Part 3 Discussion topics: Doing new things
Some people would say it’s part of human nature. If we had never tried new things we would never have made any progress throughout history. Personally I think it’s because doing something different is interesting. You get to see new places, meet new people and learn something, and if it’s something difficult maybe you have a sense of achievement at the end. Maybe we don’t always enjoy doing new things, but it’s always good to try something you haven’t done before. I think many people are curious - that’s why they do it.
What problems can people have when they try new activities for the first time?
Well, they may feel nervous of course, or they may have problems doing the activity. Some things need a little skill and practice to do well. I remember the first time I went horseriding – I was hopeless, I couldn’t control the horse and felt very uncomfortable at first, but after a while I began to enjoy it.
Do you think it’s best to do new things on your own or with other people? Why?
That depends on the person. Some people like to do things on their own to meet different people and extend their social network, or maybe because none of their friends want to try the same activity, but they do. Other people only do things with their friends or family because they feel more comfortable doing it when they are with someone they know. In my case I don’t mind, I’ll try something new on my own or with friends if they are interested in doing it too.
Learning new things | Example questions & sample answers:What kinds of things do children learn to do when they are very young? How important are these things?
Kids learn all kinds of things, like sports and other skills. Of course, they also learn all the new things they do at school as well. Doing new activities when you’re a child is important because you learn what you like and don’t like which can be important in the future for you. It also helps develop your personality and in learning how to overcome problems.
Do you think children and adults learn to do new things in the same way? How is their learning style different?
No, children and adults learn differently. I think children have much less fear; they just try something without thinking about it so much. As adults we are much more rational and tend to consider things much more before doing them. We think about why we might do something or not, if it’s a good idea or not, the benefits, the risks, etc. Children have a much more adventurous spirit naturally, and maybe they’re more curious than adults, they have very enquiring minds.
Some people say that it is more important to be able to learn new things now than it was in the past. Do you agree or disagree with that? Why?
I’m not sure. We’ve always had to learn new things. Maybe nowadays it’s more important to learn new things quickly, faster than before, and maybe learn more new things in our lives than our parents or grandparents had to, because the pace of life and rate at which new things are introduced is much faster, thanks to technology. I think we have to learn to deal with more changes in the way we do everyday things nowadays.
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