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All Part 1 Questions

This is not the list of the current Part 1 topic and questions, although some of the current topic and questions are included in this list. If you want to see the current Part 1 Part 1 topics and questions, go to the front page and, from there, to the list of current Part 1 topics and questions. This page shows all the topics and all the questions for those topics that have been used from January 2006 to the present. It is now necessary to prepare for Part 1 by studying this page because examiners in China are sometimes now using past sets of questions and sometimes we don't know which past questions they will use. You can choose to just prepare the questions as listed on the page, 'Current Part 1 Questions' but it would be safer to also (if you have time) prepare for the questions that are listed on this page under the same topics that are being used now. If, between now and your test date, you will pass through either January 1, May 1 or September 1, there definitely will be some changes to the current Part 1 and looking at this page is a good way to prepare for the unknown new Part 1 topics. In your test, you will be asked questions from one of the first 3 topics (Topics 1 to 3), followed by two other topics.

Note that the topics and questions that are listed under, "Current Part 1 Questions" are not yet included here. They will be added later if they are not already listed below.
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Index 1a. Your Studies 1b. Your Work 2. Your Home (Your Accommodation) 3. Your Hometown 4. Bicycles 5. Birds

6. Clothes 7. Collecting 8. Computers 9. Daily Routine 10. Dance 11. Drawing or Painting 12. Family Life 13. Films 14. Flowers 15. Food/Cooking 16. Friends 17. Games 18. Housework 19. Gifts 20. Languages 21. Leisure Time & Relaxing 22. Letters & Emails 23. Meals 24. Music 25. Newspapers

26. Noise 27. Outdoor Activities 28. Parks and Public Gardens 29. People's Ages 30. Photography 31. Rain 32. Reading 33. Restaurants 34. Shopping 35. Sport/Exercise 36. Sports Teams 37. Telephones 38. Television and Radio 39. Transport 40. Travel 41. Weather 42. Weekends 43. Your Primary School 44. Your Secondary School 45. Family

46. Seasons 47. Names 48. Teachers 49. Art (Or, 'The Arts') 50. Private Gardens 51. The Internet 52. Birthdays 53. Evenings 54. Art Galleries and Museums 55. News 56. Parties 57. Visitors 58. Swimming 59. Holidays 60. Writing 61. Plans & Goals 62. Going Out 63. Driving a Car 64. Advertisements 65. Fruits and Vegetables

Page 2 66. Time 67. Neighbours 68. Magazines and Newspapers 69. Animals 70. Colours 71. Air Travel (= 'Flying') 72. Museums 73. The Ocean 74. Meeting People
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1. Your Work/Studies

Do you work or are you a student?

1a. Your Studies


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

Your Subject (= your major)


What subject(s) are you studying? Why did you choose to study that/those subjects?

Family Support for Your Choice


Did your family help you choose that course? (Similar to above) Did your family have any influence on your choice of subject? (Similar to above) How do your parents feel about your choice of subject? (Similar to above) Did your parents agree with your choice of subject? (Similar to above) Do your family support your choice of subject? (See Note)

Liking Your Subject(s)


How do you feel about your studies/your subject/your subjects? (Similar to above) How do you like your studies/your subject/your subjects? Do you like your subject? (= your major = your subjects if a high school student) Have you always wanted to study _____ (your course or major)? (For university students) What are your favourite classes/courses/subjects at university? (Unclear which word is used) (For high school students) What's your favourite subject at school? (Don't say P.E. that's not really a subject that people study.)

What's the best part of your studies? What part of your course do you like best? (Similar to above) What part of your subject do you like the most? Which class do (did) you enjoy the most? (Why?) Is there anything about your subject you dont like? Do you think it's important to choose a subject you like? (Why?)

The Popularity of Your Subject


Do many people in China choose to study this subject? (Why?) Is this a popular subject at your university? (= Do many students study this at your university?) (Similar to above) Is this a popular subject in your country? Do you think it's popular because people want to gain knowledge or is there some other reason? What are the most popular subjects (= university degree courses) in your country?

Interest

Is your subject interesting? (Why?/Why not?) (For university students) What's the most interesting thing about your subject? (Why?) (Similar to above) What's the most interesting part of your subject? (Similar to above) What's the most interesting part of your studies?

(Similar to above) For you, what's the most interesting part (or subject or class) of your course? (For high school students:) Which of your subjects is the most interesting? (Why?) What part of your subject do you like the most? (For high school) What's the most interesting of your subjects at school? Do you think it's important to choose a subject you are interested in? (Why?)

The Importance of Your Subject

For university students: How do you think your subject is important? (If these are the words of the question, you can answer how the subject is important to you, not just important to society. Or, you can mention the importance to both you and to society.) For high school students: How do you think your subjects are important? Or: Which of your subjects do you think are the most important? (Why?)

Specific Course Content


For University Students

How do students in your course learn this subject? See Note (Similar to above) How do you learn this subject? What (specific things) do you learn in your course (in your studies)? (Similar to above) What subjects (classes) do you have in your course (in your studies)?

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

Do you think (all of) those subjects are useful to you? Can you describe your course?

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

(Similar to above) What (specific things) do you learn in your course? What have you been studying in the past year? Are there any particular skills that you learn in your studies? For High School Students

How do you study ________ ? (The examiner chooses one of your subjects) Do you think (all of) your subjects are useful to you?

Your University/School

Where do you study? (What university/school and in what city?) What school (or university) do you go to? See Note Why did you choose to attend your university/school (instead of choosing another one)? (Similar to above) Why did you choose this school to study your particular subject? Does your university/school specialize in any particular subject? Do you like your university/school? (Why?/ Why not?) (Similar to above) What do you think of your school/university? Do you have any recreational or entertainment activities at your school/university? (Past tense if not at school or university right now) Would you say your school/university is a good one? (Why?) What do you most like about your university/school? (Why?) (Similar to above) What part of your school/university do you like best? (Why?) (Similar to above) What's the best thing about your university/school? Which is the best university in your country (or, city)?

Time Spent as a Student


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

Difficulty

Do you think that's a difficult subject to study? Do you think _______ is a difficult subject to study? (For high school students. Examiner chooses one of your subjects.) What's the most difficult part of your course? (Similar to above) What's the most difficult part of your studies? (Possible question for high school students or graduates) Are (or, were) your subjects at school very difficult?

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

Help With Studies

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

Study Tools, Equipment, Facilities


What "study tools" (or equipment) do you use? See Note Do you think these tools are useful? What facilities are there at your school/university to help you in your studies? Do you use computers in your studies? What do you use them for?

Studying with Others

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

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

Friends at University/School

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

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

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

Holidays

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

Extra-Curricular Activities

Does your school/university have any extra-curricula activities? (What?) ('Extracurricular' = 'after school')

Being A Student

Tell me about your student life. (= Tell me about your life as a student) Do you like university life? (Similar to above) How do you like university life? ( = How do you feel about life at university?)

(Similar to above) What part of university life do you like best? (Why?) Do you enjoy being a student? (Why?/Why not?) When you start working, do you think you'll enjoy that more than being a student? For you, what's the most enjoyable part of being a student?

Future Work

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

Further Studies

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

Other Benefits from Your School/University Life

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

Sitting for the IELTS Test


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

Your First Day at University (or high school)


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

Did you like your first day at university? (Similar to above) Did you have a good first day at university? (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at university/high school? Do you think the first day at university is important? How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at university (or, school)?

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

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1b. Your Work


General

What work/job do you do? Why did you choose this job / that kind of work? (or, that job) Did you want to do that kind of work when you were very young? How did you get this job? Do you work full-time or part-time? (Why?)

Is your job (your work) very important to you? (Why?/Why not?) Have you always wanted to be a _____ (your job)?

Popularity

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

Job Details

What does your company do? What do you mainly do at work? (Similar to above) Can you give me a brief description of your work (your job)? (Similar to above) What are your main responsibilities at work? (Similar to above) What do you do in a typical day at work? (Similar to above) Tell me about your typical daily routine at work. What are your (main) responsibilities at work? (Similar to above) What are your (main) tasks at work? What are the main skills needed for your work? What qualifications do you need for that work? Do you think what you studied (in university/college or high school) was useful for your work? (Similar to above) Is your job related to what you studied in university?

Time Questions

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

Your Feelings about Your Job


What's your job like? How do you feel about your job (or, your work)? (Similar to above) Do you like/enjoy your job? (Why?/Why not?) = 'How do you like your job?' What's your job like? Do you like (or, enjoy) your job (or, your work)? What do you like about your work? Would you say it's a good job? Would you recommend this job (or, this kind of work) to your friends (or, to others)? (Use 'would', not 'will' in your answer.) What part of your work do you like best? (Similar to above) What's the best thing about your job? Is there anything you dont like about your job? Do you think your job is good for (or, suitable for) a woman? Do you prefer working to being a student? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Which do you enjoy more, working or studying?

(Similar to above) Do you prefer your life now, as a working person, to the life you had as a student? Do you think it's very important for people to do a job that they like?

Importance

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

Interest

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

Difficulties at Work

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

Changing Jobs

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

Possibly the question above is: In the future, what changes do you think will take place in the typical workplace?

Help With Work


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

Working Conditions

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

Work Tools/Equipment

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

Is it/are they very helpful to you? (Similar to above) Would you say it's/they're very useful? (Similar to above) How useful would you say it is/they are? Do you use computers in your work? What do you use them for?

Socializing with Colleagues


Do you often get together with your colleagues (workmates) after work? (What do you do?) (Similar to above) Do you do anything with your colleagues after work?

Holidays

What holidays from work do you have during the year?

Work Goals / The Future


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

The Future of Your Industry

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

Sitting for the IELTS Test


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

Working with Others and Co-operation


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

The Preparation You Had for This Job/ Qualifications Needed


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

Training See Notes on this sub-topic


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

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

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

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

Finding Work

Is it easy to find that kind of job? (For people in general) Was it easy to get that job? (Your experience in getting your job)

How did you get that job? Is it easy to get a job where you work? (For people in general) (Similar to above) Is it easy (for other people in your country) to find work doing your job?

In your country, generally speaking, is it easy for people to find a job? Where do people get information about jobs, from newspaper or from TV? Are there other ways for people to get information about jobs? What jobs are most popular (among young people) in your country?

Your First Day at Work


Do you remember your first day at work? What did you do on your first day at work? Did you like your first day at work? (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work? Do you think the first day at work is important? (Similar to above) Do you think orientation is important on the first day at work? How important do you think it is for people to have an enjoyable first day at a new job?

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

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2. Your Home (Your Accommodation)


See NOTE

Basic Facts

What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in? (Similar to above) What sort of accommodation do you live in at the moment - a house or a flat? (If you live in a dormitory but the examiner only gives you the choice of flat or house, you can begin your answer by saying something such as, "Well, neither, actually. I live in a dormitory at my university.") Do you live in a house or a flat? Who do you live with? How long have you lived there? (Similar to above) How long have you been living there? Do you plan to live there for a long time?

(If you answer you haven't lived there long) What's the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past? Can you describe the place where you live? = Please describe your home a little. (Talk mostly about the place, not the people you live with.) Which room does your family spend most of the time in? What do you usually do in your house/flat/room? Are the transport facilities to your home very good? (Similar to above) Is it easy to travel to and from your home?

Preference: Flat or House


Do you prefer living in a house or a flat? (If you had the choice) Would you prefer to live in a house or a flat? (Why?) What are the benefits of living in a flat/house? [Whichever one you said you live in.]

Liking the Place Where you Live


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

Decorations

What kind of decorations does it (do the rooms/does your room) have? (Similar to above) How do you decorate (or, how have you decorated) your home? (or, your bedroom or your part of your dorm room) How do you think this room (your favourite room) could be improved?

Describing What You Can See


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

Improvements

Do you think your home (or, the place where you live) needs any improvements? What improvements do you think your home needs? How do you think this room could be improved? How do you think your home could be improved? (Similar to above) Is there anything about your room (or, your home) you would like to improve?

(Similar to above) How do you plan to improve your home in the future? If you could change one thing in your apartment, what would it be? (Possibly the question above is this) If you could change one thing about your apartment, what would it be?

Around Your Home (Your Neighbourhood) See also Neighbours (On Page 2)

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

Moving
One of the following questions might be asked.

Do you plan to move? Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why? Where?) Are you prepared to move? (This means: ? Or: "If, in the future, you have to move, are you ready to do that?") People report on the bulletin boards that the question is: ? Most probably this is the question that is used. Have you (ever) thought of moving to a different place? (Why?/Why not?) (If the words of the question are these, the meaning is ()?) Are you preparing to move to a different place soon? ( = Are you planning to move soon?) (Why?/Why not?) Are you planning to (= thinking about) moving to live in a different place? (Why? Where? /Why not?) (Similar to above) If you had the opportunity, would you move to a different place? (Why? Where? /Why not?) In the future, what type of place would you like to live in? What kind of neighbourhood/environment/surroundings would you like to live in?

Types of Housing in Your Country

What kind of housing is most popular in China?

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

Current Living Place


Where do you come from? (Similar to above) Where is your hometown? Where do you live at the moment? How long have you been living there/here? Why do you live there/here?

Family

Do your parents also live there? (Similar to above) Does your whole family live there?

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

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

If Not Living in Your Hometown Now


Why did you choose to live here/there? (If not living in your hometown) How long have you been living there? Do you plan to live there/here for a long time? Do you like _____? (The place you are living in now) (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you like the city where you are living now? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you like living here/there? (Similar to above) Which place do you prefer, your hometown or the city where you are studying or working? Do you still visit your hometown? How do you visit your hometown? (=What kind of transport do you use to go there?) Who do you visit in your hometown?

The Location of Your Hometown


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

Future Living Place


Do you think you'll always live here/there? (Similar to above) Do you plan to live there/here for a long time? How long do you intend to continue living there/here? (Similar to above) Have you ever thought about moving to live somewhere else? (Why?/Why not?)

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

Description of Your Hometown


What kind of place is your hometown? (= Describe your hometown) (Similar to above) Could you describe your hometown a little? (Similar to above) Please tell me something about your hometown. What facilities does your hometown have? What sorts of buildings are there in your hometown? What work do the people in your hometown do? Are the people in your hometown very friendly? (Similar to above) Is your hometown a friendly place? What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time? (Why? Include what you do there.)

Size / Small Town or City


Is that a big city or a small town (or, a village in the countryside)? (Similar to above) How big is that place? Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the countryside? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to live in a big city or in the countryside? For you, what benefits are there to living in a big city? (or small town, whatever your preference was)

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

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

Free-Time Activities in Your Hometown


What do people in your hometown do in their free time? (Similar to above) What do you do in your hometown in your leisure time? What place(s) in your hometown do you go to in your spare time? (Why? Include what you do there.)

Famous

Is your hometown famous for anything? (If you answer no) How could it become famous?

The History of Your Hometown


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

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

What's the oldest part (the oldest area/section) of your hometown? (Similar to above) What's the oldest part (area/section) of your hometown? (Similar to above) What's the oldest structure in your hometown? (= the oldest existing structure) (Similar to above) What's the oldest thing in your hometown? (See NOTE) The Best

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

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

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

What's the most famous thing about your hometown? The Most Attractive

What's the most attractive part of your hometown? Tourist Attractions

What tourist attractions are there in your hometown? Would a foreign visitor enjoy them? (Similar to above) What parts of your hometown would you recommend (or, suggest) a visitor go and see?

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

Changes in the Past 20 or 30 Years


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

Your Feelings/Opinions/Judgments about Your Hometown


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

Improvements

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

(Similar to above) How do you think your hometown could be improved? (Similar to above) What do you think needs to change in your hometown?

Visitors to Your Hometown


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

The Weather in Your Hometown


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

Transportation & Traffic in Your Hometown


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

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4. Bicycles
Bicycles and You

Do you ever ride a bicycle? (Similar to above) Do you often ride a bicycle? (Why?/Why not? Where? When?) (Similar to above) Do you like riding a bicycle? What do you use a bicycle for? How old were you when you first learned to ride a bicycle?

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

Bicycles and People in Your Country


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

Bicycles in Society

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

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5. Birds

How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?) How do Chinese people feel about birds? Are there many birds near your home? Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)? Do any birds have any particular significance in China? For example, does China have a national bird? Do you think birds should be protected? (Why? / Why not? How can they be protected?) Do Chinese people like raising (keeping) pet birds? Have you ever raised (kept) a pet bird? What did you feed it?

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6. Clothes

The Importance of Clothes


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

Styles/Types of Clothes

What kinds/styles of clothes do you like (or, prefer) to wear? (Why?) (Similar to above) What kind of clothes do you like best? (Why?) (Similar to above) What kinds of clothes do you usually wear? (Similar to above) What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear? Do you wear the same clothes both at work and after work? Do you wear the same kinds of clothes in winter and summer? Do your friends have the same tastes in clothes as you? (= Do your friends wear the same kinds of clothes as you? Or: Do the people around you wear the same kinds of clothes as you?) (See NOTE) What kinds of (or, style of) clothes do people in your country like to wear? Do you think you will still be wearing the same kinds of clothes when you are old? (You could include what you think you will be or won't be wearing when you are old.) (Similar to above) Do you think you will change the style of clothes you wear in the future? Do you prefer informal (= casual clothes = leisure clothes) or formal clothes? (Why?) Do you feel comfortable when wearing formal clothes? (Why?/Why not?) Do you think formal clothes are important? When do people wear formal clothes?

Fashion

Are you very interested in fashion (or, clothes fashions)? (Similar to above) What do you think of (or, about) fashion? (Similar to above) What do you think about fashion nowadays in your country? Do you think clothes are important to people? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Are clothes very important to you? Where do you think you can buy the most fashionable clothes? What kinds of clothes are popular in China? What do you think of modern fashions? Do you like the latest fashions? (Why?/Why not?) Is the brand of clothes important to you? (Why?/Why not?) What clothes materials do you like best? (Why?) Are people's ideas about fashion (or, ideas about what is 'fashionable', or, fashion tastes) today the same as people's ideas in previous years?

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

What types of clothes are in fashion now? Do many people (in China) follow fashion? What are the benefits of following fashion? Do you think your tastes in fashion will be the same when you are old? (Similar to above) Do you think fashion trends will be the same when you are old(er)?

Different People Wearing Different Clothes


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

Shopping for Clothes


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

Uniforms

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

The Colour of Clothes

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

Traditional Clothes

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

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

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7. Collecting

Do you collect anything (as a hobby)? Why do you collect ....(that/those things)? Have you ever collected anything? Did you collect anything (such as stamps or CD's) when you were a child? Do you still collect them now? Why do you like collecting things? Is collecting a popular pastime in China? (Similar to above) Do people in your country like to collect things? What are some examples of things that some people collect (as a hobby)? See Note (Similar to above) What items are considered collectibles in your country? Does anyone in your home collect anything? Do a lot of people in China collect things and what do they collect? Why do you think people like collecting things? What are the benefits of collecting? Do boys and girls usually collect the same things? Do you think you will collect anything in the future? If you had a lot of money, what would you like to collect? See Note

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

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

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8. Computers
Note: 'Computers' and 'the internet' are not exactly the same thing. Your Computer-Using Habits

Do you use computers very much? When do you use a computer? What do you use computers for? (Similar to above) What part do computers play in your life?

Your First Computer Usage


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

The Value of Computers


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

Children and Computers/Computers in Education


Computers are now used a lot in education. What do you think of this? (Similar to above) In China, when do children at school use a computer? (Similar to above) Computers are now used a lot in the education of children. What do you think are the advantages of this? (Similar to above) Do you think computers are good or bad for children?

(Similar to above) Do you think it's a good or a bad thing to teach children how to use a computer?

Computer Games

Do you play computer games? How often do you play computer games?

Problems

What do you do when your computer has problems?

The Future of Computers

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

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9. Daily Routine

What are you usually doing at this time? (See NOTE) Do you do the same thing(s) every day? Tell me something about your daily routine. (Similar to above) Please describe your typical daily routine. (Summarize your typical day - morning, afternoon & evening. Avoid using 'will' - use the present tense. Of course, the question refers to your typical Monday to Friday day.) (Similar to above) What do you do in a typical day (at work or at school/university)? (Similar to above) What do you do mainly do with your time? (Similar to above) What do you do in your daily life? In a typical day, what do you do in the classroom? (If you do not work) For you, what's the best time of day for studying? When do you do most of your study? (If you work) For you, what's the best time of day (or, day of the week) for working? What time do you usually get up? What do you usually do after you get up (or, in the morning)? What part of the (= your) day do you like best? (Why?) (= What part of your daily routine makes you the happiest? Or = What part of the day are you most efficient?) (Similar to above) What's your favourite time of the day? (Why? What do you do at that time?) (Similar to above) What part (or time) of the day do you feel most active (or, feel your best)? (Why?) What do you usually do at that time? (Or: What are you usually doing at that time?) Is you life now the same as it was before? (Similar to above) Has your life recently changed in any way? (Similar to above) How is your life (or, your daily routine) today different to what it was when you were a child? If you could make one change to your daily routine, what would it be? (Similar to above) Would you like to change anything about your daily routine right now (or, about your life)? (If yes, what?/Why?)

(Similar to above) What changes would you like to make to your daily routine (or, to your life) in the future? (Similar to above) How do you think your daily routine could be improved? If you had more free time, what would you do? Do you get together with your fellow students/work colleagues (=classmates/workmates) after classes/work? (What do you do?) [This question is possibly in the Work/Studies topic.] Do you like to plan what you will do each day? (Why?/Why not?) How do you plan your day? What do you usually do at this time of day? (= What are you usually doing at this time of day?) Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day? How do you plan (organize) your study time? Do you ever (or, do you often) change these plans? Can you think of any improvements to your daily routine? (Similar to above) What do you usually do for leisure or entertainment in your free time?

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10. Dance

Do you like to dance? (Why?/Why not?) Have you ever learned to dance? When was the last time you danced? (Similar to above) When was the last time you went dancing ()? (Similar to above) When was the last time you went to a party where people danced? What kind of dancing do Chinese people like? (Unsure if the question meaning is, like to watch or like to perform or both.) Why do you think some (or, many) people like dancing? (Similar to above) Why do young people like dancing? Do you think there are any benefits for young people to go dancing? When do Chinese people like to dance? Does China have any traditional dances? Is traditional dance still popular today in China? (Why?/Why not?) Is there much difference between traditional dancing and modern dancing? (What?) What kinds of dancing are popular with young people in China? Do old people in China like the same kind of dancing as young people? (Why?/Why not?) What do you think is the influence of dance on society? Do you like to watch dance performances? (Similar to above) How do you feel when you watch dance performances on TV?

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11. Drawing (or Painting)


See also Art

Have you ever learned to draw (or paint)?

Do you like drawing (or painting)? Did you like drawing (or painting) when you were a child? (Why?/Why not?) Do you draw (or paint) now? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you ever (or, often) draw pictures in your spare time? How often do you draw (or paint) something? What kind of pictures do you like to draw? Do you think drawing (or painting) is difficult? Do you think it's important for children to learn to draw? What do you think are some of the benefits for children from drawing (or painting)? Do adults draw (or paint) very often? What do you think about adults drawing (or painting)? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for adults to learn to draw? What are the benefits of drawing (or painting) for adults? What's the difference between an adult and a child learning to draw? Do you think a person can teach him or herself how to draw (or paint)? To draw (or paint) well, what factors do you think are important?

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12. Family Life


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

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13. Films

Do you like to watch films? How often do you watch a film? How often do you go to the cinema? Are most of the people in the cinema usually children or adults? How much time does it take to watch one film? How much time do you spend watching films? (Possibly the question above is really this:) How often do you watch films? Who do you usually watch films with? Where do you prefer to watch films? Do you prefer to watch films in a cinema or at home? (Why?) What kind of films do you like to watch? (Why?) Is there any kind of film that you don't like to watch? (Why?) (similar to above) Are there any types of films that you dislike? What kinds of films did you like to watch when you were a child? Do you ever watch foreign films?

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14. Flowers
See Note on the word, "send"

Do you like flowers? (Why?) What flowers do you like? (Why?) Which/What is your favorite flower? Do you think flowers are important? (Similar to above) Are flowers important in your culture? (Give examples) On what occasions are flowers important? What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers? (Similar to above) When do Chinese people give flowers to other people? When was the last time you gave (or, possibly, sent) flowers to someone? (Similar to above) When was the last time you bought flowers for someone? (Possible question) When was the last time you yourself bought flowers? (Possibly the question above is this:) When was the last time you bought flowers for yourself?

Where did you buy these flowers? (Similar to above) Where do (can) people buy flowers? What meaning do flowers (= does giving flowers) have for Chinese people? What flowers have special meaning in China? Do you like to have flowers in your home? Do you (ever) grow flowers at home? (Give details) (Similar to above) Have you ever grown flowers at home? (Give details) Do many people in your country grow flowers at home? Do people in China like growing flowers? Does anyone in your family like growing flowers? Do old people in China like gardening?

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15. Food/Cooking
Food Preferences

Is food important to you? (Why?) What foods do you usually eat? What kind(s) of food do you particularly like? (Why?) See Note (Similar to above) What's your favourite food? How often do you eat that? When was the last time you ate that? Have you always liked that food? (Similar to above) Did you like to eat that when you were a child? (Similar to above) What food did you like to eat when you were a child? When did you start to like that food? Would you want your children to eat the same food now? (Similar to above) If your children asked for that food now, would you make it for them? If you had children, what foods would you recommend they eat?

(Similar to above) In the future, if you have children, what food will you recommend they eat? Do you usually make that yourself or do you usually buy it? (Similar to above) When was the last time you ate 'junk food'? (Unconfirmed question) Do you always (or, usually) eat the same food every day? Is there any food you dont like? (Why?) What food did you like (most) when you were a child? Is there any food that you liked when you were a child but you don't like now? What types of food do children generally like to eat? What kinds of food are most popular in China? or, What kinds of food do Chinese people (like to) eat? Would you like to try any food that you have never eaten before? Do you think the food in different countries is different? (Possibly only used if you are doing the test away from your home country.) (Similar to above) Is the food here (in this country) different to the food in your home country? (Only used if you are doing the test away from your home country.) Do you think it's good to (often or sometimes) take children to restaurants? How has food in your country changed since you were a child?

Cooking

Do you know how to make (prepare) a meal? (Similar to above) Do you know how to cook? How well do you cook? (Similar to above) How good are you at cooking? (If answering, 'No' to the previous question) Have you ever thought about learning how to cook? Do you like cooking? (Why?/Why not?) What do you like to cook? How did you learn to cook? Who taught you how to cook? When did you learn how to cook? (Similar to above) Did you learn how to cook when you were younger (or, when you were a child)?

(Similar to above) Did you ever cook (or, make a meal) when you were a child? (Similar to above) When you were young, did you learn how to make a meal (= how to prepare food = how to cook)? Do you usually eat at home or do you usually eat away from home (= "eat out")? Who usually does the cooking in your home (or, in your family)? Do you (ever) do any cooking at home? (Why?/Why not?) Have you ever thought about learning how to cook? (Similar to above) Do you think you will learn to cook in the future? Do you think everyone should learn how to cook? Do you think it would be useful to teach cooking in school? Do you think university students should know how to cook? When was the last time you did some cooking?

Can you see yourself cooking more in the (near) future? Why? (Similar to above) In the future, do you think you will be cooking more than you do now, or less? (Why?)

Eating Places

When do you usually eat your meals? Where do you usually eat your meals? (Similar to above) Where do prefer to eat your meals? Do you prefer to eat at home or in restaurants? (Why?) (What are the advantages of home cooking?) What do you think are the benefits of eating at home, (instead of in a restaurant)? Who do most Chinese people usually eat with? (Why?) Do you often eat with your family? or, Do Chinese people (or you) prefer to eat with family or with friends? (Why?) Do you think it's important for people to eat with their family? (Why?)

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16. Friends
See also Topic 74. Meeting People

Having friends

Do you have many (close) friends?

Who Your Friends Are


Are most of your friends from school (or university) or from outside school (or university)? (Similar to above) Are most of your friends from your work or are they not connected with your work?

Your Feelings about Friendship


Do you think friendship is important? (Similar to above) Is friendship (= are friends) important to you? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you like to spend time with friends? (Why?) Do you prefer to spend time with friends or spend time alone? (Why?) Are friends more important than family? (Why?) What kind of people do you like to have as friends?

Time With Friends


How often do you meet with (or, go out with) your friends? (Similar to above) How often do you do something with a friend? Do you feel that you spend enough time with your friends?

(Similar to above, but different) Do you feel that you have enough time to spend with your friends?

If you had the opportunity, would you spend more time with your friends?

Activities With Friends


What do you and your friends do together? Do you prefer to meet your friends at home or away from your home? (Similar to above) Do you prefer your friends visit you (at your home) or do you prefer to visit them (at their homes)? How do you keep in contact with your friends?

Places to Spend Time With Friends


Where do you usually meet (= spent time with) your friends? Do you prefer to meet your friends at home or away from your home? (Similar to above) Do you prefer your friends visit you (at your home) or do you prefer to visit them (at their homes) or, to go out with your friends?

Meeting New People/Making Friends


Do you like meeting new people? Do you like making friends with (a lot of) people? See Note Do you like face-to-face conversations with people? (See NOTE) (Similar to above) Do you like talking to strangers? (Similar to above) Do you like making new friends? (Similar to above) Do you like making friends with (a lot of) people? See Note Have you met any interesting people recently? (See NOTE) (Similar to above) When was the last occasion you met someone new? What kinds of people do you like to make friends with? (Similar to above) What kind of people do you like to meet (or, to talk to)? How do Chinese people make friends? (= where, in what situations, e.g. at school & at work.) Do adults and children make friends in the same way? How do people get to know (get to meet) new people? Do you think it's easy to form new friendships? How long does it take to get to know a person? (See NOTE) (Similar to above) How long do you think it takes before you can get to know a person? Do you think it's possible to become real friends with the people you meet on the internet, for example, on chat sites or personal introduction sites? * (See NOTE) How will you make new friends in the future? Can you remember your first (or, your earliest) friends? (Who were they?)

Other Friendship Questions

What do your friends think of you? (Do your friends think that you are a good friend? Why?)

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17. Games

Do you often play games? (Include examples such as: chess; majiang (= mahjong in English), weiqi, card games, word games, drinking games, computer games etc. and children's games such as hopscotch and hide-and-seek.). Don't choose sports games such as basketball, ping-pong etc. These are most often just called "sports" in English. (Similar to above) Do you like to play games? (Why? What games?) (Similar to above) What games do you like to play? Can you play this game with friends? How do people learn to play this game? Can you get information about this game on the internet? Are there other ways to get information about this game? What benefits do you get from playing this game? (Similar to above) What benefits do people get from playing games? (Similar to above) Why do you (or do people) play games? Do different age groups of people like to play different games? (Give examples What games?) What games are popular in China? What's the most popular game in China? How have computers influenced the games people play? Do you know of any games that are studied in university? (Hint: Games Theory) * What can people learn from games?

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

Do you usually do any housework? (Similar to above) Do you often do housework? (If yes, what? How often? If no, why not?) Who usually does the housework in your home? Do you like to do housework? (Why?/Why not?) What housework do you least like doing? (Why?) When you were a child, did you ever do any housework? Do you think it's important for children to do some housework? (Similar to above) Do you think children should lend a hand around the home? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think it's necessary (or, a good idea) for children to do some housework? (Why?/Why not?) If a child helps do some of the family housework, how do you think this affects the child's development? What do you do to help the family? Have there been any changes in the housework people do since the time when your parents were your age?

Do you think people should be paid to do household chores?

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19. Gifts
Gifts and You

Do you often give gifts to people? What was the last gift you received? (Similar to above) Have your friends ever given you gifts? What was the last gift you gave someone? Do you like giving presents to other people? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you often give presents to other people? (Why?/Why not?) Do you and your friends or family members give each other gifts? (Similar to above) Do you often buy gifts for friends or family members? What sorts of gifts do you give to your friends? Do you think it's easy to choose what to give other people? When considering a present to give to someone, how do you (or, how do people) select this gift? Do you think it's important to give expensive gifts? Have you ever given someone a gift you made yourself? Do you think gift-giving is very important?

Gifts and People (in China) in General


Do people in China like to give gifts (to other people)? What sorts of things do people in China usually give as gifts? See Note When do people in China give gifts? (On what occasions?/In what situations?) (Similar to above) What are some of the gift-giving customs in China? Why do they give these gifts? In China, is it necessary to bring a gift when you visit someone? What sorts of things do they bring? In China, is it necessary to bring gifts when you return home after traveling to another place (such as overseas or a different part of China)?

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20. Languages
See Notes

What foreign languages have you studied (or, learned)? (Similar to above) What languages do you speak? (Similar to above) How many languages can you speak? What language do you usually speak? Besides English, have you studied any other languages? What foreign languages have you studied (or, learned)? Why did you choose to study that language? How did you learn that language? When did you start to study that?

(Similar to above) How long have you been learning that language? What do you think of your level in that language? (= Can you speak it well?) Would you say it's a difficult language to learn? See Note (Similar to above) Is that language hard for you? Is it difficult to learn a foreign language? (Why?/Why not?) What is the most difficult part about studying a foreign language? What do you think is the most effective way to learn a foreign language? Why do people learn a second or third language? Do you think it's important to learn foreign languages? (Why?/Why not?) How did you learn English? (See Note) Why did you choose to study English? Would you say English is a difficult language to learn? (Why?) See Note (Similar to above) Compared to other languages, would you say English is difficult? (Why?/Why not?)

Do people in your country have many chances to practice oral English? Do you think it's important to know more than one language? What is the value of knowing a foreign language? If you had the chance, would you like to learn another language? If you had the opportunity to study another foreign language, which one would you choose? (Why?) (Similar to above) What language would you like to learn in the future? (Why?)

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21. Leisure Time & Relaxing


See Note about the pronunciation of, 'leisure'.

The Way You Relax


When do you have free time? How do you like to relax? (Whats your favourite way to relax?) How do you relax? (Similar to above) What do you do in your spare time (= free time)? (Similar to above) When you relax, what do you like to do? (See NOTE) How do you usually relax (in your spare time)? (= What do you usually do to relax/for relaxation?) See Note (Similar to above) What do you usually do in your free time (spare time/ leisure time)? (Similar to above) What do you like doing in your leisure time? (Why?) Do you have any hobbies or interests? (= What are your hobbies or interests?)

Time for Leisure Activities and Relaxing


Do you have enough time for your hobby (hobbies)? How much time do you spend relaxing (or, on leisure activities)?

(Similar to above) How much free time (or time to relax) do you have (per week)? (Similar to above) How often do you relax? What do you do on weekends? Do you think modern people have enough time for relaxing? What can people do to find more time for relaxing? (It's best to use, 'could', not 'can' in your answer.)

Leisure Activities with Others


Do you often do things with others in a group? Do you ever go out with your workmates/colleagues or classmates? Do your friends ever come to your home in their free time? What do you usually do together? Do you prefer to do things in a family group or a group of friends? What leisure activities do you and your family like doing together? In your leisure time, what do you usually do with your friends or family? (= Do you do things in your leisure time with friends or family? What?) Do you think it's important to spend your leisure time with your family? Why? Do you and your family often get together for a family gathering ()? What do you do at these family gatherings? (In the evenings), do you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go out with your friends? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go out with your friends? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to relax at home and watch TV or go shopping? (Similar to above) On the weekends, do you prefer to stay at home or go out with your friends?

Relaxing - People in General


How do Chinese people like to relax? Do men and women relax ( = spend their free time) in the same way? What do other people around you (= other people who you know) like to do in their free time? What kinds of leisure time activities are popular with young people today? Where do people (in your country) go nowadays to spend their leisure time? What types of outdoor leisure time activities are there (in your country)? Do older people like to do the same activities? What do people in your hometown do to relax? In general, what activities do people in China do for relaxation? Does your hometown have many facilities for entertainment? How does the way Chinese people like to relax compare with western countries? Compare the way people in China relax today and the way they used to relax many years ago. Do you think modern people like to get together with others? (Similar to above) Do you think modern people like to do things with others, in a group?

Do you often do things in a group? Do you prefer to do things in a family group or in a group of friends? How do you think people will relax in the future? What are some of the public holidays that China has? Can you think of any hi-tech products that play an important role in the leisure/entertainment industry?

The Importance of Relaxing & Leisure Time


Do you think it's important to have leisure time? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important to relax? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for people to spend some time relaxing? Why? (Similar to above) Do you think relaxing is important for people? (Similar to above) Why do people need to have some leisure time? Do you think it's easy for people to relax (nowadays)? (Similar to above) Do you think modern people have enough time for relaxing? How could we (or one, or you) find more time for leisure? (Similar to above) What can people do to find more time for relaxing? What changes can one make to one's life in order to be more relaxed? Do you think it's reasonable for an employer to ask his or her employees to work in their rest time? ()

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22. Letters & Emails


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

Your Letter-writing or Email-writing Habits


Do you like to write letter and/or emails? Do you often write letters or emails? (Similar to above) Do you write many letters or emails? How often do you write a letter or email?) Who do you usually write to and what do you write about? Is it hard to think of what to write? How do you feel when you receive letters or emails? What kinds of emails (or letters) do you most like receiving? (Why?) (= What kinds of emails/letters make you happy?)

Emails

Do you often write (or, send) emails? What do you write about? Do you think emails are useful? (Similar to above) What role do emails (or letters) play in your life? ( = Why do you write these emails or letters?) What kinds of emails do you send and receive? (Business emails? Personal emails?)

(Similar to above) Who do you send emails to? Do you think it is a good thing that some companies send out letters/spam emails for the purpose of advertising?

Letters

How often do you write letters? What do you write about? On what occasions do you write letters? Do you like writing letters to your relatives and friends? (Why?/Why not?) Do you and your friends keep in touch by (handwritten) letter? How do you keep in touch with (= keep in contact with) your friends and relatives? (... by email, letter, by phone or some other way?)

Different Kinds of Letters (and Emails)


What (do you think) is the most difficult kind of letter (or email) to write? (Why?) In what situations do you write to (or email) a friend? What sorts of letters (or emails) do you think are the most difficult to write? (Similar to above) Which do you think is easier to write, a letter or an email? What sorts of letters or emails are the most difficult to reply to? What kinds of emails (or letters) do you receive that make you feel excited?

Comparing Different Forms of Communication


Phone versus Email

Do you usually write letters to people or do you usually use a cell-phone or email? (Similar to above) When you communicate with people, do you prefer to write a letter, write an email or call on your cell-phone? (Why?) Which do you prefer, to make a phone call or write an email? (Why?) (Similar to above) How do you prefer to contact people, by email or by phone? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you prefer to receive a phone call or a letter? Email versus face-to-face speaking

(Similar to above) How do you communicate with others at work by email or is it more convenient to communicate face-to-face? Emails versus (handwritten) letters

Do you prefer to write letters or emails? (Why?) (Similar to above) Compare emails and (handwritten) letters. (Similar to above) What are the differences between handwritten letters and emails? (Similar to above) What are the differences between emails and letters? Do you think there are any (possible) negative points about emails? Do you think emails might one day replace handwritten letters?

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23. Meals

Which meal do you prefer, lunch or dinner (supper)? (Why?) What do you usually eat for lunch? What do you usually eat for your evening meal? Do you prefer to eat three full meals a day or do you prefer to eat many snacks throughout the day? (Similar to above) Do you think it is better to eat one big meal a day or is it better to eat several smaller meals each day? Which meal of the day do you think is the most important? (Why?) Do you think breakfast is important? (Why?/Why not?) What do you usually eat for breakfast? Is there any special food that you particularly like? (See NOTE) Would you like to try any new food? (If yes, give an example &/or say why.) Do you like cooking (or, preparing your own meals)? (Why?/Why not?)

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24. Music
Your Tastes in Music

Do you often listen to music? (Similar to above) Do you like listening to music? (Why?/Why not? ) (Similar to above) Do you like music? (Why? What kind?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Is music important to you? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) How important is music to you? (Why?) When do you listen to music? How much time do you spend listening to music every day? What kinds of music do you like to listen to? (Similar to above) What kinds of music do you most often listen to? What's your favourite kind of music? How often do you listen to (that type of) music? When did you start listening to this type of music? Where do you listen to it? How do you feel when you listen to this music? Do you like listening to songs? Have you ever been to a musical performance?

Musical Instruments

Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Do you or do any of your friends know how to play a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Do you play any musical instruments? If you had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, what instrument would you learn? (Why?) [If the examiner asks " ...what instrument would you learn?" you should answer, "I would learn the violin." or some similar answer. If the examiner

asks you, " ...what instrument would you like to learn?" then you should begin your answer with "I'd like to learn the violin". See HERE for more on this grammar point.] (Similar to above) What musical instrument would you like to learn to play? What musical instrument(s) is (are) most popular in China? Which instrument would you prefer to study - the piano or the violin? What musical instrument do you most enjoy listening to ( = enjoy listening to most)? (Why?) Have you ever listened to anyone play this instrument? (Who?) What benefits do children gain by studying music (learning a musical instrument) (in school)? Do you think it's important to learn to play a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for children to learn (to play) a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Do you think parents should encourage their children to learn a musical instrument? (Similar to above) What advantages (or, benefits) do you think there are for a child to learn (to play) a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Why do some parents want their children to learn (to play) a musical instrument? What musical instrument do children in China most often learn? Do you think schools should teach children how to play a musical instrument?

Music in School

Is music an important subject at school in China? When do children in China start to study music in school? What benefits do children gain by studying music (learning a musical instrument) (in school)?

Music in Childhood

Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes, give details.) What kinds of music did you like when you were a child? What are some differences between the music you listened to as a child and the music you listen to now? Do you think it's important for children to learn (to play) a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Do you think parents should encourage their children to learn a musical instrument? (Similar to above) What advantages (or, benefits) do you think there are for a child to learn (to play) a musical instrument? (Similar to above) Why do some parents want their children to learn (to play) a musical instrument?

Music in Society

Is music very important to people in China? (Similar to above) What role does music play in the cultural life of people (or, of society)? What kinds of music are (most) popular in China? How does music affect (or influence) people?

Compare the music that young people like and the music that old(er) people like. Why do many old people dislike pop music?

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25. Newspapers

Do you often read newspapers? (Similar to above) Are newspapers an important part of your everyday life? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you like reading magazines (and newspapers)? Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers? What kinds of (types of) newspapers (or magazines) do you usually read? How old were you when you first started to read newspapers? (Similar to above) When did you first start reading newspapers? Do you think it's important to read newspapers? (Why?/Why not?) Why do (you think) people read newspapers? (Similar to above) What can people get from reading newspapers? What different types of newspaper are there in China? Do you care about the news? Is the news important (to you)? What kinds of news do Chinese people read in newspapers? Do you prefer to read about domestic (or local) news or international news? (Why?) See Note What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers? What influence do you think newspapers have on society? Do you think the internet is a good way to get news?

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

Do you mind noises? (Do any noises bother you?) What type of noise do you come across in your daily life? Are there any sounds that you like? Are cities becoming noisier? What are some of the advantages of quiet places? Would you like to work in a noisy place? (Why?/Why not?) ----------------------------

Do you prefer a quiet environment or an environment with some sounds? (Similar to above) Do you prefer a quiet environment or a noisy environment? (Similar to above) Do you prefer to study in a quiet environment or a noisy environment? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to study (or work ) in a quiet environment or an environment with some noise (or, sounds)?

What natural sound(s) do you like (the most)? (Why?) What sounds do you dislike? (Why?) (Similar to above) Are there any sounds you dislike? What sounds remind you of your childhood? What (kinds of) music do you like the most? (Unconfirmed question) How do you feel when you hear your national anthem

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27. Outdoor Activities


What do you do in your spare time? What outdoor sports do you like? (Why?) How much time do you spend outdoors every week? How often do you do outdoor activities? What are some examples of outdoor sports that are popular in China? Do you think people in China spend enough time outdoors? (Why?/Why not?) (As above) Do you think it's important to spend some time outdoors? (Why?/Why not?) [Possibly the question above is worded as, "Is taking part in outdoor activities important to you?" (Why?)] Can children play sport at school in China?

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28. Parks and Public Gardens


Are there many parks or public gardens where you live (or, in your hometown)? Do you often (or, ever) go to a park or a (public) garden? How often do you go there? What do you (like to) do when you go to a park or public garden? What do other people do in these places? When do other people go there? Do you think parks and public gardens are important to a city? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think every city and town should have parks and public gardens? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) What do you think are the functions of parks and public gardens? (See Note)

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29. People's Ages


Your Personal Feelings about Your Age

Do you enjoy being the age you are now? (Similar to above) Do you like your present age? (Why?/Why not?) (= Would you prefer to be a different age to the age you are now?) If you could change your age, what age would you choose to be? do you think is the best age to be? What age do you think will be the best (happiest?) in your future?

People's Ages in General


What do you think is the most important age in a person's life? (Why?) (Similar to above) In China (or, in Chinese culture), what's the most important age in people's lives? (Why?) Are birthdays important in Chinese culture? What birthday is most important in Chinese culture? In China, which birthday is more important, one's 18th birthday or one's 20th birthday? Do you think people have different pressures at different times of their life? What age do you think is the happiest in people's lives? What age in life is the most difficult? (Why?) (Similar to above) Which age is the most tiring for people?

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30. Photography
Photography and You

Do you like to take photographs? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you like photography (= taking photographs/taking pictures)? (See NOTE) (Why?/Why not?) (When you 'take a photograph' you are the person using a camera, that is, standing behind the camera, not the person standing in front of the camera!) Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?) How long have you liked taking photographs? (Include 'since' or 'for' in your answer. E.g., '... since I was about ten years old' or '... for about 5 years'.) How (why) did you become interested in photography? How often do you take photographs? (You should include an approximate time, such as 'about once every 2 or 3 months.') In what situations do you take photographs? What kind of photos do you like to take? (Why?) Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery? (See NOTE) Who do you take photos of? (See NOTE) How do you keep your photos? Do you keep your photographs on your computer? Are there any photos on the walls of your home? Do you frame (or have you framed) any of your photos? (If yes, which? & why?) Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?) (Or: As a souvenir of a place that you visit, do you prefer to buy a postcard or take a photograph yourself?)

Photography and People in General


Is photography a popular hobby in China? Why do (you think) some people do not like taking photographs? (Similar to above) What types of people don't like taking photographs? What is the value of taking photographs?

Why do you think some people like taking photographs when they visit another place? Do Chinese people like to visit photograph exhibitions? What kind of photos do they like to look at? Do you think being a photographer would be a good job? (Why?/Why not?) Why don't some people like having their photo taken? (See NOTE) (Similar to above) Why do some people dislike having themselves photographed? What factors make a good photograph?

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31. Rain

Does it rain much in China? (Where? When?) Do you like rainy days? (= How do you feel on rainy days? = Do you feel sad on rainy days?) How does rain affect different peoples moods? (Or: How does rain effect people's lives?) What do you do on rainy days (or, on a rainy day)? Do you think rain is good? (Why?) Is there any part of China where it doesn't rain much? (Where?) (or: Is there an even distribution of rain throughout China?) What effects can a shortage of rain (a drought) have on people's lives? When (in what month/season) does it rain most in your hometown? What about the other parts of China? (In which season does it rain most in other parts of China?) Can you remember any time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown? (When?) Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown? (How?) Do you think the seasons have changed in recent years, compared to the past? (Why? How?)

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32. Reading
See NOTE

Your Reading Habits


Do you like reading? (Why?/Why not?) Is reading books important for you now? (Similar to above) Do you read a lot nowadays? How much reading do you do everyday? When did you learn to read? What (kinds of ) books do you like to read? (Similar to above) What (kinds of ) books do read for enjoyment? (Similar to above) What kinds of books (or, what kinds of things) do you usually read? See Note (Similar to above) What kinds of things do you like reading?

What types of things (books) do you dislike reading? (Similar to above) Are there any types of book you dislike reading? How much time each day do you spend reading? (Similar to above) How often do you read? (Similar to above) How many hours a day would you say you spend on reading? Where do you usually read? What books have you read recently? What's the most recent book you've read? * Do you do much reading at work? Since you started working, have you continued to read as much as you did when you were a student? (Similar to above) When you start working, do you think you'll spend as much time reading as you do now? *

Reading in General (Other People's Reading Habits)


In general, do adults today (in China) like reading? What reading materials do different kinds of people like? What kinds of books do average adults in China read? Do you think adults should read more?

Childhood Reading

Did you like reading when you were a child? (What did you read then?) (Similar to above) Did you read much in your childhood? What (kinds of) books did you like reading when you were a child? (Similar to above) When you were young, what books (or, what kinds of books) made the greatest impression on you? What reading materials do young people (e.g. aged 15 to 25) like to read? Do (young) children like reading books? (Similar to above) Do Chinese children (aged 4 to 12) (or, young people) today like reading? (Make Guesses: Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think children like reading nowadays? (Why?/Why not?) What sorts of things do children like to read? (Similar to above) What sorts of things (or, books) do children (in China) like to read? Do you think it's important for children to read? Do you think children today should spend more time reading? What would you say is a suitable amount of time for children to spend reading each day? For children, what are the benefits of reading? (Possible) What do you think are the benefits of reading to children? (= someone else reading while the child listens) Do you think children should learn to read at an earlier age than they do now?

The Importance of Reading


What types of people like reading? Why do some people dislike reading? Do you think reading is important? (Why?/Why not?) What is the function of (the purpose of) reading?

Would you ever give a book as a gift to one of your friends? Have you ever given a book as a gift to a friend? Do you think a 'book club' (where people discuss & exchange books) is a good idea? (Exact wording unclear)

Books

Would you like to write a book? Do you like receiving a book as a gift? (Perhaps the above question is this) Would you like to receive a book as a gift? (Perhaps the above question is this) How would you feel if someone gave you a book as a gift? Do you think it's important to have public libraries? Do you think the government has a responsibility to provide public libraries for everyone? *

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33. Restaurants

Do you usually go out to eat or do you usually eat at home? How often do you go to a restaurant (to eat)? (Do you often go to restaurants (to eat)? How often?) Why do you (or, why do people) go to restaurants? What kind of restaurants do you like? (prefer) (Why?) (Or, How do you choose which restaurant to go to?) What kind of restaurants do young people in China prefer? (Why?) What do you usually do there? What kind of foods do you (or Chinese people) like to eat in restaurants? How (do you think) restaurants have changed, over the past few years? (=How are restaurants today different to those of before?) How do you think they will (might) change in the future? What skills do people need to work in a restaurant? What are the qualities of a good restaurant?

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34. Shopping
Your Feelings About Shopping

Do you like (going) shopping? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) How do you feel about (going) shopping? (Similar to above) Do you like to go shopping? (Why?/Why not?) What do you think is the most difficult (or, unpleasant) part about shopping? Is there anything you don't like (or, dislike) about shopping? What don't you like about shopping? (Similar to above) What thing(s) do you least like buying?

Your Shopping Habits

Do you prefer to buy things yourself or to have your parents buy things for you? Do you often go shopping? (Similar to above) How often do you go shopping? (Similar to above) How often do you buy something (in a shop)? Do you prefer shopping alone or with others? Who do you (usually) go shopping with? Do you prefer to go shopping with family members or with friends? What do you usually buy when you go shopping? (Similar to above) What do you like buying? (Similar to above) What (kinds of things) do you usually buy when you go shopping? When was the last time you went shopping? (Include what you bought.) What did you buy? What was the most recent thing you bought? (Include when) What are the most fashionable things to buy? When do you prefer to go shopping? Do you have a regular time to go shopping? (Similar to above) What time of the day do you prefer to go shopping? (Similar to above) When do you think is the best time to go shopping? (I.e., what day of the week / what time of the day) Which day of the week do you usually go (or, do you like to go) shopping? Do you like to go window-shopping? (Why?/Why not?) When was the last time you went shopping? In what ways do you think people's present and past shopping habits are different?

Shopping for Your Family


Who usually does the shopping in your home? (Similar to above) Who does most of the shopping in your family?

Places for Shopping


Where do you like to shop? Are there many shops near your home? (What kind?) (Similar to above) What places for shopping are there near your home? What type(s) of shop do you prefer to go to? (Why?) (Similar to above) What kind of shops do you most like? Do you enjoy shopping in big shopping malls (big shopping centres)? Do you prefer shopping in small shops or big supermarkets and department stores? (Why?) (Similar to above) What are the pros and cons of buying things in big shops compared to buying things in small shops? What do you buy in big shopping centres? Would you say the people who work in those shops (the people who serve you) provide good service? (Similar to above) Do these shops provide good service? Do you think it's good that there are more and more big shops nowadays? What type(s) of shop would you recommend a visitor to China go to? (Why?) (Similar to above) What places for shopping in your hometown would you recommend to foreigners (or, recommend to visitors to your hometown)?

Internet Shopping

Do you like shopping for clothes or other goods on the internet? What do you think are the advantages of buying things on the internet? Do you think there are there any disadvantages (or dangers) from buying on the internet? (What?)

Changes in Shopping in China


How do you think shopping has changed in China since you were born? (Similar to above) In China, how has shopping changed in the past few decades? (Similar to above) In your hometown, what has been the biggest change in shopping in the past few years? Have any (new) shops recently opened near where you live? (If yes, what?)

People's Shopping Habits


Do you think people spend too much time (or money) on shopping? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think that some people spend too much time or money on shopping? Why do you think they do that? What kinds of people spend an excessive amount of time or money on shopping? Why do you think (some) young people like shopping so much? What are some differences between men and women and shopping?

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

Sport/Exercise and You


Are you interested in sport? (Similar to above) Do you like sport? What sports do you like? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you like any particular sports? (What sports?) (Similar to above) What sports do you usually play? How often do you play that sport (or do that)? Do you like to do daily exercise? (Why?/Why not?) What sports or exercise do you like to do? (Why?) (Similar to above) What sport or exercise do you do? How often do you do some physical exercise? (Similar to above) What kind(s) of physical exercise do you do to keep fit? (Similar to above) Do you like any sports? (What sport?) How often do you do that? Do you use any equipment for this exercise (or sport)?

Do you participate in any sports with your friends? Are there any sports facilities (or, exercise facilities) near where you live? (for the public to use) In the future, what sports would you like to play (or, take part in / or learn)? See Note

Sport at School (or Children and Sport/Exercise)


Do children in China play much sport (or do much exercise)? Is children's sport (or exercise) very important in China? Did you (or, do you) take part in any (organized) sport iat school? Past tense if you have finished school.) (Similar to above) Do you (or did you) do any regular physical exercise at school? Do you think it's important to have P.E. classes (or sports classes) at school? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think primary school children should have sports classes at school? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think children should be encouraged to do more exercise? (Similar to above) Do you think we should encourage children to play sport in school? (Similar to above) Do you think it's necessary (or, important) for children to play sport? (Similar to above) Will you let your children play sport? (Probably not using the word, "let".) (Similar to above) Would you let your children play sport? (Probably not using the word, "let".) (Similar to above) Would you encourage your children to play sport?

Male/Female Differences

Do men and women feel the same about sport? Are boys and girls good at the same sports? (Possibly the question above is) Do men and women play the same sports? What are the differences when boys and girls play sports?

Exercise and People in General


Do Chinese people like to do daily exercise? What forms of exercise are most popular in China? Where do people in China usually exercise? What are the advantages of doing regular exercise? (Similar to above) Do you think physical activity is important? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think physical activity is important for children? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) What are the benefits of exercise (or sport)? (Similar to above) Do you think sport or exercise helps (= benefits) people? (How?) What kinds of exercise do you think are most suitable for children?

Sport and People in General

Do most people in your country like sport?

(Similar to above) What sports do people in your country like to play? (Similar to above) What sports are most popular in China? What sports are most popular with young people today? What sports do children prefer? Why do you think people like (to participate in) sport? What benefits do you think sport can bring us?

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36. Sports Teams


Do you like sport? (Why?/Why not?) Why do some people enjoy (watching) sports events? What are the most popular sports in China? (Or: What's the most popular sport in China?) Does China have any good sports teams? ( = What are some of the best sports teams in China?) (China has many world class teams - you don't have to restrict your answer to world champion teams. Avoid table tennis because some people think a pair of table tennis players is not called a 'team' but instead, a 'pair'.) (Similar to above) Which Chinese sports teams are most popular? (Similar to above) Which Chinese sports team is most popular? Which is your favourite Chinese sports team? Have you watched this team compete? Has this sports team been successful recently? Is there any team you don't like? (If yes, include why you dislike it.) Do you think teamwork is important? (Why?)

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37. Telephones

Do you often make phone calls? (Similar to above) How often to you make a phone call? When do you make these phone calls? Who do you call? For what purposes do you make or receive phone calls? Is your cellphone very important to you? Are cellphones (or, mobile phones) very popular in China? (Why?) How often do you use a cellphone? When do you usually use your cellphone and for what purposes? How often in a day do you use an older-style (fixed-line) telephone? Which do you prefer to use, a cellphone or a normal house phone (= 'a fixed-line phone')? (Why?) What are the differences between cell phones and typical house phones? Do Chinese people prefer to use cellphones or the older-style phones? (See NOTE) Do you think cellphones are important for modern people? What services does your cellphone have that fixed phones don't have? How do you think cellphones will develop in the future? Which is better, a face-to-face conversation or a phone call? (why?)

(Similar to above) Do you prefer to talk to people by phone or face-to-face? (Why?) How has advertising for cellphones developed in recent years? Do people in China generally prefer to communicate by telephone or by letter? (Why?) Do men and women use telephones/cellphones in the same way? (Similar to above) Are there any differences between the cellphones (= mobile phones) that men use and those that women use?

Cell-Phones (Mobile Phones


Do you have a mobile phone (= "a cell phone")? (Similar to above) Do you use a cell phone? Is your cell phone important for you in your daily life? What do you use it for? How often do you use it? When did you get it? (Similar to above) When did you get your first mobile phone? How did you get your first mobile phone? How did you feel when you got your first mobile phone? What feature (or, function) of your cell phone do you like the best? Is there anything you dislike about using cell phones?

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38. Television and Radio


Television

Do you like watching TV? What types of TV programs do you (most) like to watch? What programs do you (most like to) watch? What's your favourite TV program? What's your favourite TV program? * Do you prefer to watch TV or listen to the radio? (Why?) Do you think watching TV is an important part of people's lives? Do you prefer reading a newspaper, (or reading a magazine) or watching TV? What type(s) of television program do you watch when you want to relax?

The Benefits of Watching Television

Do you ever watch programs from other countries? (Similar to above) Have you ever watched programs from other countries? What benefits can people get from watching foreign TV programs? Do you think watching TV can help you? Do you think watching TV can help students in their studies (in their education)?

Has watching TV (ever) helped you in your work? Is there any difference between different people when they watch TV?

Childhood TV Watching

When you were a child, did you (used to) watch more television than you do now, or less? (Similar to above) How are your television-watching habits now different to (or, different from) when you were a child?

Possibly the question above is: How has television changed since you were a child? What types of program do children in China like to watch? What (type of) programs did you like to watch when you were a child? (Why?) What was your favourite TV program when you were a child? *

English Language Television


Do people in China watch any foreign TV programs? In China, is it possible for you to watch any TV programs in English? (What programs?) (Similar to above) Do people in China (have the opportunity to) watch any English language (or, foreign) TV programs? (Say what programs.) How do they get these programs? Do you think English language programs are necessary? (Why?/Why not?) What do you think are the benefits of watching TV programs in English? (Similar to above) Do you think English language programs are useful? (Why?/Why not?) (Similar to above) Do you think people can improve their English by watching these programs? (Similar to above) Do you think watching these programs can help people learn English?

Advertisements on TV

How do you feel about advertisements on TV?

The News on Television

Do you prefer to get your news from television or from some other source?

Television and Radio


Would you say entertainment is important for people? What kind of entertainment do you prefer, TV or radio? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you prefer to watch TV or listen to the radio? (Why?) How are radio programs and television programs different? What programs do you like to watch/listen to? When do you watch TV/listen to the radio?

In China, has television/radio changed much in the past few years? (How?) How do you think TV/radio broadcasts in China could be improved? Do you prefer to watch TV or listen to the radio? (Why?) Do you prefer TV news or news on the radio? (Why?)

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39. Transport

How did you get to the test today? (What form of transportation did you use?) (Similar to above) How did you come here (= get here) today? Why did you choose that form of transport? Do you often use public transportation? What kind(s) of transport do you usually use? (Similar to above) Whats your favourite form of transport? (Why?) (Similar to above) What type of transportation do you usually (or, most often) use? (Similar to above) How do you travel around your hometown? For you, what are the benefits (advantages) of using that form of transportation? Is it very expensive (= very dear)? (Similar to above) What vehicles (or, what means of transport) do people in China most often choose to use?

Transport in Your Hometown


Is transportation very important where you live? What's the most common means of (= form of) transport in your hometown? What do you think of the transport conditions in your hometown? (Similar to above) What do you think of the transport situation in your hometown? (Similar to above) Whats the traffic like in your hometown? How do you think the transport system could be improved? (Similar to above) Can you suggest any ways to improve the transport system in your hometown? (Similar to above) Do you think the public transportation system needs to be further developed (or, improved) in your hometown? Do you think transportation costs (gasoline, subway, bus & taxi fares, etc) are expensive in your hometown? (Similar to above) Would you say transport costs are high in your hometown? How has the transport system in your hometown changed in the past few decades? How do you think transport (in your hometown) will change in the future (or, in the next 20 or 30 years)? In China, is transportation in the big cities the same as transportation in small towns and villages?

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

Do you like to travel (in your holidays or free time)? (Why?) (Similar to above) Do you like long distance travelling? How do you feel when you travel? What do you like about traveling? Do you often travel (go travelling)? Why do you travel? (purposes) Have you ever been on a long trip? (If yes, say where you went!) (Similar to above) Have you ever traveled for a long time? = Have you (ever) been on any long trips? Do you like long distance travelling? (Similar to above) Do you like long trips? What's the longest journey you've been on? What form of transport do you prefer to use when you travel? Where do you like to go? (If you say you like to travel or do, in fact travel in your holidays.) (Similar to above) What kind of places do you (like to) travel to? What was the last place you traveled to? What was the most interesting place you have traveled to? What did you gain from that trip? Have you ever been to any unusual (or, strange) places? How often do you return to your hometown? (If not living at home now) Which city (or place) that you have been to did you like the most? (Why?) Do you think it's important to travel during your holidays? (Why?/Why not?) Do you think it's necessary to travel in order to enjoy your holidays? (Why?/Why not?) Why do you think traveling is so popular nowadays? Do you think finding out about other people's culture is important? (Why?) Which country would you like to travel to (in the future)? (Similar to above) Where (which country or place) would you like to travel to (in the future)? What (kind of) place would you like to travel to in the future? (Not necessarily an overseas place)

(Similar to above but different) Which country would you like to travel to (in the future)?

(Similar to above) If you were to go on a trip, where would you (like to) travel to? What makes a place attractive for visitors (or, tourists)? Which city (or place) that you have been to did you like the most? (Why?) What places in China are (or, would be) attractive for foreigners to travel to? (Similar to above but note the wording) What places in China would you recommend (or suggest) foreigners travel to?

(Similar to above but note the wording) What places in China would you recommend (or suggest) foreigners travel to?

(Similar to above but note the wording) What places in China would you recommend (or suggest) people visit? (People, not specifically foreigners)

(Similar to above but note the wording) What places in your hometown would you recommend (or suggest) people visit? (People, not specifically foreigners)

Have you ever travelled alone? Do you prefer traveling alone or with friends? (Similar to above) Do you prefer traveling alone or with others such as family or friends?

Do you prefer traveling with just one or two friends or with many friends (a group)? (Similar to above) What do you think are the benefits of travel? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important to travel? Why do you think traveling is so popular nowadays?

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41. Weather

What's the weather like today? What kind of weather do you like (best)? (Why?) What sort of weather do you least like? (Similar to above) What's your favourite weather? (Why?) What do you usually do during your favourite weather (or season)? What's the weather (usually) like in your hometown? (Similar to above) What has the weather in your hometown been like recently? Do you like that weather (or, that kind of climate)? (Why?/Why not?) How often is the weather good in your hometown? What did you do the last time the weather was good? (Similar to above) What do you usually do when the weather is fine? Are there any bad points about the weather in your city? What is the typical weather in China like? (Hint: There is no typical weather because China is so big and different parts of the country have different kinds of weather. For example ...) (Similar to above) Is the weather in your country (China) the same all over the country? (Give examples) Have there been any changes in the weather over the past few years? Have you ever been to any place where the weather is different to your hometown? (If yes, compare the two.) (If doing the test far from your hometown) Compare the weather in your hometown and the weather here. (See Note) Which city in China (or, which part of China) has the best weather? Which city in China (or, which part of China) has the worst weather? Does the weather ever affect what you do? (Similar to above) Does the weather affect your life? (Similar to above) How does bad weather affect your life (or, your mood)? (See NOTE)

How does the weather affect people (or, you)? (If yes, how?)

(Similar to above) How does bad weather affect your mood? (Similar to above) Do you think the weather can affect people's moods? (See Note) (Similar to above) How/why does bad weather affect people's mood? How do you feel when the weather is cloudy? Do you always (often/usually) pay attention to the weather forecast? Why?/Why not? Can you give any examples of unusual weather? In China, are there ever any problems caused by the weather? (= caused by extreme weather?) (Give examples) Do you like snow? (Why?) 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?

Do you (or, do people in China) do the same things in the different seasons of the year?

Do people (in China) play the same sports in different seasons of the year?

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42. Weekends
Weekends and You

Are weekends important to you? (See Note) (Similar to above) Are Saturdays and Sundays (= weekends) important to you? How do you (usually) spend the weekend? (Similar to above) What do you like to do on weekends? Which do you prefer, Saturday or Sunday? (Why?) What do you usually do on that day? Are your weekends today more interesting (or, more enjoyable/more fun) than your weekends were when you were a child? What are you going to (planning to) do next weekend?

Weekends and People in General


Would you say weekends are important to people? How does the average person in China spend his or her weekend? (See Note) (Similar to above) What do people in China do on the weekends? Do children (or, young people) today spend their weekends differently to children (or, young people) in the past?

Working on Weekends

Do you know anyone who works at the weekend? Should people be working or resting on Saturdays and Sundays? (Similar to above) Do you think working people need to rest on weekends? (Similar to above) Do you think people should be asked to work on weekends? Is it important for people to have weekends off? Should people be paid overtime for working at the weekend?

(Similar to above) Do you think people should be paid more money if they work on weekends (or public holidays)? (Similar to above) Do you think it is reasonable that employees be paid at a higher rate for working overtime? (See Note) (Similar to above) If you were asked to work on the weekend, do you think it would be reasonable to ask for extra pay?

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43. Your Primary School


How old were you when you started school? Where did you go to school? How did you get to school each day? Tell me something about the school. (= Can you describe it?) Did you enjoy it? (Why?/Why not?) What were some of the most popular activities (in the playground?) at primary school? Have you ever returned to see your old school again? Are you still in contact with any of the friends you had in primary school?

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44. Your Secondary School


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

What subjects did you study in secondary school (= high school)? What was your favourite subject ( = class) in secondary school? (= high school) And which class (= subject) did you like the least? (Why?) Which secondary school subject do you think is most useful for people in adult life? What part of your secondary school education did you enjoy most? Or: Did (do) you like your secondary school life? How do you feel about your high school (secondary school)? Why did you choose to attend (= to go to) that particular school? Which class did (do) you enjoy the most? (Why?)

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45. Family
See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 12. Family Life

Who are the people in your family? (See NOTE) What does your family do together? (See NOTE) What do the people in your family do each day? ( = What does each person do?) * In what situations do you think family is more important than friends? In what situations do you think friends are more important than family? What is the biggest influence in your life? (See NOTE)

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46. Seasons & Climate


Describe the four seasons in your hometown. Which season is your favourite? (Why?) What do you usually do during your favourite season (or weather)? Do you (or, do people in your country or, in your hometown) do the same thing in different seasons? Is there any season you dislike? (Why?) What changes are there between the different seasons in your country? Would you prefer to have (or live in a place that has) the same climate all year, or a place that has different seasons? When is (or, what season has) the best weather in in your country (or, in your hometown)?

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47. Names
Information About Your Name

Does your name have any special meaning? See Note Who gave you your name? (Similar to above) What is the origin of your name? * Why did they choose that name?

Naming Customs in China


When Chinese people name their children, are there any special customs that are followed? (Similar to above) How do Chinese people name their babies? (Similar to above) How are babies given their names in China? See Note Are there any special names (or, special types of names) that Chinese parents choose for their children? Is there any special ceremony when babies are given their names? How are Chinese names and Western names different?

Types of Names

What name do people at home (your family members) call you? Do many people in China have a nickname (or a name that only their friends & family call them)? Are there any big differences between people's names today in China and people's names many years ago? (Similar to above) In China, are the names that people give their children today the same names that people used many years ago? Are there any names that are very commonly used?

Do Chinese people like to have common names (= the same name as many other people)? Why are some Chinese names very similar to each other? Do Chinese people today usually have a third name? Is your surname very common in China? What's the most common surname in China?

Changing Your Name


Do Chinese people attach a lot of importance to (their) names? Is your name very important to you? (Similar to above) Do Chinese people attach great importance to their names? Do you like your name? Do people in China ever change their names? Would you like to change your name?

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48. Teachers
Your Opinion/Feelings about Teachers

What do you think of teachers? (Similar to above) What's your opinion of teachers? Did you (do you) like your high school teachers? (Why?/Why not?) Did you like your primary school and high school teachers? (Similar to above) Who is your favourite teacher? (Why?) Do you think it's important to like your teachers?

The Influence of Teachers on You


When you were in school (primary school or high school) did any of your teachers have a (strong) influence on you? (Similar to above) Did any teachers in your high school have a big influence on you? Which teacher (or, teachers) influenced you?

Teachers in China, in General


Do school students in China like their teachers? Are teachers in China very strict? (Why?/Why not?) Were (are) your high school teachers very strict? Do you think there are any benefits from teachers being strict with the students? What qualities should a good teacher have?

Working as a Teacher

Have you ever thought of being a teacher? (Similar to above) What do you think of teaching as a job/career/line of work?

(Similar to above) (If you had the opportunity) would you like to be a school teacher? (Why?/Why not?) What kind of teacher do students most like? What sort of personality do teachers need to have? (Similar to above) What sort of character do teachers need to have? Are you an extroverted or an introverted type of person?

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49. Art (Or, 'The Arts')


See NOTE See also Drawing (or Painting) See also Art Galleries and Museums

Art and You


Do you like art? (Why?/Why not?) (If yes: Give more details. If no, say why not.) (Similar to above) How do you feel about art? What form of art do you like the most? What kind of art are you best at? In you childhood, what experience of art did you have? (Similar to above) What experience of art did you have when you were younger? (Similar to above) Did you do any artistic activities when you were a child? (Similar to above) Did you learn any artistic activities when you were a child? (Similar to above) Did you ever do any artwork when you were a child? See Note (Similar to above) Did you ever produce any artwork (or, works of art) when you were a child? Do you ever buy (or, have you ever bought) a painting?

The Importance of Art


Do you think art is an important part of life? What benefits does (participating in) art bring to people? (Similar to above) How important do you think art is in the lives of people? Why do you think people like to have a painting (or other artwork) in their homes?

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50. Private Gardens


Does your family have a garden? Do many people in China have their own garden? (Don't forget, about 65% of China's people live in the countryside!) Why do wealthy people like to have a garden? * Do you like growing things? (Similar to above) Do you like gardening?

(Similar to above) Do you like growing flowers? Have you ever grown anything? (in a garden, or possibly in a flower pot) Are gardens important to Chinese people? What do people in China use their gardens for? (What do people in China do in their gardens?) If someone has a private garden in China, do they usually prefer to grow flowers or vegetables? (Why?) Do Chinese people like growing flowers? What benefits do people get from gardens (or, from gardening)? (Similar to above) Why do many people like gardening?

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51. The Internet


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

Your Internet Usage


Do you ever use the internet? (= access the internet = go onto the internet = log onto the internet) How (or, where) do you go onto the internet? (At school? At home? At an internet cafe?) What do you do on the internet? Have you ever bought anything on the internet?

Your First Time/Learning to Use the Internet


When did you first start using (or first learn to use) the internet? Where did you learn to use the internet? How did you learn to use the internet? What do you think is the best way to learn about (or learn how to use) the internet? Is there anything you don't understand about the internet?

Good and Bad Sides to the Internet


Do you think the internet is a good thing? Is there anything that's not so good about (or, on) the internet? (Similar to above) Is there anything you don't like about the internet? (Similar to above) What are the good and bad points about the internet? Do you think the use of the internet needs to be controlled?

The Uses & Benefits of the Internet


Is the internet very popular in China? What kinds of people (= what groups or what categories of people) most often use the internet? (Similar to above) What kinds of people most often use the internet for work?

What age group of people most often use the internet? How can people best make use of the internet?

The Impact of the Internet


In general, what impact does the internet have on people's lives? (Similar to above) How has the internet changed people's lives? (Similar to above) How has the internet changed your life? See Note

Learning via the Internet


How can people learn things on the internet? (Similar to above) What is the best way people can learn from the internet? (= What is best way to use this tool for learning.) What sorts of things can people learn on the internet? What do you think are the benefits of "e-learning"? (= studying online)

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52. Birthdays

Do people in China celebrate birthdays? (Similar to above) Are people's birthdays very important in China? How do Chinese people celebrate birthdays? (Similar to above) Do people in China do anything special to celebrate birthdays? (Similar to above) Nowadays, how do young people in China celebrate their birthday? Which birthdays are especially important in China (in Chinese culture)? How do you like to celebrate your birthday? What did you do on your last birthday? See note Nowadays, how do young people in China celebrate their birthday? Do people in China have birthday parties? Do you think it's important for people to celebrate birthdays? (Possibly the above question is this: Do you think it's important to remember people's birthdays?) Do you think it's important to give a special gift to someone on their birthday? Are birthdays more important for children or for adults? (Similar to above) Do you think it's more important for children to celebrate birthdays than adults?

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53. Evenings

What do you (like to) do in the evenings? (Possible question) What did you do yesterday evening (or, last night)? * Do you do the same things every night? Is there much (or, any) difference between what you do in the evenings and in the daytime? Do you go out much in the evenings?

What do you (like to) do when you go out in the evenings? Who do you go out with? (Similar to above) Do you like to go out in the evenings with your friends? Do you prefer to go out with a large group of friends or just a few friends? When was the last time you went out with your friends? (Include what you did.) What are some special occasions when people go out in the evening? What sorts of nighttime activities are available in your hometown? Do people (or, do you) do different things in the evenings in different seasons? Are you willing to (or, would you like to) work in the evenings? What do you think are some of the good and bad points about working in the evenings?

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54. Art Galleries and Museums


Note: Some of these questions might be included in the Art (Or, 'The Arts') topic. See also Topic 72. Museums

Art Galleries, Museums and You


Are there any museums or art galleries in your hometown? Have you ever visited any of these art galleries or museums? (Similar to above) Do you like visiting museums and art galleries? See Note How often do you museums and art galleries? Did you ever go to art galleries or museums when you were a child? Would you recommend that schools take their students to visit museums (or, that museum)?

Art Galleries, Museums and People in General


Do people in China like visiting museums and art galleries? (Possible question) Do you think people should go to art galleries and museums? * (Similar to above) What effects do museums and art galleries have on people (or, people's lives)? (Similar to above) Do you think people can learn anything from art galleries and museums? (Similar to above) What can people learn from art galleries and museums? (Similar to above) What are the benefits (for people/for children) of visiting museums and art galleries? What do you think is the role (or the purpose) of museums and art galleries? Which kind of art do you think is more important, the art we see in the cinema or the art we see in art galleries and museums? *

Art Galleries, Museums and Children

Do you think going to museums and art galleries is beneficial for children? ( e.g., for their development) Do schools in China have excursions to museums? Do you think teachers should take their students on visits to museums? (Similar to above) (In general,) do you think schools should organize trips to museums and art galleries for students?

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55. News

Are you very interested in the news? (Similar to above) Do you like to keep up with the latest news? (Similar to above) Do you like to follow the news? Why do you want to know the latest news? How important is it to you to get the news every day? What sort of news are you most interested in? (Similar to above) What types of news do you like? (Similar to above) What news topics are you most interested in watching/reading about? (Similar to above) What types of news stories are you most interested in? How do you usually find this news? (Similar to above) How do you usually get your news? Do you prefer to read newspapers or watch TV to get your news? Do you ever get your news from the internet? Do you (often/ever) read newspapers? What sections of the newspaper do you usually read? (Possible question) When did you start to read newspapers? * Do you think newspapers are important? Besides newspapers, what are some other ways people get news? How important do you think the news is? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important to keep up with the news? Which do you think is more important, domestic news or international news? Would you say the news affects your life very much? (Similar to above) How do you think that being aware of the news can affect a person's life? Do you think children like (= are interested in) the news? (Why?/Why not?) Who is more interested in the news (or, interested in reading newspapers), older people or younger people? (Why?) Are old(er) people and young people interested in the same (kinds of) news? (Why?/Why not?)

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

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56. Parties

See Note

Do you like (to go to/going to) parties? (Why?/Why not?) Do you often go to parties? (Similar to above) How often do you go to parties? Do you usually have these parties at home or at school? Do most Chinese people like parties? (Why?/Why not?) Is there anything you dislike about parties? (Similar to above) Why do some people dislike parties? Do you prefer family parties or parties with friends? Do friends often come to your home for a gathering (a 'get together')? When you go to a party, what do you usually do? (Similar to above) What do you do when you get together with your friends? When friends gather together (to celebrate something) do they do the same things that family groups do? Who do you think enjoys parties more, old(er) people or young people? In China, do old(er) people and young people do the same sorts of things when they get together on social occasions? What do you think are the benefits of parties?

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57. Visitors

Do you often invite friends to visit your home? Do you like visitors coming to your home? How often do visitors come to your home? When do visitors come to your home? Do you prefer to have friends visit you, or relatives? What do you usually do together with your visitors? When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality (or, entertain them)? (Similar to above) When (you know) people are coming to visit you, what preparations do you make? Do you like to visit other people? (Similar to above) Do you often visit other people? On what occasions do you visit other people? Do you have many festivals in your country? Do you invite guests to your home during these festivals?

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58. Swimming

Can you swim? Do you like swimming? Have you ever tried to learn to swim? Did you learn to swim when you were a child? When did you learn to swim? (Similar to above) How old were you when you learned to swim?

Who taught you to swim? How did you learn to swim? Where do (or can) people go swimming in your hometown (or, near your home)? (Similar to above) Where do you go swimming? Is swimming very popular in China? Why do many people like swimming? Do you think it's important to know how to swim? (Possible question) What do you think are the benefits of swimming (or, the benefits of knowing how to swim)? Do you think swimming should be taught in school?

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59. Holidays
Here, the meaning of 'holiday' is: = "vacation" If the wording to a question is, "go on a holiday" or "go on holidays" it means to travel somewhere for pleasure during your holidays.

Holidays and You


Do you (ever) have holidays from your work/from your studies? What do you usually do in your holidays? How important are holidays to you? What do you (usually) do in your holidays (= vacations)? (= How do you spend your holidays?) What did you do in your last holidays? Do you prefer spending holidays alone or with other people? (Similar to above) Do you prefer to go on holidays alone or with other people? (Similar to above) Would you prefer to spend a holiday alone or with other people? Is there anything you dislike doing during holidays? (If you are working) Do you get paid during your holidays? Would you like to go to the seaside for a holiday? Why do you think people who don't live near the ocean like going to the seaside for a holiday?

Holidays and People (in China) in General


How do people in China spend their holidays? Do you think it's important for people to have holidays? (See Note) Are holidays important (to people)? (Why?) Do you think holidays are important? (See Note) Similar to above) Do you think it's important (for people) to have holidays? (Similar to above) Do you think holidays are necessary? (Why?) (Similar to above) Why do we need to have holidays? (Similar to above) Do you think it's important for people to have holidays? Do you think we have enough holiday time (or should people's holidays be longer)? (Similar to above) Do you think people in China need more holidays (vacation time)?

Do you think it's reasonable for an employer to ask his or her employees to work in their rest time? ()

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60. Writing

Do you often write things? Do you write everyday? What do you usually write? Do you like writing to people? How often do you send e-mails? What are your main reasons for using e-mails? Do you like to send e-mails? Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer(, typewriter or wordprocessor)? (Similar to above) Do you prefer to write by hand or write using the computer? Nowadays, how do most people write things? Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting? When do children begin to write in your country? (Similar to above) When did you start to learn how to write? How did you learn to write? Do you think handwriting is very important (nowadays)? How can children today improve (or, practice) their handwriting? What impression does a person's handwriting have on other people?

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61. Plans & Goals


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

Please summarize your plans for the near future. When do you plan to start that? How do you intend to achieve that? When you go abroad, do you plan to live in the countryside or a big city? (Why?) Do you plan to spend many years overseas? After you go abroad, do you plan to join any clubs?

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62. Going Out

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


Do you like going out with your friends? Do you often go out with friends? (Similar to above) How often do you go out with your friends? What do you do when you go out? Do you prefer to go out with a large group of friends or just a few friends? (Similar to above) Do you prefer to go out with just one friend or with a group of friends? When was the last time you went out with your friends (or, a friend)? (Include what you did.) When was the last time you went out with your friends (or, a friend)? (Include what you did.) In China, when people go out, do they usually do things alone or do things with others?

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63. Driving a Car


What form of transport do you usually use? Do you often use public transportation? Why do you think so many modern people drive a car?

Having a Car

Do you have a car? (Similar to above) Do you (ever / usually) drive a car? (Similar to above) Do you often drive a car? (Why?/Why not?)

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

Do you (know how to) drive a car? (Similar to above) Do you have a driver's license? (Why?/Why not?) (U.S. = a "driving license")

(Possible question, if you do not yet have a driver's license) Do you plan to get a driver's license? (When?)

When did you get your driver's license? (Possible question) How did you get your driver's license? * (Possible question) Was it easy to get your driver's license? * Do you think it's important to get (or, to have) a driver's license? (Similar to above) Do you think it's necessary to learn to drive?

Driving Skills / Safety


Do you think it's important to pay attention to safety when driving? Do you think it's important (for everyone who drives) to drive well? (Similar to above) How important do you think it is for drivers to have good driving skills?

What do you think might happen if a driver had poor driving skills? What advice would you give people about safe driving?

Age

Do high school students in China drive cars? Do you think children (or, teenagers) should be allowed to drive a car (= to get a driver's license)? (Why?/Why not?)

The question above might be this: Do you think all young people should learn how to drive? *

What do you think is the most suitable (minimum) age for a young person to get a driver's license?

(Similar to above) At what age do you think young people should be allowed to get a driver's license?

(Similar to above) In the future, when you have a child, at what age will you allow him or her to get a driver's license?

High School Driving Classes


Do high schools in your country have driving classes? (Why?/Why not?) Does China have schools for learning to drive? * See Note

(Similar to above) Did (or, do) you have driving classes at high school? (Why?/Why not?)

Do you think it's important to have driving classes at school? (Similar to above) Do you think it would be a good idea to have driving classes at school?

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64. Advertisements
See Note about pronunciation See also Part 3, Topics #170 & #190

Are there many advertisements in your country (Similar to above) Is there much advertising in your country? Why do you think there are so many advertisements now? What are the various places where we see advertisements? How do you feel about advertisements? (Similar to above) Do you like advertisements? (Similar to above) Do you think there are too many advertisements? (in society/on TV/in magazines and newspapers/on the street)

What kind of advertisement do you like the most? (Similar to above) What kinds of advertisements do you find most interesting? (Similar to above) What type of advertisement do you prefer to use for getting information?

Do advertisements (ever) influence your choice about what to buy? (Similar to above) Have you ever bought anything after seeing (or hearing) an advertisement?

Where can we (or, what are the various places where we can) see advertisements? Do you like advertisements on TV? Do you prefer advertisements on TV or those in magazines? (Similar to above) What are the differences between advertisements on TV and those in magazines?

What do you think is the purpose of advertisements (or, advertising)? Do you think advertising plays a very important role in today's world?

(Similar to above) Do you think advertising is an important part of life? What sorts of advertisements leave the deepest impression on people? What do you think about the developments in advertising in China today?

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65. Fruits and Vegetables


See Notes

Do you like to eat fruit(s) and vegetables? (Similar to above) Do you often eat fruit(s) and vegetables? How often do you eat fruits and vegetables? What fruit(s) (and /or vegetables) do you especially like to eat? What's your favourite fruit? (Possible question) Do you like the same fruits and vegetables today as you did when you were a child? *

What fruit and vegetables did you like to eat when you were a child? Is it easy (or, convenient) to buy fruit and vegetables where you live? Do you think people should eat more fruits and vegetables? Do you think it's (really) necessary to eat fruits and vegetables? (Similar to above) How important is it to eat fruit and vegetables? (Similar to above) What are the benefits of eating fresh fruit (or, fresh fruits and vegetables)?

How much fruit and vegetables do you think a person needs to stay healthy? Generally speaking, do children like to eat fruits and vegetables? What are the benefits for children from eating fruits and vegetables? (In China,) is there much difference between the fruits and vegetables that people eat today and what they used to eat in the past?

Would you ever grow your own vegetables? What's the difference between growing your own vegetables and growing vegetables on a large farm?

What factors affect the growing of fruits and vegetables on a farm?

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