Part 1 Topics:Mirrors, Robots, Shoes + Notes

Part 1 Topics:Mirrors, Robots, Shoes + Notes

Mirrors (New)

  1. Do you often look at yourself in the mirror?

Absolutely not! I’ve got two mirrors in my flat and I try to avoid them as much as possible because well… I’m not much of a looker as you can probably tell.

 

  1. When do you usually look in a mirror?

As part of my morning routine, I need to comb my hair and shave, so that’s when I have to use the mirror. Other times, maybe when I’m trying new clothes on, then I use the full-body one in the living room.

 

  1. Have you bought many mirrors?

No, not at all. Like I said, I’m not one of those people who go to extreme lengths to make sure they look immaculate at all times, so there’s really no need to put mirrors everywhere.

 

  1. Do you think mirrors are necessary ornaments?

Well, yes, obviously. I imagine in most cultures, the social etiquette dictates that one should make oneself presentable when in public, so a quick check in the mirror before going out is part of most people’s daily routine, thus making mirrors irreplaceable(indispensable).

  1. What do you think of using mirrors to decorate rooms?

Well, it’s obviously a good way to make the room more spacious than it is but apart from that, I really don’t see any other benefits. It can feel kind of tacky. Also, it can be rather confusing when it’s your first time in a room and there’s huge mirrors on the walls.

 

Robots (New)

  1. Do you like robots?

I don’t think I’ve seen many robots in real life to be honest but the ones I’ve seen in movies or TV shows, I quite enjoyed how they were portrayed.

 

  1. What kinds of robots would you like to have?

I don’t know if you’ve seen the film Interstellar, but in it there’s a very funny robot called TARS, who can do so many things but more importantly has a humour function where you can set the value from zero to 100%. I was really impressed by it and have been dreaming about getting one one day.

 

  1. Will robots change our society significantly?

Yes, undoubtedly! As a matter of fact, I think they’ve already changed our society a lot! I mean you see it in the news every day where they talk about robots replacing humans in various fields such as manufacturing, scientific research and deep-sea exploration, etc. As far as I know, robots are responsible for a huge number of job losses in many countries. So, I can’t even begin to imagine how they’ll change our world in 100 years’ time.

Shoes (New)

  1. What shoes do you usually like to wear, the comfortable ones or the fashionable ones?

Personally, I prefer the comfortable ones, since they make walking much less tiring and there’s less of a chance to get blisters, even when they’re new. And to be honest, I don’t think I even own a pair of fashionable shoes. I have no need for them.

 

  1. Do you like to buy shoes online?

Well, I can’t say I like it but I’ve definitely done it, multiple times, the reason being the shoes I wanted to buy were available in China, so I had to find websites that carried them and would ship to China. It was an arduous experience but felt worth it in the end.

 

  1. What is your favorite pair of shoes?

My favourite pair of shoes are the new custom-made Nike training shoes that I bought last year. They’re mainly a white colour with navy blue edges and the best thing about them is that you can print a word of your choice on the outside of each shoe, so I had my and my girlfriend’s initials printed.

 

  1. Did you have any special shoes to wear when you were a child?

Oh yes, I did. I remember when I was primary school, probably second or third grade and went to my aunt’s home for the summer and they had these rather odd-looking shoes laying around. They were sort of loafers with checker patterns. My aunt told me my cousin had been trying to sell those but no one like them, so she said I could take them if they fit. So for the next two years, those were the only shoes I wore to school. I’ve found out recently that they’re quite fashionable in China. What a bizarre experience that was!

 

Notes:

  • Not much of a looker: 不是什么美人
  • Do someone’s makeup
  • (absolutely)Immaculate 完美,无瑕疵
  • go to extreme lengths to do sth:
  • 想尽一切办法做什么事。。
  • Social etiquette: 社交礼仪
  • Dictate (dictator): 决定(独裁者)
  • Indispensable:不可或缺的
  • Presentable: 像样的,体面的,拿得出手的。
  • Tacky: 便宜没品味的
  • Roomba, Wall-E, Eva, TARS
  • , cola, hoover(vacuum cleaner)
  • Can’t begin to imagine/understand(fathom):根本无法想象/理解
  • Arduous 繁琐的,费劲的
  • Context/collocation
  • https://piratebay.co.in/
  • Checker 黑白格子
  • Fashionable
  • National anthem 国歌
  • Rendition :版本
  • Be topped 被超越
  • In light of sth: 鉴于,考虑到。
  • Unilateral 单方面,bilateral
  • Unisex (clothes, toilet)
  • Au‘tonomous regions 自治区
  • Naked truth 赤裸裸的真理
  • In a nutshell; 一言以蔽之
  • Seizure: 癫痫,抽风
  • The loch ness monster 尼斯湖水怪
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5ppnre/what_myth_has_been_debunked_many_many_times_but/

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