Track 01

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


Track 02

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?

Track 03

ExaminerWhat kinds of holidays do you like?

StudentI 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!

ExaminerWhat was the last place you visited on holiday?

StudentI 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.

ExaminerWhat kinds of transport do you use regularly?

StudentI 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