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SPEAKING TASK 1

1. HOMETOWN

Where is your hometown?

Do you like your hometown?


Are there any old buildings in your hometown?

Would you prefer to live somewhere else? Why?

2. SCHOOL
How did you learn science at school?
Do schools in Vietnam have field trips to museums?
Why do primary schools have painting class?

3. INDOOR ACTIVITIES
What activities do you usually do?
Do you spend enough time doing indoor activities?
What’s the amount of exercise that modern people do?
What kind of indoor activity do you often do?
What’re the advantages of indoor activities?
How should children balance outdoor activities and indoor activities?

4. TRANSPORTATION
What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown? How often do you
take buses?
Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains? Is driving to work popular in your
country?

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Do you think people will drive more in the future?
Would you ride bikes to work in the future? = Which kind of transport do you usually
use?
What do you think about trains, cars, and bicycles? Which do you prefer?

5. VISIT HOMES
Do you often invite friends to visit your home? Do you like visitors coming to your
home?
Do people often visit you at your home? = How often do visitors come to your home? =
When do visitors come to your home?
Do you prefer to have friends visit you, or relatives? What do you usually do together
with your visitors?
When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality (or, entertain them)?

6. STUDY
Is that a very popular subject to study in your country?
Is your subject very challenging (or difficult) to study?
What do you do when you have a difficulty with your studies?
How did you learn science at school?
Why did you choose ...as your major?
What do you like about your major?
What's more important when studying - the student or teacher?

7. BUS AND TAXI


How often do you take the bus?
When was the first time you took a taxi?
What are the advantages of taking a taxi compared with buses?
Is it convenient to take the bus/taxi in your city?

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8. HOUSE/ACCOMMODATION
Where do young guys usually live in Vietnam, in flats or houses?
What are the differences between flats and houses?
What can you see from the windows of your flat?
What color would you like to paint your flat? Explain why (for girls only) What can you
see on the walls of your flat?
Why do Vietnamese love to hang paintings on the walls of their flats? Can you give me a
simple introduction of the layout of your flat? Which room do you love most in your flat?
How is that room decorated? What furniture is in that room?
OR: What do you like most about your home?
Is there anything you would like to change about your home? Is there anything that needs
to be improved in your flat? How long have you been living in your flat?
Do you want to move?
OR: Do you like the area where you live? Are you planning to buy a house now?
What do you think the houses would be like in the future?
OR: In the future, what sort of home (flat, house etc.) Would you like to live in? What do
you think of hiring a housekeeper to do all the housework?
How is your relationship with your neighbors?

9. MUSIC
What kind of natural sound do you love to listen to? And explain why. Do you love
listening to music?
What kinds of music do you love listening to? Where and when do you usually listen to
music?
Where would you prefer to listen to music, at home or in the concert hall? Which way
would you prefer to listen to music, MP3 or Hi-Fi?
Do you play any instrument? And what is it?
How do you feel about the phenomenon that parents in Vietnam are always forcing their
kids to learn all kinds of instruments?
How do you feel about those kids who know how to play lots of instruments?

10. SHOES
How many shoes do you have?
Do you like shopping for shoes? Do you like shoes? How often do you buy shoes?
What kinds of shoes do you usually buy?
Do you prefer comfortable shoes or good-looking shoes? Which do you prefer?
Comfortable ones or fashionable ones?
Are people willing to buy expensive shoes?

11. DREAMS
Do you remember your dreams when you wake up?
Do you like hearing others’ dream?
Do you think dream will affect life?
Do you want to learn more about dreams?
What’ s the goal of life for you? Why is it important?
How can you make your dream come true?
Do you think that goals are different for people of different ages?
Would you separate dream from reality?

12. HOUSEWORK
Do you like doing housework?
Do people do a lot of housework in your country? Do Chinese people like spending time
doing housework?
How do you think housework could be made more interesting? Did your parents ask you
to do housework when you were a child? Did you do a lot of housework when you were a
child?
Do you think children should do some housework? Should children help their parents to
so some housework?
Which do you think is better for doing housework, a machine or a person?
In the future, do you think machines will replace humans for doing housework? What
different kinds of house work do man and women do?

13. TELEVISION
How much TV do you watch?
What’s your favourite TV program?
Did you watch much TV when you were a child?
What types of programs did you watch when you were a child?
Do you think television has changed in the past few decades?
Has television changed your life in any way?

14. WATCHES/TIME
Do you usually wear a watch?
Do you think time is very important?
Where did you get your watch?
What do you use your watch for?
Do you often look at your watch?
Are you ever late for anything?
How do you feel when you are late for an appointment?
How do you feel when others are late?
If you could go back in time, what would you do?

15. MUSIC & INSTRUMENTS


Do you think children should learn to play musical instruments? Have you learned to play
any musical instrument?
Do you play any instrument? And what is it?
Why do some people choose to learn to play a musical instrument?
How do you feel about the phenomenon that parents in Vietnam are always forcing their
kids to learn all kinds of instruments?
How do you feel about those kids who know how to play lots of instruments? Do men
and women play different kinds of musical instruments?
What kind of natural sound do you love to listen to? And explain why. Do you love
listening to music?
What kinds of music do you love listening to? Where and when do you usually listen to
music?

16. FRIENDS
Do you think friends are important in your life? What does friendship mean to you?
How can be a good friend to others?
What are the qualities you value in your best friend?
How do people make friends with others? How do you make new friends? What are the
differences between adults and children in making friends? Where do young people
usually meet in your city?
Do you usually meet new people?
Have you made any friends on the Internet?
How can you keep in touch with your friends if you two are not seeing each other
frequently?

17. GOING OUT

Do you like going outside on weekends on sunny days?


What do you do when you go out? Do you often go out with friends?
What do you do when you go out? Where do you go when you go out?
Do you prefer to go out with a large group of friend or just a few friends?

18. SPORTS/EXERCISE

What sports do you like? Why?


What sports are the most popular in Vietnam?

Are boys and girls good at the same sports?


What sports do children prefer?
Do you like to do daily exercise? Why and Why not?
What are the advantages of doing regular exercise?
Where do people in Vietnam usually exercise?

19. SHOPPING

Are there many shops near your home? What kind?


Do you like shopping? Why and Why not?
Who usually doer the shopping in your home?
How often do you buy something in a shop

20. NAMES
Doer your nam have any particular meaning?
What’s the origin of your name?
Do you like your name?
What do your friends call you?
Did your family have a certain (nick) name that they called you when you were a child?
What names are popular to give to babies in your country?
21. BIRDS
How do you feel about birds? Why?
How do Vietnamese people feel about birds?
Are there many birds near your home?
Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)

22. CLOTHES
What kinds off clothes do you usually wear?
Do people around you also wear the same type of clothes?
What kinds of clothes do other people wear?
In Vietnam, are students allowed to wear different clothes to other students?
Do you think clothes are important to people? Why and Why not?
Do you prefer to wear formal or informal clothes?

23. CONCERTS
Have you ever been to a live concert?
What sorts of concerts do you have in your country?
Are concerts ever held in your hometown?
When was the last time you attended a concerts?

24. NEIGHBOURS
Do you know your neighbours?
Do you like your neighbours?
What do you think of your neighbours?
How often do you see (or talk to) your neighbours?
When do you meet your neighbours?
25. INTERNET
Do you use the internet (very much)?
When was the first time you used the internet?
Is the internet very importan (useful) to you?
Do you think you can (could) live without the Internet?
Do you often (or do you ever) buy things on the Internet?

26. RAIN

Does it rain much in Vietnam? Where and When?


Is there any parts of Vietnam where it doesn’t rain much?
Where? When (in what month/season) does it rain most in your hometown?
Can you remember any time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown?

27. HISTORY
do you like (to learn about) history?
What historical event do you find most interesting?
Do you think history is important?
Do you like to watch programs on TV about history?
How (or from where) do you get information about history?

28. GARDEN
Does your family have a garden?
Do many people in Vietnam have their own garden?
If someone has a private garden in Vietnam, do they usually prefer to grow flowers or
vegetables? Why?
Have you ever grown anything? (in a garden, or possibly in a flower pot)
Do Vietnamese people like growing flowers
Do you like growing flowers?

29. FOOD/COOKING

Is food important to you? Why?


What kinds of food do you particularly like?
Is there any food you don’t like? Why?
What kinds of food are the most popular in Vietnam?
Do you like cooking? Why and why not?
Who usually does cooking in your home?

30. COLLECTING
Did you collect anything (such as stamps or CD’s) when you were a child? Do you still
collect them now?
Do you collect anything as a hobby now? Why do you like collecting things?
Do people in your country like to collect things? Why do you think people collecting
things?

31. LEISURE TIME


When do you have free time?
Do you think it’s important to have leisure time?
How does that (the way Vietnamese people like to relax) compare with western
countries? Do your friends ever come to your home in their free time?
Compare the way people in Vietnam relax today and the way they used to relax years
ago?

32. MIRROR
Do you often look in the mirror?
Do you often buy mirrors?
Where do you put mirrors?
Do you think mirrors are a necessary decoration?

33. ROBOTS
Are you interested in robots? Why?
Do you like robots to work at your home?
Do you want to take a car which robot is the driver?
Will robots replace human beings in the workplace completely?

34. WEEKENDS
What you do you on weekends?
What did you do last weekend?
What are you going to do next weekend?
Do you like working on weekends?
Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a child?
In your country, do men and women usually do the same kind of things on weekend?
Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?

35. VIDEO GAMES


What video games are popular in your country?
Do you play any video games?
Who usually play video games in your country?
Do you think it is more important for people to play video games?

36.TV
How much TV do you watch?
What’s your favorite TV program?
Did you watch much TV when you were a child?
What types of programs did you watch when you were a child?
Do you think television has changed in the past few decades?
Has television changed your life in anyway?
SPEAKING TASK 2+3
1. Describe a party you would like to arrange for your friends or family.
You should say:
who you would invite to the party
when and where you would hold the party
what you (or, your guests) would do at the party
and explain why you would hold (= have) this party.

Follow-up questions:

What types of party do people have in your country?

Why are parties important to people nowadays?

Why do you think some people like parties but others hate them?

Do you think parties will become more popular in the future?

2. Describe an article you recently read in a newspaper or magazine.


You should say:

what magazine or newspaper it was when you read it

what the article was about

and explain why you remember this article.

Follow-up questions:

What do you think are the important qualities for a news reporter?
What's the main difference between newspaper and magazine?
What’s the function of a report to the society?
What kinds of books/newspapers/magazines do adolescents read in your country?
With the popularity of Internet, do you think newspapers and magazines will disappear?
Do you think headlines are important?

How have newspapers changed over the last few decades?

Do you think everything we read in newspapers is true?

Do you think the government has the right to censor the press?

3. Describe a character from a story you read or heard in your childhood.


You should say:

who the character was

what the character looked like what the character did in the story

and explain what influence this character had on you.

Follow-up question about childhood:

Do you think people often idealize their childhoods?

How does a person’s childhood influence what kind of adult they become?

When does a child become an adult in your view?

Do you agree with the saying children should be seen and not heard?

It is good for children to be exposed to frightening and sad stories or should they be
protected from these as far as possible?

4. Describe a building in your school or university.


You should say:
where it is
what it looks like what it is used for
and explain what facilities it has.

Follow-up questions:
Is it important to conserve old buildings in your university? Why?
Compare the difference between buildings built in the past and now in your university.
What is the role of these buildings to your university?

5. Describe a success you would like to achieve (in the near future).
You should say:

what it is

how difficult you think it will be

what you should do to prepare for this

explain why you want to succeed in doing this. Or

and explain how you think you will feel after you reach this goal.

Follow-up questions:

How to measure a person’s success?

Do you think the way people gain success has changed?

What is the most difficult thing you have ever done?

Is failure a necessary thing for a person’s success?

Do you think a person needs a clear goal to achieve success or it is better to take each day
as it comes?

6. Describe a person you visited recently (for example, a friend or family member)
You should say:

who this person was why you visited them

where you visited them

and explain how you passed the time together


Follow-up questions:

On what occasions do people in your country visit others?

Do you think visiting a friend is important to friendship maintenance? Why?

Have there been any recent changes in the frequency of visiting a friends in your
country?

Do you think now people are less likely to visit their friends? Why?

How do people in your country welcome visitors to their home?

In your country, when someone is a guest in another person’s house, in what ways should
he or she express their respect to the host?

Should the guest offer some help to the host?

In your country, when you have visitors, do you usually eat at home or outside in a
restaurant?

7. Describe a present (a gift) you received when you were a child


You should say:
what the present was who gave it to you

how you used this present

and explain how you felt when you got this present.

Follow-up questions:

Do you enjoy giving and receiving gifts? Why or why not?

Who usually gives you gifts?

Who do you give gifts to?

In your country when do people usually give gifts?

What kinds of gifts do they give?

Do you think gift-giving customs are different now than they were in the past? How?
Do you think they will change in the future? How?

8. Describe a holiday postcard or email you received and that you liked.
You should say:
who the postcard/email was from where it was sent from
when you received it
what the contents of the postcard or email were
and explain why you liked it.

Follow-up questions:

What are the differences between emails and hand written letters?

Will hand-written letters become obsolete in the future? Why?

Why should we write letters to friends and relatives?

What are the important qualities of a good letter?

9. Describe a place you know where people go to listen to music (such as a theatre or
a music hall).
You should say:

where it is

what kind of music is performed there

what type of people go there

how you know this place

and explain your impressions of this place.

Follow-up questions:

What type of music is famous in your country?

What are the influences of western music on teenagers in your country?


Why is music important?

Which one is more important: traditional music or western music?

10. Describe a person who you would like to be similar to in the future.
You should say:

who this person is

how you know this person

what impresses you about this person

and explain why you would like to be similar to this person.

Follow-up questions:

Does everyone in this world have a favorite person?

Are you ambivalent about a person in this world? Why?

It is necessary that the person whom you admire should have the same likes and dislikes
as you have?

How much time does it require to start admiring a person? Why?

What is the single thing which inclines you to get impressed from a person?

Why do people always like successful people?

How do you perceive people who idealize someone?

Has your choice changed over the years?

What other things can influence you in your life?

11. Describe an adventurous person who you know.


You should say:

who the person is


how you know this person

what this person does that is adventurous

and explain why you think this person likes to take risks.

Follow-up questions:

In what ways is life becoming safer, and in what ways is it becoming more dangerous?

Should people always avoid danger, or is it a good idea to sometimes take risks?

What risks should people try to avoid?

Do you think people take fewer risks as they grow older? Why (not)?

How important is it to have adventure in our lives?

What do people learn about themselves from having adventures?

12. Describe a tourist site in your country that you enjoyed visiting.
You should say:
where you went (= the name and location of the place) what sort of this place it was (or,
what it looked like)
what you did there
who you went with
explain why you enjoyed it
and explain why you think people are attracted to that place.

Follow-up questions:

What do people learn from travelling?

Do you think the growth of international tourism is a good thing? Why (not)?

How has tourism changed the way people in your country live?

How should tourists behave when they visit your country?


What do you think is the best way for a tourist to travel if they want to learn about your
country?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling by plane?

13. Describe your favourite means of transportation.


You should say:
what this transport is when you began to use it
the advantages and disadvantages of using this form of transportation
and explain why it is your favourite form of transportation.
Follow-up questions:

How do most people travel long distances in your country?

Have the types of transport people use changed much over the last few decades?

What kinds of improvement have there been in transport in your country in recent years?

How easy is it to travel around your country?

Which method of travel do you consider safest?

Has travel become safer in recent years?

What are the pros and cons of low-cost air travel?

How do you think people will travel in the future?

14. Describe an important plant in your country (such as fruits, flowers or


vegetables)
You should say:

what plant it is
how you first learned about this plant

where it grows

and explain why you think it is important

Follow-up questions:

Do you think flowers are important to a person’s life?

Are flowers/plants important in your cultures? Why?

Do people in your country ever use flowers for special occasions?

What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers in your country?

In your country, do people ever give fruits as a gift?

15. Describe a family photo that you like.


You should say:
who is in the photo who took the photo
why this photo was taken
and explain why you like that photograph.
Follow-ups questions:
Do people like to take photos of themselves? Why?
What kinds of devices do people like to use for taking photos these days?
Why do some people like to delete photos?
Why do some people like to keep photos?
Has the way people take photos changed?

16. Describe a painting or work of art that you have seen.


You should say:
when you saw this work of art
where you saw it
what it looked like
and explain your impression of it.
Follow-up questions:
What kind of art do you enjoy?
What are the traditional art forms in your country?
What makes a good painting?
Do you think children should study on art at school?
How can children benefit from learning art?
How has art changed in the last few decades?

17. Describe a library that you have used (A public library or a university or school
library)
You should say:

where it was

what (type of) building it was in /what type of library it was

what books and facilities it had

what you did in the library

and explain what you liked and /or disliked about this library

Follow-up questions:

Are there many public libraries in your country?

Do people in Vietnam prefer to read in a library or at home?

What can people read in a library that they can’t read in other places?

Even though it might cost a lot to maintain a library, do you think every university should
have its own library?
With the rapid development of technology today, do you think we still need books in the
future?

Do people in Vietnam often go to libraries?

Do you often go to libraries?

Why do you think a library is a good place for reading?

Who should be responsible for the cost of running libraries?

Should the government spend more money on libraries?

Do you think public libraries should be free of charge?

What kind of skills and personal qualities do you think library staff should have?

What services and facilities should a good library have, besides lending books?

Should libraries have computers capable of connecting to the internet?

How do you think libraries can (or do) encourage people to read more?

How do you think libraries will change in the future?

Do you think we will still need libraries in the future, now that we have the internet?

18. Describe a practical skill that you have (such as driving a car, speaking a foreign
language, cooking etc).
You should say:
what this skill is
who taught you this skill
how and when you learned it (how long you learned this skill)
and explain how this skill is useful to you.
Follow-up questions:

What skills are important for securing a jobs in your country?

Why should students focus on practical aspects of education more than theoretical
aspects?

Why is having technical skills important?

19. Describe an interesting neighbor


You should say:
Who this person is
How you know this person What this person likes to do
And explain why you think this neighbor is interesting.

Follow-up questions:
Are there many people living near you? Do you know all your neighbours? When do you
see your neighbours? How often do you see your neighbours?
Do you think it’s important to know your neighbours?
What do you think of your neighbours?
What sorts of problems can people have with their neighbours? In what ways can
neighbours help each other?
What are the differences between neighbours and friends? Do you think neighbours arc
important?
What are the qualities of a good neighbour?
Now that most people watch a lot of TV, how do you think this has affected relationships
with neighbours?
Do you think it’s important to teach children how to have good relations with
neighbours?
How has the relationship between neighbours changed over the last 20 years? How has
the relationship between neighbours changed between now and the past?
Do you think it’s important to take part in local activities?
Do you think it’s important to have a sense of local community spirit?
What are the advantages of being part of a close-knit community?
In what ways do neighbors cooperate and help each other in Vietnam? How has the sense
of community changed in recent years in Vietnam?

Other possible questions:


Do people living in small cities know more about their neighbours than people in big
cities?
What are the benefits of having kind neighbors?
Why do neighbors seldom talk to each other nowadays? How to improve the relationship
amongst neighbors?

20. Describe an activity that you feel excited


You should say:
What it is
Where you can do it How you do it
And explain why you feel excited.

Follow-up questions:
Is it good for people to try new things?
Why some people are afraid to try new things? How can we help others when they try
new things? Should young people play dangerous sports?
What are the major differences between 'extreme sports’ and ordinary sports?
Some people believe that the school time is the happiest time in their life – what do you
think?
Is it possible to be happy during whole life?
Other possible questions:
Do you like to do risky things?
Why is good to be adventurous?
Does it benefit people when they try new things?
Why do some people eat the same things all the time?

21. Describe a holiday you want to go on in the future


You should say: Where you want to go
When you would like to go What you can do for the holiday Who you would like to go
with
And explain why you want to have this holiday

22. Describe a bicycle/motorbike/car trip that is interesting (refer to “transport” in


part 1 as well for part 3 questions)
You should say:
Where you would like to go;
How you would like to go there;
Who you would like to go with;
And explain why you would like to go there by car, motorbike or bike.
Follow-up questions:
Are there any special places for visiting in Vietnam? Do Vietnamese people like to travel
abroad?
What can people benefit from travelling?
Do you like to travel on your own or with your family? Do you like to visit popular
places or less-known places? Do you prefer short trips or long trips?
What kinds of problems would people have when they go on a long trip? What is the
relationship between travel and the environment?
How long do you think is a suitable time for a holiday to be? Why is it not good for
holidays to be too long?
What can you learn from travelling abroad?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling alone?
What are the differences between young people and old people when they go travelling?
What are the pros and cons of long-distance travelling?
Causes and contributing factors?
What measures should the government take to solve transportation problems in traveling?
Other suggestions to reduce traffic?

Other possible questions:


Do you like short holidays or long holidays?
Do you think modern life styles give people enough time for leisure?
What’s the most popular tourist attraction in China?
What’s the most important factor for a tourist attraction?
Do you think we should have more public holidays?

23. Describe an experience you spend your time with a child


You should say:
When you spent time with this child
Who this child was
What you did together
And how you felt about it

Follow-up questions:
Are sweets a good thing to reward them?
What social values should parents teach children?
How to help young people to develop good habits?
Why do children feel happy easily?
Do children in Vietnam enjoy their childhoods?
What’s the best stage in one’s life in your opinion?
How important is childhood?
Other possible questions:
Do parents in your country spend a lot of time with their children?
Who did you spend most time with when you were young?
Why do some young people dislike living with old people?
What do you usually do when you hang out with your friends?
Do you like to spend time on your own or with your family/friends?

24. Describe an event in history in your country


You should say:
Where it happened
When it happened
How you know it
What happened

And how you feel about this event.

Follow-up questions:
What is the importance of history? Do you think history is important? / What is the
importance of learning about history?
Do you like history?
Are there any other historical events that you find interesting? Do you think the internet
is a good place to learn about history?
Can you name a person from history who you would like to learn more about? Why
would you like to learn more about him/her?
Do you think people should be able to see historical exhibitions for free? Do you think
museums should be free?
Should private companies build museums?
Do people in Vietnam like visiting museums and art galleries?
Do you think going to museums and art galleries is beneficial for children? / Do schools
in Vietnam have field trips to museums?
Why do you think people go to museums? How could museums attract more visitors?
How will museums change in the future?
How can we inherit culture?
Are young people in your country interested in historical museums? How can more
people become interested in history?
What do most people like to do when they visit a historical site? Would you say movies
help people develop more interest in history?

Other similar possible questions:


Do your parents think learning history is important?
Which way is better for learning history: reading books or visiting museums? Do major
cities in your country all have museums?
Will current things be exhibited in future museums?
How to show life two thousand years ago in the museums?

25. Describe a shop that just opened in your hometown


You should say:
Where the shop is
When it opened
What it sells
And how you feel about the shop

Follow-up questions:
Where do you usually do your shopping?
Do you enjoy shopping in big shopping malls (big shopping centres)?
Where do you buy your clothes? How often do you buy clothes? What styles of clothes
do you like to buy?
Why some people don’t like shopping?
What do you feel about the trend of the fashion? How often do people in your country go
shopping?
What kinds of places are popular for shopping in Vietnam? Do you think online shopping
will replace shopping in reality? Did you ever have bad shopping experience?
What would you do if you bought something disappointing from the Internet? How is
online shopping so popular these days?

Other possible questions:


Do you like big shops or small shops?
Why do some people like to visit small shops?
Should governments develop big shops or small shops?
Should shops be located in city centers or in the suburbs?
What can shops do to attract customers?

26. Describe a future plan which is not related to work or study


What it was about
When you made it
How it worked
And how you felt about the result

Follow-up questions:
Which do you prefer? Having plans or having no plans?
Do you think most people can carry out their plans?
What’s the difference between dream and goal?
How do you achieve your goal?
What kinds of goals do young people usually have?
What will be the most popular jobs in the future?
What is the impact of parents on the career of their children?

Other possible questions:


Should parents set goals for children?
When do young children start to set goals for themselves? What kinds of goals are not
realistic?
Why do people set goals?
What would you feel if you couldn’t achieve your goals?
Do you think people should have plans or just do whatever they like immediately? Do
most people accomplish their plans? Why?
What are the factors that young people will consider when choosing jobs? What are the
impacts of families on people choosing jobs?
What is the impact of salary on doing work?

27. Describe an occasion waited for something


You should say What the situation is When it happened
And explain why you decided to wait.

Follow-up questions:
Why are you willing to spend time waiting for somebody?
For the things that you’ve waited for a long time to get, will you cherish more?
What are the differences between waiting for friends and a service?
Why do so many Vietnamese people spend a long time waiting in queue to get iPhone 6?
What do you think about going crazy for the latest high-tech products? Do you think it is
worth the time?
Do you always wait for your friends?
Do you think people are not so patient due to the technology?
Are there any differences between the things can be easily got and those you saved
money for a long time to get?
What do people do when they are waiting? Are you a patient person? (30 years old)
What are the differences between waiting for your families or friends and waiting for the
seats at a restaurant?
Is it good to be patient?
Why is it difficult for children to be patient? How to teach children patience?
Have you ever been late for meeting someone?

Other possible questions:


Do you think patience is important?
Why is it difficult for children to be patient?
What would you do if you wait for someone for a long time?
Would you easily feel angry when you wait for a long time?
Have you ever been late for meeting someone?

28. Describe a book that you would like to read again.


You should say:
What the book was about;
Why you read it in the first place;
What you learned from the book;
And explain why you would like to read it again.

Follow-up questions:
What kinds of stories do children like to learn?
How often do people in your country read novels?
What kinds of books that old people like to read?
What are the benefits of listening to stories or reading novels?
Are you a good storyteller?

Other possible questions:


Why should parents read stories to children? What do children read in your country?
Does reading become a less common activity because of electronic products put forward
by modern technology?
Will paper books be replaced by electronic ones completely? What are some of the
differences between books and films? What can a person learn from reading books from
overseas?
Do you think it’s a good idea to learn a foreign language by reading materials such as
novels in that language?
How to people in Vietnam consider teaching as a profession? How often do you read?
Do Vietnamese people like to read?
Do people with different reading levels buy the same kinds of reading materials? What do
Vietnamese people like to read?
What kinds of materials do you think people should read? What benefits do young people
get from reading?

29. Describe an interesting house or apartment that you visited.


You should say:
Where it was
Whose home it was;
What it looked like;
And explain why you think it was interesting.

Follow-up questions:
Do you think people save electrical consumption? Would you like to live in the
countryside in the future? What do people living in the countryside like to do? What are
the benefits of living in rural areas?
What's the difference between living in the city and countryside? What kinds of home do
most people in your country live in? How are modern homes different from older homes?
Do most Vietnamese people live in an apartment or house?
Do you think moving to a new home can bring problems to people?
What are the differences between living in the countryside and living in a city? Do young
people in your country like to live with their parents or by themselves? Do Vietnamese
people like to rent a place to live?

Other possible questions:


How is modern home design (both inside& outside appearance) in your country different
to that of the past?
In your country, what type of home do most people live in?
Do people prefer to live in modern homes or the older-style homes (e.g., from 50 years
ago)?
How are modern homes different to older homes?
What do you imagine people's houses will be like in the future? Why do people
sometimes move to live in a different home?

30. Describe a decision made by others that you disagree with.


You should say:
Who made this decision
What it is
How you told him/her
And explain why you disagree the decision.

Follow-up questions:
What skills are necessary when making decisions? How can people improve
their decision-making skills?
How do you think computers will change the way people make decisions?
Do parents in Vietnam allow their children to make important decisions about the future?
Do you think that parents should make important decisions for their children?
Do you think that teachers should help students make decisions?
How can older people (parents) help young people (their children) make their own
decisions wisely?
What do you think are the qualities of a good leader (or, a good decision maker)? Do you
think it’s important for parents to encourage the development of leadership abilities in
their children? (Why? / Why not?)
In what ways can parents encourage their children to develop leadership abilities?

31. Describe an enjoyable experience you had in the countryside. / Describe an


unforgettable experience you have had.
You should say:
When and where you went;
Who you went with;
What you did there;
And explain why you think it was enjoyable.

Follow-up questions:
Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?
What do people living in the countryside like to do?
What are the benefits of living in rural areas?
What's the difference between living in the city and countryside?

Other possible questions:


Do young people enjoy living in the countryside?
Do old people prefer to live in the countryside or in the city? Why do many people move
from small towns to big cities?
What’s the difference between living in the countryside and living in the city? How has
life changed in the countryside in your country?

32. Describe a well-paid job you would like to do in the future/ you will be good at.
You should say:
What job it is;
What qualities are required for this job What you would need to learn to get this job
And explain why you would like to do this job.

Follow-up questions:
What kinds of jobs are well-paid in your country? What kinds of jobs are poorly-paid in
your country?
Do people who have different levels of income feel happy about how much they earn?
What do you think employers (or supervisors) can do to help motivate their employees to
perform better at work, besides giving them a pay raise?
Do you think it is good to change jobs frequently?
Why do people sometimes become bored with their job?
If someone feels bored in their job, is it easy for them to change a different job? What
should schools do to help students survive in society well?
What kinds of jobs are unpopular in Vietnam?
Why do many young adults keep changing their jobs? How to find a perfect job?
Would you ask your parents for advice about work?
Would you like to apply for challenging jobs or common jobs?

Other possible questions:


Is it hard to find a good job in Vietnam?
What kinds of preparation should people do for a job interview?
Why do some people keep changing their jobs?
What should a good employer do?
Would like to work on weekends?
How would define “a good job”?

33. Describe a quiet place you visited.


You should say: Where it was;
When you went where; What you did there;
And explain why you think it was quiet.

Follow-up questions:
Is there a completely quiet place?
Do you feel like listening to music over and over again? Where do young people usually
meet in your city?
What types of noises do you come across in your daily life? Do any noise bother you?
What are some of the advantages of quiet places?
Would you like to work in a noisy place? (Why? /Why not?) How might the level of
urban noise be reduced?
What kinds of places do people want to go to when they want to be alone?
Why is it sometimes important for people to be alone? Do people feel comfortable in
quiet places?
What places, in your opinion, can be considered as peaceful places? Where can you hear
loud noise?
Do you think there is more noise in people’s lives today than in the past?
Do you think that cities will become noisier in the future? What would you do if your
neighbours were noisy all the time? Do you like to go to the places where there are many
people?

Other possible questions:


Why do some people not like quiet places?
Do you need a quiet place when you are working?
Why do people like to spend time in quiet places?
Do you know anyone who likes noise?

34. Describe a popular place where people go swimming.


You should say:
Where it is
What it looks like
What kinds of people usually go there
And explain why people like to go there.

Follow-up questions:
Do you think the government should invest money in developing facilities tor water
sports?
Can you swim? Do you like swimming? Is it difficult to learn how to swim?
Where do Vietnamese like to go swimming? Why do some people like water sports?
What's the difference between swimming in the pool and swimming in the sea? Have you
ever been trained in swimming?
Is it important to learn swimming? When did you learn to swim?
What should children pay attention to when they are learning swimming? Which one is
safer, swimming pools or the sea near the beach?

Other possible questions:


Who can teach children how to swim? Can the elderly suitable for swimming? Is it
important to swim?
Should children learn how to swim? Who can teach children swimming well?
Why can swimming help people become healthier? Should a city have a lot of sports
facilities?

35. Describe a kind of foreign food you tried. / would like to have (đổi thì)
You should say: What it was;
When and where you had it; Why you had it;
And explain how you felt about it.

Follow-up questions:
What is the most popular foreign food in Vietnam? Will you try new dish?
What do old people like to eat?
Why do some many families eat the same foods every day? Why do some people taste
change?
Which are more popular in your country: fast food restaurants or traditional restaurants?
Some people say that food in an expensive restaurant is always better than food in a
cheap restaurant – would you agree?
Do you think there will be a greater choice of food available in shops in the future, or will
there be less choice?
How important is it for a country to be able to grow all the food it needs, without
importing any from other countries?

36. Describe an occasion that you received a good service from a company or shop
You should say:
What the service was
When and where you received the service
Whom you were together with
And explain why you think it was a good service

Follow-up questions:
Do you often buy things at big shops or small shops?
If customers feel difficult in the shops, who will they ask? What kinds of businesses are
popular in this city?
What are the differences between big companies and small companies/shops? What
would you do if you receive a bad service?

Other possible questions:


What jobs require staff to get in touch with many people?
What qualities do the staff need? Why?
What’s the different between services in big shops and small shops?
How should people do when they get bad service?
Why do some people not know what service is good?

37. Describe an interesting talk or speech you heard recently


You should say
When and where you heard it What the talk or speech was about Who gave the talk or
speech
And explain why you think it was interesting

Follow-up questions:
Who will be invited to lecture?
When you give your speech, you encounter any problems? Do you think some adults feel
tension when they are giving a speech?

Other possible questions:


What kinds of people will be invited to give a speech?
What kinds of speeches are interesting?
Is listening to speeches important to children?
How to select simple speeches for children?
Will Vietnamese people feel nervous when it comes to public speaking?

38. Describe a kind of weather that you like.


You should say:
What it is
What you usually do in this kind of weather
How you felt about it
And explain what influences it may bring to you

Follow-up questions:
What’s the difference between ‘season’ and ‘weather’?
Please briefly describe the different seasons in Vietnam.
In general, do you think people prefer to live in very hot places or very cold places? In
the future, what do you think will be some of the effects of global warming?
For Vietnamese people, how important is protecting the environment?
Where can people get weather reports? How do weather reports affect people’s life?
What do people do on rainy days and sunny days? Has climate change affected your
country?
Does weather affect your mood?
What kinds of pollution are serious in your country?
What can individuals do to protect our environment?
Do you think individuals should be responsible for pollutions?
Why is there a need to involve government in environmental protection?

Other possible questions:


What kinds of clothes do people wear in summer?
What the least favorite season for you?
What types of weather are suitable for outdoor activities?
If the weather is bad, what would people do indoors?
What’s the most typical weather in your country?

39. Describe a polite person you met.


You should say:
Who this person was;
When and where you met this person;
How you met;
And explain why you think he or she was polite.

Follow-up questions:
How do people politely in Vietnam?
Should teachers teach children how to keep manners? How can teachers teach the
children to be polite?
What is the difference between urban and rural people in their way of behaving politely?
People in the past and today: who is more polite?

40. Describe a time you were not allowed to use your mobile phone.
You should say:
When and where it was;
Why you were not allowed to use your phone;
What you wanted to use your phone for;
And explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone.

Follow-up questions:
When do you need mobile phone most?
What are the differences between young and old people who use mobile phones? Do
young people and old people use cell phones in the same way?
Do you have a mobile phone (= "a cell phone")? What do you use it for? Is your cell
phone important for you in your daily life?
When do you use it? How often do you use it? When did you get your first mobile
phone?
What feature (or, function) of your cell phone do you like the best?
Is there anything you dislike about using cell phones?
What's the difference between sending a text message and calling someone? Do you think
you will continue using your mobile phone in the future?
Do you prefer face‐to‐face conversations or conversations by phone? Would you say that
cell phones are important in today's society?
Do you think cell phones ever cause problems for people?
Do you think people should turn their cell phones off (or turn them to "silent ringing")
when they are in a cinema or similar places?
What’s the disadvantage of communicating through the phone? What’re the advantages
and disadvantages of the cell phone?
What is your favorite mobile phone brand? What is your attitude toward mobile phone
brand? Describe the influence of the development of mobile phone.

Other possible questions:


How do young people and old people use mobile phones differently?
What’s your attitude towards people using mobile phones in public places?
Is it popular to use mobile phones in your country?
Is it harmful for children to use mobile phones?

41. Describe a family member who you are proud of. / Describe an influential family
member
You should say: Who this person is;
How often you spend time together;
What he or she does that makes you proud; And explain why you are proud of this
person.

Follow-up questions:
In a typical Vietnamese family, who plays the leading role?
In Vietnam what kinds of family members usually live together?
Do young and middle-age people live with old people?
How do grandparents educate their grandchildren in your country?
What would children do to make their parents proud?
What did you do to make your parents proud when you were young?
What advantages of yours make you proud?
When was the last time that you felt proud of yourself?

42. Describe two people you know from the same family.
You should say: Who they are;
How much these two people have similar personalities; How much they look similar;
And explain how the two people get along with each other.

Follow-up question:
How do you think about the normal Vietnamese family life? Do you live in a nuclear
family or an extended family?
Which do you prefer to live in, a nuclear family or an extended family? What are the
advantages and disadvantages of living in an extended family? What is the generation
gap between the old and the young?
Do you feel that the characteristics of parents are always passed on to their children? Are
young people more influenced by their friends or their family?
Why is it important for children to live with adults? (What effects do adults have on
children?)
How has family life changed in Vietnam in the recent past? What are the responsibilities
of parents?
What are the benefits (and possible disadvantages) of living in extended families?

43. Describe a famous person in your country.


You should say:
Who this person is;
How you know this person;
What this person is famous for;
And explain why you like this person

Follow-up questions:
The benefits of being famous? The drawbacks of being famous?
In general, how do people become famous? = Do you think, to be famous, a person needs
to have some special talent (or ability)?
What kinds of people become famous?
What are some general qualities of famous people? Do they have any qualities that are
different from ordinary people?
Compare how people become celebrities today with how people became celebrities years
ago, for example, 30 or 50 years ago.
Can you give me some examples of celebrities in your grandfather’s time (i.e., about 50
years ago)?
Compare what kinds of people were famous in Vietnam in the past (e.g., when your
grandfather was young) to the kinds of people who are famous today.
What kinds of people can you see on TV?
Do you think there is too much news about celebrity? Is the information on TV always
true?
What kinds of news are popular in Vietnam?

44. Describe a tall building in your hometown you like or dislike.


You should say:
Where this building is
What it looks like
What it is used for
And explain why you like or dislike it.
Follow-up questions:

Are there many tall buildings where you live? Why are there tall buildings in so many
places? Do people like to live in low or high buildings?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in tall buildings? How much is
architecture influenced by the local climate?
How do you think the climate of a place effects the way buildings are constructed (the
design)?
What are the pros and cons of tall buildings?
What role do you think old buildings play in society? Do you think it necessary to protect
old buildings? How important are traditions and cultural relics?
What have been done to preserve the cultural and historic relics?
What are the differences between the constructions in your city nowadays and 20 years
ago?
What do you think of the constructions in the city center?
Do you think the building style has influence on the people living in the building? What
do you think of those high buildings in big cities?

45. Describe your favorite movie.


You should say:
When and where you saw it
What type of film it was
What the film was about
And explain why it is your favorite film.

Follow-up questions:
Would you say that cinemas will disappear in the future? = What are the changes in
movies in the past decades?
Are black and white movies popular?
Do you think (watching) films have (has) any educational benefits?
In what ways are documentary films and films only for entertainment different? Why do
you think documentary films are not so popular?
How are movies and real life different?
What’s the difference between watching a movie at home and watching it in a cinema?
Do young Vietnamese like to watch foreign films? Hollywood movies and Vietnamese
movies, which are more popular?
How would you define a good movie?
Is it important to have famous actors in a movie if the movie wants to be successful? Do
you prefer to watch a movie at home or in a cinema?
What characters do adults like in movies?
What is the difference between the films that children like and adults like? What is the
difference between the films that men like and women like?
Why are martial arts movies so popular? Why do people like fiction movies?
How often do you go to the movie theater?
Can you tell me your favorite movie star? Do you like any particular film star? Why?
What is the difference between the film stars now and those in the past?

46. Describe a park or garden you visited and liked.


You should say Where it was?
What it looked like;
What you did there;
And explain why you liked it there.

Follow-up questions:
What measures should be taken to deal with noise in public places? How should people
behave in public places?
Where do people like to visit on weekends? Are expensive buildings a waste of money?
What city facilities can be used for leisure and entertainment? Are they free?
Why do people like to go to those places?
Do young people and old people go to different places for entertainment? Can people
make noises in public places?
Should there be a lot of plants?
Are you tolerant of noise in public places?
Do you like going to parks and/or public gardens? Are public gardens very important in
Vietnam? Are there many public gardens in Vietnam?
Do you think there are enough public gardens in your hometown? What do you think are
the benefits of having gardens in the city?
Do you think governments should provide public gardens for people to visit?
Do you think the government should spend more money on public gardens for the cities
or for the villages and small towns in the countryside?
Do these gardens play the same role for old people and young people?
Do you think these gardens are more important for old people (e.g., retired people) or
young(er) people?
Do you think gardens have any value for children? = Do you think gardens are important
for children to see and play in?
Which do you think is more important, public gardens or private gardens? Do they prefer
to grow flowers or vegetables?
When was the last time you went to a park?
Do you think the parks and gardens where you live could be improved in any ways?
Would you like to see more parks and gardens in your hometown?
Do you prefer to relax with your friends in a park or an indoor place?

47. Describe an advertisement you recently saw or heard.


You should say:
When and where you saw it
What was advertised
What the contents of the advertisements were
And explain how you felt about it.

Follow-up questions:
Do you think advertisements on TV should be banned?
Are there many advertisements in your country?
Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
What are the various places where we see advertisements?
How do you feel about advertisements?
What kinds of advertisements you like the most?
Do advertisements (ever) influence your choice about what to buy? Do you like
advertisements on TV?
Do you prefer advertisements on TV or those in magazines?
What do you think is the purpose of advertisements (or advertising)? In general, what are
the pros and cons of advertising?
What’s the most frequently used method of advertising? Which do you think is the most
effective means of advertising?
What kinds of products do you think are most suitable to be advertised? Do you think the
number of advertisements will increase in the future?
Do you think there should be some controls or restrictions placed on the advertising
industry?
What effects can advertisements have on young children? What is the purpose of
advertising?
What makes a good advertisement?
Do you think the brand of a product is important to people?

48. Describe a time when you were very busy.


You should say:
When it was
What you had to do during that time How you managed it
And explain how you felt about being busy.

Follow-up questions:
Are people (in the world) busier than before? Do you like the fast pace of modern life?
Are Vietnamese people busy?
What do Vietnamese people like to do if they are not busy? Why do people need breaks?
Are you effective at managing your time? Do you like making detailed plans?
What are the advantages of making plans? What are the advantages of making plans?
What you do use to help you make plans? Do you keep a diary?
What do you think causes stress? What can make people feel stressful?
What are the effects of stress on people?
How to relieve or minimize/cope with stress? = What’s the best way to deal with stress?
Are rich people more stressful? Are there any positives of stress?
Do you think music can make people relaxed?
Do you think it’s important for people to have leisure time?
Do old people and young people spend their leisure time in the same way? What
relaxation techniques do you usually use?
How have leisure activities changed in Vietnam in the past few years? How do you
think leisure-time activities will change in the future? Where do you put mirrors?
Other uses of mirrors?

49. Describe a cafe which you have been to


You should say:
Where it is
Why you went there
What you ate and drank
And explain why you liked or disliked the café
Follow-up questions:
Why do people like to meet friends at café?
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of drinking at a café compared
to making and drinking coffee at home?
Do you think bigger coffee shops tend to be better than the small ones?

50. Describe an exciting activity you tried for the first time.
You should say:

What it is

When it took place

Who you tried it with

And explain how you felt about it

Follow-up questions:

In your country, is travelling a typical activity people do during the weekend or in their
free time?

Do people have less free time now than in the past? Why?

What do children do in their free time in your country?

Do you think children should be doing these kind of things in their free time? Why?

Should there be the same amount of free time for women and men? Why?
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