1. Work or study
What work do you do?
Why did you choose to do that type of work (or, that job)?
Do you like your job?
Is it very interesting?
(Possibly) Do you miss being a student?
What subject(s) are you studying?
Why did you choose to study that subject? / Why did you choose to study those subjects?
Do you like your subject? (Why? / Why not?)
Is it very interesting?
(Possibly) Are you looking forward to working?
Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the afternoons?
What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
Do you live in a house of a flat?
Who do you live with?
How long have you lived 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?
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?
Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?
Please describe the room you live in.
What parts of your home do you like the most?
What’s (the name of) your hometown (again)?
Is that a big city or a small place?
Please describe your hometown a little.
How long have you been living there?
Do you like your hometown?
(Possibly) Do you like living there?
What do you like (most) about your hometown?
Is there anything you dislike about it?
Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?
4. Leisure time/Relax
What do you do in your spare time?
What do you do to relax?
How do you usually spend your evenings?
What do you usually do after work/ after classes?
Do you prefer to stay at home in the evenings or do you prefer to go out?
Do you think modern lifestyles give people enough time for leisure?
Do you think people today have more time to relax thanin the past?
Do you think it’s important for people to have leisure time (or relax) in the same way?
What do you think are the good points and the possible bad points about having leisure time?
How do people in your country spend their holidays?
Do you like to travel in your holidays?
If you had a child, what leisure places would you go to with your child?
Do you often (like to) listen to music?
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?
What’s your favorite kind of music?
How often do you listen to (that 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?
Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
Is music an important subject at school in China?
Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes, give details.)
What kinds of music are (most) popular in China?
Are there many people living near you?
Do you know (all) your neighbors?
How often do you see (or talk to) your neighbors?
When do you meet (or see) your neighbors?
How often do you talk to your neighbors?
Do you think it’s important (or, necessary) to know your neighbors?
How well do you know your neighbors?
Do you think it’s important for a person to have a good relationship with neighbors?
What do you think of your neighbors?
What kind of people are your neighbors?
How (well) do you get along with your neighbors?
What are the benefits of having good relationships with one’s neighbors?
In what ways can neighbors help each other?
Have you ever asked a neighbor for help?
Would you prefer to have young people as your neighbors, or old people?
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?
Do you prefer family parties or parties with friends?
Do friends often come to your home for a gathering (or‘get together’)
When you go to a party, what do you usually do?
When friends gather together (to celebrate something) do they do the same thing that family groups do?
Who do you think enjoys parties more, old people or young people?
In China, do old 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?
Do you like to take photographs? (Why?)
Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?)
How long have you liked taking photographs?
How (why) did you become interested in photography?
How often do you take photographs?
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?
Who do you take photos of?
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?)
How much TV do you (usually) watch?
What’s your favorite TV program?
Did you watch much TV when you were a child? (How much?)
What (types of) programs did you watch when you were a child?
Do you think television has changed in the past few decades?
(Possibly) Do you think television has changed since you were a child?
Has television changed your life in any way?
Do you (usually) wear a watch (a wrist watch)? (Why?)
Where did you get your watch?
What do you use your watch for?
Do you often look at your watch?
Do you think time is very important? (Why?)
Are you ever late for anything?
What would you do if you were late for a meeting?
How do you feel when you are late?
Were there any serious consequences when you were late?
Do you think it’s important to be on time?
Do you feel that time moves fast or slowly?
When do you feel time moves fast?
When do you feel time moves slowly? (Why?)
When does time seem to move fast and when does it seem to move slowly?
What did you do last week?
If you could go back in time, what would you do?
(i.e. What would you do differently)?
How do people in your country celebrate birthdays?
How do people celebrate birthdays when you were a child?
How did you celebrate your birthdays when you were a child?
Do you still feel that celebrating your birthday is important?
What do you do on your birthday now?
(Possibly) How do people celebrate children’s birthdays today?
What’s the most important birthday for people in your country?
(Possibly) Do you (Or, do people in your country), prefer to celebrate birthdays according to the lunar or the solar calendar?
What clothes do you usually like to wear?
Do/did you wear the same clothes at school and at home?
Will you change your clothes when you go home today?
Did you have any special clothes to wear when you were a child?
Did you like them?
Do you often do any cooking?
Do you like cooking? (Why? Why not?)
What cooking experience have you had?
Who taught you to cook?
When you were a child, did you ever help your parents to prepare a meal?
Do you think children should help their parents prepare meals?
Do you use computers very much?
When do you use a computer?
What do you use computer for?
When did you start using computer?
How did you learn to use a computer?
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?)
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 are any disadvantages (or drawbacks) to using computers?
Computers are now used a lot in education. What do you think of this?
Do you play computer games?
How often do you play computer games?
What do you do when your computer has problems?
Do you think computers are perfect now or do they still need to be improved?
Do you often use a dictionary?
(After above) if yes, how often and what for? If no, why not? If not often, say how often and why not often.
Do you prefer to use an electronic dictionary or a dictionary made of paper?
What languages do you speak?
How did you learn English? (Or, how do you study English?)
Do you think that English is difficult?
How long have you been studyingEnglish?
Do you think learning languages is important?
(Similar to above) Do you think there is any need for (some) people learn another language?
What other languages would you like to learn?
Does it rain much in china? (Where? When?)
Do you like rainy days?
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?)
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 hometowns? (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?)
Do you like (going) shopping?
Do you spend much when you go shopping?
What do you usually buy when you go shopping?
Would you like to work in a shopping centre?
19. Train travel
Do you often travel by train?
Do you like travelling by train?
What do you usually do when (you are) traveling by train?
What do you think are the benefits of traveling by train?
Do you ever take the subway to travel somewhere?
Do you like cars?
Do you have a driver’s licence?
Have you ever driven a car?
Do you (or your family) have a car?
Do you often drive it?
(If you don’t have a car) Do you plan to buy a car in the future?
If you wanted to buy a car, what kind of car would you choose?
What kinds of cars are most popular in your country?
Do you like travelling by car?
Who do you prefer to travel with?
Do you like to take long trips in a (your) car?
Is there anything you don’t like about cars?
What times in your life do you need to concentrate on doing something?
Does your job require concentration and attention to detail?
Is it difficult/easy to concentrate?
What type of environment do you need to work peacefully?
Do you (ever) do anything to help you to concentrate?
Do you think people can do two things at the same time?
Do you like to receive gifts? (Why?/Why not?)
What kind of gifts do you like to receive? (Why?)
What gifts did you receive in your childhood?
Do you like giving gifts to people? (Why?/Why not?)
What gifts did you give to others in your childhood?
Do you (ever) use a map?
When do you use a map?
Who taught you how to use a map?
(Similar to above) How did you learn to use (or read) a map?
Do you prefer to use electronic maps or those made of papers?
Are there many (or, any) museums in your hometown?
Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?
Do you often visit a museum?
Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
When was the last time you visited a museum?
Do you think museums are important?
Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?
Are you ever bothered by noise?
Where can you hear loud noise?
Do you think there is more noise in people’s lives today than in the past?
Do you think that cities will become noisier in the future?
What sounds do you like?
What sounds do you dislike?
What sounds remind you of your childhood?
Does your hometown have many parks?
Do you often visit public parks?
What do you usually do there?
Do you like parks?
What kind of parks do you like?
What do you like most about (going to) a park?
Did you go to parks when you were a child?
What did you do there?
Do you think it’s good to have parks and public gardens in cities? (Why?)
Do you think there should be more of them?
Do you think you will go to parks more often in the future?
27. Street Markets
What do you think are the difference between a street market and a supermarket?
Do you like toys?
Are toys very important to you?
What sorts of people like toys?
What sorts of toys did you like when you were a kid? (Why did you like it/them?)
Did your parents give it to you?
Do you still have any of your old toys?
Can you suggest why some people like to keep a childhood toy?
What kind of toys do children like today?
If you had a child, what toy would you buy him or her?
Do you think toys should be passed on to other kids when these toys are no longer wanted?
What’s the weather like today?
What kind of weather do you like (best)? (Why?)
What’s your favorite weather? (Why?)
What do you usually do during your favorite weather (or season)?
What’s the weather (usually) like in your hometown?
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?
Are there bad points about the weather in your city?
What is the typical weather in China like?
Have there been any changes in the weather over the past few years?
Does the weather ever affect what you do?
How does the weather affect people (or, you)?(if yes, how)
How do you feel when the weather is cloudy?
Do you always (often/usually) pay attention to the weather forecast?
Can you give any examples of unusual weather?
Do you like snow? (Why?)
Would you prefer to live in a place that just has one, warm season that lasts the whole year or a place with different seasons?
Do people (in China) play the same sports in different seasons of the year?
Did you ever visit a zoo when you were a child?
(Possibly) Have you ever been to a zoo?
Do you think it’s important for children to visit a zoo?
What’s your favorite zoo animal?
Why do (you think) some people have a pet (=a pet animal)?
1. Describe a neighbor you ever helped
2. Describe someone you know who has an interesting job
3. Describe a family member who you spend the most time with
4. Describe a famous person (still living), not from your country, who you would like to meet
5. Describe a friend who you had at school
6. Describe an occasion you met a friend who you hadn’t seen for a long time
7. Describe a comedian who is popular in your country
8. Describe an intelligent person you know
1. Describe something that you have shared with others
2. Describe a problem with equipment that you can’t solve
3. Describe something you bought but don’t use very often
4. Describe your first cell phone
5. Describe something special you bought home from a holiday
6. Describe an antique or some other thing that your family has kept for a long time
7. Describe a present you received when you were a child
8. Describe something special that you saved money to buy
9. Describe a popular product (food, handcraft or car) made in your country (that you would like to buy)
1. Describe a beautiful place where you want to have a home
2. Describe a city that you have visited (that left an impression on you).
3. Describe a place in the world that you would like to travel at the first time
4. Describe a school you have attended in your childhood
5. Describe a restaurant you like (to go to) that impress you
6. Describe a park/garden you visited/liked/that impressed you
7. Describe an important building in your hometown
8. Describe a place away from your home where you stayed
9. Describe a place you visited to learn another culture
1. Describe a family celebration (such as wedding) that you attended
2. Describe an situation that you received some useful advice
3. Describe a success your friend has had that you are proud of
4. Describe an event changed your life in a good/positive way
5. Describe a situation (or a time) when you helped someone
6. Describe a positive experience when you were a teenager
7. Describe a time when you are very busy
8. Describe something you enjoy doing with an old person in your family
9. Describe a time when you forgot something
1. Describe a good law in your country
2. Describe a foreign film you enjoyed
3. Describe an unforgettable advertisement (that you saw or heard or liked)
4. Describe a film that you disliked
5. Describe a useful website that you have visited
6. Describe a book/magazine that you enjoyed reading
7. Describe a good photo someone took for you
8. Describe an important letter (that) you received
1. Describe a game you enjoyed when you were a child
2.Describe another language (in addition to English and Chinese), that you would like to learn
3. Describe an interesting wild animal from your country (you like best)
4. Describe a subject that others want to ask information from you
5. Describe a group you would like to take part in
6. Describe a course you learned at school, university, or evening class
7. Describe a type of sport you like to do
1. Do you think TV has changed since you were a child?
该题为Part 1 TV topic的考题，该考题的关键字在于“change”, 即要求考生对比过去与现在电视发生的变化，是一道对比类考题。该题的难点在于考生一下子不知道从何说起，对比项比较杂乱，使得该题回答的比较片面，零散。
Well, TV has changed a lot for decades. In terms of size, it becomes increasingly large. And as for the function, nowadays some “smart TV” can even access to the internet and the users can use TV to see online movies and even use TV to do online shopping, which the past TV cannot hold a candle to.
2. Has TV changed your life in any way?
该题同样为Part 1 TV topic考题，该题的落脚点同样为“change”, 该题的题意实则为阐述电视对生活的影响。而提到“影响”，一定要考虑其双面性，即考生大多容易只注重积极方面的影响，而忽略了消极的意义。
First, I have to say that watching TV is really an efficient way for me to get the latest news. Besides, some TV programs can make me feel relaxed and refreshed. However, watching TV also played a negative role in my life, for example, it hurt my eyesight. Sometimes, too much TV time would affect my study and normal life.
3. Do you think there are any advantages to share your home with other (non-family) people?
该题为topic “Describe something you have shared with others”的Part 3 考题。该题也许会引起考生们的疑惑，即为什么要与不是家庭成员的人分享自己的家呢？其实，与陌生人分享自己的房子的情况在中国并不是一个普遍情况，且大多数中国人更愿意与自己家人一起住，虽然也有房屋出租的情况，但是和陌生人分享自己的房屋的情况并不是主流。所以，一些考生对该考题描述的情况也许会产生一些疑惑。
Well, for starters, what come to my mind first iseconomic benefits when considering to share home with the non-family members. You know, the rent from the non-family member is a large motivation to share the home with them. Besides, another highlight is that share the home with others can use the resource fully and avoid the waste. What’s more, sharing the home with those people who really in need can help others, and this is also a way to make friends.
4. Can you suggest why more and more people are getting married today at a later age than they used to?
该题为“family celebration (wedding)” 的Part 3考题，要求考生解释当今社会人们结婚年龄与过去对比越来越晚的原因。该题的难点在于，对于很多考生而言，对这个社会热点问题并不熟悉，并未作过思考。
Nowadays, when people get married are relatively at their later age when compares to the past, especially for people who lives in large cities like shanghai and Beijing. While just few decades before, people get married quite early at 18 to 20 years old. This mainly because of the stresspeople experiences from their work and life nowadays. They prefer to consider the marriage after having a stable economic condition.
首先，从本次考试的整体情况来看，目前的考题较为稳定。Part 1的考题高频题仍然集中在name, hometown, personal information (work or study), housing or accommodation等。不夸张的讲，几乎每个雅思口语考生的Part 1都会至少cover到上述考题中的其中之一，甚至有时候是多个。所以，考生在备考口语考试的时候，准备好上述超高频话题是非常有必要的。
另外，近期“shopping”, “rain”, “TV”, “train travel”等话题的频率开始不断增加。这四类话题中，都暗含一个共性——考官很有可能问到关于对比类的问题，即考察考生对比两类事物的能力。比如“shopping”话题，考官有可能让学生比较乡下购物与城里购物的差别？
关于Part 2考题，从5月底以来，考题基本稳定。基本特点为老题翻新与老题重现。以“手机”该题为例，这是一道去年的老题。当时的考题为“Describe a thing that you can’t live without (not a phone or computer)”, 当时的情况是禁止学生描述手机与电脑。而自5月份以来，手机冠冕堂皇重回江湖，又成了考生们津津乐道的对象。需要注意的是，当前考题为“第一部手机”，即考官们并不需要听到考生们多么先进的现代的高级手机，考官们其实是考察考生们运用过去时时态去描述功能款式较为简单的“老手机”。
此外，关于“帮助”这个主题也不断在翻新考法。从“Describe a neighbor you ever helped”帮助邻居，到“something you shared with other person”也暗含了帮助的含义，“Describe a situation when you received a useful advice”自己接受别人的建议，“Describe a situation when you helped someone”以及帮助别人。这些话题中，多多少少都含有帮助他人或者自己接受帮助的含义。所以，准备好帮助这个主题的事件，搞定这些话题都很容易了。