Part One – Introduction
Q. Good morning. My name is … Could you tell me your name, please?
A. Good morning. Thank you for the question. I am David Henry.
Q. Please show me your identification/ passport?
A. Sure. Here it is.
That’s fine. Thank you.
Q. Do you work or are you a student?
A. I am a student. I am in my 10th semester and expecting to finish my graduation within a year.
Q. What subject are you a studying?
A. I am an undergraduate in public relation at a local university in Indonesia.
Q. Why did you choose that subject?
A. I picked this subject as I love to communicate with people and if I have some academic degrees, I would be able to make the communication more effectively. The demand for this subject in the job market is quite high and I would love to have a great career in the field I feel passionate about.
Q. Are there things you don’t like about it?
A. Uhh…. Actually, the number of courses is overwhelming and I need to submit too many papers to our course teachers in each semester. This is perhaps the only thing I do not enjoy about this course.
Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
Describe a friend with whom you like to spend your time.
You should say:
- when and how you two met
- how often you see this friend
- what kind of personality your friend has
and say why you like spending time with this friend.
[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
I met with Irene at the university. She sat beside me on the very first day of the class in our new semester. The classes began in the last month and I met her first then. She was a transferred student from China and she is a very nice young lady and loves to socialize with others. As part of her socialisation, I was introduced to her. She talks a bit more and rarely allows her surrounding people to talk when she is in the flow! However, this is a nice cue card task for me. And I am glad about the question. Here is the remaining answer of this candidate task.
I meet with Irene almost every day. In this short span of time, she has become one of my closest friends for her nature. In fact, I meet her even on the weekends as she is my neighbour as well. When we meet, we discuss numerous issues together. The most important thing about meeting her is that I can know about many things from her. And she loves to share her knowledge and experience with everyone, and particularly with me as I am a good listener.
To be frank, Irene has a very strong personality. She is a loyal and cheerful girl and though she talks much about any of the issues, everyone loves her too much as none of her speeches is offensive. She also has a strong mentality to help and support others in their needs. I am really proud of her.
I love to spend time with this person. And there are some interesting reasons. Whenever I seek any help to her, she never refuses and even if I ask something at the midnight, she replies me with necessary information. Moreover, Irene has some similarities with me. Both of us love reading books and share books with each other.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion
Q. Do you have many friends? Why? Why not?
A. Yes, I do have many friends. Most of them are from college and the university I am currently studying. It is important to have many friends in our university level as it enhances our knowledge and experience about different cultures and customs. Moreover, they are helpful for a better academic and university life.
Q. How much people in your country value friendship?
A. Thank you for this nice question. Friendship in Indonesia is highly valued. In fact, friends are the most intimate people after family in our country. They stand by each other’s’ side both in happiness and bad time. They care for each other and share a great deal of information with them. Besides, the relationships are based on some mutual understanding like trust, honesty, empathy etc. Further, people value friendship for some other reasons in my country. A friend might be the best company for someone when there is none to pass time with. Friends are always ready to provide a helping hand in all situations and overall passing time with them is fun. Hence, the locals of Indonesia consider friendship a blessing.
Q. It is often said that a good friend is like a family member. Do you agree? Why/why not?
A. I completely agree with the statement. A good friend is a family member in our culture. Friends are part of life, woes, health, and happiness. We share our moments with them regardless of happiness or sorrows. They are the people who love to be with us all the time. And with the passage of time, they become intimate with us. We love sharing each and every event that takes place in our lives with our friends. The power of sharing, regular activities and other things create the bond stronger. Gradually, they take a large part of our heart and become a family member. Undoubtedly, friends often become more important than relatives. Therefore, I think a good friend is more than a friend and maybe like a family member.
Q. What are the differences between real life friends and online friends?
A. Well, there are few differences between virtual friends and real-life friends. We meet the real-life friends in person while this is nearly impossible to meet an online friend who lives in another part of the world. Virtual friends are unable to accompany someone. But real life friends are able to meet us when we need them. Besides, the availability of online friends in times of necessity is not guaranteed. They might not be present on the screen when you are online. The scenario is opposite in case of real-life friends. If we need someone, we may make a phone call or reach their home to get them. Further, sharing everything with an online friend is unexpected and may result in bad experiences. But sharing problems or issues with real-life friends might help to find a potential solution.
Q. Can people from different cultures and countries become good friends? Why/why not?
A. This is a critical question to answer. Friendship starts and grows when some fundamental aspects match between two people. So, people of different cultures might be friends if there are certain similarities. I think the similarities should be lingual, mental, and intellectual among others. For instance, without knowing a language, it impossible to communicate. And so, both the parties should know the same language or a common language that they can use for communication. Besides, if there is lack of mental maturity or adjustment, this is not possible for two people from different cultures to become friends. Intellectual equality is another fact to consider for such a friendship. People usually make friends who have the same intelligence level. And if there is maladjustment with intellectual level, there are fewer chances to befriend someone of a different culture.
Q. Do you think a female’s expectation for a friend is different than that of a male? How?
A. Uhhh …. Yes, some differences are visible among the boys and girls in terms of their expectation from their friends. Men mostly want to share their interests and have some good conversations with friends. But females are a bit different here. They are mostly fond of caring. They want their friends to care for them. They also love to talk and share very personal information with good friends. Men, on the other hand, love to talk in an interactive manner and appreciate the participation of others in sports they prefer.