What do you know about paintings?
I barely know anything about it. There are several kinds of paintings like oil painting and watercolour painting, and that’s all I know.
watercolour painting: 词组；水彩画
Eg: Watercolor painting is extremely old, dating perhaps to the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe.
Have you learned drawing before?
I used to draw some comics and sketches, but I’ve never learned drawing or painting in a systematical way. If I have a chance I’d love to learn it.
Eg: New employees should receive systematical training before they get started.
Is it important to hang pictures at home?
I think it’s quite personal. It depends on individuals to decide whether to hang pictures or not and what pictures to hang. Pictures can serve as a good decoration, and famous pictures and paintings are precious collections.
depend on: 动词；取决于
Eg: It all depends on how you define this problem.
What kind of paintings do you like?
To be specific, I like the paintings of Monet. Although I don’t know much about paintings, Monet’s works can always calm me down. I can feel the sense of beauty and tranquility from his paintings.
calm sb. down: 词组；使冷静
Eg: She managed to calm him down with a lullaby.
If someone wants to draw a picture of you, would you agree?
Yes, why not? It’s fun to see how I look like on canvas. And I would look very differently in different painting styles, so that’d be interesting.
Eg: This is an oil painting on canvas.
Part 2 & 3
Describe something important that you lost in the past.
You should say:
When this happened
Where you lost it
What it was
What you did after it was lost
And explain why it was important.
I remember about two years ago when I was in my first year of work, I lost my mobile phone on the way home, which was a very depressing experience because it was the latest version of iPhone given by my parents as my graduation present. It was actually in my hands for no more than three months.
I usually place the mobile phone in the bag but that day was an exception. After replying to the text messages from a friend, I temporarily put the phone in the pocket for the convenience, and then went to the bus station to take a bus. During the time waiting for a bus, I suddenly found the phone was missing! My heart skipped several beats and there was a sense of despair washing over me. I didn’t remember when and how it was stolen. I realised the chances of getting my phone back was slim, so I didn’t go to the police; instead I hurried home and use another device to wipe all the crucial data from my phone.
I greatly regretted not being alert to the thief who stole my mobile phone. Although I could buy a new one afterwards, it had different meaning from the one I had lost. For me, what I lost in that incident was not just an iPhone, but a memorable gift which represents affection from my parents.
①the latest version：词组：最新版
Eg: You need to choose your device to update to the latest version of iTunes.
Eg：Everyone should keep discipline and you are no exception.
③slim: 形容词：(机会或可能性) 微小的
Eg：There's still a slim chance that he may come.
Eg：The incident increased the contradictions between the two countries.
1. What kinds of people may lose things often?
I think people who are not organised and absent-minded are more likely to lose things. For example, I am such a person and sometimes I tend to put some stuff in disorder and then can’t find them or even lose them forever. However, one of my close friend is the opposite and she rarely loses anything. Unlike me, she has a habit of placing items back where they belong and often checking if everything is in the right place.
Eg: She starts to eat, in an absent-minded way, and continues with her tale.
②in disorder: 词组：混乱，杂乱地
Eg: Some of the things mentioned-above are eaten up or left in disorder.
2. What can we do to prevent losing important things?
There are several methods to help us stop losing important things. Since clutter is one of the main reasons people lose things, establishing exact spots for some important stuff and keeping on following the system could be a crucial step to make it much easier to locate things. Also, when going out, people consolidating important things into one bag may keep their stuff more safely as they only have one thing to keep track of, instead of several.
Eg: Excessive clutter is often a symptom and a cause of stress and can affect every facet of your life.
Eg: The two firms consolidated to form a single company.
3. What kinds of things have you lost so far?
Well I have to say it is easy for me to forget or lose some stuff. I can’t recall exactly what things I’ve lost by far, but from what I can remember, I used to lose something small that I could carry around with me, such as keys, gloves, or some other accessories. The priciest item I’ve lost was an iPhone 6.
Eg: Perhaps you can recall what was said but not in what language it was said.
②used to: 词组；过去常常
Eg: We cannot believe him because he used to draw the long bow.
4. What do you usually do to look for lost things?
I usually try hard to control any panicky thoughts and stay calm to recall all the possible places for the missing item. If this doesn’t work, I will close my eyes, and think back so as to make sure whether it has been stolen or just been misplaced. For the latter case, I will get positive and believe that it’s around here and I will find it sooner or later.
①panicky: 形容词：恐惧的; 害怕的
Eg: She suddenly felt panicky like a mouse cornered by a hungry cat.
②think back: 词组：回想
Eg: He thought back to the time in 1995 when his son was desperately ill.
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