剑桥雅思17 Test 1 口语Part 2
Describe the neighbourhood you lived in when you were a child.
You should say:
where in your town/city the neighbourhood was
what kind of people lived there
what it was like to live in this neighbourhood
and explain whether you would like to live in this neighbourhood in the future.
Well, I spent most of my childhood in my grandparents' apartment, which was actually one of the residential communities built for factory workers and their family in a large industrial zone in the suburb of the city.
I think it was a typical community in China. The overall architecture was absolutely unfashionable.by that I mean, they were long, thin walk-up apartment buildings with five or six stories. There were two or three apartments on each landing. Generally speaking, it was a livable neighbourhood.If you took a walk around, you would find a series of public service buildings, including schools,clinics, grocery stores, which were all within walking distance.
As I said, it was a residential complex for people who work in the same factory, so most of the dwellers used to be colleagues and it's a commonplace to find people having acquaintances spanning two or three generations. In my memory, everybody greeted each other or struck up a chitchat when they took a stroll in the neighbourhood.
Compared to my current modern community, life there was more heartwarming. People shared food and gave a hand to each other. Apparently, people seemed to have a much stronger bond and felt more socially-connected. On top of that, the neighbourhood had a walkable size, so residents didn't need to rise early to commute long distances to work or school.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely for me to go back. The city is expanding outward and the whole area is experiencing rapid gentrification, so the old neighbourhood has been replaced by brand new high-rise buildings. That's quite a pity and how I wish I could turn the clock back.
in the suburb在郊区
walk-up apartment building 无电梯公寓楼
a livable neighbourhood一个宜居的社区
it's a commonplace to do sth.做某事是司空见惯的
spanning two or three generations 跨越两代或三代的
strike up a chitchat开始闲聊
take a stroll散步
a much stronger bond一种更紧密的关系
a walkable size一个便于步行的大小
commute long distance 长距离通勤
it's unlikely for sb.to do sth.对某人来说不太可能做某事
turn the clock back[习语]回到过去