Socialising (These prompts are primarily meant for FCE candidates.)

Q: Can you tell us a little about where you’re from?
A: I’m from Berrhoea by birth although my parents’ origin(s) is from Peloponnese. Since I’ve been living in this town for fifteen years, I suppose I’ve acquired its local colour, which isn’t v. distinctive anyway.
Q: Is it known for anything in particular?
A: For one thing, Berrhoea is famous for its numerous old churches (nowadays there’re forty-eight of them). Besides, it’s known for its gastronomic special(i)ty named “revani” – a sweet made of milk, eggs, and semolina.
Q: Could you tell me about your plans for the future?
A: Well, I think I’m too young to be making any plans, I just envisage/envision that I’d become a journalist when I grow up; the idea of having access to, and conveying, up-to-date information really appeals to me. I’d also like to take to computing seriously.
Q: How did you become interested in computers?
A: On the one hand, computing is one of our school subjects. Often, I’m amazed at the enormous potential computers have, especially with regard to the Internet. After all, my father says computer-literacy is indispensable if I am to follow a brilliant career.
Q: How do you usually spend your free time?
A: Oh! I do lots of things but what I enjoy most is painting. I regard it as the ideal way to express myself and give a channel to my strong feelings and… desires!
Q: How did you become interested in painting?
A: I know what I’m going to tell you sounds a bit arrogant but it’s true, for, as time passed, I realised that I’m somewhat talented! I wouldn’t take pride in that of course – I know it’s hereditary.
Q: What’s the area you live in like?
A: It’s quite strange – I mean it’s something in-between a town and countryside. There’re plenty of blocks of flats/high rises but most of them are surrounded by gardens and trees.
Q: Would you ever consider moving to the country?
A: I don’t think so. My neighbourhood overlooks the opposite bank of the Tripotamos. Thanks to its vegetation it has a lot of fresh air, too. Furthermore, it combines a few urban facilities, such as schools and supermarkets, which are scarce in the country.
Q: Where do you usually go on holiday?
A: My family and I either rent a room in a seaside resort of Chalcidice or go to our villa at Xeroleibadon.
Q: And what do you do while you’re on holiday?
A: I enjoy the amenities of nature; when by the sea, I go swimming, boating, fishing and sunbathing. At Bermion, I go hiking and trekking all over the woods and highlands. In parallel, I meet old acquaintances and make new friends.
Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: I’m deeply fond of Greek pop music. I think it’s good fun and highly inspiring. I believe most pop singers offer a lot to the present generations, which are overwhelmed by stress and nervousness.
Q2: What sort of music do you like?
A2: Mainly Greek pop music. It sounds excellent. I do esteem modern artists and music currently produced is superb: witty lyrics, captivating melodies, catchy rhythms.
Q: How do you dress when you go dancing?
A: I don’t put on anything in particular. I always dress casually, so my clothing is cool and light. I might choose something more expensive and more glamo(u)rous than what I usually wear on special occasions, though.
Q: Can you tell me a little about your family?
A: My family consists of five members. I’ve got two younger brothers who attend primary/elementary school. Fortunately, all four of my grandparents are still alive and we enjoy their companionship and wisdom.
Q: Would you like to do your father’s job when you leave school?
A: My father’s a building contractor and, to the present, I don’t feel like following in his footsteps. First of all, I think that this occupation is not appropriate for a woman…
Q: How long have you been learning English?
A: For six years but I still have some difficulty (in) mastering some of its grammatical structures and a great deal of its vocabulary. Nevertheless, I hesitate to speak the language for fear of making mistakes.
Q: How important is English for your future plans?
A: Well, I can’t tell exactly but, provided that for virtually every post employers require a competent user of English, I assume it’ll better my future prospects.
Q: Do you do any sports?
A: Yes, I do gymnastics. I’m lucky enough to be at a school with a well-equipped gymnasium. What’s more, our gym master is very helpful. The only problem is that I haven’t got the time to practise more often than I do.
Q: Do you think it’s important to do a sport?
A: Sure, it’s indispensable. First, it exhilarates and strengthens you. Secondly, it makes you fit and disciplined. And… compared to other pastimes like watching television or playing computer games it’s far better for people my age.
Q: What kind of food do you like?
A: I eat almost everything because I believe that I’d be even fed up with the most delicious food if I were to eat it daily. My favourite dish though is moussaka, baked aubergines with mashed meat and cream.
Q: Where do you go with your friends in your spare time?
A: We usually go for a walk at a park or go window-shopping. Often we go to a coffee bar or to watch a film at the cinema/movie theater.
Q: Which do you prefer more, watching TV or going to the cinema?
A: Both have advantages and drawbacks; the former is cheaper and more easily accessible whereas the latter offers the chance to meet others. On the other hand, quality films don’t appear on TV until long later than cinema.
Q: What sort of films do you like?
A: I adore thrillers, since I relish the sense of adventure and I consider myself a man of action. I also love comedies; some actors are such good fun that I hold my sides with laughter.
Q2: How about you, do you watch much TV?
A2: No, not really. I’d rather read a magazine or turn on the radio to listen to music. By the way, I’ve got a fine collection of CDs.
Q: What’s the weather like today?
A: It’s warm and pretty sunny with some spells of cloudiness.
Q: Does the weather affect the way you feel at all?
A: Hardly ever; I spend most of my time indoors without looking through any window. As a result, most of the time I don’t even realise when the sun sets!
Q2: How about you?
A2: Contrary to my interlocutor my disposition gravely depends (up)on weather conditions. You see, I tend to feel optimistic when it’s sunny but sad when it’s cloudy.
Q: What are your plans for the summer holidays?
A: I haven’t made up my mind yet. I hope I’ll be visiting my cousin who studies in Rome by the end of June. Perhaps then we’ll fly back to Greece together and tour round the Cyclades._