IELTS Speaking Questions September & October 2021
What are some of the major changes that (most) people experience throughout their lives?
In what ways are restaurants that serve foreign dishes different to restaurants that serve only food from your country?
Some people say fast food is 'junk food'. Do you agree?
Do you think the government should do something to reduce the consumption of fast food?
Which do you think are better, high-rise buildings or buildings that are not very tall?
Which do you think is more important; the government spending money on preserving historic buildings, or the government spending money on the constructions of schools and hospitals?
Are there any things that are especially important for people to memorize?
Do young people nowadays believe in saving money?
Who do you think places more importance on saving money, men or women?
Who do you think likes to have their own garden more, young people or old(er) people?
What buildings do people in your country think are the most important?
Do you think young people and old people have the same attitudes (or feelings) about old buildings?
Are there any things that are especially important for people to remember? See Note
Do you think doctors and teachers need to have a good memory?
What are some reasons why people forget things (or, have a bad memory)?
Do you think the intelligence of a person is important?
In connection with a child's education, what do you think is the role of teachers and that of the parents?
What qualities do you think a good teacher should have (or, has)?
What types of people don't like change?
How long (how many years) do people in your country usually work before they retire?
Why do a lot of (young) people (choose to) change their jobs nowadays?
Do you think people today change jobs more than people did in the past?
What could happen to someone who was not able to adapt to changes in the world?
What do you suggest could be done about those problems?
Are there any differences between foreign fast food restaurants and fast food restaurants that serve dishes from your country?
Why do you suggest could be done about this problem?
In what ways do you think modern buildings are different to those of the past (e.g.30 to 100 years ago)?
Can you suggest any methods or skills people could use to improve their memory?
Which do you think is more important in a restaurant, price and service or the location of a restaurant?
What food (and/or dishes) do people in your country eat?
Old / Historic Buildings Frequent sub-topic
What do people in your country think of old buildings?
Do you think historic buildings should be preserved (or, protected)?
How are these buildings preserved (or protected)?
Do you think having a bad memory can affect one's performance at work?
Do you think it's good to be more intelligent than average people?
Which do you think is better for the economy of a country or area, people saving money or people spending money?
Do many people in your country have their own (private) garden?
Do young people prefer to have a stable life?
Why do people sometimes eat out?
Do you think expensive ('fancy') restaurants are always better than cheaper restaurants?
What are some of the benefits of having a good memory?
Would you like to have your own garden?
What do you think are some of the good points about change in people's lives?
Do you think people like to have a stable job?
In your country, would you say people's eating habits (mostly = what they eat) have changed in the past few decades?
Why do people sometimes eat 'fast food'?
Do you think buildings that have historic value are adequately protected in your country?
In your opinion, why do many people derive pleasure from spending money?
How important do you think it is to save some money?
Do you think money can bring happiness?
Do any flowers have any particular significance (or meaning) in your culture (or, your country)?
Do you think it's a good idea to change jobs?
Do you think more people need to be more adaptable?
Do people go to restaurants now more often than they did before?
What factors make a restaurant a good one (or, a successful business)?
Memory Aids / Memory Improvement
On what occasions are flowers used in your country?
In your country, what are some of the more popular (or, common) gifts that people give each other today?
Can you suggest any types of work (or professions) that require having a good memory?
If you had your own garden, what would you grow in it?
What are some examples of changes in society that benefit society (or, people) and what are some examples of changes in society that harm people?
(In your country) Have there been any changes in people's eating habits in the past few decades?
Do many people in your country eat out (= eat in restaurants)?
Does it give people more status to eat in a restaurant rather than eating at home?
Is food safety ever a problem in your country? See Note
Do you think people generally have good knowledge about nutrition?
Have people's attitudes towards old buildings changed in recent years?
What can we learn (about history) from an old building?
What are the possible negative results of having a poor memory?
What do you think are the most important things to remember?
Do you think that there are any things that highly intelligent cannot do easily?
What do (young) people in your country save money for?
Who do you think saves money easier (or better, or more), males or females?
Why do some people decide to move to a different country?
What are some of the possible problems that can result from changing jobs?
Do many people from your country go overseas for work?
How are some old buildings designated as 'historic buildings'? (Who decides? On what basis?)
Do you think a person's memory changes over time (over their lifetime)?
Why do people (want to) have their own (private) garden?
What challenges (or difficulties) do people face when they move to live in a different place?
Do you think people need to be adaptable in modern society?
Do you think people will still be eating the same food in the future?
What's the purpose in preserving (or, protecting) historic buildings?
Do you think (highly) intelligent people tend to be happier than average people?
Who do you think should be responsible for the public parks and gardens in a town or city? (Why?)
Is gift-giving considered to be important in your culture?
Who do you think can more easily adapt to a change of living place, old people or young people? (or - adults or children)
Do you think adults and children generally like to eat the same foods?
What factors do you think are important in the design of a building?
Do you think (all) old buildings should be preserved?
What sorts of things do people tend to remember best?
In general, in your culture, who controls the household finances more, the husband or the wife?
Which is better for saving money, using a credit card or using cash?
Can you suggest why most people like parks and gardens in their city (or, like 'green areas' in their city)?
Do you think it's a good idea for a (poor) person to have their own garden (if possible)?
Do you think small (independent) restaurants are better than chain restaurants (= franchised restaurants)?
What kinds of people are most likely to forget things?
Who do you think has the greater influence on a child's education (or learning) , the child's teachers or the parents?
Why do some people find it hard to save?
Do people in your country often give gifts to their friends and family?
What factors do people consider when they are buying a gift for someone?
Do you like change (changes in your life)?
Do you think change is always a good thing?
In general, how would you describe the types of people who frequently change jobs?
What types of people go overseas to work?
Why do you think people who have been in a job for a long time are less likely than others to change their job?
Which do you think people place more importance on when they go to a restaurant, the quality or the price of the food?
How do customers in restaurants ask for help?
Which food do you think is healthier, restaurant food or home-cooked food?
Do you think the popularity of this type of food is creating any problems?
In your country, what is the general attitude that people have about protecting (or preserving) old buildings?
How do children remember things?
What factors do people consider when they are buying a gift for a child?
Have there been any changes in people's choices about eating out in the past few decades?
Besides the food, what other attributes (qualities) can make a restaurant attractive to people?
What food safety problems occur in restaurants sometimes?
Who do you think prefers a multi-storey building, young people or old people?
Do you think memory is important? (Here, 'memory' = the ability to remember)
Do you think it's easy for (young) people to save money?
Are credit cards used very much in your country?
Why do most cities and towns have parks and / or public gardens?
What are some customs (or traditions) that you have in your culture about gift-giving?
What kinds of (or, what are some examples of) the gifts that children receive today?
Who do you think can adapt more easily to change in their lives, children or adults?
What are the benefits of staying in one job (one company/with one employer) for a long time?
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of eating at home compared to eating out?
Do you think bigger restaurants tend to be better than small ones?
How is the site for a new building chosen (= what factors)*
Do you think having a good memory is important for students?
Do you believe a person's memory can be improved?
Besides the qualities that you just described, what other ways do people use to judge someone's intelligence?
Do you think that intelligent people tend to be more selfish than other people?
Who do you think are better suited to be teachers, men or women?
Who do you think should pay for the construction and maintenance of parks and public gardens? (Why?)
Are there any disadvantages to having a public garden as compared to a public park?
What influence do foreign films have on your culture (or, your society)?
If you could only build your dream home in the countryside (not in the city), would you do it?
What do people in your country think of teachers (or, the teaching profession)?
Do you think it's necessary for everyone to spend some time in a relaxed, quiet place?
How do people (manage to ) keep things within a family for a long time?
Do you think (all) old buildings should be preserved?
Do you think historical buildings should be preserved?
How important to you is the locality and the surroundings of your house?
Where (what types of places) do most people in your country prefer to live?
What types of things do people buy as souvenirs?
In your leisure time, do you prefer indoor or outdoor activities?
Why do people keep these old things?
How important do you think it is to have (or acquire) knowledge?
What can (or, what do) people do to relieve the pressure of a very busy life?
What do you think is the best type of home for families to live in?
Do you prefer to watch happy or sad films?
Do you think different types of people tend to buy different sorts of souvenirs?
What do you think are the benefits and the drawbacks of living in an old house or apartment?
What kinds of museums do you have in your country?
What kinds of people prefer outdoor leisure activities?
What do young people prefer to do?
In your country, besides universities, are there any other places (institutions) where adults can study?
Who do you think has the greater need to follow a daily routine, young people or older people?
What types of souvenirs do visitors to your country buy?
What kinds of home do people in your country live in?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a house compared to living in an apartment?
What are some of the different ways by which people gain knowledge?
Do you think it is worth it (or, worthwhile) for adults to continue their education after they have graduated from university?
Do you have a (regular) daily routine?
Do you think people should plan their trip before traveling?
What do you think are good gifts for children?
Besides your example (from Part 2), what other things do people often keep in the family for a long time?
Do you think teachers should encourage their students to ask questions?
Do people in your country often stay in (or, at) hotels?
Would you say people in your country prefer to watch comedy films or dramatic films?
How can a person get access to information if they don't have a computer?
In your country, when people travel to see friends or relatives, do they usually stay with the people they are visiting or do they usually stay in a hotel?
Why are old buildings sometimes demolished?
Do people (in your country) prefer to watch films in the cinema or at home?
Are there many museums in your hometown?
Do you like being busy?
What do you think about building a house in (or living in) the countryside?
Do you think leisure-time activities today are very different to those of the past (e.g. 20 to 30 years ago)?
Why do some people not want to become a teacher?
Do you think museums are useful?
What courses can (or, do) adults study at these places?
What do you suggest people could do in order to improve their time management?
Why do people buy souvenirs?
Do you think films of today have changed, compared to those of the past (e.g. 10-30 years ago)?
How do people choose a travel destination?
Why do people stay in hotels?
Do you think watching television is a good way to gain knowledge?
Do you think (the study of) history is important?
In general, what do people in your country do in their leisure time?
What are some examples of things people do that are not part of their regular (daily or weekly) routine?
What do you think are the benefits for busy people of using an appointment book (or, a diary)?
Do people (in your country) prefer to live in cities or rural environments?
Do people play sport very much in your country?
Why do some people not like sport?
What are the advantages of reading books?
What kind books do children like? Why do they like reading?
Besides the sport you just spoke about, what other sports are popular in your country?
Are there any differences between the popularity of sports in your country today and the situation in the past?
What factors do people consider when they are choosing a hotel to stay at?
How is the transport that people use today different to what they used in the past?
How do you think successful students at school are rewarded?
Do you think some people become top sportspeople by hard work (or, effort) or is it more a question of good luck?
What is the relationship between reading and computer?
Why do you think this equipment breaks so easily?
Are there any differences today (in your country) about traveling abroad, compared to a few decades ago?
Do you believe 'being successful' and 'making a lot of money' are the same thing?
How do people achieve success at school?
In your country, what are some examples of equipment that often breaks down or becomes unusable because of some fault?
Do you think modern equipment saves people time?
How do you think successful students at school should be rewarded?
What are some examples of equipment (or machines, or devices) that we use in everyday life?
What do you think are the pros and cons of visitors staying in a hotel rather than in the home of the people they are visiting?
Do you think modern, labour-saving devices/equipment make people lazy?
What is the difference between men and women when choosing what to read?
What forms of transport do people use when they go on a trip?
How would you define the the expression, 'success at school'?
Which do you think is more important, success with one's studies (academic success) or success in sport?
Do you have a favourite sportsperson?
Why do so many teenage males (and boys and even some young females) dream of being a professional athlete (or, a sports star)?
Which of those do you think is the most important?
What is the difference between reading and watching TV?
Why do children like pictorials?