Q：“Public transportation should be encouraged instead of private cars.” Do you agree with this statement? Please give reasons for your answer.
A：With the improvement of living standards, some people can afford to buy their own cars. They drive to work or drive to the suburbs, enjoying the happy holidays. Yet, private cars can't replace public transportation, such as buses or subways. Compared with private cars, buses and subways have several advantages. First, they are very cheap. A monthly ticket enables one to go from almost any part of the city to another by bus or subway. Second, the bus and subway schedules are well planned and seldom does one have to wait very long to catch them. Third, they have comfortable seats and some of them are air-conditioned. Therefore, public transportation should be encouraged.
Q:What do you think are the qualities of a good leader？
A:In my opinion, a good leader should be trustworthy, persistent and forward-looking. The world is looking for honest and upright leaders, too.
In order to leave this world a different place, a leader also has to persevere. Leaders don't grow in a comfort zone（温室）. Leaders are not people with exceptional talent; they are people who have learned from their mistakes and get up and try again, being a non-quitter（永不放弃的人）.
Being in leadership roles, a person should be able to see the big picture and take risks, doing things right and at the right time. Thus he can correctly assess a situation and knows how to take the next step.
In summary, honesty, endurance, and having a big vision are the good qualities of / for effective leadership.
Q:Do you agree or disagree that people should always tell the truth?
A:I don’t think it’s a good idea for people to always speak the truth. Truth can enhance but sometimes can destroy a relationship, depending upon the intent.
There are times when telling "truth" is unloving. For example, you might not be wild about what your friend is wearing, but if your friend is giving an important presentation and asks you how s/he looks, it would not be in anyone's highest good （有最大好处）to give your opinion.
There are also times when many of us have much difficulty speaking our truth especially to important others such as parents, siblings, close friends, and beloved ones. We are afraid the other person will be angry or hurt by our truth, even when we state it without judgment or blame.
Therefore, telling the truth is not always helpful. The important thing in telling the truth is to be honest with yourself about your own intent in telling your truth.
The lecture is about the relationship between demands for certain products and their prices in the market. Generally the proportion relationship beween them is inverse, that is, when the price goes up, the demand immediately drops down. The higher the price is, the less willingly the consumers pay for. Instead, some former consumers may shift to other alternative products. However, there are also exceptions to this rule. That is, when the price of certain products increases, the demands for them could also rise for a while. However, consumers could still buy the product for storage because it is relatively affordable compared to other kinds of products. Also they wouldn’t take the risk of paying the soaring price later on.
Q:What new skill would you like to learn? Explain why this skill would be good for you to have.
A:A new skill that I would like to learn is （稍换了一种说法）to cook. China
enjoys a worldwide reputation as “kingdom of cuisine”. Chinese dishes are popular all over the world. And I , as a would-be overseas Chinese student, is expected to know how to cook food that shows the perfect combination of “color, aroma and taste” -------the three essential factors in judging Chinese cooking（背景介绍）. It would be a good skill to have because I could ask my classmates and friends over to my house and cook for them. Also, I could do a television cooking show to publicize our food culture. Maybe I could make money that way, but the main reason is I enjoy cooking and want to share with people the pleasure derived from it.
Q:Some people plan every detail of their vacation in advance. Others prefer to leave most details flexible or open to chance. Which do you think is better and why?
A:I think advance planning is critical to a successful vacation, regardless of whether the trip is long or short.
To have a comfortable vacation, it’s necessary to check the climate for the time to plan to visit. And it is always a good idea to make advance hotel reservations when vacationing.
Planning the vacation in advance will also give us more time to prepare for it and to ensure that we have all of the needed. This could mean we will not have to miss out on activities because of not having the correct equipment. Especially when we decide to go camping for vacation, reservations in advance allow us to determine ahead of time whether or not the campground has a lake, hiking trails, electricity, etc. Besides, we get the idea of what to take.
Last but not least, advance vacation planning is likely to make our experience a more memorable one.
Q:Describe a memoriable celebration or social event.(2005. 12. 16/2005.12. 17 / 2006. 2. 11真题)
A:A type of social event celebrated in my culture is the flag-raising ceremony on National Day. Oceans of (许多)people from all across the country come to Beijing the day before. They are very excited to see the ceremony with their own eyes instead of on TV. Some even have been planting this dream in their mind for years. They arrive around 6:00 early in the morning, waiting for the special moment. I guess they are all overwhelmed (震撼的) and thrilled (激动)by the wonderful scene at the time. On the other hand, the view of the honor guard parade is fantastic,
the guards are wearing the green military uniform and marching to Tianmen Square with a high spirit. Each birthday celebration of the great country always begin with such a solemn (庄严的) flag-raising ceremony, which strengthens the unity and motivation of its people.
Q:Which do you prefer to communicate with your family and friends by letter and e-mail or by telephone?(新托福iBT口语黄金80题中的第57题 )
A:People have different preferences, but for me, I’d like to communicate with my family and friends by telephone.
Talking on the phone is direct and fast. I now live far from my family, and my friends are often busy, so I use the phone to communicate with them. Also, I can make sure whether they are fine by listening to their voice.
Writing a letter is not practical because my parents are too old to read clearly and my handrwriting is not neat enough as well.
Another disadvantage of writing a letter is that it’s too slow. Email is fast, but it might not be checked in time.
So I use the telephone more often.