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2019 part 2 IELTS speaking test questions by topics asked in recent tests. 

New Topics September – December 2019

Describe a person who is good at his or her job

You should say:

Who this person is

What his or her job is

How he or she likes the job

And explain why this person is good at the job

Let’s talk more about job performance.

  • How can people improve their job performance?
  • What skill set should a manager have?
  • Do you think what people learn in university is going to help them in their future job?
  • How well do young people usually perform on their first jobs?

Describe a person who often travels by plane

You should say:

Who he or she is

Where he or she goes

Why he or she travels by plane

And explain how he or she feels about it

Let’s talk about travelling by planes more generally.

1)         What are the advantages of travelling by plane?

2)         Why do some people prefer to travel by train?

3)         What are the disadvantages of living near an airport?

4)         How is working at an airport different from working in other places?

Describe something useful you borrowed

You should say:

What it was

When you borrowed it

Who you borrowed it from

And explain why you borrowed it

Let’s talk more about borrowing things in general.

1)         What kinds of things do people borrow from each other?

2)         What are the things that people don’t choose to lend to others?

3)         Do you think people will share more in the future?

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Describe a leisure activity you do with your family

You should say:

What it is

When you do it

How you do it

And explain how you feel about it

Let’s talk about leisure activities in general.

  • What leisure activities are popular in China?
  • What leisure activities are becoming more popular in China?
  • Do people have enough time for leisure activities?

Describe an experience when you played an indoor game with others

You should say:

What you played

Who you played it with

Why you played it

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk about indoor games.

1)         What indoor games do children like to play nowadays?

2)         What indoor games are becoming more popular in China?

3)  Do people prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?

Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

You should say:

When it happened

Why you were sleepy

Why you had to stay awake

And explain how you stayed awake

Let’s talk more about sleep.

1)         What kind of people lack sleep?

2)         Why do people feel sleepy a lot nowadays?

3)         How do people keep awake when they are tired?

4)         What occasions do people need to keep awake even though they feel tired?

Describe an occasion when you celebrated an achievement

You should say:

What you achieved

How you celebrated it

Who you celebrated it with

And explain how you felt about it

I’d like to talk some more about achievement.

1)         How do Chinese people celebrate their family events?

2)         Why is it important for sports fans to celebrate when their favorite team wins?

3)         Do people prefer winning in a team or on their own?

Describe advice you received on choosing a course or job

You should say:

What it was

When you received it

Who you received it from

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk more about decisions.

1)         What are the most popular university courses to study?

2)         Why do young people find it hard to make career choices?

3)         Who is the best person to advise young people on choices for study or careers?

Describe an experience when you got bored when you were with others

You should say:

When it was

Who you were with

What they did

And explain why you were bored

Let’s talk more about experiences.

1)         Why do people get bored?

2)         Why are people less interested in reading books nowadays?

3)         Are all boring jobs going to be done by robots in the future?

Describe a time you enjoyed a free day off work or school

You should say:

Where you were

What you did

Who you were with

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk more about free time.

1)         Do people nowadays have more free time than in the past?

2)         What do people like to do when they have free time in your country?

3)         Do you think most people are able to manage their free time well?

4)         What’s the difference between the things people did in their free time in the past and the things they do nowadays?

Describe a special day that you remember well

You should say:

Where you were

Who you were with

What you did

And explain why you remember it well

Let’s talk more about special occasions.

1)         What sort of special occasions are common in your country?

2)         Do people spend too much money on their birthday parties or weddings?

3)  How much do you think people should spend on their birthday parties and weddings?

  

Describe a time when you met someone for the first time

You should say:

Where you met him or her

When you met him or her

What you talked about

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk more about friends and friendship.

1)         Do you think it’s strange to make friends online?

2)         Why do some people have few friends?

3)         Which is more important, new friendships or maintaining old ones?

4)         How do companies welcome their new employees in your country?

Describe a place (not your home) where you read and write

You should say:

Where it is

What it is like

How often you go there

And explain how you feel about this place

Let’s talk more about reading and writing.

1)         Which do you think is a more important skill, reading or writing?

2)         Who needs to have good writing skills?

3)         Do you think people get more information from words or pictures?

Describe a school you went to in your childhood

You should say:

Where it was

What it was like

What you learned there

And explain how you felt about going there

Let’s talk more about education.

1)         What’s the difference between current teachers and those in the past?

2)         What’s the difference between being taught by teachers and by AI?

3)         Are there any differences between private schools and public schools?

4)         Are there any differences between international schools and local schools?

  

Describe a place you remember well that is full of colors

You should say:

Where it is

What it is like

What it is used for

And explain why you remember it well

Let’s talk more about colours.

1)         Is the color of clothing important for most people in your country?

2)         Should text-books be colorful?

3)         What colors do people often choose when decorating their houses?

Describe a beautiful sky you enjoyed seeing

You should say:

Where you saw it

Who you saw it with

What you saw

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk about the sky more.

1)         What kind of people are interested in stars?

2)         Should children know a lot about stars and planets?

3)         Is technology helpful for star watching?

Describe a picture or photograph you like in your room

You should say:

What is in it

Where it is

How you got it

And explain why you like it

Let’s talk about photography.

1)         What are the advantages of taking photos with smartphones?

2)         Do you think photographers are artists?

3)         What are the benefits of children learning to paint?

4)         Can anyone become a famous artist through hard work?

Describe a popular product (e.g. food, handicraft) made in your region

You should say:

What it is

What it looks like

How it is made

And explain why it is popular

Let’s talk more about popular products.

1)   What sort of food is popular throughout the world?

2)   Why do people buy imported products?

3)  What sort of products does your country export?

Describe a gift that took you a lot of time to prepare

You should say:

What it was

Who you gave it to

How you prepared it

And explain why you spent a lot of time preparing it

Let’s talk more about gifts.

1)         How do people usually choose gifts?

2)         Why do some people find it hard to choose gifts?

3)         Do you think practical gifts are always better than other ones like cards and flowers?

4)         Do people give the same gifts as they did in the past?

Describe a toy you liked in your childhood

You should say:

What kind of toy it is

When you received it

How you played with it

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk about toys more.

1)         Why do advertisements influence children?

2)         Should advertising aimed at kids be prohibited?

3)         Do you think parents should buy more toys for their kids or spend more time with them?

4)         What’s the difference between the toys kids play with now and those they played in the past?

Describe a film you would like to share with your friends

You should say:

When you watched it

Where you watched it

Whether you like it or not

And explain why you want to share it with friends

Let’s talk about films more.

1)         What kinds of films are popular in your country?

2)         What kinds of films do young people not like to watch?

3)         Do fewer people choose to watch movies in cinema than people did in the past?

4)         Do you think cinemas will disappear in the future?

Describe a time when you did not tell a friend the truth

You should say:

When it was

Where it happened

Why you did not tell the truth

And explain how you felt about it

Let’s talk more about telling the truth.

1)         Do you think mutual trust between friends is important?

2)         Do you think people need to tell the truth all the time?

3)         Why do children tell lies?

4)         What should parents do it their children tell lies?

Describe a female leader you would like to meet.

You should say:

Who she is

What she does

What she is like

And explain why you would like to meet her

Part3

Do women have more responsibility for taking care of children?

Do you think there is equality in the workplace for men and women nowadays?

Describe an important technological product you bought.

You should say:

What it is

How you use it

Why you bought it

And explain why you think it is important

Part3

What do you think is the most important equipment in the workplace?

Which technological product do you think is most useful at home?

Do you think there will be no teachers to teach in schools in the future?

Do you think some technological products make people lazier? Why?

Describe a product or application which is based on artificial intelligence

You should say:

What it is

What it is used for

How it is used

And explain what you think of it

Part3

How will artificial intelligence affect our lives?

Will artificial intelligence have emotions in the future?

Describe a piece of software you use often

You should say:

What it is

What  it is used for

How do  you know about it

And explain why you use it

Part3

What are the advantages of using instant messengers?

Will instant messengers replace Email?

Describe a TV program you liked when you were little.

You should say:

What it was;

When you watched it;

How you knew it;

And explain why you liked it.

Part 3

What’s the difference between children’s games nowadays and the past one?

What are the advantages of the children’s games nowadays?

Describe a city you once went to with your family.

You should say:

What the city was

Why you went there

What the city was like

And explain how you felt about it

Part3

What kind of city do you like?

What are the advantages of living in a city?

Why do many people nowadays prefer living in suburbs?

Describe a place where you read and write

You should say:

Where it is;

How often you go there;

Who you go there with;

And explain how you feel about this place.

Part 3

Which is more important,reading or writing?

Who needs to have good writing skills?

Where can people get more information, words or pictures?

Describe a school you went to in your childhood.

You should say:

Where it was;

What it was like;

What you learned there;

And how you felt about it.

Part 3

What’s the difference between the teachers nowadays and those in the past?

What’s the difference between being taught by teachers and being taught by AI?

What’s the difference between private schools and public schools?

Describe a time when you taught an older person something new.

You should say:

When happened

Who you taught

Why you taught this person

And explain how you felt about it

Part3

Do you think old people know more things than young people? Is it easy for old people to use new technology?

Why do some old people refuse to use new technology?

What are the advantages and disadvantages for old people to use a smart phone?

Describe a time that you visited a park.

You should say:

When you visited it;

Who you went there with;

What you did there;

And how you felt about it.

Part 3

Why should we keep parks clean?

Why is it necessary to have parks?

Why is walking dogs prohibited in some parks?

Why is walking on grass forbidden?

Describe an interesting conversation you had with a stranger.

You should say:

Who this person was;

What the conversation was about;

Why you had this conversation;

And how you felt about it.

Part 3

What’s the difference between face to face conversation and phone conversation?

Which one do you prefer? Face to face or phone conversation?

Are there any disadvantages of face to face conversation?

Describe a time when you heard a stranger talking on the phone in a public place.

You should say:

Where you were

When it was

What the stranger was talking about

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

Should people be banned from talking aloud in public places?

Is it bad to talk on the phone in public places?

Why do you think some people talk aloud on public transport?

Why do some people always break rules in public places?

New Topics May – August 2019

Describe a singer that you like.

You should say:

– Who he/she is

– Where and when you heard him/her sing for the first time

– What types of song she/he sings

and explain why you like his/her music

Describe a friend or a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal.

You should say:

– What this person is

– What this person encourage you to do

– What this person have help

and explain why this encouragement help you to achieve the goal

Describe a quiz program or game show on TV you like.

You should say:

– What it is

– How you know it

– What it is like

and explain why you like it

Describe a time that you invited family or friends to have dinner

You should say:

– where you had it

– what you talked about during the meal

– what you ate and drank

and explain why you had this meal with your friends.

Describe a water sport you would like to try in the future.

You should say:

– what sport it is

– When and where would you do it

– What preparations and equipment you would need

and explain why you would like to try this sport

New Topics Jan– May 2019

Describe a useful skill you learned in a math class from your primary/high school

You should say:

-What the skill was

-How you learned it

-Who taught you

And why it was useful to you

Now let’s talk a bit more about Maths

  • Do you think everyone needs to learn maths?
  • When do people use maths in their daily life?
  • Why are some people better at learning maths than others?
  • What methods can be used to make math class more interesting?
  • Can computers help us to study math?
  • Do you think some teachers are better at teaching maths?

Describe something important that you lost in the past

You should say:

  • When this happened
  • Where you lost it
  • What it was

And explain why it was important

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about losing things

What kinds of things do people often lose?

What are some reasons why people lose things?

What can we do to prevent losing important things?

What should people do if they see something valuable lying on the street?

What are some ways to find lost items?

What kinds of people may lose things often?

Describe something you do to help you concentrate

You should say:

-What it is

-How often you do it

-When you started doing it

– And explain why it helped you concentrate

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about concentration

  • Is it important for children to learn how to concentrate?
  • Who is the best person to tech children to concentrate?
  • What kinds of jobs require high concentration at work?
  • What sort of things distract people at work?
  • Do you think it is possible for people to do more than one thing at a time?
  • What can employers do to help their employees concentrate?

Describe an important decision made with the help of other people

You should say:

– When it happened

– Who helped you to make the decision

– What the decision was

And explain how you felt about it

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about advice

  • What sort of major decisions do young people need to make?
  • When young people need to make a decision, should they listen to some advice?
  • Should we trust the advice given by strangers when making decisions?
  • Who makes worse decisions, men or women?
  • Why do some people not like making decisions?
  • Do you think it is advisable to listen to others’ advice when making decisions?

DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU HAD TO TAKE SOME MEDICINE

You should say:

–    When it happened

–    Who gave it to you

–    Why you had it

And explain how you felt about it

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about medicine.

Where can people get medicine in your country?

Do people buy medicine online?

Should medicine be free for those who cannot afford it?

Why do some people dislike taking medicine?

Is herbal medicine popular in your country?

Do you think some people take too much medicine?

DESCRIBE A HAPPY EXPERIENCE YOU HAD BEFORE

You should say:

–     Where you were

–     Who you were with

–     What you did

And explain why you felt happy

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about being happy

  • What sort of things make people happy?
  • Do you think money is the most important thing to be happy?
  • Are children generally happier than adults?
  • Is it important for people to be happy with their jobs?
  • Is job satisfaction more important than a high salary?
  • What can lead to job satisfaction?

DESCRIBE SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT YOU LOST IN THE PAST

You should say:

–     When this happened

–     Where you lost it

–     What it was

And explain why it was important

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about important things.

  1. What are some common things people lose?
  2. What kinds of people lose things often?
  3. What can we do to prevent losing important things?
  4. Can technology help to prevent us losing things?
  5. Do you think people should have insurance to cover lost items?
  6. What should someone do if they find something valuable on the street?

DESCRIBE AN INTERESTING ANIMAL

You should say:

–     What it looks like

–     When you saw it for the first time

–     Where it lives

And explain why it is interesting

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about animals some more.

  • What types of animals are most common in your country?
  • Are their more or fewer wild animals than in the past?
  • What should we do to protect endangered animals?
  • Should experiments be conducted on animals?
  • Why do some people refuse to eat animals?
  • What will happen when some species of animals disappear from earth?

Describe a time that you were shopping in a street market

You should say:

–     When it was

–     Where you were

–     What you bought

And describe how you felt about the shopping experience

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about shopping

  • Where do most people in your country like to go shopping?
  • Why do some people prefer street markets over shopping malls?
  • Do you think the goods sold at discount stores are good value?
  • Do people in your country like shopping in big malls?
  • Why do some people like to buy expensive goods?
  • Are famous brand name products always good quality?

DESCRIBE A COMPETITION YOU WANT TO TAKE PART IN

You should say:

–     What the competition is

–     How you know about it

–     What you need to prepare for it

And explain why you want to attend it

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about competitions

  1. What kinds of competitions are popular in your hometown?
  2. What factors can lead to success in competitions?
  3. Why are there many competition programs on TV nowadays?
  4. Do you think competition is important in the work place?
  5. What kinds of jobs or work should not involve competition?
  6. What do you think about those people who win a competition?

DESCRIBE A CHILDHOOD FRIEND OF YOURS

You should say:

·       When you met him/her

·       Where you met him/her

·       What you did with your friend

How you felt about the friend

PART 3: Now let’s discuss friendship in general.

  • Is it important to have friends during children?
  • Do you think teenagers should have lots of friends or just a few good friends?
  • What are some reasons why some teenagers don’t have any friends?
  • What can parents do to get their teenage children to socialise more?
  • Are teenagers influenced more by their peers or their parents?
  • Is it good to keep in touch with friends from childhood?

Describe a person who helps to protect the environment

You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • How this person protects the environment
  • What difficulty this person has faced

And explain how you feel about this person

PART 3

Let’s talk some more about.

  • What environmental problems does your country have?
  • How can we protect the environment?
  • Is it important to teach students about environmental protection at school?
  • Do you think it is necessary to make environmental protection a government priority?
  • What is your understanding of global warming?
  • What are some ways to address global warming?

Describe something that was given to you that you really needed

You should say:

  • What it is
  • Who gave it to you
  • Why you need it

And explain how you felt about it

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about acquiring goods

What types of things do young people like to buy?

Do you think people buy things that are not necessary?

What are the benefits of advertising?

Do you think people like to see ads on TV?

What should parent do when their children ask for things their friends have?

Is consumerism important to a country?

Describe a time that you wore a type of clothes for a special occasion

You should say:

  • What the occasion was
  • What you wore
  • Where you brought the clothes

And describe what other people at the occasion thought of your clothes

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about a clothing

1)         Does personality affect what clothing people choose what to wear?

2)         When should people wear formal clothes?

3)         Do people wear formal clothes more often than before?

4)         What clothes do university students wear for their graduation ceremonies?

5)         Where can you buy formal clothes in China?

6)         How popular is buying clothes online in China?

DESCRIBE SOMETHING INTERESTING THAT YOUR FRIEND HAS DONE BUT YOU HAVEN’T

You should say:

·       What it was

·       Where your friend did it

·       When your friend did it

And explain why it was interesting

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about friends

  • Are people influenced more by their friends or their parents?
  • Are people influenced by famous people?
  • Do you think it’s better to have lots of friends or just a few close ones?
  • Is it possible to make true friendships online?
  • What can we you learn from our close friends?
  • Do teenagers learn more from their friends or their parents?

DESCRIBE AN INTERESTING TALK OR LECTURE YOU HAVE HEARD

You should say:

·       When you heard it

·       Where you heard it

·       What it was about

And explain why you think it was interesting

 

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about speeches

What kinds of people get invited to give speeches?

What is required to be a good public speaker?

Why do people feel nervous when it comes to public speaking?

Are there any ways to feel less nervous?

Do you think all people feel nervous when giving speeches?

How important is body language when giving speeches?

DESCRIBE A GAME THAT YOU PLAYED IN YOUR CHILDHOOD

You should say:

·       What the game was

·       When you played it

·       Who you played it with

And explain how you felt about the game

PART 3

Let’s talk about games

1)           What kinds of games do children play these days?

2)           Why do people play different kinds of games after they grow up?

3)           Do you think winning is the most important goal when playing games?

Now let’s talk more about games

4)           Do parents in your country encourage their children to play games?

5)           What kinds of games do children play at school?

6)           What games  are most popular with adults?

DESCRIBE A QUIET PLACE YOU FOUND

You should say:

-where it is

-when you found it

-how often you go there

and how you felt about the place

PART 3

Let’s talk some more about quiet places

Is it hard to find quiet places in cities?

Is it always quiet in the countryside?

Do older people tend to live in quieter places than young people?

Now let’s move on to talk about noise.

What sort of annoying noises do neighbours make?

How would you deal with noisy neighbours?

Do you think there should be more laws to control the amount of noise people can make?

Describe a building you like

You should say:

  • Where it is
  • What it is used for
  • What it looks like

And explain why you like or dislike it

PART 3

Now let’s talk a bit more about old buildings

  • How do people in your country feel about old buildings?
  • Do old people and young people in your country have the same attitudes towards old buildings?
  • Is it important to preserve old buildings?
  • What are some ways to preserve old buildings?
  • How do old buildings affect the appearance of a place?
  • Should there be laws to control the design of buildings.

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