Personal information & Introduction
What’s your full name?
Are you working or studying?
When do you usually get up?
What’s the best time of a day?
Hometown and Accommodation
Where are you from?
Do you live in a house or an apartment? Which one do you prefer?
How to improve your home?
Where’s your hometown?
What do you like most about your hometown?
Are bicycles popular in your hometown?
Do you like to live beside the seaside?
What are the facilities in your community?
Which room do you like most?
If you can redesign your home, what would you do?
What’s your flat like?
What’s on the wall?
What can you see from your window?
Are there any fitness facilities near your home?
How often do visitors visit your home?
Weather and Season
How’s the weather in China?
Does weather affect people’s work performance?
Why did you choose this career?
Do many Chinese people shift jobs in a year?
Do people perform differently at work in summer and winter?
Would you like to change your job in the future? Why?
Do you think your job is easy? Why?
What’s your major?
Why did you choose it as your major?
Is your major difficult?
What do you want to do after graduation?
Do you need any special facilities in your school subjects?
What do you like most about your school?
Who can learn a foreign language better? The elderly or the young?
Do girls learn a foreign language more quickly than boys?
What’s you suggestion on language learning?
What’s the most difficult part of language learning?
Do you prefer individual learning or group learning?
Food & Cooking
Who usually cooks in your family?
What’s your favorite hometown dish?
Can you cook? Why don’t you learn?
Do you think it is important for children to learn how to cook?
What are the benefits of eating at home?
Do you often hang out with friends?
How often do you meet friends? What do you usually do?
What do you usually do at leisure?
How do you organize time?
What do you usually do in the evening?
How do you spend you vacation?
What do you like and hate to do during vacation?
What was the last vacation you took?
What do you do in your free time?
What’s your favorite sport?
Do most people ride bicycles in Shanghai?
Why do children like to ride bikes?
Do you think bike riding is safe in Shanghai?
Why do people in China think bicycles are important?
Did you learn to ride a bicycle when you were a kid?
Do you think it is safe to ride bicycles in a city? Why?
Why do you think kids need to learn how to ride bicycles?
Where do you want to visit most?
Do you like traveling?
When was the last time you go traveling?
What would you prepare before travelling?
How often do you go shopping?
Talk about your last shopping experience.
Why do you like shopping?
Do you prefer to go shopping with friends or alone?
Do you like shopping?
What makes you interested in shopping?
Do you think shopping is a waste of time?
Is there any letter you do not want to reply?
When do Chinese people usually give a present?
Is it difficult to give a present?
Have you ever made a gift by yourself to somebody?
Do you think it is necessary to give expensive gifts?
Your favorite toy
Should adults play with toys?
How do adults entertain themselves in China?
Is beautiful handwriting important nowadays?
What kind of music do you like?
What kind of music do you like?
Should children learn to play musical instruments?
How do you maintain health?
What’s your favorite sport?
What health food do you usually eat?
How do people celebrate their birthdays in your country?
Are birthdays more important for children than adults?
Do you think birthday is a special day for people?
How did you celebrate your last birthday?
Do birthdays have any special meanings for children?
How do you get news?
Describe a song you heard in your childhood
Do people from different age groups love different kinds of songs?
How do children benefit from listening to music?
What kind of music should a shopping mall play as background music?
When you took it.
Where you took it.
Whether you like it or not.
Why are paintings still valuable today?
When do people usually draw pictures?
Do you like writing letters?
Do you keep contact with your friends by making phone calls or writing letters?
Describe a family member you spend most time with
Who this person is
Why you love to be with him/her
What you usually do together
How many people are there in your family?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a big family?
Do father and mother bear the same responsibility for their children?
Do children hold responsibility for their parents? Why?
Describe a friend
Have you ever lived with strangers?
Are there any difference between the friendship among boys and girls?
Describe a family member
Who should take care of children in a family?
At what age do you enjoy your life most? Why?
When does a child become an adult in China?
At what age can Chinese people get married?
Describe a famous person you would like to meet
Who he/she is
How you knew him/her
Why would people want to be famous?
How does fame influence them?
How would they change after being famous?
Describe a library
Should children go to public libraries? How about the elderly?
Does the government have the responsibility to construct public libraries?
Is it important to learn how to use a library?
Why do people go to historical places?
Which is your country’s most famous historical place?
Should people pay entrance fees to historical places?
Will libraries be substituted by computers and the Internet?
How can libraries attract more people?
What will library facilities be like in the future?
Do you think libraries are helpful?
What are the benefits of parents’ taking children to the public library?
What measures should the government take to encourage parents to do so?
Where the library is.
What type of building it is.
Whether you like it or not.
What benefits do public libraries bring along?
Should children go to public libraries?
What kind of information can you only find in public libraries?
If you are doing a research, would you search information in a public library or on the Internet?
Describe your ideal house
When was it built?
Should the government invest in maintaining the historical places?
Should government invest in creating more employment?
What kind of housing do most Chinese people live in?
Where is the housing?
What are the differences between the architectural styles in the different areas in China?
Should a company design its own buildings?
Why don’t some people work hard?
Is teamwork valuable?
Can employers and employees become friends? Why?
Do pains necessarily mean gains?
Is money important?
Describe a piece of advice
What kind of advice do you usually follow?
Who usually give advice?
Where does the advice lead you?
How to make young people follow wise advice?
Nowadays, do the elderly give advice to children or vice versa?
How do you make a success?
How should we define success?
Is result more important than process when you pursue success?
Does success lead to stress?
Why do you want to change?
What usually leads the changes?
Do you think changes are more difficult to make than before?
Why do some people resist change?
Why do some people welcome change?
What are the most important things that bring about change in our lives?
Do immigrants have any negative impacts?
How’s the China’s economy?
How does the spending pattern change?
How does the condition of consumption affect the economy of a country?
Season & Weather
What’s your favorite season?
Why do you like this season?
What do you usually do in this season?
What are the differences between a college and a university?
What skills do people around you want to learn? Why?
Can students benefit from educational visits?
Should schools organize the visits?
What’s your suggestion?
What roles do parents play in a family?
Why do people feel nervous when delivering a speech?
Who should give speeches to children?
How do you learn a new language?
Who do you learn with?
Is learning a second language important?
Will the learning of a new language change your understanding of local culture?
In your opinion, which languages will become more popular in the future?
What are the benefits of learning foreign language?
The latest book you have read
What kinds of books do children like in China?
What roles do parents and teachers play?
Which is more beneficial? Book or TV program?
What are the benefits of lectures for children?
What is the most difficult part of giving a lecture?
Is visual aid useful?
What subject do you want to learn?
What kind of courses should a school offer?
Is history learning important?
Who is responsible for the global warming?
Do you like parties?
With whom do you usually go to a party?
Do Chinese people like parties?
Which one do you prefer? A family get-together or a gathering of friends?
Who usually host a party?
What’s the importance of family get-together?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of modern ways of shopping?
Are there any differences between the old and modern way of shopping?
How do sports benefit children?
What sports can be done inside a classroom?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile phones?
Have you ever heard good news through the phone?
Who called you?
Why is it a piece of good news?
When was the first time you used the Internet?
How does the Internet improve the way of communication?
How does the Internet change the way people communicate?
Who use the Internet most in China?
Describe what you wore on a special occasion
What it was
Where you bought it
Whether people thought it was good or not
Do you still keep it now?
On what occasions do people wear informal or formal clothes?
Do you think you can judge people’s character by what they wear? How?
Do people usually cook in the modern society?
Is it important for a family to have meals together?
Do you think the meals in your school are nutritious?
How should your school improve the meals?
A piece of music you like
A book you read recently
A skill you want to learn in the future
Things you want to do but haven’t done yet
A person in history
An interesting event on TV
Describe a chef
Chinese people’s self-esteem
Interpersonal communication in the university
The thing you want to buy in the future
Your best friend