- Can you tell me your full name, please?
My name’s Christopher Roland Waddle.
- Can you tell me where you’re from?
I’m from the UK.
- Can I see your identification, please?
Sure. Here you go.
- Do you work or are you a student?
I’m working at the moment.
I’m currently a student.
- What job do you do?
I’m a teacher.
- What kind of work do you do?
I’m a teacher.
- Why did you choose this kind of work?
To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed working with people, so being a teacher is the perfect job for me.
- What skills do you need for your job?
I think the most important talent you need is to be able to communicate with people. Teaching is a relationship-focused profession, so it’s vital that you can interact with people on a personal level.
- What do you like about your job?
I’d say the thing I love most about teaching is meeting so many new people. Because of this, I get to meet so many cool people from all walks of life.
- What subject are you studying?
I’m studying economics.
- How long have you been studying that subject?
Well, I studied it at high school and I’m in the first year of university, so this is my fourth year studying it.
- Why did you choose this subject?
Economics deals with money, and I’ve always wanted to be rich, so it seemed like the natural choice for me.
- What kind of work would you like to do in the future?
I haven’t made my mind up yet, but I’ve got one eye on becoming a stockbroker. As I said, I’m motivated by money, and those guys make a fortune, so that’s one avenue I might pursue.
- Can you describe the area where you live?
Sure. It’s a busy, commercial district in the centre of Seoul, and it’s famous for its bars and restaurants.
- What is there to do in your neighbourhood?
As I said, Itaewon is famous for its nightlife, so eating and drinking are probably the most popular activities to do there. There’s also a huge park in the neighbourhood, so you can go for a stroll among the flowers and the trees.
- What do you like about your neighbourhood?
I really like the eclectic mix of restaurants there. Every night you can go out and sample different food from around the world, so you never get bored when it comes to choosing what to eat.
- How could your neighbourhood be improved?
One thing that people often complain about is the lack of parking, so I suppose additional parking facilities is one area for improvement. As well as that, I think there’s a real dearth of bus routes, so I’d like to see more of those.
- How well do you know the people who live next door to you?
To be honest, I really don’t know them at all. I’d recognise them if I saw them in the street, but we’ve never stopped and had a conversation before.
Actually, I know them really well. I’ve lived in the same house for around 10 years, and over that time, we’ve become quite close.
- How often do you see them?
We probably bump into each other once or twice a week, because we usually leave the house at roughly the same time.
- What kind of problems do people sometimes have with their neighbours?
I suppose noise is probably the most common complaint. I’ve been pretty fortunate with my neighbours who barely make a squeak, but I know of quite a few people who haven’t been so lucky.
- How can neighbours help each other?
It’s in your mutual interests if both of you look out for each other when it comes to safety. I always make sure to alert my neighbours if I see anything suspicious, and they always do the same for me.
- Tell me something about your hometown.
My hometown is a quite little place in the middle of the British countryside. It’s famous locally for its wildlife centre, and although it’s very picturesque, there’s not a lot to do there.
- What do you like most about your hometown?
I suppose what I like most about it is the peace and quiet. When you live in a big city like me, it’s great to get away from it all and relax somewhere easy going like my hometown.
- What kind of place is your town?
As I said, my hometown is a peaceful place in the countryside. It’s a typical English country village, with a newsagents, a butcher’s, a florist, and a couple of pubs.
- Do you think your hometown is an interesting place?
Yes, I do. If you like nature and the great outdoors, my hometown is an awesome place to hang out. There’s a wide variety of plants and wildlife there, so no two days are ever the same.
No, not really. It’s a nice play to spend a day or two, but there’s not a lot going on there.
- Do you want to live in your hometown in the future?
Yes, I think so. At the back of my mind, I always consider it home, and I think I’ll probably settle down there in the future. Most my friends and family are there, so it makes sense for me to retire there.
Definitely not. I spent years trying to get away from that place, and now that I’ve escaped, I never want to go back!
- What’s the most interesting part of your hometown?
I’d say it’s probably the local soccer stadium. It’s over a hundred years old, and it’s got oodles of character, so I always make sure I go there whenever I go back home.
- What kind of jobs do people in your hometown do?
My hometown is quite a middle-class area, so most people who live there do white-collar jobs like accountancy or recruitment consultancy.
- Would you say your hometown is a good place to live?
Yes, I would. It’s got lovely fresh air, so it’s a great place to raise kids. As well as that, crime is virtually non-existent, so you can leave your front door unlocked, safe in the knowledge that everything will be there when you get back.
No, I wouldn’t. There’s a real lack of facilities in the area, so most people who live there spend a large portion of their time visiting neighbouring towns to get the things they need.
- In which part of your hometown do most people live?
Most people live along the main road that dissects the town. It’s a commuter town, so it makes sense that the majority of the residents are keen to live near the main road. That way, they can get to work more quickly in the mornings.
- Is your hometown a popular place for tourists?
Yes, it is. Due to the scenery and local arts and crafts market, people come from afar to visit it. There aren’t any hotels, though, so they all come on day trips.
No, not at all. Although it’s a pleasant enough place, there’s nothing really there to attract visitors, so I think it’s safe to say it’s a tourist-free zone.
- Where did you play in your hometown when you were a child?
There was a field about five minutes walk away from my childhood home. My friends and I always used to play football there after school, so I’ve got really fond memories of that place.
- Has your hometown changed much in your life time?
Yes, it has. There’s been a population explosion in the south-east of England, and as a result, many of the towns – like my hometown – have undergone a rapid expansion. There are a lot more shops, pubs, and restaurants than there used to be.
No, not really. It’s a sleepy little place, and nothing’s changed in the last 30 years or so. I imagine it was pretty much the same 150 years ago.
- Would you say your hometown is a good place to visit?
I think it is. If you enjoy hanging out in traditional British towns, you can do a lot worse than check out my hometown. It’s easily accessible from London, and its scenery and cafe culture make it a perfect place for a day trip with the family.
No, I wouldn’t. Although it’s a pleasant enough place, it doesn’t really have any redeeming features, so I think you’d be pretty bored if you went there as a tourist.
- Would you say your hometown is a good place for young people to live?
Yes, I would. It’s safe, there are loads of play areas, and the air is clean. In my opinion, this makes it the perfect environment for youngsters.
No, I wouldn’t. There’s not a lot going on in my hometown, so I think most youngsters get bored of it pretty quickly. That’s why most of them escape as soon as they reach adulthood.
- What are the most important festivals in your culture?
- Which festival in another country would you like to go to?
- Which festival did you enjoy celebrating as a child?
- How do people celebrate New Year in your country?
- When do people give presents in your country?
- Do you ever take a gift when you visit someone in their home?
- When did you last receive a gift?
- Do you enjoy looking for gifts for people?
- What different types of writing do you do, for example, letters, emails, reports, or essays?
- Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
- Do you write more now or less than you did a few years ago?
- Do you like to write stories or poems?
- Do you have any brothers or sisters?
- How many people are there in your family?
- Does everyone in your family live in the same house?
- What things do you like doing together?
- Who is your favourite family member?
- Do you enjoy travelling?
- Have you done much travelling?
- Do you think it’s better to travel alone or with other people?
- Where would you like to travel in the future?
- What time do you normally get up?
- What is your daily routine?
- Do you usually have the same routine every day?
- Is your routine the same today as it was when you were a child?
- Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?
- Do you often use a dictionary?
- What do you use dictionaries for?
- What kinds of dictionaries do you think are most useful?
- Do you think dictionaries are useful for learning a language?
- What kind of information can you find in a dictionary?
- What kind of things do you prefer shopping for?
- Do you prefer to buy things at a shop or online?
- What effect has online shopping had in your country?
- In what kind of places do you like to go shopping?
- What would you recommend that tourists buy from your country?
- Is shopping a popular activity in your country?
- How do you usually travel to work or college?
- Have you always travelled to work/college in the same way?
- What do you like about travelling to work/college this way?
- What changes would improve the way you travel to work/college?
- How do people in your hometown typically travel to work/college?
- What traffic problems are there in your area?
- How do traffic problems affect you?
- How would you reduce the traffic problems in your area?
- What do you usually do at the weekend?
- Which is your favourite part of the weekend?
- What do you think you’ll do next weekend?
- What did you do last weekend?
- Do you enjoy your weekends now more than when you were a child?
- How important is it for you to relax at the end of the week?
- Do you think your weekends are long enough?
- Do you have a favourite number or a number that is special to you?
- Do any numbers have special importance in your country?
- Are you good at remembering numbers?
- What numbers do people often have to memorise?
- Are there any famous buildings in your hometown?
- Should buildings be attractive to look at?
- What is the most beautiful building you have ever seen?
- In what type of building do most people in your hometown live?
- What is the most unusual building you have ever seen?
- Do you prefer to call people by phone or send text messages?
- How do you usually keep in touch with members of your family?
- Do you prefer to keep in contact with different people in different ways?
- Do you often use emojis?
- Do you ever write letters by hand?
- When was the last time you received a letter?
- How often do you make telephone calls?
- Who do you spend most time talking to on the telephone?
- Is there anything you dislike about mobile phones?
- When will you next make a phone call?
- In your country, did people in the past keep in contact in the same ways as they do today?
- Where do you live?
- Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in.
- How long have you lived there?
- Do most people live in houses or apartments in your country?
- What kind of building do you live in?
- What do you like about living there?
- What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?
- Do you like to invite friends to your home?
- Do you like to look at the sky?
- Do you prefer skies in the morning or at night?
- Where is a good place to look at the sky?
- Which magazines and newspapers do you read?
- What kinds of article are you most interested in?
- Have you ever read a newspaper or magazine in a foreign language?
- Do you think reading a newspaper or magazine in a foreign language is a good way to learn the language?
- Do you like to have flowers in your home?
- Where do people typically go to buy flowers?
- On what occasions do people in your country give flowers as a gift?
- Are flowers important in your culture?
- Does your country have a national flower?
- Are you good at art?
- Did you learn art at school when you were a child?
- What kind of art do you like?
- Is art popular in your country?
- Have you ever been to an art gallery?
- Do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?
- How much free time do you normally have?
- Have your leisure activities changed much since you were young?
- If you had more free time, how would you spend it?
- What do most people usually do in their free time in your country?
- How often do you take photos?
- Do you prefer taking photos of people or places?
- What do you take photos with?
- What do you do with the photos you take?
- Do you think the way people take photos is changing?
- Do you like people taking photos of you?
- Would you rather take photographs of a place or buy postcards?
- What is your favourite kind of weather?
- Have you ever been in very cold weather?
- How often is the weather cold where you come from?
- Are some parts of your country colder than others?
- Would you prefer to live in a hot place or a cold place?
- How do you like to cool down in hot weather?
- What kinds of thing make you laugh?
- Do you like making other people laugh?
- Do you think it’s important for people to laugh?
- Is laughing the same as feeling happy?
- Do you like music?
- What sort of music do you usually enjoy listening to?
- Why do you listen to music?
- At what time of day do you like to listen to music?
- Has the kind of music you like changed over the years?
- What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
- Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?
- Do you think listening to music helps you study?
- How often do you listen to music?
- What is your favourite instrument?
- Is there a musical instrument you do not know how to play but would like to learn in the future?
- Did you learn to play a musical instrument as a child?
- Do you think all children should learn to play a musical instrument?
- How easy would it be to learn a musical instrument without a teacher?
- What kind of music is popular in your country?
- Do you prefer to buy CDs or download music from the Internet?
- Have you always liked the same kind of music?
- Can you ride a bicycle?
- How popular are bicycles in your country?
- Do you think that bicycles are suitable for all ages?
- What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car?
- Do you like parks?
- How often do you go to parks?
- Who do you normally go to the park with?
- What do you usually do when you go to the park?
- Do you have a favourite colour?
- What colours are popular in your country?
- Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child?
- Can colours affect our moods?
- Can you learn anything about someone from the colours they like?
- Is the colour important when you buy something?
- Do you like looking at trees?
- How do you feel when you look at trees?
- Where is a good place to look at trees?
- How often do you go to the cinema?
- When was the last time you went to the cinema?
- Do you prefer to watch a film at the cinema or at home?
- Which film from your childhood do you remember most?
- How popular are cinemas where you live?
- What’s your favourite movie now?
- What was the last film you watched?
- What sort of movies do you enjoy the most?
- What do you do to stay healthy?
- Is it easy to keep fit where you live?
- How do people in your hometown usually keep fit?
- Which do you think is more important, eating healthily or doing exercise?
- Does your country have a good public health system?
- Do you like reading about history?
- Did you enjoy history lessons at school?
- Why did/didn’t you like them?
- What do you usually do in the evenings?
- Do you do the same thing every evening?
- Do you prefer to spend your evenings with family or friends?
- Do you ever work or study in the evenings?
- What is a popular activity for young people in your country in the evenings?
- Do you do the same thing in the evenings now as you did when you were a child?
- Tell me about your secondary or high school.
- Did you go to secondary/high school near to where you lived?
- What did you like about your secondary/high school?
- Tell me about anything you didn’t like about your school.
- How do you think your school could have been improved?
- Tell me about a teacher you remember from secondary/high school.
- Who was your best friend at secondary/high school?
- Which subject did you find the most difficult at school?
- What games are popular in your country?
- Do you play any games?
- How do people learn to play games in your country?
- Do you think it’s important for people to play games?
- What is your favourite food?
- What is your favourite meal?
- Do you prefer to eat out or eat at home?
- Are there any traditional meals that you would recommend?
- How have people’s eating habits changed in your country?
- Who normally does the cooking in your house?
- Do you watch cookery programmes on TV?
- Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?
- Which part of your country do most people live in?
- Tell me about the main industries there.
- How easy is it to travel around your country?
- Has your country changed much since you were a child?
- What kind of shoes do you usually wear?
- Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
- How often do you buy shoes?
- Have you ever bought shoes online?
- Do you prefer beautiful shoes or comfortable shoes?
- Where do you usually buy shoes?
- What do you look for in a pair of shoes?
- Would you ever spend a lot of money on a pair of shoes?
- Do you think the type of shoes someone wears reflects their character?
- Do you think men and women have the same attitude towards shoes?
- Are there any shoes in your country that shouldn’t be worn at work?
- Do people usually wear different types of shoes in different seasons in your country?
- Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening?
- When you go out for an evening, what do you like to do?
- How popular is your favourite kind of entertainment with other people in your country?
- Is there any kind of entertainment you do not like?
- How often do you watch television?
- What kinds of television programmes are popular in your country?
- Is there anything you would like to change about television in your country?
- Which television channel do you usually watch?
- Do you think most programmes on television are good?
- Do you enjoy the advertisements on television?
- Do you enjoy your birthdays?
- Do you usually celebrate your birthdays?
- What did you do on your last birthday?
- Can you remember a birthday you enjoyed as a child?
- Do most people celebrate their birthdays with a party in your country?
- Which birthdays are considered important in your country?
- Do you dream much at night?
- Do you often remember your dreams?
- Do you think we can learn anything from dreams?
- Do people in your country talk about their dreams?
- Do you think dreams can come true?
- How often do you go out with friends?
- Which is more important to you, friends or family?
- Are your friends mostly your age or different ages?
- Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends?
- The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
- In what ways are your friends important to you?
- Do you prefer to have one particular friend or a group of friends?
- What do you like doing most with your friends?
- Do you think it’s important to keep in contact with friends you knew as a child?
- What makes a friend into a good friend?
- What sports are popular in your country?
- How often do you play sport?
- What sport or game did you most enjoy playing as a child?
- How often do you watch sport?
- Did you learn any sports at school?
- Do you participate in any sports at the moment?
- Do people nowadays exercise as much as people in the past?
- Why is exercise good for you?
- Do you enjoy reading?
- What sort of things do you read?
- What was the last book you read?
- Where do you normally read?
- How often do you read?
- Tell me something about your favourite book.
- What do you do when you have a holiday?
- Who do you usually spend your holidays with?
- Where do you like to spend your holidays?
- Can you describe a typical day in your holidays?
- Why are holidays important to you?
- If you could take a holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- Do you often use a computer?
- Do you have your own computer?
- How do you usually get online?
- Do you prefer desktops or laptops?
- What do you use your computer for?
- Do you think it is important to learn how to use a computer?
- How often do you go online?
- What do you use the internet for?
- What’s your favourite website?
- Do you think children should be allowed unsupervised access to the internet?
- How did your parents choose your name?
- Does your name have any special meaning?
- Is your name common or unusual in your country?
- If you could change your name, would you?
- Is it common in your country for people to change their names?
- Is fashion important to you?
- What different clothes do you wear for different situations?
- Does your country have any kind of traditional clothing?
- Do you wear different styles of clothes compared to 10 years ago?
- Do you think the clothes we wear say something about who we are?
- Do you enjoy dancing?
Yes, I do. It’s a great stress reliever, and it helps to burn a few calories, too.
No – I hate it! I’ve got two left feet, so I’m a terrible dancer. Whenever someone asks me to dance, I always make an excuse and get away as quickly as possible.
- Has anyone ever taught you to dance?
Yes, actually. When I was at university, I learnt how to do the tango. I can’t really remember much now, but I was pretty good at it at the time.
No. Dancing isn’t really a popular activity in the UK, so it’s not all that common for people to learn how to dance. The only dancing most of my friends do is drunken dancing!
- Does your country have any traditional dance styles?
Yes, it does. Morris dancing is a traditional English dance style, which involves rhythmic stepping and the use of things like sticks and swords. Nobody ever does it though, except for during cultural shows and exhibitions for tourists.
No, not that I know of. Maybe there are some, but I don’t really pay much attention to traditional art forms.
- Is there any style of dancing that is currently popular in your country?
Break dancing has definitely grown in popularity over the last few years. I wouldn’t say it’s a mainstream dance form yet, but I do see it on TV more and more these days. I think it’s because of the rise in American hip-hop culture in the UK.
- Do you think that traditional dancing will be popular in the future?
Yes, I do. As the world becomes more internationalised, I think there’s going to be a growing demand for traditional art forms such as dancing. People are getting bored of seeing the same things everywhere they go, so I think traditional dancing will see a rise in popularity.
No, I don’t. I think traditional dance forms have had their day, and in the future, people will be more consumed with contemporary dance.