What's your favourite colour?
If I have to choose one then probably I’ll go for black. Black is cool and simple, when you buy something and cannot decide what colour to choose, black is never a wrong choice.
Do you prefer dark colours or light colours?
It depends on seasons. If it’s autumn or winter, I prefer dark colours. But if it’s spring or summer, I like light colours as they look more lively.
Are there any colours you dislike?
No. The world is colorful and fascinating because it consists of different colours. I think each colour contributes to this diversity and all colours are of the same importance.
Do you usually wear clothes in your favourite colour?
Not really. I usually wouldn’t buy clothes in a particular colour. As long as they are well-designed and comfortable, I’ll buy and wear the clothes.
Part 2 & 3
Describe a building you like.
You should say:
Where it is
What it is used for
What it looks like
And explain why you like it.
I’d like to talk about Shanghai Tower. It is the tallest building in Shanghai of about 600 meters, and the 4th tallest building in the world. Shanghai Tower is located near the Huangpu River, and it is next to Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, which are the other two famous skyscrapers in Shanghai.
Shanghai tower looks like a huge twisting bottle opener. It is said this kind of design can reduce wind speed and thus can be more resistant to Typhoon. The tower is a large building complex. There are lots of offices, hotels and restaurants in it. But I’ve only been to the Sightseeing Hall on the 118th floor. And this hall is the reason I like this building as it is the best spot to overlook the landscape of the whole city.
A fast-speed elevator will take you to the 118th floor within 55 seconds, which means you can reach the top of a 600-meter building within a minute, isn’t that amazing? And the wall of the Sightseeing Hall is undoubtedly made of glass, so you can have an open view. The best time to visit here is at the dusk. The city is dyed in the setting sun and after that, with the lights on, you can enjoy the fantabulous night view of Shanghai. So this is a tourist attraction that you cannot miss in Shanghai.
Eg：The skyscraper towers into the clouds.
Eg：They focus on how to improve plants to make them more resistant to disease.
Eg：He stood at the balcony to overlook neighbour's hallroom.
④ fantabulous: 形容词；极妙的，超棒的
Eg：That sounds fantabulous. I have dreamed of going there for months.
1. How do Chinese people feel about old buildings?
Generally speaking, we think old buildings are meaningful and full of culture, such as Siheyuan in Beijing and Nongtang in Shanghai. For buildings with historical or architectural significance, we should have them well protected. But for those that are ill-designed and on the verge of collapse, we can demolish them and build new ones.
Eg: A section of the Bay Bridge had collapsed.
Eg: A storm moved directly over the island, demolishing buildings and flooding streets.
2. Is it important to preserve old building? Why?
Yes of course. To protect old buildings is to protect the culture as old buildings represent architectural styles and people’s livelihood in a certain period of time in history. For instance, Hui-style architecture records the wisdom and leisure lifestyle of people in the past. Therefore it’s important for us to protect old buildings and let the tangible culture be inherited by generations.
Eg: Fishing is the main source of livelihood for many people in the area.
Eg: But the authors emphasize that city policymakers do exert their influence, with tangible results.
3. How do old buildings affect the appearance of a place?
From my perspective, old buildings are the feature and trait of a place, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai. However nowadays most cities and towns in China look almost the same, you’ll find many duplicate cities and towns even if you’ve been to many different places. So I think we should protect old buildings to make our city distinctive and different from others.
Eg: A duplicate copy should be made for the county record office.
Eg: This is a rock band with a distinctive sound.
4. Do old people and young people share the same attitudes towards old buildings?
I’m afraid not. Old people are more accustomed to old buildings. For example they’ve lived in old buildings for a lifetime and they are familiar with the surroundings or the history of old buildings. They have deep feelings for old buildings. However young people may be indifferent to the old architecture. They prefer modern buildings with latest designs and convenient facilities. And they love to explore something new.
①be accustomed to: 词组；习惯于，适应于
Eg: They treat customers with low and moderate incomes in a way they might not be accustomed to.
Eg: People have become indifferent to the suffering of others.