2019年9-12月 雅思口语 Part 3 Topic 6 童年让我笑的人

1.What can make children laugh?

It is very easy to make children laugh. When we are young the world seems a very bizarre (奇怪) and humorous place, thus many children find a lot of things to be funny. When I was young, I always laughed really hard at practical jokes (恶作剧).In my hometown, practical jokes are considered as the most humorous form of comedy. When the consequences are minimal (极少的),it is funny to watch foolish behaviour and people being tricked. However, what is considered funny differs from culture to culture. Where I am from practical jokes are considered good comedy but some places do not find them funny. For example, in many parts of the Western world, children are entertained by clowns and scripted comedy (小丑和脚本喜剧).

2.What do you think is the best age for people to have children?

Personally, I believe it is sensible for people to wait until they are mature adults with comfortable jobs before they have children. Having children is an expensive and arduous (又艮巨的)experience, therefore it is important that people have the resources necessary to support raising children. This is a somewhat modem opinion, many older generations thought having children at a young age was the best age to have children. Often, people would marry in a young age and have children in their early twenties. This was because family was thought to be the most important thing in life. However, I believe financial security is important to good family life.

3.Do you think people should be trained before they become parents?

I think it is important that people are experienced and wise before they become parents, however, I do not think they need to be formally trained. This is an opinion I think many people in the older generation would agree with. For thousands of years people have raised children without the need of formal training. You learn how to raise children from watching your own parents raise you. Learning how to look after another human being is a part of life we all experience without the need for training. Yet, there are many modem studies which suggest that parenting is far more complex than we once thought. Therefore, there is a growing opinion amongst the younger generations that training should be given before people become parents.

4.Do you think childhood is the most important in one’s development?

Childhood is an incredibly important stage in one?s development, however, it is not the be all and end all (俚语,it’s not everything). As a child you learn many important skills. Childhood is the formative years of an individual’s social skills,moral compass and intelligence. However, it is my belief that people are always developing. Therefore, even if things were not learnt well in childhood, a person may still develop these skills later in life. Yet, there are many who would disagree with me. In the western world, especially in Europe, psychoanalysis is a popular practice which places huge importance on the formative stages of childhood. Psychoanalysts would believe that childhood is the most important stage in one’s development.

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