Speaking Part 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 do you do in your spare time?
Because I’d prefer staying at home, I spend a lot of my spare time on my hobbies. Usually I’ll start by turning on some music. If I have plenty of time, I’ll get straight to dancing or drawing. Otherwise, if it’s just a quick break, social network would definitely a good choice.
To get straight to (v) to immediately proceed Sth
Plenty of something (expression) lots of something, enough of something
Do you like outdoor activities?
Sadly I must say no. Since getting outdoor involves choosing clothes, meeting people and sometimes standing the weather, so most of the time I’d prefer staying inside. If I’m free I can invite some friends to come over. We can still have fun without going out.
To come over (phrasal verb) to pay a visit
To go out ((phrasal verb) to have fun outside
What outdoor activities do you (most) like to do?
The outdoor activity I like to do best is my photography tour, especially when the weather is perfectly fine. I would walk around campus to find inspiration. It could be a flower, the sunshine or the road I walk everyday.
How often do you do that?
For the past few weeks I’m so busy that I hardly have time to go on my photography tours. Previously I get outside three times a week and depending on the weather condition, I could go out more or less often than that.
Do you like to take photographs? Why?
If it were 3 to 4 years ago the answer would be a big no. But now it has become one of my hobbies and I’m actually thinking of learning more about it. I had no idea what I can do with my iPhone until I learned to make use of its wonderful camera as well as some miracle apps. Unlike some people, I indeed want my photos to look unique, lively and a little bit professional.
How (why) did you become interested in photography?
The situation was quite all of a sudden. I posted some scenery photos I took on the spur of the moment on Instagram and received lots of compliments, even from those whom I’m not following. Then I realized I should develop this skill, you know, should take it seriously and keep up the good work. And the more I learn about it, the more passionate I become.
On the spur of the moment (idiom) do without planning, suddenly
All of a sudden (idiom) suddenly
To keep up the good work (phrase) used to encourage SO for continuing what they are doing well
Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take your photos? Why?
It would be way more comfortable taking photos myself, as I can see crystal-clear how ridiculous my face expression looks like or if there’s something on my hair or stuck between my teeth. And in case it’s a scenery photo, I can apply the techniques I’ve learned to produce stunning photos.
Crystal-clear (adj) absolutely clear
Are there any photos on the walls of your house?
Since my parents love decorating our house, putting photos nicely on the walls of my house is an essential part of their decoration style. Some photos go with frame or plastic cover, some are sticked directly onto the wall in heart-shaped. However, it’s quite ridiculous for me to see myself grinning everywhere in the house so I told them to let me decorate my room on my own.
To see one’s-self doing Sth (n) to have an eye on SO doing Sth
On my own (adv) do Sth alone
Speaking Part 2
Describe a small business that you would like to open
You should say:
- What this business would be
- Where it would be located
- What people you would hire as employees
And explain why you’d like to have this small business.
It goes without saying that future is quite uncertain and almost no one can predict exactly what is waiting for them ahead, however, to some extent I always believe that our future depends on our plans and actions at present. As a fresh graduate, I want to become an entrepreneur and run a chain of boutique shops selling stylish clothing, dresses and jewelry. This is probably because ever since I was a kid, I have had a great passion for designing and sewing pieces of garments, firstly for my doll and then for real people around me. Gradually, I constantly get more insights into fashion industry and keep me posted with clothes that are in the thing. Although I am currently majoring in economics instead of fashion designing, I hold a strong belief that my acute business sense and a sincere interest in the clothing business will help me to succeed in the future. Nevertheless, I always have to remind me that opening and running an apparel store is serious business and that I have to put one hundred percent effort in leading it to success as well as get ready to face up to failures. I guess that’s why some people around me wonder why I want to give up the safety of my corporate job with good compensation package such as steady income, insurance, pension plan, long vacations and the opportunity for rapid promotion just to become a small business owner. The answer is indeed quite simple for me, which is I want to walk out of my comfort zone, challenge myself in a new business and last but not least, give myself a chance to fulfil my childhood dream.
Go without saying (that) to be completely obvious or true
To some/a certain/a limited extent (phrase) partly, but not completely
Entrepreneur (noun) someone who uses money to start businesses and make business deals
Garment (noun) a piece of clothing. This word is used especially when talking about the production and sale of clothes
Major in (phrase) to study something as your main subject at college or university
Acute (adj) used for describing the senses and abilities of someone who notices things very quickly and easily
Apparel (noun) a word for clothes, used especially in stores or other businesses
Face up to (something/somebody) to confront with courage someone or something representing a threat or unpleasantness.
Compensation package (phrase) the salary and other benefits that an employee receives
Comfort zone (idiom) a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control
Fulfill one’s dream (collocation) realize a dream, make dream come true
Speaking Part 3
What challenges and difficulties do people face when they try to have a successful small business?
How can small businesses benefit the people in the community where the businesses are located?
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