– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
Do you think you are a polite person?
I do think I’m a polite person. I treat other people nicely and patiently, and I do not insult anyone unless they truly deserve it. Also, I properly apologize when I make mistakes and I show my gratitude when other people help me.
Do you think people should be polite? Why?
People should always be polite – it shows that they have good manners and it helps them earn others’ respect. Being polite is like having good social skills – it can help one widen their social network, and this can positively influence one’s private and professional life.
Who taught you to be polite?
I guess similar to most people, I was raised to be a polite person by my parents. As I spent most of my time around them, they tried to set good example for me. They also gave me advice and told me moral stories about how being polite and kind to others can help me a lot in real life.
To set good example (v): to behave in a way that others should copy
Describe a painting or work of art
You should say:
- when you saw this work of art
- where you saw it
- what it looked like
- and explain your impression of it.
When it comes to arts and anything that is art-related, some of the most recognized artists immediately pop up in our minds such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Mozart and the like. Honestly speaking, I am not an art savvy or hold any particular interest in paintings or musical performance, yet, it would be a shame if I haven’t heard about some of the world’s renowned masterpieces that have gained public attention and recognition like Mona Lisa, The Scream and so on. I was especially impressed by The Starry Night, one of the Van Gogh’s most famous artworks and the pride of impressionism of all time.
I first heard about The Starry Night when I was still in primary school. The photo of said painting was printed in our artbook and even though it was poorly depicted due to the quality of the paper, The Starry Night still caught my attention. I, then, came across it once again in a documentary on TV, which was dedicated to present about a Dutch artist Van Gogh and his career. The Starry Night was created after Vin Gogh had mutilated his own ear and been residing a mental asylum. It is an oil on canvas and currently displayed at Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting was a night sky filled with swirling clouds, eddies of stars and a bright crescent moon. Beneath the hills lies a small town which appears to be tranquil and sluggish. To the very left of the painting is a significantly tall and imposing structure that is hard to interpreted and can be explained differently according to any beholder himself. The Starry Night gives me a sense of peacefulness and seclusion at the same time, which can also be why I always feel calm and secure everytime I see it. And I hope that I would be able to see this authentic piece of art in person in the near future.
- When it comes to: as for something; speaking about something
- Pop up (phrasal verb): to appear or happen, especially suddenly or unexpectedly
- Honestly speaking: to be honest
- Art savvy (n): well informed about or experienced in art
- Hold interest in: be interested in
- Renowned (a): well-known, famous
- Gain (public) attention: to draw attention
- Recognition (n): public praise and reward for somebody’s work or actions
- Impressionism (n): a style in painting developed in France in the late 19th century that uses colour to show the effects of light on things and to suggest atmosphere rather than showing exact details
- Artwork (n): a work of art, especially one in a museum
- Depict (v): to describe something in words, or give an impression of something in words or with a picture
- Be dedicated to: designed to be used for one particular purpose
- Mutilate (v): o damage somebody’s body very severely, especially by cutting or tearing off part of it
- Mental asylum (n): psychiatric hospitals
- Display (v): to put something in a place where people can see it easily; to show something to people
- Tranquil (a): quiet and peaceful
- Sluggish (a): moving, reacting or working more slowly than normal and in a way that seems lazy
- Imposing (a): impressive to look at; making a strong impression
- Interpret (v): to explain the meaning of something
- Beholder (n): a person who sees or observes someone or something
- Peacefulness (n): the state of being quiet and calm; the state of not being worried or disturbed in any way
- Seclusion (n): the state of being private or of having little contact with other people
- In person: if you do something in person, you go somewhere and do it yourself, instead of doing it by letter, asking somebody else to do it, etc.