• Where do you come from?
  • What is your home like?
  • Tell me about your family. 
  • Tell me about your job/studies.
  • Is there anything you dislike about your job/studies?
  • What type of transport do you use most?
  • Do you like reading?
  • What kind of television programmes do you watch?
  • Tell me about a film you have seen recently.
  • Do you have a pet? 
  • What kind of food do you like? 
  • How often do you go shopping? 
  • What’s your favourite festival? Why?
  • How do people celebrate this festival? 


Family 

  • Do you have a large family or a small family?
  • Can you tell me something about them?
  • How much time do you manage to spend with members of your family?
  • What sorts of things do you like to do together?
  • Did/Do you get on well with your family? [Why?]

 

Accommodation

  • What kind of accommodation do you live in? What’s it like?
  • Have you always lived there?
  • What are the main advantages of this [accommodation]?
  • What changes would you like to make to improve it? 
  • Would it be easy for you to move to another accommodation?
  • Do many people in your country live in such accommodation? 


Neighbourhood 

  • Which part of town do you live in? 
  • What’s it like? 
  • What kind of shops are there in your neighbourhood?
  • Do you get along well with your neighbours?
  • What’s difficult about living there? 


Education (students) 

  • What do you study?
  • What is special about this subject? 
  • Is there anything you find difficult about it?
  • Where do you study…? What’s your university/college like? 


Education (graduates)

  • Do you have higher education? 
  • What have you studied at university? 
  • What did you like about your studies? 
  • Was there anything you found difficult? 


Job

  • What’s your job? 
  • Is it a common job in your country?
  • What are your working hours like?
  • Do you get a lot of vacation and off time?
  • Are you thinking of changing your job? 


Cold weather 

  • Have you ever been in very cold weather? [When?] 
  • How often is the weather cold where you come from?
  • Are some parts of your country colder than others? [Which parts?] 
  • Would you prefer to live in a hot place or a cold place? [Why?] 


Laughing 

  • What kinds of things make you laugh? 
  • Do you like making other people laugh? [Why/Why not?] 
  • Do you think it’s important for people to laugh? *Why/Why not?
  • Is laughing the same as feeling happy, do you think? [Why/Why not?]

 

Keeping in contact with people 

  • How do you usually contact your friends? [Why?]
  • Do you prefer to contact different people in different ways? [Why?] ·
  • Do you find it easy to keep in contact with friends and family? [Why/Why not?]
  • In your country, did people in the past keep in contact in the same ways as they do today? [Why/Why not?] 


Daily Routine

  • What would you like to change in your daily routine? 
  • Are all your days the same? 
  • Tell me about your typical weekday and your typical weekend.
  • What is the balance of work/study and free time in your normal day?

 

Visitors 

  • What would you suggest a visitor should see and do in your country?
  • Are there any traditional arts or music you would recommend? 
  • Tell me about the kind of foreign visitors or tourists who go to your country. 
  • In what ways has tourism changed your country? 


Festivals 

  • Tell me about the most important festival in your country. 
  • What special food and activities are connected with this festival?
  • What do you most enjoy about it?
  •  Do you think festivals are important for a country? [Why?] 


Dancing

  • Do you enjoy dancing? [Why/Why not?] 
  • Has anyone ever taught you to dance? [Why/Why not?]
  • Tell me about any traditional dancing in your country.
  • Do you think that traditional dancing will be popular in the future? [Why/Why not?] 


Musical instruments

  • Which instrument do you like listening to most? [Why?]
  • Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? [Which one?] 
  • Do you think children should learn to play a musical instrument at school? [Why/Why not?] 
  • How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher? [Why?]


Traffic where you live

  • How do most people travel to work where you live? 
  • What traffic problems are there in your area? [Why?] 
  • How do traffic problems affect you? 
  • How would you reduce the traffic problems in your area? 


Your friends 

  • Do you prefer to have one particular friend or a group of friends? [Why?] 
  • Are your friends mostly your age or different ages? [Why?]
  • What do you like doing most with your friend/s?
  • The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
  • What makes a friend into a good friend? 
  • Do you think it’s important to keep in contact with friends you knew as a child? *Why/Why not? 


Food and cooking

  • What kinds of food do you like to eat?
  • What kind of new food would you like to try? [Why?]
  • Do you like cooking? [Why/Why not?] 
  • What was the last meal you cooked? 
  • Do you prefer home-cooked food or food from restaurants? [Why?]

 

Leisure 

  • Do you have any hobbies or interests? [What are they?] 
  • How did you become interested in (whatever hobby/interest the candidate mentions)?
  • What is there to do in your free time in (candidate’s hometown/village)? 
  • How do you usually spend your holidays? 
  • Is there anywhere you would particularly like to visit? [Why?] 


Your favourite place 

  • What place do you most like to visit? 
  • How often do you visit this place? 
  • Why do you like it so much? 
  • Is it popular with many other people? 
  • Has it changed very much since you first went there? [In what way?] 


Your country

  • Which part of your country do most people live in?
  • Tell me about the main industries there.
  • How easy is it to travel around your country? 
  • Has your country changed much since you were a child? 


Colour 

  • What’s your favourite colour? *Why?+ 
  • Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were younger? [Why/Why not?] 
  • What can you learn about a person from the colours they like? 
  • Do any colours have a special meaning in your culture?

 

Entertainment

  • Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening? [Why?] 
  • When you go out for an evening, what do you like to do? 
  • How popular is this with other people in your country?
  • Is there any kind of entertainment you do not like? [Why/Why not?] 


Clothes 

  • How important are clothes and fashion to you? [Why/Why not?]
  • What kind of clothes do you dislike? [Why?]
  • How different are the clothes you wear now from those you wore 10 years ago?
  • What do you think the clothes we wear say about us? 


Fruits 

  • Do you eat fruits?
  • How often do you eat fruits?
  • Where do you buy your fruits from?
  • Do you think it’s important for people to eat fruits? *Why/Why not?] 


Books

  • Do you like reading books?
  • What kind of books do you like to read? [Why?]
  • Where do you like to read? [Why?]
  • Do others in your family read books too?
  • Do you usually buy your books from a special place? [Where?] 


Telephone calls

  •  How often are you on the phone? 
  • Do you like calling friends or family more often? [Why?] 
  • Did you call your friends a lot when you were a child? 
  • Do you think children should have to pay their own telephone bills? [Why/Why not?] 


Technology at home/office 

  • How often do you use electric appliances at home/office?
  • How do you think they help you with your chores?
  • Are there any other advantages? 
  • Are there any drawbacks to using these appliances? 
  • Do you think pe0ople should use electric appliances more often or less often than they do now? [Why/Why not?]