1.   Who teach you to be polite

Answer: Apparently, the people who taught me good manners are my parents. I can still remember when my mom taught me how to say “Please” and “Thank you” when I was about 3 years old. Most importantly, they are polite to people so growing up with good parents is something I am proud of. To an extent, they still remind me today to be kind to people.

Answer Overview:

  • Introduction
  • Reason and Example
  • Linking Phrase (Most importantly)
  • Summary (To an extent)


  1.    How do Chinese people show politeness

Answer: Well, I would say that politeness is one of the most important qualities Chinese people possess. The most common way we show politeness to someone is by being respectful to elders. Take me as an example, I often talk to my parents politely or to people who is older than me. As a result, they look up to me as a good person.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking phrase (Well, I would say that)
  • Reason, Linking Phrase (The most common way..)
  • Example, Linking Phrase (Take me as an example)
  • Summary (As a result)


  1.    What rules of politeness have changed in your country?

Answer: That’s an interesting question! I haven’t notice any changes when it comes to the rules but I can guess that some people now a days are impolite due to their upbringing and lifestyle. In fact, it breaks my heart to know that bad manners are taking over good deeds. For instance, some people borrow money from others and don’t return the money back on time. This is very impolite and can damage friendship.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Introductory phrase (That’s an interesting question! )
  • Reason, Linking Phrase (The most common way..)
  • Example, Linking Phrase (Take me as an example)
  • Summary (As a result)



The cue card for Vegetable or Plant falls under the OBJECT/ITEM category, however, this topic cannot be describe under an object like a piece of clothing or a kind of gift. Therefore, we created an independent answer for this cue card.

Cue Card:

Describe a kind of vegetable or plant

You should say:

What it is

How you first learned about this plant

Where it grows

And explain whether you like it or not



We are lucky to have different kinds of plants all around us. But today, I would like to talk to you about one of my favorite, it is a fruit and also a vegetable of which we eat almost everyday. I am pertaining to the tomato plant, which is found in all regions of China and all around the world. I have several reason as to why I like tomato very much. The first thing I would like to mention is, we use tomato in almost all kind of dishes. An example for this is a vegetable salad, we can mix it with other green leafy vegetables.  In addition to that, I love tomatoes that are cooked with eggs because we can add a twist to our simple omelet by adding this fruit. On the other hand, there are varieties of tomatoes in my country, as a matter of fact, I have even grown tomato plants in my kitchen garden. However, only few people know that the leaves and stem of the tomato is toxic. You know, they contain a certain substance, which can cause death if taken in large quantity. What is more, even the raw or green tomato has a small bit of toxicity. On the contrary, tomato is a rich source of  vitamins and good nutrients so I strongly suggest that it should be eaten but we must avoid consuming the leaves and stems. All in all, tomato is very beneficial to our health which cannot only serve as a vegetable but can also be a fruit.


Answer Overview:
The tomato topic falls under the category of  an OBJECT/ITEM  theme. The context consist of three parts: Introduction, body content and the Summary. Basing from the answer, you can see several important ideas mentioned such as examples where tomatoes are used, the benefits and some facts about it. Also, linking phrases were included to connect the sentences better.


Linking Words & Phrases used:

  • I would like to talk to you about, I am pertaining to, The first thing I want to mention is, An example for this is, In addition to that, On the other hand, However, You know, What is more, On the contrary, so I strongly suggest that, All in all



  1. Do people in your country like growing plants by themselves?

Answer: Well, I would say it depends, this may vary from the geographical location. You know, for people in the suburbs they most likely grow their own crops because they have a wide space like a barn or a plantation to grow their plants. What’s more, this can ensure the quality of food is fresh especially vegetables and fruits like cabbage, carrots and strawberries. Another reason is that, they make this as a primary source of income, they sell their products on public market in town. Basically, this is where most people make money.


Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking phrase (I would say that)
  • First point, Linking phrase (You know)
  • Second point, Linking phrase (What’s more)
  • Additional Point, Linking phrase(Another reason is that)
  • Opinion, Linking word (basically)


  1. Where do people grow plants?

Answer: There are several places where people plant their crops. The most common is the rice field, I can say that it’s the best place to grow your plants because of the fact that rice fields has good soil quality and is sufficient for sunlight especially those plants that requires direct sunlight such as rice, corns, etc. But for some, they usually grow their plants on their back yard, they make a small area to plant some crops and some area to grow their flowers. Take my grandma as an example, she has a small backyard where she garden her plants everyday. She has varieties of tomatoes and  flowers in it.


Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, Linking phrase (The most common is) Reason, Linking Phrase (because of the fact that)
  • Example, Linking phrase (especially those)
  • Second Point, Linking phrase(But for some)
  • Example, Linking Phrase (Take my grandma as an example)


  1. What do you think is the most important plant in your country?

Answer: It is no doubt that paddy plant is the most essential plant in my country because rice is the main food in China. You know,  people in China eat rice or noodles as part of their heavy meal. According to my history class, in ancient China people found a solution to feed their stomach using some basic ingredients, it is then they invented fried rice which has become the most common part of Chinese people’s meal especially in the Southern area. I can tell that, it is not only an affordable meal but also a healthy meal as you can add vegetables and some seasoning to make it flavorful.  So I have the thought that if there is no enough supply of rice, most people will starve especially the needy ones.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking phrase (It is no doubt)
  • First point, Linking phrase (You know)
  • Example, Linking phrase (According to my history class)
  • Additional example’s point, Linking phrase (I can tell that)
  • Opinion, Linking phrase (So I have the thought that)


  1. Do you want to be a farmer in the future?

Answer: Farming is a decent job, I highly respect them and without farmers we will have no supply of crops, however, in my personal view point, I don’t think it is a suitable job for me due to the reason that I want to be a good doctor. I have been an aspiring doctor since I was a kid and may parents have been very supportive about it. The main reason why I want to be a doctor is because I want to help cure diseases all over China and to help spread health awareness to people. I respect farmers but being a farmer is not something I have thought of doing in the future.


Answer Overview:

  • Long response
  • First point, Linking phrase (however, in my personal view point)
  • Reason, linking phrase (due to the reason that)
  • Another Point, Linking phrase(The main reason why)
  • Opinion
  1. What do you think of farmers?

Answer: Well, honestly speaking I have a high respect to our farmers and I have few points to justify my opinion. First thing is that, farming is a difficult task, it takes so much energy and patience. As we know, farming is a physical job where it requires you to carry heavy crops and equipment, dig the soil, water the plants, etc. Another point here is that, they only earn less but still they are contented of their life. They feel blessed when they have good and abundant crops as they can make a living and serves as their source of food as well. So, I must say that the government must also pay attention to our farmers’ need because they serve an important role in our industry. Without them we will have no supply of vegetables and fruits.

Answer Overview:

  • Long response, Linking Phrase (Well, honestly speaking)
  • First point, Linking phrase (First thing is that)
  • Reason, linking phrase (As we know)
  • Additional, Linking phrase(Another point here is that)
  • Opinion, Linking Phrase (So, I must say that)

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