Conversation: Home life and daily routine
Compare how Aoife and Conall answered this question and find out why the teacher gave Aoife a higher mark.
1. Cén t-am a n-éiríonn tú ar maidin? What time do you get up at in the morning?
Conall gives only one piece of information in his answer.
Aoife takes the opportunity to extend her answer by distinguishing between schooldays and weekends and giving a variety of times as well as a negative verb - ní éirím.
2. Cad é a itheann tú don bhricfeasta? What do you eat for breakfast?
Conall gives the bare minimum
Aoife gives a lot more information. By distinguishing between weekdays and weekends she has again given herself the opportunity to give a much wider range of ideas and vocabulary in her response. She manages to use 'de ghnáth' which gives a natural feel to her answer and offers a reason as to why she doesn't eat breakfast. Finally she offers a good selection of food names and uses not only the verb 'ithim' but also 'ólaim' correctly.
3. Cad é mar a chuidíonn tú le hobair an tí? How do you help with the housework?
Conall answers the question very briefly; the examiner could think that he does not have the vocabulary to offer any more information.
Aoife extends her answer, giving more details about her accommodation and using a wide variety of vocabulary and phrases and even states what housework she is not prepared to do! She offers her opinion of housework and volunteers an explanation as to why she helps in the house.
4.Cad é a dhéanann tú i ndiaidh na scoile Dé hAoine? What do you do after school on Fridays?
Conall's information is limited; he offers only two points about what he does.
Aoife gives a lot more detail and mentions a variety of activities as well as giving her opinion on two occasions. She uses a much wider range of vocabulary, and shows that she can use the person 'we' correctly as well as the person 'I'. She includes extra 'link words' like 'ansin' and 'ina dhiaidh sin' which make her response more natural and earn her extra marks.
5. An bhfuil post páirtaimseartha agat? Do you have a part-time job?
Conall answers the question but gives very little information.
Aoife provides more details. She tells us what kind of shop she works in and also mentions when she works. She gives examples of the work which she does. She gives her opinion of the job and explains why she likes it. Also, she uses bím as well as tá, showing that she understands the difference in the meaning of the two verbs.
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