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Updated May 25, 2016

 

All Part 1 Questions

This is not the list of the current Part 1 topic and questions, although some of the current topic and questions are included in this list. If you want to see the current Part 1 Part 1 topics and questions, go to the front page and, from there, to the list of current Part 1 topics and questions.

This page shows all the topics and all the questions for those topics that have been used from January 2006 to the present. It is now necessary to prepare for Part 1 by studying this page because examiners in China are sometimes now using past sets of questions and sometimes we don't know which past questions they will use. You can choose to just prepare the questions as listed on the page, 'Current Part 1 Questions' but it would be safer to also (if you have time) prepare for the questions that are listed on this page under the same topics that are being used now.

If you are not Chinese, substitute the name of your country wherever you see the word, "China".

If, between now and your test date, you will pass through either January 1, May 1 or September 1, there definitely will be some changes to the current Part 1 and looking at this page is a good way to prepare for the unknown new Part 1 topics.

In your test, you will be asked questions from one of the first 3 topics (Topics 1 to 3), followed by two other topics.

Note that some of the topics and questions that are listed under, "Current Part 1 Questions" are not yet included here. They will be added later if they are not already listed below.

 

Page 2 is here

Page 3 is here

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Go HERE for the Index of All Part 1 Topics, Pages 1, 2 and 3

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Page 1 Index

1a. Your Studies

1b. Your Work

2. Your Home (Your Accommodation)

3. Your Hometown 

4. Bicycles

5. Birds

6. Clothes

7. Collecting

8. Computers

9. Daily Routine

10. Dance

11. Drawing or Painting

12. Family Life

13. Films

14. Flowers

15. Food/Cooking

16. Friends

17. Games

18. Housework

19. Gifts

20. Languages

21. Leisure Time & Relaxing

22. Letters & Emails

23. Meals

24. Music

25. Newspapers

26. Noise 

27. Outdoor Activities

28. Parks and Public Gardens

29. People's Ages

30. Photography

31. Rain

32. Reading

33. Restaurants

34. Shopping

35. Sport/Exercise

36. Sports Teams

37. Telephones

38. Television and Radio

39. Transport

40. Travel

41. Weather

42. Weekends

43. Your Primary School 

44. Your Secondary School

45. Family

46. Seasons, Weather & Climate

47. Names  

48. Teachers

49. Art  (Or, 'The Arts')

50. Private Gardens 

51. The Internet

52. Birthdays 

53. Evenings

54. Art Galleries and Museums

55. News

56. Parties

57. Visitors

58. Swimming

59. Holidays

60. Writing

61. Plans & Goals

62. Going Out

63. Driving a Car

64. Advertisements

65. Fruits and Vegetables

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66. Time

67. Neighbours

68. Magazines and Newspapers

69.  Animals

70.  Colours

71.  Air Travel (= 'Flying')

72.  Museums

73.  The Ocean

74.  Meeting People

75.  Hand-made Things

76.  Numbers

77.  Public Holidays

78.  Happiness

79.  Concerts

80.  Outdoor Activities

81.  Science

82.  Time Management

83.  Children

84.  Walking

85.  Entertainment

86.  Greeting(s) Cards

87.  Bags

88.  Keeping Healthy

89.  Sleep

90.  Boats

91.  Buildings

92.  Concentrating

93.  The Countryside

94.  Patience

95.  Trees

96.  Toys

97.  Being Busy

98.  Sunshine

99.  Politeness

100.  History

101.  Relatives

103.  Plants

104.  Singing

105.  Your Country

106.  Dictionaries

107.  Train Travel

108.  Punctuality

109.  Street Markets

110.  Maps

111.  Days of the Week

112.  Travelling

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1. Your Work/Studies

1a. Your Studies

Notes: For high school students or recent high school graduates who have not yet started university, the word "school" or "high school" will be used instead of "university". If you are no longer a student now and have not yet started to work, the questions will be about the last time you were a student, either high school or university and asked in the past tense. 

      Your Subject (= your major)

     Family Support for Your Choice

       Liking Your Subject(s)

       The Popularity of Your Subject

        Interest

        The Importance of Your Subject

      Study Efficiency

        Specific Course Content

        For University Students

  • How do students in your course learn this subject?  See Note

  • (Similar to above) How do you learn this subject?

  • What (specific things) do you learn in your course (in your studies)?

  • (Similar to above) What do you learn in that course?

  • (Similar to above) What have you learned in your course?

  • (Similar to above) What subjects (classes) do you have in your course (in your studies)?

  • How do you study ________ ? (The examiner chooses one of the subjects in your course)

  • Do you think (all of) those subjects are useful to you?

  • Can you describe your course?

(Not sure if the word here is 'subject', 'studies' or 'course'. The posting HERE [message # 26] seems to indicate that the word is 'course'. This is similar in meaning to your 'studies' - it includes all the classes you study, not just your main subject. An example of a 'course' is:  'A Bachelor of Civil Engineering course.')

  • (Similar to above) What (specific things) do you learn in your course?
  • What do you usually do in class?

  • What's your favourite thing to do in class?

  • What have you been studying in the past year?
  • Are there any particular skills that you learn in your studies?

        For High School Students

  • How do you study ________ ? (The examiner chooses one of your subjects)

  • Do you think (all of) your subjects are useful to you?

  • What do/did you learn in _________ (one of your high school subjects)?

    Your University/School

  • Where do you study? (What university/school and in what city?)
  • What school (or university) do you go to?  See Note
  • Why did you choose to attend your university/school (instead of choosing another one)?
  • (Similar to above) Why did you choose this school to study your particular subject?
  • How long have you been going to that school/university?
  • Does your university/school specialize in any particular subject? 
  • Do you like your university/school? (Why?/ Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) What do you think of your school/university?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like studying there?

  • What's the best part of studying there?

  • Do you have any recreational or entertainment activities at your school/university?  (Past tense if not at school or university right now)
  • Would you say your school/university is a good one? (Why?)
  • What do you most like about your university/school? (Why?) 
  • (Similar to above) What part of your school/university do you like best? (Why?) 
  • (Similar to above) What's the best thing about your university/school?  
  • Which is the best university in your country (or, city)?

      Time Spent as a Student

  • How long is your course? (How long do you have to spend studying before you graduate?)
  • How long have you been a student?
  • (Similar to above) How long have you been studying this course?
  • What year are you in?

  • When did you start this course and when will you finish it? (= How long have you been doing this course?) 
  • (Similar to above, for high school students) How many years have you spent in school?  
  • (Possible question) What year are you in at school/university? * See Note

     Difficulty

  • Do you think that's a difficult subject to study?
  • (Similar to above) Is your subject very challenging (or difficult) to study?

  • (Similar to above)  Would you say it's stressful to study that?

  • What's the most difficult (or, stressful) part of it?

  • (Probable question) Do you think that you are overloaded with study?

  • (Similar to above) Do you feel you are studying too much? 

  • (Possibly) Does studying make you feel tired?

  • What do you do when you have a problem (or difficulty) with your studies?

  • Do you think _______ is a difficult subject to study? (For high school students. Examiner chooses one of your subjects.)
  • What's the most difficult part of your course?

  • (Similar to above) What's the most difficult part of your studies?

  • (Possible question for high school students or graduates) Are (or, were) your subjects at school very difficult?

  • (Possible question for high school students or graduates) Which subjects at school do you (or, did you) find difficult and which do you (or, did you) find easy?

      Help With Studies

  • Is there anyone who helps (helped) you (with your studies) at university/school? (Who? In what way?) (Who gives you the most help?)

    Study Tools, Equipment, Facilities

  • What "study tools" (or equipment) do you use?   See Note  

  • Do you think these tools are useful?  

  • What facilities are there at your school/university to help you in your studies? 
  • Do you use computers in your studies? 
  • What do you use them for?

      Studying with Others

  • Do you prefer studying independently ( = studying alone) or with others (or, in a group)? (Why?) See Note

  • What do you do with your classmates?  (If answering that you prefer to study with others.)

      Friends at University/School

  • In what ways (or, how) do you associate with your classmates (or other students doing your subject)?

  • (Similar to above) What things do you do with the other students who are also studying your subject?

  • Are you good friends with your classmates (schoolmates)?

  • (Similar to above) Do you get along well with your classmates (schoolmates)?
  • (Similar to above) How do you get along with your classmates (schoolmates)?
  • (Similar to above) How do you feel about your classmates?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like your schoolmates?
  • Do you ever talk to students who are studying different subjects to you?  (= students from different courses)
  • Do you think you will continue to be friends with him/her/them after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) In the future, do you think you and your friends will continue to be together (or, continue to be friends)?
  • How do you think you will maintain your friendship(s) after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) How will you keep in contact if you are not together?
  • (For graduates) Have you kept up (maintained) your friendships from university (school)?
  • Are there any classmates/schoolmates who you dislike (disliked)? (Who? Why?)
  • Do you often get together with ( = go out with = do things in your free time with ) your classmates after classes? (What do you do?)

      Holidays

  • What holidays from university/school do you have during the year?

     The Syllabus / Extra-Curricular Activities

  • What do you think of the course contents / the school curriculum?

  • Does your school/university have any extra-curricula activities? (What?) ('Extra-curricular' = 'after school')
  • What do you like to do after classes?

      Being A Student

  • Tell me about your student life. (= Tell me about your life as a student)

  • Do you like university life? 

  • (Similar to above) Do you enjoy being a student? / Do you like university life?

  • (Similar to above) How do you like university life? ( = How do you feel about life at university?)

  • (Similar to above) What part of university life do you like best? (Why?)

  • What's the best part of being a student?

  • When you start working, do you think you'll enjoy that more than being a student? 
  • For you, what's the most enjoyable part of being a student?

      Working Part-Time

  • Do many students in your country work part-time?  

     Future Work

  • Do you have any particular work or study goals? *
  • What are your future work plans? (after you graduate)
  • (Similar to above) What do you plan to do after you finish your course?
  • (Similar to above) What work would you like to do after you finish your studies?
  • Why do you want to do that kind of work?
  • How do you plan to get that job (or, that kind of work)?
  • Do you think it will be easy for you to get a job (or, that job) after you graduate?
  • (Similar to above) How difficult do you think it will be to achieve your career goal?
  • Is there much competition to get that kind of work?
  • (If finished studies) Have you applied for a job yet?
  • After you graduate, what effect do you think you will have on society?
  • After you start working, do you think you will prefer that kind of life to being a student? 
  • Do you think the things you are studying now in school/university will prepare you well for your future work?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think what you are studying now is very useful (or, relevant or, important) for this type of work?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it will be easy to find work after studying what you are studying now? (= find a job based on what you are studying now.)
  • (Similar to above)  Is it easy to find a job with this major?
  • Do you think it will be easy to find that kind of work (without help)?
  • When you start working, do you think you will prefer that to being a student?  
  • What jobs are most popular (among young people) in your country?

  • (Possibly) What kinds of jobs can people do after studying _______ (your subject)?

  • What do you plan to do after you have finished your studies? ["Your studies" probably = the studies you are doing now but it could mean all of your studies, including your future studies. = What do you plan to do after you have graduated?]

    Further Studies

  • If you were to pursue further studies, would you choose to continue studying this subject?
  • What are your future study plans?  
  • What country would you like to go to for further study? (Why?)
  • Would you like to continue your studies in the future?

  • (Similar to above) Do you plan to continue your studies in the future?

     Other Benefits from Your School/University Life

  • In addition to gaining knowledge, what other ways have you benefited from your school/university experience?

     Sitting for the IELTS Test

  • Why did you decide to sit for the IELTS test? 
  • Which country are you preparing to go to? 
  • Why did you choose that country?

    Your First Day at University (or high school)

(The word, "university" is probably replaced by the words, "high school" or "secondary school" if you have not been to university yet.)

  • Did you like your first day at university?

  • (Similar to above) Did you have a good first day at university?

  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at university/high school?

  • Do you think the first day at university is important?

  • How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at university (or, school)?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think a person's first impressions of a new school or university are important?

    Your Teachers / Lecturers

  • (In a classroom,) who do you think is more important, the students or the teacher?   (See Note)

  • (Similar to above) (In your class, your course or, your studies) who do you think is more important, the students or the teacher?

  • (Similar to above) (In your class, your course or, your studies) who is more important to you, the students or the teacher?  

  • Who gives you more help, the teachers or other students?

  • What do you get from your teachers? 

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1b. Your Work

    General

  • What work/job do you do? 
  • Why did you choose this job / that kind of work? (or, that job)
  • Did you want to do that kind of work when you were very young?
  • (Similar to above) Have you always wanted to do this type of work?
  • How did you get this job? 
  • Do you work full-time or part-time? (Why?)
  • Is your job (your work) very important to you? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Have you always wanted to be a _____ (your job)?
  • Is the salary of a job (or, the salary of your present job) very important to you? (Unclear question)

    Popularity

  • Is that a popular choice of career in your country?
  • (Similar to above) Is your job a popular choice in China? (Why?)

     Job Details

  • What does your company do?
  • What do you mainly do at work?
  • (Similar to above) Can you give me a brief description of your work (your job)? 
  • (Similar to above) What are your main responsibilities at work?
  • (Similar to above) What do you do in a typical day at work?
  • (Similar to above) Tell me about your typical daily routine at work.
  • What are your (main) responsibilities at work?

  • (Similar to above) What are your (main) tasks at work?  

  • What are the main skills needed for your work?
  • What qualifications do you need for that work?
  • Do you think what you studied (in university/college or high school) was useful for your work?
  • (Similar to above) Is your job related to what you studied in university?

     Time Questions

  • How long have you been working?
  • How long have you been doing this job?
  • What have you been doing at work in the past year?

     Your Feelings about Your Job

  • What's your job like?
  • How do you feel about your job (or, your work)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like/enjoy your job? (Why?/Why not?) = 'How do you like your job?' 
  • What's your job like?
  • Do you like (or, enjoy) your job (or, your work)?
  • What do you like about your work?
  • Would you say it's a good job?
  • What benefits do you get from from your job (or, this job)?
  • Would you recommend this job (or, this kind of work) to your friends (or, to others)? (Use 'would', not 'will' in your answer.)
  • What part of your work do you like best? 
  • (Similar to above) What's the best thing about your job?
  • Is there anything you don’t like about your job?
  • Do you think your job is good for (or, suitable for) a woman?
  • Do you prefer working to being a student? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Which do you enjoy more, working or studying?
  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer your life now, as a working person, to the life you had as a student? 
  • Do you think it's very important for people to do a job that they like?

    Importance

  • Is your job (or, your work) very important to you?

      Interest

  • Would you say it's an interesting job? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) Are you very interested in your job? (How? or Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Is your work interesting? (How?/Why not?) 
  • Do you work more for interest (job satisfaction) or for the money?
  • What's the most interesting part of your work?
  • Do you think it's very important for people to do a job that they like find interesting?
  • Do you meet many interesting people in your work? Or: Are there many interesting people at your workplace?

     Difficulties at Work

  • Would you say it's an easy job?
  • (Similar to above) Is your work very easy to do?
  • (Similar to above) Is your work very challenging (or, difficult)?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think your work is very demanding? (Why?/Why not?)

  • What do you do when you have a problem (or difficulty) with your work?

  • What's the most difficult part of your job? (See Note)
  • (Similar to above) What is the biggest problem you have at work?
  • (Similar to above) What's the greatest difficulty you've had at work (or, in your job)?
  • How did you solve this problem?

  • Do you think that you are overloaded with work?

      Changing Jobs

  • Would you like to change your job? See Note
  • (Similar to above) Are you planning to change your job? See Note 
  • (Similar to above) Are you planning to change your job in the near future? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What would influence you to change your job?
  • If you had the opportunity to change your job, what would you choose to do?
  • (Similar to above) Would you like to continue working in this company for a long time?
  • Do you think you will continue to do this type of work (or, this job)?
  • What are your future work plans?
  • What job (or, work) would you like to do (in the future)?
  • (Similar to above) What would be the ideal job for you?
  • (Similar to above) What other job do you think you would enjoy, apart from your present job?
  • (Similar to above) If you had a choice, what would be your ideal job?
  • (Similar to above) If you had to change your career, what other job would you chose?
  • In the future, what changes do you think will take place in your industry?
  • (Similar to above) What possible changes in the future might affect your job (or, your work)?
  • (Possibly the question above is) In the future, what changes do you think will take place in the typical workplace?
  • (Similar to above) Do you intend to (or, want to) continue doing this kind of work (or, this job)?   (See Note)

  • (Similar to above) If you had the chance, would you (like to) change your job?

    Help With Work

  • Is there anyone who helps you with your work? (= helps you do your job)
  • How do you and your work colleagues help each other at work? (Or: Do you and your colleagues help each other at work? How?) (Or: Who gives you the most help at work?)

      Working Conditions

  • Do you think people today have a bigger work load (or, more work pressure) than people did several decades ago?
  • Do you think there should be a minimum and a maximum working age for people? * (See NOTE)

    Work Tools/Equipment

  • Do you use any equipment in your work?

  • What tools or equipment do you use in your work? (Include information about how useful it is/they are.) 

  • Is it/are they very helpful to you? 

  • (Similar to above) Would you say it's/they're very useful? 

  • (Similar to above) How useful would you say it is/they are? 
  • Do you use computers in your work?
  • What do you use them for?

      Your Work and Your Colleagues 

  • Do you often get together with your colleagues (workmates) after work? (What do you do?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you do anything with your colleagues after work?
  • Which is more important to you, the people you work with or the work itself?

     Holidays

  • What holidays from work do you have during the year?

     Work Goals / The Future

  • Do you have any particular work goals? 
  • (Similar to above) What are your work plans for the future?
  • Do you plan to continue in this same job (or, kind of work) in the future?
  • What job (or, work) would you like to do (in the future)?

    The Future of Your Industry

  • In the future, what changes do you think will take place in your industry?

      Sitting for the IELTS Test

  • Why did you decide to sit for the IELTS test?
  • (Similar to above) Why are you taking the IELTS test? 
  • Which country are you preparing to go to? 
  • Why did you choose that country?

      Working with Others and Co-operation

  • Do you have to talk to a lot of people at work?
  • Do you need to work with (= co-operate with) other people at work? (teamwork question)
  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer working alone or with others (or, in a group)? (Why?)  
  • What do you do with your colleagues (workmates)?  (If answering you prefer to work with others.) 
  • Do you like working with them?
  • How (well) do you get along with your colleagues?
  • Have you made any friends at work?

      The Preparation You Had for This Job/ Qualifications Needed

  • Do you think your (school or) university education prepared you well for the work you are doing now
  • What qualifications do you need for that work?

    Training  See Notes on this sub-topic

  • What kind of training is necessary for you to do your job?
  • Did you have to do any kind of training in order to do your current work?
  • Have you received any ("on-the-job") training at work?
  • Do you have to do any training for your work?
  • How often do you receive this training?
  • Do you think training (or, this training) at work is important?
  • Would you like to receive more training in the future? (This question possibly asked if you say "Yes" to the first question.)

  • Would you like to receive some training?  (This question possibly asked if you say "No" to the first question.)

  • Do you think you will you receive any ("on-the-job") training in the future?  * (Unclear if this is a real question.)

  • What kinds of future training do you think you will need in the future?

    Finding Work

  • Is it easy to find that kind of job? (For  people in general)

  • Was it easy to get that job? (Your experience in getting your job)

  • How did you get that job?

  • Is it easy to get a job where you work? (For  people in general)

  • (Similar to above) Is it easy (for other people in your country) to find work doing your job?

  • In your country, generally speaking, is it easy for people to find a job?

  • Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or from TV?
  • Are there other ways for people to get information about jobs?
  • What jobs are most popular (among young people) in your country?

    Your First Day at Work

  • Do you remember your first day at work?

  • What did you do on your first day at work?

  • Did you like your first day at work?

  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work?  

  • Do you think the first day at work is important?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think orientation is important on the first day at work?

  • How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at a new job?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think a person's first impressions of a new job are important?

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2. Your Home (Your Accommodation)

See NOTE

      Basic Facts

  • What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in? 
  • (Similar to above) What sort of accommodation do you live in at the moment - a house or a flat? (If you live in a dormitory but the examiner only gives you the choice of flat or house, you can begin your answer by saying something such as, "Well, neither, actually. I live in a dormitory at my university.")
  • Do you live in a house or a flat?
  • Where is it located?
  • Who do you live with? 
  • How long have you lived there?
  • (Similar to above) How long have you been living there?
  • Do you plan to live there for a long time?
  • (If you answer you haven't lived there long) What's the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
  • Can you describe the place where you live? = Please describe your home a little. (Talk mostly about the place, not the people you live with.)
  • Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
  • What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
  • Are the transport facilities to your home very good?

  • (Similar to above) Is it easy to travel to and from your home?

  • Is the architecture of your home modern or more traditional?

  • Do people in your country prefer to live in modern homes or more traditional homes?

      Preference: Flat or House

  • Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?

  • (If you had the choice) Would you prefer to live in a house or a flat? (Why?)

  • What are the benefits of living in a flat/house? [Whichever one you said you live in.]

       Liking the Place Where you Live

  • Do you like it? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) How do you like your flat/house? ( = How do you feel about your house/flat?)
  • Please describe the room you live in. 
  • What part of your home do you like the most?
  • (Similar to above) What's your favourite room in your home?
  • What do you do in this room? (= What is this room used for? = What is the function of this room?)
  • (Similar to above) What would you say is the best thing about your home?
  • (Similar to above) What do you like most about your home?
  • (Similar to above) What's the best thing (the best part) of your home ( = the place where you live)?
  • Is there anything you don't like about the place where you live?
  • What do you least like (= like least) about your home? 
  • Which is your favourite room? (Why?)

     Decorations

  • What kind of decorations does it (do the rooms/does your room) have?
  • (Similar to above) How do you decorate (or, how have you decorated) your home? (or, your bedroom or your part of your dorm room)
  • How do you think this room (your favourite room) could be improved?
  • What furniture is in that room?
  • (Possible question) Are you willing to bring other people (i.e., visitors) to your home?

      Describing What You Can See

  • What can you see when you look out the window of your room (or, the windows of your home)?
  • Is there anything on the walls of your home (or your room)?  See Note

      Childhood House or Room

  • What kind of place did you live in when you were a kid?

  • (Similar to above) What was your home (or, house) like when you were a child?

  • (Similar to above) What sort of house did you live in when you were a child?

  • What was your room like?

      Improvements

  • Do you think your home (or, the place where you live) needs any improvements?
  • What improvements do you think your home needs?
  • How do you think this room could be improved? 

  • How do you think your home could be improved? 

  • (Similar to above) Is there anything about your room (or, your home) you would like to improve? 

  • (Similar to above) How do you plan to improve your home in the future?

  • If you could change one thing in your apartment, what would it be?

  • (Possibly the question above is this) If you could change one thing about your apartment, what would it be?

      Around Your Home (Your Neighbourhood)

        See also Neighbours (On Page 2)

  • Are there many people living near you?
  • Do you know all your neighbours?
  • How well do you know your neighbours?
  • (Similar to above) How (well) do you relate to your neighbours?
  • What kind of people are your neighbours?
  • Do you spend much time socializing with your neighbours in your neighbours' homes? ('socializing' = talking to; 跟他们一起玩 )
  • What are the surroundings like there? (= What is the neighbourhood like?)
  • (Similar to above) What is the environment like around your flat/house?
  • (Similar to above) What is the area around your flat/house like? 
  • Do you like the environment (around) where you live?  
  • Would you say it's a good place to live?
  • (Similar to above) Would you recommend that as a good place (a good location) to live?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say it's a suitable place to live?
  • Would you say the place where you live is good for families with children? (Hint: Children need a place to play outside.)
  • What (public) facilities are there near your home?
  • Are the transport facilities to (or near) your home very good?

  • (Similar to above) Is it easy to travel to and from your home?

  • (Similar to above) Is the public transportation good in the area where you live?

  • Would you say it's a good place to live?

  • (Similar to above) Would you say it's a suitable (for you) place to live?

  • Similar to above) Would you recommend that (your neighbourhood) as a good place to live?

      Moving

      One of the following questions might be asked. 
  • Do you plan to move?
  • Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why? Where?)
  • Are you prepared to move? (This means: 你愿意搬家吗? Or: "If, in the future, you have to move, are you ready to do that?") People report on the bulletin boards that the question is: 你准备搬家吗? Most probably this is the question that is used.
  • Have you (ever) thought of moving to a different place? (Why?/Why not?) 
    (If the words of the question are these, the meaning is
    (在任何时候)想过搬家吗?) 
  • Are you preparing to move to a different place soon? ( = Are you planning to move soon?) (Why?/Why not?)
  • Are you planning to (= thinking about) moving to live in a different place? (Why? Where? /Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) If you had the opportunity, would you move to a different place? (Why? Where? /Why not?)
  • Do you think you will leave home soon?
  • In the future, what sort of home (flat, house etc.) would you like to live in? (See Notes)
  • (Possibly)  Would you like to live in a bigger house (or flat)?
  • What kind of neighbourhood/environment/surroundings would you like to live in?

        Types of Housing in Your Country

  • What kind of housing is most popular in China?

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3. Your Hometown

Your 'hometown' is the place where you grew up, not necessarily the place where you were born.

Sometimes the topic is, "The Place Where You Are Living Now", which might not be your hometown.

      Current Living Place
  • Where do you come from? 

  • (Similar to above) Where is your hometown?

  • What part of ____ (your home country) is that in?

  • Where do you live at the moment? 

  • How long have you been living there/here?

  • Why do you live there/here? 

  • Where are you living now, in your hometown or another place?

  • How long have your been living there/here?

  • (Similar to above) How long have you lived there/here?

  • Do you have many neighbours?

  • Do you know your neighbours very well?

    Family

  • Do your parents also live there?

  • (Similar to above) Does your whole family live there?

  • Did your family ever move away from the place you were born? (Why?/Why not?)

  • Did your family ever move away from the place you were born? (Why?/Why not?)

    If Not Living in Your Hometown Now

  • Why did you choose to live here/there? (If not living in your hometown)

  • How long have you been living there?

  • Do you plan to live there/here for a long time?

  • Do you like _____? (The place you are living in now) (Why?/Why not?) 
  • (Similar to above) Do you like the city where you are living now? (Why?/Why not?) 
  • (Similar to above) Do you like living here/there?
  • (Similar to above) Which place do you prefer, your hometown or the city where you are studying or working? 
  • Do you still visit your hometown? 
  • How do you visit your hometown? (=What kind of transport do you use to go there?)
  • Who do you visit in your hometown?

    The Location of Your Hometown

  • Where is your hometown? (Or, what part of China do you come from?)

  • Whereabouts (=where) did you grow up? (Or, Where were you born?)
  • (Similar to above) Where are you from? 
  • (Similar to above) Where is your hometown?
  • Is that a city or is it in the countryside?
  • (Similar to above) Are you from a city or village (the countryside)? 
  • Do you prefer to live in a big city or a small place (or in the countryside?
  • (Similar to above) Would you prefer to live in a big city or in the countryside?
  • Do you still live there?
  • Does (do) your family still live there?
  • (Similar to above) Do you still live there now?
  • (Similar to above) Where do you live at the moment?
  • Why do you live there/here?

    Description of Your Hometown

  • What kind of place is your hometown? (= Describe your hometown)
  • (Similar to above) Could you describe your hometown a little? 
  • (Similar to above) Please tell me something about your hometown.
  • Does it have good facilities?

  • What facilities does your hometown have?  

  • What sorts of buildings are there in your hometown?
  • What work do the people in your hometown do?  
  • Are the people in your hometown very friendly? 
  • (Similar to above) Is your hometown a friendly place?
  • What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time?  (Why? Include what you do there.)

    Size / Small Town or City

  • Is that a big city or a small town (or, a village in the countryside)?

  • (Similar to above) How big is that place?

  • Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the countryside?

  • (Similar to above) Would you prefer to live in a big city or in the countryside?

  • For you, what benefits are there to living in a big city? (or small town, whatever your preference was)

  • (Similar to above) In general, what benefits are there to living in a big city? (or small town, whatever your preference was)

  • Do you think it's good to live in a big city? (or small town, whatever your preference was)

    Free-Time Activities in Your Hometown

  • What do people in your hometown do in their free time?

  • (Similar to above) What do you do in your hometown in your leisure time?

  • What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time? (Why? Include what you do there.)

    Famous

  • Is your hometown famous for anything?

  • (If you answer no) How could it become famous?

    The History of Your Hometown

  • Do you know much about the history of your hometown?

  • Did you learn (or, have you learned) much about the history of your hometown in school?

    Particular Places in (or aspects of) Your Hometown (the most ... place)

        The Oldest

  • What's the oldest part (the oldest area/section) of your hometown?
  • (Similar to above) What's the oldest part (area/section) of your hometown? 
  • (Similar to above) What's the oldest structure in your hometown? (= the oldest existing structure)
  • (Similar to above) What's the oldest thing in your hometown? (See NOTE)
  • Are there any old buildings in your hometown?

        The Best

(These questions are also under the topic,  'Your Feelings/Opinions about Your Hometown')       

  • What would you say is the best part of your hometown?
  • (Similar to above) What would you say is the best thing about your hometown?
  • What do you like best about your hometown? (See NOTE)
  • (Similar to above) What part of your hometown do you like best? (Why?) (= What's the best thing about your hometown? = What do you find most attractive about your hometown?) 
  • (Similar to above) What would you say is the best thing about your hometown? See Note

        The Most Famous

       (This question is also under the topic, 'Visitors to Your Hometown')

  • What's the most famous thing about your hometown?

        The Most Attractive

  • What's the most attractive part of your hometown?

        Tourist Attractions

  • What tourist attractions are there in your hometown?

  • Would a foreign visitor enjoy them?

  • (Similar to above) What parts of your hometown would you recommend (or, suggest) a visitor go and see? 

  • (Similar to above) What tourist attractions would you recommend to visitors who come to your hometown?

    Changes in the Past 20 or 30 Years

  • Has your hometown changed much in the past few years? (e.g. 20 years)
  • (Similar to above) How has your hometown changed in recent years? (E.g., the past 20 or 50 years or since you were a child) 
  • (Similar to above) In what way has your hometown changed the most in the past few years?
  • (Similar to above) What part of your hometown has changed the most in the past few years?
  • Compared to the past, would you say your hometown today is more suitable for living in, or less suitable?

      Your Feelings/Opinions/Judgments about Your Hometown

  • Do you like your hometown? (Why?/Why not?) 
  • (Similar to above) Do you like living here/there?
  • What do you like most (or, best) about living in your hometown (or, about living where you are living now)?
  • Would you say it's an interesting place?

  • What's the most interesting part of it?

  • (Similar to above) What's interesting about it?

  • Would you say it's a livable place?
  • Would you say it's a good place to live/grow up in?
  • (Similar to above) Would you recommend that place to others (as a good place to live)?
  • Compared to the past, would you say your hometown today is more suitable for living in, or less suitable?
  • What would you say is the best part of your hometown?
  • (Similar to above) What would you say is the best thing about your hometown?
  • Would you say it's a good place for young people to live/grow up?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say it's a good place for children to grow up?
  • (Similar to above) (Similar to above) Would you say your hometown is a good place for (families with) children to live? (See NOTE.)
  • (Similar to above) Would you say it's a good place to grow up (in)?  See Note
  • Do you like your hometown? (Why?/Why not?) (Or: Do you like the place you are living in now?)
  • What do you like best about your hometown? (See NOTE)
  • (Similar to above) What part of your hometown do you like best? (Why?) (= What's the best thing about your hometown? = What do you find most attractive about your hometown?) 
  • (Similar to above) What would you say is the best thing about your hometown? See Note
  • (Similar to above) What's your favourite part of your hometown?
  • Would you like to retire there when you are old?
  • Is there anything you don't like about your hometown?
  • Would you say it's a good place to live? (Or) Would you say it's a good place to grow up?
  • Would you say it's a good place for young people to live?
  • Does your hometown have good entertainment facilities?

  • Is it a suitable place for old people to live?

  • Do you think it's more suitable as a place for young people to live, or old people?

    Improvements 

  • What would you say are the good points and the bad points of living there / of your hometown?

  • What do you think needs to be done to make your hometown a better place to live in?

  • (Similar to above) How do you think your hometown could be improved?

  • (Similar to above) What do you think needs to change in your hometown?

      Visitors to Your Hometown

  • Would you recommend your city as a travel destination to your friends?
  • Do many people visit your hometown (as tourists)?
  • (Similar to above) Do people from other places often visit your hometown? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Do people like traveling to (or visiting) your hometown? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Is your hometown a good place for visitors (tourists)?
  • (Similar to above) Does your hometown have any tourist attractions?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say your hometown is suitable for tourists to visit? (Why?/Why not?) (See NOTE)
  • What would you recommend (or, suggest) visitors to your city see and do?
  • What's the most famous thing about your hometown?
  • What do visitors see or do when they go to your hometown? 
  • (Similar to above) Does your hometown have any special tourist attractions? 
  • What forms of transport do visitors use to come to your hometown? 
  • How could your hometown (be improved in order to) attract more visitors? 
  • Would you say your hometown is suitable for development as a tourist spot (or, tourist attraction)? (Why?/Why not?)

      The Weather in Your Hometown

  • What's the weather usually like in your hometown?
  • Has the weather in your hometown changed much in recent years?

    Transportation & Traffic in Your Hometown

  • What's the traffic situation like in your hometown (or, where you are living now)?
  • How do people in your hometown get to (= go to/travel to) work?
  • What form of transport do you prefer to use in your hometown?

      Future Living Place

  • Do you think you'll always live here/there?

  • (Similar to above) Do you plan to live there/here for a long time? 

  • (Similar to above)  Do you plan to live there in the future?

  • (Similar to above)  Would you like to live there in the future?

  • How long do you intend to continue living there/here?

  • Have you ever thought about moving to live somewhere else? (Why?/Why not?)

  • What place (city) would you like to live in (in the future)?

  • If you had a chance to live in a different city, what would it be? (Why?)
  • Would you like to return to your hometown when you retire?

  • Would you like to live in the countryside?

  • (Probably the question above is really this) Would you like to live in the countryside when you retire?

  • (Similar to above) Would you like to live in the countryside when you are old?

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4. Bicycles

     Bicycles and You

  • Do you ever ride a bicycle?
  • (Similar to above) Do you often ride a bicycle? (Why?/Why not? Where? When?) 
  • (Similar to above) Do you like riding a bicycle?  
  • What do you use a bicycle for?

  • How old were you when you first learned to ride a bicycle?

  • (Similar to above) How long have you ridden a bicycle? (= How many years have you known how to ride a bicycle?) 
  • Would you say it's difficult to learn to ride a bicycle?

     Bicycles and People in Your Country

  • Are bicycles popular in China? 
  • (Similar to above) Are bicycles popular in your city? (Why?/Why not?) [Note: 'common' & 'popular' are not always the same.]
  • What are the reasons why people ride bicycles?
  • What are the advantages (or, benefits) of riding a bicycle?
  • (Similar to above) What are the benefits for children to ride a bicycle?
  • What kinds of people ride bicycles?
  • Do children also ride bicycles in your country?
  • Why do children enjoy riding bicycles?
  • Would you say bicycles are suitable for people of all ages? 
  • Can you think of any people who are not suited to riding a bicycle? (Hint: very young, very old and disabled people) 
  • (As above) Who is most suitable for riding a bicycle and who is least suitable? 
  • Has the number of bicycle riders in China changed much in the past few years?  

  • Do you think the number of people using bicycles (in your hometown/country) will change in the future?

  • Would you say it's still suitable to ride a bicycle in today's society?

     Bicycles in Society

  • Do you think bicycles are suitable for present society?
  • What do you think are the advantages (and disadvantages) of 
    bicycles compared to cars? 
  • Would you say it's safe to ride a bicycle in the city (or, in China)? 

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5. Birds 

  • How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?) 
  • Do you like birds?
  • How do Chinese people feel about birds? 
  • Are there many birds near your home?
  • (Similar to above) Are there (or, do you see) many birds around your home?  
  • (Similar to above) Are there (or, do you see) many birds around your neighbourhood?  
  • What kinds of birds are there where you live?  
  • Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)?
  • Do you think birds are important?
  • Do any birds have any particular significance in your country? For example, does you have a national bird?
  • (Similar to above) In your country, do different birds represent different things?   
  • Do you think birds should be protected? (Why? / Why not? How can they be protected?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you think we should protect (wild) birds?
  • Are there any birds (in your country/where you live) that have disappeared?
  • (Similar to above) Are there any birds (in your country/where you live) that are much less common today than they used to be?
  • Do Chinese people like raising (keeping) pet birds?
  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country keep birds as pets?
  • Have you ever raised (kept) a pet bird?
  • What did you feed it?

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6. Clothes

Make sure you know the differences between "fashion" and "fashionable". Don't say, "I like to wear fashion clothes." That should be, "I like to wear fashionable clothes," or "I like to wear clothes that are in fashion."

     The Importance of Clothes

  • Do you think it's important what clothes a person wears? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you think the clothes a person wears are important?
  • Is it important what clothes you wear at your job? (your company)
  • Do you think the clothes a person wears leaves an impression on others?

      Styles/Types of Clothes

  • What kinds/styles of clothes do you like (or, prefer) to wear? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What kind of clothes do you like best? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of clothes do you usually wear?
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear? 
  • Do you wear the same clothes both at work and after work?
  • Will you change your clothes when you go home today?
  • Do / did you wear the same clothes at school and at home? (Past tense if you are no longer at school)

  • (Similar to above) Are there any differences between the clothes you wear / wore at school and those your wear / wore at home? (Past tense if you are no longer at school)

  • Do you wear the same kinds of clothes in winter and summer?
  • Do you ever go shopping for clothes with a friend?

  • Have you ever helped other people choose what clothes to buy?

  • Do your friends have the same tastes in clothes as you? (= Do your friends wear the same kinds of clothes as you? Or:  Do the people around you wear the same kinds of clothes as you?) (See NOTE)
  • What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear?

  • Do you think you will still be wearing the same kinds of clothes when you are old? (You could include what you think you will be or won't be wearing when you are old.) 
  • (Similar to above) Do you think you will change the style of clothes you wear in the future?
  • Did you have any special clothes to wear when you were a child?
  • Did you like them?
  • Do you prefer informal (= casual clothes = leisure clothes) or formal clothes? (Why?)
  • Do you feel comfortable when wearing formal clothes? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Do you think formal clothes are important?
  • When do people wear formal clothes?
  • Do you think clothing today is very different to clothing in the past? (e.g., 10-30 yrs. ago)

  • (Possibly) Is the clothing that people wear in your country today very different to the traditional clothing of your country? ("Traditional" refers to something that is usually hundreds of years old.)

  • What (type of) clothes do you prefer, Western (or, foreign) clothes or clothes from your own country?

       Fashion

  • Are you very interested in fashion (or, clothes fashions)?
  • (Similar to above) What do you think of (or, about) fashion?
  • (Similar to above) What do you think about fashion nowadays in your country?
  • Do you have a lot of nice clothes?
  • Do you think clothes are important to people? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Are clothes very important to you?
  • Where do you think you can buy the most fashionable clothes?
  • What kinds of clothes are popular in China?
  • What do you think of modern fashions?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like the latest fashions? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Do you like to wear fashionable clothes?
  • (Similar to above) Do you usually wear clothes that are in fashion?

  • (Similar to above) Do you ever wear designer (or, name brand) clothes?

  • (Similar to above) Do you ever buy designer (or, name brand) clothes?

  • Is the brand of clothes important to you? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What clothes materials do you like best? (Why?)
  • Are people's ideas about fashion (or, ideas about what is 'fashionable', or, fashion tastes) today the same as people's ideas in previous years?

  • (Similar to above) Are the clothes that people in your country wear today the same as people's clothes in previous years?

  • What types of clothes are in fashion now?

  • Do many people (in China) follow fashion?

  • What are the benefits of following fashion?

  • Do you think people pay too much attention to fashion?

  • Do you think your tastes in fashion will be the same when you are old?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think fashion trends will be the same when you are old(er)?

  • Is there anything that you used to wear in the past that you don't wear now?

      Different People Wearing Different Clothes

  • Do you think the clothes a person wears leaves an impression on others?
  • Do students and working people wear the same kinds of clothes?
  • What can you learn about a person from the clothes they wear?
  • (Similar to above) What can we tell about a person from the clothes they wear?
  • (Similar to above) How does the clothes a person wears represent that person?

     Shopping for Clothes

  • How often do you go shopping for clothes? 
  • Do you like shopping (for clothes)? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) Is shopping for clothes important to you?
  • Do you spend a lot of money on clothes?
  • Would you say people spend too much (money) on clothes nowadays?
  • Where do you buy your clothes?
  • Where do you think you can buy the most fashionable clothes?
  • Have you ever bought clothes that you (now) don't like?
  • When was the last time you went shopping for clothes?
  • Do you like window-shopping for clothes? (Why?/Why not?) 
  • Why do some people frequently go shopping (for clothes)?
  • Do you think some people pay too much attention to clothes? 
  • Do you think some people spend too much time/money on shopping (for clothes)?
  • Do you think people spend too much time choosing their clothes? (See NOTE)
  • Do men and women have the same ideas (feelings) about shopping for clothes?
  • Do you like buying clothes on the internet?
  • Do you like to try on clothes before you buy them? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Do you plan to buy any designer (or, name brand) clothes?

      Uniforms

  • Do you think employees in a company should wear a uniform?
  • Are you (would you be) willing to wear a uniform at work?
  • (Similar to above) Would you like to wear (or, do you like wearing) a uniform? 
  • (Similar to above) How do you feel about wearing a uniform?
  • What kinds of people wear a uniform? (Hint: soldiers, policemen, most school students, etc.)
  • In China, are students allowed to wear different clothes to other students? (See NOTE)

      The Colour of Clothes

  • Do people care about the colour of their clothes? (Why?/Why not?)
  • How about you - do you care about the colour of your clothes? (Why?/Why not?)
  • (Similar to above) For you, is the colour of the clothes very important when you are shopping for clothes?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think the colour of one's clothes is important? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What's your favourite clothes colour? (Why?)
  • When you buy clothes, how do you choose the colour?
  • Do any colours have special meaning in your culture?
  • Do you think colour(s) is (are) important in daily life?

       Traditional Clothes

  • Do any people in China still wear traditional Chinese clothing?
  • Do you ever wear traditional Chinese clothes? (When?)
  • Why do you think traditional clothes are popular (with some kinds of people)?
  • How (much) is traditional Chinese culture being affected by foreign clothes styles?

        Men and Women

  • Do you think men and women think (or, feel) the same about clothes?

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7. Collecting

  • Do you collect anything (as a hobby)? 
  • Why do you collect ....(that/those things)? 
  • Have you ever collected anything?

  • Did you collect anything (such as stamps or CD's) when you were a child?

  • Do you still collect them now?

  • (Similar to above) Do you collect anything as a hobby now?

  • Why do you like collecting things (or, these things)?

  • Do you think it's good for children to collect something (as a hobby)?

  • Is collecting a popular pastime in China? 
  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country like to collect things?
  • What are some examples of things that some people collect (as a hobby)?  See Note
  • (Similar to above) What items are considered collectibles in your country? 
  • Does anyone in your home collect anything? 
  • Do a lot of people in China collect things and what do they collect? 
  • Do people in your country like to collect things?
  • What are some examples of things that some people (in your country) collect (as a hobby)? See Note
  • Why do you think people like collecting things?

  • Why do you like collecting things?

  • What are the benefits of collecting?

  • Do boys and girls usually collect the same things?

  • Do you think you will collect anything in the future?

  • If you had a lot of money, what would you like to collect?  See Note

  • (Similar to above - probably this is the question being used) If you had a lot of money, what would you collect?  (Don't use, "will".) See Note

  • Would you collect something that you think will have value in the future?

  • Do you think you will collect anything in the future?

  • If you had a lot of money, what would you like to collect?  See Note
  • (Similar to above) If you had a lot of money, what would you collect? (Don't use, "will".) See Note 
  • (Similar to above, but a little different) Is there anything you would like to collect?
  • Would you collect something that you think will have value in the future?
  • Do you think you will collect anything in the future?
  • Would you collect something that you think will increase in value in the future?

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8. Computers

Note: 'Computers' and 'the internet' are not exactly the same thing.

    Your Computer-Using Habits

  • Do you use computers very much?
  • (Similar to above) Do you often use computers?
  • When do you use a computer?
  • What do you use computers for?
  • (Similar to above) What part do computers play in your life?
  • What are the benefits (for you) of using a computer?
  • How often do you use a computer?
  • (Possibly) How often do you use a computer for work / study?

  • What computer skill(s) would you like to learn?  (See note)
  • Do you like using computers?

    Your First Computer Usage

  • When did you start using computers?
  • (Similar to above) When was the first time you used a computer?
  • (Similar to above) When did you learn how to use a computer?
  • What was your impression (or feeling) when you used a computer the first time?
  • How did you learn to use a computer?

    The Value of Computers

  • Would you say computers are important?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say computers are important in your life?
  • (Similar to above) How important are computers to you?

  • Do computers have much impact on your life?

  • Have computers changed (= influenced) your life in any way? (If yes, how?)
  • Are computers used much in your country?
  • Do you think computers are useful (or important) in everyday life? (How?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you find computers very useful in your everyday life?
  • (Similar to above) What role do computers play in modern life?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think computers are important in everyday life?
  • (Similar to above) How are computers useful to people?
  • (Similar to above) What do you think are the benefits of (using) a computer?
  • Do you think computers have changed our lives for the better? (How? Compare today & our lives in pre-computer times.)
  • Do you think computers have helped improve people's lives?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think the invention of computers has helped improve people's lives?

  • Do you think a computer can give you (or, one) better access to knowledge?

  • Do you think there there are any disadvantages (or, drawbacks) to using computers?
  • (Possible) What can you learn from computers?

  • What computer skill(s) would you like to learn?  (See note)

    Children and Computers/Computers in Education

  • Do you think computers are useful for the education of children?
  • (Similar to above) Computers are now used a lot in education. What do you think of this?
  • (Similar to above) In China, when do children at school use a computer?
  • (Similar to above) Computers are now used a lot in the education of children. What do you think are the advantages of this?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think computers are good or bad for children?
  • (Similar to above) What effect do computers have on children?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's a good or a bad thing to teach children how to use a computer?
  • Do you think there should be restrictions on (or, controls on) the use of computers/the internet by children?
  • How do you think parents could minimize (or avoid) the negative effects of computers on their children?

    Computer Games

  • Do you play computer games?

  • How often do you play computer games?

    Problems

  • What do you do when your computer has problems?
  • Do you think there are any disadvantages (or, downsides) from using (or, working on) computers?

    The Future of Computers

  • Do you think computers are perfect now or do they still need to be improved?

    Learning about Computers

  • (Unconfirmed question) How 'computer literate' are you?

  • Do you think it's important to learn to use a computer?

  • Would you like to learn more computer skills?

  • (Similar to above) Is there any particular computer skill that you would like to learn? (Why?)

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9. Daily Routine

  • What are you usually doing at this time? (See NOTE)
  • What's your daily routine nowadays?
  • Do you do the same thing(s) every day?
  • Tell me something about your daily routine.
  • (Similar to above) Please describe your typical daily routine. (Summarize your typical day - morning, afternoon & evening. Avoid using 'will' - use the present tense. Of course, the question refers to your typical Monday to Friday day.)
  • (Similar to above) What do you do in a typical day (at work or at school/university)? 
  • (Similar to above) What do you do mainly do with your time?
  • (Similar to above) What do you do in your daily life?
  • Would you say you are busy?
  • In a typical day, what do you do in the classroom?
  • (If you do not work) For you, what's the best time of day for studying? 
  • When do you do most of your study?
  • (If you work) For you, what's the best time of day (or, day of the week) for working? 
  • What time do you usually get up?
  • What do you usually do after you get up (or, in the morning)? 
  • What part of the (= your) day do you like best? (Why?) (= What part of your daily routine makes you the happiest?  Or = What part of the day are you most efficient?)
  • (Similar to above) What's your favourite time of the day? (Why? What do you do at that time?)
  • (Similar to above) What part (or time) of the day do you feel most active (or, feel your best)? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What part of the day do you like best?

  • What's usually your busiest time of the day; the morning, noon, or evenings? (Why?)

  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer to do things in the mornings or the evenings? (Why?)

  • What do you usually do at that time? (Or: What are you usually doing at that time?)
  • What time of the day are you the most efficient?
  • Is you life now the same as it was before?
  • (Similar to above) Have there been any recent changes to your daily routine?
  • (Similar to above) Has your life recently changed in any way?
  • (Similar to above) How is your life (or, your daily routine) today different to what it was when you were a child?
  • Do you think there will be any changes to your routine in the near future?
  • If you could make one change to your daily routine, what would it be?
  • (Similar to above) Would you like to change anything about your daily routine right now (or, about your life)? (If yes, what?/Why?)
  • (Similar to above) What changes would you like to make to your daily routine (or, to your life) in the future?
  • (Similar to above) How do you think your daily routine could be improved?
  • If you had more free time, what would you do? 
  • Do you get together with your fellow students/work colleagues (=classmates/workmates) after classes/work? (What do you do?) 
    [This question is possibly in the Work/Studies topic.]
  • Do you like to plan what you will do each day? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Do you (usually) plan your week?
  • How do you plan your day (or, your week)?
  • What do you usually do at this time of day? (= What are you usually doing at this time of day?) 
  • Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day? 
  • How do you plan (organize) your study time?
  • Do you ever (or, do you often) change these plans? 
  • Can you think of any improvements to your daily routine?
  • (Similar to above) What do you usually do for leisure or entertainment in your free time?

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10. Dance

  • Do you like to dance? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Have you ever learned to dance?
  • When was the last time you danced?
  • (Similar to above) When was the last time you went dancing (出去跳舞)?
  • (Similar to above) When was the last time you went to a party where people danced?
  • Where can we see people dancing?

  • (Similar to above) What are some of the various places where we can see people dancing?

  • What kind of dancing do Chinese people like? (Unsure if the question meaning is, ‘like to watch’ or ‘like to perform’ or both.) 
  • Why do you think some (or, many) people like dancing?
  • (Similar to above) Why do young people like dancing?
  • Do you think there are any benefits for young people to go dancing?
  • When do people in your country like to dance? 
  • (Similar to above) On what occasions do people in your country dance?
  • Does your country have any traditional dances? 
  • Is traditional dance still popular today in your country? (Why?/Why not?) 
  • Do young people in your country like traditional dancing? See Note
  • (Similar to above)  What do young people in your country think of traditional dancing?

  • (Similar to above)  Do people in your country regard traditional dances as important?

  • Is there much difference between traditional dancing and modern dancing? (What?) 
  • What kinds of dancing are popular with young people in China? 
  • (Similar to above) What dances are most popular (with young people) in your country?
  • Do old people in China like the same kind of dancing as young people? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What do you think is the influence of dance on society?
  • Do you like to watch dance performances?
  • (Similar to above) How do you feel when you watch dance performances on TV?
  • When was the last time you watched a dance performance?

  • Have you ever learned to dance?

  • Why do some people learn dancing?

  • Why do you think some (or, many) people like dancing?

  • Is dancing important to young people?

  • Why do young people like dancing?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think there are any advantages for young people to go dancing?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's good for children (or, young people) to learn to dance?

  • Did you like dancing when you were a child?

  • What do you think about dancing for old people?

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11. Drawing (or Painting)

 Some questions might be about painting and others about drawing. "Painting" is wet; "drawing" is dry.

See also Art

  • Have you ever learned to draw (or paint)? 
  • Do you like drawing (or painting)? 
  • Did you like drawing (or painting) when you were a child? (Why?/Why not?) 
  • Do you like painting? (Why / Why not?)  (See Note)

  • (Similar to above) Do you ever paint pictures? * 

  • (Similar to above) Do you like art?

  • Do you draw (or paint) now? (Why?)
  • (Similar to above) Do you ever (or, often) draw pictures in your spare time? 
  • How often do you draw (or paint) something?
  • What kind of pictures do you like to draw?
  • Do you think drawing (or painting) is difficult?
  • Do you think it's important for children to learn to draw?
  • What do you think are some of the benefits for children from drawing (or painting)? 
  • Do adults draw (or paint) very often?
  • What do you think about adults drawing (or painting)?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for adults to learn to draw?
  • What are the benefits of drawing (or painting) for adults?
  • What benefits do you think people (or, adults) can get from painting or drawing?
  • What's the difference between an adult and a child learning to draw?
  • Do you think a person can teach him or herself how to draw (or paint)?
  • To draw (or paint) well, what factors do you think are important?

As a Child

  • Did you do any painting when you were a child?

  • (Similar to above) Did you like painting when you were a child?

  • How about now? Do you still paint pictures? (See Note)

  • Do you think it's important for children to do some painting or drawing?

  • What benefits do you think children can get from painting or drawing?

  • Do you think you will paint any pictures in the future?

  • What do you think are the benefits of painting (or art) for children?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think painting is good for (or useful for) children?

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12. Family Life

  • Is family very important to you? (Why?) 
  • How much time do you spend with your family? 
  • If you were married, how many children would you choose to have? (Why?)

Family and Friends

  • Do you live with your family?

  • Do you think family members should live together? (Why?/Why not?)

  • When do you spend time with your family?

  • What do you do together?

  • Do you often go out with your friends?

  • (Similar to above) How often do you see your friends?

  • What do you usually do when you are with your friends?

  • Do you prefer to spend time with your family or with your friends? (Why?)

  • Which do you think is more important, your family or your friends? (Why?)

  • Are there any times when you prefer to be alone?

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13. Films

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14. Flowers

        See Note on the word, "send"

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15. Food/Cooking

    Food Preferences

    Cooking

     Eating Places

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16. Friends

See also Topic 74. Meeting People

    Having friends

    Who Your Friends Are

    Your Feelings about Friendship

    Time With Friends

    Activities With Friends

    Places to Spend Time With Friends

  • Where do you usually meet (= spent time with) your friends?
  • Do you prefer to meet your friends at home or away from your home?

  • (Similar to above) Do you prefer your friends visit you (at your home) or do you prefer to visit them (at their homes) or, to go out with your friends?

    Meeting New People/Making Friends

    Other Friendship Questions

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17. Games

See Notes

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18. Housework

Note: "Housework" and "homework" are two different things!

See some vocabulary here

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19. Gifts

See Note on the word, "send"

     Gifts and You

     Gifts and People (in your country) in General

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20. Languages

Sometimes the topic is mainly about English while at other times it might be about languages in general

        See Notes

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21. Leisure Time & Relaxing

See Note about the pronunciation of, 'leisure'.

    The Way You Relax

    Time for Leisure Activities and Relaxing

     Leisure Activities with Others

      Relaxing - People in General

      Holidays (= Vacations)

      The Importance of Relaxing & Leisure Time

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22. Letters & Emails

The words, 'an email' or 'emails' and the words, 'a letter' or 'letters' might be interchangeable for some of these questions.

    Your Letter-writing or Email-writing Habits

    Emails

    Letters

    Different Kinds of Letters (and Emails)

    Comparing Different Forms of Communication

Phone versus Email

         Email versus face-to-face speaking

        Emails versus (handwritten) letters

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23. Meals

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24. Music

      Your Tastes in Music

      Musical Instruments

      Music in School

     Music in Childhood       

    Music in Society

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25. Newspapers

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26. Noise 

        See Note on the meaning and usage of the word, "noise".

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27. Outdoor Activities

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28. Parks and Public Gardens

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29. People's Ages

     Your Personal Feelings about Your Age

       People's Ages in General

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30. Photography

      Photography and You

      Photography and People in General

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31. Rain

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32. Reading

See NOTE

    Your Reading Habits

    Reading in General (Other People's Reading Habits)

    Childhood Reading

    The Importance of Reading

    Books

      Libraries

     Other Book-Related Questions

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33. Restaurants

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34. Shopping

    Your Feelings About Shopping

    Your Shopping Habits

     Shopping for Your Family

     Places for Shopping

    Internet Shopping

    Changes in Shopping in China

    People's Shopping Habits

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35. Sport/Exercise

In the questions below, the word "sport" might be replaced by the word, "exercise" for some questions.

    Sport/Exercise and You

      Sport at School (or Children and Sport/Exercise)

    Age Differences

    Male/Female Differences

    Exercise and People in General

      Sport and People in General

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36. Sports Teams

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37. Telephones / Mobile Phones / Mobile device

Cell-Phones (Mobile Phones) & Mobile Devices (e.g. smart phones)

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38. Television and Radio

     Television

    The Benefits of Watching Television

    Childhood TV Watching

     English Language Television

     Advertisements on TV

    The News on Television

     Television and Radio

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39. Transport

    Transport in Your Hometown

     Public Transportation

Note:  I think it's safe to say that public roads are part of the "public transport system" (or, network) but private cars on the public roads are not part of the public transport system. Taxis are part of the public transport system. The most common types of public transport are - buses, trams, trains (including subway trains), taxis and ferries.

     Noise

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40. Travel

Almost certainly, this means long distance travelling, not travelling (commuting) to work or school. 

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    41. Weather

     Make sure you know the difference in meaning between "season" and "weather".

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    42. Weekends 

        Weekends and You

        Weekends and People in General

        Working on Weekends

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    43. Your Primary School

    Used as the topic, "Your First School"

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    44. Your Secondary School

    Note: It is possible for you to be asked this topic even if you are a university student or are working now.

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    45. Family  

    Examiners usually have to ask candidates if they are comfortable talking about this topic. You can say that you would prefer not to talk about your family and the examiner will choose a different topic.

    See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 12. Family Life

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    46. Seasons, Weather & Climate

    Make sure you know the difference in meaning between "season" and "weather". "Climate" can be considered to be "long-term weather".

    See some notes on language to use to describe climate.

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    47. Names  

         Information About Your Name

        Naming Customs in China

        Types of Names

        Changing Your Name

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    48. Teachers  

         Your Opinion/Feelings about Teachers

        The Influence of Teachers on You

        Teachers in China, in General

        Working as a Teacher

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    49. Art  (Or, 'The Arts')  

    See NOTE

    See also Drawing (or Painting)

    See also Art Galleries and Museums

            Art and You

           The Importance of Art

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    50. Private Gardens 

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    51. The Internet  

    Note: In English we always put the word "the" before the word, "internet" (except for compound nouns such as "internet sales"). So don't say, "I think internet is a good thing."

           Your Internet Usage

          Your Feelings about the Internet

          Your First Time/Learning to Use the Internet

          Good and Bad Sides to the Internet

          The Uses & Benefits of the Internet 

          The Impact / Importance of the Internet

          Internet Shopping

          Learning via the Internet

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    52. Birthdays  

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    53. Evenings  

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    54. Art Galleries and Museums

    Note: Some of these questions might be included in the Art  (Or, 'The Arts') topic.

    See also Topic 72. Museums

         Art Galleries, Museums and You

         Art Galleries, Museums and People in General

          Art Galleries, Museums and Children

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    55. News

    Note: "Old people" = people over 60 or 65 years old. "Older people" = "not young people" = people over 30 or 35 years old, including old people.  

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    56. Parties

    See Note

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    57. Visitors

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    58. Swimming

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    59. Holidays

    Here, the meaning of 'holiday' is: 假期 = "vacation"

    If the wording to a question is, "go on a holiday" or "go on holidays" it means to travel somewhere for pleasure during your holidays or vacation.

         Holidays and You

         Holidays and People (in China) in General

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    60. Writing

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    61. Plans & Goals

    (Possibly this is not a separate topic and these questions are part of the Work and Studies topics.)

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    62. Going Out

    It seems that this is a separate topic to "Evenings".

     

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    63. Driving a Car

     

    Having a Car

    Driver's License

    For the words, "get (or have) a driver's license" the words, "know how to drive" or "learn to drive" might be used.

    Driving Skills / Safety

    Age

    High School Driving Classes

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    64. Advertisements

        See Note about pronunciation    

        See also Part 3, Topics #170 & #190

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    65. Fruits and Vegetables

    See Notes 

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