Spending time with others
Do you like being around other people? Would you prefer to stay alone or with other people? What do you and your friends do together? Do you remember a time when you needed to cooperate with others?
Vocabulary
  • Natter (noun) - a friendly conversation without any particular purpose, or an example of this.
  • Competent (adj.) - having the skills or knowledge to do something well enough to meet a basic standard.
  • Thrilled (adj.) - extremely happy about something.
  • Hold out (phrasal verb) - to continue in a situation that is dangerous or difficult.
  • Contingent on/upon sth - depending on something else in the future in order to happen.
  • To exploit (verb) - to use someone or something unfairly for your own advantage.
  • Head out (phrasal verb) - to go in a particular direction.
  • Comparatively (adj.) - as compared to something else.
  • To reminisce (verb) - to talk or write about past experiences that you remember with pleasure.
  • Anecdote (noun) - a short, often funny story, especially about something someone has done.
  • To cooperate (verb) - to act or work together for a particular purpose, or to be helpful by doing what someone asks you to do. (B2)
  • Instance (noun) - a particular situation, event, or fact, especially an example of something that happens generally.
  • To collaborate (verb) - to work with someone else for a special purpose. (C1)
Questions and answers
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M: Do you like talking to people?

R: I love a good natter, doesn't everyone? Especially if it's about something I'm into, or if people have lots of questions about something I can help them out with. I suppose there has to be some sort of constructive point to it. But generally, yes, I do like talking to people.

M: Do you like being around other people?

R: Usually. Particularly if they're, I don't know, competent or interesting to be around. I doubt anyone's thrilled by being with those who complain about, well, everything and don't hold out any chance of finding a solution. It's just a waste of time that sort of sucks the energy out of the room, doesn't it?

M: Would you prefer to stay alone or with other people?

R: Well, that's contingent on what I'm doing. If I have an essay to write, then I prefer to be by myself. However, I'll be the first to admit that it's better if other people are around, in general, you can share ideas and have a good time, and you probably get more done.

M: Do you like to spend time with friends?

R: Well, doesn't everyone? I don't see the point in having friends if you don't want to hang out with them? Even if it's online, you would ideally still want to be around them. I mean, I can't think of any other circumstance when you wouldn't want to have friends unless it's, I don't know, to exploit them for some sort of purpose. But then they're not really your friends, are they?

M: What do you and your friends do together?

R: Typically for Scotland, and if it's a weekend, then we pretty much head out to a bar or a club. If it's a school night, I suppose it's comparatively team and we'd sit and watch movies, and reminisce, and tell jokes and anecdotes.
M: Do you remember a time when you needed to cooperate with others?

R: Well, I have to cooperate with people all the time since we live in a society, though, if you want a specific instance, then my tutor group at university collaborates on when to have meetings and how to structure our ideas and tasks every week.
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