IELTS Speaking topic: History
- Do you like (to learn about) history?
2. What historical event do you find most interesting?
3. Do you think history is important?
4. Do you like to watch programmes on TV about history?
5. Do you think you can really learn history from films and TV programmes?
6. Do you think the internet is a good place to learn about history?
7. Can you name a person from history who you would like to learn more about?
8. Why would you like to learn more about him/her?
Yes, I am a big fan of reading historical stories. When I was a little boy, I always took some historical books from my father’s bookshelf and read the historical events. I feel that history not only can cultivate my mental development, but also give me a better picture of human society.
Personally I am fond of the Battle of Red Cliffs happened in the early period of Three Kingdoms, which was a decisive battle at the end of the Han Dynasty. It was also the typical battle in Chinese history renowned for the fewer and weaker defeating the more and stronger.
Yes, the main factor is that like our native language, history forms a cultural identity and keeps a unique record of country, and also we can learn the experiences from history to correct our current actions.
Yes, I enjoy watching some documentaries about history on TV because I can see a lot of video materials that can not bee seen in the textbooks. I always watch them at home during my time off with my son to learn something about history.
I don’t feel that watching the current TV series can make you be aware of the history, you know, TV programmes are more engaging than books, however the true historical events in most of the TV series have been distorted by the producers to cater for the audience. It’s really shame as the young people will misunderstand the history by these irresponsible productions.
Yes. History is full of debates so you can find both of the two sides of opinion online which will help you be aware of the true facts and think critically. I always google some engaging historical materials about the Song Dynasty, for example, to know about the truth.
The people I’d like to learn about is Wu Chengen, the author of A Journey to the West. He combined the folk tales and his own imagination to write the great fairy story in the 16th century. I want to know about his personality as much as possible and I believe that his imagination is what is lack of nowadays.
IELTS Speaking topic: Toys
- Do you like toys?
2. Are toys very important to you?
3. What sorts of people like toys?
4. What sorts of toys did you like when you were a kid? (Why did you like it/them?)
5. Did your parents give it to you?
6. Do you still have any of your old toys?
7. Can you suggest why some people like to keep a childhood toy?
8. What kind of toys do children like today?
9. If you had a child, what toy would you buy him or her?
10. Do you think toys should be passed on to other kids when these toys are no long wanted?
Yes, I enjoyed toys because I believe people with love for life will still love childish things. I always play with my son with his transformers at home to enjoy ourselves.
I liked the toy cars and transformers when I was a kid because of the cartoons. But since my parents were not very rich then, after I asked them to buy me a transformer for many times, finally they agreed.
No, after my cousin was born when I was about 15, I gave all my toys to him in a large tub.
The main factor why people like to keep things from the past is that they can remember things years later. Nostalgia is important for a lot of people who are afraid of forgetting the time that has passed by, and also they are probably in a habit of not throwing away anything.
I believe the kind of toys children like most today derives from what kind of cartoons children have watched on TV. So I believe the cartoon figures like the Lightning, Bumblebee and the Angry Bird are among the most popular toys.
I already have a boy, 4-year-old. I always buy him the car toys and transformers as gifts. He really likes them.
Yes, I feel that most toys have only been played for just one year, and they are almost intact, so it is really a waste of money to throw them away. I always send my son’s toys to my friends’ babies to reuse them.
IELTS Speaking topic: Museum
- Are there many (or, any) museums in your hometown?
2. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?
3. Do you often visit a museum?
4. Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
5. When was the last time you visited a museum?
6. Do you think museums are important?
7. Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?
Not so many, actually there is only one museum in my small county about the local history. It allows the local residents to know better about their traditions and historical celebrities.
I go to the museum a lot, when I come to the new place, I’ll find some local museums that have interesting features. The museum I visited last time was the Guanfu Museum located in the rural area of Beijing. It is a private-owned museum featuring Chinese antiques like porcelain, furnitures, jade and some paintings.
Museums are really important in protecting, preserving, propagating and researching numerous human treasure. Once the antiques are in the museums, they are permanently out of circulation, which means they can be seen by public.
Yes, the reason is that generally, most museums are nonprofit organisations, and these goods are their large portion of income, except the tickets, and also partly because these items are closely related to the theme of the museums, which cannot be bought in most other bookstores or shops.
IELTS Speaking topic: Natural places
- Do you like visiting natural places?
2. What are some well-known natural attractions in your country?
3. Have you ever gone camping?
4. Do you like a natural environment?
5. How do city kids in your country have contact with nature?
6. Do you have any memories of nature from your childhood?
7. What are the benefits of learning about nature?
8. What can people get from going to natural places？
Yes, I am fond of getting close to the nature. Once I am free, I’d like to visit one of the forest parks around Beijing. These places are not only really perfect for physical activities, but also can help me let off steam.
There are so many natural attractions in my country, for example, the best one, in my opinion, is the Huangshan Mountain, which earns a high reputation for its magnificent natural scenery. Besides, I travel to the Inner Mongolian grasslands every year to see the vast grassland as well as the blue sky and the white cloud which can be rarely seen in Beijing.
Yes, just once, but really memorable. I went to the Lingshan Mountain with my friends and my son early this year. We slept in the forest in the camps at night. It was totally dark outside, but we sang the songs loudly with others and heard the sound of rain dropping on my camp gently. It was really an interesting experience.
Cities in China usually have many parks in them so that children can visit with their parents. Most of these parks have plenty of trees, meadow, rockery and even lakes, which are good enough for children to get close to nature. Besides, on holidays, children will have opportunities to go for an outing to some natural sceneries.
People can definitely benefit a lot from nature. Apart from the physical fitness, people can loose up in the natural environment and inspire their love to life. As for children, I believe getting close to nature can cultivate their natural motivations to investigation and discovery the world around them based on their interests.
IELTS Speaking topic: Cooking
- Do you often do any cooking?
2. Do you like cooking? (Why?/Why not?)
3. What cooking experience have you had?
4. Who taught you to cook?
5. When you were a child, did you ever help your parents to prepare a meal?
6. Do you think children should help their parents prepare meals?
Normally I don’t frequently cook at home on weekdays because I have no time. But on weekends, I usually cook food at home for my family.
Yes, I’m quite into cooking because I believe that good dinner could guarantee our health and also I’m a foodie, I’d like to taste all kinds of tasty food. I always do some cooking in my home with my family during the weekend to enjoy the family time.
Obviously, in my opinion, a fabulous cooking can’t be done without fresh food resources. So I always try to go to the super market early in the morning and select today’s vegetables and meat. Besides, I always put several vegetables such as carrot, bamboo shoots, pepper, tofu, along with meat to cook in order to get the balanced diet.
My mother is an expert at cooking, and she taught me how to cook when I graduated from university and started to live independently. She told me that the ability to cook was fairly important because good dinner could guarantee our health.
I remember when I was a little boy, I was used to help wash the vegetables, go out to buy some flavours, etc. I strongly recommend that children should take part in this kind of housework because it can help cultivate the hands-on abilities, a sense of achievement and even learn some table manners.
IELTS Speaking topic: Housework
- Do you like doing housework?
2. How do you think housework could be made more interesting?
3. Di your parents ask you do any housework when you were a child?
4. Do you think children should do some housework?
5. Which do you think is better for doing housework, a machine or a person?
6. In the future, do you think machines will replace humans for doing housework?
Yes, I’m really into helping to do some housework if I have time because I find it can help me let off steam. I sometimes go shopping for groceries, mop the floor and clean the bathroom with my family during the weekends to make my home more comfortable.
I guess you should find the changes between before and after housework, then you will be motivated to do the chore to make the home better.
Yes, I feel that doing some housework can cultivate my hands-on abilities, and sense of achievement as well. I remember that when I was a little boy, I was often told to take out the garbage, wash the dishes and go out to buy some flavours. Therefore, I strongly recommend that children should take part in the daily household work.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with machines because they can do housework better and more efficiently, for example, people are using machines to mop the floor, wash dishes and mow the lawn, whereas, you know, doing these housework by hands is really time consuming.
I guess in the age of fast living and a culture of convenience, a machine can really help a lot in doing housework, and do it better and more efficiently, like mopping the floor, washing dishes and mowing the lawn. But I don’t think that machines will totally replace humans because there are still a lot of housework that are suitable for humans like cooking.
IELTS Speaking topic: Your work
- What work do you do?
2. Why did you choose to do that type of work?
3. Do you like your job?
4. Is it very interesting?
5. Do you miss being a student?
I’m working as an IT consultant in an IT company. I have been working for the company for more than 5 years. I like my work and I feel like facing the new challenges in the next project. I got the job right after graduating from university.
Since I was quite young, I have always been interested in electronic devices and I wanted to do something related with computer in the future. I remembered talking about it with my parents and they thought it could not be bad as computer was playing more and more important role. So they encouraged me to choose it. And finally it turned out that I was right. It is easy to find a job, and the work is stable and the salary is also decent.
Well, generally, I am fond of my job because I can really get a sense of achievement from it. Working in the IT industry is really a big challenge. You have to be a recipient of new knowledge, deal with new problems and satisfy various clients’ demand. Fortunately, I met some helpful colleagues and superiors who are very nice and teach me a lot of things and experiences. I guess I am becoming more and more mature and eligible for the position now.
IELTS Speaking topic: Gifts
- Do you like to receive gifts?(Why?/ Why not?)
2. What kind of gifts do you like to receive?(Why?)
3. What gifts did you receive in your childhood?
4. Do you like giving gifts to people?(Why?/ Why not?)
5. What gifts did you give to others in your childhood?
Yeah, I really enjoy receiving gifts from friends because I’m always moved when someone gives me a gift on some special occasion like my birthday. I sometimes receive some books, fruit, tea from my close friends.
Actually, I really enjoy receiving books as gifts because I’m a bookworm, reading is my favourite habit. When I was a little boy, I had received a wide variety of gifts that I really liked, such as books, stationery, balls and so on.
Yes, I do. I’m pretty into giving gifts to friends because gifts can enhance the friendship between friends, although they will cost much, I still like sending gifts because I believe giving is much more pleasure than taking.
I just remembered when I was young, I was used to send friends something I made by myself, like making a postcard.
IELTS Speaking topic: Maps
- Do you (ever) use a map?
2. When do you use a map?
3. Who taught you how to use a map?
4. How did you learn to use a map?
5. Do you prefer to use electronic maps or those made of paper?
Yes, I do. I am always using map on my computer when I am going to somewhere I am not familiar with. As I have a bad sense of direction, I find it really useful. I use map when I need to go to unfamiliar cities, so I would never be afraid of being lost. Modern digital map even can position yourself in a minute and guide you to your destination quickly.
Actually I figured it out for myself. It is well-designed and tend to be self-explanatory.
I generally prefer to use the electronic one because it has more advantages. Firstly you can search a place you don’t know where it is in a minute. Besides, the electronic map can tell you the current traffic flow so that you can steer clear of the terrible traffic congestion. In addition, it can position you and guide you to your destination quickly.
IELTS Speaking topic: Birthday
- How do people in your country celebrate birthdays?
2. How do people celebrate birthdays when you were a child?
3. How did you celebrate your birthdays when you were a child?
4. Do you still feel that celebrating your birthday is important?
5. What do you do on your birthday now?
6. (Possibly) How do people celebrate children’s birthday today?
7. What is the most important birthday for people in your country?
8. (Possibly) Do you (or, do people in your country) prefer to celebrate birthday according to the lunar or the solar calendar?
It depends. Sometimes people in China will throw a party to celebrate though most people will just acknowledge it rather than actually celebrating it. I remembered when I was a little boy, I’d like to invite some close classmates and neighbours to banquet. We ate birthday cakes, played some interesting games and sometimes my parents would prepare some balloons for us. It was really memorable moment.
As an adult, I don’t think it important to celebrate my birthday because the date of my birthday is not different from other days. I just memorise several moments of my birthday parties as a young boy. I am a nostalgic man and I’m afraid the young boy’s joy had faded away.
Sometimes children’s birthday is a big banquet. Parents will always book a room in a restaurant and invite many children’s classmates and close friends. They will then prepare a big birthday cake and some other tasty food like sandwiches, biscuits and fruit juice. Children will have a good time there, and the whole process will be recorded by camera. I should say the children in current society really enjoy their childhood.
I think 18 is an important birthday for people because that is when you really declare your independence and are totally responsible for your behaviour.
We used to celebrate birthday according to the solar calendar because it is more common to us in everyday life. But in most rural areas, people used to use the lunar calendar.
IELTS Speaking topic: TV
From now on, I would like to post some common topics for the IELTS preparations. I don’t intend to answer the following questions one by one because I believe that single question is not as important as you have your own idea and expression. So I just write down my own sentences according to my own life experiences for your reference which cover most of these questions. You should write your own answers and then remember them for the speaking section.
- How much TV do you (usually) watch?
2. What’s your favourite TV programme?
3. Did you watch much TV when you were a child?(How much?)
4. What(types of) programmes did you watch when you were a child?
5. Do you think television has changed in the past few decades?
6. (Possibly) Do you think television has changed since you were a child?
7. Has television changed your life in any way?
Seldom. I only turn on the TV to watch the football match on weekends. That is once a week. I am a big fan of football so I watch a lot of football matches. It’s exciting and entertaining to see how players push their limits to win the games. Besides I enjoy watching movies, especially when I connect my computer to the TV screen and watch the High Definition movies on bed, it is really enjoyable at night. Lately I have tried to watch the BBC programmes, because it is all in English and it can improve my listening for my IELTS exams.
Oh, yes, I was a really a couch potato when I was a little boy. When on weekends, my parents went out to do other things, I was left alone at home with TV all day long. Therefore, I was deeply obsessed with various TV programmes, even including the adverts. I can still remembered the favourite cartoons like Transformer, Tom and Jerry, Dragon Ball, etc, which all went along through my childhood.
Yes, as the techniques have advanced in these years, the TV has also developed a lot. They have become thinner and clearer to be exact. I remembered that old TV screen was made with plasma panel, making the whole TV heavy and big. Then the LCD technology and the LED display come out lately, making the TV thinner and lighter while we can enjoy brighter and clearer programmes.
I believe that watching TV has benefited me in some way, as well as bringing me some detrimental consequences. Watching TV programmes had enabled me to broaden my vision as I was born and raised in a small county and there were many places and things I had no opportunities to experience. But the TV had helped me to see them. But spending too much time in front of TV also made me addicted to it and did harm to my eyes unfortunately. So I had to wear glasses since middle school.
IELTS Speaking topic: Home/Accommodation
- What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
2. Do you live in a house or a flat?
3. Who do you live with?
4. How long have you lived there?
5. Do you plan to live there for a long time?
6. (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?
7. Can you describe the place where you live?
8. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
9. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
10. Are the transport facilities to your home very good?
11. Do you prefer living in the house or a flat?
12. Please describe the room you live in?
13. What part of your home do you like the most?
I live in the pretty spacious apartment in Beijing. I live in the 8th floor of a high-rise, and it covers a little more than 120 square metres. It is a fairly nice place. My apartment has six rooms – one living room, one kitchen, two bathrooms and another two bedrooms. All of them are well-decorated and furnished. There is a big bookshelf beside my kids’ room so that my boy can easily get books to read. In addition, we have a big balcony beside the dining table so that we can enjoying eating dinner and having tea there.
My family spend most of our time in the living room. We’d like to sit around a set of comfortable sofa there and chat with each other or watch TV. But when I am free, I would prefer to read the story books to my son.
I live with my wife and my kid. My apartment is pretty big so there is enough space for everyone. We rented the apartment four years ago. And my kid is in the kindergarten near my home, so we won’t intend to move around in the future.
We sometimes go out by car because it is not convenient to take a taxi in that area, and it needs nearly 30 minutes’ walk to the nearest subway station. So generally speaking, it is not good to go out without cars.
IELTS Speaking topic: Hometown
- What’s (the name of) your hometown (again)?
2. Is that a big city or a small town?
3. Please describe your hometown a little.
4. How long have you been living there?
5. Do you like your hometown?
6. Do you like living there?
7. What do you like (most) about your hometown?
8. Is there anything you dislike about it?
9. Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?
Well, my hometown is the city of Huangshan, which is a small and quiet place. It is surrounded by the mountains so that it is a pretty nice place to live. The weather there is quite pleasant all year round, even in winter the temperatures are quite mild.
Although Huangshan is developing a lot recently, and expanding every year, it is still a traditional town as the new architectures are built in the old-fashioned way. I think that as the tourist city, it should preserve its own characteristic to attract the tourists. In addition, the food there is excellent. You can digest a lot of local snacks that can not be tasted elsewhere. In sum, I believe my hometown is definitely worth a visit.
I was born and raised there. I only moved out when I went to university in 2002. So I had lived there for about 19 years.
Well, my hometown earns a high reputation for its Huangshan Mountain which attracts floods of tourists every year around the globe. It is renowned for its graceful pines, unusual rocks, cloud sea and hot springs. I have been there for two times. I was really attracted by its magnificent natural scenery.
IELTS Speaking topic: Name
- Who gave you your name?
2. Does your name have any particular (or, special) meaning?
3. Do you like your name?
4. In your country, do people feel that their name is very important?
5. Would you like to change you name?
6. Is it easy to change your name in your country?
7. Who usually names babies in your country?
8. Do you have any special traditions about naming children?
9. What names are most common in your hometown?
My parents gave me my name, my father to be exact. Zhi means knowledge, and Lei means accumulation. So I guess my parents wanted to tell me that being knowledgeable depends on accumulation. You see, they put a lot of pressure on my shoulders with this name.
I quite like my name, and I won’t change it for the world, because it is unique. I don’t think that anyone else in China has the same name. It’s part of my identity, and it is meaningful to me.
People in my country pay great attention to their names because they believe that suitable names will bring them good fortune. Sometimes they even change their names for their business and family purpose.
In China, I believe that fathers are in the position of naming their children. Sometimes they will look through some Chinese classical literatures to seek the meaningful words for their children.
Oh, there are some nick names that are very popular in China. For example, Lili means that their parents hope their daughters would be beautiful; and Kuan kuan, indicates that their sons would be magnanimous when they are grown up.
IELTS Speaking topic: Leisure time/Relax
- What do you do in your spare time?
2. What do you do to relax?
3. How do you usually spend your evenings?
4. What do you usually do after work/after classes?
5. Do you prefer to stay at home in the evenings or do you prefer to go out?
6. Do you think modern lifestyles give people enough time for leisure?
7. Do you think people today have more time to relax than in the past?
8. Do you think it’s important for people to have leisure time?
9. Do old people and young people spend their leisure time in the same way?
10. What do you think are the good points and the possible bad points about having leisure time?
11. How do people in your country spend their holidays?
12. Do you like to travel in your holidays?
13. If you had a child, what leisure places would you go to with your child?
Well, I enjoy self-driving travelling in my spare time. I always drive my car with my friends or family to the rural areas of Beijing during the weekends to loosen up. I feel that self-driving travel can not only enable me to go somewhere I want to at any time, but I can also make my own itineraries and discover the stunning places that others may not find.
Normally, I’ll hang out with my friends because I want to loose up, but after being a father, I spend more time at home to stay with my kid, telling stories to him or playing games with him.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably spend more time at home to stay with my kid, telling stories to him or playing games with him, whereas, hanging out with friends will reduce my quality family time with my son.
Oh, definitely not, you know, modern lifestyle can bring people convenience, however, the modern fast paced society and fierce competition have made most people spend more time with work, resulting in less quality time with family and friends.
Yes, definitely. After tiring work, people really need to loose up. Apart from earning money, I still need to enjoy family time, hang out with friends to socialise and travel around to experience different lifestyle.
Well, between the two, old people are fond of slow-pace of life compared to young people, for example, old people enjoy walking in the garden or chatting with old friends, on the contrary, young people are fond of energetic activities such as football and hiking in the mountains.
Well, it’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to hang out with friends for dinner, but maybe for others, they will probably go shopping with family in the shopping malls to enjoy themselves.
Well， I’m really into taking my kid travelling around in the natural scenery spots during the weekends to loose up. Although travelling to other places is really time consuming, I still like going out because I believe that staying close to the nature can cultivate people’ s mental development.
IELTS Speaking topic: Handwriting
- Do you often write things?
2. Do you write everyday?
3. What do you usually write?
4. Do you like writing to people?
5. How often do you send e-mails?
6. What are your main reasons for using e-mails?
7. Do you like to send e-mails?
8. Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer?
9. Nowadays, how do most people write things?
10. Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
11. When do children begin to write in your country?
12. How did you learn to write?
13. Do you think handwriting is very important (nowadays)?
14. How can children today improve (or, practice) their handwriting?
15. What impression does a person’s handwriting have on other people?
Yes, I almost write documentaries for my clients as part of my job on a daily basis. There are many things I have to write, for example, I usually write end user training for my clients to teach them how to use the system, or I write the development guide for my technical staffs to tell them how to code.
Yes, I’m really into communicating with my clients in emails. I send emails to them almost on a daily basis in my office, discussing business, guiding them how to use the system and solving the problems. I feel like sending emails because I can trace the communication by mail list, which is much more useful than telephone.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with writing things with a computer. I believe that in the age of fast living and a culture of convenience, writing things with computers can bring people convenience and efficiency. Whereas, hand writing is really time consuming and hard to share.
Well, there are so many people in my country, it’s really hard to say, probably most people write something with computers, for example, people like to write blogs to share their feelings with friends on the internet, but personally speaking, I don’t think that writing without pens can be called writing.
In China, children usually learn to write in elementary school. They firstly learn the basic elements of the Chinese characters, then the simple characters, and finally the complicated ones. They will have to do a lot of writing practises to remember them. The more they practise, the better they write.
Yes, I feel that handwriting can allow people to get more opportunities because if you have a decent handwriting, people will admire you and you are considered to be both well-educated and literate.
IELTS Speaking topic: Neighbours
- Are there many people living near you?
2. Do you know all your neighbours?
3. How often do you see your neighbour?
4. When do you meet your neighbours?
5. How often do you talk to your neighbours?
6. Do you think it’s important to know your neighbours?
7. How well do you know your neighbours?
8. Do you think it’s important for a person to have a good relationship with their neighbours?
9. What do you think of your neighbours?
10. What kind of people are your neighbours?
11. How do you get along well with your neighbours?
12. What are the benefits of having good relationships with one’s neighbours?
13. What sorts of problems can people have with their neighbours?
14. In what ways can neighbours help each other?
15. Have you ever asked a neighbour for help?
16. What you prefer to have young people as your neighbours, or old people?
Yes, I live in the 8th floor of a high-rise, so there are many people living near me, and I know some of them. I can meet them from time to time in the community. Every time I meet my neighbours, I will say hell to them and talk with them for a little while.
Yes, we will say hello when we meet in the district. My nearest neighbour is an old lady living with her son. She is always alone at home as her son is working at office in the daytime, and she has no grandson to look after. Every time we meet in the corridor, she is likely to talk with me about her family and play with my little boy for a while. I think she really needs a company.
I don’t intend to know much things about neighbours because I want to respect others’ privacy. But some of my neighbours are close friends, we meet regularly, and we sometimes go out for dinner. In this case, we are inevitably familiar with their domestic problems.
Most of my neighbours are generous and kind-hearted.
Yes, I feel that having a good relationship with them can allow me to lead a comfortable life in the community. I can make new friends with them, sharing the same interests and I can learn more skills from them about how to educate my boy.
Not so much big problems in neighbourhood I believe, except some noise.
To choose between the two, I will probably go with young people because I am young myself, it’s easy for me to make friends with them so that we can hang out together, whereas, living with old people will probably bring me inconvenience because if I make noise they will complain to me incessantly.
IELTS Speaking topic: Photograph
- Do you like to take photographs? (Why?)
2. Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?)
3. How long have you liked taking photographs?
4. How (Why) did you become interested in photography?
5. How often do you take photographs?
6. In what situations do you take photographs?
7. What kind of photos do you like to take?
8. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?
9. Who do you take photos of?
10. How do you keep your photos?
11. Do you keep your photographs on your computer?
12. Are there any photos on the walls of your home?
13. Do you frame (of have you framed) any of your photos? (If yes, which?&why?)
14. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?)
Yes, I am a big fan of photography in my spare time. I always travel around to the stunning natural scenery with my camera. I have been in the habit of it for almost 8 years. The main factor is that I can capture the precious moment in my life, such as the graduation ceremony, or the sweet moment with my girlfriend, and also I believe the photography will cultivate my mental development.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with taking photos of others because I feel that different people have different characteristic, so the photos will be distinguishing. Whereas, I barely take a selfie because it will make me embarrassed.
Normally, I’ll probably go with the scenery to take photos because I really enjoy the marvellous natural scenery such as the seashore, sunset and twilight, but if I take my son travelling around, I’ll take photos of him to capture his happiness.
I store my photos both in my computer disk and Internet for backup. And besides I have a photography website running for 4 years, keeping all my premium photos there.
Yes, I used to print some photos of my kid to hang them in his room, which can help us memorise the warm moment we had together.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with my own photos because they are unique and seeing a lot of comments from friends is really a pleasant thing. Whereas postcards are not as meaningful as photos taken by myself.
IELTS Speaking topic: Weather
- What’s the weather like today?
2. What kind of weather do you like (best)? (Why?)
3. What’s your favourite weather? (Why?)
4. What do you usually do during your favourite weather (or season)?
5. What’s the weather (usually) like in your hometown?
6. Do you like that weather (or, that kind of climate)? (Why?/Why not?)
7. How often is the weather good in your hometown?
8. What did you do the last time the weather was good?
9. Are there any bad points about the weather in your city?
10. What is the typical weather in China like?
11. Have there been any changes in the weather over the past few years?
12. Does the weather ever affect what you do?
13. How does the weather affect people (or, you)? (If yes, how?)
14. How do you feel when the weather is cloudy?
15. Do you always pay attention to the weather forecast?
16. Can you give any examples of unusual weather?
17. Do you like snow? (Why?)
18. Would you prefer to live in a place that has just one, warm season that lasts the whole year or a place with different seasons?
19. Do people in China play the same sports in different seasons of the year?
It’s really freezing today. If I don’t have to take the IELTS exams, I would prefer to stay at home.
Actually I prefer the cloudy day as it’s neither too hot nor too cold. And what’s more important to me is that this whether is perfect for photography as the light is soft and tender. So at this time of day, I’ll always go out with my camera to the forest parks to take photos.
In my hometown, as it is surrounded by mountains, the whether is quite pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold. Even in winter, the temperature is still quite mild. The weather is good almost all year round as my hometown is a tourist city and there is no any industrial pollution out there.
The bad points about the weather in my hometown are that it doesn’t snow as heavily as up north like Beijing. It does snow, but is just a little bit. Every time I saw children having a snowball flight or making a snowman on TV, I really envied them. It was really pity.
I believe though China is a vast country, there are four distinct seasons in most places. But unfortunately in recent years, many places in summer are becoming boiling hot. I guess the changes are primarily due to the green-house effect. So in this extreme whether, I will really prefer to work at home, and the air-conditioning is working all day long, and at night, I even sleep on the floor.
Yes, as Beijing is facing more and more oppressive haze, I always keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast. I installed an app in my mobile phone, and see the indicator of PM 2.5. It has been a routine for me.
As for the unusual weather, the global warming has really become a heated topic around the world. It is caused by the greenhouse effect as the a sheer volume of carbon dioxide have been emitted into the air, preventing the atmosphere from cooling off at night. And another unusual weather, I’m afraid is the hurricane which can easily flatten thousands of homes near the coast in a short period of time.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with the distinct seasons in each year because each season has its own merits. Whereas I will get bored if it is warm all year round.
No, when in spring and autumn, the temperature is neither too cold nor too hot, people in China tend to hike in the mountains, or go running. When it comes to summer, people can choose more physical activities like swimming, camping in the forests and playing balls, etc. But in winter, people believe it not suitable for outdoor exercises, so they prefer to stay at home for resting.
IELTS Speaking topic: Shoes
- Do you like shopping for shoes (Why?/Why not?)?
2. How often do you buy shoes?
3. How long is it since you bought some shoes?
4. What kinds of shoes do you usually buy (or, prefer to buy)?
5. Do you prefer comfortable shoes or good-looking shoes?
No, I can’t stand go shopping for shoes, it’s really tiring and time consuming. I remember when I bought my shoes last time, it took me hours to find the suitable shoes, it’s really painstaking.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with some comfortable shoes, like athletic shoes, because they are not expensive, and can be worn on most occasions. Whereas, good-looking shoes sometimes cost too much.
IELTS Speaking topic: Train travel
- Do you often travel by train?
2. Do you like traveling by train?
3. What do you usually do when (you are) travelling by train?
4. What do you think are the benefits of travelling by train?
5. Do you ever take the subway to travel somewhere?
Yes, normally, I’ll get somewhere by train because it’s very cheap and convenient, but when I travel to some remote places, I’ll probably choose the airplane because it’s much faster.
Yes, I’m into travelling by train because it’s very cheap and also very convenient. I usually take a business trip by train with my colleagues.
Oh, there are many things I do. For example, I read novels or newspaper on the cosy sofa or listen to the music while sleeping.
The benefits of travelling by train are numerous. First it is the cheapest than any other transportations. Besides, it is safe. I barely heard of news about train accidents. In addition, it is fast, especially after the high-speed railway has been used in China.
Yes, this year, I have travelled by subway to Tianjin, in just half an hour. It is really convenient and unbelievable in the past.
IELTS Speaking topic: Travelling
- Do you like travelling?
2. In which seasons do you prefer to travel?
3. Would you say your country welcomes travellers? (or tourists)?
4. Would you say your country is a good place for travellers to visit?
You bet! I am a big fan of travelling around. I spend months all together each year to go somewhere else. I feel that it’s not only an indispensable part of my life, but also can culture my mental development.
I guess the autumn is the best time to travel. As it is neither too hot nor too cold, people will feel comfortable to go out. Besides, as the foliage of trees will turn yellow or red, you will find the picturesque views all around you. Wherever you go, you will experience a memorable trip.
Yes, Chinese people are renowned for their hospitality to visitors. And there are also numerous tourist attractions around the country. For instance, you can visit the natural landscape to see the picturesque views, or you can go to the historical relics to know the events through the long Chinese history, or you can just stay at the metropolises to experience the local people’s lifestyle.
IELTS Speaking topic: Cars
- Do you like cars?
2. Do you have a driver’s licence?
3. Have you ever driven a car?
4. Do you (or your family) have a car?
5. Do you often drive it?
6. (If you don’t have a car) Do you plan to buy a car in the future?
7. If you wanted to buy a car, what kind of car would you choose?
8. What kinds of cars are most popular in your country?
9. Do you like travelling by car?
10. Who do you prefer to travel with?
11. Do you like to take long trips in a car?
12. Is there anything you don’t like about cars?
Yes, I’m a big fan of driving because car is an indispensable part of my life and I enjoy the speeding and steering when driving.
Yes, I do. I bought my car right after I got the driver’s license in 2010. I almost drive it every day between my home and office.
I prefer the SUV because it is really versatile. It is comfortable inside like the sedan, and it can also be off road if necessary.
Yes, I’m really into self-driving travelling because it’s not only very convenient as I can make my own itineraries and go anywhere I like but I can also take as many things as possible without worrying about where to put them. I’d like to travel with my friends so that we are not tired on the road because we can take turns to drive.
I don’t like the engine lubricate oil because the smell disgusts me and also I’m afraid they will pollute the environment deadly if not dealt with properly.
IELTS Speaking topic: Concentrating
- What times in your life do you need to concentrate on doing something?
2. Does your job require concentrating and attention to detail?
3. Is it difficult/easy to concentrate? (Why?)
4. What affects you ability to concentrate?
5. What type of environment do you need to work peacefully?
6. Do you (ever) do anything to help you concentrate?
7. Do you think people can do two things at the same time?
Usually during the work time, but it is not realistic to keep concentration for the entire 8 hours, so actually I used to select the most severe problem to solve from my clients without any distractions.
Yes, when I’m working for my clients, I really have to think carefully about every detail of the system, because once it’s online operating, it will influence business fundamentally.
Yes, I think so. I can not concentrate on something I am not into. I remembered once I watched Beijing opera with my parents and my mind totally flied away cause I couldn’t understand a word.
I guess we will get absent-minded if we are distracted by several different things at the same time. For example, while we are working in front of computers, we sometimes chat with our online friends. So if I want to work peacefully and efficiently, I really need a clutter-free environment. I like my desk clear of any clutter except one computer on it, and turn off phones, email notification, etc to prevent me from jumping from one thing to another.
Honestly speaking, I don’t believe we can pay attention to two things at the same time because one task may be distracted by the other one, and finally we will probably end up with nothing accomplished.
IELTS Speaking topic: Noise
- Are you ever bothered by noise?
2. Where can you hear loud noise?
3. Do you think there is more noise in people’s lives today than in the past?
4. Do you think that cities will become noisy in the future?
5. What sounds do you like?
6. What sounds do you dislike?
7. What sounds remind you of your childhood?
Yes, just recently, my neighbour was decorating his apartment upstairs in our high-rise in the daytime. I was really bothered by the noise of the drill.
The noise can be frequently heard around the places such as airports, bus stations, and construction sites.
Yes, definitely right. As the city grows bigger and population bulge, our life has become more and more noisy.
I enjoy the sound of flowing water in the forest. I even recoded it in my mobile when I travelled in the forest park. I dislike the sound made by finger nails on blackboard because it annoys me and makes me feel nervous.
The train. Because there was a train track through my middle school, and we could hear the sound of trains every time they came through my school. I had been used to the sound, and even could not sleep well without it in the background.
IELTS Speaking topic: Parks
- Does your hometown have many parks?
2. Do you often visit public parks?
3. What do you usually do there?
4. Do you like parks?
5. What kinds of parks do you like?
6. What do you like most about (going to) a park?
7. Did you go to parks when you were a child?
8. What did you do there?
9. Do you think it’s good to have parks and public gardens in cities (Why?)
10. DO you think there should be more of them?
11. Do you think you will go to parks more often in the future?
Not so many, actually there is only one park in my small county along the river.
Yes, I go to the parks a lot, for example, when it is sunny in the daytime, I’d like to go running in the park to get exercises, or just take a walk there at night after dinner with my family to enjoy ourselves.
Yes, I’m really into parks. The main factor is that it’s quiet in the park in which I can unwind myself without any interruptions and also it’s a good chance to take exercises like jogging or just sit by the lake talking with friends, which can really bring people closer together.
Yes, I just remembered I went to the amusement park for one time, but didn’t have a good time there because I was too scared to play around. I was a timid boy then.
I believe there should be more parks in big cities because parks with plenty of trees and grass can function like lungs to human bodies. They can purify the air efficiently, provide sun shade to citizens and to some extent reduce the city noise.
IELTS Speaking topic: Public holidays
- What public holidays do you have in your country?
2. Do people in your country celebrate Christmas?
3. Do you like public holidays?
4. Which public holidays do you like the most?
5. What did you do during the last public holiday?
6. What do other people in your country usually do on public holidays?
7. What would you like to do during then next public holiday?
8. Do you think public holidays are important?
9. Do you think there should be more public holidays in your country?
We celebrate a lot of public festivals in my country. I am sure you know about the Spring Festival which is the most important one. In addition, we get together with our family for the Mid-Autumn Day and the National Day.
Yes, there are so many people in my country, it’s really hard to say, probably most people tend to go shopping with families or friends to take advantage of the sales the shops are offering, but personally speaking, I am afraid we don’t celebrate Christmas like the way in Western countries.
Yes, I am fond of holidays. The main factor is that on these days, I don’t have to work and have plenty of time travelling around to unwind myself and also I will have more consecutive time with my family.
I believe my favourite public holiday would be the National Day because I will have at least seven days to go travelling and also it’s the best time to go around, the weather is neither too cold nor too hot, and the foliage of trees have turned yellow or red, which will give you picturesque views.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to go shopping with families or friends to take advantage of the sales the shops are offering, but maybe for others, they probably stay at home for resting.
I believe the public holidays are rather important and there should be more of them in my country. The main factor is that people really need unwind themselves without any distractions after tiring work and also public holidays can dramatically boost consumption as the goods will be sold at a discount during these days.
IELTS Speaking topic: Street markets
- What do you think are the differences between a street market and a supermarket?
Well, between the two, a typical supermarket always covers a wide range of commodities compared with the street market, for example, people always drive cars there with families to buy all kinds of things for a whole week; on the contrary, the street market sometimes sells fresh vegetables and fruits, people always tend to buy food for dinner after work.
IELTS Speaking topic: Teachers
- Do you have a favourite teacher?
2. Why do you like the teacher?
3. How does (did) this teacher help you?
4. Do you think you could be a teacher?
5. Would you like to be a teacher?
My favourite teacher was my physics teacher whose name was Mr. Zhang in my middle school. He was the most influential teacher I had ever had. He told us a lot of physical background knowledge to encourage and motivate us because physics was quite complicated for us. I still remembered that he frequently gave us articulate speeches that the physics was the gymnastics for the brain, which inspired my enthusiasm to learn it well.
I don’t think I am suitable to be a teacher, I am not a patient man and cannot bear to repeat the same things frequently. Teachers’ job is really boring to me, you have to make your explanations as easy as possible for students to fully understand. It is a challenging job, I am afraid I cannot do it.
IELTS Speaking topic: Advertising
- Are there many advertisements in your country?
2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
3. What are the places where we see advertisements?
4. How do you feel about advertisements?
5. What kind of advertisements do you like the most?
6. Do advertisements influence your choice about what to buy?
7. Do you like advertisements on TV?
8. Do you prefer advertisements on TV or those in magazines?
9. Do you think adverting plays an important role in today’s world?
10. What sorts of advertisements leave the deepest impression on people?
11. What do you think about the developments in advertising in China today?
12. Why do you think companies advertise themselves?
Yes, there are adverts everywhere in the city. You can easily see them near the subway station, along the express way and in the elevator.
The main factor is that adverts are the most efficient way for the companies to reach their end users, and also every company wants to stand out from the crowd in such fierce competition.
I’m afraid that the advertisements are really annoying in some way, and they always exaggerate the true functions of products. So I guess they are not as reliable as they seem to be.
I am fond of the adverts that are well-designed and deliver the high quality contents, but that doesn’t mean I will go and buy that products.
No, I believe buying things totally based on adverts is unreasonable.
I don’t think what the adverts say are based on the true facts. I don’t feel like making my purchase decision by others.
I’m not into TV adverts, because I am often interrupted by the adverts when watching the TV programmes. It is really annoying.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with the adverts in magazines because they are well-designed and I can have plenty of time to look through them, whereas the TV adverts are really annoying.
In general, it’s a prosperous industry. The number of enterprises that pay attention to adverts is growing, and there are more students who apply to study advertisement in university.
IELTS Speaking topic: Colours
- What’s your favourite colour?
2. Are there any colours you dislike (Why?)
3. Are colours important to you?
4. Were colours important to you when you were a child?
5. When you are buying something, is the colour important to you?
6. Do you usually wear clothes in your favourite colour?
7. Is colour very important to you when you are buying clothes?
8. Do you prefer light or dark (or, bright) colours?
9. Are there any colours that have a special meaning in your country?
10. What colour would you choose to paint the walls of your room?
11. Is there any colour you would not want your walls to be? (Why?)
12. Do you think different types of people like different colours?
My favourite colour is blue, it is the colour of depth and stability. Blue symbolises wisdom, confidence and intelligence. And I don’t like the pink because it is too girly.
I suppose so. You know, different colour conveys different meaning to people. Red represents passion and enthusiasm while green means energetic. So I always choose the suitable colours for things.
Well, yes, I have several clothes in blue, which can bring calm and tranquil feelings to me. I believe that blue is always fashionable in men’s outfit.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with dark because I believe dark represents stability and wisdom, for example I always choose the dark outfit in my office to highlight my profession, whereas light suits juvenile better.
Yes, there are many colours that have special meaning in my country such as black, which would make people think of mystery. Also like red, it means lucky and good fortune in China, when it is New Year, people like to wear red clothes, set red firecrackers and give red pocket money to children.
I would like to paint my walls in light yellow or light blue because light colours convey warm and calm to me which should be suitable for household.
Yes, I believe different people have different psychological demand for colours. Some need peace of mind, whereas others may feel like energetic and rebellious.
IELTS Speaking topic: Food
- What is your favourite food?
2. When do you usually eat that food?
3. What was your favourite food when you were a child?
4. Did that change when you became an adult?
5. Is food important to you?
6. What food do you usually eat?
7. What kind of food do you particularly like?
8. How often do you eat that?
9. When was the last time you ate that?
10. If you had children, what food would you recommend?
11. Do you usually eat the same food every day?
12. Is there any food you don’t like?
The fish is my favourite, especially with red hot chilies, cos it is so tasty and colourful and beside fish is nutritious too. I will cook it myself at home during the weekends for my family.
When I was a child, I liked the food made by my mother. She was an expert at cooking, and the fish was my favourite. I’m still fond of eating fish when I became an adult, and now I always cook it myself at home during the weekends for my family, once a week maybe.
Yes, definitely. I believe good food is very important because it is not only very tasty, but could also guarantee our health.
In general, I eat a lot of rice and vegetables every day. And once a week, I will cook a fish myself at home during the weekends for my family which is my favourite.
I always tell my son to eat more fresh vegetables and fish because they are healthier and more nutritious than meat, but he just fancies meat the most.
No, it will be boring to eat the same food every day. I also like noodles, dumpling, and sometimes I eat pizza and curry which are both delicious.
I’m really not into Japanese food because they are sometimes cold, or even are raw food, like sushi. I once bought them in the supermarket, but the taste really disgusted me.
IELTS Speaking topic: Friend and family
- Do you have any (or, many) close friends?
2. What qualities make them good friends?
3. Do you live with your family?
4. Do your family and friends still live in your hometown?
5. Do you think family members should live together? (Why?/Why not?)
6. When do you spend time with your family?
7. What do you do together?
8. Do you often go out with your friends?
9. Is your family very important to you?
10. Do you prefer to spend time with your family or your friends?
11. What do you do in your free time with your friends?
12. Are there any times when you prefer to be alone?
Yes, I have several friends that keep friendship for many years. We should have something in common, such as life values, interests, etc, so every time we meet, we have a lot of topics to share.
Yes, I live with my wife and my son. My parents now live in my hometown which is a small and quiet town. Some of my middle school classmates still live in my hometown too.
I guess that the family that live together, including their grandparents is reasonable because we can take care of our parents and also our children at the same time. And also the large extended families are better psychologically for children for being warm.
Normally, during the weekdays, I’d like to tell stories to my son, play games with him and sometimes watch cartoons together because I’m only free after work, but on weekends, we always go out travelling around Beijing, visiting various forest parks.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll go with the family because they are the ones who will stay with me all my life, whereas I don’t have to meet friends every day.
Well, there are many things I do, for example, I sometimes invite my friends to my home during my time off to chat, or I hang out with them to the restaurants in the weekends to kill time.
Yes, I really enjoy being alone in the weekend morning, reading some books and playing computer games. During that time, I can do something I am interested in, and don’t have to think about how to brace for the coming problems.
IELTS Speaking topic: Sky
- Do you like to watch the sky?
2. What is the sky like at night in your hometown?
3. Do you like to watch stars?
4. Have you ever taken a course about stars?
5. Is it important to study stars?
6. What’s your favourite star?
Yes, I am really into watching the sky especially at night to count the countless stars when I was a kid. I remember I sometimes laid down in the grass for hours to watch the shining stars when in summer because I was fond of imaging the folk stories about the stars.
Well, as my hometown is a tourism city and there is no any industrial pollution, the sky is always clean and clear, and I can see the stunning night sky with countless and glittering stars and sometimes even the galaxy. But unfortunately in a metropolis like Beijing light pollution makes the night sky invisible.
No, I have never been in any sorts of courses about stars because actually there was no such courses in the schools or university. But fortunately my grandmother once sent me an encyclopaedia about nature in which there were loads of stories about stars, I got the most of the knowledge about stars from it.
Yes, I believe that astronomy has always had a significant impact on our world view as it can help open our eyes, give context to our place in the cosmos and that can definitely reshape how we see the world.
My favourite star constellation is Orion. It’s very easy to spot on winter nights. Firstly, it has a huge red giant star, which may explode any time soon. Besides, it has a massive blue star which is very young. On top of that it also has a big nebula where new stars are being born – so it has everything!
IELTS Speaking topic: Clothes
- What clothes do you usually like to wear?
2. Do/did you wear the same clothes at school and at home?
3. Will you change your clothes when you go home today?
4. Did you have any special clothes to wear when you where a child?
5. Did you like them?
Well, actually I don’t have an instinct for fashion and my look says I’m a laid-back kind of guy. So I usually wear casual clothes. I’m most comfortable wearing jeans, a T-shirt and my flip-flops.
Oh, definitely not. I always wore the school uniforms which was a blue jacket with a white shirt. They were very simple and boring. So when I reached home, I intended to put on my favourite outfits.
Oh, yes. The formal clothes really make me nervous so after I go home later, I’ll take them off and change my sweatshirts.
Yes, when I was a child, I needed to wear a uniform at school from primary school all the way to the very last year of high school, which is an institution, so I believed my parents had to follow this tradition.
No, I really couldn’t stand the school uniform because the clothes were a bit too old-fashioned; in addition, sometimes I was reluctant to wear them because they were too large. I doubted why they couldn’t be a bit more trendy and colourful like the ones in other countries, like Japan and Australia.
IELTS Speaking topic: Collection
- Do you like to collect anything?
2. How much time do you spend on your collection?
3. Would you keep your collection in the future?
4. Why do people keep old things?
5. What kinds of things do Chinese people like to collect?
I’m really into collecting toy cars, especially when I was a kid. You know at that time, although my parents didn’t get much money to buy me toy cars, I still got a number of them in my bedroom.
Actually I always play these toy cars with my son on a daily basis. As he is a big fan of cars, so I often squeeze some time out of my busy day to play with him.
Yes, definitely. That is because now I collect various kinds of toy cars for my son, which has already been one of his hobbies. I really intend to buy new ones for him to enrich his collections.
I guess the reason why people to collect varies, you know some people collect the antiques might be because they think all these things will be more valuable in the future. While others on the other hand, collect just because they like the old-fashioned stuff and want to keep them together.
It’s kind of hard to say but people I know around me tend to keep books or photographs because it can help cultivate their mental development, but maybe for others, they probably tend to collect some ancient furnitures or jewellery because they believe the return of these investments is expected to be enormous.
IELTS Speaking topic: Hobbies
- Have you got a hobby? If so, what is it?
2. Is it an expensive hobby in your country?
3. What do teenagers like doing in your country?
4. What hobbies are usually expensive in your country?
5. What do you like about your hobby?
6. How much time do you spend on your hobby?
7. Is your hobby a common hobby in your country?
8. Are there any new hobbies that you would like to take up?
Yes, I am a big fan of photograph for a couple of years. Although it would definitely cost me so much because the camera and lens are both quite expensive, I am the kind of person who wants the best or nothing and I believe they are totally worth it.
It depends. If people want to take photos which are a bit different and professional than the ordinary ones, they should probably invest a great amount of money in the gears; on the other hand, if people just have fun with the pictures, they could buy the cheap devices, too. They are affordable and won’t cost much.
It’s kind of hard to say but the young people that I know around me tend to play football so much in the football pitch, but maybe for others, they just want to play computer games at home all day long.
Well, in my country, apart from my hobby, there are also several hobbies that need you spend a great amount of money. For example, the musical instruments, such as piano and violin, will bankrupt you. As well as that, if people decide to embrace high end audio equipments, that would appear to be a bottomless money sink.
I have been in the habit of it for almost 8 years. The main factor is that I can capture the precious moment in my life, such as the graduation ceremony, or the sweet moment with my girlfriend, and also I believe the photography will cultivate my mental development.
Not so much time actually, I take photos from time to time. Normally if I’m free in my spare time, I will go out to the natural sceneries with all my gears to find and capture the stunning moments because I find it quite entertaining to do that; but if I have lots of on my hands I’ll probably focus on my work.
Oh, yes, it’s definitely a common hobby in my country as photography has been gone through a long way in history. You can easily see people taking photos of portraits or landscape in the parks or any natural sceneries in China.
Well, recently I went to running in the park because I wanted to keep me fitness and get toned. Besides, keeping a running track in my iPhone and sharing it with my friends are really entertaining. Moreover, I wanted to try some traditional English Oxford shoes because they really look cool and trendy, and would suit my new coat well.
IELTS Speaking topic: Plans & Goals
- Please summarise your plans for the near future.
2. When do you plan to start that?
3. How do you intend to achieve that?
4. When you go abroad, do you plan to live in the countryside or a big city? (Why?)
5. Do you plan to spend many years overseas?
6. After you go abroad, do you plan to join any clubs?
Well, I plan to immigrate to Australia in the near future and settle down there, starting a new life. And in long term I would like to set up my own business and to be successful. Thanks to my family, my parents have really encouraged me a lot while I had been studying English.
Honestly, the idea hit on me two years ago when I was travelling in Australia for ten days in the end of 2012. That experience really inspired my enthusiasm to move there because the natural environment was so clean and stunning compared with the ones in Beijing. In addition, the people there were very warm and friendly. Every time when I lost my way in the bustling city centre in Sydney or Melbourne, the strangers were always willing to help me, guiding me the right direction with their iPhones to be exact. Therefore, when I came back to Beijing, I started to plan to immigrate to Australia.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with living in the countryside because I believe it’s a typical lifestyle of people in the Western countries, so I want to experience the tranquil and serene life; whereas, you know, living in big city is annoying and I have to take up high living pressure.
I intend to live in Adelaide for two years in order to get the visa. I might stay longer if I can find a job there and acclimatise myself living there afterwards.
Oh yes, I’m into joining some local clubs to pursue my personal hobbies such as photography and hiking. You know, the main factor is that club activities can enrich my spare time with lots of happiness and positive experience, and also can help me meet new friends and get familiar with the local community.
IELTS Speaking topic: Letters or Emails
- Do you write many letters or emails?
2. Who do you usually write to?
3. Do you prefer to write letters by hand or to use a computer?
4. How often do you write an email or a letter?
5. What are the differences between emails and letters?
6. Is it hard to think of what to write?
7. What kinds of letter/email do you think is the hardest to write?
8. How do you feel when you receive a letter or email?
9. What sorts of letters or emails are the most difficult to reply to?
10. What kinds of emails (or letters) do you receive that make you feel excited?
11. Which do you prefer to make a phone call or write an email?
12. Do you think people will still write letters in the future?
13. How do you communicate with others at work – by emails or is it more convenient to communicate face-to-face?
Yes, I almost write emails for my clients as part of my job on a daily basis. There are many things I have to write, for example, I usually write end user training for my clients to teach them how to use the system, or I write the development guide for my technical staffs to tell them how to code.
If I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with writing things with a computer. I believe that in the age of fast living and a culture of convenience, writing things with computers can bring people convenience and efficiency. Whereas, hand writing is really time consuming and hard to share.
Well, between the two, a letter is printed or handwritten on actual paper and sent through the mail while an email is typed on a computer, tablet or smartphone and sent electronically. While emails have become a more popular way of communication for individuals and businesses, traditional letters still have a place in today’s modern, tech-oriented society.
Normally it seems like a daily routine for me to write emails to my clients about how to use the system; but if they complain to me about the poor user experience, I sometimes really find myself getting stuck in explaining to comfort them.
I would be feeling both honoured and excited to receive a letter or email from other because the sender has spent time writing it. Especially when someone writes to me to appreciate me or compliment me about my responsible work.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with writing an email because I can have plenty of time thinking about how to express my opinion correctly and clearly, besides, the whole conversation can be tracked in the mail list; whereas, you know, making a telephone call usually leads to misunderstanding because sometimes it is not very accurate and obscure.
I believe that as a major method of communication between people, letter writing has a vast and interesting history; besides, handwritten letters are personal. They show the receiver that someone has spent time and effort in communicating with them. They are a way of connecting two people that cannot be achieved through the impersonal use of texts or instant messages. Therefore, I feel that the handwriting letters are irreplaceable in the future.
IELTS Speaking topic: Visitors to your home
- Do you like visitors coming to your home?
2. How often do you have visitors to your home?
3. When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality?
4. What kinds of manners do you expect you home visitors to have?
5. Do you bring gifts when you visit others?
6. Do you like to visit other people?
Yes, I’m really into having my friends, family or coworkers to go to my home for a tea or something fun. At home, it’s relaxing and comfortable. The environment is good for connecting with people.
I sometimes invite my friends to get together in my home in the weekends, once a week maybe.
I’d invite dinner and snacks with my guests. I’ve got a big collection of all kinds of sweets, so I want my visitors to taste them!
If they want to have a tour, they should ask me beforehand, then I’ll show them around. So I’d not be happy if they just walk around in every room like it’s their homes!
Yes, but not expensive ones. Sometimes I’ll bring some food or books, sometimes I’ll bring some groceries that they need or toys for their kids.
Yes, I believe that mutual visiting for friendship is really important as it shows respect to your friends, therefore, I’d like to drop by for a visit to them as long as they invite me.
IELTS Speaking topic: Sleeping
- How many hours do you sleep every day?
2. Is it necessary to take a nap every day?
3. Do old people sleep a lot? Why?
4. How to have a good sleep?
5. Do you like to get up early in the morning?
6. Can you sleep well if you are in a noisy environment?
Usually I sleep for seven to eight hours every day in order to let my body relax. But if I want to do something very important at night, I could only sleep for less than four hours.
Yes, I believe that after having lunch at noon, it’s beneficial for body to take a nap, half of hour would be enough, to brace for the tasks in the afternoon.
Yes, I guess the elderly people do need to sleep more. I believe the reason is that after years of working, stress and the natural process breaks down people’s body until all they want to do is sleep, consequently, their bodies take longer to recharge the batteries.
I believe you have to follow several rules to get a good sleep regularly. Firstly, go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Besides, make sure your bed is comfortable so that you can stretch and turn in bed comfortably. As well as that, stay away from big meals at night or try to make dinnertime earlier in the evening, and avoid heavy, rich foods before bed.
Yes, getting up early in the morning is really beneficial for health, because I can enjoy the fresh air in the morning; besides, I have plenty of time in the morning so that I can do some physical exercises liking running and jogging; as well as that, I can prepare a good dinner for the family.
Well, I’m afraid I can’t fall asleep in the noisy place like barking dogs, loud neighbours and city traffic because I used to sleep quietly from childhood. So sometimes I envy someone who grows accustomed to environmental noise and can sleep well in whatever place.
IELTS Speaking topic: Camping
- Have you ever been camping before?
2. If you could pick a camping place, where would it be?
3. Is camping popular in China?
4. Would you like to try camping in the future?
5. What kinds of problems would you have while camping?
6. What kinds of preparation do people need to do for camping?
7. Should parents bring their young children for camping?
Yes, just once, but really memorable. I went to the Lingshan Mountain with my friends and my son early this year. We slept in the forest in the camps at night. It was totally dark outside, but we sang the songs loudly with others and heard the sound of rain dropping on my camp gently. It was really an interesting experience.
Maybe a mountain nearby is good. Camping places should be away from cities, so a mountain should be a good option. People can let off steam there.
Yes, there are many websites about camping. Fans of those websites come from all parts of China. So I guess the idea of camping is really favoured in recent years.
Yes, if I have got plenty of spare time in the future, I would go for a forest park to camp with my friends to enjoy the natural scenery. This time I would be more experienced.
Well, wild animals could be a big problem. Wolves can be a threat. Monkeys may steal my food. Besides, weather is another potential problem. When it rains, it gets wet everywhere. If I had to cook outside my tent, I’d have no idea how to do it in the rain.
A driver should be a must so that people can go through the bumpy road; besides, a tent and sleep bad should be taken for sleeping overnight; as well as that, some fast food and water should be prepared as there is no restaurants in the outside, and campfire is not forbidden. And on top of that, warm clothes are also necessary as it’s always very chilled in the mountainous area.
If the parents are careful and experienced,they’d know how to take care of their kids. So kids wouldn’t be a problem but much more fun. On the contrary, if the parents are new to camping, they can’t even take care of themselves, I’d say kids should stay at home.
IELTS Speaking topic: Shopping
- Do you like shopping?
2. Would you like to work in a shop?
3. Do you like shopping on the internet?
4. When do you usually go shopping?
5. Do you prefer shopping in big stores or small shops?
6. What do you usually buy when you go shopping?
7. Do you spend much when you go shopping?
No, not really. Shopping is hard for me! Sometimes I spent the whole day in a mall, and I ended up wasting hours with nothing back home.
No, I’m not interested in retail at all. You never know how difficult some customers can be dealt with. I honestly don’t like to deal with that.
Yes, I have bought tons of things from the Internet since the first time I used it for shopping. It’s fast and convenient, I totally love it!
I only shop when there is a festival coming up, like spring festival or Christmas. That’s the time when I could get lots of goods’ discount.
It depends on what I want to buy. So if it’s just some grocery, I’d like to go to a big store where I can pick up almost everything on my shopping list. If I’m going to buy some clothes, I’d probably go to a boutique.
Actually I only buy some groceries and food when I go shopping in the nearby supermarket. I get other things like outfits, electronic devices, and books from the online store.
I usually don’t intend to spend much money when I go shopping because I believe that purchasing things from the concrete stores are definitely more expensive than the online store. Therefore I always just buy some necessities from the local supermarket.
IELTS Speaking topic: Weekends
- How do you usually spend your weekends?
2. In your country, do men and women usually do the same kind of things on weekends?
3. When do you spend time with your family?
4. What do you usually do on weekends?
5. What did you do last weekend?
6. What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?
7. What are you going to do next weekend?
8. Is there anything new that you’d like to do on weekends?
9. Do you like working on weekends?
10. Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?
11. Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a child?
Normally I’ll go out to some stunning natural sceneries to let off steam with my family or friends on weekends; but if it’s not sunny, I’ll stay at home for the whole weekend. Mostly I just use the internet to kill time.
I guess some men play sports while women may just do housework. So men may probably do things to their own interest, by contrast, women spend more time for their families.
I always spends the whole weekends with my family. I barely work on weekends.
Last weekend, I took my son to the Beijing Botanic Garden to go around to see the various plants. Besides we went into the greenhouse exhibition of plants which is very remarkable.
Well, there are so many people in my hometown, it’s really hard to say, probably most people tend to stay at home to enjoy the family time, but personally speaking, I guess there are not much entertaining facilities in my small hometown for people to go.
Next week, I plan to go to do some shopping because as the Spring Festival is just around the corner, I need to go to some super markets to prepare some food and other groceries; besides, I have to buy some new clothes for my family for the coming new year, it’a an old Chinese tradition.
Yes, actually I’ve been thinking about going to the gym on Saturdays. I have to do some exercise, I’m so out of shape now!
Absolutely no! That’s crazy. I have to relax no matter what. Weekends are not for work!!!
If I were an employee, I would think this is a horrible idea. Employees are human, we all deserve to have some off-work time.
Yes, the main factor is that after five-day of hard work, I really need some leisure time to let off steam, or travel around to experience the stunning natural scenery. Whereas, when I was a kid, I had plenty of time to play, every day was almost the same.
IELTS Speaking topic: Season
- What’s your favourite season?
2. What do people in your country like to do in different seasons?
3. What’s the least favourite season in your country?
4. What are the differences between different seasons?
5. What season is good for travelling in your hometown?
I guess the autumn is the best time to travel. As it is neither too hot nor too cold, people will feel comfortable to go out. Besides, as the foliage of trees will turn yellow or red, you will find the picturesque views all around you. Wherever you go, you will experience a memorable trip.
When in spring and autumn, the temperature is neither too cold nor too hot, people in China tend to hike in the mountains, or go running. When it comes to summer, people can choose more physical activities like swimming, camping in the forests and playing balls, etc. But in winter, people believe it not suitable for outdoor exercises, so they prefer to stay at home for resting.
I’m afraid there is no apparent unfavourable season in my favourite, but relatively I believe summer is least favourite season because it’s much too hot everywhere which will bring inconvenience to everything, especially for people to fall asleep at night.
There are four distinctive seasons in my country. Basically, summer is the hottest season of the year, while winter is coldest. Autumn and spring are not severe seasons. Moreover, in summers people love to wear light clothes while in winter use of woollen clothes increase. Summer and winter are longer seasons, while autumn and spring are shorter ones.
As for my hometown, I guess the autumn is the best time to travel as in the Huangshan Mountain, it is neither too hot nor too cold, people will feel comfortable to hike. Besides, it will rains a lot which will have the stunning cloud sea in the mountain.
IELTS Speaking topic: Trees
- Do you like trees?
2. Are there any important trees in your country?
3. Is there a forest near your hometown?
4. Would you like to live in a place that has a lot of trees?
5. Where can one find trees (or forests) in your country?
6. Do you think places with trees attract more visitors than places with few trees?
7. Did you ever climb trees when you were a child?
8. Have you ever planted a tree?
9. Do you think more people should plant trees?
10. Do you think we should plant more trees?
11. Do you think trees are important?
12. What would you say are the benefits of having trees?
13. Do you think we need to protect trees?
Yes, I am a tree lover because trees let me breath better, without them I couldn’t survive any longer.
There are many important trees in my country. The use of bamboo, for example, can be ranged from furniture making to building construction. Besides, the weeping willow trees symbolise the new hope in ancient China, therefore, there are many poem complimenting them.
Yes. It’s just the world-renowned Huangshan Mountain with various kinds of trees living there, the most famous one are pine trees.
Yes, I’m really into getting close to nature cos I believe it’s the most healthy and natural way of living. Although it’s unreasonable to have such lifestyle in Beijing now, I still hold that dream in my life.
I guess trees can be easily seen in my country. If you are in cities, there are always many sycamore trees along the streets; or if you are in the suburb areas, you will see forests in various sizes.
Well, yes. Obviously places with lots of trees are more shady, cooler, more humid and much less windy, therefore, people will feel more comfortable and more likely to get close to nature.
Yes, of course. There are many trees in my community when I was a kid, I always climbed trees to get higher or to seek the birds’ eggs.
Yes, once. I remembered when my middle school once organised hiking in a mountainous area, we planted several saplings in the forest, and I guess they have grown up into big trees already.
Yes, I believe more trees should be planted both in and outside the cities because they can absorb the pollutant gases and provide enough oxygen; besides, tree can save water and prevent soil erosion. Therefore, trees are critically important to keep our eco-system balanced. We are supposed to not only plant more trees, but protect the existing ones.
IELTS Speaking topic: Nearby shop and market
- Are there any shops near where you live?
2. Do you think it is important to have shops near people’s homes?
3. How often do you go to these shops?
4. What’s the difference between shopping in a market and a store?
Yes, there are two small shops near my home. Though they are not very big, but I can still always get what I need in them.
Yes, definitely. It would be very convenient to buy something needed for household if there are shops near people’s homes.
I go to these shops once a week, buying some bread and drinks, and some other groceries.
Well, between the two, a typical supermarket always covers a wide range of commodities compared with the street market, for example, people always drive cars there with families to buy all kinds of things for a whole week; on the contrary, the shop sometimes sells fresh vegetables and fruits, people always tend to buy food for dinner after work.
IELTS Speaking topic: Reading
- Do you like reading books? Why or why not?
2. What (kinds of) books do you like to read?
3. Did you read much when you were a child?
4. What (kinds of) books did you like reading when you were a child?
5. Do (young) children like reading books?
6. For children, what do you think are the benefits of reading?
7. What do you think are the benefits of reading to children?
Yes, I’m really into reading because I believe that reading can be both entertaining and educational. Reading broadens my knowledge by opening up the whole world to me. While I’m reading, I can be visiting another country or a different time period, or traveling through space. I can find out how people solve problems or think up new ideas.
Oh, it’s a tough question, or it should be more of what books I don’t read. I have a really open mind to books and what genre they are. Classic literature, novel, autobiography, historical story…whatever.
Yes, I remember when I was a kid, I’d like to take some historical books from my father’s bookshelf, and read the historical stories, which were really entertaining and educational to me. As a result, I’m very familiar with our Chinese ancient history.
It’s kind of hard to say but young children that I know around me tend to read fairy tales to cultivate their mental development, but maybe for others, they just want to watch TV and play toys.
I believe if you want your children to be smart, they have to acquire a love for reading, which has numerous benefits. Reading opens the door to child’s early academic success, imparts a love of learning and leads to higher grades in every subject. Besides, reading can help children Improve linguistic skills in the form of a richer vocabulary, correct grammar, and more articulate oral communication. On top of that, books teach child about relationships, situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world he lives in.
IELTS Speaking topic: Schools
- How old were you when you started school?
2. Where did you go to school?
3. How did you get to school each day?
4. Tell me something about the school. (=Can you describe it?)
5. Did you enjoy it? (Why?/Why not?)
6. What were some of the most popular activities at primary school?
7. Have you ever returned to see your old school again?
8. Are you still in contact with any of the friends you had in primary school?
9. What subjects did you study in secondary school (=high school)?
10. What was your favourite subject in secondary school (=high school)?
11. And which subject did you like the least? (Why?)
12. Which secondary school subject do you think is most useful for people in adult life?
13. What part of your secondary school education did you enjoy most?
14. How do you feel about your high school (secondary school)?
15. Why did you choose to attend that particular school?
16. Which class did you enjoy the most? (Why?)
I started my elementary school since seven year old.
My school was just located near my home, so every day I walked to school with myself, or sometimes with my neighbours.
My school is called the Haiyang Elementary School, which was established 50 years ago in my hometown. The school was quite spacious as it was large but there were no many students. Besides, the teachers there were always kind-hearted and responsible for their teaching.
Yes, it’s very memorable days of life cos it’s part of my life I got basic education from my school, besides, I didn’t have the stressful study burden at that period, so most of time I played with my classmates a lot. Therefore, it’s a golden period of my life and school days never come back.
There are several engaging activities in my school, such as sports meeting when the whole school played sports together. There were some exciting competitions like 100 metres dash, or marathon. Besides, we went autumn outing every year to some local natural sceneries. We didn’t have class and could enjoy the happy time with our classmates there.
Yes, every time I go back to my hometown, I’d like to visit my old school and I’ll be very delighted to see how my school developed. I was really proud of it.
Yes, there were several close friends when I was in my elementary school, and we still keep in touch with each other. We cherish our friendship after we have grown up.
There were many subjects we had to learn at secondary school, such as maths, English, physics, chemistry, history, geography, and so on. So you can see we had a heavy burden at that time.
In my secondary school, English was my favourite subject because I found it very easy to remember the new word, and the sentences I learned were not hard at all. Besides, thanks to my English teacher, he taught me and corrected my pronunciation so that I could speak quite influent English.
As my unfavourable subject, I guess the politics was the most disgusting subject because I had to remember endless and meaningless essays in order to pass the exams by rote. It was really a waste of my time.
I believe that the physics was quite helpful in my adult life. Though it wasn’t really needed in daily life of mine, just as my physical teacher said, the physics was the gymnastics for the brain, it helped me do things logically.
I believe that my secondary school had taught how to endure hardships if I wanted to achieve my goal. You know, in my country, the competition of entering university is badly fierce, so I had to work very hard in order to be eligible to pursue my education in the future.
I guess my secondary school has a rich history and provides a safe, supportive learning community where all students are challenged to reach their highest levels of achievement and grow as individuals.
I chose to attend my school because it was the most famous school in my hometown. It has gone through so long history that many scientists and politics graduated from it. And I believe I could be qualified to get to university after years of studying there.
IELTS Speaking topic: Time management
- Are you good at organising time?
2. How do you usually organise time?
3. Do you think planning is important for time management?
4. Why do you think some people pay to learn time management?
5. Do you think children should learn to manage time?
6. Why do some people find it hard to follow their plans?
7. How would you teach your children time management?
8. Do old people and young people manage time in a similar way?
No, I’m not good at organising time. Though I know that taking the time to organise makes my work and study more effective, I always find that the only thing that drives me is deadline.
Well, normally I’ll list the tasks in hand in the morning, and do them in a row in the daytime; but if there is something really emergency, I’ll put priority on it.
Yes, I feel that planning is the start point of time management. Once you have plan what to do and when in the first place and then stick to it, then you will have time to do them and achieve your goal.
Well, I guess that’s probably because time management is a systematic course that contains several skills and techniques so that you need a teacher to understand them closely and follow them in your own practises.
Yes, I believe that time management is a life-long job and the younger you learn it, the more benefits you will get. It helps children to prioritise, plan and pace their tasks and is a communication tool between home and school.
Well, the reason why difficult to follow plans is probably people are distracted with their surroundings. If you notice, most people set all these plans and goals usually at night, before sleep, or when all is quiet. Then a lot of people end up getting distracted and veer off course during the day.
I believe there are several steps to help children time management. Firstly, I should be a role model. Unorganised, chaotic parents usually have unorganised, chaotic children. Therefore, I should demonstrate with my behaviour, how a child can be a successful time manager. Besides, help them make a hierarchy of priorities they can use as a master checklist to make better time management decisions. For example: prioritise the following values: family, school, personal development, community and friends. Finally, provide children with the necessary tools they need to succeed. Alarm clocks, wrist watches and personal calendars, for example, can help them focus on necessary activities.
Well, between the two, old people would like to put more time on leisure activities as they are retired from working position, and have plenty of time to do what they like at ease. For example, they will probably spend more time in the nearby garden, or travel around. On the contrary, young people will definitely put priority on work, therefore, their time management would be more work-oriented, and other things, like family time and social activities would sometimes give way to work.
IELTS Speaking topic: Friendship
- How do people (in your country) meet others and make friends?
2. Do you think it’s easy for people to make friends at work?
3. Is it important for people to have good relationships with colleagues at their workplace? (Why?)
4. Would you say the students (at your school/university) have a good relationship with each other?
5. (Possibly) How would you describe a “good relationship”?
6. Do you ever help a friend by giving advice?
Well, it’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to become friends because they were classmates in high schools or universities, but maybe for others, they just are co-workers so they develop good friendship in the workplace.
Yes, people in the workplace all tend to be sociable so that every one will have more promotion opportunities and at least be productive. Besides, working in the office without friends will be tame because people won’t find partners to talk about work or their own life.
Yes, I do. I feel that it’s hard not to have friends in the workplace. After all, we are going to spend over one third of our walking life each week at work, so you know, I don’t want to be socially isolated during that time, which will have bad influence on productivity.
Well, I’m afraid that not every student in the school have a good relationship with others because some of them seem to have a social problem, they are good at chatting with others, and are only willing to indulge themselves in the study. Hopefully as they grow up, they will recognise the importance of communication.
A good relationship between friends in my opinion is where both people are able to be themselves, respect each other, treat each with kindness and know how to give themselves and the other appropriate space.
Oh, yes, one of my friends smoke a lot and if he keeps smoking he is going to get lung cancer or something. So I consistently tell him about the problems that this stuff causes, get him a little sentimental, exaggerate and tell him to stop.
IELTS Speaking topic: The ocean
- Have you ever been to the seaside?
2. How many times have you been to the seaside?
3. Did you like the ocean (or, it)? (or, like the sea; or, like the seaside)
4. What (benefits) did you get from going there?
5. What do people in China do when they go to the beach?
Yes, I have been to the seaside many times, such as Shanghai, Sanya and so on. I always went there with my family to enjoy the laid-back life.
Well, I have been to the seaside many times before because I really enjoyed the warm sea water, the clear air and the laid-back beach.
Yes, I was into taking a holiday in the coastal city such as Sanya and Beidaihe. The main factor is that I could enjoy the swimming in the sea and lying on the comfortable beach, and also I could eat the delicious and fresh seafood.
There are many benefits that I could get from staying in the seaside. Firstly I could enjoy the swimming in the sea and lying on the comfortable beach, and also I could eat the delicious and fresh seafood.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to enjoy swimming in the sea and the sun bath on the beach, but maybe for others, they just want to see the eye-catching natural scenery.
IELTS Speaking topic: Happiness
- What do you think of happiness?
2. What do you like to do when you are happy?
3. What kinds of things make you happy?
4. What kinds of things do Chinese people feel happy about?
5. Is it easy to be happy for you?
In my humble opinion, happiness isn’t achieving certain goals. Surely it’s important to accomplish what you yearn for but that’s not eternal happiness for me. happiness a journey that I undertake in the pursuit of my goals.
I’d like to share my success and feeling with my family or friends when I’m happy. I believe that my happiness can’t go without them.
There are many things that can make me happy, for example, taking a 30-minute walk outside can help me let off steam and I won’t feel any depressed, or buying lots of things online can deliver me even more happiness because it enables me feel that I save a great amount of money.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to feel happy about earning more money, but maybe for others, they would feel happy when their children get into the good universities.
Well, I’m afraid that as an adult, I’m too stressful to be happy. I have to find a good job and get a decent pay to feed myself and family, so I have to admit that there are less and less things that make me really happy.
IELTS Speaking topic: Text messages
- Do you text someone if he doesn’t answer your phone?
2. Is there any chance when texting someone is better than calling him?
3. Have you ever had difficulty replying?
4. How often do you send text messages?
Yes, when my friends can’t answer my phone, I will text him to let him know and wait for his reply.
I believe when the person answering the phone is having a conference or in a cinema, it’s better to text him instead of having a telephone call.
Yes, I remember when I have to refuse some requests of friends, I have to think carefully about how to reply for a long time.
I almost send text messages on a daily basis. I always text my friends and family to greet, chat and make a travelling plan.
IELTS Speaking topic: Vegetables and fruits
- What’s your favourite vegetable and fruit?
2. How often do you eat fruits?
3. Are there any special fruits in your hometown?
4. Should we eat vegetables every day?
My top three are broccoli, celery and grape because all of them are both nutritious and delicious. Also, I want to give mushrooms an honourable mention as they are one of my favourite things to cook with, although they are a fungus.
I think I eat fruits at home on a daily basis. I always buy a lots of different fruits in the shopping mall in the weekends for my whole family.
Oh yes, there are loquat trees everywhere in my hometown. Loquat is very sweet and has lots of nutrition and can become medicine.
Yes, we do. We really need to eat vegetables everyday because you simply cannot find another food group that is as perfectly matched to our everyday human needs as vegetables. There are various protein, fibre and vitamin that cannot be found in other food like meat.
IELTS Speaking topic: News
- Are you very interested in the news?
2. Why do you want to know the latest news?
3. How important is it to you to get the news every day?
4. What sort of news are you most interested in?
5. How do you usually find this news?
6. Do you prefer to read newspapers or watch TV to get your news?
7. Do you ever get your news from the internet?
8. Do you (often/ever) read newspapers?
9. What sections of the newspaper do you usually read?
10. Do you think newspapers are important?
11. Besides newspapers, what are some other ways people get news?
12. How important do you think the news is?
13. Which do you think is more important, domestic news or international news?
14. Would you say the news affects your life very much?
15. Are old people and young people interested in the same news? (Why?/Why not?)
Yes, I’m really fond of getting news from various sources because I just want to make myself better informed about the world.
It’s very important for me to know what happened in the domestic and international events.
I’m more interested in foreign cultures. I like to learn about their religions, customs, and the foods they eat. Occasionally, foreign news interests me, too. I really like reading scientific related news.
Normally I read news from TV news programmes, which are very convenient and updated; but if I’m too busy to watch TV, I’ll read news from the Internet in my mobile phone.
Well, if I have free time at home, I’d like to watch the news and editorials in the TV with my family; whereas you know, it takes time for the newspaper to publish so the news are always not so updated.
Yes, it’s very convenient for me to get news from internet such as mobile phone. The news apps usually send me the most urgent notifications to me so it keeps me posted.
Not very often. Newspaper always take time to get published so that they are not so updated. Besides, I have to go to the kiosks and spend money to buy newspapers. It’s quite troublesome.
I always read news in the politics section because I’m interested in political events happened in the domestic and abroad.
Yes, newspapers are very important in current society because they are still the most important medium for understanding the world. They deliver the most urgent and valuable news to the audience so that readers can know what happens in the current world.
Well, besides newspapers, people can get news by many other sources, such as TV programmes, radio, and Internet, which can all cater for the different kinds of people.
I believe news is very critically important because without regular access to news, most people would be unaware of the various events taking place, both locally and around the world, that have an impact on their lives.
I believe that domestic news is more important than international ones because it’s closer to home, and affects me more.
News very much effects my life. If the news is bad, for example, which much of it is at present, considering the economic downturn etc., then I start to feel depressed about losing my job and how I’m going to pay the bills.
No, I guess old people are interested in different kinds of news from young people, such as political news, etc, because they have a greater interest in protecting their benefit programmes, from medicare to social security; whereas young person might be interested in the latest teen fashion, sports events.
IELTS Speaking topic: Newspapers
- Do you often read newspapers?
2. Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers?
3. What kinds of newspapers (or magazines) do you usually read?
4. How old were you when you first started to read newspapers?
5. Do you think it’s important to read newspapers? (Why?/Why not?)
6. Why do you think people read newspapers?
7. What different types of newspapers are there in China?
8. Do you care about the news?
9. Is the news important to you?
10. What kinds of news do Chinese people read in newspapers?
11. Do you prefer to read about domestic (or local) news or international news? (Why?)
12. What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers?
13. What influence do you think newspapers have on society?
14. Do you think the internet is a good way to get news?
Not very often. Newspaper always take time to get published so that they are not so updated. Besides, I have to go to the kiosks and spend money to buy newspapers. It’s quite troublesome.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go for reading magazines in my spare time because they are well printed and always have in-depth reporting on some particular events; whereas, you know, newspapers always report the same news as the Internet, so they now seem to be not so indispensable.
I’m more interested in newspapers about foreign cultures. I like to learn about their religions, customs, and the foods they eat. Occasionally, foreign news interests me, too. I really like reading scientific related news.
I got the habit of reading newspapers when I was in high school, 18 years old maybe. The library in my school had several kinds of newspapers and magazines so that as long as I had free time, I’d like to go to read some news about the latest political events, sports and fashion news.
Yes, I feel that it’s very important for me and other people to know what happened in the domestic and international events.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to read the political news because they are interested in what happens in the domestic country and abroad, but maybe for others, they just care more about the sports and fashion events.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go with reading domestic news because they are closer to home, and affects me more; whereas, you know, international news sometimes have nothing to do with my daily life, so I just read the headlines.
Well, I feel that newspaper agents always try to use the bold headings, attractive advertisements, and insights in the article to get the readers’ attention.
Well, I guess that newspapers have a great influence on society. Newspapers keep them informed about economy, political activities, science, education. Besides, it gives a true and correct picture of the society, country. Moreover, they also help us to educate people about their rights and duties.
Yes, getting news from internet is a regular source now because it’s very convenient for me to get news from internet such as mobile phone. The news apps in my mobile phone usually send me the most urgent notifications to me so it keeps me posted.
IELTS Speaking topic: Maths
- When did you start learning maths?
2. Do you like maths?
3. Who taught you maths?
4. Who’s your favourite teacher so far?
5. Is maths difficult for your to learn?
6. Do you like to use a calculator?
I firstly started to learn maths when I was in the first grade in primary school. I was about seven years old then.
To be honest, I disliked maths at all because there were always too many abstract formulas I had to remember. You know, I was not good at memorising things, so I often used the incorrect formula in the exams, and made lots of mistakes and got low marks as a result.
My maths teacher was an elderly woman. She was very kind and patient, but she always tended to be demanding with us, she seemed like making the simple theory very complicated. And she liked leaving endless homework to us.
Yes, I’m afraid that I wasn’t quick at fingers. And I was also bored with these abstract formulas and found it hard to pick the appropriate ones to solve the maths problems in exams.
No, actually we were not allowed to use the calculator in class or exam because we were asked to calculate the results with pencil and paper. Therefore I’m not used to use the calculator now.
IELTS Speaking topic: Transportation
- What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?
2. How often do you take buses?
3. Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?
4. Is driving to work popular in your country?
5. Do you think people will drive more in the future?
6. Would you ride bikes to work in the future?
7. What will become the most popular means of transportation in China?
8. Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?
Well, I guess people in my hometown always ride bike to go work or somewhere else because my hometown is a small town and it’s very convenient to go out by bike.
I barely go out by bus because I have my own car now, so I always go somewhere by car.
Well, between the two, travelling by planes is relatively very fast, for example, it just takes three hours for me to go between Beijing and Shanghai which covers distance of 1500 kilometres; on the contrary, travelling by trains is an increasingly cost-effective alternative to planes, particularly if I’m going a relatively short distance.
Yes, people that I know around me tend to go to work by car because it’s very convenient to drive, but I believe that maybe for others, they just take buses to office because it’s cheap and always on time.
Yes, I believe that as people earn more money and lead a better life, they will tend to buy cars for their families, and apparently drive cars to offices.
Oh no, it’s impossible to ride bike to work because you know, Beijing is a big city, I always drive about 20 kilometres to office, so I’ll be late if I ride bike.
I believe private transportation will be the most popular means of transportation in my country because as people get richer in the following years, people will tend to buy cars for their families and business for various purposes, and obviously China has already become the biggest vehicles market in the world.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I’ll probably go to work by my own car because apparently it’s much more comfortable than in the crowned bus or subway.
IELTS Speaking topic: Mobile phone
- How often do you use your mobile phone?
2. Can you describe your mobile phone?
3. What was your first mobile phone?
4. Would you buy a new one in the future?
5. How has your mobile phone changed your life?
Well, obviously I use my mobile phone on a daily basis. I always use it to get in touch with my family and friends, besides, I play games in my mobile phone when I have nothing to do at home in the day time.
Currently I’m using iPhone 4s. Though it was quite expensive, it came with lots of exciting features and apps. The screen response is perfect and the thumb print works 100% of the time and is really convenient to get into the phone. Besides, the camera is awesome too, and does not have the delay so I can always capture the stunning moment.
My first mobile phone was the Nokia bar phone in 2004. It was quite expensive then because I was a university student and didn’t have much money. I got a part-time job to earn the money and bought it in a shopping mall. Fortunately the mobile phone turned out to be well worth what I had done then.
Yes, my 4s is relatively outdated, so I just want to update to the latest iPhone 6 in the near future. It has a larger screen so I believe it would be much more comfortable to read news or type text messages to my friends on it.
Oh, the mobile phone definitely has changed my life dramatically. Probably the most interesting change is that the mobile phone has freed me from the constraints of space. For example, it is no longer necessary to meet my friends to apologise if I’m late to a meeting. I just make a telephone call. I think my life is fully mobile.
IELTS Speaking topic: Film
- Do you like to watch films?
2. Do you prefer foreign films or Chinese films?
3. How often do you go to a cinema or watch a movie?
4. Do Chinese people like to go to a cinema to watch a film?
5. What kinds of movies do you like best?
6. What was the first film that you watched?
I’m really into watching films because some films are very entertaining and provoking. I sometimes go to cinema with my friends and family to enjoy our leisure time in the weekends.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with the foreign films, especially the Hollywood films because most of them are well-acted, with lots of charismatic celebrities and always are enormous box-office hit; whereas you know, the Chinese films are almost low-budget, so they are not as attractive as their American counterparts.
I go to cinema to watch movies from time to time. Normally if I’m not busy with my work, I’ll check out the movies to see whether there are any movies that attract me; but if I have lots of things on my hands, I’ll probably focus on my work.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to like watching movies in the cinema, but maybe for others, they just prefer stay at home and watch TV programmes.
As for me, I like the drama films the best because sometimes they just tell simple but warm and heartfelt stories with provoking endings, which would touch on my deepest emotions.
The first film that I watched was the The Lion King many years ago in the cinema with my parents. What I can remember now is the terrific animation and the amazing soundtrack. I particularly liked the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight that I knew it was produced by Elton John later. And I’d learned lessons from this movies. It was about living up to our responsibilities, no matter how hard it is.
IELTS Speaking topic: Sports
- Do you like to watch sports on TV?
2. Do you play any sports?
3. Do you have a favourite sports star?
4. What’s the most popular sports in China?
5. What kind of sports would you like to try in the future?
6. Have you ever tried any dangerous sports?
Yes, I’m really into watching sports on TV because it entertains me a lot. Besides, I like seeing other people do the things that I can’t do and wish I could do.
Yes, I sometimes play football with my friends in the garden during the weekends’ morning to get some exercises.
I feel that my favourite sports star is Messi who is a forward in Barcelona. He is the perfect blend of speed, strength, skill and toughness. He is also an icon in the modern football.
I guess the most popular spectator sport in China is basketball. Basketball is also played by many young people, mainly boys, for basketball courts are easy to find and it doesn’t require specific facility or expensive equipment other than a basket and a ball.
Well, I guess what I’ll try in the future is the tennis because it can help me build my strength and improve my flexibility and balance. Besides, tennis is social, it’s a sport I can enjoy with friends if I play regularly.
Oh, no, though my life is quite a bit boring, I’m too scared to do any extreme sports because I don’t think I have enough guts to put myself in the difficult situations.
IELTS Speaking topic: Forgetting about things
- What do you remember to do every day?
2. What helps people to remember things?
3. Why do old people forget about things easily?
4. Have you ever forgotten something important?
Well, there are many things I have to remember to do every day. For example, after getting up in the morning, I need to take some simple physical exercises like doing some crunches and push-ups. Besides, another important thing that I should keep in mind is to teach my son to read the traditional Chinese poems in the evening.
Well, it’s kind of hard to say but people I know around me use the to-do-list apps in their mobile phones to help them remember what to do next; but maybe for others, they may probably write the urgent things down in the notebooks.
Well, I guess it’s quite normal that people are more and more forgetful when they are becoming ageing. Apart from some negative emotional factors like stress and depression, elderly people are easier to forget things because of their normal ageing.
Oh yes, I nearly forgot the birthday of a woman I liked last time. I once asked her what her birthday was, and told her I would send her a gift, but I just unbelievably forgot it until the evening that day. Fortunately I asked her out to dinner to celebrate with her.
IELTS Speaking topic: Music
- Do you often like to listen to music?
2. When do you listen to music?
3. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
4. What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
5. What’s your favourite kind of music?
6. How often do you listen to that type of music?
7. When did you start listening to this type of music?
8. Where do you listen to it?
9. How do you feel when you listen to this music?
10. Do you like listening to songs?
11. Have you ever been to a musical performance?
12. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
13. Is music an important subject at school in China?
14. Did you often listen to music when you were a child?(If yes, give details.)
15. What kinds of music are most popular in China?
Yes, I am a big fan of music all these years. I sometimes listen to music before sleeping at night for one hour and when I am driving, which will both help me relax. I am very fond of pop music from Taiwan and Hong Kong, and I also frequently listen to some American pop singers, like the Backstreet Boys. I can feel the energy when I hear the tune.
Personally, I am interested in the traditional instrumental music, like erhu, mixed with pianos and guitars. I always get time to listen to these music during the weekends. It is an impressive combination that can give you a both nostalgic and modern feelings. I firstly encountered this type of music when I was driving and listening to the radio five years ago, I forgot the name, but the tune sounded really amazing.
Oh, yes, I saw a pop singer performance several years ago. It was a really memorable night as the live performances were very exciting. I remembered that after the song, when the singer talked to the audience, everyone cheered and clapped crazily. It made me feel so cool being there.
Unfortunately, I had not learned to play any type of musical instrument when I was a little boy. I remembered that in schools, teachers always told us to put all energy into studying and preparing exams. The music lessons, along with physical exercises and paintings, were not so important as the schools claimed to be. I really felt pity when I grew up.
I didn’t get enough time to listen to music because I had to give all time to study. That was my biggest pity during my childhood, so when I got to the university, what I firstly did was to buy me a new mp3 player.
I believe currently in China, the most popular music is pop music. There are many famous pop singers now, releasing numerous albums every year, and they are always trendy for a period of time.
IELTS Speaking topic: Being alone
- Do you like to be alone?
2. What do you like to do when you are alone?
3. Do you like to spend time with your friends or just stay at home on your own?
4. When was the last time you were being alone?
Yes, I’d like to stay alone for some period of time if I have to do something without interruption. But if I have spare time, I would prefer stay with my friends to enjoy the free time.
I really enjoy being alone in the weekend morning, reading some books and playing computer games. During that time, I can do something I am interested in, and don’t have to think about how to brace for the coming problems.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with hanging out with my close friends because you need to be sociable in the society and friendship really adds spice to my life; whereas, you know, spending too much being alone is really boring and terrible.
The last time I stayed alone at home was when my wife went on business trip with my child for several days, so I was living, eating, sleeping at home with myself. It’s quite quiet so I can do something at ease.
IELTS Speaking topic: Hanging out with friends
- How often do you like to hang out with friends?
2. Who do you usually like to hang out with?
3. Where do you like to go when you hang out with your friends?
4. Do you like to go out with a big group or just few friends?
I hang out with my friends to somewhere from time to time. Normally if we have lots of time in the weekends, we will go to the cinema to watch movies with our kids to have a good time; but if we don’t have plenty of time, we’ll just have dinner together in a restaurant.
Usually I’d like to hang out with one of my close friends. Actually we live in the same community so we can meet frequently. Besides, both of our kids are in the same class in the kindergarten, so we’d like to take them to the park or playground together.
Well, that depends. We sometimes go to the restaurants to enjoy the tasty food if someone finds a
decent place; and if we have plenty of time, we’d like to plan a hike or camp in the nearby forest park to enjoy the natural life. That would be a very memorable experience.
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with hanging out with a big group people because I feel that I am an extrovert, I like to meet different people to know about different kinds of life and make myself more sociable; whereas, you know, with few people around, it would be hard to find something interesting to do, such as travelling, hiking, etc.
IELTS Speaking topic: Countryside
- Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?
2. What do people living in the countryside like to do?
3. What are the benefits of living in rural areas?
4. What’s the difference between living in the city and living in the countryside?
Well, yes, I really love to live in the countryside if possible in the future because I find that life in the rural areas are less stressful and people are more relaxed, friendly and family-oriented, whereas people in the cities are just like ants.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries, space and other amazing places such as forests, lakes or mountains; but maybe for others, they just want to grow crops and feed animals for their living.
I feel that there are many benefits of living in the countryside. For example, the cost of living is stunningly low, including groceries, food, water bill, property taxes. Almost everything is less expensive than the same ones in the city. Besides, the life in countryside is more peaceful because there are simply less distractions. For instance, there aren’t cars going by constantly. I can just buckle down and focus on what I need to accomplish.
Well, between the two, living in a city brings people really convenience since there are various living facilities in the city, for example, people can easily get access to the shopping malls, medicine clinics, schools and entertaining; on the contrary, living in the countryside can enjoy the fresh and quality air, because the air is not polluted during the industralization.
IELTS Speaking topic: Being in a hurry
- When was the last time you did something in a hurry?
2. Do you like to finish things quickly?
3. What kinds of things will you never do in a hurry?
4. Why do people make mistakes more easily when they are in a hurry?
Actually, if I remember accurately I went to the airport to take a business trip in the morning last year. But I got up late and I got stuck in the traffic tram on my way to airport. So I ran as fast as possible to get to the airport. It was such a rush.
No, I don’t stand finishing things too soon because it would probably make mistakes without careful and considerate work.
Well, I think I would never finish the work for my clients in a hurry, otherwise there would cause lots of errors that would lead to terrible loss to my clients. That is not acceptable.
From my own perspective, there are a couple of factors that contribute to the mistake-making during the rush. On the top of my mind, lacking of long-term consideration is the thing that contribute to the mistake that people make when they’re in a hurry.
IELTS Speaking topic: Study efficiency
- Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the evening?
2. Why do some people find it difficult to focus in the morning?
3. What do you do to improve your learning efficiency?
Well, if I were to choose between the two, I will probably go with studying in the evening, because it would be very quiet at that time and there would be no much other distractions; whereas, you know, I cannot concentrate on the books in the morning, and even drowsy after breakfast.
I believe that it depends on the people’s biological clock. Some people find it less productive in the morning due to variety of disturbances, like TV, other people and eating. Besides, some people always get tired after waking up or drowsy after breakfast, so they cannot focus on the work and study.
Firstly I would find a suitable place and quiet period for studying which should be according to my own habit; besides, I would set a target every time before getting started and push myself to the limit to realise it; moreover, taking breaks regularly is also very important which could help relax my brain and get freshed again.
IELTS Speaking topic: Outdoor activities
- What do you do in your spare time?
2. Do you like outdoor activities?
3. What outdoor activities do you most like to do?
4. How often do you do that?
5. What outdoor sports do you like? (Why?)
6. How much time do you spend outdoors every week?
7. How often do you do outdoor activities?
8. What (types of) outdoor activities are popular in your country?
Well, there are lots of things I can do if I’m free. For instance, I stay at home sometimes to read books to enjoy the leisure hours with myself, or I’ll go with my friends to do some outdoor activities such as playing football and hiking.
Yes, I’m really into outdoor activities. You know, the main factor is that I can take some physical to keep me fit, so I always go hiking or jogging if I am free.
Normally I’ll go for a jogging around my house in the morning so that I can take some physical exercises while enjoying the fresh air, but if I can invite some more friends I would go for a simple football match with them because football is a sociable activities so that I can have more fun with my friends and make new friends as well.
Well, I do these physical exercises from time to time. Normally if I’m not busy with my work, I will go for a jogging around my house in the morning to take some physical exercises while enjoying the fresh air, probably four times in a week; but if I have lots of on things my hands I’ll probably focus on my work.
It’s kind of hard to say but people that I know around me tend to go jogging in the morning or take a walk after dinner, but maybe for others, they probably like to take some indoor activities like swimming and yoga.
IELTS Speaking topic: Sing
- Do you often sing?
2. When do you like to sing?
3. How much time do you spend in singing every day?
4. What kinds of music do you like to sing?
5. Is it difficult to sing well?
6. Do you want to be a singer?
Well, singing is the biggest passion in my life. I almost sing everyday, especially when I am doing my homework, washing dishes or even having a bath. I think music can make me happier.
Since I am a very outgoing boy, I like singing very much, especially when I am taking a shower for ten or fifteen minutes. Because at that time, I feel relaxed and happy, so I really enjoy myself.
I sometimes sing some pop music from Taiwan and Hong Kong which can make me calm, and I also frequently sing some American pop music, like the Backstreet Boys. I can feel the energy when I hear the tune.
I always believe that there’s nothing difficult in this world, if you put your heart into it. Take myself as an example. I was poor at singing before, but later I have been keeping practice in front of the mirror, and I can sing much better now.
No. Although I’m really into music, I never think about that question before seriously. Actually, I’m not very interested in becoming a singer, because I know honestly that singing is a long way to go. So I will focus on my current work.
IELTS Speaking topic: Science
- Do you like science?
2. Are you very interested in science?
3. What science have you studied (or learned)?
4. Is your work related to science?
5. What science subject do you like the most? (Why?)
6. What’s the most interesting (part of) science to you?
I love science so much because it can explain everything in life. It allows me to know where things come from and how we act, why roses are red, how airplanes fly, and so much more! Besides, it is never ending, which means that there is always something new to discover because the topic of science is so huge.
I have studied several science in the middle school and university, such as maths, physics, chemistry, biology, geography and computer science. I found most of them were very challenging and thought-provoking.
Yes, I’m an IT engineer now so I think it’s belong to the computer science. I learned lots of them from the university lessons.
I like physics better than any other science because it makes me feel ignorant and it has helped me realise how big and interesting the universe is, how relative our reality is, how small we are and how many questions there are unanswered. I also adore the fact that I feel like a kid when I learn new stuff, for me, it is like opening a Christmas present because you don’t expect what’s coming.