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1、When do you have free time?
Well, in actual fact, I suppose I would have to say that it really depends. Like for instance, if I’m not up to my ears in homework, then I may have time to indulge my own interests at weekends. Whereas in contrast, when the final test comes, I would hardly find a moment to relax.
2、What do you do in your spare time?
It varies, I mean, it depends on the amount of free time I have. A few weeks ago, I would normally immerse myself in a light novel during lunch breaks or after dinner, but these days, I’m just too busy with my work that the only thing I crave is some sleep, so all my spare time would be devoted to taking a quick nap.
3、What do you do to relax?
These days, I’ve been suffering from severe stress and depression due to the excessive amount of workload I have, and the only time I can relax is during my 4 – 5 hours of sleep every night. So, it may sound a little bit weird, but the only thing I can do to relax is, sadly, sleep.
4、What do you usually do after work or classes?
I work evening shifts, so I stop at around 9 p.m. and leave work 15 – 30 minutes later on a daily basis. Most shops have already closed at that time, and there are not many recreational activities left to do if you don’t want to hang around bars, so I often go straight home to take a hot shower and have a late dinner. Once in a while, my boyfriend would take me to the movies after work, but I would fall asleep halfway through the film.
5、How do you usually spend your weekends?
I’m not a party animal, so I always refuse all the party invitations from my friends during weekends. Instead, I would visit a café on my own and indulge myself with a nice cup of earl grey and some new book I’ve found on Amazon. That couldn’t be more perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
6、Do your friends ever come to your home in their free time?
Definitely yes. As my house is within walking distance of my school, some of my friends often come over to my home for lunch and a nap whenever we have classes in the afternoon. Sometimes, we have a sleepover party at weekends as my parents are pretty comfortable with me inviting friends to our home.
7、Do you think old and young people spend their leisure time in the same way?
Unfortunately, no. Family bonds would be strengthened significantly if this happened in real life. However, it’s no surprise that the youth and the elderly hardly ever share the same interests due to the huge generation gap, so they would have no chance to do the same thing in their spare time. You’re most likely to find youngsters on their phones, and on the other hand, old people would often be found doing some conventional activities for leisure like playing chess or knitting.
8、If you had a child, what leisure places would you go with your child?
Well, I know children are often crazy about amusement parks and if I had children, I suppose they would definitely beg me to take them there. Unfortunately, I can’t stand crowded and noisy places, so maybe instead of that, I would take my kids to some leafy area, like a national park or botanic gardens, where we could discover more about nature.
9、Do you think it is important to have leisure time?
As a matter of fact, I would say yes. Having quality leisure time means we can enhance our communication skills and self-esteem by engaging in group activities based on shared interests we can explore in book clubs, or exercise groups. Therefore, it helps relieve boredom and improves our physical and emotional health, giving us the balance needed to focus on our other, more stressful, daily activities.
10、What do you think is the importance of leisure time in life?
Adequate and frequent leisure time keeps our lives balanced. What I mean is if we just stay focused on our work and study without proper relaxation, we would eventually find ourselves exhausted and may suffer from all kinds of mental conditions related to stress, like depression or bipolar disorder. So, I do believe that leisure time plays an integral part in people’s lives.
11、Do you think modern lifestyles give people enough time for leisure?
It’s hard to say. Nowadays, people can have access to more and more entertainment facilities, and these facilities can accommodate our demands for recreation at any time. That’s why it’s become harder to distinguish between working hours and leisure time, which means you can’t really tell whether the current lifestyles can give people an adequate amount of time for leisure.
12、Do you think people today have more time to relax compared to the past?
We do have more time to relax now compared with the amount we had in the past thanks to a great number of technological advances, which are gradually replacing people’s involvement in many fields. However, many people now are refusing to take a break, perhaps because they just don’t want to be made redundant in modern society.
13、Compare the way people in China relax today and the way they used to relax years ago?
As the quality of life has improved substantially in recent years, there have been considerable changes to the way Chinese people indulge themselves. It is common knowledge that people nowadays tend to consider high-tech devices as a means of entertainment in their leisure time. Whereas in the past, people seemed to be more active as they spent their free time doing outdoor activities such as playing sports or hanging out with friends.
14、How does that (the way Chinese people like to relax) compare with western countries?
From my perspective, the way Westerners and Chinese people entertain themselves has many aspects in common. For instance, both cultures often consider shopping as an effective aid to de-stress and cheer themselves up. Meanwhile, men are pretty into having a cup of coffee with a small group of friends in their leisure time.