Old Age and People

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IName
What is your name? How should I address you? What should I call you? Does your name have any special meaning or significance?
Have you ever changed your name? Why or why not?
Do Chinese people like changing their names? Why or why not? What kind of people like changing their names?
What’s their purpose in changing their names?
In your culture, do women change their names when they get married? Studies
Are you working or studying?
Tell me something about the school or university you attend, Tell me something about your primary school.
What is your major?
Do you like your major and why?
What courses/subjects do you study?
What is your favourite course/subject?
What is the most useful subject/course?
What would you like to do in the future?
What are the characteristics of schools in China?
What kinds of majors are available inChina?
What do Chinese people think about teachers?
Is teaching a popular job inChina? Why or why not?
Future Plan
What job would you like to have in the future?
What do you plan to major in?
What do you plan to do after graduation from university?
Hometown
Where are you from?
Where is your hometown?
Tell me about your hometown.
What’s your favourite thing or place in your hometown?
What is famous about your hometown?
Tell me about some scenic spots in your hometown.
What are the main places of interest in your hometown? What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Do you like your hometown? Why or why not?
What is the difference between your hometown andBeijing?
What are the people like in your hometown?
If you could change one thing about your hometown, what would it be? What attractive pieces of architecture are there in your hometown? Is your hometown a good place for young people to live?
Home
Do you currently live in a house or a flat/apartment?
Can you describe your house/flat?
What main items of furniture or appliances do you have in each room? Is it a typical house/flat in your city?
What kind of house or flat do you want to live in the future? Do you like the décor in your home? Why or why not?
Will you move to another house or flat in the near future?
What kind of house/flat are you going to move into?
What do you think of the area in which you live?
How long have you lived there?
What are your neighbours like?
Noise
Is it noisy around the area where you live?
What do you think can be done to control noise?
How does noise affect people’s life and work?
Weather and Climate
What type of weather do you like?
What type of weather do Chinese people usually like??
Which is your favourite/least favourite season?
Do you do different things in summer and in winter?
What is the weather like in your city?
What do you often do on sunny/rainy days?
Rain
Does it rain much inChina/ your hometown?
What is the rain distribution inChina?
How does rain affect people’s lives?
What do you do on rainy days?
Do you like rainy days? Why or why not?
Spare time
How do you usually spend your evenings and with whom?
Do you like to go out in the evenings and with whom?
What do people today usually like to do after work?
What do you like to do after work?
What do you do in your spare time? How do you arrange your spare time? What do Chinese people do in their spare time?
Do you think spare time is important to you?
Do you feel lonely if you stay at home for a long time?
Holiday
Do you like holidays and why?
Where do you usually go for holiday?
What do you like to do on holidays?
If you could go to any foreign country for holiday, where would you go? Hobbies and Interests
What are your hobbies?
Did you have other hobbies/interests when you were younger?
If you had more free time, what would you do?
Relax
How do you relax?
How do Chinese people relax? How do people around you relax? How do Chinese young people differ from the old in their ways of relaxing? Music
Do you like music? What type of music do you like?
Have you learned to...
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