1. Do you think technology has changed the way people communicate?
2. Do you think the existence of computers in schools has improved the way students learn?
1. What do you think would happen if cities stopped investing in public transport?
2. If public transport were free, would you use it more?
1. How do you think transport will change in the next 50 years?
2. How do you think people will travel in the future?
1. Do you think we should spend more money on building roads or railways?
2. How has transport changed in your country in the last 20 years?
1. Some people say that car drivers should pay higher taxes if they have bigger cars. What do you think?
2. Some people argue that public transport should be free. What do you think?
Q1: How do you think transport will change in the next 50 years?
A: Well … It's difficult to say, but maybe with new technology people will work more and more from home, so they won't need to travel so much. In this kind of situation, perhaps transport won't need to change very much at all.
Q2: Do you think the government should spend more money on building roads or railways?
A: Well … people prefer taking their cars than taking the train, so, for me, building roads is more important. In my country, for example, the trains are often so crowded that nobody really wants to go by train.
Q3: Some people say that car drivers should pay higher taxes if they have bigger cars. What do you think?
A: Yeah … I tend to disagree. In my view, people should pay more tax because they earn more money, not because they have a bigger car. Somebody could have a big old car which is very cheap – why should they pay more than someone with a small new car which is very expensive?
Q1: Do you think governments will make climate change a higher priority in the future?
A: Er, probably not! Some governments have already made some changes, but in my view it's very unlikely that they will ever do enough. The problem is that, while governments might introduce green policies to win them more votes, such as recycling waste, they probably won't commit themselves to policies that are unpopular with the voters. For instance, getting people out of their cars and onto buses and trains is always a very unpopular measure.
Q2: What are the effects of climate change on agriculture?
A: There are two main problems for the farmers. Firstly, I think heavy rain causes the soil to be washed away. I mean the soil with all the minerals in it. In addition, many plants rot in the ground because they never have time to dry. Think when it rains very heavily, for example in my country, it is very difficult for the farmers.
Q: How will people travel in the future?
A: I think flying cars will become a reality. In fact, Airbus is testing the prototype of an autonomous, flying air taxi – in other words, a flying, self-driving car. As the technology matures, I suppose these flying cars will be efficient and doesn't consume as much energy as helicopters. With flying cars becoming popular, they are likely to ease urban traffic problems by expanding the areas where people can live and work.