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Positive Change

DESCRIBE A POSITIVE CHANGE THAT YOU MADE TO YOUR LIFE.

You should say:

– what the change is

– why it was important to  make the change

– how you made the change

and explain how important this positive this change is

 

The positive change that I would like to talk about is getting up earlier. They say old habits die hard, which made perfect sense to me when I first started to get rid of my unhealthy routine. There were so many temptations during the night time that kept me awake for hours. And it could be anything such as the latest episode of The Walking Dead, a music video that I had been counting down for weeks to be released or I simply wanted to meet a deadline because I had been procrastinating for a month and so on. As a result, going to bed after 1 or 2 AM was inevitable. It took me long enough to be fully aware of how destructive this sleeping habit could be for me, both physically and mentally, especially in a long run. Therefore, I had no choice but to give up that kind of toxic habit.

I have learnt a lot since starting waking up early in the morning. The key is starting small and taking one step at a time. It was so tiresome and torturing at the beginning that I tended to get irritated whenever anyone approached me about 10 minutes into my running session. However, everything has its own way of getting better and so is my temper. I now feel fully energized and extremely refreshing in the morning and even more productive at work.

 

Vocabulary

Accomplish: to succeed in doing or completing something

early riser: person who wakes up early in the morning

old habits die hard: People find it difficult to change their accustomed behavior

make sense: to be clear and easy to understand

get rid of: to remove or throw away something unwanted

procrastinate: to delay doing something that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it

inevitable: that you cannot avoid or prevent

tiresome: making you feel annoyed

 

PART 3

Let’s talk more about change in general:

 

How is your country changing?

Well, economic growth has reached nearly 7% on average in the past few years so I do believe that our country is gearing up and on the right track to build a better future. It can be seen in the number of skyscrapers are being built and the quality of young workforce in comparison with those of many years before. We are also attracting more and more potential investors and continue to establish and consolidate strategic partnerships with countries within and outside the regions.

 

Vocabulary

gear up: to prepare for an activity or event

on the right track: to be doing something in a way that will bring good results

skyscraper: a very tall building in a city

in comparison with: when compared with somebody/something

consolidate: to make a position of power or success stronger so that it is more likely to continue

 

What changes have smart phones brought to our lives?

Smart phones are considered to be indispensable accessories to almost everyone in this digital era due to its convenience and usefulness. Gone are the days when phones can only be used to call or send messages, now they are changing the way we communicate, work and entertain. They are equipped with high resolution cameras for users to capture the moments in its finest. A wide range of applications assisting people in almost everything from personal finance, education to stress-reducing provided by online app stores are ready to be downloaded. With just one light touch on the screen, the world will be in the palm of your hand.

Vocabulary

Indispensable: too important to be without

communicate: exchange information

in the palm of your hand: under your complete control

 

Do you think people working from home would be a positive change?

No I don’t think so. Most people don’t have self-discipline, which means they are unable to accomplish their tasks without constant supervision or tend to procrastinate until the deadline. This can cause serious trouble and have detrimental effect on the whole project, especially if it’s a teamwork. Therefore, even though people can work remotely from home, companies still do not take risk when it comes to business.

Vocabulary

procrastinate: delay or waste time

detrimental: negative influence

 

Do you think people’s work in the future will be heavily affected by technology?

I suppose so. We don’t need to look further to realize that machinery is taking over almost everything that used to need manual labor. Since Henry Ford adopted assembling technique in mass production back in the 20th century, the number of employees working in areas where technology could do 10 times more efficiently has been dropping. Hence, with the speed of innovations being introduced to the world now, we should be embraced for the impact coming from technology regarding our jobs in the near future.

There is no doubt that: undoubtedly

manual labor: physical work done by people

adopt: to accept or start to use something new

innovation: a new idea or method

embrace: to accept something enthusiastically

 

Compare the pace of technological progress in the past and in the present.

As far as I am concerned, the pace of technological advancement in the present has completely outstripped that in the past. Take iPhone for example. Every year, a new version of iPhone is launched to meet Apple’s users’ expectation. Sometimes, not one or two, but three different versions at the same time such as iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. There are not only changes in their appearances with new colors or

wider screens, the software is also upgraded with more advanced features. Therefore, in comparison with the past, technology nowadays is moving with lightning speed.

– advancement: progress

outstrip: be faster, better or more successful

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