Speaking Par 1
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
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What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?
Without any doubt I would say motorbikes. Almost everyone travels by motorbike. The reason why motorbike is so popular I think is due to their reasonable price and convenience. They also extremely varied in terms of size, color and quality, thus a wide variety of choices is available for everyone.
Without any doubt/There is no doubt that (expression) a phrase expressing certainty or agreement; yes
A wide variety of (collocation) a number or range of things of the same general class that is distinct in character or quality.
How often do you take buses?
Almost every day. Since my house is so far away from my university, it’s impossible for me to travel by motorbike. In addition, the air is heavily polluted by exhaust fumes and traffic jams always take place, especially during peak hours. Thus, I’d prefer to take the bus, to save time, save gasoline and causing less pollution.
Exhaust fumes (n) waste gasses or air expelled from an engine, turbine, or another machine in the course of its operation.
Traffic jam (n) a line or lines of stationary or very slow-moving traffic, caused by roadworks, an accident, or heavy congestion.
Peak hours/Rush hours (n) the busiest hours
Do you prefer public transport or private transport ?
I think I’d prefer public transport. It’s much more inexpensive and because it can contain a large number of people, it helps ease the intensity of traffic jams during peak hours and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles. Private transportation is more costly in terms of fees, taxes and gasoline.
Intensity (n) of extreme force, degree, or strength
Greenhouse gas emissions (np) the emission into the earth’s atmosphere of any of various gases, esp carbon dioxide, that contribute to the greenhouse effect
Do you often look at yourself in the mirror?
Frankly speaking, I suppose it has to be at least once every two hours, which is quite often. I don’t think that’s a big issue since I am a woman and every woman makes great effort to maintain her best look, especially in public. Furthermore, mirrors are placed almost everywhere such as in the restrooms, in a working place as decorations, which is too tempting for me to ignore.
Make great effort to do something: try hard to do something
Tempting (a): something that is tempting is attractive, and makes people want to have it, do it, etc.
Have you ever bought a mirror?
A girl couldn’t survive without a decent pocket mirror which is portable and convenient bring along anywhere. Collecting these small pieces of art is one of my hobbies, too. Whenever I am in good mood, I usually wander around some flea markets to pick up some of these vintage, yet tasteful accessories for myself or as gifts for friends and family. There are at least ten pocket mirrors in my possession which are beautifully designed with different unique patterns.
Portable (a): that is easy to carry or to move
Flea market (n): a market, typically outdoors, selling secondhand goods
In someone’s possession: if something is in someone’s possession, they have it
Do you think mirrors are necessary /good ornaments?
It’s safe to say architects and interior designers are making full use of mirrors in house building and decorating thanks to their inherent characteristics and wide application. Hence, there’s no doubt that mirrors are indispensable decorations in any constructions. For example, they can be installed in bathrooms or dressing rooms for personal use or sometimes, small pieces of mirrors are placed randomly in someone’s house or stores as a mere artwork.
Make full use of: to use something well
Inherent (a): that is a basic or permanent part of somebody/something and that cannot be removed
Application (n): the practical use of something, especially a theory, discovery, etc.
There’s no doubt that: used for emphasizing that something is definitely true
Indispensable (a): too important to be without
Speaking Part 2
Describe a café or restaurant you enjoy.
You should say:
Where it is
How often you go there
When you usually go there
Why you like to visit this café
I’m an introvert and not really keen on socializing with others, so I often find a noiseless spot to frequent to every time I’m stressed out from work study. It is the small and cozy café within a walking distance from my house.
Unlike other coffee shops in the vicinity of my neighborhood, the atmosphere here is extremely tranquil and serene, which greatly lives up to my expectation. As a person with heavy amounts of daily workload. The café gives me a certain degree of peacefulness and calmness, especially during nerve-racking times like final exams when I am up to ears in assignments.
What leaves the most profound impression on me is the complete silence in the café as the shop owner fortunately is not interested in music of any kind, so no background music is expected when you come here. I can increase my concentration span while reading a book or other materials and finish work with great productivity, compared to when I’m at home, surrounded by many disturbances like babies crying and neighbors arguing. One bonus point is that the coffee there is second to none which caters to my unique tastes! The foods are really scrumptious, giving me great refreshing energy when suffering from fatigue and stress I have to admit.
Introvert (noun) someone who tends to concentrate on their own thoughts and feelings rather than communicating with other people
Frequent (verb) to visit or go to (a place) often
Stressed out (adj) affected by stress
In the vicinity of (phrase) in the area that is close to
Tranquil (adj) quiet
Serene (adj) calm and peaceful
Live up to one’s expectation (phrase) to be as good as good as someone thought something would be
Nerve-racking (adj) making you very nervous or worried
Up to ears/neck in something (idiom) busy doing something
Leave/create/make an impression on somebody (phrase) to produce a positive memorable effect on someone
Second to none (adj) as good as or better than all others
Scrumptious (adj) very delicious
Fatigue (noun) a feeling of being extremely tired, either physically or mentally
Speaking Part 3
What do old people like to eat?
Personally speaking, the elderly are more into vegetables and fruits rather than meat. As they have grown old, the fiber and vitamins obtained from the intake of salads, tomatos, bananas and so on are particularly good for their health. By contrast, meat does harm to their digestive system. It’s also worth mentioning that the older citizens can’t chew thick pieces of meat, so they’d rather eat fish, which is softer and can be easily digested.
Intake (noun) the amount of a chemical or another substance that enters your body
And so on (phrase) etc; (used instead of mentioning more of a similar type of thing that has already been mentioned)
By/in contrast (phrase) used when you are comparing two things or people and saying that the second one is very different from the first
Do harm to somebody/something (phrase) cause physical or psychological damage or injury
Digestive system (noun) a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body.
How important is it for a country to be able to grow all the food it needs, without importing any from other countries?
In recent times it hasn’t been that important as it’s been easy enough to import anything that was required. Maybe in the future there will be more emphasis on being independent in terms of food production, as well as other essential resources such as energy and fuel, it looks like there are going to be some major changes which could affect everyone in terms of how we look at out ability to survive in the event of another world conflict where food and possibly water become scarce.