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Do you often (like to) listen to music? Or Do you like listening to music?

So far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes music. However, when the workload is too heavy that requires me to stay highly focused, music is a huge distraction. Unlike many people who like listening to instrumental music because it benefits their concentration and study,  music makes me feel sleepy.

  • Workload (n) the amount of work that person has to do
  • Distraction (n) something that gets your attention and prevents you from concentrating on something else
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When do you listen to music?

Well, the whole world likes it, so I’m no exception. I usually listen to cheerful music when I need motivation and prefer sad ones, when I’m in a bad mood.


  • To be no exception (adj)  if someone or something is no exception, they are the same as all others so they can be included in a general statement
  • To be in a bad/good mood (phrase) sad or happy

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How much time do you spend listening to music every day?

As I’ve mentioned I prefer working in silence. To put it simply, I don’t listen to music during my working hours. After a long day at school, I probably want to chill out for like half an hour and music helps me to stay energetic.


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What kinds of music do you like to listen to? Or What’s your favourite kind of music?

I prefer a range of music from West to East, from the 90s to modern EDM. But if Korean pop is considered as a kind of music, then yeah, that’s my favourite. More than half of my playlists are Korean songs and I always keep myself updated with news related to Korean showbiz.


  • To keep updated (v) to follow a celebrity by frequently reading news about them

Have you ever been to a concert before? Or Have you ever been to a musical performance?

I attend a concert, once in a blue moon, since the ticket price for foreign artists’ concerts is out of my reach.  So I can only stay at home and watch online. It was in 2014 that I finally did go to a concert on my own and it was an international music concert. It was absolutely mind-blowing and an unforgettable experience.


  • Once in a blue moon (idiom) rarely
  • Out of my reach (idiom) to be unable to afford
  • On one’s own (idiom) Responsible for oneself, independent of outside help or control
  • Mind-blowing (adj) Sth overwhelmingly impressive

Do you like to listen to live music?

Unless it’s live at a coffee shop, where literally there is only music and me, then yeah I would love to. But I would change my mind if it’s a concert. The crowd is too crazy. It’s completely a mess most of the time and I end up with a severe headache.

When did you start listening to this type of music?

From the day a friend of mine introduced her favourite group to me. She couldn’t help herself talking on and on about them that I thought I somehow needed to catch up with her. And the more I got to know about Korean pop, the more passionate I became.

  • Couldn’t help one’s self doing Sth (n) continuously doing Sth
  • On and on (expression) continually; at tedious length

Where do you listen to it?

Almost everywhere, except for the classroom. It’s the golden era of mobile devices. Everyone carries earphone and phones with them all the time, music, therefore, is on their fingertips.

  • Golden era (n) a certain period of time that Sth vastly develops
  • On their fingertips (phrase) easy to reach

How do you feel when you listen to this music?

Well, I’m the type of person whose mood is easily affected by what I’m listening to. Thus as the music changes, my mood also fluctuates. But most of the time, listening to some music helps me pick up my energy and chill a bit.


  • To be a type of person (that) (phrase) to belong to a group of people who share a similar characteristic
  • Pick up my energy (phrasal verb) to get better, stronger

Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?

I learned to play the organ when I was in kindergarten. It was quite funny because I started out as one of the performers. Then my teacher told my mom that I had better play the organ instead of performing. So I became her trainee and it continued for around 4 to 5 years until I was 10.


  • To start out (v) to begin

Is music an important subject at school in your country?

Music is one of the compulsory subjects for primary and secondary students in my country. However, the main focus was on singing. We could also add some movements to make the songs more lively. Only those who were selected for the large performances were allowed to use musical instruments.


  • Compulsory (adj) to be required

Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes give details.)

Since my parents are music-lovers and also have very good tastes, I was exposed to music at a very young age. Sometimes my mom sang me to sleep with her lullabies. Although I could not get the message at that time, my mom said that I buoyed up when listening to them.


  • Buoyed up (adj) feel cheerful

What kinds of music are (most) popular in your country?

Besides pop music, the younger generation nowadays is exposed to different types of music. It is indeed difficult to tell which is in-demand since I feel each type has roughly the same popularity. But I guess pop music is the most sought-after now. I’ve never met someone who doesn’t know pop songs.


  • Sought-after (adj) in demand

Do you like traditional songs?

Well, it’s easy for me to name some traditional songs, some of which I’m very familiar with. But to be honest, I think I’m not that into this kind of music.

  • not that into (v) not a fan of

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