Speaking follow up questions: An interesting neighbor
Question: Do you think neighbors’ are important?
Good neighbors are important because they are our family apart from our real family. When we are alone and need somebody, neighbors are the first people who can give us company. When we are sick and need to go to the hospital, the neighbors are the first people who can help.
Question: What are the qualities of a good neighbor?
Good neighbors should have many qualities. They should be cooperative. They should be helpful. Good neighbors should respect boundaries, meaning they should know when they are being helpful, and when they are interfering.
Question: Do most Indian people know their neighbors?
In smaller towns and cities, and in villages most people know their neighbors, but in big cities and in the metropolis, people are leading self-centred lives and do not know their neighbors. In small towns and cities, life is slower, and so people have time for their neighbors, whereas in big cities, life is fast and so people do not have time for their neighbors.
Question: Now that most people watch a lot of tvs, how do you think this has affected people’s relationships with their neighbors’?
Yes, too many channels and 24 hours of TV, has certainly affected people’s relationships with their neighbors. Earlier, people had time to come out of their homes and spend time with neighbors, but today everybody’s busy watching their favourite TV program, so we can say that TV has taken away neighborhood time.
Question: How should (or, how can) modern people communicate with their neighbours?
People themselves have to realize that good relations with neighbors are very important. Neighborhood parks should be well maintained so that people can come out with the children and socialize with each other.
Question: What are some of the qualities of a good community?
A good community should care for each other. All people in the community should cooperate with each other. This should help each other in times of emergency. They should all keep the environment clean. They should have frequent get-togethers and celebrate festivals together. If all the people of the community knew each other, then miscreants could be spotted easily and everybody would feel safe and secure.
Question: Do you think it’s important to teach children how to have good relations with neighbors?
Yes, it is very important to teach children how to have good relations with neighbors. Neighbors are very important to everyone. If we do not teach our children today to have good relations with neighbors, they will not carry on this tradition forward and a day will come when everyone will lead very isolated and secluded lives.
Question: What is the best kind of neighbor for a child to have?
Children need neighbors who are friendly, have a good sense of humour, and can tolerate their naughty pranks without getting mad at them. Good neighbors should also be good role models. For example, they should not smoke or drink.
Question: Is it important for children to grow up in a good neighborhood?
It is very important for children to grow up in a good neighborhood. If all the people of the neighborhood nice and friendly, then children will also become like them. On the other hand, children cannot blossom nicely in an unfriendly neighborhood
Question: How do people of neighborhood become friends?
Neighbors can become friends by meeting each other regularly. They can have potluck lunches and dinners on weekends.
Question: Are there any organizations to help neighbors become friends?
As such there are no organizations, but in some places people have stepped forward and made a neighborhood committee.
Question: What are some of the reasons why it’s not always easy to make new friends?
There are many reasons why people find it difficult to make new friends. Nobody seems to have time. People have become workaholics, in a quest to earn more and more. Digital relations have grown, but face-to-face relations have come down.
Question: Compare the differences between local and national governments in India regarding how they are managed.
Local governments look after the state affairs, whereas the central government looks after the affairs of the whole country.
Question: What should be the responsibilities of local government and what should be the responsibilities of national government?
Local government is responsible for developing the state’s infrastructure. It is responsible for maintaining law and order in the state. it is responsible for providing good education and health facilities to the people of that state. On the other hand, the central government has to look into the country’s defence. It has to allocate funds to the state governments.
Question: Did you grow up in an apartment or a house?
I grew up in a house. It is a single-story house with some open space in the front and back.
Question: Which do you prefer, houses or flats?
I prefer houses because they’re more open and you can have more privacy in houses.
Question: Do you think people have enough privacy in flats?
I do not think people have enough privacy in flats. Sometimes it is possible to hear noises from the neighboring flats.
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