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IE LTS S pea k in g 8 .5 M aste r
Pla n

– M aste r S pea k in g S tr a te g ie s &
Spea k in g V oca b ula ry f o r t h e R ea l
Test, I n clu din g 1 00+ I E LTS
Spea k in g A ctiv it ie s

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Get
Marc R och e’s S ta rte r
Lib ra ry F O R F R EE

Sig n u p f o r t h e n o-s p am n ew sle tte r a n d g et
in tr o ducto ry b ooks, p ro fe ssio nal E nglis h r e so urc es
an d l o ts m ore e x clu siv e c o nte n t, a ll f o r F R EE.
Deta ils c a n b e f o u nd a t t h e e n d o f t h e b ook .

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Copyrig ht © 2 020
Marc R och e

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Cop yrig h t © 2 020 b y M arc R och e. A ll R ig h ts R ese rv ed .
No p art o f t h is I E LTS s p eak in g b ook m ay b e r e p ro duced , d is tr ib ute d , o r
tr a n sm itte d i n a n y f o rm o r b y a n y m ean s, i n clu din g p hoto co pyin g, r e co rd in g, o r
oth er e le ctr o nic o r m ech an ic al m eth ods, o r b y a n y i n fo rm atio n s to ra g e a n d r e tr ie v al
sy ste m w ith out t h e p rio r w ritte n p erm is sio n o f t h e p ublis h er, e x cep t i n t h e c ase o f
very b rie f q uota tio ns e m bodie d i n c ritic al r e v ie w s a n d c erta in o th er n onco m merc ia l
use s p erm itte d b y c o pyrig ht l a w .

Topic s C overe d i n t h is g uid e:
IE LTS s p ea kin g, I E LTS p ra ctic e, I E LTS b ook, I E LTS v o ca bula ry , g ra m mar f o r
IE LTS

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Con te n ts
G et M arc R och e’s S ta rte r L ib ra ry F O R F R EE
I n tr o d uctio n
Sco rin g a n d B an d D esc rip to rs
S E C RET # 1 . T he T ru th a b ou t y ou r S pea k in g S kills
Attitu de
Avoid w ritin g i n div id ual w ord s i n y our n ote b ook
Voic e, P ostu re a n d E ye C onta ct i n t h e I E LTS T est
Confid en ce i n t h e I E LTS S peak in g T est
S E C RET # 2 . V oic e
Vocal W arm ups
Voic e P ro je ctio n E xerc is e 1
Voic e P ro je ctio n E xerc is e 2
S E C RET # 3 . P ostu re
S E C RET # 4 . E ye C on ta ct
S E C RET # 5 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G P A RT 1 S E C RETS
UPG RA DE y our I E LTS S peak in g
Talk in g a b out t h in gs y ou l ik e a n d d is lik e
What t o s a y w hen y ou d on't u nders ta n d.
Speed
EX AM PL E P A RT 1 w ith N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
8.5 L ev el S peak in g P hra se s f o r I E LTS P art 1
S E C RET # 6 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G P A RT 2 S E C RETS
Part 2 E xam T ric k
EX AM PL E P A RT 2 w ith N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
S E C RET # 7 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G P A RT 3 S E C RETS
Cle ar C om munic atio n C heck lis t
When t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a q uestio n y ou’v e a lr e ad y t a lk ed a b out.
Socia lly S tr a n ge q uestio ns.
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What t o s a y i f y ou n eed t im e t o t h in k i n t h e e x am
EX AM PL E P A RT 3 w ith N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
8.5 L ev el S peak in g P hra se s f o r I E LTS P art 3
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 1
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 2
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 3
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 4
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 5
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 6
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 7
PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 8
IE LTS P R ACTIC E C ARDS
Resta u ra n ts & F ood
Work
Jo b I n te rv ie w s
In ven tio ns
Body L an guag e
Sports
Hobbie s
Music & M ovie s
Crim e
Cultu re
Man ners
Cre ativ ity
Datin g
Mean in g o f E ducatio n
Valu e o f E ducatio n
Politic s
Hav e y ou e v er… . ?
Meetin g P eo ple
Liv in g A bro ad
Space E xplo ra tio n
Food
Cookin g
Tra v ellin g
Shoppin g
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Weath er
Anim als
Driv in g
The H um an B ody
Colo rs a n d N um bers
Fam ily
Hom e
Fre e T im e
Public T ra n sp ort
Hosp ita l
Pro ble m s
Med ia
Hote ls
Lan guag es
Tech nolo gy
Art
His to ry
Books
IE LTS C O NVER SA TIO N Q UEST IO NS
1.W ORK O R S T U DIE S
2. D AYS O FF
3. A GE A T W ORK
4. J O B L O CA TIO N
5. W ORK IN G F R O M H OM E
6. S C H OOL L O CA TIO N
7. S T U DYIN G A BRO AD
8. O FFIC E L U NCH
9. A FT ER W ORK /S C H OOL A CTIV IT IE S
10. R EW ARD S A ND R EC O GNIT IO N A T W ORK
11. T EA M B U IL D IN G
12. W ORK IN G H OURS
13. O VER TIM E
14. T R A VEL
15. E X PE R IE N CE
16. J O B P R O M OTIO N
17. C O NTR A CTS
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19. M ANAGEM EN T & L EA DER SH IP
20. F R EELA NCIN G
21. D IF FE R EN T P R O FE SSIO NS
22. E D UCA TIO N A ND J O BS
23. P E R SO NAL S T R EN GTH S A ND W EA KNESSE S
24. Y OUR A M BIT IO NS
25. J O B-H OPPIN G
26. S A LA RY
27. C LA SSM ATES/C O -W ORK ER S A ND P E R SO NALIT Y
28. E M AIL
29. T EC H NOLO GY
Phon em ic C hart
Dow nlo ad M arc R och e’s S ta rte r L ib ra ry F O R F R EE
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“W is e m en s p ea k b eca u se
th ey h ave s o m eth in g t o s a y;
Fools b eca u se t h ey h ave t o
sa y s o m eth in g.”

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In tr o d uctio n

Ok, s o , I b elie v e i n k eep in g t h in gs s im ple w hen ev er p ossib le , s o I ’m g oin g
t o k eep t h is i n tr o ductio n s h ort, s o y ou c an f o cu s o n t h e i m porta n t t h in gs.
This m aste r p la n i s s im ple . F ollo w i t, a n d y ou w ill i n cre ase y our s p eak in g
b an d s c o re . I n t h is b ook, y ou h av e t h e t o ols y ou n eed t o i n cre ase y our
s p eak in g s c o re t o 8 .5 b y i m pro vin g y our v ocab ula ry , g ra m mar a n d
c o here n ce. I h av e n ot i n clu ded p ro nuncia tio n g uid es i n t h e b ook, a s I k now
t h at p ro nuncia tio n c o m es f ro m h earin g E nglis h , a b so rb in g t h e s o unds a n d
t h en p ra ctis in g t h em . N o b ook c an p ro vid e t h is f o r y ou u nfo rtu nate ly , a n d
a n y b ooks t h at p ro m is e t o d o t h is a re n ot t e llin g y ou t h e t r u th . O nlin e
p ro nuncia tio n d ic tio nary i s h ere i f y ou w an t t o c h eck i t o ut
h ttp s://d ic tio nary .c am brid ge.o rg /b ro w se /p ro nuncia tio n/e n glis h /
The I E LTS s p eak in g t e st i s e x actly t h e s a m e f o r b oth I E LTS A cad em ic
a n d f o r I E LTS g en era l. I t l a sts f o r 1 1 t o 1 4 m in ute s a n d c o nsis ts o f t h re e
p arts .
Part o ne o f t h e I E LTS s p eak in g t e st i s b asic ally a n i n tr o ductio n f o r y ou a s
t h e c an did ate a n d f o r t h e e x am in er. I t g iv es y ou b oth a n o pportu nity t o g et
c o m fo rta b le a n d g iv es t h e e x am in er a n i n itia l g en era l i d ea o f y our l e v el o f
E nglis h . T here 's n o n eed t o f e el n erv ous h ere . I k now t h at i t's v ery d if fic u lt
n ot t o f e el a l ittle b it n erv ous b ut t r y t o t h in k o f t h is a s a f rie n dly i n fo rm al
c h at w ith a f rie n d o r a n a cq uain ta n ce. T he e x am in er w an ts y ou t o s u cceed i n
t h e I E LTS t e st, a n d i f y ou c an s h ow y our p ers o nality a n d f e el r e la x ed e n ough
t o s h ow t h e e x am in er y our l e v el o f E nglis h y ou w ill s u cceed .
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Sco rin g a n d B an d D esc rip to rs
You d on’t n eed m e t o r e p eat t h e b an d d esc rip to rs t h at a re p ublic ly
a v aila b le f ro m t h e I E LTS.o rg w eb site .
For t h e p ublic v ers io n o f t h e I E LTS s p eak in g a n d b an d d esc rip to rs , p le ase
v is it I E LTS.o rg
http s://ta k eie lts .b ritis h co uncil.o rg /te ach -ie lts /te st- in fo rm atio n/a sse ssm en t
Here i s a d ir e ct l in k t o t h e P D F:
http s://w ww.i e lts .o rg /-
/ m ed ia /p dfs /s p eak in g-b an d-d esc rip to rs .a sh x?la = en
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SE C RET # 1 . T he T ru th a b ou t y ou r
Spea k in g S kills

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Attit u de
A 2 007 s tu dy o f t e en ag e s tu den ts f o und t h at s tu den ts w ho t h ought o f
i n te llig en ce a s n on-fix ed a n d c h an geab le w ere m ore l ik ely t o g ra d ually
i n cre ase t h eir g ra d es f o r t h e f o llo w in g t w o y ears . I n te re stin gly , s tu den ts w ho
t h ought o f i n te llig en ce a s a f ix ed , ‘ y ou a re w hat y ou’re b orn w ith ’ f a cto r, s a w
v ery l ittle c h an ge i n t h eir g ra d es ( B la ck w ell e t a l., 2 007).
Afte r t h e i n itia l t e sts , t h e r e se arc h ers t h en p erfo rm ed a n i n te rv en tio n w ith
s o m e o f t h e l o w -a ch ie v in g s tu den ts . T hey t a u ght t h e s tu den ts a b out h ow t h eir
b ra in w ork ed a n d h ow l e arn in g c h an ges t h e h um an b ra in b y c re atin g n ew
c o nnectio ns. T hey d rille d i n to t h em t h at T H EY w ere i n c h arg e o f c o ntr o llin g
t h is p ro cess a n d t h at t h ey h ad t h e p ow er t o c h an ge t h eir b ra in t h ro ugh t h eir
d aily a ctiv itie s. A m azin gly , g ra d es f o r t h e g ro up o f s tu den ts w ho l e arn t a b out
h ow t h eir b ra in w ork ed i m med ia te ly s ta rte d t o i m pro ve, w hile t h e g ra d es o f
t h e s tu den ts w ho h ad n’t r e ceiv ed t h e i n te rv en tio n c arrie d o n g ettin g w ors e !
This h ig hlig hts j u st h ow i m porta n t i t i s f o r y ou t o f u lly u nders ta n d t h at
Y OU a re i n c o ntr o l o f h ow g ood y ou a re a t s o m eth in g. Y our b ra in i s h ard -
w ir e d t o r e sp ond t o y our a ctio ns a n d y our e n vir o nm en t, s o o nce a g ain Y OU
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Avoid w rit in g i n div id ual w ord s i n y ou r n ote b ook
I d on't r e co m men d w ritin g d ow n i n div id ual w ord s i n y our n ote b ook,
s im ply b ecau se w hen y ou d o t h is , y ou a re w ritin g a n d t h in kin g a b out t h e
w ord o ut o f c o nte x t. T his m ak es i t m ore d if fic u lt t o r e m em ber a n d m ore
d if fic u lt t o a ctu ally a p ply i n r e al l if e o r i n t h e e x am . W hat I r e co m men d y ou
d o, i s w rite d ow n v ocab ula ry w ith in s e n te n ces. S o w hen y ou w rite a s e n te n ce
d ow n i n y our n ote b ook, y ou u nderlin e t h e k ey w ord s t h at a re d if fic u lt o r
i m porta n t, a n d t h en y ou c an w rite a d efin itio n o r e x pla n atio n i n y our o w n
w ord s.

Don 't c o p y d efin it io n s, t r y t o p ara p hra se t h em i n ste a d .
Para p hra sin g d efin itio ns a llo w s y our b ra in t o p ro cess t h e m ean in g o f t h e
w ord a n d f o rc es i t t o t h in k a b out t h e w ord i n a r e al- lif e c o nte x t. T his s p eed s
u p y our l e arn in g a n d a ls o s p eed s u p y our a b ility t o u se l a n guag e i n r e al
s e n te n ces w hen y ou'r e s p eak in g.
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Voic e, P ostu re a n d E ye C on ta ct i n t h e I E LTS T est
“W e o fte n r e fu se t o a ccep t a n i d ea m ere ly b eca use t h e t o ne o f v o ic e i n
whic h i t h as b een e xp re sse d i s u nsy m path etic t o u s.” –

Frie d ric h N ie tz sc h e

Voic e p ro je ctio n, p ostu re a n d e y e c o nta ct d o n ot a p pear i n t h e c rite ria f o r
t h e e x am , b ut t h ey a re v ita l i f y ou w an t t o g iv e t h e b est p ossib le i m pre ssio n.
Thin k a b out i t f o r a s e co nd, i f t h e e x am in er i s s tr u gglin g t o h ear y ou, h e o r
s h e i s g ettin g v ery l ittle e y e c o nta ct f ro m y ou a n d y ou a re s lo uch in g o ver
y our c h air l o okin g a t t h e f lo or, t h ey a re g oin g t o h av e s e rio us p ro ble m s
u nders ta n din g w hat y ou’re s a y in g. T his w ill d efin ite ly a ffe ct y our b an d s c o re .
O n t h e o th er h an d, i f y ou h av e g re at p ostu re , g re at e y e c o nta ct a n d g re at
v oic e p ro je ctio n, y our E nglis h s p eak in g s k ills w ill b e b ette r a n d y ou’ll g et a
h ig her s c o re i n t h e t e st. T he e x am in er w ill b e a b le t o c o nnect w ith y ou, a n d
y ou’ll b e m ore f lu en t b ecau se y ou’ll b e p ro vid in g h im o r h er w ith e sse n tia l
i n fo rm atio n t h ro ugh b ody l a n guag e, v oic e a n d e y e c o nta ct. I t w ill b e e asie r
f o r y ou t o e x pla in t h in gs a n d y ou’ll i n sta n tly f e el m ore c o m fo rta b le a n d
c o nfid en t.
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Con fid en ce i n t h e I E LTS S pea k in g T est
As I m en tio ned a b ove, i f y ou f o cu s o n m ain ta in in g g re at p ostu re , g re at e y e
c o nta ct a n d g re at v oic e p ro je ctio n, y ou’ll i n sta n tly b e m ore f lu en t, a n d i t w ill
b e e asie r f o r y ou t o e x pla in y our i d eas. T his w ill m ak e y ou f e el m ore
c o m fo rta b le a n d c o nfid en t s tr a ig ht a w ay .
Why i s c o nfid en ce i m porta n t? C onfid en ce i s s o m eth in g t h at i s r a re ly
t a lk ed a b out w hen p re p arin g f o r I E LTS s p eak in g, b ut i t’ s e sse n tia l.
If y ou h av e e v er s e en a p ro fe ssio nal s p orts p la y er w ho h as l o st h is o r h er
c o nfid en ce, y ou’ll a lr e ad y k now t h at c o nfid en ce i s t h e d if fe re n ce b etw een a
b ad p erfo rm an ce a n d a n o uts ta n din g, r e co rd -b re ak in g p erfo rm an ce. I f y ou
h av en ’t s e en t h is h ap pen i n s p orts , I w ould u rg e y ou t o l o ok f o r s o m e
e x am ple s o nlin e. I t w ill c h an ge y our p ers p ectiv e o n t h e I E LTS s p eak in g
t e st.
Com munic atin g w ith c o nfid en ce i n E nglis h i s a s k ill a n yone c an d ev elo p.
I t j u st t a k es p atie n ce a n d a w illin gness t o l e arn f ro m m is ta k es. I t c o m es d ow n
t o p ra ctic e, p ra ctic e a n d m ore p ra ctic e. N o m ag ic . J u st p ra ctic e a n d
w illin gness t o n ot j u dge y ours e lf , s o t h at y ou c an a d ap t a n d l e arn .

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SE C RET # 2 . V oic e

One o f t h e m ain w ay s t o m ak e s u re g iv e a g re at i m pre ssio n i n t h e s p eak in g
e x am i s t o t a lk i n a m an ner t h at m ak es t h e e x am in er w an t t o l is te n . Y our t o ne
o f v oic e p la y s a k ey r o le i n h av in g p eo ple n ot o nly l is te n t o w hat y ou’re
s a y in g b ut u nders ta n d i t a s w ell. T one i s c o m pris e d o f a f e w k ey e le m en ts :
p itc h , v olu m e, p ace, a n d e m phasis .
Peo ple h av e a n i n stin ctiv e r e actio n t o t h e t o ne o f s o m eo ne’s v oic e a n d y ou
w an t t h at r e actio n t o b e p ositiv e. T hin k o f s o m eo ne y ou’v e h eard t h at h as a n
i n vitin g q uality t o t h eir v oic e. A p opula r e x am ple i s a cto r M org an F re em an .
H e h as a r ic h , d eep , e x pre ssiv e v oic e t h at n atu ra lly d ra w s a tte n tio n. H is v oic e
a lo ne h as g iv en h im a ccess t o a n i m men se a m ount o f o pportu nitie s, i n clu din g
t h e n arra tio n o f s e v era l d ocu m en ta rie s. C ontr a st t h at w ith t h e v oic e o f
s o m eo ne y ou d on’t l ik e t o l is te n t o : t h ey ’re o fte n m onoto ne, n asa lly , a n d
u nap pealin g o vera ll. E ven i f w hat t h ey ’re s a y in g t o y ou h as v alu e, y ou’re l e ss
l ik ely t o a ccep t t h eir m essa g e b ase d o n t h e t o ne o f t h eir v oic e.
So, w hen t h in kin g a b out y our o w n t o ne t r y t o e m ula te t h e v oic es o f t h ose
w ho s u ccessfu lly c ap tu re y our a tte n tio n. T his d oes n ot m ean y ou s h ould b e
d oin g a n i m pre ssio n o f s o m eo ne e ls e , b ut s im ply w ork in g w ith in t h e n atu ra l
r a n ge o f y our o w n v oic e. Y ou s h ould n ot h av e t o s tr a in y ours e lf o r y our v ocal
c o rd s t o a ch ie v e a d esir a b le t o ne.
Peo ple w ho s p eak i n a d eep er v oic e a re c o nsid ere d t o h av e m ore a u th ority
t h an o th ers a cco rd in g t o r e se arc h d one b y t h e U niv ers ity o f P itts b urg h. S om e
t h eo riz e t h is c o nnectio n c o m es f ro m w hen p hysic al p ow er w as u se d a s a
m easu re o f a u th ority a n d a d eep v oic e g en era lly w en t h an d i n h an d w ith a
s tr o nger b ody. S o, w hen y ou’re l o okin g t o c o m man d t h e a tte n tio n o f o th ers
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put o n a c arto onis h v oic e.
Speak in g d eep ly d oesn ’t m ean s p eak in g f la tly t h ough. I t’ s i m porta n t t o
ch an ge y our t o ne a s y ou s p eak t o m ain ta in i n te re st a n d c o nvey e m otio nal
in fo rm atio n. W ith out a v aria n ce i n t o ne, i t b eco m es n early i m possib le t o
co m munic ate y our e x cite m en t a n d e n th usia sm .
Perh ap s t h e e asie st t e ch niq ue f o r h old in g p eo ple ’s a tte n tio n i s t o s im ply
sp eak s lo w er a n d t o e m phasiz e t h e m ost i m porta n t w ord s i n e ach s e n te n ce.
Not o nly d oes i t g iv e y ou m ore t im e t o t h in k t h ro ugh w hat y ou’re s a y in g, i t
giv es t h e l is te n er m ore t im e t o l e t y our m essa g e s in k i n a n d t r u ly u nders ta n d
it. I t t a k es e ffo rt t o a ctu ally l is te n t o w hat s o m eo ne i s s a y in g, s o g iv in g y our
lis te n er m ore t im e w ill h elp b oth o f y ou i m men se ly .
Don’t b e a fra id t o t a k e a l o ng p au se b etw een t h oughts a s w ell. A s ile n t
mom en t e x pre sse s c o nfid en ce m uch b ette r t h an a tte m ptin g t o f ill t h e s ile n ce
with “ u m ” o r “ u h”.
When p re p pin g f o r y our t e st, j u st r e m em ber t o t a lk l o w , s lo w , w ith
em phasis a n d w ith v arie d t o ne.
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Voca l W arm ups
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Bre ath e t h ro ugh y our d ia p hra g m
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Sta y r e la x ed a ro und y our h ead , n eck a n d s h ould er a re as.
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Mak e a c o nsc io us e ffo rt t o d o t h is i n itia lly , b ut y ou’ll n otic e h ow , a s y ou
fo rm t h e h ab it, i t w ill b eco m e m ore a u to m atic .
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Voic e P ro je ctio n E xercis e 1
If y ou f e el n erv ous w hen y ou s p eak , p ra ctis e t h is v ocal w arm up e x erc is e
b efo re .
Focu s o n v olu m e. I n cre asin g t h e v olu m e o f y our v oic e t o a p oin t w here
y ou’re l o uder w ith out s h outin g, i s a n e sse n tia l a sp ect o f p ro je ctin g i n E nglis h .
Y our a b dom in al a re a s h ould e x pan d o utw ard s a s y ou b re ath e i n , a n d c o ntr a ct
a s y ou b re ath e o ut t o g et t h e b est r e su lts .
1 .
Beg in b y p ro nouncin g v ow el s o unds. S ta rtin g w ith “ ah h” ( a s i n t h e
word “ b ar” , p ro nounced b ɑ ː) , b eg in v ocalis in g t h e s o unds s o ftly ,
an d g ra d ually i n cre asin g y our v olu m e t o b e l o ud.
2 .
It’ s i m porta n t t o u nders ta n d t h at w hen y ou’re l o ud, y ou s h ould n ot
be s h outin g. T hin k o f t h e d if fe re n ce b etw een t a lk in g t o s o m eo ne
dir e ctly i n f ro nt o f y ou, a n d s o m eo ne a f e w f e et a w ay . T hat s h ould
be t h e d if fe re n ce b etw een y our s o ft a n d l o ud v oic e.
3 .
Rev ers e t h e e x erc is e a n d g o f ro m l o ud t o s o ft.
If y ou’re f e elin g a s tr a in o n t h e l o ud e n d o f t h in gs, t h en y ou’re t r y in g t o o
h ard . R em em ber t o b e g en tle .
Fin ally , c o m bin e t h e e x erc is e s a n d g o f ro m s o ft t o l o ud a n d t h en a g ain
f ro m s o ft t o l o ud, s e v era l t im es f o r a s l o ng a s y ou l ik e.
This e x erc is e c an b e d one w ith o th er v ow el s o unds s u ch a s “ o o” ( a s i n
“ b oo” p ro nounced b uː) , “ o h” ( a s i n “ h ole ” p ro nounced h əʊ l) , “ aw ” ( a s i n
“ ra w ” p ro nounced r ɔ ː) , “ ay ” ( a s i n “ b ay ” p ro nounced b eɪ) a n d “ ee” ( a s i n
“ se e” p ro nounced s iː) . F or a p ro nuncia tio n g uid e b e s u re t o c h eck o ut t h e
p honetic c h art r e so urc e a t t h e e n d o f t h is b ook.
Countin g t o t e n i s a ls o a n e ffe ctiv e v olu m e e x erc is e . Y ou c an m ove
g ra d ually , s ta rtin g s o ft a t 1 a n d e n din g l o ud a t 1 0 o r v ic e v ers a . Y ou c an a ls o
m ak e a p atte rn , h av in g e v ery t h ir d n um ber s p oken l o udly o r s o m eth in g
s im ila r t o t h at. P la y a ro und w ith i t a n d f in d w hat w ork s b est f o r y ou. H av e
f u n a n d m ak e i t p art o f y our r o utin e.
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Voic e P ro je ctio n E xercis e 2
Usin g a c o m bin atio n o f s in gle w ord s, p hra se s, a n d s e q uen ces y ou w ill
l e arn h ow t o p ro je ct b y i n to nin g w ord s a n d p hra se s. T his m ean s y ou w ill
e m phasiz e a n d l e n gth en v ow el s o unds, w hic h s h ould c re ate a r ic h er s o und.
W hen c h oosin g w ord s a n d p hra se s b e s u re t o u se w ord s t h at s ta rt w ith t h e
s a m e s o und ( “ m y m oan in g m oth er’s m ag nif ic en t m is ta k e”). W atc h t o m ak e
s u re y ou d on’t t e n se u p t h e m usc le s i n y our h ead a n d n eck a s y ou p erfo rm
t h is e x erc is e . R em em ber t o r e la x .
Of c o urs e , v ocal p ro je ctio n c an b e d if fic u lt t o m aste r a n d i m pro per
p ra ctic e o f t h ese t e ch niq ues c o uld d am ag e y our v ocal c o rd s. I f y ou d o n ot
f e el c o nfid en t p erfo rm in g t h ese e x erc is e s y ours e lf , o r i f y ou b eg in t o f e el a n y
d is c o m fo rt o r s tr a in , t h en s to p i m med ia te ly a n d f in d y ours e lf a v ocal c o ach t o
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SE C RET # 3 . P ostu re

“B ody l a nguage a nd t o ne o f v o ic e - n ot w ord s - a re o ur m ost
pow erfu l a sse ssm en t t o ols .” -

Chris to pher V oss

Your p ostu re i s a b ig p art o f y our s p eak in g, b elie v e i t o r n ot. T his i s
becau se i t a ffe cts e v ery th in g y ou s a y . N ot o nly d oes i t a ffe ct t h e q uality o f
y our v oic e, b ut i t a ls o a ffe cts h ow o th ers i n te rp re t y our w ord s. T he e x am in er
is n ot a m ach in e, a n d w ill b e i n flu en ced b y y our o vera ll c o m munic atio n
sk ills , a s w ell a s y our E nglis h .
Certa in h ab its c an m ak e y our v oic e t e n se , w hic h h as a n eg ativ e i m pact o n
y our p erfo rm an ce a s a c o m munic ato r. I f y ou c o nsta n tly s lo uch b ecau se y ou'r e
a lw ay s l o okin g d ow n a t y our p hone o r l a p to p, t h is w ill a ffe ct y our v oic e, a s
y ou'l l b e p la cin g e x tr a s tr e ss o n t h e n eck a n d v oic e b ox a re a. T ry t o s ta n d u p
s tr a ig ht a s m uch a s p ossib le a n d t r y t o m onito r a n d c o rre ct y our p ostu re a s
m uch a s p ossib le .
Com bin e b re ath in g t h ro ugh y our d ia p hra g m , a n d s ta y in g r e la x ed a ro und
y our h ead , n eck a n d s h ould er a re as w ith a g ood p ostu re – t h at m ean s n o
l e an in g o r s lo uch in g r e g ard le ss o f w heth er y ou’re s ta n din g o r s ittin g – a n d
y ou’ll b e i n a p rim e p ositio n t o m ak e v ocal p ro je ctio n a s e asy a s p ossib le .
To h elp k eep y our p ostu re i n c h eck , u se a n a ctio n o r e v en t t h at o ccu rs
r e g ula rly i n y our l if e , s u ch a s c h eck in g y our p hone, a s a r e m in der t o c h eck i n
o n y our p ostu re . C heck t o s e e t h at y ou’re r e la x ed , y our s p in e i s s tr a ig ht, a n d Uploaded b606DIi

you’re n ot a ccid en ta lly c le n ch in g y our t e eth o r u nnecessa rily s tr a in in g p arts
of y our b ody.
It’ s i m porta n t t o r e m em ber t h at p ro je ctin g y our v oic e s h ould n ot b e
cau sin g a n y s tr a in o n y our c o rd s o r a n y o th er p art o f y our b ody. I f y ou f e el
an y s tr a in , t h en y ou’re n ot p ro je ctin g, y ou’re y ellin g. R em em ber t o f o cu s o n
bein g g en tle w ith y our v ocal c o rd s a s y ou p ra ctic e a n d t o r e asse ss y our
te ch niq ue i f y ou s ta rt t o f e el a n y s tr a in . Uploaded b606DIi

SE C RET # 4 . E ye C on ta ct



It’ s e asy t o m ess u p a n d r e ally h ard t o d o p ro perly . I f y ou d o i t t o o m uch i t
b eco m es t h re ate n in g; b ut t h en , n ot e n ough o f i t c an a ls o h av e a n eg ativ e
e ffe ct.
In a s tu dy d one b y J a p an ese r e se arc h ers , v olu nte ers w atc h ed a v id eo o f
s o m eo ne’s f a ce w hils t s o lv in g a w ord c h alle n ge i n w hic h t h ey h ad t o t h in k o f
v erb s t o m atc h d if fe re n t n ouns. F or e x am ple , i f t h ey h eard “ b all” t h e w ord
“ k ic k ” w ould b e l o gic al.
Am azin gly , a s s o on a s t h e f a ce i n t h e v id eo a p peare d t o b e m ak in g e y e
c o nta ct w ith t h em , t h e v olu nte ers s ta rte d h av in g p ro ble m s w ith t h e m ore
d if fic u lt n ouns. E ven w ith a s tr a n ger i n a v id eo , e y e c o nta ct i s s o p ow erfu l
t h at i t u se s t h e p ers o n’s c o gnitiv e r e se rv es, l e av in g h im o r h er u nab le t o
e ffe ctiv ely c o ncen tr a te o n a n yth in g e ls e !
If y ou f e el n erv ous i n E nglis h a n d s tr u ggle t o m ak e s tr o ng e y e c o nta ct,
p ra ctic e g azin g t o w ard s y our e x am in er’s f a ce t o s tr e n gth en t h e c o nnectio n
w hile y ou’re d eliv erin g y our m essa g e, b ut d on’t w orry t o o m uch a b out
m ak in g a ctu al e y e c o nta ct a ll t h e t im e. A s tu dy u sin g e y e-tr a ck in g t e ch nolo gy
c arrie d o ut b y E C U r e se arc h ers g av e s u rp ris in g r e su lts a s t o t h e i m porta n ce
o f e y e c o nta ct.
Durin g t h e s tu dy, o ne o f t h e r e se arc h ers e n gag ed i n s h ort f o ur-m in ute
c o nvers a tio ns w ith 4 6 t e st s u bje cts . I n t h e c o nvers a tio ns, b oth p eo ple w ore
e y e-tr a ck in g g oggle s. F or a ro und 5 0% o f t h e i n te ra ctio ns t h e p ers o n
c o nductin g t h e t e sts l o oked a t t h e s u bje ct’ s e y es t h e m ajo rity o f t h e t im e, a n d Uploaded b606DIi

fo r t h e o th er 5 0% h e g azed m ostly a t t h e m outh .
Follo w in g e ach o f t h e c o nvers a tio ns, t h e v olu nte ers e v alu ate d h ow m uch
th ey e n jo yed t h e i n te ra ctio ns. I n t h e c o nvers a tio ns w here t h e r e se arc h er h ad
been l o okin g m ain ly a t t h e v olu nte ers ’ m outh s, t h ey r e p orte d t h e s a m e l e v els
of e y e c o nta ct a n d e n jo yed t h e i n te ra ctio ns j u st a s m uch a s w hen t h e
re se arc h er m ad e d ir e ct e y e c o nta ct.
This r e se arc h s u ggests t h at g azin g a t p eo ple ’s f a ce p ro duces t h e s a m e
effe cts a s d ir e ct e y e c o nta ct. S o, i f y ou’re n ot 1 00% c o m fo rta b le w ith m ak in g
co nfid en t e y e c o nta ct a ll t h e t im e d on't b e t o o w orrie d .


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SE C RET # 5 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G
PA RT 1 S E C RETS


In t h is s e ctio n y ou’ll f in d a s a m ple s p eak in g t e st p art 1 t h at w e’re g oin g t o
d is se ct o ne q uestio n a t a t im e. F or e v ery q uestio n, y ou’ll f in d s o m e g uid e
n ote s u ndern eath , w ith a s a m ple r e sp onse a n d s o m e t ip s.
The e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a t t h e s ta rt o f t h e t e st a n d
t h en a sk y ou f o r y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Tip s
Eye-c o nta ct
Activ e l is te n in g
Open b ody l a n guag e
Speak u p

Sta y c a lm a n d f o cu s o n e x p ressin g y ou r i d ea s c le a rly .
Try t o l e arn s m all s tr u ctu re s a n d e x pre ssio ns t h at y ou c an u se i n d if fe re n t
s itu atio ns. Y ou c o uld c ate g oris e t h e s tr u ctu re s b y t o pic a n d m ak e n ote s i n
y our n ote b ook o r d ia ry t o geth er w ith e x am ple s. T ry t o u se t h ese e x pre ssio ns
a n d s tr u ctu re s i n d if fe re n t s e n te n ces. P ra ctis e u sin g t h em i n d if fe re n t
s e n te n ces a t h om e i n f ro nt o f t h e m ir ro r. T hen p ra ctic e a n sw erin g I E LTS
s p eak in g q uestio ns a n d u sin g t h ese e x pre ssio ns s o t h at y ou g et u se d t o
s p eak in g t h em a n d u sin g t h em i n r e al E nglis h . Y ou w ill t h en f in d i t a l o t
e asie r t o a p ply t h ese d if fe re n t e x pre ssio ns i n t h e e x am a n d t h ey w ill m ak e
y our E nglis h s o und a l o t b ette r. T he e x am in ers w ill g et a m uch b ette r
i m pre ssio n o f y our l e v el o f E nglis h i f y ou d o t h is .

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Focu s o n s p eak in g f re ely o n a n y t o pic t h at t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a b out
but a v oid s p eak in g q uic k ly . M an y s tu den ts s p eak q uic k ly i n i n t h e e x am
becau se t h ey t h in k t h at t h at i s w hat w ill m ak e t h em s o und m ore f lu en t o r
becau se t h ey f e el n erv ous. T his i s v ery n atu ra l, b ut y ou s h ould a v oid
sp eak in g t o o f a st. I n ste ad , y ou s h ould s ta rt t h e e x am b y s p eak in g s lo w ly a n d
th en m ain ta in t h at p ace f o r t h e r e st o f t h e c o nvers a tio n.

Warn in g: t h e e x am in er w ill p ro b ab ly i n te rru pt y ou d urin g t h e t e st.
Don't t a k e t h is p ers o nally , i t's p erfe ctly n orm al. T he r e aso n w hy t h ey d o
th is i s b ecau se t h ey h av e t o m an ag e t im e. T hey o nly h av e 1 1 t o 1 4 m in ute s
an d t h ey 'r e n ot a sse ssin g y our i d eas. S o
th ey 'r e n ot t h ere t o l is te n t o y our
id eas a n d d ecid e w heth er y ou'r e r ig ht o r w ro ng
. T hey a re o nly t h ere t o a sse ss
your l a n guag e. S o o nce t h ey r e alis e t h at y ou h av e u nders to od t h e q uestio n
an d y ou'r e a b le t o a n sw er i t c o rre ctly w ith c o rre ct g ra m mar, v ocab ula ry ,
str u ctu re s, o rg an is a tio n a n d p ro nuncia tio n, t h ey m ove t o t h e n ex t q uestio n. S o
don't t a k e i t p ers o nally , e v ery body g ets i n te rru pte d d urin g t h e t e st.
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UPG RADE y ou r I E LTS S pea k in g

Talk in g a b out t h in gs y ou l ik e a n d d is lik e
If t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a b out s o m eth in g y ou l ik e o r d is lik e, i n ste ad o f
s a y in g
'I l ik e f o otb all'
o r
'I d on't l ik e g olf
' y ou c o uld s a y s o m eth in g l ik e
'f o otb all a ppea ls t o m e b eca use ...' o r 'g olf d oesn 't a ppea l t o m e
b eca use ....
' .

This w ill i n sta n tly g iv e a b ette r i m pre ssio n b ecau se y ou'r e s till k eep in g i t
s e m i- fo rm al a n d y ou'r e s till u sin g n atu ra l l a n guag e, b ut y ou'r e s h ow in g t h at
y ou k now e x pre ssio ns t h at n ativ e s p eak ers u se a ll t h e t im e.
Anoth er w ay o f t a lk in g a b out t h in gs t h at y ou l ik e o r d on't l ik e i s t o s a y
s o m eth in g l ik e
'I g et a l o t o f p le a su re o ut o f w atc h in g f o otb all',
or
'I g et a l o t o f p le a su re o ut o f p la yin g f o otb all'
.
In t h e n eg ativ e
'I d on't g et m uch p le a su re o ut o f p la yin g g olf',
or
'I d on't g et m uch p le a su re o ut o f w atc h in g g olf'.

If y ou'r e t a lk in g a b out a r o utin e t h at y ou l ik e f o r e x am ple , y ou c o uld s a y
s o m eth in g l ik e
'I 'm f o nd o f'. . 'I 'm f o nd o f'
ju st m ean s
'I l ik e'
basic ally , a n d
'I 'm
n ot f o nd o f'
is
'I d on't l ik e'.
So f o r e x am ple , y ou c o uld s a y
,
'I a m q uite f o nd o f w alk in g i n t h e p ark o n s u nny d ays. I l ik e t o s it a nd r e a d
o n a b en ch a nd e n jo y t h e s u nsh in e. I t m akes m e f e el r e la xed a nd i t h elp s m e
t o u nw in d'.
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If y ou a re t a lk in g a b out s o m eth in g t h at y ou h av e e n jo yed f o r a l o ng p erio d
of t im e y ou c an t a lk a b out s o m eth in g t h at y ou
'h ave g ro w n f o nd o f'.
So y ou c o uld s a y f o r e x am ple ,
'I 'v e g ro w n f o nd o f m y c a r a nd I d on't w ant t o c h ange i t'
or
'I 'v e g ro w n f o nd o f m y p hone a nd I d on't w ant t o u pgra de i t'.

What t o s a y w hen y ou d on't u nders ta n d.
If y ou s a y
'w hat? ',
t h at c o m es a cro ss a s a l ittle b it r u de i n a s e m i- fo rm al
situ atio n, a n d i f y ou s a y
'I d id n't u ndersta nd. C an y o u r e p ea t p le a se ? '
i t
so unds u nnatu ra l, a s i t's n ot s o m eth in g t h at a n ativ e s p eak er o r s o m eb ody
who h as a h ig h l e v el o f E nglis h w ould n orm ally s a y i n a c o nvers a tio n.
When y ou d on't u nders ta n d w hat t h e e x am in er h as j u st s a id , i t's b ette r t o
sa y s o m eth in g l ik e
'S orry , I d id n't q uite c a tc h t h at'
'S orry , c o uld y o u s a y t h at a gain p le a se ? '
'C ould y o u e xp la in w hat y o u m ea n b y...? '

This l a st e x am ple i s p erfe ct w hen y ou d on't u nders ta n d s o m e o f t h e
vocab ula ry t h e e x am in er h as j u st u se d . S o f o r e x am ple , i f t h e e x am in er a sk s
you a q uestio n a n d y ou d on't u nders ta n d o ne o f t h e w ord s, y ou c o uld s a y
's o rry c o uld y o u e xp la in w hat y o u m ea n b y r e d undancy? '
. W hile y ou s h ould
know w hat r e d undan cy m ean s i n t h e e x am i t's a lw ay s b ette r t o a sk t h e
ex am in er i f y ou d on't k now a n d b y a sk in g h im o r h er w ith t h is p hra se , y ou’re
pro vin g t h at y ou h av e a h ig h l e v el o f E nglis h . T hese s tr u ctu re s a re a ls o m ore
natu ra l a n d p olite r a t t h e s a m e t im e.

Speed
The e x am in er w ill n ot m ark y ou d ow n f o r s p eak in g s lo w ly , t h e o nly t im e
when t h ey m ig ht p en alis e y ou i s i f y ou s to p o r p au se c o nsta n tly b ecau se y ou Uploaded b606DIi

don't k now t h e w ord t h at y ou w an t t o s a y . S o, f o cu s o n s p eak in g f re ely a n d
slo w ly , s ta y in g c alm a n d k eep in g a c o nsta n t l e v el o f i n te ra ctio n w ith t h e
ex am in er.
Rem em ber t h at s o m e p eo ple s p eak q uic k ly , a n d s o m e p eo ple s p eak s lo w ly .
The e x am in er d oes n ot k now i f y ou n orm ally s p eak v ery q uic k ly o r i f y ou
norm ally s p eak v ery s lo w ly , s o t a k e a d van ta g e o f t h is a n d t a k e y our t im e.
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EX AM PL E P A RT 1 w it h N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
Let’ s t a lk a bou t y o u r o u td oor h obbie s.
D o y o u p re fe r i n door h obbie s o r o u td oor h obbie s? W hy?
Note s:
Do y ou p re fe r i n door h obbie s o r o utd oor h obbie s? I n t h is q uestio n t h ey 'r e
j u st a sk in g f o r a n i n tr o ductio n t o y our d aily a ctiv itie s o r y our h obbie s. Y ou
d on't n eed t o e x pan d t o o m uch o n t h e a n sw er. Y ou j u st n eed t o g iv e a
r e aso nab ly c o m ple te a n sw er.
So, f o r e x am ple , y ou c o uld s a y s o m eth in g l ik e
'W ell, t h at's a n i n te re stin g
q uestio n. I a ctu ally e n jo y b oth i n door h obbie s a nd o utd oor h obbie s. I t h in k
t h at i t's v ery i m porta nt t o h ave a b ala nce o f b oth , s o t h at y o u c a n s p en d s o m e
t im e i n t h e f r e sh a ir , d o s o m e e xerc is e a nd s ta y h ea lth y. F or e xa m ple , I t o
p la y f o otb all o nce a w eek. I a ls o t h in k i t's i m porta nt t o s p en d s o m e t im e
i n doors a nd b e a ble t o r e la x a nd r e a d, o r m ayb e p ursu e s o m e s o rt o f
l e a rn in g. F or i n sta nce, I l ik e t o l e a rn E nglis h a nd S panis h .'

W hat k in d o f o u td oor h obbie s d o y o u e n jo y? W hy d o y o u e n jo y t h em ?
Note s:
What k in d o f o utd oor h obbie s d o y ou e n jo y a n d w hy d o y ou e n jo y t h em ?
I n t h is q uestio n t h ey 'r e a sk in g y ou t o e x pan d a l ittle b it f u rth er. W hat y ou
n eed t o d o h ere i s c h oose p erh ap s o ne, t w o o r m ay be a m ax im um o f t h re e
h obbie s t o t a lk a b out a n d y ou n eed t o g iv e t h em a s u bsta n tia l r e aso n w hy y ou
l ik e e ach o ne o f t h em w ith out t a lk in g f o r t o o l o ng. Y ou c o uld s a y s o m eth in g
l ik e;
'W ow , I e n jo y a l o t o f d iffe re n t t h in gs, b ut t w o h obbie s t h at s p rin g t o m in d
a re w atc h in g f o otb all a nd p ra ctic in g s c u ba d iv in g. I l ik e t o w atc h f o otb all
e very w eek w ith m y f r ie n ds. W e a ll m eet u p i n a b ar o r a c a fe a nd w e s it t h ere
a nd w atc h t h e f o otb all a nd c a tc h u p. I t's a r e a lly i m porta nt p art o f m y w eek
b eca use i t's t h e o nly c h ance I g et t o s e e m y f r ie n ds a nd s h are a f e w l a ughs. I t
r e a lly h elp s m e u nw in d. A noth er h obby I r e a lly e n jo y i s s c u ba d iv in g.
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go d iv in g e very w eek, b ut I d o t r y t o g et t o t h e b ea ch o nce o r t w ic e a m onth . I
re a lly l ik e s c u ba d iv in g b eca use i t's a lm ost l ik e a d iffe re n t w orld w hen y o u'r e
dow n t h ere . I t's u nlik e a ny o th er s p ort I 'v e e ver t r ie d . I t t a kes y o u t o a p la ce
where y o u c a n j u st l o ok a t t h e f is h , l is te n t o t h e s o unds o f t h e w ate r a nd
co m ple te ly f o rg et a bout y o ur p ro ble m s. I t's a c o m ple te ly a lie n l a ndsc a pe a nd
it's j u st m esm eriz in g. I t's j u st m arv ello us t o u nw in d u nder t h e w ate r l ik e t h at.'

What o u td oor a ctiv itie s d o y o u w an t t o t r y i n t h e f u tu re ? W hy?
Note s:
Are t h ere a n y h obbie s t h at y ou'd l ik e t o t r y i n t h e f u tu re ? T his i s t y pic al
sty le o f q uestio n f o r t h is p art o f t h e e x am . W hat t h ey w an t t o k now h ere i s
wheth er y ou c an u se m odal v erb s c o rre ctly a n d w heth er y ou c an s p ecu la te
ab out t h in gs t h at y ou h av e t h ought a b out d oin g.
For e x am ple
: 'A ctu ally , i t's f u nny y o u s h ould a sk m e t h at, .. I h ave b een
itc h in g t o t r y
s o m eth in g l ik e p ara glid in g b eca use
I'v e a lw ays b een d ra w n t o
extr e m e s p orts , b ut I 'v e n ever h ad t h e o pportu nity t o t r y o ne. I A M a l ittle b it
sc a re d o f t r y in g b ut I t h in k I w ould b e b ra ve e n ough t o d o i t i f I w en t w ith
fr ie n ds.'
I’m i tc h in g t o t r y = I r e a lly w ant t o t r y
I'v e a lw ays b een d ra w n t o = I ’v e a lw ays b een a ttr a cte d t o

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a bou t h obbie s i n g en era l.
Why d o p eo ple s a y t h at i t’ s i m porta n t t o h ave h obbie s?
Note s:
As t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou m ore q uestio ns i n p art 1 y ou m ig ht f in d y ours e lf
re p eatin g s o m e o f t h e s a m e a n sw ers i n d if fe re n t w ay s, b ut d on't l e t t h is
dis tr a ct y ou. C ontin ue t o f o cu s o n b ein g n atu ra l, r e la x ed a n d c h atty .
Why d o p eo ple s a y t h at i t's i m porta n t t o h av e h obbie s? Y ou c o uld s a y
so m eth in g l ik e:
'I t h in k p eo ple s a y i t's i m porta nt t o h ave h obbie s b eca use
now adays m any p eo ple w ork l o ng h ours a nd i n m any c a se s t h ey s tr u ggle t o
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mobile p hones. I b elie ve i t's e sse n tia l t o b e a ble t o u nw in d a nd f in d t h in gs
th at d is tr a ct y o u f r o m y o ur d aily r o utin e, a s i t c a n p re ven t b urn out a nd o th er
str e ss r e la te d i s su es. I t's a ls o c ru cia l t o h ave s o m e p hysic a l a s w ell a s
in te lle ctu al h obbie s, a s i t p ro vid es b ala nce a nd s tim ula tio n, a nd e n able s
peo ple t o m ain ta in g ood p hysic a l a nd m en ta l h ea lth .'

Tell m e a bou t y o u r f a vo u rite h obby. W hat’ s t h e m ost i n te re stin g t h in g a bou t i t i n y o u r o pin io n ?
Note s:
Tell m e a b out y our f a v ourite h obby. W hat's t h e m ost i n te re stin g t h in g
ab out i t i n y our o pin io n? Y ou p ro bab ly a n sw ere d t h is a lr e ad y i n t h e f ir s t
questio n. I f t h is w as a r e al e x am t h e e x am in er m ig ht s k ip t h is o ne a n d g o t o
th e n ex t q uestio n i n ste ad . B ut i f t h ey d o a sk y ou, y ou c o uld s a y s o m eth in g
lik e:

'W ell, i f I h ad t o c h oose , I 'd p ro bably s a y t h at m y f a vo urite h obby i s s c u ba
div in g. A s I m en tio ned e a rlie r, I d on't a lw ays h ave t h e o pportu nity t o g o
every w eek. I t's u su ally o nce a m onth o r t w ic e a m onth m axim um , b ut I f in d i t
re a lly t h era peu tic . I a lw ays m anage t o d e-s tr e ss e very t im e I g o, a nd I a lw ays
re a lly l o ok f o rw ard t o i t. I t a llo w s m e t o c le a r m y h ea d a nd b e i n r e a l c o nta ct
with n atu re . I a lw ays g et m y b est i d ea s a fte r I 'v e b een s c u ba d iv in g! '

Is i t e a sy t o f in d t im e t o p ra ctis e y o u r h obbie s? ( W hy-W hy n ot? )
Note s:
Is i t e asy t o f in d t im e t o p ra ctic e y our h obbie s? Y ou c an s a y y es, o r y ou
can s a y n o, i t d oesn 't r e ally m atte r. T here a re n o w ro ng r ig ht o r w ro ng
an sw ers i n t h e s p eak in g t e st. Y ou d o n eed t o p ro vid e a n atu ra l r e sp onse a n d
you n eed t o s h ow t h at y ou c an e x pre ss y our i d eas c le arly .
For e x am ple : ‘ It d ep en ds o n t h e t im e o f t h e y ear b ecau se s o m etim es I h av e
more w ork t h an o th ers ( o bvio usly l ik e e v ery one) a n d s o m etim es I h av e m ore
ex am s t h an o th ers . I f I d on't h av e a n y e x am s a n d I 'm j u st g oin g t o c la ss a n d
work in g, I g et t o p ra ctic e m y h obbie s. A s I s a id , I g o s c u ba d iv in g o nce o r Uploaded b606DIi

tw ic e a m onth a n d I w atc h f o otb all w ith f rie n ds. I a ls o p la y a l ittle b it o f
te n nis s o m etim es a n d I a ls o l ik e t o g o t o c o ncerts a n d l iv e g ig s. H ow ev er,
when I h av e e x am s I t's i m possib le f o r m e t o p urs u e a n y o f m y h obbie s, a s
I’m W AY t o o b usy !’


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8.5 L ev el S peak in g P hra se s f o r I E LTS P art 1
Ple ase d on’t t r y t o l e arn a ll t h ese , j u st r e ad t h ro ugh t h e l is t a n d c h oose a
f e w t h at y ou l ik e a n d t h at y ou f e el c o m fo rta b le u sin g. M ak e a n ote o f t h ese
a n d u se t h em i n y our p ra ctic e a n sw ers .
Opin io n
As f a r a s I ’m c o ncern ed ,
As I s e e i t,
Fro m m y p oin t o f v ie w ,
In m y h um ble o pin io n,
I’d s a y t h at…

Perso n alis e
Speak in g f ro m p ers o nal e x perie n ce,…
For m e p ers o nally ,..
This i s a t o pic t h at i s p artic u la rly c lo se t o m y h eart…
It’ s f u nny I w as j u st t h in kin g a b out t h is t h e o th er d ay .
My g ut/in itia l r e actio n i s …
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Lik es/d is lik es
I’m i n to …
I’m a k een /a v id ( s u rfe r)
I’m k een o n/f o nd o f ( s u rfin g)
I ( g o s u rfin g) t o u nw in d, t o e sc ap e t h e s tr e sse s a n d s tr a in s o f m y d ay t o
d ay l if e .
I l ik e n oth in g m ore t h an ( to g o s u rfin g)
I’m i tc h in g t o t r y /g o… . ( I r e ally w an t t o )

Agree
We s e e e y e t o e y e.
Yeah , I ’d g o a lo ng w ith t h at.
Abso lu te ly !
You t o ok t h e w ord s r ig ht o ut o f m y m outh .
I c o uld n’t a g re e m ore .
You h av e a p oin t t h ere .
I’m w ith y ou 1 00% o n t h is o ne.
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Dis a gree
(* tr y n ot t o a rg ue o r d is a g re e w ith t h e e x am in er!)
I t e n d t o d is a g re e w ith t h at.
That’ s n ot a lw ay s t h e c ase
Is n ’t i t m ore a c ase o f…

Im pressiv e s tr u ctu res ( d on ’t o veru se t h ese )
Anoth er p oin t I ’d l ik e t o a d d a b out … i s …
It’ s a ls o w orth b earin g i n m in d t h at…
I’d a ls o l ik e t o p oin t o ut t h at…
I t h in k i t’ s i m porta n t n ot t o f o rg et t h at…
The v ast m ajo rity o f p eo ple t e n d t o t h in k t h at…
At t h e e n d o f t h e d ay …
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SE C RET # 6 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G
PA RT 2 S E C RETS


In t h is s e ctio n y ou’ll f in d a s a m ple s p eak in g t e st p art 2 ( lo ng t u rn ) t h at
w e’re g oin g t o a n aly se o ne q uestio n a t a t im e. F or e ach q uestio n, y ou’ll f in d
s o m e g uid e n ote s u ndern eath , w ith a s a m ple r e sp onse a n d s o m e t ip s.

Key I n fo rm atio n a b ou t p art 2 :
In p art 2 o f t h e s p eak in g t e st y ou h av e t o s p eak f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
Try t o s p eak f o r t h e f u ll 2 m in ute s u ntil t h e e x am in er i n te rru pts y ou o nce
you r e ach t h e 2 m in ute s m ax im um .
The e x am in er w ill i n te rru pt w ith a f o llo w -u p q uestio n o r b y s a y in g 't h an k
you' a n d t h en h e o r s h e w ill g o i n to t h e f o llo w -u p q uestio n u su ally .
It's i m porta n t t h at y ou s p eak f o r t h e t w o m in ute s i f y ou w an t t o g et t h e
hig her g ra d es, b ecau se i t s h ow s t h at y ou h av e t h e f lu en cy a n d t h e a b ility
to e x pan d y our a n sw ers .
You h av e t h e q uestio n c ard w ith s o m e s u b p oin ts t h at g iv e y ou s o m e
guid an ce a s t o w hat t o t a lk a b out. Y ou c an c h an ge t h e o rd er o f t h ese , o r
you c an a d ap t t h em i f y ou w an t, i t d oesn 't r e ally m atte r, b ut i t's n orm ally
bette r t o f o llo w t h em , b ecau se i t's o ne l e ss t h in g t o c o ncen tr a te o n.

Don 't t r y t o b e t o o f o rm al.
A v ery i m porta n t r u le i n t h e I E LTS s p eak in g t e st i s d on't t r y t o b e t o o
f o rm al. R em em ber t h at t h e I E LTS s p eak in g t e st i s a s e m i- fo rm al e x am . B y
t h at I m ean y ou s h ould b e r e sp ectf u l t o w ard s t h e e x am in er, b ut y ou a lw ay s
n eed t o b ear i n m in d t h at y ou'r e n ot i n a n a cad em ic p re se n ta tio n t o a l e ctu re r,
y ou'r e i n a n e x am t h at w an ts t o t e st y our r e al l e v el o f E nglis h s p eak in g. D on't
u se s la n g o r t a lk a b out c o ntr o vers ia l t o pic s o r t o pic s t h at c o uld b e o ffe n siv e
t o p eo ple . K eep y our l a n guag e n eu tr a l a n d t r y t o b e s e m i- fo rm al i n y our
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Spea k s lo w ly
Speak s lo w ly a n d w ith p urp ose .
*T his w ill a llo w y ou t o f e el c alm er.
*It w ill a llo w y ou t o e x pre ss y ours e lf b ette r.
*It w ill a llo w y ou t o t h in k
* I t w ill a llo w y ou t o p ro nounce a n d e m phasis e y our s e n te n ces f a r b ette r.

Keep i t s im ple
One o f t h e m ost i m porta n t t h in gs y ou c an d o t o i m pro ve y our I E LTS s c o re
in t h e s p eak in g t e st i s n ot t o t r y t o s o und a s s m art a s p ossib le a n d u se
co m ple x s tr u ctu re s, c o m ple x s e n te n ces o r o bsc u re w ord s t o e x pla in s im ple
th in gs. T ry t o k eep t h in gs s im ple b ecau se t h at's w hat n atu ra l, n ativ e-le v el
co m munic atio n i s a b out. L earn a lte rn ativ e w ord s a n d s tr u ctu re s t o u se b ut
you s h ould p ra ctic e t h ose s tr u ctu re s a n d t h ose w ord s s o m uch a t h om e, t h at
th ey c o m e o ut n atu ra lly w hen y ou d o t h e t e st. I n t h e t e st y ou s h ould b e
fo cu sin g o n b ein g n atu ra l a n d b ein g t a lk ativ e, n ot o n u sin g c o m ple x
vocab ula ry o r u sin g c o m ple x s e n te n ces. W hen c an did ate s t r y t o u se c o m ple x
se n te n ces t o i m pre ss t h e e x am in er, w hat u su ally h ap pen s i s t h at t h ey m ak e
more m is ta k es a n d t h ey s o und l e ss n atu ra l i n E nglis h . W hen n ativ e s p eak ers
who a re e d ucate d t o d eg re e l e v el, o r M aste rs l e v el , o r P H D l e v el s p eak , t h ey
don't u su ally t r y t o c o m plic ate t h eir l a n guag e a s m uch a s p ossib le , b ecau se i t
would b e u nnatu ra l a n d w ould m ak e c o m munic atio n w ors e . S tu dy
vocab ula ry a n d s tr u ctu re s t h e w ay I m en tio ned i n t h e i n tr o ductio n a n d t h en
fo cu s o n k eep in g i t s im ple a n d b ein g c h atty a n d s o cia b le i n t h e t e st. T his w ill
get y ou a n 8 .5 .
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Part 2 E xam T ric k
A s p ecia l I E LTS s p eak in g t r ic k f o r p art t w o o f t h e t e st i s t o u se t h e
P ast/P re se n t/F utu re m eth od. I n t h e I E LTS s p eak in g t e st y ou a re n ot g ra d ed
o n a n sw erin g t h e q uestio n e x actly t h e w ay t h ey s a y , s o y ou d o h av e a l ittle b it
o f f le x ib ility . I t's n ot t h e s a m e a s t h e w ritin g w here y ou h av e t o a n sw er t h e
t a sk e x actly t h e w ay t h e e x am s e ts i t. S o i f y ou s tr u ggle w ith s p eak in g f o r 2 -
m in ute s a b out a t o pic , w hat y ou c an d o i s u se t h e p ast, p re se n t, f u tu re
m eth od. T his m eth od i s b asic ally l ik e t h is : i f y ou a re p re se n te d a t a sk l ik e
t h is :
In ste ad o f a n sw erin g t h e t a sk e x actly t h e w ay t h e e x am in er p re se n ts i t, y ou
c an t a lk a b out
1. O ne e x am ple f ro m t h e p ast w here y ou a n sw er t h e w hole t a sk i n a b out
3 0 s e co nds o r 4 0 s e co nds
2. T hen y ou c h oose o ne e x am ple f ro m t h e p re se n t w here y ou a n sw er t h e
t a sk a g ain i n a b out 3 0-4 0 s e co nds
3. T hen a n oth er e x am ple f ro m t h e f u tu re w here y ou a n sw er t h e w hole
q uestio n a g ain i n 3 0 t o 4 0 s e co nds.

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EX AM PL E P A RT 2 w it h N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e y o u r i d ea l
o u td oor p la ce.

You s h ould s a y:

Where i t i s

When d id /w ill y o u g o t h ere

What a ctiv itie s y o u c a n d o
th ere

and s a y w hy i s i t i d ea l f o r
y o u


Rem em ber:
You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Ok, s o f o r t h is m eth od w hat w e'r e g oin g t o d o, i s f ir s t w e'r e g oin g t o t a lk
a b out a n i d eal p la ce i n t h e p ast. S om eth in g t h at w as a n i d eal o utd oor p la ce
f o r m e i n t h e p ast.
We'r e g oin g t o s a y :
-w here i t w as
-w hen I w en t t h ere o r w hen I u se d t o g o t h ere
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-a n d w hy i t w as i d eal f o r m e

Then , w e'r e g oin g t o t a lk a b out a n i d eal o utd oor p la ce I c u rre n tly e n jo y.
-w here i t i s
-w hen I g o t h ere
-w hat a ctiv itie s I d o t h ere
-a n d w hy i t's i d eal f o r m e

Then f in ally , w e'r e g oin g t o t a k e t h e l a st 3 0-4 0 s e co nds t o t a lk a b out a n
id eal o utd oor p la ce f o r m e i n t h e f u tu re . S o, s o m ew here I w ould l ik e t o g o o r
where I p la n t o g o i n t h e f u tu re .

-w here i t i s
-w hen I w ill g o t h ere
-w hat a ctiv itie s I c an d o
-a n d s a y w hy i t w ill b e i d eal f o r m e

So, i n t h is p artic u la r e x am ple , w e c o uld s a y s o m eth in g l ik e:

'O k. T he u ltim ate o utd oor p la ce f o r m e w hen I w as a k id , w as a f o otb all
pitc h n ea r m y h ouse . I t w as a bout h alf a m ile a w ay f r o m m y h ouse . I u se d t o
go t h ere e very d ay t o p la y f o otb all a fte r s c h ool. I u se d t o r e a lly e n jo y p la yin g
fo otb all t h ere w ith m y m ate s. i t w as i d ea l f o r m e b eca use i t w as a w ay o f
unw in din g a nd f o rg ettin g a bout s c h ool. I r e m em ber I w ould c o m ple te ly l o se
tr a ck o f t im e a nd f o rg et a ll o f m y w orrie s. I t a llo w ed m e t o g et s o m e f r e sh a ir
and s h are s o m e l a ughs w ith m y f r ie n ds.
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nea r t h e b ea ch n ow a nd I r e a lly e n jo y g oin g t o t h ere a fte r t h e g ym a nd
gettin g i n t h e s e a . A fte r I g et i n t h e w ate r, I u su ally c h ill o ut u nder t h e s u n
and h ave a q uic k r e a d. T he r e a so n w hy i t's i d ea l f o r m e i s f o r t h e s a m e
re a so n a s m y f ir st e xa m ple . I t h in k i t a llo w s m e t o d e-s tr e ss a nd f o rg et a bout
my s c h ed ule . I t h elp s m e g et f r e sh i d ea s, g o b ack t o w ork a nd b e m ore
pro ductiv e.
An i d ea l o utd oor p la ce f o r m e i n t h e f u tu re m ig ht b e s o m ew here l ik e a
villa b y t h e s e a . T here a re s o m e s tu nnin g v illa s i n m y a re a .
I w ould l ik e t o h ave m y o w n v illa w ith a s w im min g p ool i n t h e f u tu re , s o I
ca n w ork f r o m h om e.
The r e a so n w hy t h is w ould b e p erfe ct f o r m e, i s i t w ould a llo w m e t o
dis c o nnect a nd r e a lly f o cu s o n w ork w hen I n eed t o . I t h in k t h at I w ould b e
more p ro ductiv e a nd t h at I w ould a ls o b e a ble t o e n jo y a l ittle b it o f l e is u re
tim e. I c o uld h ave f r ie n ds c o m e r o und t o m y h ouse f o r B BQ s a nd d rin ks, a nd
I c o uld o rg anis e f a m ily g et- to geth ers.’
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Why i s t h is m eth od s o e ffe ctiv e i n t h e I E LTS S pea k in g T est?
1. T he f ir s t r e aso n w hy t h is m eth od i s s o e ffe ctiv e i s t h at i t a llo w s y ou t o
d iv id e t h e q uestio n i n to t h re e s e ctio ns, w hic h g iv es y ou a l o t m ore t o t a lk
a b out. I t w ill g iv e y ou m ore i d eas a n d i t w ill m ak e i t e asie r f o r y ou t o c arry
o n t a lk in g f o r t h e f u ll 2 m in ute s. B asic ally , w hen y ou h av e 3 e x am ple s t o t a lk
a b out, t h ere i s a l o t l e ss p re ssu re a n d y ou w ill f e el l e ss n erv ous.

2. T he s e co nd r e aso n w hy t h is i s s o e ffe ctiv e i s t h at b ecau se y ou'r e
s p eak in g a b out t h re e e x am ple s f ro m d if fe re n t t im es, ( o ne f ro m t h e p ast, o ne
f ro m t h e p re se n t, a n d o ne f ro m t h e f u tu re ), i t a llo w s y ou t o u se d if fe re n t
t e n se s a n d d if fe re n t c o nstr u ctio ns t h at y ou w ould n ot n orm ally u se i f y ou
w ere s p eak in g a b out o ne e x am ple . T his a llo w s y ou t o s h ow t h e e x am in ers
m ore o f y our E nglis h a n d a llo w s y ou t o k eep y our a n sw er m ore o rg an is e d .
3. T he t h ir d r e aso n w hy t h is m eth od i s s o g ood, i s b ecau se w hen y ou'r e
u sin g t h re e d if fe re n t e x am ple s, y ou h av e t h e t o t a lk a b out t h re e d if fe re n t t o pic
a re as, w hic h w ill e n ab le y ou t o s h ow t h e e x am in ers t h at y ou h av e a w id e
r a n ge o f v ocab ula ry .

The R ou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
If t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a f o llo w -u p q uestio n y ou s h ould p ro vid e a s h ort
n atu ra l r e sp onse . D on't g o i n to a n y l o ng e x pla n atio ns o r d eta ils a b out
a n yth in g. J u st p ro vid e a n atu ra l r e sp onse t o t h e q uestio n, a s i f y ou w ere
h av in g a r e la x ed c o nvers a tio n. T he w hole p oin t o f t h is q uestio n i s s im ply t o
f in is h t h is p art o f t h e e x am . I t's t h e e n d o f p art 2 .
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SE C RET # 7 . I E LTS S P E A K IN G
PA RT 3 S E C RETS




In t h is c h ap te r y ou’ll f in d a s a m ple s p eak in g t e st p art 3 ( d is c u ssio n) t h at
w e’re g oin g t o g o t h ro ugh o ne q uestio n a t a t im e. Y ou’ll f in d s o m e n ote s
u nder e ach q uestio n, w ith a s a m ple r e sp onse a n d s o m e t ip s.
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Cle a r C om munic a tio n C heck lis t
1 .
Keep y our s e n te n ces s im ple a n d d ir e ct
2 .
Rem ove u nnecessa ry w ord s t o m ak e y our c o m munic atio n m ore
effe ctiv e a n d p ow erfu l. R em em ber t h at n o m atte r w ho y ou’re s p eak in g
to , t h ey a re h um an , s o r e la te t o t h em a s a h um an .
3 .
Be a s s p ecific a s p ossib le .
4 .
Avoid t h e P assiv e V oic e l ik e t h e p la g ue, u nle ss y ou h av e n o c h oic e.
In ste ad o f s a y in g
“th e p ro je ct w as l a unch ed b y t h e g overn m en t”
u se a n
activ e s e n te n ce l ik e
“The g overn m en t l a unch ed t h e p ro je ct” .
A ctiv e
se n te n ces t e n d t o s o und m ore a liv e a n d a s a r e su lt m ore i n te re stin g.

When t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a q uestio n y ou’v e a lr e ad y t a lk ed a b out.
Don't b e s u rp ris e d i f t h e e x am in er a sk s y ou a q uestio n w hic h y ou'v e j u st
a n sw ere d i n y our p re v io us r e sp onse . S om etim es w hen y ou r e sp ond t o a
q uestio n y ou w ill i n ad verte n tly a n sw er t h e n ex t q uestio n t h at t h e e x am in er
w as g oin g t o a sk . T he e x am in er m ig ht j u st a sk y ou a g ain a n yw ay . D on't b e
s u rp ris e d a n d d on't f e el b ad . D on't a ssu m e t h at t h e e x am in er h asn 't
u nders to od y ou o r h asn 't l is te n ed , j u st a n sw er t h e q uestio n a s i f y ou h ad n't
a n sw ere d i t b efo re . I f y ou w an t, y ou c an t r y t o a n sw er i n a s lig htly d if fe re n t
w ay b y p ara p hra sin g, b ut d on't f e el n erv ous, d on't f e el b ad a n d d on't f e el l ik e
t h e e x am in er d id n't u nders ta n d, i t's j u st p art o f t h e p ro cess.

Socia lly S tr a n ge q uestio ns.

This i s a l ittle b it c o ntr o vers ia l b ut i n t h e I E LTS s p eak in g t e st t h ey o fte n
a sk w eir d o r s tr a n ge q uestio ns t h at c atc h s tu den ts o ff g uard . T he r e aso n w hy
t h ey d o t h is , i s s o t h ey c an f o cu s t h eir a sse ssm en t o n l a n guag e r a th er t h an
i d eas a n d b ack gro und k now le d ge o f a p artic u la r s u bje ct. T his i s w hy y ou
o fte n s e e g en eric a n d o bvio us q uestio ns t h at y ou w ould n’t n orm ally t a lk
a b out i n y our o w n l a n guag e. F org et w heth er y ou t h in k t h e q uestio n t h e
e x am in er i s a sk in g y ou i s s tu pid a n d j u st p la y t h e g am e t o g et y our b an d
s c o re . T ell t h e e x am in er w hat h e o r s h e w an ts t o h ear, a n d y ou’ll b e l a u ghin g,
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re sid en ce w ith a n 8 .5 .
Don’t l e t s tr a n ge q uestio ns s p oil y our g ood v ib es i n t h e e x am .
Focu s o n
bein g o pen , f rie n dly a n d c h atty , w hate v er q uestio n t h e e x am in er a sk s. D on’t
lim it y ours e lf t o s p eak in g a b out t h in gs t h at a re 1 00% t r u e f o r y ou e ith er,
re m em ber t h e e x am in er d oesn 't k now y ou a n d d oesn 't c are i f w hat y ou'r e
sa y in g i s t r u e! I f y ou d on't k now w hat t o s a y , j u st i n ven t a n a n sw er, n obody
care s!

To c la rif y w hat y ou j u st s a id
If y ou w an t t o c la rif y w hat y ou j u st s a id y ou c an s a y
't o p ut i t a noth er w ay...'
or y ou c an s a y
'w hat I m ea n i s ...'
or
'w hat I 'm t r y in g t o s a y i s ...'
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What t o s a y i f y ou n eed t im e t o t h in k i n t h e e x am
If y ou n eed t im e t o t h in k i n t h e e x am b ecau se y ou'r e n ot s u re o f w hat t o
s a y , y ou c an s ta rt b y s a y in g:

'i t's q uite a d iffic u lt q uestio n, b ut I s u ppose /g uess...''.

Or y ou c an s a y

't h at's a r e a lly i n te re stin g q uestio n .. I s u ppose /g uess'

or y ou c an s a y

'I 'v e n ever t h ought a bout i t b efo re , b ut I s u ppose /g uess...'
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EX AM PL E P A RT 3 w it h N ote s a n d S am ple A nsw er
Let’ s c o n sid er f ir st o f a ll h ow p eo ple ’s v a lu es h ave c h an ged .
W hat k in d o f h obbie s a re p opu la r a m on g t e en agers i n y o u r c o u ntr y ? W hy d o y o u t h in k t h ese h obbie s
a re s o p opu la r?
Note s:
What k in d o f h obbie s a re p opula r a m ong t e en ag ers i n y our c o untr y a n d
w hy d o y ou t h in k t h ese h obbie s a re s o p opula r? T his t y pe o f q uestio n i s
t y pic al. T hey l ik e t o a sk y ou w hat t y pe o f t h in gs a re p opula r w ith y oung
p eo ple o r t e en ag ers o r p eo ple y our o w n a g e i n y our c o untr y o r i n y our a re a.
For t h is p artic u la r q uestio n a n e x am ple a n sw er m ig ht b e s o m eth in g l ik e
t h is :
‘M ost t e en agers i n m y c o untr y l ik e t o g o o ut a nd s o cia lis e , t h ey l ik e t o
p la y f o otb all a nd t h ey l ik e t o l is te n t o m usic . I t h in k t h ese a re v ery p opula r
b eca use t h ey a re e a sy a ctiv itie s t o p ass t h e t im e. M usic i s a va ila ble a t t h e
t o uch o f a b utto n o n y o ur s m artp hone a nd y o u c a n l is te n t o i t a nyw here ,
p re tty m uch . F ootb all i s f a ir ly i n exp en siv e t o p ra ctic e a nd i s t h e m ost p opula r
s p ort ( in m y c o untr y ) n ot j u st a m ong t e en agers, b ut a m ong a dults a s w ell.
F in ally , g oin g o ut a nd s o cia lis in g a re a ls o s o m eth in g t h at I t h in k p eo ple o f
a ll a ges l ik e t o d o. W e h ave g re a t w ea th er m ost o f t h e y ea r, s o p eo ple a re
a lw ays u p f o r a d rin k o r a c o ffe e o uts id e w ith f r ie n ds. B ein g s o cia ble o uts id e
i s a v ery b ig p art o f o ur c u ltu re , i t h elp s u s c o nnect w ith e a ch o th er.’
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H ow d o y o u t h in k t h in gs h ave c h an ged s in ce y o u r g ra n dpare n ts ’ t im e?
Note s:
Anoth er t y pic al e x am -s ty le q uestio n. T he e x am o fte n i n clu des a q uestio n
a b out h ow t h in gs h av e c h an ged i n s o m e w ay ( c o m parin g p ast a n d p re se n t
h ab its o r b eh av io urs ). T he k ey l a n guag e y ou n eed t o d om in ate h ere i s ‘ u se d
t o ’, p ast s im ple a n d p re se n t t e n se s. B ey ond t h at, y ou n eed t o b e c o m fo rta b le
w ith s p ecu la tin g.
Here i s a s im ple e x am ple :
'W ow , t h at's a d iffic u lt q uestio n! I 'm n ot e n tir e ly s u re h ow t h in gs h ave
c h anged s in ce m y g ra ndpare n ts ' t im e, b ut i f I h ad t o g uess I 'd p ro bably s a y
t h at t e en agers s p en d m ore t im e i n f r o nt o f s c re en s w ith t e ch nolo gy n ow . T hey
c o m munic a te o nlin e a l o t, w here a s t h is w asn 't a n o ptio n i n m y g ra ndpare n ts '
t im e. T hey p ro bably l is te n t o a l o t m ore m usic a nd t h ey p la y a l o t m ore
c o m pute r g am es a s w ell!
They p ro bably p la y a w id er r a nge o f s p orts b eca use I m ea n, l e t's f a ce i t,
t h e o nly s p ort p eo ple p la yed 6 0- 7 0 y ea rs a go w as p ro bably f o otb all ( s o ccer).
W ith g lo balis a tio n, a l o t o f d iffe re n t h obbie s a nd s p orts h ave s p re a d a ll o ver
t h e w orld , s o I t h in k m ore p eo ple p la y s p orts l ik e t e n nis n ow a nd p erh aps 7 0
y ea rs a go t h is w as o nly f o r t h e e lite . M any t e en agers a ls o p la y b ask etb all
n ow , b ut t h ey p ro bably d id n't u se d t o 7 0 y ea rs a go.'
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Fin ally , l e t’ s t a lk a bou t t h e r o le o f p eer-p re ssu re .
D o y o u t h in k p eer-p re ssu re i n flu en ces t h e k in d o f h obbie s p eo ple c h oose t o p ra ctis e ? H ow o r W hy?
Note s:
A p ossib le a n sw er m ig ht b e:
'I t h in k t o a c erta in e xte n t i t d oes. P eer p re ssu re i s m uch m ore p ro nounced
w hen y o u'r e i n y o ur t e en s, b ut e ven a dults f e el p eer p re ssu re i n m y o pin io n. I t
d oes i n flu en ce t h e k in d o f h obbie s t h at p eo ple c h oose , b eca use w hen y o u s e e
t h at o th er p eo ple p ra ctis e a s p ort o r p ra ctis e a p artic u la r h obby, i t
a uto m atic a lly b eco m es m ore a ttr a ctiv e t o y o u. S o, y o u a re m ore l ik ely t o d o
s o m eth in g t h at y o u s e e o th er p eo ple e n jo yin g. T here 's a ls o a dded p re ssu re
f o r y o u t o j o in i n i f y o ur f r ie n ds p ra ctic e a p artic u la r h obby, a s t h e
a lte rn ativ e i s o fte n t o s ta y a t h om e a nd n ot s e e t h em '
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8.5 L ev el S peak in g P hra se s f o r I E LTS P art 3
OK, s o h ere i s a l o ng l is t o f p ossib le p hra se s, s tr u ctu re s a n d w ord s y ou
c o uld u se t o a d d a b it o f s a lt a n d p ep per t o y our s p eak in g i n p art 3 a n d g et a n
8 .5 o r e v en a 9 .0 . H OW EV ER , y ou d o n ot n eed t o u se a n y o f t h em t o g et a n
8 .5 . T hese a re j u st e x tr a p hra se s f o r y ou t o c h oose t h e o nes y ou l ik e a n d a re
c o m fo rta b le u sin g a n d t h in k a b out a d din g t h em t o y our p ra ctic e. D o n ot
s tr e ss, a n d d o n ot s ta rt w ritin g t h em a ll d ow n a n d s tu dyin g t h eir d efin itio ns
p le ase . F ocu s o n 3 o r 4 t h at y ou l ik e a n d t h at y ou’re c o m fo rta b le u sin g, a n d
t h en i n tr o duce t h em i n to y our a n sw ers w hen y ou d o t h e p ra ctic e e x erc is e s
l a te r o n i n t h is b ook.

USE FU L P H RA SE S
If y o u c o nsid er X … y o u c o uld b e c o nvin ced b y a n a rg um en t i n f a vo r
o f… .Y
But y o u h ave t o t h in k a bout a noth er a sp ect o f t h e p ro ble m …
I d o n ot f e el t h is i s a d ir e ct c a use o f…
Of c o urse i t g oes w ith out s a yin g t h at…
There h as b een a g ro w in g b ody o f o pin io n t h at..
… t h e s itu atio n c a n b e a ddre sse d b y a doptin g t h e m eth ods m en tio ned
a bove…
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EX PR ESSIN G V IE W S
I w ould a rg ue t h at…
I f ir m ly b elie ve t h at…
It s e em s t o m e t h at..
I t e n d t o t h in k t h at…
Peo ple a rg ue t h at..
Som e p eo ple t h in k t h at…
Many p eo ple f e el t h at…
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REFU TIN G A N A RG UM EN T
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I d on n ot b elie ve t h at..
It I h ard t o a ccep t t h at…
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PR O VID IN G S U PPO RT
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Fir stly ,…
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Let m e i llu str a te …

DEFIN IN G/E X PL A IN IN G
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USE S PA RIN GLY ( = a l ittle )
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Neverth ele ss/n oneth ele ss…
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Besid es…
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USE M ODER A TELY
While …
Mea nw hile …
Alth ough…
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OTH ER U SE FU L P H RA SE S
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I i n te n d t o i llu str a te h ow s o m e o f t h ese d iffe re n ces a re s ig nific a nt t o t h e
arg um en t p ut f o rw ard .
How ever, w hils t I a gre e t h at… I a m l e ss c o nvin ced t h at…
I c erta in ly b elie ve t h at…
One o f t h e m ain a rg um en ts i n f a vo ur o f… . i s t h at…
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…th is c o uld i n vo lv e…
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Opponen ts o f… p oin t o ut t h at … a nd a rg ue t h at…
On t h e o th er h and i t c a nnot b e d en ie d t h at…
Supporte rs o f… arg ue t h at…

IN TR O DUCIN G A F A LSE A RG UM EN T
It c o uld b e a rg ued t h at…
Som e p eo ple w ould a rg ue t h at…
There i s a ls o t h e i d ea i m plic it i n t h e s ta te m en t t h at…
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DEM OLIS H IN G A F A LSE A RG UM EN T
This i s p artly t r u e, b ut…
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How ever, t h e i m plic a tio n t h at… i s o versim plific a tio n.
This a rg um en t h as c erta in s p ecific l o gic , b ut…

PR O PO SIN G A C O RREC T A RG UM EN T
It i s c le a r t h at…
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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 1

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out y our o utd oor h obbie s.
Do y o u p re fe r i n door h obbie s o r o utd oor h obbie s? W hy?
What k in d o f o utd oor h obbie s d o y o u e n jo y? W hy d o y o u e n jo y t h em ?
What o utd oor a ctiv itie s d o y o u w ant t o t r y i n t h e f u tu re ? W hy?

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out h obbie s i n g en era l.
Why d o p eo ple s a y t h at i t’ s i m porta nt t o h ave h obbie s?
Tell m e a bout y o ur f a vo urite h obby. W hat’ s t h e m ost i n te re stin g t h in g
a bout i t i n y o ur o pin io n?
Is i t e a sy t o f in d t im e t o p ra ctis e y o ur h obbie s? ( W hy-W hy n ot? )

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Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e y o u r i d ea l
o u td oor p la ce.

You s h ould s a y:

Where i t i s

When d id /w ill y o u g o t h ere

What a ctiv itie s y o u c a n d o
th ere

and s a y w hy i s i t i d ea l f o r
y o u


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
Are y ou p la n nin g o n g oin g b ack t h ere s o on?
Is i t e asy f o r y ou t o g o t h ere ?
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Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n

Let’ s c o nsid er f ir s t o f a ll h ow p eo ple ’s v alu es h av e c h an ged .
What k in d o f h obbie s a re p opula r a m ong t e en agers i n y o ur c o untr y ? W hy
d o y o u t h in k t h ese h obbie s a re s o p opula r?
How d o y o u t h in k t h in gs h ave c h anged s in ce y o ur g ra ndpare n ts ’ t im e?

Fin ally , l e t’ s t a lk a b out t h e r o le o f p eer-p re ssu re .
Do y o u t h in k p eer-p re ssu re i n flu en ces t h e k in d o f h obbie s p eo ple c h oose
t o p ra ctis e ? H ow o r W hy?
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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 2

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out y our h om e t o w n o r v illa g e.
Can y o u d esc rib e w hat k in d o f p la ce i t i s ?
What’ s s p ecia l a bout y o ur t o w n/v illa ge?
What k in d o f f r e e-tim e a ctiv itie s d o t h e p eo ple i n y o ur t o w n/v illa ge u su ally
e n jo y?
Would y o u s a y y o ur t o w n/v illa ge i s a g ood p la ce t o l iv e? ( W hy? )

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out a cco m modatio n.
What k in d o f a cco m modatio n d o y o u l iv e i n ?
How l o ng h ave y o u l iv ed t h ere ?
What a re t h e a dva nta ges o f l iv in g t h ere ?
What s o rt o f a cco m modatio n w ould y o u l ik e t o l iv e i n ? W hy?
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Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e a n o cca sio n
w hen y o u l o st s o m eth in g.

You s h ould s a y:

what y o u l o st

how y o u f o und i t

and h ow y o u f e lt w hen y o u
fo und i t.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
Why d o s o m e p eo ple r e p ea te d ly f o rg et t h in gs?
What c a n p eo ple d o t o b eco m e l e ss f o rg etfu l? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s c o nsid er h ow p eo ple v alu e p osse ssio ns.
What’ s t h e b est t h in g t o d o i f y o u f in d s o m eth in g v a lu able o n s tr e et?
What t y p es o f p osse ssio ns a re c o nsid ere d i m porta nt i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Has t h is a lw ays b een t h e c a se , o r d id p eo ple v a lu e d iffe re n t t h in gs i n t h e
p ast?
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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 3

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out y ours e lf .
Are y o u c u rre n tly a s tu den t o r d o y o u w ork ?
Why d id y o u c h oose t o d o t h is c o urse /jo b?
Tell m e a l ittle a bout y o ur d aily r o utin e.
Is t h ere a nyth in g y o u w ould l ik e t o c h ange a bout y o ur r o utin e?

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out s h oppin g.
Who d oes t h e m ajo rity o f t h e s h oppin g i n y o ur h ouse h old ?
Is s h oppin g a p opula r a ctiv ity a m ong y o ung p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y ?
( W hy/w hy n ot? )
What t y p e o f s h ops d o y o ung p eo ple l ik e b est i n y o ur c o untr y ? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e a m ea n in gfu l
e v en t i n y ou r l if e s o f a r.

You s h ould s a y:

When t h e e ven t h appen ed

Who y o u w ere w ith

What h appen ed

And e xp la in w hy y o u f e el i t
w as s p ecia l o r m ea nin gfu l.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
How o fte n d o y o u t h in k a bout t h is e ven t?
Is t h ere a nyth in g y o u w ould c h ange a bout t h is e ven t? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out i m porta n t e v en ts i n y our c o untr y .
What a re t h e m ost i m porta nt e ven ts i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Why i s i t i m porta nt t o h ave n atio nal c ele b ra tio ns?
Has t h e w ay p eo ple c ele b ra te i m porta nt e ven ts c h anged o ver t h e y ea rs i n
y o ur c o untr y ? W hy?
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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 4

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out t h e p la ce w here y ou l iv e.
Tell m e a l ittle b it a bout t h e p la ce w here y o u l iv e.
What d o y o u l ik e a bout i t?
Is t h ere a nyth in g y o u w ould c h ange a bout i t?
Desc rib e y o ur i d ea l p la ce t o l iv e.

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out c lo th es.
Do y o u e n jo y s h oppin g f o r c lo th es?
What s o rt o f c lo th es d o y o u l ik e t o w ea r?
Is f a sh io n i m porta nt i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Have y o u e ver h ad t o w ea r a u nifo rm ?

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Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e s o m eth in g y ou
h ave l e a rn t r ecen tly t h at
y ou f o u nd u se fu l.

You s h ould s a y:

What y o u l e a rn t

What y o u e n jo yed a bout
le a rn in g i t

What y o u w ould c h ange
a bout t h e e xp erie n ce

And e xp la in w hy i t w as
u se fu l t o y o u.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
How o fte n d o y o u t h in k y o u w ill u se t h is k n ow le d ge i n t h e f u tu re ?
Is t h ere a noth er s k ill y o u w ould l ik e t o l e a rn ? ( W hat i s i t a nd w hy? ) Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out e d ucatio n.
Is t h e p ursu it o f h ig her e d uca tio n i m porta nt t o p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Why i s i t i m porta nt t o c o m ple te h ig her e d uca tio n f o r s o m e p eo ple ?
Has p eo ple ’s a ttitu de t o w ard s h ig her e d uca tio n c h anged s in ce y o ur
p are n ts ’ t im e? W hy?
Does e d uca tio n g uara nte e a g ood j o b w here y o u l iv e?

Now l e t’ s t a lk a bout t e ch nolo gy a nd e d uca tio n
How i m porta nt i s i t f o r e d uca tio nal i n stitu tio ns t o h ave c o m pute rs f o r
t h eir s tu den ts ?
How v a lu able i s t h e i n te rn et a s a n e d uca tio nal t o ol?



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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 5

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out f o od.
Tell m e a bout y o ur f a vo urite f o od.
What’ s y o ur l e a st f a vo urite f o od?
How h as y o ur t a ste c h anged o ver t h e y ea rs?
Desc rib e y o ur i d ea l m ea l.

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out g oin g o ut.
Do y o u e a t o ut o fte n ?
What’ s t h e m ost i m porta nt t h in g f o r y o u w hen y o u g o o ut?
Where d o y o ung p eo ple l ik e t o g o o ut w here y o u l iv e?
Do y o u l ik e t o g o o ut o n y o ur o w n o r d o y o u p re fe r t o g o o ut w ith f r ie n ds?
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P art 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e s o m ew here y ou
lik e t o e a t.

You s h ould m en tio n

Where i s i t

What k in d o f f o od y o u c a n
e a t t h ere

Why d o l ik e t o e a t t h ere

and h ow o fte n y o u e a t
th ere


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
How i m porta nt i s i t t o e a t a h ea lth y, b ala nced d ie t?
Do m ost p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y e a t a h ea lth y d ie t? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out d ie ts .
Why d o y o u t h in k s o m e p eo ple c h oose t o b e v eg an?
How h as p eo ple ’s d ie t c h anged i n y o ur c o untr y o ver t h e l a st t w en ty y ea rs?
How d o y o u t h in k t h e w ay p eo ple e a t w ill c h ange i n t h e f u tu re ?
What i s a t y p ic a l m ea l i n y o ur h om e t o w n?
Do y o u t h in k t h at a r e g io n’s f o od d efin es i ts c u ltu re ? I f s o , h ow ?

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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 6

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out l e is u re .
Tell m e a bout t h e t h in gs y o u e n jo y d oin g i n y o ur f r e e t im e.
What d id y o u u se d t o e n jo y d oin g i n y o ur f r e e t im e w hen y o u w ere
y o unger?
How m any d ays o ff d o m ost p eo ple g et i n y o ur c o untr y ?
How i m porta nt i s l e is u re t im e f o r y o u?

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out m usic .
How o fte n d o y o u l is te n t o m usic ?
What’ s y o ur f a vo urite k in d o f m usic ?
What’ s a t r a ditio nal t y p e o f m usic i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Why i s m usic i m porta nt t o s o m any p eo ple ? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Talk a b ou t a n e x cit in g
e x p erie n ce y ou h ave h ad .

You s h ould m en tio n

when t h e e xp erie n ce t o ok
p la ce

where i t h appen ed

what h appen ed

and e xp la in w hy t h e e ven t
w as s o e xcitin g.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
How i m porta nt i s i t t o e xp erie n ce d iffe re n t t h in gs i n l ife ?
Do m ost p eo ple y o u k n ow l ik e t o e xp erie n ce d iffe re n t t h in gs? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out r is k s.
In w hat w ays i s l ife b eco m in g r is k ie r?
In g en era l, i s l ife e a sie r o r m ore d iffic u lt t h an i t w as i n y o ur p are n ts ’
t im e?
Is t a kin g r is k s a p ositiv e o r a n eg ativ e?
Do y o u t h in k p eo ple i n g en era l t a ke l e ss r is k s a s t h ey g et o ld er? W hy-W hy
n ot?

Now l e t’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out a d ven tu re
How i m porta nt i s i t f o r p eo ple t o e xp erie n ce a dven tu re ?
Are y o ung p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y a dven tu ro us?
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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 7

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out y our h om e t o w n.
Tell m e a bout y o ur h om eto w n. W hat i s i t l ik e?
Has i t c h anged s in ce y o u w ere y o unger? I f s o , h ow ?
What d o p eo ple t h ere u su ally d o f o r e n te rta in m en t?

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out r e ad in g.
How o fte n d o y o u r e a d?
Do y o u p re fe r r e a din g f ic tio n o r n on-fic tio n? W hy?
What k in d o f n ew s d o y o u u su ally f o llo w ?
How d o m ost p eo ple g et t h e n ew s i n y o ur c o untr y ? W hy?

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Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e a n ew s w eb sit e ,
n ew sp ap er, m agazin e o r
b lo g y ou e n jo y r ea d in g.

You s h ould s a y:

what k in d o f n ew s w eb site ,
m agazin e o r b lo g i t i s , e .g .
te ch nolo gy

how o fte n y o u r e a d i t

what k in d o f t o pic s i t
u su ally d is c u sse s

and e xp la in w hy y o u e n jo y
re a din g i t.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
Do y o u p re fe r r e a din g o nlin e o r o fflin e s o urc es? W hy?
Do y o u t h in k i t’ s i m porta nt t o e n co ura ge c h ild re n t o r e a d? W hy-W hy n ot? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out n ew sp ap ers .
What a dva nta ges d o n ew sp apers h ave f o r f in din g o ut a bout t h e n ew s
c o m pare d t o l is te n in g t o t h e r a dio o r w atc h in g t v ?
Do y o u t h in k n ew sp apers a nd n ew s w eb site s s h ould b e f r e e t o p ublis h
w hat t h ey w ant? W hy?

Now l e t’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out r e ad in g a n d o nlin e n ew s.
What a re t h e a dva nta ges o f o nlin e n ew sp apers?
Do y o u t h in k i t’ s i m porta nt t o f o llo w t h e n ew s e very d ay? W hy?
Is r e a din g b eco m in g i n cre a sin gly i m porta nt? W hy?

Extr a q uestio ns:
What k in d o f s to rie s d o t h e m ain str e a m m ed ia p ublis h a bout f a m ous
p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y ?
Should t h ey b e a llo w ed t o r e le a se s to rie s a bout p eo ple ’s p riv a te l iv es?
W hy-W hy n ot?
Do y o u t h in k o nlin e n ew sp apers w ill o ne d ay r e p la ce t r a ditio nal
n ew sp apers? W hy-W hy n ot?


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PR ACTIC E S P E A K IN G T EST 8

Note
: T he e x am in er w ill i n tr o duce h im se lf o r h ers e lf a n d t h en a sk y ou f o r
y our n am e a n d I D b efo re y ou s ta rt.

Part 1 :
Let’ s t a lk a b out y our l if e sty le .
Would y ou d esc rib e y ours e lf a s a n a ctiv e p ers o n?
What k in d o f t h in gs d o y o u l ik e t o d o t o u nw in d? W hy?
Is i t i m porta nt t o h ave a v a rie ty o f f r e e-tim e a ctiv itie s? W hy?
How i m porta nt i s i t t o h ave a n a ctiv e l ife sty le ?

Let’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out s p ort.
Did y o u p ra ctis e a l o t o f s p ort a s a c h ild ?
What i s y o ur f a vo urite s p ort n ow a s a n a dult? W hy?
How o fte n d o y o u f o llo w s p orts o n t v ?
How d o m ost p eo ple k eep f it i n y o ur a re a ?

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Part 2 : – I n div id ual l o n g t u rn

Can did ate T ask C ard

Desc rib e a s p ecia l
sp ortin g e v en t o r
c o m petit io n y ou h ave e it h er
p artic ip ate d i n o r w atc h ed .

You s h ould s a y:

what t y p e o f e ven t o r
c o m petitio n i t w as

when a nd w here i t w as

what h appen ed

and e xp la in w hy i t w as
in te re stin g o r s p ecia l.


You w ill h av e t o t a lk a b out t h e t o pic f o r 1 t o 2 m in ute s.
You h av e o ne m in ute t o t h in k a b out w hat y ou'r e g oin g t o s a y .
You c an m ak e s o m e n ote s t o h elp y ou i f y ou w is h .

Rou ndin g o ff q uestio n s
How d id i t m ake y o u f e el? Uploaded b606DIi

Part 3 : T w o-w ay d is c u ssio n
Let’ s t a lk a b out e x erc is e a n d f itn ess.
What a dva nta ges o f r e g ula r e xerc is e ?
What a re t h e b est w ays t o k eep f it?
Should e very o ne b e e n co ura ged t o e xerc is e ? W hy-W hy n ot?
Are p eo ple i n y o ur c o untr y l e ss h ea lth y t h an t h ey w ere i n y o ur p are n ts ’
t im e?

Now l e t’ s m ove o n t o t a lk a b out s p ort.
What i s t h e m ost p opula r s p ort i n y o ur c o untr y ? W hy d o y o u t h in k t h is i s ?
Is s p ort a p art o f t h e c u ltu re o f a c o untr y ? W hy-W hy n ot?

Extr a q uestio ns:
Should s p ort a nd f itn ess b e g iv en m ore i m porta nce i n s c h ools a nd
u niv ersitie s? W hy-W hy n ot?
How c a n y o ung p eo ple b e e n co ura ged t o s ta y h ea lth y?
Should g overn m en ts t a ke a ctio n t o e n su re p eo ple a re p hysic a lly h ea lth ie r?
W hy-W hy n ot?

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IE LTS P R ACTIC E C ARDS
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Goals
What’s y ou r
b ig gest g oal a t t h e
m om en t a n d h ow d o
y ou p la n t o a ch ie v e
it ?
What i s
so m eth in g y ou ’v e
nev er l e a rn ed b ut
wis h y ou h ad ?


What " sh ort-
te rm " g oals d o y ou
h ave a t t h e m om en t?

What " lo n g
te rm " g oals d o y ou
have?


Thin k o f a t im e
w hen y ou d id n’t
a ch ie v e o n e o f y ou r
g oals , d esc rib e t h e
sit u atio n a n d h ow
y ou f e lt .

Why a re g oals
im porta n t? I n y ou r
op in io n , i s i t
esse n tia l t o h ave
goals i n l if e ?


Have y ou g ot a n y
g oals t h at y ou t h in k
a re u nrea lis tic ?

What i s s u ccess t o
you ? ( W hat w ou ld
be y ou r d efin it io n o f
su ccess? )
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Resta u ra n ts & F ood
What’s y ou r
fa vorit e t y p e o f
fo od ? ( I ta lia n ,
S pan is h , F ren ch ,
A m eric a n , M ex ic a n ,
C hin ese , T hai e tc ..? )
Do y ou l ik e t o e a t
in r esta u ra n ts ?
Desc rib e t h e b est
resta u ra n t y ou
rem em ber g oin g t o .



Are y ou a g ood
c o ok ? W hat’s y ou r
sta r d is h ?


Desc rib e t h e
worst r esta u ra n t y ou
rem em ber g oin g t o .


Do y ou l ik e ‘ ju nk
fo od ’? . D o y ou t h in k
‘ju nk f o od ’ s h ou ld
b e m ore r eg u la te d
b y t h e g overn m en t?


Have y ou e v er
ea te n a t a n ‘ a ll y ou
ca n e a t’ r esta u ra n t?
Was t h e f o od a s
good a s a n orm al
resta u ra n t?


What’s t h e m ost
im porta n t t h in g i n a
r esta u ra n t? ‘ V alu e
fo r m on ey ’, t a ste ,
a tm osp here o r
d éco r?


What d o y ou
th in k a b ou t c h ild ren
cry in g i n a
resta u ra n t w hen y ou
are t r y in g t o e a t?
Does i t b oth er y ou ?

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Work
At w hat a ge
w ou ld y ou l ik e t o
r etir e? W hat d o y ou
th in k y ou w ill d o
a fte r y ou r etir e?
What’s t h e w orst
jo b y ou h ave e v er
don e?



On a s c a le o f 1 -
1 0, h ow w ou ld r a te
y ou r j o b ? ( 1 0 t h e
b est a n d 1 t h e w orst
sc o res).


What c h an ges
wou ld y ou i n tr o d uce
to i m pro ve y ou r
cu rren t j o b ?


What’s y ou r
d rea m j o b ? ( I f
m on ey w as n ot a n
is su e, w hat j o b
w ou ld y ou c h oose ? )


If y ou w on ‘ a
gazillio n ’ d olla rs i n
th e l o tte ry
to m orro w , w ou ld
you r etir e? H ow
wou ld y ou s p en d
you r t im e?


What j o b s g iv e
p eo p le a h ig h s ta tu s
in y ou r c o u ntr y ?
Wou ld
in tr o d ucin g a 4 -d ay
work -w eek b e
rea lis tic i n y ou r
co u ntr y ? W hy o r
why n ot?


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Jo b I n te rv ie w s
Is i t i m porta n t t o
b e g ood a t j o b
in te rv ie w s? W hy o r
w hy n ot?
What s k ills ,
ab ilit ie s a n d
qualit ie s d o
in te rv ie w ers
gen era lly l o ok f o r i n
a c a n did ate ?



On a s c a le o f 1 -
1 0, h ow w ou ld r a te
y ou r j o b i n te rv ie w
sk ills ?


Are j o b
in te rv ie w s a f a ir
asse ssm en t o f
so m eo n e’s s k ills a n d
su it a b ilit y f o r a j o b ?


What a re t h e
m ost c o m mon j o b
in te rv ie w q uestio n s?
P ic k o n e a n d a n sw er
it w it h y ou r p artn er.


How d o y ou f e el
when y ou h ave t o d o
a j o b i n te rv ie w ?

How c o u ld
e m plo yers m ak e j o b
in te rv ie w s f a ir er f o r
c a n did ate s?
What 3 p ie ces o f
ad vic e w ou ld y ou
giv e s o m eo n e w ho i s
ab ou t t o d o a j o b
in te rv ie w ?
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In ven tio ns

What a re t h e
m ost i m porta n t
in ven tio n s o f t h e
2 0th a n d 2 1st
c en tu rie s i n y ou r
o p in io n ?
How d id t h e
in ven tio n o f t h e T V
ch an ge p eo p le 's
liv es?



How h as t h e
in te rn et c h an ged
p eo p le ’s l iv es? H as i t
b een a p osit iv e o r a
n eg ativ e c h an ge?



What d o y ou
th in k i s t h e w orst
in ven tio n i n h is to ry ?


Whic h t w o
in ven tio n s w ou ld
y ou l ik e t o s e e i n t h e
n ex t 1 0 o r 1 5 y ea rs?
W hy?



If s o m eo n e
in ven te d a t im e
mach in e, w hat t im e
wou ld y ou l ik e t o
vis it ? W hy?

How h as t h e
In te rn et i n flu en ced
c o m munic a tio n ,
c o rresp on den ce a n d
a ccess t o
in fo rm atio n ?
What w ou ld y ou
in ven t i f y ou w ere a
sc ie n tis t? W hy?

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Body L an guag e
Why d o y ou t h in k
b od y l a n gu age i s
im porta n t?
How d o y ou u se
bod y l a n gu age t o
co m munic a te ?

What t y p e o f
b od y l a n gu age i s
c o n sid ered
th rea te n in g i n y ou r
c u lt u re?

What t y p e o f
bod y l a n gu age i s
co n sid ered
th rea te n in g i n y ou r
cu lt u re?


What t y p e o f
b od y l a n gu age i s n ot
a llo w ed o r
fr o w ned
u pon
i n y ou r
c u lt u re?


Do y ou t r y t o u se
bod y l a n gu age w hen
you c o m munic a te i n
Englis h ?

In w hat s it u atio n s
c a n y ou m is in te rp ret
so m eo n e's b od y
la n gu age?



Do y ou u se t h e
sa m e a m ou nt o f e y e
co n ta ct w it h m en
an d w om en ? W hy o r
why n ot?
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Sports
Do y ou p la y o r
w atc h a n y s p orts ?
Do y ou t h in k
ev ery b od y s h ou ld
pra ctic e s p orts ?

How o fte n d o y ou
e x ercis e ?
Have y ou e v er
tr ie d a n y e x tr em e
sp orts ? W hic h o n es?
Whic h o n es w ou ld
you l ik e t o t r y ?



What d o y ou
th in k i s t h e m ost
p op ula r s p ort i n t h e
w orld ?


What i s y ou r
fa vorit e t e a m s p ort?

What i s y ou r
fa vorit e s p ort t e a m ?



Do p ro fe ssio n al
ath le te s g et p aid t o o
much ? W hy? W hy
not?

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Hobbie s
What’s y ou r
fa vorit e h ob by a n d
h ow l o n g h ave y ou
b een d oin g i t ?
What h ob bie s d o
you h ave?

Do y ou t h in k i t ’s
im porta n t f o r p eo p le
to h ave h ob bie s?
W hy o r w hy n ot?
Is c o st a n
im porta n t f a cto r t o
co n sid er w hen
ch oosin g a n ew
hob by?



Whic h h ob bie s
a re t h e m ost p op ula r
in y ou r c o u ntr y ?


What’s y ou r
op in io n o n h untin g
as a h ob by?

Are t h ere a n y
h ob bie s y ou w ou ld
lik e t o t r y ?



What’s t h e m ost
dan gero u s h ob by
you c a n t h in k o f?
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Music & M ovie s
What k in d o f
m usic d o y ou l ik e?
What k in ds o f
music d on 't y ou
lik e?

Nam e o n e o f y ou r
fa vorit e s o n gs o f a ll
tim e. W hat d oes t h is
so n g r em in d y ou o f?
Do y ou l ik e t o
watc h T V ?



What a re y ou r
fa vorit e k in ds o f
p ro gra m s o r s h ow s
r ig h t n ow ?


Do y ou l ik e
movie s?

What’s y ou r a ll-
tim e f a vorit e m ovie ?
W hen d id y ou f ir st
w atc h i t ?



Who a re y ou r
fa vorit e a cto rs o r
actr esse s?
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Crim e
Are s o m e p arts o f
y ou r h om e-to w n
c o n sid ered m ore
d an gero u s t h an
o th ers? W hic h
p arts ?
Do y ou e v er g et
ap preh en siv e a b ou t
walk in g o u ts id e
afte r d ark ?

Is g u n c o n tr o l a
g ood i d ea ? E xp la in
y ou r o p in io n .
Shou ld p eo p le
who u se i lle g al d ru gs
be s h ou ld b e p ut i n
ja il?



Wou ld t h e
le g aliz a tio n o f d ru gs
h elp l o w er c rim e
r a te s?


Does p ris o n h elp
reh ab ilit a te
in m ate s? S hou ld i t ?

What c rim es d o
y ou t h in k w ill
in crea se i n t h e
fu tu re? W hy?



What c rim es d o
you t h in k w ill
decrea se i n t h e
fu tu re?
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Cultu re
What s o rt o f
th in gs d efin e a
c u lt u re? E .g .
la n gu age, b elie fs ,
m usic e tc ..?
What a d vic e
wou ld y ou g iv e t o a
to u ris t v is it in g y ou r
co u ntr y f o r t h e f ir st
tim e?

In y ou r o p in io n ,
w hat i s t h e m ost
in te restin g t h in g
a b ou t y ou r c u lt u re?
W hy?
Is " w hen i n
Rom e, d o a s t h e
Rom an s d o" g ood
ad vic e f o r s o m eo n e
tr a velin g a b ro ad ?
Exp la in .



What d o y ou l ik e
a b ou t y ou r c u lt u re?


Have y ou e v er f e lt
co n fu se d b y t h e
beh avio r o f s o m eo n e
fr o m a n oth er
co u ntr y ? E xp la in .

What d on 't y ou
lik e a b ou t y ou r
c u lt u re?



What i s t h e m ost
im porta n t t h in g
you r c u lt u re h as
co n tr ib ute d t o t h e
world ?
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Man ners
Do b ad m an nered
p eo p le b oth er y ou ?
In y ou r o p in io n ,
what’s t h e b est w ay
to t e a ch g ood
man ners t o
ch ild ren ?

What t h in gs a re
c o n sid ered b ad
m an nered i n y ou r
c u lt u re? W hy?
What t h in gs a re
co n sid ered g ood
man ners i n y ou r
cu lt u re?



Is i t i m porta n t f o r
c h ild ren t o h ave
g ood m an ners, o r
sh ou ld t h ey e x p ress
th em se lv es f r eely ?

Are p eo p le i n
you r h om eto w n o r
cit y p olit e o n t h e
ro ad ( w hen t h ey
driv e)?

How c a n y ou b e
m ore p olit e w hen
y ou d riv e?



Can m an ners
affe ct y ou r l e v el o f
su ccess i n l if e ?
Exp la in y ou r
an sw er.
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Cre ativ ity
In y ou r o p in io n ,
w hat i s c rea tiv it y ?
Do y ou c o n sid er
you rse lf c rea tiv e?
Exp la in y ou r
an sw er.

Do y ou t h in k
c rea tiv it y c a n b e
le a rn ed o r a re
p eo p le b orn w it h i t ?
Do y ou t h in k
more e m phasis
sh ou ld b e p la ced o n
crea tiv it y a t s c h ool?



Dis c u ss i d ea s f o r
a d ev ic e t h at w ou ld
m ak e p eo p le ’s l iv es
e a sie r.

Do y ou t h in k y ou
need t o t a k e r is k s i n
ord er t o b e c rea tiv e?

In y ou r o p in io n ,
w ho a re s o m e o f t h e
m ost c rea tiv e
m usic ia n s a n d
w rit e rs i n t h e l a st 2 0
y ea rs?



Can c rea tiv it y
help y ou i n y ou r
ca reer p ro sp ects ?
Exp la in .
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Datin g
Desc rib e y ou r
id ea l d ate w it h
so m eo n e.
Desc rib e y ou r
id ea l p erso n t o g o o n
a d ate w it h .

Do y ou " go
D utc h " w hen d atin g,
o r d o y ou t h in k o n e
o f t h e p eo p le o n t h e
d ate s h ou ld p ay?
Have y ou e v er
been o r w ou ld y ou
ev er g o o n a ‘ b lin d
date ’?



Do y ou b elie v e i n
‘lo ve a t f ir st s ig h t’?
E xp la in .

What’s t h e
big gest ‘ c ru sh ’
you ’v e e v er h ad o n
so m eo n e? W as i t
mutu al?

Do p erfe ct
r ela tio n sh ip s e x is t?



What a re s o m e
good c o n versa tio n
to p ic s t o t a lk a b ou t
on a f ir st d ate ?
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Mean in g o f E ducatio n

Onlin e E duca tio n
w ill o n e d ay r ep la ce
tr a d it io n al s c h ools
a n d u niv ersit ie s.
There i s t o o m uch
pressu re o n s tu den ts
an d y ou ng
em plo yees i n y ou r
co u ntr y .

Univ ersit y
e d uca tio n s h ou ld b e
c o m puls o ry f o r
e v ery on e
Peo p le s h ou ld g et
a j o b f o r a y ea r
befo re t h ey g o t o
univ ersit y .



Votin g f o r a
p olit ic ia n w ho d id n’t
g o t o u niv ersit y
w ou ld n’t b e
se n sib le .

Hom e s c h oolin g i s
bette r t h an p ublic
sc h oolin g.

A ‘ to p c la ss’
e d uca tio n
g u ara n te es a g ood
jo b .



Tea ch ers s h ou ld
be p aid m ore!

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Valu e o f E ducatio n

The g overn m en t
sh ou ld o ffe r f u ll
fu ndin g t o s tu den ts
w ho w an t t o s tu dy.
Govern m en ts o f
dev elo p ed n atio n s
sh ou ld o ffe r s tu den ts
fr o m d ev elo p in g
natio n s f u ll f u ndin g.

If p riv ate
u niv ersit ie s b rea k
th e l a w t h ey s h ou ld
b e f o rced t o c lo se .
Sch ools a n d
univ ersit ie s
sh ou ld n’t b an
mob ile p hon es i n
cla ss.



Socia l s k ills a re a s
im porta n t a s g ood
g ra d es.
The i n te rn et h as
had a t e rrib le e ffe ct
on p eo p le ’s l e v el o f
know le d ge a n d
so cia l s k ills .

Univ ersit ie s
sh ou ld b e m ore
p ra ctic a l a n d o ffe r
‘a y ea r i n i n dustr y ’.
Every b od y s h ou ld
le a rn E nglis h .

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Politic s

16-y ea r-o ld s
sh ou ld b e a llo w ed t o
v ote . T hey a re
m atu re a n d
r esp on sib le e n ou gh .
Mult i- c u lt u ra l
so cie tie s a re
dan gero u s a s t h ey
ca n l e a d t o c u lt u ra l
mis u ndersta n din gs.

Cit ie s l ik e N Y,
P aris , M ad rid ,
B arcelo n a &
L on don h ave h ig h
c rim e b eca u se o f
im mig ra tio n .
Extr em is t b elie fs
are s o m etim es
necessa ry a n d g ood .


Polit ic a l p artie s
sh ou ld n’t b e a llo w ed
to a ccep t d on atio n s
fr o m p riv ate
e n te rp ris e s.
Votin g i s a w aste
of t im e.

Votin g s h ou ld b e
c o m puls o ry .
All p olit ic ia n s
sh ou ld h ave a
univ ersit y d eg ree
an d s p ecia l t r a in in g
to t a k e p art i n
polit ic s.


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Hav e y ou e v er… . ?
Have y ou e v er
c h ea te d o n a n e x am ?
Have y ou e v er
fo rg otte n s o m eo n e’s
bir th day?

Have y ou e v er
g iv en a f a ls e e x cu se
to g et o u t o f
so m eth in g? D esc rib e
th e s it u atio n .
Have y ou e v er
tr ie d a n y e x tr em e
sp orts ? W hic h o n es
wou ld y ou l ik e t o t r y
in f u tu re?


Have y ou e v er
b een t o T haila n d?
W hic h c o u ntr ie s
w ou ld y ou m ost l ik e
to v is it a n d w hy?
Have y ou e v er
been s tu ck i n a n
ele v ato r?

Have y ou e v er
r eceiv ed a p rese n t
th at y ou l o ved ?
W hat w as i t ?
Have y ou e v er
receiv ed a p rese n t
th at y ou h ate d ?
What w as i t ?
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Meetin g P eo ple
Do y ou l ik e
m eetin g n ew p eo p le ?
W hy?
What a re s o m e
good q uestio n s t o
ask s o m eo n e y ou
ju st m et?

Do y ou f e el
n erv ou s w hen y ou
m eet n ew p eo p le ?
What a re s o m e
questio n s y ou
sh ou ld n't a sk p eo p le
you j u st m et?


How c a n y ou
q uic k ly c rea te
r a p port w it h n ew
p eo p le y ou m eet?
What k in d o f
peo p le d o y ou l ik e t o
meet?

Do p eo p le i n y ou r
c o u ntr y u se a l o t o f
b od y l a n gu age w hen
th ey s p ea k ?
Desc rib e t h e
ad van ta ges o f
meetin g p eo p le w hen
you m ove t o a n ew
co u ntr y .
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Liv in g A bro ad
Have y ou e v er
liv ed a b ro ad ? / H ow
c a n l iv in g a b ro ad
c h an ge a p erso n ?
Whic h c o u ntr y o r
co n tin en ts w ou ld
you l ik e t o l iv e i n ?
What w ou ld y ou
m is s m ost i f y ou h ad
to l iv e a b ro ad f o r
so m e t im e?
Why d o y ou t h in k
so m e p eo p le l iv e
ab ro ad ?
What d o y ou
b elie v e w ou ld b e t h e
m ost d if fic u lt p art o f
liv in g i n a n oth er
c o u ntr y ?

Do y ou t h in k
ev ery on e s h ou ld l iv e
in a n oth er c o u ntr y
at l e a st o n ce i n t h eir
lif e ?
How i s l iv in g
a b ro ad d if fe ren t
fr o m h avin g a
h olid ay a b ro ad ?


Do y ou k now
an yon e w ho h as
decid ed t o l iv e
ab ro ad f o r g ood ?
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Space E xplo ra tio n
How d oes s p ace
r ese a rch b en efit t h e
p eo p le ?


Are w e a lo n e i n
th e u niv erse ?
Exp la in y ou r
op in io n .
What p ro gress d o
y ou e stim ate s p ace
r ese a rch w ill a ch ie v e
o ver t h e n ex t t w o
d eca d es?

Wou ld y ou
co n sid er t r a velin g
in to s p ace?
Is y ou r c o u ntr y
in volv ed i n s p ace
e x p lo ra tio n ?


Do y ou t h in k t h at
it i s w orth s p en din g
so m uch m on ey o n
sp ace e x p lo ra tio n ?
What a sp ects o f
o u r u niv erse i n te rest
y ou m ost?


Shou ld
astr o n om y b e t a u gh t
in s c h ools ? W hat i s
you r o p in io n ?
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Food
What i s y ou r
c o u ntr y /r eg io n ’s
tr a d it io n al d is h ?
What k in d o f n ew
fo od w ou ld y ou l ik e
to t r y ?
Why d oes f o od
p la y a n i m porta n t
r o le i n c ele b ra tio n s?
What a re t h e
ad van ta ges a n d
dis a d van ta ges o f
Gen etic a lly
Mod if ie d F ood ?

In w hat w ay i s
fo od i m porta n t i n
o u r l iv es?
Wou ld y ou b uy
Gen etic a lly
Mod if ie d F ood ?
How p op ula r i s
o rg an ic f o od i n y ou r
c o u ntr y ?
What w ou ld y ou
sa y i s y ou r f a vou rit e
kin d o f f o od ?
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Cookin g
Do y ou t h in k t h at
tr a d it io n al h om e
c o ok in g i s a t h in g o f
th e p ast?
How m uch d o y ou
lik e c o ok in g?
What d o y ou
th in k i s e a sie r t o
m ak e: f o od o r
d ese rt?
How i m porta n t i s
it f o r m en t o k now
how t o c o ok ?
Who t a u gh t y ou
h ow t o c o ok ?
Do y ou h ave
hom e c o ok ed f o od
ev ery d ay o f t h e
week ?
Why d o y ou t h in k
th e m ost f a m ou s
c h efs a re m en ?
Shou ld c o ok in g
be t a u gh t a t s c h ool?

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Tra v ellin g
How h as
te ch nolo gy a ffe cte d
th e w ay w e t r a vel?
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th ere t o t r a vellin g?
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tr a vellin g c o n tr ib ute
to i n te rn atio n al
u ndersta n din g?
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ou r o w n c o u ntr y
befo re t r a vellin g
ab ro ad ?
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r is k s t o t r a vellin g t o
a n oth er c o u ntr y ?
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tr a vel i n o rg an is e d
gro u ps o r
in dep en den tly ?
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e x p erie n ce y ou h ave
h ad w hen
tr a vellin g?
What i s y ou r
fa vou rit e m ea n s t o
tr a vel v ery l o n g
dis ta n ces?
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Shoppin g
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fa vou rit e s to re f o r
c lo th es, b ook s,
m usic , e tc .? W hat d o
y ou l ik e a b ou t i t ?
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sm all s h op s, l ik e
bou tiq ues, o r d o y ou
go t o t h e b ig
dep artm en t s to res?
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th e s a le s a n d l o ok
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good b arg ain
recen tly ? W hat w as
it ?
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w in dow -s h op pin g?
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ex p en siv e i t e m y ou
have e v er b ou gh t
(a p art f r o m a c a r o r
hou se )?

Do y ou f e el t h at
g lo b al c h ain s to res
sp oil t h e c h ara cte r
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Fash io n
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th e l a te st f a sh io n
tr en ds w here y ou
liv e?
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you rse lf
fa sh io n ab le ?
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d esc rib e t h e w ork in g
lif e o f a f a sh io n
m od el?
Why d o y ou t h in k
so m e c lo th in g c o m es
back i n to f a sh io n
again a fte r 2 0 o r 3 0
yea rs?
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so m e d esig n er
c lo th in g j u stif ie d ?
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you r c o u ntr y w ou ld
sa y i s t h e m ost
fa sh io n c o n sc io u s?
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d resse d p erso n i n
y ou r f a m ily ?
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accesso rie s a re m ost
im porta n t t o y ou ?
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Weath er
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w ea th er c h an ged i n
y ou r r eg io n o ver t h e
la st f e w y ea rs?
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co ld est a n d h otte st
te m pera tu re y ou
have e v er
ex p erie n ced ?
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w ea th er a ffe ct a
p erso n ’s m ood ?
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in a h ot o r a c o ld
clim ate ?
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fa vou rit e k in d o f
w ea th er?
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wea th er a ffe ct o u r
lif e sty le ?
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e x p erie n ced e x tr em e
w ea th er, s u ch a s
h urric a n es, f lo od in g,
e tc .?
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days i s t h e w ea th er
fo reca st i n y ou r
co u ntr y a ccu ra te ?
One, t h ree, m ore?
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Anim als
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b ir d s a n d i n se cts c a n
y ou s e e w here y ou
liv e – i n y ou r g ard en
a n d i n y ou r a rea ?
What w ou ld y ou
do i f y ou f o u nd a n
in ju red a n im al o r
bir d b y t h e s id e o f
th e r o ad ?
What s h ou ld w e
d o a b ou t
e n dan gered s p ecie s
su ch a s t h e b lu e
w hale , t h e c h eeta h ,
a n d t h e s n ow
le o p ard ?
Have y ou e v er
se en w ild a n im als u p
clo se ?
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u p a n im als a n d
b ir d s b eh in d b ars i n
z o os a n d s a fa ri
p ark s?
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th e b est p et t o h ave?
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y ou i d en tif y w it h ?
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ch ose n ?
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Driv in g
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d o y ou d riv e?
Have y ou e v er
su ffe red f r o m r o ad
ra ge?
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m an y p eo p le p refe r
d riv in g t o u sin g
p ublic t r a n sp ort?
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driv in g c a rs i n 3 0
yea rs’
tim e?
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a b ou t d riv erle ss
c a rs?
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th e l e g al a ge f o r
so m eo n e t o g et a
driv in g l ic en ce?
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lo n gest c a r t r ip y ou
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beh avio u r o f p eo p le
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The H um an B ody
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p erso n a ttr a ctiv e?
If y ou c o u ld s w ap
bod ie s w it h
so m eb od y e ls e f o r
on e d ay, w ho w ou ld
it b e?
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y ou r b od y t o b e
c ry ogen ic a lly f r o zen
w hen y ou d ie ?
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an d c o n s o f t a tto os
an d b od y p ie rcin gs?
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c o n sid er h avin g
p la stic s u rg ery ?
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th e m ost / t h e l e a st
ab ou t y ou r b od y?
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b od y?
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Colo rs a n d N um bers
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d ate s a re i m porta n t
to y ou ?
Do y ou p refe r
co lo u r o r b la ck a n d
whit e f ilm s a n d
photo gra p hs?
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y ou c o n sid er a l u ck y
n um ber?
What c o lo u r
clo th es a n d s h oes d o
you p refe r? W hy?
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fa vou rit e c o lo u r, o r
d if fe ren t f a vou rit e
c o lo u rs f o r d if fe ren t
th in gs?
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co lo u rs a ffe ct o u r
mood ? H ow ?
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th in k i t w ou ld b e
lik e t o b e c o lo u r
b lin d?
Do y ou t h in k
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co lo u rs?

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Fam ily
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se e y ou r
g ra n dparen ts o r
e x te n ded f a m ily ?
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you r f a m ily a re y ou
clo se st t o ?
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a re f a m ilie s t o
so cie ty ?
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dif fe ren t n ow ,
co m pared t o 1 00
yea rs a go?
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k now y ou f a m ily
tr ee?
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is t h e i d ea l n um ber
of c h ild ren f o r a
fa m ily ?
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sh ou ld d if fe ren t
m em bers o f a f a m ily
h ave i n a h ou se h old ?
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fa m ily ?
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Hom e
Desc rib e y ou r
d rea m h om e.
If t h ere w as a f ir e
at y ou r h om e, w hat
wou ld y ou r esc u e
fir st?
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d o i f y ou l o st y ou r
h om e a n d b eca m e
h om ele ss?
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fa vou rit e r o om i n
you r h om e?
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th at t h eir h om e i s
th eir s a n ctu ary . I s
th is t r u e f o r y ou ?
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rela tio n sh ip d o y ou
have w it h y ou r
neig h bou rs?
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b ette r t o r en t o r t o
o w n y ou r h om e?
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it f o r y ou t o k eep
you r h ou se p erfe ctly
cle a n a n d t id y?
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Fre e T im e
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d esc rib e y ou r i d ea l
w eek en d?
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fa vou rit e a ctiv it y t o
do a fte r a l o n g d ay
at w ork o r s c h ool?
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o r l e ss f r ee t im e
c o m pared t o y ou r
p aren ts w hen t h ey
w ere y ou r a ge?
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use y ou r f r ee t im e
wis e ly ?
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w ou ld y ou l ik e t o t r y
th at y ou h aven ’t
tr ie d y et?
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sp en d y ou f r ee t im e
on y ou r o w n, o r w it h
oth ers?
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th e i d ea l a m ou nt o f
fr ee t im e p er d ay?
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ou r l if e d o y ou t h in k
we h ave t h e
most/le a st f r ee t im e?
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Public T ra n sp ort
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b ig gest p ro b le m
w it h p ublic
tr a n sp ort i n y ou r
to w n o r c it y ?
How d o y ou t h in k
tr a n sp ort w ill b e
dif fe ren t i n f if ty
yea rs’ t im e?
What i s y ou r
fa vou rit e m od e o f
p ublic t r a n sp ort?
What i s t h e m ost
pop ula r f o rm o f
tr a n sp ort i n y ou r
cit y /c o u ntr y ?
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n ot e v ery on e i s
u sin g p ublic
tr a n sp ort?
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govern m en ts s h ou ld
en co u ra ge p ublic
tr a n sp orta tio n
more?
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p eo p le t o u se p ublic
tr a n sp ort i n y ou r
c it y a t a ll h ou rs o f
th e d ay a n d n ig h t?
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Hosp ita l
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m em ber o f y ou r
fa m ily e v er b een t o
h osp it a l?
Do y ou b elie v e
th at a ll h ea lt h ca re
sh ou ld b e f r ee?
Whic h g ro u ps o f
p eo p le n eed t o
use h osp it a ls t h e
m ost o fte n ?
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or r ela tiv e n eed ed
you t o d on ate a
kid ney f o r a k id ney
tr a n sp la n t, w ou ld
you d o i t ?
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y ou r l o ca l h osp it a l
b e i m pro ved ?
Wou ld y ou e v er
co n sid er g oin g t o
hosp it a l f o r n on -
esse n tia l t r ea tm en t,
lik e c o sm etic
su rg ery ?
What d o y ou
th in k i s t h e e a sie st
jo b i n a h osp it a l?
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th in k i s t h e w orst
jo b i n a h osp it a l?
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Pro ble m s
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h ave f a ced s o f a r i n
y ou r l if e ?
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have t e n s m all
pro b le m s o r o n e b ig
pro b le m ?
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p ro b le m s a re y ou r
c o u ntr y /r eg io n
fa cin g a t t h e
m om en t?
When d id y ou l a st
help s o m eb od y w it h
th eir p ro b le m s?
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m ost p eo p le b rin g
th eir p ro b le m s u pon
th em se lv es?
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writ e o n a n i n te rn et
fo ru m f o r a d vic e?
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c o n sid er t r a in in g t o
b eco m e a c o u nse llo r,
a n d h elp in g p eo p le
fo r a l iv in g?
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tr u st a s tr a n ger t h an
so m eb od y c lo se t o
you t o h elp y ou w it h
you r p ro b le m s?
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Med ia
If y ou c o u ld k eep
o n ly o n e f o rm o f
m ed ia , w hic h w ou ld
y ou c h oose ?
Is t h ere s u ch a
th in g a s a n u nbia se d
so u rce o f n ew s?
Rad io i s o ver a
h undred y ea rs o ld .
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b een r ep la ced b y a
m ore m od ern f o rm
o f m ed ia ?
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hap pen i f t h e m ed ia
ju st s to p ped ?
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a re y ou b y t h e
m ed ia ?
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use d if fe ren t p arts o f
th e m ed ia t o
im pro ve t h eir
la n gu age s k ills ?
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g overn m en t c o n tr o l
th e p ress?
Are n ew sp ap ers
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Hote ls
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w ork i n a h ote l?
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ad van ta ges a n d
dis a d van ta ges o f
sta yin g i n a h ote l?
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sp a a n d l e is u re
fa cilit ie s w hen y ou
sta y a t a h ote l?
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man ager o f a n o ld
tw o-s ta r h ote l t h at
was i n d an ger o f
clo su re, h ow w ou ld
you t r y t o m ak e i t
pro fit a b le a gain ?
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d esc rib e a t y p ic a l
d ay’s w ork o f a h ote l
r ecep tio n is t?
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op in io n o f l a rg e, a ll-
in clu siv e r eso rt
hote ls ?
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a ccep ta b le t o t a k e
th in gs s u ch a s
b ath ro b es, s o ap , e tc ,
fr o m a h ote l r o om
w hen y ou l e a ve?
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beh avio u r d if fe r
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hote l c o m pared t o
when y ou a re a t
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Lan guag es
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a d van ta ges a n d
d is a d van ta ges o f
E nglis h b eco m in g a
g lo b al l a n gu age?
Whic h l a n gu age
do y ou t h in k w ou ld
be t h e b est g lo b al
la n gu age?
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la n gu age d o y ou u se
in y ou r c u lt u re?
Is p rese rv in g a
dyin g l a n gu age a s
im porta n t a s
prese rv in g a n
en dan gered s p ecie s?
Apart f r o m
E nglis h , w hic h o th er
la n gu age w ou ld y ou
lik e t o l e a rn ?
Do y ou a gree t h at
Englis h i s e sse n tia l
fo r s u ccess i n o n e’s
ca reer?
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b est t o s ta rt l e a rn in g
a n ew l a n gu age?
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accu ra cy ?
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Tech nolo gy
Has t e ch nolo gy
m ad e o u r l iv es m ore
c o m plic a te d ?
Do t e ch nolo gic a l
ad van ces i n crea se
th e g ap b etw een r ic h
an d p oor?


Whic h a rea s o f
te ch nolo gy a re t h e
m ost i m porta n t t o
te a ch a t s c h ool?
Whic h i n ven tio n
has h ad a m ore
posit iv e i m pact o n
ou r l iv es: t h e m ob ile
phon e o r p erso n al
co m pute r?

Do y ou a gree t h at
te ch nolo gy h as m ad e
u s l a zy ?
Do y ou b elie v e
th at a d van ces i n
te ch nolo gy c a u se s
jo b l o sse s?


If m ob ile p hon es
d is a p pea red o n e
d ay, h ow d o y ou
th in k p eo p le w ou ld
c o p e?
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Art
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d esc rib e y ou r
r ela tio n sh ip w it h
a rt?
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dra w in gs, o r
sc u lp tu res d o y ou
have i n y ou r h om e?
Is c o lle ctin g
w ork s o f a rt a g ood
in vestm en t?
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in o w nin g a v alu ab le
pie ce o f a rt i f i t h as
to b e k ep t l o ck ed
aw ay?
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e x h ib it io n s,
g alle rie s, a n tiq ue
m ark ets ?
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defin it io n o f a rt?
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fa m ou s a rtis t f r o m
y ou r c o u ntr y ?
Is t h ere a n y
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cit y ?
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His to ry
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im porta n t t o h ave a
k now le d ge o f
h is to ry ?
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his to ry w ou ld y ou
lik e t o l e a rn m ore
ab ou t?
Shou ld h is to ry
le sso n s f o cu s o n
p olit ic s a n d w ar, o r
o n s o cia l c h an ges?
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his to ric a l f ig u re h as
had t h e g rea te st
im pact o n y ou r
co u ntr y ?
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th in k o f t h e r ecen t
h is to ry o f y ou r
c o u ntr y , t h e p ast 3 0
y ea rs?
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fig u re w ou ld y ou
lik e t o m eet?
Do y ou t h in k
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it s e lf ?
Are y ou p ro u d o f
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co u ntr y ?
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Books
How i m porta n t i s
r ea d in g b ook s?
What s h ou ld b e
th e r o le s o f l ib ra rie s
in m od ern l if e ?
If y ou c o u ld w rit e
a b ook , w hat k in d o f
b ook ( g en re) w ou ld
it b e?
Wou ld y ou g o t o
book sh op s m ore
ofte n i f t h ey w ere
fr ie n dly p la ces w it h
co m fo rta b le
arm ch air s a n d
co ffe e s h op s?
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a w orld w it h ou t
b ook s?
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book t h at y ou ’v e
ev er r ea d ?
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m ore t h an o n e b ook
b y t h e s a m e a u th or?
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IE LTS C O NVER SA TIO N
QUEST IO NS

These i n sta n t c o nvers a tio n w ork sh eets a re d esig ned t o h elp y ou:
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- e x plo re v ocab ula ry y ou m ig ht n ot h av e u se d b efo re
- g ain f lu en cy
- a n d t o p re p are f o r a r a n ge o f p ossib le c o nvers a tio n t o pic s t h at c o uld
a p pear
They ’re n ot l a id o ut e x actly t h e s a m e a s i n t h e e x am a n d t h e s ty le i s
d if fe re n t, a s t h ey a re d esig ned t o s tim ula te i d eas a n d g iv e y ou a c h an ce t o
p ra ctic e s p eak in g f re ely .

They c a n b e u se d a s p art o f y ou r p rep ara tio n a lo n e o r w it h a p artn er.
If y ou w an t t o m ak e t h e a ctiv ity m ore e x citin g a n d m ore l ik e a n e x am , y ou
c an u se a s to pw atc h a n d r e co rd y ours e lf a n sw erin g t h e q uestio ns. A fte r y ou
h av e a n sw ere d t h e q uestio ns, l is te n t o t h e r e co rd in g a n d a n aly se y our
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1.W ORK
O R S T U DIE S
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2. D AYS O FF
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What d o y ou d o d urin g y our d ay s o ff?
What d o y ou d o d urin g y our h olid ay ?
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m in im um ? I s t h e c u rre n t m in im um g ood?
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3. A G E A T W ORK
At w hat a g e d o p eo ple u su ally s ta rt w ork in g i n y our c o untr y ?
What i s t h e i d eal a g e f o r s o m eo ne t o s ta rt w ork in g? W hy?
What i s t h e i d eal a g e f o r s o m eo ne t o s to p w ork in g? W hy?
At w hat a g e w ould y ou w an t t o r e tir e ? W hy?
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4. J O B L O CATIO N
What j o bs a re a v aila b le i n y our h om eto w n?
What i s t h e m ost p opula r c ity i n y our c o untr y i n t e rm s o f j o b
h untin g? W hy?
What i s t h e m ost s o ught- a fte r j o b i n y our c o untr y ? W hy?
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5. W ORK IN G F R O M H OM E
In y our o w n w ord s, h ow w ould y ou d efin e w ork in g f ro m h om e?
What i s a g ood e x cu se t o w ork f ro m h om e?
How d o p eo ple s ta y p ro ductiv e w ork in g f ro m h om e?
What a re t h e b en efits o f w ork in g f ro m h om e?
What a re t h e d is a d van ta g es o f w ork in g f ro m h om e?
What w ould i t t a k e f o r y ou t o p erm an en tly w ork f ro m h om e?
How p opula r a re w ork f ro m h om e j o bs i n y our c o untr y ?
In y our o pin io n, s h ould w ork in g f ro m h om e b e a n o ptio n f o r a ll
o ffic e w ork ers ?
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6. S C H OOL L O CATIO N
How f a r d o y ou l iv e f ro m y our c o lle g e o r u niv ers ity ?
How m an y h ours d o y ou c o m mute i n t o ta l p er w eek ?
Would y ou c o nsid er r e n tin g a n a p artm en t n ear y our s c h ool?
W hy/W hy n ot?
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7.
ST U DYIN G A BR O AD
Why d o y ou w an t t o s tu dy a b ro ad ?
In y our o pin io n/e x perie n ce, w hat i s t h e b est c o untr y t o s tu dy
y our s u bje ct i n ? W hy?
If y ou w ere g iv en a c h an ce, w hic h c o untr y w ould y ou l ik e t o
w ork i n ?
What s h ould p eo ple c o nsid er b efo re w ork in g o r s tu dyin g
a b ro ad ?
Why d o s o m e p eo ple p re fe r t o s tu dy a b ro ad ?
What t y pe o f p eo ple a re i d eal f o r s tu dyin g a b ro ad ?
What t y pe o f p eo ple d o y ou t h in k w ould n ot b e s u ccessfu l
s tu dyin g a b ro ad ?
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8. O FFIC E L U NCH
Where d o y ou u su ally e at o ut d urin g l u nch b re ak ? W hy?
Why d o s o m an y p eo ple p re fe r e atin g o ut r a th er t h an e atin g i n
t h eir o ffic e o r u niv ers ity ?
Why d o s o m e p eo ple p re fe r e atin g h om e c o oked m eals i n t h e
o ffic e r a th er t h an e atin g o ut?
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9. A FT ER W ORK /S C H OOL A CTIV IT IE S
What d o y ou u su ally d o a fte r w ork /c la ss?
How o fte n d o y ou s ta y o ut w ith f rie n ds a fte r c la ss o r a fte r w ork ?
W hat d o y ou u su ally d o?
Is i t i m porta n t t o s p en d t im e w ith y our c la ss m ate s o r w ork
c o lle ag ues o uts id e o f s c h ool o r w ork ? W hy/W hy n ot?
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10. R EW ARDS A ND R EC O GNIT IO N
A T W ORK
Why s h ould e m plo yers r e co gniz e e m plo yees’ e ffo rts ?
How s h ould a n e m plo yer r e co gniz e a n e m plo yee?
How w ould y ou f e el i f y ou w ere r e co gniz ed f o r t h e q uality o f
y our w ork ? W hat r e w ard w ould y ou l ik e t o r e ceiv e?
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11. T EA M B U IL D IN G
Why i s i t i m porta n t t o h av e t e am b uild in g a ctiv itie s w hen y ou
w ork f o r a c o m pan y? W ho b en efits t h e m ost i n t e am b uild in g,
e m plo yees o r e m plo yers ?
How d oes t e am b uild in g h elp a b usin ess/c o m pan y?
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12. W ORK IN G H OURS
What d o y ou t h in k a b out 9 t o 5 j o bs? W ould y ou p re fe r a
d if fe re n t t im e-ta b le ? W hy?
In y our o pin io n, h ow m an y h ours s h ould s o m eo ne w ork i n a
d ay ? W hy?
In y our o pin io n, h ow m an y d ay s s h ould s o m eo ne w ork i n a
w eek ? W hy?
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13. O VER TIM E
Should c o m pan ie s b e a b le t o f o rc e e m plo yees t o w ork o vertim e?
W hy/W hy n ot?
Should c o m pan ie s b e f o rc ed t o p ay e m plo yees f o r a n y o vertim e
t h ey w ork ? W hy/W hy n ot?
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14.
TR AVEL
What a re t h e a d van ta g es a n d d is a d van ta g es o f f re q uen t t r a v el?
Would y ou l ik e t o t r a v el a s p art o f y our j o b? W hy/W hy n ot?
When a n d w here w as y our l a st t r ip ?
What i s y our m ost m em ora b le t r ip ? W hy?
Whic h c o untr y w ould y ou m ost l ik e t o v is it i n y our n ex t t r ip ?
W hy?
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15. E X PE R IE N CE
In y our c o untr y , h ow c o m mon i s i t t o s ta y i n t h e s a m e j o b f o r a
l o ng t im e? W hy?
How i m porta n t i s e x perie n ce w hen y ou’re j u st s ta rtin g o ut?
W hy?
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16. J O B P R O M OTIO N
How i m porta n t i s g ettin g a p ro m otio n t o y ou? W hy?
What i s t h e b est w ay t o b e p ro m ote d i n a j o b?
How c an o ffic e p olitic s a ffe ct p ro m otio n?

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17. C O NTR ACTS
How d o y ou f e el a b out t h e g en era l w ay c o m pan ie s c o ntr a ct
w ork ers i n y our c o untr y ?
Who b en efits m ore f ro m c o ntr a cts , t h e w ork er o r t h e c o m pan y?
If y ou w ere a b usin ess o w ner, w ould y ou c o nsid er h ir in g
w ork ers f ro m t h ir d p arty a g en cie s? W hy?
How l o ng s h ould a n e m plo yee b e u nder p ro batio n?
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18. W ORK -L IF E B A LA NCE
In y our o w n w ord s, h ow w ould y ou d efin e w ork -lif e b ala n ce?
How i m porta n t i s w ork -lif e b ala n ce? W hy?
How m uch w ork -lif e b ala n ce d o y ou c u rre n tly h av e?
How c an t h e g overn m en t h elp i n a ch ie v in g w ork -lif e b ala n ce f o r
w ork ers i n y our c o untr y o r r e g io n?
Desc rib e s o m eo ne y ou k now w ho h as a g re at w ork -lif e b ala n ce.
For y ou, w hat a ctiv itie s h elp i n a ch ie v in g w ork -lif e b ala n ce?
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19. M ANAG EM EN T & L EA DER SH IP
What a re t h e a d van ta g es o f b ein g a b oss/m an ag er o r l e ad er?
What a re t h e d is a d van ta g es o f b ein g a b oss/m an ag er o r l e ad er?
In y our o w n w ord s, h ow w ould y ou d efin e a l e ad er?
Is t h ere a d if fe re n ce b etw een a m an ag er a n d a l e ad er? W hy?
Is i t n ecessa ry t o b e a g ood l e ad er i n o rd er t o b e a g ood
m an ag er?
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20. F R EELA NCIN G
How c o m mon i s f re ela n cin g i n y our c o untr y ?
Why d o s o m e p eo ple c h oose t o w ork a s f re ela n cers ?
What a re t h e a d van ta g es o f w ork in g a s a f re ela n cer?
What a re t h e d is a d van ta g es o f w ork in g a s a f re ela n cer?
If y ou w ere g iv en a c h an ce, w ould y ou w ork a s a f re ela n cer?
W hy?
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21. D IF FE R EN T P R O FE SSIO NS
What a re s o m e e x am ple s o f p ro fe ssio ns t h at s u it y our
p ers o nality ?
What i s t h e w ors t j o b y ou c an t h in k o f f o r y our p ers o nality ?
What a re t h e m ost p re stig io us p ro fe ssio ns i n y our c o untr y ?
W hy?
Who d o y ou t h in k s h ould b e t h e m ost w ell p aid i n t e rm s o f j o bs?
Who d o y ou t h in k s h ould b e t h e l e ast p aid i n t e rm s o f j o bs?
What w as y our d re am j o b w hen y ou w ere a k id ?
What i s y our d re am j o b n ow ?
Giv en t h e o pportu nity , w ould y ou p urs u e y our d re am j o b? W hy
o r w hy n ot?
How w ell p aid a re p olitic ia n s i n y our c o untr y ? I s t h is f a ir ?
W hy/W hy n ot?
What i s t h e m ost i n d em an d j o b i n y our c o untr y ?
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22.
ED UCATIO N A ND J O BS
How i m porta n t i s e d ucatio nal a ch ie v em en t t o y ou?
Whic h i s m ore i m porta n t, q ualif ic atio ns o r e x perie n ce? W hy?
How i m porta n t i s e x perie n ce w hen a p ply in g f o r a j o b i n y our
c o untr y ?
In y our c o untr y , h ow c h alle n gin g i s i t t o f in d a j o b f o r n ew ly
g ra d uate d c an did ate s? W hy?
Was i t d if fic u lt t o g et y our f ir s t j o b?
What a ssis ta n ce d o r e cen t g ra d uate s g et f ro m t h e g overn m en t
w hen a p ply in g f o r j o bs?
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23.
PE R SO NAL S T R EN G TH S A ND W EA K NESSE S
What m ak es y ou s ta n d o ut f ro m o th er a p plic an ts w hen y ou
a p ply f o r a c o urs e o r j o b? ( W hat a re y our s tr o ng p oin ts ? )
What’ s y our b ig gest w eak ness?
How d o y ou s e e y our c are er e v olv in g i n t h e n ex t 2 y ears ?
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24.
YO UR A M BIT IO NS
What d o y ou l o ok f o r i n a c are er?
Ran k t h e f o llo w in g b en efits a n d p erk s i n o rd er o f i m porta n ce f o r
y ou. E xpla in y our a n sw ers :
Fre q uen t t r a v el
Man ag em en t r e sp onsib ilitie s
Child -c are b en efits
Long h olid ay s
Tra v el a n d f o od a llo w an ces
Fre q uen t s o cia l e v en ts a n d a ctiv itie s o rg an iz ed b y t h e
co m pan y
The o ptio n t o w ork f ro m h om e
What b en efits a n d p erk s w ould y ou m ost l ik e t o h av e i n y our
i d eal?
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25. J O B-H OPPIN G
How m an y j o bs h av e y ou h ad i n t h e p ast f iv e y ears ?
What d o y ou t h in k a b out j o b-h oppin g?
Why d o s o m e p eo ple j o b-h op?
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26. S A LA RY
How i m porta n t i s s a la ry i n a p ply in g f o r a j o b?
How i m porta n t a re s a la ry i n cre ase s f o r s ta ff m otiv atio n?
Would y ou r a th er d o s o m eth in g y ou l o ve f o r a l o w s a la ry o r
s o m eth in g y ou h ate f o r a h ig h s a la ry ? W hy?
Is i t g ood f o r g overn m en ts t o i n tr o duce l a w s t o g uara n te e a
m in im um w ag e? W hy o r w hy n ot?
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27. C LA SSM ATES/C O -W ORK ER S
A ND P E R SO NALIT Y
What k in d o f p eo ple d o y ou l ik e t o w ork w ith ? W hy?
Would y ou c o nsid er y ours e lf a w ork ah olic ? W hy?
Would y ou c o nsid er y ours e lf e asy g oin g? W hy?
What d o y ou t h in k a b out p eo ple w ho a re e asy g oin g i n t h eir
j o bs?

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28. E M AIL
How h elp fu l i s e m ailin g i n y our l if e i n g en era l?
Why i s i t s o m etim es e asie r t o h av e m is u nders ta n din gs w ith
p eo ple d urin g e m ail e x ch an ges?
Do y ou s o m etim es f e el o verw helm ed b y t h e n um ber o f e m ails i n
y our i n box? D o y ou h av e a n y t r ic k s t o t a ck le t h is p ro ble m ?
What a re t h e a d van ta g es a n d d is a d van ta g es o f u sin g e m ail?
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29. T EC H NO LO GY
How o fte n d o y ou u se y our p hone t o h elp y ou i n y our s tu die s?
W hy?
What k in d o f t e ch nolo gy d o y ou u se a t s c h ool?
How h as t e ch nolo gy c h an ged t h e w ay w e w ork ?
How h as t e ch nolo gy c h an ged t h e w ay w e l e arn ?
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