Do the positive effects of advertising outweigh the negative effects?

1. Are you working or studying?
2. Tell me about the school or university you attend.
3. Tell me something about your primary school.
4. What is your major?
5. Do you like your major and why?
6. What courses or subjects do you study?
7. What is your favorite subject?
8. What is the most useful subject?
9. What would you like to do in the future?
10. What are the characteristics of schools in China?
11. What kinds of majors are available in China?
12. What do Chinese people think about teachers?
13. Is teaching a popular job in China, why or why not?
1. Are you working or studying?
2. What do you do for a living?
3. How long have you been doing this job?
4. Do you like your job, why or why not?
5. Do you find your job interesting?
6. What are your main responsibilities in your job?
7. Is working important to you?
8. Have you received any training related to your work?
9. Tell me about your boss or colleague.
10. What would be your ideal job?
11. If you could choose another job, what would you choose?
1. Do you currently live in a house or a flat/apartment?
2. Can you describe your house/flat?
3. What main items of furniture or appliances do you have in each room?
4. Is it a typical house/flat in your city?
5. What kind of house or flat do you want to live in the future?
6. Do you like the decoration in your home, why or why not?
7. Will you move to another house or flat in the near future?
8. What kind of house/flat are you going to move into?
9. What do you think of the area in which you live?
10. How long have you been living there?
11. What are your neighbors like?
1. Where are you from?
2. Where is your hometown?
3. Tell me about your hometown.
4. What’s your favorite thing or place in your hometown?
5. What is famous about your hometown?
6. Tell me about some scenic spots in your hometown.
7. What are the main places of interest in your hometown? What places should
foreigners visit in
8. Do you like your hometown? Why or why not?
9. What is the difference between your hometown and Beijing?
10. What are the people like in your hometown?
11. If you could change one thing about your hometown, what would it be?
12. What attractive pieces of architecture are there in your hometown?
13. Is your hometown a good place for young people to live?
1. Is it important to focus on one thing you should deal with?
2. When do people need to focus on something?
3. When do people become the most focused?
4. Is it easy to be with concentration?
5. Can people deal with two different things at the same time?
1. Do you like music, and what type of music do you like?
2. Have you learned to play any musical instrument?
3. What kind of music is popular now in China?
4. How does music affect people’s lives?
5. What kind of music do young people like, and what kind of music do old
people like?
6. Do you want to be a singer?
7. Has the music you like changed over the years?
8. Do you think music help you study?
9. Do your parents have a different musical taste with you?
10. Who is your favorite singer or band?
11. Do you prefer live music or recorded music?
12. Have you even been to a concert before?
13. Do you think music should be a required course
for middle school students,
why or why not?
1. Do you often use the internet?
2. How do you go onto the internet?
3. Where do you go onto the internet?
4. What do you do on the internet?
5. Is the internet very popular in China?
6. How can people learn things on the internet?
Leisure time
1. What do you do in your spare time?
2. How do you usually spend your evenings?
3. Do you prefer to staying at home in the evenings or do you prefer to going out?
Mobile Phones
1. Do you use a cell phone?
2. What do you use it for?
3. How often do you use it?
4. Do you like to send short message?
5. When did you get your first mobile phone?
6. How did you feel when you got your first mobile phone?
7. What feature or function of your cell phone do
you like the best?
8. Is there anything you dislike about using cell贾若寒微博
1. Are there any famous museums in your hometown/country?
2. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?
3. Do you often visit a museum?
4. Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
5. When was the last time you visited a museum?
6. Do you think museums are important?
7. Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?
1. What’s your name?
2. Does your name have any special meaning or significance?
3. Have you ever changed your name, why or why not?
4. Do Chinese people like changing their names, why or why not?
5. What kind of people like changing their names?
6. What’s their purpose in changing their names?
7. In your culture, do women change their names when they get married?
1. Do you like photography and why?
2. When did you start to like photography?
3. Do you keep your old photos?
4. Do you often see those old photos?
5. What’s the meaning of keeping old photos?
6. What is your most impressive photo?
Time management
1. How do you organize your time?
2. Do you think young people and older people organize their time in the
same way?
3. Would you say you manage your time well?
4. Where did you learn how to organize your time?
5. How do you think you could better your time?
6. Do you think it’s useful to plan your time?
7. Have you ever been late for anything?
8. If you had more time, what would you do with the extra time?
1. What do you do in your spare time?
2. How do you spend time with your family?
3. What do you usually do on weekends?
4. What did you do last weekend?
5. What do other people in your country usually do on weekends?
6. What are you going to do next weekend?
7. Do you think it is important to make the most of your weekend?
8. Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a
1. Are you very interested in art?
2. Did you create any art such as painting or sculpture when you were a child?
3. Have you ever been to an art gallery or an art exhibition?
4. How often do you visit art galleries?
1. What types of bags do you use in your everyday life?
2. What do you put in these bags?
3. Do you usually carry a bag when you go out?
4. What sorts of bags do women like to buy?
5. When you are buying a bag, what factors do you consider?
6. Do you think the style of a bag is very important, why or why not?
7. Do you have a bag for special occasions?
1. Do you ever receive letters or cards?
2. Which do you think is better, to send a postcard or a letter?
3. Do you think it is important to send postcard to each other, why or why not?
1. Do you like to dance?
2. What type of dance are you interested in?
3. What are the differences between the dances the old people like and the
dances the young people like?
4. Is dancing good to people?
5. Does China have any traditional dance?
6. Is traditional dance still popular in China?
1. What do you do for entertainment?
2. What did you do for entertainment when you were a child?
3. What do other people do for entertainment around where you live?
4. What choices for entertainment are there for young people around where
you live?
5. Are there any entertainment places near your school?
6. Have you recently been to any place for entertainment?
7. Do you think modern lifestyles give people enough time for entertainment?
Friends and Family
1. Do you have many close friends?
2. What qualities make them good friends?
3. Do you live with your family?
4. Do your family and friends still live in your hometown?
5. Do you think family members should live together, why or why not?
6. When do you spend time with your family?
7. What do you do together?
8. Do you often go out with your friends?
9. Is your family very important to you?
10. Do you prefer to spend time with your family or your friends?
11. What do you do in your free time with your friends?
12. Are there any times when you prefer to be alone?
Healthy Lifestyle
1. What do you do to keep healthy?
2. How can people maintain good health?
3. What is a healthy lifestyle in your mind?
4. Is there any sport that you would like to try in the future?
1. Which kind of transport do you usually use?
2. What is the public transport like in your city?
3. When are these forms of transport most crowded?
4. Do you want to have a car, why or why not?
5. Do you think there are too many cars on the road?
6. How do you think we can control the traffic condition?
7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of planes?
8. What are the advantages and disadvantages of trains
9. Are there any traffic problems in your city?
1. What was the first school you attended?
2. Where was it?
3. Was it far from your home?
4. How did you go to school?
5. Did you like your school?
6. What were the good things about that school?
7. Would you say it was a good school?
8. Would you send your child to that school?
9. What different types of schools have you been
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11. Did your parents choose your university for you?
Weather and Climate
1. What type of weather do you like?
2. What type of weather do Chinese people usually like?
3. Which is your favorite season?
4. Do you do different things in summer and in winter?
5. What do you often do on sunny and rainy days?
6. What is the weather like in your city?
7. Do you have some ways to control the global warming?
House and Apartment
1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
2. How do you like it? And why?
3. What part of your home do you like best?
4. Can you describe your room?
5. Do you want to change your room?
6. What would it be if you could change something about your room?
7. Where do you live now? And how long have you been there?
8. Who do you live with?
1. Do people do a lot of housework in your country?
2. Do Chinese people like spending time doing housework?
3. Did you do a lot of housework when you were a child?
4. Is it important for a child to do housework?
5. What kind of housework do you have to do in China?
6. What different kinds of housework do man and woman do?
1. Have you ever ridden in a boat?
2. Do boats have any significant meaning in Chinese history?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding boats?
4. When did you ride in a boat for the first time?
5. What was your feeling when riding in a boat?
6. Do you feel sick after long hours of travelling in a boat?
1. Do you often read newspapers?
2. Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers?
3. What kinds of newspapers or magazines do you usually read?
4. How old were you when you first started to read newspapers?
5. Do you think it’s important to read newspapers, why or why not?
6. Why do you think people read newspapers?
7. What different types of newspaper are there in China?
8. Do you care about the news?
9. Is the news important to you?
10. What kinds of news do Chinese people read in newspapers?
11. Do you prefer to read about local, domestic or international news, and why?
12. What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers?
13. What influence do you think newspapers have on society?
14. Do you think the internet is a good way to get news?
Parks and gardens
1. Are there many parks or gardens where you live or in your hometown?
2. Do you often go to a park or a garden?
3. How often do you go there?
4. What do you like to do when you go to a park or garden?
5. What do other people do in these places?
6. When do other people go there?
7. Do you think parks and gardens are important to a city, why or why not?
Plans and goals
1. Please summarize your plans for the near future.
2. When do you plan to start that?
3. How do you intend to achieve that?
4. When you go abroad, do you plan to live in the countryside or a big city,
and why?
5. Do you plan to spend many years overseas?
6. After you go abroad, do you plan to join any clubs?
1. How many hours do you sleep every day?
2. Is it necessary to take a nap at noon?
3. Do old people sleep a lot, why or why not?
4. Do you think younger people sleep more than old people?
5. What are the effects of sleeping too little on people?
1. Do you often write things?
2. Do you write every day?
3. What do you usually write about?
4. Do you like writing to people?
5. How often do you send e-mails?
6. What are your main reasons for using e-mails?
7. Do you like to send e-mails?
8. Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer?
9. Nowadays, how do most people write things?
10. Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
11. When do children begin to write in your country?
12. How did you learn to write?
13. Do you think handwriting is very important nowadays?
14. How can children today improve or practice
their handwriting?
15. What impression does a person’s handwriting
on other people?
1. What kinds of buildings are popular in China now?
2. Compare old buildings and modern buildings. Which do people prefer to live
3. How do people in China feel about old buildings?
4. Do old people and young people in China have the same attitudes towards
old buildings?
5. Is it important to preserve old buildings, and why?
6. What aspect of culture do old buildings reflect?
7. Do you think it’s worth the money to preserve old buildings?
8. How have buildings changed in the past few years?
Clothes & Fashion
Your Primary School
Leisure Time / Relaxing
Part 2
Describe a museum or library that you visited.
Describe a book or film about the future you read or watched.
Describe an important plant in your country (such as vegetables, flowers, fruits,
trees, etc).
Describe an electronic product you use in your life
Describe an interesting old person who you know
Describe a character in a TV program or in a film you know
Describe a gift you gave to someone.
Describe an exciting experience you had
Describe something expensive you would buy if you had a lot of money.
Describe the ideal flat or house that you would like to live in.
Describe your first day of school/course/job
Describe something that you bought that you were dissatisfied with
Describe a family photo
Describe a class or training session that you enjoyed
Describe a film about a real person or event that you have watched
Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family
Describe an advertisement that you think is successful.
Describe a TV program you enjoy.
Describe your favorite book which you want to recommend to your friends.
Describe a difficult thing you did well.
Describe a plan you have for the future but not related to work or study
Describe an important city in your country.
Describe and item of clothing or jewelry that you wear on special occasions
Describe a past family member who led a interesting life
Describe a free day you want to enjoy
Describe a piece of good news from your family
Describe a birthday celebration that you enjoyed
Many people think cheap air travel should be encouraged because it gives
ordinary people freedom to travel further. However, others think this leads to
environmental problem, so air travel should be more expensive in order to
discourage people from having it. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
The environment problems facing today's world are so great that there is little
ordinary people can do to improve the situation. Government and large companies
should be responsible for reducing the amount of damage being done to the
environment. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
Some people argue that the companies and private individuals should pay the
bill of cleaning up the pollution they produced, while others believe that it is the
government’s responsibility. What is your opinion?
Nowadays, advertising is having an increasing influence on our lives. Some
people think that the positive effects outweigh the negative effects. Do you
agree or disagree?
Traditional food is being replaced by international fast foods. This has
negative effects on family and society. To what extent do you agree or
Some people think the government should spend more money on public
services rather than waste money on arts (i.e. music and printing). To
what extent do you agree or disagree?
Too much money has spend on looking after and repairing old buildings,
therefore, we should knock down old buildings and build modern ones instead.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some people believe governments should spend money in saving languages
of few speakers from dying out completely. Others think this is a waste of
financial resources. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Some people think that women should play an equal role as men in military
force or police force. Others say women are not suited for such kind of work.
Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
The workplace nowadays is trying to employ the equal number of females
and males. Do you think it is a positive or negative trend?
Some people think that robots are very important for humans' future
development. Others, however, think that robots are a dangerous invention
that could have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your
Some people think it is necessary to use animals for testing medicines
intended for human use. Others, however, think it is cruel to do that. Discuss
both of these views and give you own opinion.
Schools should concentrate on teaching students the academic subjects that
will be useful for their future careers. Subjects such as music and sports are
not useful. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Many countries aim to improve people’s living standards by economic
development, but some important social values are lost as a result. Do
you think the advantages of economic development outweigh the
Recent research shows that the majority of criminals who are sent into the
prison continue to commit crimes after they are set free. What do you think of
the case? What should be done to solve this problem?
Do the positive effects of advertising outweigh the negative effects?
Advertising is a sign of our times; it is everywhere, from my public to my private
life; from sms messages on my phone, to the back of toilet doors, to TV
screens in the supermarket, on the street and in elevators. But is it ever useful,
good for me, does it ever serve a purpose other than to tell me how pitiful my
life is without a certain product.
Advertising might be like medicine; not nice but necessary from time to time.
When we want to buy a new computer or go on a holiday some of us will do
two things; do some online research and then check out the best deals online
or in the papers. This works for us; we get the right information at the right time.
And we are grateful.
On another day we maybe be strolling in the street with our friends enjoying the
sunshine, but then a large TV screen jumps into life telling us the merits of a
certain shampoo, or a certain car model. This is intrusive, distracting and perhaps
even dangerous as it makes vision in the streets more difficult.
But advertising pays for things that I enjoy; it pays for the TV programs I watch,
the TV screens that help me pass the time on the public transport system, and
subsidises the newspapers I read online.
It however does seem that sometimes that there is too much, that it is too
pervasive, and too intrusive. Advertising is not something that can have its
advantage and disadvantages weighed; we have to live with it, but maybe some
respect for the consumers might be nice.
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