Where are you from? / Which city are you living in?
I live in my hometown Jinan, which is a city in Shandong province. I really love it because there’re tons of amazing attractions in the inner city, and people living in Jinan are very warm and friendly.
Do you like your hometown? / Which part of your hometown attracts you the most? / Where is the most impressive place in your hometown?
Yes, I do. I’m from Harbin, which is a city in the northeast of China. It’s famous for the Ice & Snow Festival there, which is a really cool annual event in my hometown. Tons of visitors come to my city to see it every year. I love being a tour guide and showing my friends from other cities this tourist attraction.
How long have you lived in your hometown?
I’ve been living in my hometown since I was born. I’ve never thought about leaving my hometown because my entire social circle is there and the cost of living is pretty low. However, I also want to work in a different city for a few years to broaden my horizons.
How long are you going to stay there?
I have no idea. It really depends on where I can work. I’ll stick around if I can find a decent job after graduation. Otherwise, I won’t be able to stay there and I’ll have to go back to my hometown since living in Jinan practically costs an arm and a leg.
Is your hometown suitable for children to grow up?
Well, I think everything is good except the air pollution. There are tons of parks and museums in my hometown, so children can do tons of interesting and educational activities. But the air quality… you know, I often see the buildings outside my window looming in the smog … It really threatens children’s health.
Is there anything that you dislike about your hometown?
Yes, I suppose so. One thing I’m not satisfied about/with my hometown is the traffic there. Lots of drivers don’t follow the traffic rules and often have road rage, so road accidents in my hometown are common and often fatal.
inner city /ˌɪnər ˈsɪti/ (n): the part near the centre of a large city, which often has social problems
social circle: a group of people who are socially connected
expand/broaden one’s horizons/mind: to increase the range of one’s knowledge, understanding, or experience
stick around: stay where you are, often because you are waiting for something
cost an arm and a leg: to be very expensive, to cost a lot of money
loom /luːm/ (v): to appear as a large, often frightening or unclear shape or object
road rage /ˈrəʊd reɪdʒ/: a situation in which a driver becomes extremely angry or violent with the driver of another car because of the way they are driving.
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