1. How many hours do you sleep every day?
Normally, I sleep 7 to 8 hours a day on average. In special cases, such as festivals or holidays, I can sleep up to 10 or even 12 hours. That’s because I usually stay up late, having fun with friends or families, in those situations. So I need longer sleep to recharge myself.
2. Is it necessary to take a nap every day?
Well, for me, a nap is so precious because my job doesn’t allow me to take a nap. I mean, I only have 1 hour at noon to have lunch and rest. It’s more of-ten a fact that when I’m done with my lunch, I don’t have enough time to take a nap, and I have to get ready for my work in the afternoon. So, to me, I’m more than grateful if I could take a nap after lunch. At least, I’m able to get my brain a little rest and get more energy to work.
3. Do old people sleep a lot? Why?
According to my observation, they don’t sleep as long as young people do. Take my grandpa for example, he goes to bed at 11 and gets up at 4 or 5, which is way different from me. Even my mom and dad don’t sleep as much as they did. I’m not really sure why they don’t sleep a lot, but I guess the length of sleeping time depends highly on the energy consumption of people. I mean, old people consume less energy a day than young people. So they don’t need a long sleep to recharge themselves.
4. Do you often use maps?
Well, I’m a big fan of maps, particularly the map application in my cell phone. To me, it’s like the greatest invention in the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that I use map app every day on my way to work. You see, I live far from my workplace, so I drive to work. During peak hours, the traffic is horrible in my city, so I use the map app to check the traffic situation first to make sure that I can avoid congested roads and decide which way to go. Besides work days, I still use the map app during my trip in other cities or countries. There’s no need to ask people for directions any more. All I have to do is to navigate to my destination.
5. Why do people use maps?
When people try to get to a place that they don’t know, they will use maps. In modern time, people are more likely to use map applications to find ways. The second reason for using maps is that people like me use the app to make sure the traffic condition when commuting to work. In this way, they can make a right decision about which way is faster. Some of my friends use map applications also because they want to make sure the time they would spend on road to the place that they choose for appointment so that they are able to make suitable route plans and avoid being late.
6. Do you think map is important?
Yes, I think map is of great significance to people. Besides being important in finding ways, making traffic plans and locating sites, it’s also essential in teaching people, especially the young, geographic knowledge. For example, my older sister teaches her son the geographic knowledge with a map post-ed on the wall at home. The effect is obvious and my nephew has already had an idea about where his hometown locates, as well as locations of all major cities in my province.
7. Have you ever asked others for directions?
Of course I have asked for directions. I mean, maps are not that almighty. Sometimes, the map app doesn’t work well when you are trying to find a specific site. This is because the map information cannot be updated as quickly as the speed of change of buildings and roads. In this case, there’s no method but to ask a local person for help. They are more familiar with the road and locations of buildings than the map. So, when I have difficulty in finding a place, I will definitely ask people for directions.
1. Describe a building you like
You should say:
how you knew this building
what this building looks like
and explain why you like this building
Well, if you ask me what my favorite building is, I must tell you it’s an art gallery called “Laura’s Collection”. It’s basically a two-storey detached architecture located in the countryside. It is far away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. I didn’t know this place until my friend Layla recommended it to me. She knew I would love it when I paid a visit!
Most art galleries are usually located in downtown areas, which are surrounded by plenty of blocks and passerby, so I couldn’t be able to be fully concentrated on appreciating artworks. Maybe that’s why I adore spending some quality time in a peaceful gallery. And whenever I am tired of my life routine in city and want to have a “get away”, I always choose to pass time” in Laura’s Collection.
Unlike other dark cramped places with low ceilings to create the “mysterious atmosphere”, the interior of Laura’s Collection is quite spacious. And the inner decoration is absolutely delicate. Between some artistic sculptures and paintings, there are some transparent walls, so you can see everything in the gallery when you stand at the different corner. In order to make sure all the space inside is bright enough, two glass-made French-doors are set to replace traditional windows, so when the weather is nice, sunshine will spill everywhere.
Another impressive feature in the gallery is the color of the walls. It’s navy blue, which is my lucky color. It always makes me think of the calming vast sea. It’s so relaxing. Therefore, when I sit in the couch in the rest area, I al-ways feel like I’m living in the “oceanic palace”. I guess maybe that’s why Laura’s Collection is the building I like most.
Are there any differences between traditional buildings and modern buildings?
As far as I’m concerned, yes, there are many differences between them. The most obvious part is their appearances. The main features of traditional buildings are steep roofs and curvy eaves, which are often decorated at the corners, and lots of them are held up by pillars. In contrast, plenty of modern buildings are like cuboid. Besides, the choices of their materials are di-verse. We used to use a lot more timber in our architecture but nowadays it’s a lot more cost effective to make things with reinforced concrete or brick.
2. Describe a happy moment that you had recently
You should say:
when this happened
what the event was
who was with you
and explain why you felt happy
Well, I can still remember many happy moments, and among them I would like to mention the event that I can still remember vividly. One day, my teacher told me I got full scholarship of my dream university. On hearing the news, I cried happy tears. I spent almost a month with great anxiety preparing my application. I started speculating so many things and many of them were negative. I could hardly stop worrying about the result. The consequence would play a crucial role for my further development, because I was raised up in a working-class family, and my college admission would de-pend on full scholarship. Therefore, I hardly sleep well the night before the result being announced.
The result came out at around 11.00 am and I realized that I did exception-ally well. All friends were truly happy for me. I was extremely excited. At that moment, I was so relieved that I literally shouted out. Then I came back home and told the good news to my parents. They were very proud of me. We held a celebration and all my friends had come to celebrate this great moment in my life. Definitely, I will never forget the big moment in my life.
Do people work better when they are happy?
Well, I strongly believe people may work better when they are happy. This is because nobody is in charge of your happiness except yourself. While some work environments are difficult, if you keep happy, you can conquer any difficulty. Furthermore, new research confirms what Google already knows that greater employee happiness results in higher productivity. Economists carried out a number of experiments to test the idea that happy employees work harder. In the laboratory, they found happiness made people about 12 percent more productive.
3. Describe a sport that you have watched and would like to try
You should say:
what kind of sport it is
when you watched it
who you watched it with
and explain why you would like to try it
The sport I have watched is a kind of outdoor game called cricket. I remember I firstly saw it was from a movie called the Past of India. To tell you the truth, I had known the sport cricket for a long time in my English class but I had never really seen anyone playing it until I watched that movie.
The history teacher in my high school showed us the movie to introduce the Indian history during that period. Cricket originated from England which was known as gentleman’s game at that time. To play the game, the players from two different teams should use the wooden bats to hit the ball in order to score, which is a little like the baseball game.
I want to try this is because I have tried baseball but it is too hard for me to hit the ball accurately maybe because the baseball bat is too narrow for me to hit the ball right on the point. However, the wooden bats for cricket are wider than bats for baseball, so I guess it will be easier for me to score. I re-ally want to give it a go. But it seems to be so difficult to find 22 players to play the game with me. That would be a pity.
运动一直都是雅思口语常考的题目，因此很多同学会想到basketball, football, tennis 等常见的运动，但是如果选取这些常见的运动来介绍，大家在最后一个why的问题时会发现，很难展开自己的思路，因此可以挑选一个稍微冷门的运动，这样在回答最后一个问题的时候内容更新颖也更具有说服力。
Why do so many old people like to watch sports programs on TV?
Well, to be honest, I think the answer is quite obvious. As they’re aging, it is not as convenient as it used to be for them to go to enjoy sports in the sports stadium. Also, watching sports programs on TV can save them time on transportation and money on buying tickets. Still, they can see those sports competition more clearly through TV.
4. Describe a time when you lost something important
You should say:
what you lost
why it was important
and explain how you feel after you lost it
I lost my only car key 3 days after I bought the car when I was in Chicago, studying. It was an old silver Honda Civic with over 120,000 miles on its panel. Without the key, I could not start the car and it was basically a piece of scrap metal. Also at the moment, I was preparing for a trip to visit my friends in Charlotte, NC, and renting a car on such short notice could be very expensive. And for sure in the next few days, I would need to hire Ubers to work and school, and that was going to be expensive as well.
Given the situation, I should feel anxious or even upset. But I got this mechanic friend, Joe. Joe came and did something and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I just saw him crawling under the steering wheel and pulling out wires and stuff. Miraculously, after 15 minutes, the engine started roaring and I was thrilled. Joe taught me how to “hotwire” a car and told me that I needed to buy a new car locking system on Amazon and he could help me install it. It took me 3 days and 150 bucks to get the shipment. And on the second day, when I was passing the campus police station, I walked in because I was being a bit curious to see if anyone could find my key and re-turn it to the lost and found. It was a bit dramatic because my key was there. It was returned on the very day I lost it!
文章结构分为三部分，包括：1）阐述你丢了什么重要的东西、2）为什么这个东西很重要、3）你丢了这个东西后的感受（作者觉得雅思出题人经常问这种“低智商”问题，问丢了东西的感受…在一般考生看来，这是废话，丢东西当然不好受，问个毛线）。在切题的基础上，遵循Who, What, When, Where, How, Why, 该题的推荐答案给出了所有一个故事该有的要素。答案阐述了作者丢掉的东西，通常能丢到的东西比如钥匙、手机、钱包、合同等。以此题为例，作者丢了汽车钥匙，它很重要，因为丢了车钥匙就不能有交通自由，然后作者感到…..如果按照这种思路，考生无法完成2分钟至少180字的答案。所以在这三部分中，必须对某一部分进行适当扩充。作者选择扩充第三部分。与其丢了东西感到悲伤，作者相反选择去解决问题，并描述了解决问题过程中的感受。这种扩充就是作者推荐的在故事当中套一个故事的答题方法。
What kind of things do people often lose?
People often lose cellphones, keys, and wallets. I lost my keys many times and never learned the lesson. Now, I use a key chain that can attach the keys to my belt to prevent them from losing. It works well so far.
解析：lose something 丢掉什么东西
learn the lesson 吸取教训
key chain 钥匙环
attach… to… 把…固定在…
prevent … from … 预防
5. Describe a song that is meaningful to you
You should say:
what song it is
when you first heard it
and explain why it is meaningful to you
I’d like to talk about a song named The Road of Life which was sung by Leslie Cheung, a famous Hong Kong singer and movie star. It is the theme song of a Chinese ghost story, one of the most successful movies of Hong Kong in 1980s.
I first heard this song in my grandma’s home when I was a kid. I remember one day my uncle brought a videotape back home and played it for the whole family. The song started at the very beginning of the movie and fascinated me right away. The intro was the sound of flute in high pitch which soon went down and brought in Leslie’s voice. Leslie sang in a somewhat old school style with distinct hit on some notes and long drag with some words, but it just fit the movie since it was a love story happened in ancient China. The lyrics were about some profound meaning of life that was be-yond me to understand as a kid, but it came out with everyday and readable words that I successfully learned to sing after hearing it for 2 or 3 times.
This song sets a high standard of art appreciation for me. These days, when listening to some terrible songs on the internet, I would instantly remind myself that our music has once reached a much higher level that we should pass this memory down to the younger generations. And I think the composers and lyrics writers nowadays could have been much better job.
回答的语法构成上沿用了PPF（past，present，future）原则，可以在描述第一次听到歌曲时，适当多使用过去时。另外可零星加入虚拟语气，增加语法多样性，如最后一句的could have been better，指本可以做得更好（意味着现在做得并不好）。