Interview: How do you feel about...? (Top Notch 3, Unit 9-3)

source: Dương Thu Thuỷ / Pearson Education, INC  2015年3月3日
* social language: state an opinion; disagree politely about controversial issues; discuss politics
* grammar: non-count nouns for abstract ideas; verbs followed by objects and infinitives

# video script
Interviewer: How do you feel about prohibiting smoking indoors?
Ian: As a smoker I don’t appreciate it all the time, but I can understand why.
Christiane: I think it’s fantastic. I think it’s great. If you go to restaurants and nobody can smoke, the food tastes better and your clothes don’t smell.
Interviewer: How about censorship of books or movies by a government?
Stephan: I am 100 percent against censorship of any books or moves or any expression of creativity, and I feel that when governments try to censor books or movies, then it creates a sort of atmosphere of fear, and people don’t get to ... don’t have ready access to information that should be available to them.
Interviewer: If you could tell me maybe two things that you think are big problems in the world today ....
Christiane: I think one of the biggest problems is war. And I think another big problem is racism in this world.
Interviewer: And of those, could you tell me, you know, a little bit more about what you think could be done to alleviate these problems?
Christiane: I think, actually with both problems, it’s mostly about understanding each other and sitting down on a table and ... talk, get to know each other and be able to make more compromises and understand different cultures and reasons why people do certain things certain ways. And I think we would all be much happier.
Interviewer: Communication.
Christiane: Communication. That’s the clue. Exactly. Yeah.