1. What’s your name?
2. Does your name have any special meaning?
3. Where do you come from?
4. What kind of landscape surrounds your hometown?
5. What is the main crop in your hometown?
6. What is the difference between Beijing and your hometown?
7. What are the main places of interest in your hometown?
8. What is the climate like in your hometown?
9. What is the character of the people like in the region where you live?
10. What are the differences in accent between the people of your hometown and Beijing?
11. What is people’s favorite food in your region?
12. How do you make dumplings?
13. What do you do during the Spring Festival?
14. Why is the Spring Festival so important to Chinese people?
15. Can you describe one of the main festivals celebrated in your country?
16. Tell me something about the Lantern Festival.
17. Tell me something about the Qing Ming Festival.
18. Tell me something about the customs of your country.
19. How long have you lived in Beijing?
20. What is the weather like in Beijing?
1. How do you compare the climate in Beijing with that in your hometown?
2. What place in Beijing do you like best? Why ?
3. Which is the worst place you’ve been to China?
4. Which is the best place you’ve been to China?
5. What places in Beijing should a foreigner visit? Why?
6. What are the major social problems in Beijing? How can they be solved?
7. What is the biggest problem China faces?
8. What troubles you most at the moment?
9. Could you tell me something about your family?
10. Have you any children?
11. What is your child’s name? Does his name have a meaning?
12 . What does your wife/husband do?
13. When did you get married?
14. Describe your wedding.
15. How have weddings changed in recent years?
16. Are there any special customs about wedding in your region?
17. Describe a traditional wedding ceremony.
18. Where did you go for your honeymoon?
19. Did you have to ask for permission from your parents before you got married?
20. Is it acceptable for couples to live together without marrying?
Sally had been studying at an art college for a year and, like most students, she did not have much money. It was going to be her mother’s birthday soon, and she wondered what she could buy her as a present that would be nice and useful but not too expensive.
One day, a week from her mother’s birthday, she went shopping to try to find her mother a nice present. She came across a shop that was selling umbrellas cheap, and decided that one of those would solve her problem, since her mother had lost hers the month before. .
On the train back home that evening she felt hungry, she went to the buffet car for a sandwich. She had left the black umbrella above her seat in the compartment, but when she got back, it had gone! Sally burst into tears. The other three passengers felt sorry for her and asked what the matter was. When she had explained that her present for her mother had disappeared, the three passengers asked her for her mother’s address, in order to be able to send the umbrella on to her in case someone had removed it by mistake.
The next week, Sally got a letter from her mother, which said, “Thank you for your lovely presents, but why did you send me there black umbrellas?”
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What present would you like to give to your mother on her birthday? Why?