This book is designed to assist Chinese English learners generally and more specifically those who are willing to take part in the IELTS speaking test. Each topic includes questions giving in parts 1, 2 and 3 in the IELTS speaking test. Learning a foreign language, such as English is considered to be a great worry for most Chinese students, simply because of the great expectation we have toward the language itself. Every student would agree with fact that a grammatically structured sentence would be easier to understand, therefore, students are urged to reconsider how better they could improve their skills while preparing themselves for the IELTS test. This book has an entirely new design in addressing IELTS learners, because I’ve tried to bring my personal perspective with a deep reflection on mostly and frequently asked questions in the test. Communication is our link to everything we do in our lives, as well as it’s the one central force that allows people to make connections with those around us. Therefore, the answers in this book are expressed in a real communicative style to let the IELTS learners appreciate how native speakers may express themselves as well. Sampling was used in this book as method for inducing what is mostly needed as expressive and communicative skills in the IELTS speaking test, such as, explaining, sharing general and personal views, logical sequencing of sentences, clear marking of stages in a discussion, narration and argumentation, and adequacy, in a real like situation. The goal of this book is to provide IELTS learners with a comprehensive, practical, readable and enjoyable, and most important, intellectually sound form of communicating ones ideas. The answers have been adjusted to a more adaptable form to help the IELTS speaking learners enriching their own experiences and knowledge. No teaching book is perfect for everyone or for every possible learning situation- but, through this book I’ve striven to make it better and ultimately more useful and accessible for IELTS learners. The diversity of the topics giving in the IELTS speaking test are respected in this book to make the picture clearer for the students, because I believe that diversity of topics shapes the students’ thinking way as well as influences their approaches to the real world and to everyday communication. Thus, I encourage the students to appreciate the diversity of our cultural life as it improves our communication in an interactive world. ----ZAHRI RACHID
本书旨在帮助中国学生尤其是参加雅思考试的学生提高英语口语水平。 书中的每个话题包括雅思口语考试中 1、2、3 部分中的问题。 学习一门外语，例如英语，大多数中国学生认为是一件很发愁的事情，这仅仅是由于我们 对于掌握一门语言的较高期望。每个学生都确信富有语法结构的句子更加容易被理解，所 以在准备雅思考试的过程中， 学生能够在多大程度上提高自己的口语技能是值得思考与关 注的。 对于雅思学员而言，本书内容设计新颖，不仅融入了笔者的个人观点，而且涵盖、透析了 历届考试中的常见问题。 沟通是我们与周围事物的连接，也是形成这些连接的中心力量。所以，书中对于每个问题 都是用真实的沟通性语言来回答，籍此，学员可以欣赏到英语为母语者的地道表达。 本书采用举例的方式阐释在雅思口语测试中所需的表达及沟通技能，例如：在真实情境下 的解释、一般和个人观点分享、句子的逻辑排序、讨论中的思路组织、叙述、辩论以及充 分性问题。 本书的目的是为雅思学员提供一种综合的、实用的、可阅读的、有趣的，更重要的是智慧 的沟通形式。 所有问题的回答适用性广，以帮助雅思学员丰富自己的经历与知识。 没有哪本教材可以做到适用于任何人或任何学习场景，但笔者已努力使其更好，使其对雅 思学员更实用，更易于接受。 为给予学生更加清晰的指导，本教材充分尊重雅思口语测试中话题的多样性。笔者相信， 话题的多样性形成学生的思维方式，并影响他们与真实世界的接触和日常交流的方式。因 而笔者鼓励每位学生去欣赏身边多元的文化生活， 正是这种多元性提高了我们在这个互动 世界中的沟通能力！
IELTS SPEAKING CLASS Here below are several examples of the typical IELTS Speaking Test questions topic Overview of the Speaking Test: Part 1 The actual Speaking Test doesn’t begin until the examiner turns on the tape recorder. Part 1 will take 4 to 5 minutes. Part 1 begins with a greeting such as, “Good morning.” And the examiner introduces him / herself. Next, the examiner introduces a topic and asks you few questions on that topic. Then the examiner introduces another topic and asks you a few questions on that topic. Finally, the examiner introduces the last topic for Part 1, (Topic 3) and asks you a few questions on that topic. Each topic will have an average of 4 questions. So, in total, Part1 of the test has 1 greeting and 16 questions. These 16 questions are to be answered in 5 minutes. You will know when Part 1 is over when the examiner tells you that he/she is going to give you a topic for you to talk about. This is the beginning of Part 2.(see pages ) Part 2 As soon as you receive the card, you will have 60 seconds to: Decide what you’re going to talk about, and Plan your answer and jot down some points on the notepaper that is given to you. At the end of the 60 seconds, the examiner will remind you that you have 1 to 2 minutes to finish your presentation.(see pages) Part 3 Part 3 of the test starts when the examiner says something like this: “We’ve been talking about (topic) and I’d like to ask you a few questions related to (this topic)” In part 3, you will be asked questions on 1 or 2 topics . If there is enough time, you will be asked questions on both topics. Both topics are loosely connected with the topic of part 2, the one or two follow-up questions in part 2 might have hinted at the topics for part 3. Whether you are asked questions from only one or two topics, you will probably be asked a total of between 4 and 6 questions. The words used in the questions are more difficult than the words in the questions for part 1 and 2. The replies usually also require you to use more difficult language. Generally, the language and ideas of part 3 are much more abstract than in the earlier parts of the test. In part 3, the examiner can help you a little if you don’t understand the questions. That is, the examiner can re-ask the question using simpler words. In general, the following topics and concepts are important for part 3: Attitudes, Information and Communication, Society, Change, and Education. The following language function is frequently elicited: Speculation (about the past, the present and especially, the future.) Part 1
The Standard Introduction Questions 1. Can I see you identification, please :( =May I see your identification, please?) 2. Can you tell me your full name, please? (=Please tell me your name.) 3. What shall I call you? (=What do your friends call you?=What can I call you ?=What should I call you?) 4. Can you tell me where you’re from? (=Where are you from?)
We don’t know exactly what topics will be chosen as Topics 1 to 3. In general, Topics 1 to 3 are about your everyday life. However, we do know this – The IELTS Handbook says that the following topics are very important: Home, Family, Work or Study, and Interests. The ‘Specimen tests also included the topic of: Hometown: as an important topic. The Handbook also says that there will be other topics, similar to these. In the next few pages, you will find many practice questions for the following topics: Family Home Hometown Hobbies and Interests Everyday personal habits Traveling and Transport School Work Friends Neighbors Shopping Country Life and City Life Animals Climate/ Weather Sports Family 1. Tell me a little about your family. (Say, “There are three people in my family.” NOT, “There are three members in my family.”) 2. Are you more like your father or your mother? 3. Did you know your grandparents? 4. What kinds of things do you do as a family? 5. How often do you eat together as a family?
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Who is the “head” of your family? How important do you think it is to have a brother or a sister? What is a typical Chinese family like? Why is family life important to you ?
Home What type of housing do you live in? (E.g., house, flat [apartment], room, dormitory.) What kind of place is it? (=What’s it like?= Give me a general description of it.) How many bedrooms does it have? Does it have a kitchen? Who lives with you? Is it a nice area？ Are amenities such as a bus stop and a shopping centre conveniently located near your home? 8. What’s the best thing about your home? 9. Is there anything (that) you don’t like about your accommodation? 10. How much do you pay for your accommodation? 11. Why did you choose that kind of accommodation? 12. How long have you lived there? 13. Do you know your neighbours very well? 14. How much longer do you think you’ll continue to live there? 15. Would you say it’s a good place to live?(=Do you like living there?) 16. In the future, what kind of accommodation would you like to live in? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Hometown 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Tell me a little about your hometown. What’s the weather like there? Were you born there? How long have you lived there? What’s the most interesting thing about (your hometown)? What kind of jobs do people do in (your city)?[=What industries are there in (your hometown)?] 7. Is it an old city? 8. Is it famous for anything? 9. What are the good points about living there? 10. Are there any drawbacks to live there? 11. What are the people like there? 12. Is it an expensive place to live? 13. Would you say it is a good place to live? 14. Is it an attractive city? 15. What are the public transportation facilities like there? 16. Is it easy to move around the city?
17. Does the city have good shopping, health and education facilities? 18. Does the city have a lot of entertainment facilities? 19. Does the city have good employment opportunities? 20. Does the city have a rich cultural life? 21. Would you say that it’s a good place to open a business? Hobbies and Interests 1. Do you have any hobbies and interests? 2. What are some of your hobbies and interests? 3. How long have you been interested in (this hobby)? 4. How did you become interested in (this hobby)? 5. Would you say it’s an expensive hobby? 6. How much time do you spend on this hobby? 7. What do you like to do on weekends? 8. Do you play any sport? 9. What sports are most popular in China? 10. Do you read much? 11. Do you like music? 12. Are you interested in art and culture? 13. How much time do you spend on exercise (=keeping fit)? 14. What are your favorite forms of entertainment? 15. What kinds of films do you like best? 16. What kinds of music do you like best? 17. Do you like to do creative things?
Everyday Personal Habits 1. What do you usually do in the evenings? 2. What kind of clothes do you usually wear? 3. Do you believe people should be able to dress the way they like? Why? 4. Do you usually eat a big breakfast? 5. What are some examples of typical Chinese food? 6. What’s your favourite food? 7. How much TV do you watch? 8. What kinds of TV programs do you most often watch? 9. Do you usually go to bed early or late? Why? 10. How much exercise do you do? 11. Do you think you are healthy? Why?/ Why not? 12. Do you have any bad habits that you’d like to change? 13. How do you feel about smoking? Holidays 1. What do you usually do in (=on) your holidays? 2. What would you like to do on holidays in the future?
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What places have you been to? What would you suggest a visitor to China should see and do? Has tourism changed China? How? What do you think the future of tourism in China will be like? What do you like to do for rest and relaxation, for example, on the weekend?
Travelling and Transport 1. What form of transport do you most often use? 2. Is it cheap or expensive? 3. Is it convenient and comfortable? 4. Do you like commuting in the city? 5. If you could change the way you travel, how would you prefer to commute in the city? 6. Do you make many long-distance calls? 7. How do you usually travel long-distance? Why do you choose that form of transport? 8. What do you think of flying? 9. Why do people travel long-distance in China? 10. What changes do you think might/will take place in transport in China over the next 30 years? 11. How is travelling and transport in Chain today different to what it was, say, 60 years ago？
School 1. What is/was your favourite subject in school? Why? 2. What do you think is more important, studying math and science or studying subjects such as language and history? Why? 3. What do you think are the advantages of studying a foreign language? 4. How do you feel about studying English? 5. What’s the hardest part about studying English? 6. Do you think high school students in China have too much homework? 7. Did/Do you enjoy school life? Why? / Why not? 8. Do you think sport should be a part of a secondary school curriculum? Why?/ Why not? 9. How do you think the education system in China could be improved? 10. Why is studying overseas (= abroad) important to you? Work 1. What is your occupation? (= What do you do? = What do you do for a living?) 2. Where do you work? 3. Please describe your job. 4. Do you have any special responsibilities in your job? 5. How long have you been doing this job? 6. How do you feel about your job? (= Would you say it’s a good job?) 7. How (=Why) did you choose this job? 8. How long do you think you’ll continue to do this kind of work?
Friends 1. What are the qualities of a good friend? 2. How do most people make friends? 3. Why do people need friends? 4. Are friends more important than family? 5. Have you ever had a friend form another country? Neighbors 1. How well do you know your neighbors? 2. What kind of people are your neighbors? 3. What are the qualities of a good neighbor? Shopping 1. How often do you go shopping? 2. What do you usually buy? 3. Do you often look for bargains and special sales? 4. Do you think credit cards are a good idea? Why?/Why not? 5. Do you often go to supermarkets? Do you like them? 6. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of shopping in supermarkets? 7. Do you have a neighborhood shop that you often go to? What do you buy there? 8. How has shopping in China changed in recent years? 9. How is shopping in China today different to shopping in your grandparents’ time? 10. How do you think shopping might change in the next 30 years? 11. Who pays the bills in your house? How are they paid? Country and City Life 1. Do you like cities? Why? /Why not? 2. Do you like going to natural places such as mountains, lakes, rivers, farmland, forests, and beaches? Why? 3. Would you like to live in such a natural place? 4. What are the differences between country life and city life in China? 5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city or living in the country? 6. Where would you prefer to live: the country or the city? Why? 7. How has city life changed in the past 20 years in China? 8. Can you compare city life today to city life, say, 60 years ago? 9. How do you think city life will change over the next 20 years?
Animals 1. How do you feel about animals? 2. Apart from seeing animals in zoos, what experience have you had with animals? 3. Do you think it is important to be kind to animals, even ones that are going to be killed for their meat? Why? 4. What do you think of zoos?
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Are there any animals that you dislike? Why? Would you like to have a pet? Why?/Why not? What of animal would you like? Why? If you could be any animal, which one would you choose to be? Why?
Climate/ Weather : What is the typical weather/ season in your country ? Which is your favorite season? If given a chance, would you like to have this season through out the year? What do you dislike most about this season? How do you think, behavior of people change in different seasons? Sports Do you like sports? You prefer to watch or play sports ? Why? Which is the favorite sport you play/ watch? Which is the most favorite sport in your area? Which sport you always cherished to play but never got a chance to?
Part 2 These example questions are grouped under: people, things, everyday activities, experiences, and speculation or future. People 1.Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education. You should say: where you met them (=him or her) What subject they taught What was special about them (Reference for part 3 on page13 questions 1-12) 2.Describe a person who has helped you. You should say: who the person was When and where this person helped you How they helped you (Reference for part 3 on page13 questions 13-22) 3.Describe one of your best friends You should say: who he/ she is When you got to know each other. What his/her personality is And explain why you are best friends
(Reference for part 3 on page 13 questions 23-33)
4. Describe a well-known person you admire.
You should say: who this says: who this person is; What he/she does; What is special about him/her And explain why you admire him/her (Reference for part 3 on page 14 questions 34-39) 5. Describe one child you are familiar with? You should say: who he/she is What his/her personality and hobby is And explain why you like the child (Reference for part 3 on page 14 questions 40- 46) 6. Describe an elder people you are familiar with. You should say：who she/she is; What his/her personality is What you did together And explain his/her influence on you (Reference for part 3 on page14 questions 47-51 ) Things: 7. Describe an electric appliance you often use You should say: what it is; What its functions and features are How often you use it; And explain why you think it useful (Reference for part 3 on page 14 questions 52-61 ) 8. Describe a special gift you received You should say: what it is; Who sent it to you Why do you like it (Reference for part 3 on page 14 questions 62- 72) House & Building 9. Describe an old thing at your home You should say: what it is How long it has been kept at your home Who passed it down And explain what’s its value (Reference for part 3 on page 14 questions 73-80) 10. Describe a handicraft in China You should say: what it is What it is used for Where it can be got And explain its value (Reference for part 3 on page 15 questions 81-85 ) 11. Describe a piece of clothes/jewelry you like. You should say: what it looks like When you wear it And explain why you like it (Reference for part 3 on page 15 questions 86- 99)
12. Describe a toy you played when you were a child. You should say: what it is How it is played And explain what you got from playing the toy (Reference for part 3 on page 15 questions 100-110 ) 13. Describe a river, a lake, or sea you have been to. You should say: where it is What do people do there The differences in four seasons (Reference for part 3 on page 15 questions 111-122 ) 14. Describe an unforgettable building you visited. You should say: what it is Where it is located When you visited it And explain why you like to describe it (Reference for part 3 on page 16 questions 123-136) 15. Describe a natural beauty you visited You should say: when you visited it; Where it is located What impressed you the most (Reference for part 3 on page 16 questions 137-147 ) 16. Describe a city you visited You should say: what it is Where it is What it looks like And explain why the city impressed you 148-158 ) 17. Describe a park or a garden you like. You should say: where it is What you can see When you went there And explain why you like the park or garden 159-164) 18. Describe one of your holidays You should say: when it was What you did Why it made a deep impression on you 165-169 ) 19. Describe a supermarket that you like
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You should say: what its name is Where it is located What’s special about it And explain why you like it so much 170-174)
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20. Describe the restaurant that you like best You should say: the name of the restaurant Where it is Why you like it And explain what is special about it. (Reference for part 3 on page 17 questions 175-190 ) 21. Describe a school you attended You should say: what art is The size of it The advantages of studying there Your pleasure of learning there (Reference for part 3 on page 17 questions 191-197 ) Entertainment 22. Describe one of your favorite films. You should say: what the title is When you saw this film What the story is about And explain why you were attracted by it. (Reference for part 3 on page17 questions 198-206) 23. Describe a newspaper or magazine you often read You should say: what the name is How often you read it What the content is And explain why you like reading it (Reference for part 3 on page 18 questions 207-215 ) 24. Describe one of your favorite books You should say: what the name is; When you read it What it tells about; And explain why you like this book. (Reference for part 3 on page 18 questions 216-223 ) 25. Describe your favorite way to relax You should say: what it is When and where you do it How often you do it And explain why it is your favorite way 224-232 )
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26. Describe an interest or hobby that you particularly enjoy: You should say: what this interest or hobby is How long you have been doing it What effect has it had on your life And explain what you think about the balance between work and leisure. part 3 on page 18 questions 233-237) 27. Describe a kind of sport you like You should say: what it is What facilities it needs How often you do or watch it And explain why you like it
(Reference for part 3 on page 18 questions 238-247 )
28. Describe a TV program you enjoy watching You should say: what it is What it is mainly about How often you watch the program And explain what you learn from the program questions 248-256)
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29. Describe the part of a day you like best You should say: what it is What you usually do at that time And explain why you like it (Reference for part 3 on page 19 questions 257-262 ) 30. Describe the role music plays in your life. You should say: what music you like most Why you like to listen to music What benefits there will be if we let children learn an instrument And explain why this kind of music influences you so much. (Reference for part 3 on page 19 questions 263-268) Experience 31. Describe a special meal or dish you had You should say: when and where you had it What you had Why you had the meal and explain why it is special to you page 19 questions 269-278 ) 32. Describe a happy event in your life You should say: when it happened Where it happened What it was And explain how you felt when you experienced it
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questions 279- 288) 33. Describe a letter or card you received You should say: who sent the letter or card to you When it was sent What the content was And explain why it is special to you (Reference for part 3 on page 20 questions 289-296 ) 34. Describe a birthday party you joined You should say: when it was Where it was held What you did And explain why you enjoyed the party 297-303 )
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35. Describe a party you attended that has remained in your memory You should say: where it was What the occasion for the party was Why you enjoyed it so much And explain what made the party so memorable for you (Reference for part 3 on page 20 questions 304-310 ) 36. Describe a folk tale you heard in the childhood You should say: when you heard it Who told it to you What’s the content And explain its influence on you (Reference for part 3 on page 20 questions 311-316) 37. Describe a difficult thing you did. You should say: what it was When you did it Who helped you with it And explain what you learned from it 317-322 )
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38. Describe the worst weather that you have experienced in your life. You should say: what it was When it happened Your experience And explain what you saw exactly during that experience. (Reference for part 3 on page 20 questions 323-329)
39. Describe your experience of learning English
You should say: when you start to learn English Describe the most interesting English class Which thing helps to your English And explain the importance of learning English questions 330-334 )
(Reference for part 3 on page 21
40. Describe the most unforgettable success in your life You should say: what it was How you made it Why it is important (Reference for part 3 on page 21 questions 335-341 ) Events 41. Describe the transportation in your city You should say: what kind of transportation are available What the traffic situation is like How we can improve it And explain what measures should be taken to make transportation more efficient (Reference for part 3 on page 21 questions 342-347 ) 42. Describe the pollution in your region
You should say: What the sources of the pollution are What effect it has on the life of the people What measures should be taken to reduce it And explain why this is important.
(Reference for part 3 on page 21 questions 348-352)
43. Describe the ways people get the news You should say: whether you get news every day Through what media do you get it Which news do you prefer to get
And explain the importance of getting the news every day (Reference for part 3 on page21 questions 353-358) 44. Describe the four seasons in China You should say: how many seasons there are What features there are What people do in the four seasons (Reference for part 3 on page 21 questions 359-361 ) 45. Describe an advertisement that you have seen or heard You should say: what is it about Where do you know it? Why you like it (Reference for part 3 on page 21 questions 362-367)
46. Describe a skill or subject which you would like to study You should say: what this skill is Why it is popular What it is about And explain why you like to study this skill or subject (Reference for part 3 on page21 questions 368-372)
Part 3 Questions: 1 What qualities do you think a good teacher should have? 2. Do you think teachers have high position in the society? 3. Do many young people in your country want to be teachers? 4. What do you think of education system in your country? 5. What do you think should be done to solve the problems? 6. How can teachers encourage creativity in students? 7. What do you think education really mean? 8. How can education be reformed to meet the future challenges? 9. What are the differences between middle school and university life? 10. What are the pressures the students have to face?
11. What do you think of the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad? 12. Do you think it’s good to adopt the multi-media teaching in schools?
13. Did you help others? What kind of help?
14. What kind of help did your parents give you? 15. Do you think help important in society? 16. What do you think of international aid? 17. What’s the difference between friends and neighbors? 18. Do you think it important to get along well with the neighbors? 19. What should people do to improve the relationship with their neighbors? 20. What do you think of the neighborhood in the city? 21. What are the differences in the neighbors’ relationship between the city and the countryside? 22. What do you think of the neighbors’ relationship in the countryside? 23. Do you think friends are important in your life? 24. What does friendship mean to you? 25. What are the qualities you value in your best friend? 26. How do people make friends with others? 27. What do you think are the differences between neighbors and friends?
28. What are the differences between adults and children in making friends? 29. Will friendship change in future? 30. What do you think friendship break up? 31. Where do young people usually meet in your city?
32. Do you usually meet new people?
33. Have you made any friends on the internet? 34. What kind of people can become famous? 35. What are the factors which lead to their success? 36. What are the advantages of being famous? 37. What kind of responsibility do famous people have in society? 38. What kind of people are admired in China? 39. What would you do if you would be a famous person one day?
40. What are the differences between children nowadays and in the past?
41. Do you think the children nowadays are happier than those before? 42. What are the differences between parents nowadays and in the past? 43. What are the problems of primary education in your country? 44. What’s the influence of parents on their children? 45. Which parent has greater influence on you? 46. How do you think to bridge the generation gap? 47. What is the elder people’s status in families in China? 48. Do you think elder people’s suggestions useful? 49. What are the elder people’s problems now? 50. What should the government do you solve the problems? What are the differences between the young and the old in saving money? 51. Does the development of technology bring about changes to elder people’s life? 52. Do you think high-tech products such as computers are naturally more useful in your daily life? 53. What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology? 54. What is the impact of technology on people’s life? 55. How can people benefit from modern technology in doing housework? 56. What are the negative sides of modern household appliances? 57. How has technology changed in China over the last few years? 58. What general trends might the future of technology and its standard? 59. How do feel about the modern biological technology? 60. What is your opinion on the problem of energy? 61. What changes have been in appliances in China in recent years? Do you think this is a good change? 62. Did you send gifts to others? 63. Do you usually send expensive gifts? 64. Did you receive any expensive gifts from others? 65. What are the differences between the gifts you received 10years ago and nowadays? 66. Can you imagine the gifts children will receive in the future? 67. Do you think it good children to get expensive gifts? 68. Can you describe the ways people send each other gift? 69. What kind of gifts will Chinese people receive in the future? 70. Is there any special gift in China? 71. What do people want to express by sending gifts?
72. What are the differences between Chinese and Westerners in sending gifts? 73. What’s the value of the old thing? 74. Do you think it necessary to preserve old things? 75. Do Chinese generally like visiting museums? 76. Do you think children should often visit museums? 77. What’s the difference between visiting museums and watching pictures of objects online? 78. Do you think it good for museums to sell tickets to the public? 79. What are the problems in the museums in your city? 80. How can museums attract more people? 81. Would you like the handicraft you make to friends as present? 82. What are the differences between handicrafts and products made by machine? 83. What’s the most important skills nowadays? Do you think it necessary to learn these skills? 84. Why is DIY so popular nowadays? 85. Do you think advertisements are useful to popularize the products? 86. What kind of clothes can make people distinctive? 87. Do you like fashionable or traditional costume? 88. How can you know a person through his or her clothes? 89. What are the advantages and disadvantages of uniforms? 90. What’s the most important thing you pay attention to when you choose clothes? 91. Why do you think young people try to look different? 92. What are the differences between men and women in choosing clothes? 93. What are the differences between the young and the elder in choosing clothes? 94. What do you think of fashion? Do you like following the fashion? 95. What do you think decides fashion or what’s in? 96. What are the differences between clothes people wear nowadays and 20 years ago? 97. Do you think clothes are important to one person? 98. Do you think men care more about women’s appearance than women do about men’s? 99. What clothes do you think can make a woman more attractive? 100. How do you think a child can benefit from playing a child’s game? 101. Is there any difference between boy’s games and girl’s games? 102. What’s the difference between the toys in the past and now? 103. Do you think that playing with toys will affect children in their studies? 104. Do you think that people are influenced by the games when they were young? 105. What games will children play in the future? 106. Do you think it is good for children to play many computer games? 107. What do you think of electronic toys? 108. What are the changes in children’s playtime nowadays? 109. What can parents do to promote creative play for their children? 110. Do you think it is good for parents to buy expensive toys to their children? 111. What kind of sports are there on water?
112. What’s the most important one in your country? 113. Do you think the government should fund water sports? 114. What do you think of water problems in China? 115. What’s the difference between water and oil? 116. What’s the relationship between modern technology and water? 117. What do you think of the water resource in the world? 118. What do you think causes the shortage of the water resource? 119. What should the government do to protect the water resource? 120. What did the government do to protect water in your city? 121. What should the public do to protect the water resource? 122. Did you do anything to save water? 123. What impression do you have when you visit ancient buildings? 124. What’s the difference between the constructions in your city now and those 20years ago and can you describe the building styles in detail to me? 125. Do you think we should protect ancient buildings? 126. What role do you think old and modern buildings play in society? 127. What are the advantages and disadvantages of houses and apartments? 128. What changes will there be if there is a historical place? 129. What’s the meaning of history? 130. Why do we need to study history? 131. Do you think the Chinese government covers the truth of history? 132. How important are traditions and cultural relics? 133. What do you think of the constructions in the city center? 134. Do you think the building style has influence on the people living in the building? 135. What are the differences between the north and the south in building style? 136. What do you think of those high building in big cities? 137. What problems do you think there are in the environment? 138. Do you think people are aware of the environmental issues? 139. What do you think the government should do to protect the environment? 140. What the public should do to protect the environment? 141. What did you do to protect the environment? 142. Do you feel optimistic that environmental problems will be solved in the future? 143. Do you think your city does well in a forestation? 144. Besides air pollution, what other kinds of pollutions are there in your city? 145. Who do you think more responsible for pollution, individuals or the government? 146. Which is more important, increasing people’s living standard, or protecting the environment? 147. What do you think of the problem of garbage in the city? 148. What do you think should be improved in your city? 149. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the city life? 150. What are the advantages of countryside life? 151. Why do many people flood into big cities? 152. What problems does the expansion of cities bring about?
153. What do you think should be done to bridge the gap? 154. What did the government do to develop the rural areas? 155. What do you hope to improve the city you are living in? 156. What role does tourism play in your country’s economy? 157. What is a city going to be like in the future? 158. What’s the difference in cities between 100 years ago and now in China? 159. Are there any gardens in your neighborhood? 160. What do people do in the garden? 161. Do people have their own gardens in your neighborhood? What’s the influence of park in our life? 162. Why do people want to own a park or go to the park? 163. Is it important to have a garden of your own? 164. How do parks and gardens attract more visitors? 165. What is the difference between your holidays and your parents’ holidays? 166. How can the government develop China’s tourism? 167. Can you say something about tourism changes in your life? 168. What are the positive and negative aspects of tourism? 169. How does it influence the social changes? 170. How often do you go shopping? 171. Do you like go shopping? 172. What do you think of the living standard in China now? 173. What’s the monthly cost of living for a family in your hometown? 174. Do you cook at home? 175. How often do you cook by yourself? 176. Who did you learn cooking from? 177. Do you read cookery book? 178. Do you prefer to learn cooking from TV or from books? 179. What’s the influence of western food on Chinese people? 180. Why is the fast food popular in China? 181. What do you think of fast food in people’s life? 182. What do you think about science in food processing? 183. What do you think about scientifically produced food? 184. What suggestion do you want to make about it? 185. What are the effects of the scientific production of food on the growth of the population in the world. 186. What‘s the main food in China? 187. What changes have taken place on food in China? 188. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living a friend to your home for dinner instead of going to a restaurant? 189. Has eating habits changed for Chinese people during these years? 190. What change will take place about people’s eating habit in the future? 191. What types of the schools are there?
192. What’s the difference between single-sex schools and mixed-sex schools?
193. What’s a good teacher? 194. What do you think of private schools and public schools? 195. What are the difficulties teachers will confront?
196. What’s the greatest responsibility of a teacher? 197. What makes people want to be a teacher? 198. What kind of film do you like best? 199. Do you often go to the cinema? 200. What’s the difference between watching films on TV and going to the cinema?
201. Which one do you prefer, watching DVD at home or going to the cinema? 202. What are the differences between the films nowadays and 20 years ago? 203. What do you think of the future of Chinese films? 204. What aspects about films are very important?
205. Do many young people in your country adore movie stars? What do you think of it? 206. What do you think of the violence in films? 207. What are the advantages and disadvantages of magazines and newspapers? 208. What’s the future of magazines and newspapers? 209. What’s the difference between the magazines men like to read and women like to read? 210. What are the characteristics of good newspaper? 211. How can a newspaper attract readers? 212. Do you think newspapers and magazines will disappear with the popularity of the internet? 213. What qualities do you think a good journalist should have? 214. What do people think of the violence in news broadcast? 215. Do you think that the media can report the news about celebrities? 216. Do you often talks with your friends about the books you like?
217. What kind of books do Chinese people like to read? 218. Do you think we can gain knowledge from both TV and books? 219. Where do you often read? 220. How often do you go to the library? 221. What changes have taken place in libraries in your city?
222. What are the differences between reading on the computer and the traditional way of reading? 223. Which can give you more education, books or television programs? 224. Do many people are under pressure nowadays? 225. What’s the source of pressure? 226. Do you think students have pressure? 227. Do you think pressure has any beneficial sides? 228. How do people in your city release the pressure? 229. What are the differences between men and women in relaxation methods? 230. What do you think of the pressure n the working places? 231. What do you think the employers should do to reduce the employees’ pressure? 232. Do you think people will have more leisure time in the future?
233. Is it dangerous for people to spend too much time on hobbies? 234. What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching Gems compared with playing games? 235. Do you think people in your hometown like going to the concerts? 236. What do you do in your spare time? 237. Do you parents allow you to play games? 238. Do Chinese people like sports? 239. Do you think advertising is necessary in sporting events? 240. What do you think of fitness training in the 21st century? 241. What’s the difference between watching sports on TV and in the stadium? 242. What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing sports? 243. What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing sports? 244. What are the differences between men and women in doing or watching sports? 245. Do you consider star athletes good role for young people? 246. What are the most important qualities an athlete needs? 247. Do you think it reasonable for athletes to earn high salaries? 248. Do you usually watch news on TV? 249. What are the advantages and disadvantages of news on TV? 250. What makes a good TV programs? 251. Do you think watching TV good or bad to children? 252. What do you think of TV commercials? 253. What do you think the future of TV? 254. What are the differences between TV programs nowadays and 20years ago? 255. Do many young people in China take movie or TV stars as models and adore them? 256. Do many young people imitate the stars? In what aspects? 257. What do most young people do in this part of a day? 258. What is your routine weekday like? 259. What are the advantages of having a job with flexible working time? 260. What are the disadvantages of having such a job? 261. How do young people spend their leisure time? 262. How do elder people spend their leisure time? 263. What kind of music do you like? 264. Is there a difference between the music that young people like and old people like? 265. What’s the influence of western music on world music? 266. Do you think it’s necessary to hold music courses at high schools? 267. What effects do you think there will be if we let children or students learn an instrument? 268. What do you think parents should do in order to improve their children’s interest in music? 269. What’s the main food in China? 270. Have the eating habits of Chinese changed over the years? 271. Do you think your eating habit has changed?
272. What’s a healthy diet? 273. What do you think is healthy food? 274. What do you think of fast food? 275. What do you think of buying food in the supermarkets? 276. Is food safety becoming an increasingly serious problem in your life? 277. How can people improve their diet to enjoy lifelong good health? 278. Do you think people’s diet in your hometown has changed? 279. What is important to achieve happiness? 280. What do you think is the definition of happiness? 281. Do you think that your notion of happiness is changing with time? 282. What are the differences between happiness nowadays and the past? 283. Do you think money can bring happiness? 284. Do you think sadness is beneficial to people ? 285. What’s the most important, wealth, love or power? 286. What goal do young people have? 287. Can you describe your personal target and personal achievement? 288. What’s the relationship between happiness and money? 289. What kind of methods do you prefer to communicate with your friends? 290. Do you think people like writing letters to communicate? 291. What are the benefits of writing letters? 292. How often do you use E-mails? 293. What are the advantages and disadvantages of E-mails? 294. Do you think E-mails will replace traditional corresponding ways? 295. What are the differences between writing letters and making calls? 296. Is writing letters more important to the young or to the old? 297. Are there any traditional concerning the birth of a baby? 298. What kind of parent do you intend to be? 299. What do you think of the One Child Policy in China?
300. Why do people in China traditionally want to have a son?
301. What sort of culture do you hope your child will grow up? 302. Do many parents hold birthday parties for their children? 303. Which birthdays are thought special in your country? 304. What do you think of family parties? 305. Do you like to celebrate special events with your family or with your friends? 306. What is the difference between the parties for friends and for family members? 307. What is the future of family ceremonies? 308. What roles do the cameras and videos play in celebrations? 309. What’s the function of celebrations in a community? 310. What’s the relationship between party and communication? 311. What’s the difference between the stories children hear nowadays and 20 years ago?
312. Do you think telling stories have the function of passing down the culture? 313. Will many people tell these stories in the future? 314. What are the differences between boys and girls in their favorite stories? 315. What are the benefits of stories to children? 316. How do young people entertain themselves nowadays? 317. Do you think children face many challenges nowadays? 318. Do you have many challenges in your life? 319. What are the most important skills nowadays? 320. Are there any traditional skills in your country? What are they? 321. What are the differences between what your parents learned and what you learned in the childhood? 322. Should schools be responsible for teaching the non-academic courses? 323. What kind of weather do you like? 324. What do you do if the weather is bad? 325. Do you think that Chinese people pay attention to weather as much as the British do? 326. How do you get information about weather? 327. Do you think that the bad weather can affect a person’s personality? 328. What effects has the bad weather brought? 329. What kind of measures did the government take to deal with these bad effects? 330. What’s dull in learning English? 331. Do you think it is difficult to learn Chinese? 332. What’s the most interesting in learning English? 333. When do most Chinese people start learning English? 334. Is it necessary to have an international language? 335. What made you proud of yourself? 336. How can a person be successful? 337. What are the necessities of being successful? 338. What is success? 339. Do you think different people have different ideas about success? 340. Why do people have goals? 341. What are goals for people now? 342. What is the main public transport in your area? 343. Which means of transportation do you prefer, such as trains, planes or cars? 344. Can you imagine the transportation in the future and describe it for me? 345. By what technology can we develop public transport? 346. What do you think about private cars? 347. Do you think that planes are equally dangerous in all countries around the world? 348. What do you think of environmental protection in China? 349. What’s the most serious pollution in China? 350. What are the sources of pollution?
351. How do you think the government should solve the problem? 352. What suggestions do you have to make to solve the pollution problem? 353. How do the Chinese people get the news? 354. What’re the advantages of the different media? 355. Do you think it is necessary to control the news coverage? 356. What kind of news do you think should be controlled? 357. What qualities must a reporter have? 358. What’s the future of media? 359. Which season do you like best? 360. What’s the difference between the clothes people wear in different seasons? 361. What do you think of natural disasters? 362. What types of advertisements are there? 363. What are the functions of advertisements? 364. What are the advertisements? 365. What are the effects of advertisements on people? 366. Why do many Chinese spend a lot of money on famous brands? 367. What are famous brands in China? 368. How do textbooks influence the attitudes of students? 369. Can you give some examples of some particular knowledge or skills that you learned in high school? 370. How useful do you think knowledge is to you? 371. How do you think high technology such as the internet will change education in China? 372. How do you think education in China will change over the next 20 years?
Extra Questions 373.How will you describe a typical house in your country? 374.Have the pattern of houses/housing changed over years? 375.Which is the most important part of a house, according to your cultural beliefs? 376.Give reasons why somebody decides to move to a new house. 377.How does tourism affect a country? 378.What are the advantages?
379. Can cultures learn from each other? 380. What harmful effect does tourism have on cultures? 381. Is friendship important in your culture? 382. How many close friends can you have? 383. Are friends more important than family? 384. What is the role of parents in raising children? 385. Has the role changed in recent years? 386. Who is responsible for discipline?
387. Why people get attached to small objects? 388. Why gifts are important in your culture? 389. Are people in your country wise consumers? 390. What all things you keep in mind while buying something? 391. Are images important in your culture? 392. How has changed with time? 393. Do you think cameras intrude private lives of people 394. What do you think about cameras in mobile phones 395. Who are the most influential people in your society?
396.Do you think they are more important than role models of today? 397.Who are the present role models in your society? 398.What are the qualities of a good leader?
399. Do you think celebrating festivals is a waste of time and money
400.What is the importance of festivals? And how have the festival celebrations changed with time?