IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Names
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Does your name have any special meaning?
Sample answer 1: I don’t think there is any special meaning for my name. My grandpa picked this character from an ancient dictionary based on the time I was born.
Sample answer 2: Yes. In China, parents usually name their children by carefully choosing Chinese characters with meanings that they hope their children will embody. For example, characters chosen to name boys usually denote strength and might while those for girls often convey beauty and elegance. In my case, the second character of my first name means gorgeousness.
2. How would you choose names for your next generation?
Sample answer 1: I’m not sure. Maybe I will name my child after someone I admire. For example, I think Henry Ford is a great man, so I might name my son Henry. But I still need inputs from my significant other before making the final decision.
Sample answer 2: I haven’t thought about that yet. Well, if I had a child, I might think of something unconventional to name him or her. I wouldn’t go so far as to name my child like what Elon musk did, but I want my baby to have something unusual.
3. Are there any differences between how Chinese name their children now and in the past?
Sample answer 1: Definitely, you can sometimes easily tell people’s rough age by their names. Many baby boomers are named “Jianguo” which means establish the country or “jianjun” which means establish the army. Those names are very popular partly because their parents went through the World War II. Now, children’s names are a lot more creative and unique.
Sample answer 2: I think the naming method remains almost the same, you know, looking up in the dictionary to find characters that convey positive meaning. What does change though is the characters that parents prefer. For example, names of baby boomers often include characters which mean “nation”, “construction” because back then the new China was just founded, parents wanted their children to contribute to the development of the new country. Then in the 80s and 90s, many millennials were named after their parents’ favorite character from the novels they read. I’m not sure what are popular characters these days, but it seems there are more diversity and creativity than in the past.
4. Does anyone in your family have the same name as you?
No, that doesn’t happen for Chinese names. Unlike in western cultures kids are often named after their family members like their grandparents or uncles, aunts, we Chinese don’t do that. In china, it’ll be pretty awkward to call your child the same name as your parents or grandparents.
5. Are there many names that are more popular than others in China?
6. Is it easy for you to remember people’s names?
Sample 1: No. It isn’t. Names are difficult to remember because they are arbitrary information. And humans are terrible at remembering arbitrary information.
Sample 2: It’s very hard to say. Well, it’s really easy for me it’s a piece of cake for me to remember Chinese people’s names because I’m very familiar with Chinese family names. You know like … They’re very common Chinese family names in China. However, if you ask me the name of which is about foreign names especially the Japanese name or English names, I think is pretty hard for me because some of their family names are very hard for me to remember. Because they are probably not from English language.
Sample 3: Honestly, no it’s not easy it’s rather a big challenge for me because first I wouldn’t spend time on purpose you know remembering other people’s names. I’d rather spend more time staying with them and then I would just remember their names naturally. After I, You know become their friends or something and sometimes I think it’s more difficult for me to remember foreign people’s names because their family names are so complicated and sometimes I do not even know how to pronounce the name properly. Yeah, I’ve had a few embarrassing moments because I can’t remember the names.
7. Will you forget other people’s names if others forget your name?
I think this is irrelevant. How I forget or remember a name depends on my memory system.
8. How to strengthen your memory
My teacher once said that memory strength is just like muscular strength. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. But you can’t lift the same size weight every day and expect to get stronger. You’ll need to keep your brain constantly challenged. Therefore, learning a new skill is an excellent way to strengthen your brain’s memory capacity.
9. How do you remember people’s names?
Sample 1: Well, how do I remember people’s names? I basically remember the name with my poor memory. You know actually, I’m not good at remembering people’s names. Simply, because I’m not good at yeah. That’s the main problem. But anyway if the person is very pretty or very good looking, I guess I will remember his or her name very firmly, or the guy looks very strange or very different from others. Their name probably will be remembered very well in this way.
Sample 2: Well, there are several ways. First, I would like to write their names done on my phone or just on a piece of paper or on my notebook. So that, I can check them out, you know when I get time. I bet I will remember this name soon. And there’s another possibility that people will just give me their business cards. Sometimes, they add me as which are friends and send me their names immediately as messages yeah that’s all helpful.
Sample 3: Well, I guess there are some different methods. One good way is that maybe I Can ask this person about how they got this name is any special meaning behind the name. Because when you know in Chinese tradition parents usually will choose some particular names for their children to give them the best wishes or help they have a good luck something like that, or maybe there are some stories behind the name. So, after hearing those kinds of explanations, maybe I will have a very deep impression about that so can it help me to remember this person’s name.
10. How do you feel when people can’t remember your name?
Sample 1: Well, I think I probably will not feel too surprised because I would not feel too embarrassed. Because this kind of thing is quite normal or common. Because sometimes people will just have this kind of memory loss. You know, it happens to everybody. Nobody’s perfect. I also do the same thing sometimes, to be honest, so I can totally understand how people will react like that. So I think I’m basically because I’m not a very self-centered person. So this kind of behavior will not hurt my self-esteem I think. I would just kindly remind them or tell them about my name again. So they will just maybe remember that.
Sample 2: Well, I can totally understand why others are not familiar with my name. I have to say my name is quite common and it’s not very unique. Then, when I find that others cannot remember my name, I will introduce myself again. It doesn’t matter. You know the life based so fast, and there are a lot of new people, so it’s quite natural for people to forget others names.
Sample 3: Um, well, I feel very common. You know, because I always meet this kind of occasion in my life. I just think probably my name is very hard to pronounce for them or I am not pretty enough to make them remember me well. You know, there are a lot of reasons that they cannot remember my name right. so I’m kind of used to this kind of situation.
11. Do you often forget people’s names?
Sample 1: It seldom happens, honestly. Although it’s a bit challenging for me to remember other people’s names, I have remembered their names. It’s hard for me to you know forget. It just sticks to my mind. Because usually, I will just get to know this person and we will have some shared memories definitely. And, I would just associate his name with his or her experience and stories and then this person suddenly becomes more charming and charismatic. So, I wouldn’t forget them easily.
Sample 2: Well, yes it really happens to me many times. I feel very awkward and embarrassed when I forget my newly made friends’ names or my new classmate’s names. You know, because I think it’s very um disrespect to them, and I think I should have remembered their names. However, I have a really bad memory that’s a big problem.
Sample 3: Well, unfortunately, I don’t have this kind of ability. So it’s happening to me all the time. I have to admit that. You know, it’s embarrassing to say. Because I’ve been meeting a lot of people and they can just introduce themselves very briefly or even without any introduction. So, later when I miss them again, I often will just not recall their names. They just sleep on mice. You know, things happen all the time which is something I need to change maybe because I want to show my respect today.
1. Arbitrary (adj) (of an action, a decision, a rule, etc.) not seeming to be based on a reason, system or plan and sometimes seeming unfair
The choice of players for the team seemed completely arbitrary.
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