For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write an essay on the importance of mutual understanding and respect in interpersonal relationships. You can cite examples to illustrate your views. You should write at least 150 words but no more than 200 words.


Understanding and respect

"You reap what you sow." The wisdom of this saying is not lost in our era, especially when it comes to mutual understanding and respecting others, yet arrogance seems rife nowadays. The implication of this message is, in the case of respect, that if you understand and respect others, you will be understood and respected in return.


Understanding and respecting others is rewarding in three aspects. First, from a social standpoint, it enhances mutual trust and reduces the chance of conflicts between people with different beliefs because it urges people to think in others' shoes before criticizing their opinions thereby preventing impulsive conflicts. Moreover, it benefits the understanding and respectful person himself, too. Understanding and respecting others helps him to calm down and take a deeper insight into his own ideas, which means he is more likely to think in the big picture. Finally, we should always bear in mind that respect is earned with respect, and so is understanding, and you will never win them with arrogance and threat.


When we understand and respect others, we command them from others as well. There is a simulative effect that kicks in when people stay humble and respect diversity. By respecting and harnessing each other's strengths, we boost opportunity for all people.