Examiner: Where do you live?
Nikolas: I come from Moscow. I have lived there for 6 years. My family moved from the countryside when I was 12 years old.
Examiner: Do you still live with your family?
Nikolas: Yes, I do. I live with my parents and share a room with my brother. My brother still goes to school. He is only 8 years old.
Examiner: Do you like Moscow?
Nikolas: Yes, I love Moscow. When I first arrived, I didn’t like it much because it was so different, but I have grown accustomed to it. Now, I know my way around and have lots of friends.
Examiner: How has Moscow changed recently?
Nikolas: It has become more international, and more exciting. In the last few years, about ten new international restaurants have opened in my area alone and I often eat in them now with my friends. I have lots of international friends who have come to study at the University in Moscow, and we often meet in the evenings.
- accustomed adjective /əˈkʌstəmd/ (rather formal) familiar with something and accepting it as normal or usual
accustomed to something to become/get accustomed to something
1 What kinds of holidays do you like?
2 What was the last place you visited on holiday?
3 What kinds of transport do you use regularly?
4 How long have you lived in your home town?
5 Have you travelled to many different places in your country?
Examiner: What kinds of holidays do you like?
Student: I like beach holidays because well, I enjoy relaxing and I love the sun. I don’t really like city breaks or activity holidays. They’re too tiring for me. I work so hard that I like to just do nothing when I’m away. I usually go to Italy on holiday, which is really nice but quite expensive!
Examiner: What was the last place you visited on holiday?
Student: I went to one of the Greek islands last year. I was there for two weeks. I flew there but took the boat back, which was a real treat. I love travelling by boat! When I was there I saw a few sights and ate some of the local food, but mainly I just stayed by the pool and sunbathed.
Examiner: What kinds of transport do you use regularly?
Student: I live in a big city, Shanghai, and so I often use public transport. I go to work by bus which usually takes about thirty minutes. Lots of people in Shanghai travel by bike but I’ve never ridden a bicycle because I’m too scared! It sounds ridiculous but it’s true! I often visit my parents by train, but last week there was an accident so I took the bus.
Examiner: How long have you lived in your home town?
Student: I’ve lived here all my life. Although I’ve worked in lots of different cities, I’ve never stayed there for more than a few months. I was born in Shanghai and have lived here now for twenty one years. I lived with my parents when I was younger but now I’ve got a flat on my own in the city centre! It’s not very big but it suits me.
Examiner: Have you travelled to many different places in your country?
Student: Yes, I’ve travelled to lots of different cities in China. I’ve been to Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Harbin and Kunming. My favourite one was Beijing. I went there a couple of years ago and it was really fantastic. I didn’t realize how cold it was in Beijing. I was amazed. Apparently, it is really hot in the summer but really cold in the winter time. Unfortunately, I went in the winter !
- ridiculous adjective /rɪˈdɪkjələs/ very silly or unreasonable
apparently adverb /əˈpærəntli/ according to what you have heard or read; according to the way something appears