Do you like birds?
Are there many birds around your
What kinds of birds are there where you
In your country, do different birds represent different
In your country, do any birds have special significance?
Are there any birds (in your country/where you live) that have
Are there any birds (in your country/where you live) that are much
less common today than they used to be?
Do you think we should protect (wild) birds?
2. Hand made stuff
Do you like making things by hand?
Did you ever make anything by hand when you were a
Did you ever make a toy when you were a
Do children in your country often (or, ever) make things by
Do you think it’s good for children to learn to make things by
At schools in your country, do children have any classes in which
they learn to make things by hand?
What handicrafts do people in your country (like to)
Is there anything that you would like to (learn to) make by
Why do you think people sometimes choose to buy hand-made things
(rather than machine-made things)?
What’s your favourite colour?
What colours do you especially like?
Are colours important to you?
Were colours important to you when you were a child?
Were any colours important to you when you were a child?
Is colour very important to you when you are buying clothes?
Do you prefer light or dark (or, bright)
Who gave you your name?
Do you like your name?
Would you like to change your name?
Who usually names children (babies) in your country?
Do you have any special traditions about naming children?
Who usually names children (babies) in your
Do you have any special traditions about naming children?
What do people consider when they are giving a baby a name in your
5. The Weather/The Seasons
What’s the weather usually like in your hometown?
What season do you like best?
Has the weather in your country changed much in the past few
What season do you think is most suitable for work and study?
Do you like sunny weather?
Has the weather in your country (or, hometown) changed much in the
past few years?
6. Taking Photographs
Do you like taking photographs?
How often do you take photographs?
When (or, in what situations) do you take photographs?
(Similar to above) What do you like to photograph?
Do you prefer to take pictures of scenery or of people?
Is taking photographs very popular in your country?
What food do people where you live usually eat?
How do people in your country usually eat a meal?
Do you prefer to sit together as a family for a meal, or to eat
What are the benefits of (or, what is the importance of) doing
What do you think, “happiness” is?
What do you think makes people feel happy?
Do you do anything to keep yourself happy?
Why do people feel happy when they are at a natural place (such as
in a forest)?
Do you think money plays an important part in people’s
Do you think people’s wealth and their happiness are related?
Do you know how to swim?
Do many children in your country learn how to swim?
Do many people in your country (or, city) swim?
How do (or, how can) children learn to swim?
Do you prefer to swim in the sea or in a swimming pool?
How much television do you watch?
What’s your favourite TV show? (Why?)
Do you prefer to watch TV alone or with others (or with friends)?
Do you feel you watch too much TV?
Would you like to watch more TV than you
Do you think you watched too much TV when you were a child?
11. Primary school
What was the first school you attended?
Was it a good school?
Did you like it?
What were the good things about your primary school?
Was it far from your home?
How did you go to (or, travel to) school
Do you live with your family?
Do you think family members should live together? (Why?/Why
When do you spend time with your family?
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Do you often go out with your friends?
Do you prefer to spend time with your family or with your
Which do you think is more important, your family or your
In your country, do any numbers have special meaning?
What’s your favourite number?
Are there any numbers or dates that you think are important to
How often do you need to memorize a number?
Which do you think are easier to remember, names or numbers?
How do you remember a number?
How do you organize your time?
Why do you organize your time?
Would you say you are good at managing your time?
Where did you learn how to organize your time?
How do you use your time?
If you had more time, what would you do?
Did you do any painting when you were a child?
How about now? Do you still paint pictures?
Do you think you will paint any pictures in the future?
What do you think are the benefits of painting for children?
Do you think painting is important for adults?
Have you ever been to a live concert?
Are concerts ever held in your hometown?
When was the last time you attended a concert?
Would you like to go to a concert in the future?
Would you prefer to watch a concert on TV or to attend a live
Which would you prefer, to attend a concert of your favourite
artist or to buy a CD of this artist?
Do you like science?
What science have you studied?
What science subjects do you like the most?
What’s the most interesting science to you?
Is there anything about science that you dislike?
What are your sources of information about science?
How do you study science?
What’s the most difficult part of studying science?
What science do students study at school in your country?
How has the science that you have studied helped you?
How does the science you have studied help you?
How do you think the science you have studied
will help you?
What public holidays do you have in your country?
Which public holidays do you like the most?
What did you do in the last public holiday?
Do you prefer doing things indoors or outdoors on a
In your country, do old people usually do the same things as young
people during a holiday?
What family holidays do you usually celebrate?
Do you think it’s important to have public holidays?
Do you think there should be more public holidays in your
Do you like flowers?
What flowers do you like?
Do any flowers have any special meaning in your
In your country, do people give flowers as a gift?
On what occasions do people in your country give flowers to other
Do people in your country do much
In your home, who does the housework?
Do you do much housework?
What housework do you like to do?
What housework did you do when you were a
Do you think children should do housework?
Do people in your country spend much time doing
Do you feel people in your country have enough time to do
Do you ever give people gifts?
Do you ever receive gifts?
Do you prefer receiving a gift or giving a gift?
Who did you last give a gift to?
When was the last time you received a
Do you think it’s difficult to choose what gift to give to
Do you like outdoor
What outdoor activities do you like to
How often do you do that?
Do people in your country prefer to spend time indoors or
What outdoor activities are popular in your
Have you ever traveled by (=flown in a) plane?
When was the last time you traveled by air?
Did you like it (like flying)?
How does flying compare to other forms of transport?
Would you like to travel by plane again?
Do people travel by air more today than in the past?
Do you think there will be more people traveling by air in the
Do you think you will fly (or, be flying) less, or more, in the
If you travel by plane again, where do you think you will go
Do you like to go to museums?
Do you often visit a museum?
What kinds of museums are there in your country?
Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
When was the last time you visited a museum?
Do you think museums are important?
Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your
Do you think it’s good (or, suitable) for museums to sell things to
Do you think people should have to pay to enter museums?
Do you read newspapers?
What sections of the newspaper do you usually
Do you prefer to read newspapers or watch TV to get your
What news topics are you most interested in watching/reading
Do you ever get your news from the internet?
How important do you think the news is?
Do you like dancing?
When was the last time you danced?
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?
Do you think there are any advantages for young people to go
Do you think it’s good for children to learn to dance?
Books & Reading
Do you like reading (books)?
What (kinds of ) books do you like to read?
Are you reading any books at the moment?
Did you read much when you were a child?
What (kinds of) books did you like reading when you were a
Do (young) children like reading books?
For children, what do you think are the benefits of
Do you think children should learn to read at an earlier age than
they do now?
Is reading books important for you now?
Do you like to collect books?
Do you know how to write a book?
Do you like receiving a book as a gift?
Do you think it’s important to have public libraries?
Do you think the government has a responsibility to provide public
libraries for everyone? *
Have you ever been to the seaside?
How many times have you been to the seaside?
Did you like the ocean (or, it)? (or, like the sea; or, like the
What (benefits) did you get from going there?
What do people in China do when they go to the beach?
Would you like to live in a house near the ocean?
Your Daily Routine
What do you do on a typical day?
When do you do most of your study?
How do you think your daily routine could be improved?
(Similar to above) Is there anything you would
you like to change about your daily routine?
How much time do you think people should spend working per
Emails and Letters
Do you write many letters or emails?
Which do you more often write, emails or letters?
How often do you write an email or a letter?
What are the differences between emails and letters?
What do you usually write about?
Who do you usually write to?
Is it hard to think of what to write?
What kind(s) of letter/email do you think is (are) the hardest to
How do you feel when you receive a letter or email?
What kinds of emails (or letters) do you receive that make you feel
Do you like animals?
What’s your favourite animal? (Why?)
Are people in your country fond of animals?
What kinds of animals as a pet do the people have in your
Compared with the past, have there been any changes concerning pets
in your country/hometown?
Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet?
Do children like animals?
What was your favourite animal when you were a child?
Did you have any pets when you were a child?
What do you think are the benefits of a child having a pet?
If you have children in the future, will you allow them to raise a
What farm animals do you have in your country?
Do you think farm animals are important?
How are these animals used?
What’s the most famous wild animal from your country?
What’s your favourite wild animal?
How much free time (or time to relax) do you have (per
How do you relax?
What do you do in your spare time (=free time)?
Do you have any hobbies (or interests)?
What benefits do you get from this (these) hobby (hobbies)?
What do you do on weekends?
(In the evenings), do you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or
go out with your friends?
Do you think it’s important to (have time to) relax?
In your country, what leisure activities do people do?
Do men and women relax (=spend their free time) in the same
What do you usually do with your family?
Do you think modern people like to do things with others, in a
Do you often do things in a group?
Do you prefer to do things in a family group or in a group of
How do you usually spend your holidays?
How did you spend your last holidays (vacation)?
Are you interested in sport?
Do you like sport?
What sports do you like?
What sports do you usually play?
Do most people in your country like sport?
Do men and women feel the same about sport?
Do men and women play the same sports?
What benefits do you think sport can bring us?
Do (did) you often play sport at school?
What sports did you play when you were a child?
What are the benefits of playing sport?
Do you think we should encourage children to play sport in
If you have children in the future, will you let them take part in
Did you collect anything when you were a child?
Do you still collect them now?
Do you collect anything as a hobby now?
Why do you like collecting things?
Do people in your country like to collect things?
Why do you think people like collecting
What are some examples of things that some people (in your country)
collect (as a hobby)?
Do you think you will collect anything in the future?
If you had a lot of money, what would you like to collect?
Would you collect something that you think will have value in the
Do you like to watch films?
How often do you watch a film?
Where do you prefer to watch films?
Do you like to watch films in a cinema?
Do you prefer to watch films at home or in a cinema?
Do you prefer to watch films alone or with others?
Do you prefer to watch films or read books?
What types of films do you like?
Do you ever watch foreign films?
Are there any types of films that you dislike?
What kinds of films did you like to watch when you were a
Do you still like the same kind(s) of films
What are the differences between the films that children like to
watch and the films that adults like to watch?
Some people say watching films is a waste of time. What do you
Why do you think people like to watch films?
What foreign languages have you studied (or, learned)?
Why did you choose to study that language?
How did you learn that language?
How long have you been learning that language (or, learning
Would you say it’s a difficult language to learn?
How do you practice your English?
How do you study English?
Do people in your country have many chances to practice oral
Do you think it’s important to know more than one language?
What do you think the benefits would be if a person mastered a
If you had the chance, would you be willing to learn another
Do you like travelling?
Where do you like to go when you go traveling?
Have you ever traveled for a long time?=Have you (ever) been on
any long trips?
Do you like long trips?
What’s (or, when was) the longest journey you’ve been
How do you feel when you travel?
What form of transport do you prefer to use when you travel?
What was the last place you traveled to?
Which city (or place) that you have been to did you like the
Have you ever been to any unusual (or, strange) places?
Have you ever travelled alone?
Do you prefer to travel alone or with other
Where (which country or place) would you like to travel to (in the
What makes a place attractive for visitors (or, tourists)?
What places in China are (or, would be) attractive for foreigners
to travel to?
Why do you think traveling is so popular nowadays?
Do you think finding out about other people’s culture is
1. Describe an adventurous person
2. describe a friend who is capable of a team leader
3. describe the person you like to travel with(高频)
4. describe a person in the news you would like to meet(高频)
5. describe a neighbor(高频)
6. describe a character in the traditional stories//fairy
7. describe a film star you like//a famous person you like to
8. describe the oldest person you know
9. describe a person who has a healthy lifestyle
10. describe a child you know
1. describe a peaceful/quiet place
2. describe a perfect apartment//ideal house
3. describe a place near the lake or the sea that you visited in
4. describe a historical building (高频)
5. describe a leisure center/place(高频)
6. describe a place/city you like to visit(高频)
7. describe a street or road you often go to in your
8. describe a shop you like(高频)
9. describe a garden or a park you often go to
10. a room you often stayed in your
1. describe your favorite photograph (about you)
2. describe a the most expensive thing you bought(高频)
3. describe an educational TV program (高频)
4、Describe something interesting that you like to learn more//
sth you enjoy learning(高频)
5、describe a kind of book you like to read,such as about
travelling , novels..? (高频)
6、 describe a vehicle you want to buy
7、 describe a piece of interesting news
8、 describe a style of clothes you like(高频)
9、 describe a foreign food you like to have a taste(高频)
10、 describe a gift you would like to send to others
11、 describe an impressive song that reminds you of the past
12、 describe a foreign movie
13、 describe an important part of your personality
14、 describe newspapers and magazines you like(高频)
15、 describe a job that makes the world better(高频)
16、 describe a means of transportation you like
17、 describe the leisure activity you like
18、 small but successful company
19、 sth worth learning/ sth you enjoy learning
20、 describe a handicraft you made(a DIY thing)
21、 describe the sports you like
1. describe a special /important family event
2. describe a journey that was longer than you expected
3. describe sth interesting you like to learn about
4. describe a success you would like to make in your life
5. describe an interesting or unusual thing you did in your
school days in childhood
6. describe a change you like to make in your life style to stay
7. describe a sports competition you watched or took part in
8. describe a musical event on TV
9. describe an memorable conversation on the phone
10. describe a time you helped others
11. describe a walk you regularly take
12. what would you do if you are given a free day off work or