individuals perform and complete in the event. At the end of the competition, three bands/ individuals are selected and are awarded. This is an important event as it makes the participants famous in the country. This event is broadcasted in local TV channel and in Radio. This event takes place in the city hall auditorium. Thousands of music lovers and people attend the event to enjoy the music and the competition. Several kinds of music are played and among them classic, rock, folk and contemporary songs are most famous.
In the second phase, some famous singers and musicians perform their own songs and people enjoy this very much. Lots of people from different parts of the country come to attend the show and enjoy the music.
I have attended the event several times and enjoyed every time to be there. The event attracts lots of people and a festivity goes on surrounding this event. I enjoy the music, the gathering and the festivity of this event.
Q: Should we focus more on traditional music? Why?
A: No its not necessary but that doesn’t mean that we have to neglect our traditional music. Its a recognition of our culture. an identity that cant be forgotten. But that doesn’t mean again that we have been imposed the traditional music only.
Q: Do you think having a good voice gives you an edge over others? Why?
A: Yes indeed, people always like to listen the other people who speak like chirping sound of birds. And in this way they easily win the admiration of people.
Q: What main qualities are required to be a good singer?
A: Ideas about musical notes, rising and falling rhythm, understanding of words and meaning to deliver emotions and passions related to song. These are the prior things I am afraid a person should have if he wants to be a good singer sorry great singer.
Q: Do you think the government should promote music in schools?
A: By all means, in this way children can channelize their moods from routine study which they find many a times boring. And however these days children have opportunity to make career due to the availability of exposure or plate form worldwide.
Q: What type music is famous in your country?
A: In my country almost all types of music are popular. I would say that although pop is a little more renowned, it doesn’t mean that other kinds of music like rock, jazz and metal aren’t rife as well. International music constitutes a big part of people’s entertainment, especially at bars and night clubs. In addition, in Greece which is the country I was born, traditional music plays a really essential role as at the majority of music events, the country music has the predominant role and makes everyone’s time exciting and hilarious.
Q: What are influences of western music in teenagers in your country?
A: The truth is that western music isn’t that popular among the teenagers in my country and only a few people, especially grown up tend to prefer western music. I think this is happening because that kind of music is a form of American folk music which was created by those who inhabited in the Western United States and Canada and celebrated the life of cowboys there. Because of its special and unique characteristics, it isn’t enjoyed by many in Greece and this could be justified by the fact that its popularity has declined in the last 40 years in my country. As far as teenagers are concerned in my country, most of them are not influenced by it.
Q: Why is music important?
A: Music is the food and vitamins for our soul. It can heal our wounds, remind us our good time, help forget our misery, inspire us and represent our cultural identity to the world. I strongly support the idea that music is indispensable in people’s life and it produces extremely beneficial implications.
Music can touch our heart and mind and some melody can arouse different emotions in us. Whenever people are in love, face a crisis, make or break a relationship there are songs that can describe the whole situation and motivate people. Hence, music helps people interpret and understand things from different perspectives and heals any existing mental wounds. In addition, via music, people can relax and have their mood elevated after busy days of a massive amount of duties and obligations. Last but not the least, music encourages and promotes tolerance as it can connect people regardless their country, culture and religion.
Q: Which one is more important: traditional music or western music?
A: This is quite difficult to exactly answer this because I don’t listen to either type. But I would try and say that both of them are equally important, at last in some countries. The former, traditional music, describes and depicts every country’s tradition, customs and views in life and is the brand ambassador for each country. The latter, the international music, concerns a very particular type and location. Traditional music may have different forms depending on the country or even a city, while western music is something more fixed as it deals with western lifestyle, appeal and stories. So, I would infer that the answer to this question is subjective and has to do with people’s origins, nationality and preference, but there is no case that I would say that any of them is more significant than the other.
Hobby or Leisure Activity
You should say:
- What you do
- Who you do it with
- Where you do it
- And explain why you like to spend your free time this way.
Today I am going to talk about a hobby I particularly enjoy when I am at home in the UK. I will tell you what the hobby is; how long I have been doing it; who I do it with and why it is important to me.
My hobby is running! I know I do not really look like a runner, and it is true I am not very fast, but this is still the activity that I like to do in my spare time.
I have not been running for very long. I started running just 18 months ago, as I decided I needed to get fit, and I thought it would be a cheap way to exercise. I did not expect to enjoy myself. Near to where I live, there is a park. It is very beautiful with trees and streams. Each Saturday a large group of about 500 people meet at 9.00 a.m. in the morning and go for a 5 km run together. This event is called Parkrun, and it happens in over 300 different places in the UK each week. I was nervous when I first went but found the group was friendly and encouraging. Now I go every week, and I even have trained for some longer races 10 km and my longest was 20 k.m.!
I have made lots of friends through running. However, the best surprise was that when I went to my local Parkrun, I met someone I had not seen for over 30 years! We had been at school together but did not keep in touch. We had both moved to the new city of Sheffield and did not realise we lived so close to each other. Now I run with this friend every week, and we go for breakfast each Saturday after our run.
Running is important to me because it keeps me fit, has helped me make new friends, and it has shown me that I am not too old to try new things! I hope you all find activities that you enjoy doing in your spare time!
Q: What do you think are the most popular types of hobbies in India?
A: For males it is probably cricket or football. For females I think it is either shopping or travelling.
Q: Why do you think these hobbies are so popular?
A: Because, I think you need balance in life. The working life is quite hard, and one needs balance to be able to go back to work the next day. These hobbies help people to relax a bit and then give their best at work. Also sports is a good way of releasing stress, so they prefer it.
Q: What do you think are the social benefits of hobbies?
A: Well, it depends on what your hobby is. For instance, if you have a hobby of reading, you are usually doing it alone and there is no such social benefits but if you are doing something like playing soccer or cricket, you are interacting with lots of people and get to know how to interact with people and make friends. It helps in exchanging ideas and opinions’ and more importantly more about them from inside.
Q: Do you think there are any dangers in spending lot of time with hobbies?
A: Well, if you are spending more time in your hobby rather than your work or may be family, it could turn quite upside for you. You may end up losing some important relationships.
Describe Your Favourite Building or A Historical Building
You should say:
- what and where is it?
- when was it built? Why?
- what is it known for?
- and describe this historic building.
The central Bank building is the one that really impressed me. I was then almost 17 years old when I first this building and I still remember that I became amazed watching and wondering about it.
10-15 stories building are quite common in our town but the 75 storied central bank building is really different. Not only it is higher than most other buildings but it also possesses an eye-catchy architectural design which is bound to absorb any one’s attention. From far it will only give you the impression of a futuristic mega structure but if you observe the building from nearby, you will see the real beauty of it.
It looks like every inch of it has been drawn before building it. This building is a fine piece of architecture that prominently announces its presence. When I looked at the top of this building I got the impression that it is endless and has made its way over the sky. The long round clock in from of this building ticks twice to let the city dwellers know its presence.
This central bank building is situated near the National Museum of the city. From a far away, it looks like a pathway to the sky and from nearby it seems like a massive yet beautifully designed architectural building.
Q: Is it important to conserve old buildings? Why?
A. The old buildings are the representatives of the history. They tell the past stories of thousand years and let us know about different issues like how they lived, how their living styles were, what they did, what sort of construction style they had and more other necessary information. If the historical buildings are not preserved, people will be unable to learn about their pasts. It is important to know about the origin, the forefathers and the past in order to live with dignity. If the important buildings are not preserved, the national history will go under oblivion. Moreover, the young generation of a country will be unaware of its history and the greatness of the nation. Usually, the old buildings contain the relics and people develop their idea over their past which is another cause for preserving the old establishments.
Q: Is the history useful for the coming generations? Why?
A. History is always useful. It teaches us different important lessons and most of the people who have succeeded in life have taken their learning from the history. So, history is also useful for the coming generations. It may happen that they are in some sort of trouble and if they look back in history, they will find that there were some other people who also had the same troubles and got rid in any specific way. Thus, history helps them to get out of any troublesome situation. Moreover, if they are in any critical situations, they could take help of history, but it should be remembered that history does always not refer the events old about 100 years.
Q: What is the difference between houses built in the past and now?
A. The basic difference between the house of past and current is space. Earlier, the houses were made more spacious and covered large spaces to be built. But with the increasing population, the houses are made in small space and the number of houses is on the increase. Moreover, the past houses were designed after different distinctive styles. There were ample spaces for recreation and entertainment for the residents. But in the current days, apartments are being made with lower space and even at times they do not have proper walking space in the staircase. Earlier, the houses covered horizontal space but now they are vertical.
Q: What are the differences in sizes of houses? Why?
A. The house sizes are different for various reasons and the top most cause is the increased population around the world. To meet the demand of the growing population, the house sizes are becoming small. Currently, it is almost impossible to build a house covering a large space for the living of a family in a comfortable manner rather the large space could be used to build apartment blocks or residential towers that could house several families instead of one family. Accommodation is one of the greatest challenges in the coming days and already people are experiencing the problem in different cities of the world.
Q: Do you prefer a big or a small house? Why?
A. I prefer living in a big house because the environment of a big house is comfortable. The houses are made in such manner that light and air could pass easily. Moreover, the houses allow the people exercising some hobbies (I like gardening) and if there are spaces, the residents could make gardens before the house which will increase the beauty of the house. But if it is a small house, the options are rare. Moreover, the architectural style of the big houses is usually very attractive and good looking which attracts me more. But the small houses are made commercially to accommodate people, not to exercise their hobbies.
What You Like To Wear On Special Occasions
You should say:
- What is it
- On what occasion you wear this
- Do other people wear the same dress on special occasions?
- and explain why do you like to wear this dress.
The type of dress I wear on special occasions mostly depends on the occasion types and the custom of dresses people usually wears on those occasions. However, for the majority of these special occasions, I like to wear formal pants, shirts, suits and formal shoes.
I usually wear it to participate in any meeting, social pragmas like the wedding ceremony, birthday celebration, official a program arranged by a relative. Yes, this is a common dress that many other people wear on those sorts of occasions. But some people wear different dresses as well. The teenagers who attend social programs usually wear jeans and t-shirts but the adults mostly wear this dress.
This dress code is a safe one to wear. First of all this dress matches the weather all around the year in my country. Secondly, this is a dress which is safe to wear as people won’t criticise people who usually wear this dress on special occasions. This dress does not catch much attention and would give an impression that the person is rightly dressed.
Q: Do you enjoy buying clothes?
A: I used to … yes … like most young people I was a bit of a slave to fashion and I’d always have to buy that must-have shirt or pair of shoes … I’m not so bothered now though … I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing something old fashioned but I’m not as bothered as I used to be about what I wear …
Q: What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
A: I prefer casual clothes actually … I hate getting dressed up for special occasions … personally I think it’s possible to look good in a pair of jeans … but that’s my opinion … I don’t think my wife would call me a fashion icon that’s for sure …
Q: Are there many clothes shops where you live?
A. Yes … there are lots in my town … apart from the big chain stores we’ve got a couple of really nice shops that sell vintage clothes … old clothes but in a classic style that never really go out of fashion … I love going there …
Q: What factors do you think affect the clothes we choose to wear?
A. It depends … where we are or where we’re going is a big factor … if you are going out to a club or party you’re going to dress for the occasion … and then there are those who think it’s important to look like they’re on trend … they’ll want to wear the latest fashions … there are lots of factors really …
Q: What kind of things determine what is in fashion and what we should be wearing?
A. I suppose the big fashion houses and fashion shows must have an effect but the clothes you see on the catwalk don’t always reflect what normal people wear … so I suppose it will be things like what singers are wearing in videos or models are wearing in magazines … that kind of thing …
Q: Is it possible to look good without spending lots of money on clothes?
A. I’m sure it is … yes … I suppose it’s about having an eye for what looks good … knowing how to mix and match different items of clothing that go well together … I think you can pick up great bargains in charity shops … sometimes for youngsters even hand-me-downs can look good
Describe a happy event of your life
You should say:
- what it was
- when it happened
- where it happened
- and explain why it was a happy event.
I can remember many happy events of my life and out of those, I would like to talk about the event that I can still remember vividly regarding my success in the board exam. The moment I heard that I had been awarded a scholarship based on my performance in the board exam, I became the happiest man in the world. This was indeed a very happy moment for me as it is something I was looking forward to achieving and the news made my parents quite happy and proud.
I spent almost a month with great anxiety regarding my result publication. I started speculating so many things and many of them were negative. I could hardly keep away the tensions about my upcoming result. The result was so important that my college admission would mostly depend on it. I could not sleep well in the night before the result publishing. I think this is a common anxiety for students and I was familiar with this type of anxiety. However, this particular exam results game me more nightmares than any other time of my life.
The result was published at around 11.00 am and I found that I did exceptionally well. I was so relieved and happy that I literally shouted. Then I hurriedly came back to our home and gave the news to my parents. They were happy too. My father bought sweets and my mother gave it to our neighbours. I felt excited, happy and relieved. At that time I was about 15 years old. It happened in our hometown called (… say the name of your hometown…)
Q: What do you think is important in achieving happiness?
A: I strongly believe that ordinary yet priceless things such as health, family solidarity and closeness, important people like friends who will always be there for you no matter what and job satisfaction can definitely lead to happiness. I am opposed to the belief that money makes everyone happy and replete. Although money and wealth are essential elements for human life as they help people cover their expenses, do things they want and purchase materials people want, I don’t think that they are the determinant factors. Furthermore, self-contentment could be another important ingredient for us to be happy. We can be happy with however little we have only if we have the self-satisfaction and self-contentment.
Q: How do you celebrate some happy events?
A: As I can remember, when I was younger I used to held parties at my home solely with my family and relatives. Especially on my birthdays, my mom cooked my favourite foods and made my favourite birthday cake with chocolate. Now that I am not a teenager anymore, I go out with my friends and in some special circumstances with my family as well. For example, on my graduation day, I went to a Greek restaurant with my parents, brother and my five best friends and we had a really great time. Generally speaking, I would say that I am more of an introvert person, so I totally prefer to spend substantial time with few friends rather than having many people and typical relationships. My happy moments and celebrations are also related to my friends and family members.
Q: What role the camera and video play in celebrating?
A: I would argue that these two tools, camera and video, play an integral part in different types of celebrations. First of all, most people have moments of their childhood and memories from childhood are captured in cameras. To illustrate, some of the most important events such as birthday parties, weddings, graduations and so on are included in these jigs and in this way the moment is captured and saved for a long period of time. Furthermore, as some essential and happy events are recorded, they could be used and displayed years later in order for some people to remember some significant events. A good illustration in my case is that on my 22nd birthday, my friends made me a really emotional video from all the years that we have been friends. Without the usage of the camera and video-recorder, this could never have happened.
A Place Near A Lot of Water
You should say:
- Where this place was
- Who you went there with
- What you did there
- And explain why you enjoyed visiting that place.
About a month ago I went to Lake Superior with some friends for the weekend. It’s the largest lake in North America, and I think it’s the biggest fresh-water lake in the world, although I’m not one hundred percent sure if I remember that correctly, but it is enormous, and it even crosses the border into Canada as well. We were in a place called Bayfield, in Wisconsin, by the side of the lake so we could go swimming and kayaking and other stuff.
As I said, we went there for a long weekend and it was great fun. My friend comes from there so for her it was like going home for the weekend. We met some of her friends too and went to some of the places she hadn’t been to for a while. We stayed at her mother’s house so that was nice and it was really homey and comfortable.
On the morning after we arrived, we went out on Lake Superior in a canoe and paddled around for about an hour or so – it was an incredible view from out on the water and we took some amazing photos while we were out there. Then we came back in and had lunch at a small restaurant near the harbor, which was delicious. In the afternoon we strolled around town for a while and saw some of the local places, and then in the evening we went to a party my friend’s cousin was having – it was near at the side of the lake near an old cabin that belonged to their family, so it was really nice. There was a nice breeze coming off the lake at night so it was nice and fresh and cool.
Q: Did you take a lot of photos there?
A: Yes, we took some photos of the lake, others when we were out on the lake and a load of photos throughout the time we spent there. Some of them were like landscape shots and others were just of the places we saw and people we met over the weekend while we were there visiting.
Q: Do you have a photo of that place at home?
A: No, not like a photo in a frame or anything like that. I have all the photos we took stored on my computer and in the cloud so I can look at them or share them with anyone whenever I want.
Q: Do you think clean water is important for people? Why?
A: Absolutely, without clean water to drink and cook and wash, life would be very difficult, probably even impossible for many people. Clean drinking water is essential just to survive, but we use clean water for all kinds of things. If the water was polluted or contaminated then we probably wouldn’t be able to use it for crop irrigation or cooking or food preparation. Clean water is an absolute necessity for humans – just look at the problems that a drought causes, you see it on the news – it’s a serious problem when there’s no water or no clean water.
Q: What is the reason for shortage of clean water in the world?
A: There are various causes for this happening. First, there’s global warming, or climate change, whatever you want to call it – the earth’s temperature is heating up and that causes increased evaporation of surface water. Then, there’s the fact that underground sources of fresh water have been pumped dry in some places, there’s less rainfall in certain regions now which obviously produces less water overall. And then there’s water sources which become polluted and can’t be used to extract clean drinking water anymore. The current water shortage is predicted to get worse throughout this century unless a solution is found and some say that water will become even more valuable than oil or gold in the future because it will be so scarce – yet it is essential for life.
A Film You Watched At Home Or In A Cinema
You should say:
- What is the name of the movie/ film?
- What is the theme of the movie/ film?
- Why do you like it?
- and describe the story of the movie in brief.
As a frequent moviegoer, I watch a lot of films. One of the movies that I enjoyed the most recently was The Martian.
The movie was based on a novel of the same title by Andy Weir. Just like many other sci-fi films, it was about man travelling in space, however, this time, our main character was stuck on Mars due to a dust storm which nearly killed him. All of the crewmates thought that he was dead, so they went back to Earth without him. But fortunately he was still alive, thus two and a half hours of the movie told the story of how he fought for his life in the brutal environment of Mars, until NASA devised a plan to rescue him.
My best friend is a big fan of astronomy, so she had read  the novel before. That‟s why she insisted on me going to see the movie with her. After watching the trailer and reading the plot, I was hooked. It was maybe the best two and a half hours of my week so far.
After watching the movie, I was amazed at how ingenious and strong humans can be when it comes to a life and death situation. Mark Watney, the hero of the movie, was a perfect portrayal of a young, humorous, brilliant and skillful engineer cum botanist. Although the hostile environment of Mars threatened his existence many times, he relentlessly refused to quit. Instead, he overcame one problem at a time until he was successfully rescued. The message that I learned from the film is never to give up, however hopeless things seem to be.
Q: What’s the difference between the movies of your country and Hollywood movies?
A: I believe that the movies in my country aren’t that good as Hollywood movies are. First of all, the budget is really low for the local movies and that is why there are very limited opportunities. Not all scenes are impressive and there are no special effects, something that dominates in Hollywood. Furthermore, the actors in local movies aren’t so famous and talented, on the contrary in Hollywood they are of worldwide fame. There are a large variety on the topic and theme of Hollywood movies. However, our local movies do not deal with a wide range of themes. Finally, Hollywood movies are released and enjoyed worldwide while our local movies are mostly made for us except some very few movies that get international attention.
Q: What do you think of the violent films?
A: I would say that it depends on the type of violence. To be more precise, I like movies with violent scenes because they’re interesting and include more actions. In those movies, the good wins over bad. It’s a kind of vindication and the message that good prevails over bad. I don’t like movies that involve rapes. In particular, I hate these movies. I would not say that it’s something that isn’t happening, but I think that promoting women’s humiliation and debasement is not a good thing. So, I would come to the conclusion that I partly like violent movies and specifically, it depends on the story. However, the unnecessary violence is not liked by all and I am no exception.
Q: What do you think of the violent films?
A: Well, computer techniques should be used to add some characteristics to movies so that they can be more impressive and believable. Especially nowadays this opportunity is much more in use than the past. Many things that were unfeasible are attainable now with the computer technology in movie industries. A remarkable example could be ‘Avatar’, a movie that was critically acclaimed and had a million views worldwide. The groundbreaking visual effects used to make humans look like extraterrestrial beings were amazing and that was the primary reason that the film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time in England, Canada and the USA.
Q: Which parts of a movie are the most important and how to improve it?
A: It is an undeniable fact that all the parts of a movie are extremely important, but it seems to me that more attention should be given to the finishing of a movie. There are many examples of movies that were very interesting but the end was extremely boring and disappointing. In this case, I totally believe that the end negates all the good things that happened in the rest of the movie and leaves a bad impression on the viewers. So, my opinion is that the last part/ finishing part of a film should be of paramount importance and it can be achieved by providing a distinct and not vague message to the viewers and making things clear in their mind.
A Person with Whom You Like to Spend Time With
You should say:
- When and how you met.
- How often you see this friend.
- What kind of personality your friend has
- and say why you like to spend time with this particular friend.
The friend I like to spend time with is Steven. I met him when I was only 8 years old and was in primary school. After that, our intimacy grew up and we became best friends. One day he forgot to bring his book to school and that day I helped him with my expire books. After that, we talked for a long after school and our friendship started to begin. We went to college together and then got admitted to different Universities. Since we were studying in the same city, we can meet each other and spend time together.
We are yet to finish our graduation and busy with our own stuff but whenever we get vacation we spend time together. Since our hometown is same, we go there together and thus we meet each other at least twice in a month. He is a helpful and talented friend who helps people and always wished best for people. He is studying Mathematics and he has a talent in Mathematics. Sometimes he explains some complex mathematical theories in a very simple and interesting way. He is passionate about reading books and that makes a good bonding with me. We often exchange our thought and criticism about books and politics.
I like to spend time with him because we have many common interests between us. I never feel bored spending time with him. Since we are friends for a long time, we understand each other. A good friend always extends helping hands when in need and I’ve found Steven by my side always. We do so many fun stuff together and help each other in our study. Good friendship, understanding and common interests make us close friends and those are the major factors for what I like to spend time with his.
Q: Is friendship important in your culture? How many close friends can you have?
A: Friendship is really important indeed and I think that it should be of paramount importance in all cultures worldwide. Our friends are our siblings and those people who we have chosen to have in our lives. Moreover, a friend is a person you can call whenever you are sad, happy, angry, excited and so on. We should take into account that many people in different countries consider their pals to be more valuable than their own parents. As far as I’m concerned, I believe that someone can have two or three close friends and I can tell that from my personal experiences.
Q: Are friends more important than family?
A: That’s a really difficult question to answer. It is widely accepted that parents are those people with whom we are connected by blood and also our closest relatives. Friends, on the other hand, are just some people we come across during our lifespan and it’s our choice whether we will keep them in our life or not. But, as I mentioned earlier, there are many adults who consider that friendship is more important compared to family and the reasons for this may differ. From my point of view, I would argue that parents and friends should be equally important in someone’s life because a fulfilling and complete life consists of both family and sidekicks. Besides, life without a friend is death without a witness.
Q: What are the important things among good friends?
A: First and foremost, people should take into account that friendship is a sacred notion in someone’s life and a two-way street as well. Friends should invest in real feelings and there are some virtues that are crucial. For example, true friends must be honest with each other, compassionate, be there when needed, affectionate, tender and supportive to mention but a few. Every friendship has their ups and downs but when emotions are real any hindrance can be eliminated. To conclude, a wise and useful phrase that comes to my mind is “A friend in need is a friend indeed”.
Q: Do you have any friends from a foreign country?
A: Actually I do. I live and study in England so I have met many people from different countries even from different continents. I really like consorting with them because we can swap opinions, make helpful and substantial conversations and learn new things about cultures, customs and points of view. In addition, we can travel to each other’s country and accomplish dreams and desires that otherwise might be unachievable. Last but not least, we can immerse ourselves in a new language and gain more knowledge.
Q: What are the differences between real life friends and pen friends?
A: The difference is significant because in the first case there are stronger bonds and in the second the existing ties are slack. The former, are people that can be seen in the flesh and any person can spend some time with, have frequent contact and share some intrinsic moments. The latter, are people that correspond with each other and it could be considered as a kind of distant relationship. Furthermore, a real friend is able to be with you at whatever moment, while for a pen friend this is unfeasible.
Time When You Helped Someone
You should say:
- who you helped and why
- how you helped this person
- what the result was
- and explain how you felt about helping this person.
It was an incidence of last year, when I was going to attend my friend’s birthday, and as soon as I left my home, at the cross road, I saw a horrible accident. People injured very badly. But nobody showed a sense of help. So I moved ahead and some other volunteers also assisted me and I rushed them to the hospital.
Meanwhile i forgot about my friend’s birthday where I have to reach in time, because there has been a label of being late comer on me. However, doctor had appreciated my work and gave me some papers to complete formalities, and police came, I got a bit nervous but they calmed me down and took my briefing of an incident. I stayed there and until those injured people’s relatives came. I had paid some fees even for their treatment and medicines.
However, later when I reached my friend’s birthday, he, being infuriate, banish me from the party. Later however, getting idea about my noble and benevolent task they felt great proud of me. came to me and asked about forgiveness. I also had forgiven them and demanded party from him.
But really I felt great of that deed for the sake of humanity. And most significantly, I earned good friends
- Did you ever receive help from anyone?
A. Yes, my two friends have helped me to come out from my exam and stage performance phobia
- Is it common in your culture to help others?
A. No, It depends on the people and their willing, and also on the availability of time they have to help. But yes they figure out time to help if victim is a lady
- In general, why do people help others?
- I think it’s the kindness that exists in most human hearts, at least a little. Many of us have needed some help ourselves from time to time, and we know what it feels like to need something. We know it feels good to have help from others when we need it, so we want to help others in the same way. Also, as I mentioned before, often it simply makes us happy to help others in some way.
- Do you think it’s important to help people who need help?
- Of course it’s important. We have a responsibility to do our part whether it’s in our family, our workplace, or amongst friends. None of us are like little islands with nothing or no one around us. We influence each other, and contribute to the atmosphere and environment around us, at least we should. And just as we want others to help us, we should naturally be willing to help others.
- How do you feel after you have helped someone?
- Usually I feel very good when I’ve helped someone. Even if the help I gave was difficult for me or ai an inconvenient time. Even if it was a sacrifice for me, afterwards it seems that I am happier than when I began, and sometimes I even seem to have more energy or time left for myself. It may sound funny, but sometimes it seems a little like magic how I end up with more time or more energy or more money or whatever, after I have given some away to another person.
- Many people only look out for themselves and never think about helping others. What do you think of this attitude?
- I think it’s sad. I know it is common, but it’s a sad statement of modern life, at least in big cities. I know not everybody is that way, but nowadays a lot of people have become very selfish. It seems that so many people are in such a rush to get rich or get better jobs or into the best schools that they hardly even notice people who need help. Maybe if people were not so absorbed in their own worlds, they would see the needs more and would do something about it. At least I hope so.
- What is the most important way for a country to help visitors?
- Probably the most common form of help needed by foreigners is help with the language. I’ve also seen foreigners on the streets who seem to be a little lost. Sometimes they’re looking at their maps trying to find a famous tourist spot, so giving directions is another common way to help foreigners. I’ve done this a few times, and it was an interesting chance to talk to someone from another country.
- Do you think that countries should help other countries in need?
- Yes. by all means. Our country has helped other countries many times, such as after the tsunami caused so much damage in Thailand, Indonesia and India. We also sent aid to the United States after the severe hurricanes a few years ago. I think we should look at the world as a very large neighborhood, and if we can try and do as much as possible for our neighbors, everyone is a lot happier and friendlier towards each other.
- What kinds of people need help in Viet Nam?
- I think one of the biggest groups in our society needing help is the farmers. It would be better if the wealth and economic progress in our country was more evenly distributed. I live in a fairly prosperous family. We’re not rich but we do have plenty, and though I’m happy for this, I feel a little guilty that others have so much less than I do.
- How does the government try to help these people?
- I think one of the main ways is by investing in business in a certain part of the country so that more jobs are created for the local people. Another way is by providing training, for example in farming, in ways that can increase productivity. Also the government should make sure that officials of the provinces are doing their jobs correctly. The government is trying to eliminate corruption at the local level.
Describe A Family You Like (not your own)
You should say:
- whose family it is
- how many family members they have
- what are they like
- and explain why you like this family.
I will talk about my best friend Amit’s family. I have known them for ten years now. I met Amit at college. He was a fun-loving person and soon we became great friends. His home was near our college.
As my family lived in another town at that time, I was staying in the hostel. I had some good friends in the hostel but I hated the food they served. Amit knew this. He would frequently invite me to his home. His mother is a kind woman. She is very caring and affectionate. Whenever I visited them she would prepare my favourite dishes and serve them with great love. I found my own mother in her. I also enjoy a great relationship with Amit’s father. He is a retired engineer. We both share the same passion for cricket and electronics.
Amit has an elder brother who works in Germany. I have met him only a couple of times and on all those occasions he was extremely cordial. He is like an elder brother to me. Amit now lives in the Middle East and I am in Singapore. We still talk to each other on phone but I haven’t seen him in a year or so.
However, I make it a point to visit his parents whenever I am in Bangalore. They are like my own family to me and have always treated me as their own son.
Q.In a typical Vietnamese family, who plays the leading role?
A.There is a saying that “Men build the house and women make it home”. I think this is still appropriate today, at least in my country even though women are no longer discriminated. I mean it is true that some men nowadays are increasingly likely to take on the role of househusband and more women than ever become the breadwinners in their families but when looking at a typical Vietnamese family, men are still the ones who play the leading role, I think. I mean the father, other than taking responsibility of a breadwinner, he is always the protector, a strong presence leading his children and his wife to feel safe and securely protected. He’s also a mechanic, a mender, a light fixer, a plumber who is ready to repair broken furniture and machine in the family that his wife can’t do .Especially, a true father is an energetic, dynamic, determined and disciplined model for his children to follow and feel confident when they come to the world. Besides, he also forms in his children the attitudes and powers that they need to succeed in life, protect themselves and their family later
Q. In Vietnam, what kinds of family members usually live together?
A. Well I think it actually depends, you know. In cultures where the nuclear family is the norm for establishing a household, members of the extended family live in separate homes, often at significant distances. In societies where the joint family predominates for living arrangements, members of the extended family will live in the same home. In Vietnam, you can see both. I mean the former is often applied for urban area, a family with parents and their children although in many case a grandparent or both grandparents from either the wife or husband will join them to take care of their baby. And extended family can be seen at mountainous area with the presence of ethnic minorities where almost all members who are blood relatives live together
Q.Should young and middle-age people live with old people?
A.In my opinion, youngsters and elderly people should spend more time together, yeah I mean even live together. People should shoulder the responsibility to take care of their elderly parents who has been willing to sacrifice everything for them. In addition, sharing home together will strengthen their relationship, bridge generation gap, not to mention the moment given for grandparents to get along with their grandchildren, educate them with priceless experience and knowledge which can never be learned from any theoretical sources. All of those things will bring a happy family atmosphere that should be had in every households, I think
Q.How do grandparents educate their grandchildren in your country?
A.Firstly, as grandparents have lived for many years and have brought up their own offspring, they have much experience in raising and educating children. For instance, they might tell their own period stories to shape morality perception in their grandchildren. Secondly, grandparents are family members who tend to spend much more time, effort and love with their grandchildren than their parents can’t do because they are too worried and busy with their career, their jobs so valuable lessons learned from their grandparents are even more worth. Finally, youngsters looked after by their grandparents are likely to become more family-oriented and appreciate the value of a happy family.
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