Discussion Topic - Living place

Discussion Topic - Living place

Part 1: Introduction & Interview

Q. 1. Where do you live?
Answer: I live in one of the major and biggest metropolis cities called “Rajshahi” of my country (Bangladesh) which is located in the northeast part of my country. Rajshahi is considered to be arguably the cleanest and greenest city of Bangladesh.

Q. 2. What kind of place is it? 
Answer: I would say that it is a very nice place with a very manageable crowd (more or less one million people). Rajshahi is also a place where the crime rate is very low. It is about 75 feet above the sea level, and it has a tropical yet wet and dry climate with considerably high humidity and temperature.

Q. 3. What’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
Answer: In my opinion, the most interesting part of my city is that it is situated by one of the biggest and cleanest rivers, called the “Padma” river”, of my country which is visited by thousands of tourists every day. Besides, Rajshahi is also home to the largest public university (with an area of more than 3 square kilometres) of Bangladesh.

Q. 4. What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
Answer: The city, in which I live, is not very industrialized, and therefore it rather has limited job opportunities. However, teaching, banking, government services, restaurant jobs, retail jobs, carpentering and fishing are some of the jobs that are available in my city.

Q. 5. Would you say it’s a good place to live? [Why/why not?]
Answer: Yes, I would say that it is certainly one of the best places (if not the best) to live in my country primarily because the living expense is comparatively low. Besides, it doesn’t have a bad traffic problem like many other big cities in the world. Finally, it has a very low crime rate which also makes it a perfect place for living.


Part 3: Details Discussion

Q. 1. What are the differences between the lifestyle of people living in the city and people living in the countryside?
Answer: There are some remarkable differences between the lifestyle of people living in the city and the people living in the countryside. The main one, of course, the lifestyle of city dwellers is rather fast-paced while the people, living in the countryside, have a rather “laid-back” lifestyle for the most part. Besides, most of the city dwellers rely on different kinds of jobs and businesses for their livelihoods, but the countryside people are mostly depended on different kinds of farming and agricultural activities to earn their living.

Finally, while city life offers better educational, recreational and glamorous lifestyles, countryside people enjoy living in an “open-space” and pollution-free environment, offering better access to healthier food.

Q. 2. What is the main difference between big cities and small cities?
Answer: Some would say that the main difference between big cities and small cities, well, is their “sizes” obviously, with big cities stretching miles after miles which usually play some leading roles in taking the entire country forward economically, culturally and intellectually. On the other hands, small cities don’t exactly have the “grandeur” or “flavour” of the big cities, with a relatively smaller number of populations living there, that offer a much more relaxing life but much fewer traffic problems and less environmental pollutions. Of course, some would also add those big cities are more expensive for living than that of living in small cities, generally speaking.

Q. 3. How do people in your country generally choose a place to live in?
Answer: Different people in my country have different reasons for choosing a place to live in. For example, some would choose to live in a large city because of better employment, medical treatment, education, and better recreational facilities. Some would want to live in the countryside or village because it would offer them a cleaner and healthier environment for living which has very limited pollutions of all kinds, and where they can enjoy healthier food and breathe fresh air. Then there is, of course, another group of people who like to live in the “suburb” areas, away from the cities but not too close to the countryside either, because they want to enjoy both the amenities and facilities of city life while also enjoying a bit of countryside lifestyle.

Q. 4. Is it better to live in a large house or a small apartment? Why?
Answer: The answer can vary for person to person. But, if it ever comes to me to decide between the two choices in this question, I would certainly say that it is better to live in a large house primarily because it offers more convenience and flexibility in our movement. Besides, living in a large house is better also because it offers us more space to store our household things as well as more space for “manoeuvring”, when needed, whether we need it for “running a small business”, or “doing gardening activities” in its front yard or backyard.

Q. 5. Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents? Why?/Why not?
Answer: No, I don’t really agree the suggestion that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents primarily because every person/young adult is different with different abilities and different “sense of dependency” which allow them to become “financially independent” as well as feel “secured”, both physically and mentally. Besides, many parents in my country aren’t simply very comfortable with the idea of their children “leaving” them, either probably because of a very strong loving-bond or because of some other ‘pressing’ social or economic needs, no matter how old their children really are.

Q. 6. 6. How can governments improve living standards in crowded cities?
Answer: The government can improve the living standards in crowded cities in several ways. First, it can actually “encourage” the city dwellers, living inside the crowded cities, to live in the fringe, in an effort to make the cities “less crowded”, by offering them some kinds of “tax incentives” or “tax subsidies” so that they become interested to live outside of crowded city vicinities. Secondly, talking about reducing traffic congestion and pollution, governments can work onto to reducing the number of private vehicles in the streets while rolling more public transports also at the same time to help people commute within the cities.

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