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Rapid Response Round

Try and answer to these questions as quickly as possible. Practice answering these questions several times so that you will be good at speaking in the International English Exams. These are some of the frequently asked questions in IEE.


  1. Would you say the amount of free time has changed much in the last fifty years?
  2. Would you recommend your school to others?
  3. Would you consider doing the same type of job again?
  4. Will international tourism increase or decrease in the future? Why?
  5. Why do some people choose to do the same things every day?
  6. Why is competition often seen as important in today’s society?
  7. Why have the forms of popular entertainment changed over the years?
  8. Why do you think the internet is being used more and more for communication?
  9. Why do you think some school teachers use competitions as class activities?
  10. Why do you think people want to visit other countries?
  11. Why do you think people go to restaurants?
  12. Why do you think ordinary people are interested in the lives of famous people?
  13. Why do you think festivals are important events in the working years?
  14. Why do you think countries have national anthems or songs?
  15. Why do you think children like playing games?
  16. Why do some people think that modern lifestyles are not healthy?
  17. Why do some people like to discuss choices with other people?
  18. Why do some people choose to lead unhealthy lives?
  19. Why do people want to travel, to go away, for a holiday?
  20. Why do people enjoy watching others play competitive sport?
  21. Why are exercise and a good diet important?
  22. Who tends to enjoy national celebrations more: young people or old people? Why?
  23. Who should be responsible for making people’s lifestyle healthy?
  24. Who has more power and influence in the family today?
  25. Who are the best role models for young people these days?
  26. Which is your favourite room?
  27. Which is more important for a successful company?
  28. Which is more dangerous – football or basketball?
  29. Which is better – travel alone or with a group of friends?
  30. Where do people usually like to go for a holiday away these days?
  31. Where can people in your country get information about genetic research?
  32. When should children start formal schooling?
  33. What type of special occasions is generally celebrated in your country?
  34. What traditions were important for your grandparents, say 50 years ago?
  35. What sort of national events make headlines in your country?
  36. What sort of jobs do you think would be the best sort of jobs to do?
  37. What sort of equipment do you think is useful in a language school? Why?
  38. What sort of advantages are there to reading about a country before you visit it?
  39. What role do you think extracurricular activities play in education?
  40. What role do traditional ceremonies play in the social life of people in your country?
  41. What role do the media play in festivals, do you think?
  42. What responsibilities to society do famous people have?
  43. What priorities do you think TV stations should have?
  44. What motivates people to work?
  45. What method of learning works best for you?
  46. What makes some places very attractive to tourists?
  47. What kinds of things are easy to buy and sell online?
  48. What kinds of products are most affected by fashions from other countries?
  49. What kinds of people were famous in your grandparents’ time?
  50. What kinds of national celebration do you have in your country?
  51. What kinds of music are popular with young people in your culture?
  52. What kinds of machine are used for housework in modern homes in your country?
  53. What kinds of equipment do most workers need to use in offices today?
  54. What kind or programmes are most popular?
  55. What kind of techniques do advertisers use to persuade people to buy more?
  56. What kind of T.V programmes will there be in the future, do you think?
  57. What kind of possessions shows status in your country?
  58. What kind of new food would you like to try? Why?
  59. What kind of food do you like to eat?
  60. What kind of choices do people have to make in their everyday life?
  61. What is the role of the teacher in the language classroom?
  62. What is the psychology of competing?
  63. What is the need for museums and art galleries in our society?
  64. What are the importance of school uniforms?
  65. What is more difficult: having new ideas or putting them into practice?
  66. What impact have modern lifestyles had on neighbourhood communities? Why?
  67. What if you wake up to know that you are not the same familiar person to yourself?
  68. What do you understand by competitive spirit?
  69. What do you think will happen to historic places or buildings in the future? Why?
  70. What do you think will be the greatest influence on young people in the future?
  71. What do you think of tourism designed not to damage the environment?
  72. What do you think is the best way to plan a holiday? Why?
  73. What do you think influences a young person’s taste in music?
  74. What do you think causes friendships to break up?
  75. What do you think are the most important qualities for friends to have?
  76. What do people enjoy doing when they visit rivers, lakes or the sea?
  77. What do most people do to keep fit in your country?
  78. What differences in teaching styles have you experienced with different teachers?
  79. What changes do you foresee in the next 50 years?
  80. What benefits do you think people get from the activities they enjoy in the water?
  81. What are the values of international competitions?
  82. What are the typical choices people make at different stages of their lives?
  83. What are the types of part-time work available in your country?
  84. What are the services that you have paid in that city?
  85. What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  86. What are the negative aspects of crowded cities?
  87. What are the main reasons why people organize family parties in your country?
  88. What are the greatest dangers that young people will face in the future?
  89. What are the disadvantages of being unpopular at school?
  90. What are the disadvantages of being a movie star or director?
  91. What are the competitions held at schools?
  92. What are the architectural designs in a city that you have visited?
  93. What are the advantages of young people working?
  94. What are the advantages of using the Internet over visiting a library?
  95. What are the advantages of living in a big city?
  96. What are the advantages of being a movie star or director?
  97. What are the advantages of a book compared with a movie version of a book?
  98. What are the advantages and disadvantages of single sex and co-educational schools?
  99. What are the advantages and disadvantages of making films of real-life events?
  100. What are some of the problems with sharing?
  101. What are some of the advantages of travel?
  102. What are some of the advantages of doing well at school?
  103. What are some of the advantages of advertising?
  104. What are advantages and disadvantages of intensive training for young sportspeople?
  105. What about the news on the internet?
  106. What about electronic books – do they have a future?
  107. Tell me about any traditional music in your culture.
  108. Tell me about a recent short holiday you took.
  109. Talk about your last or a recent family gathering.
  110. Talk about your favourite day of the year.
  111. Talk about something you would particularly like to purchase.
  112. Talk about something you use for your work or studies.
  113. Talk about something that is in your bag or pocket now.
  114. Talk about one thing you are planning to do or might do next weekend.
  115. Talk about one thing you are planning to do after you pass this test.
  116. Talk about how your family usually celebrates the New Year.
  117. Talk about another language you would like to learn.
  118. Talk about an important day in your life.
  119. Talk about an English book you have read or used.
  120. Talk about a time when you visited someone else’s house.
  121. Talk about a thing that is important to take with you when you travel.
  122. Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future.
  123. Talk about a sport you are interested in but have never played.
  124. Talk about a short term goal or ambition you have.
  125. Talk about a place in your country you have never been to but would like to visit.
  126. Talk about a pet you have or have had.
  127. Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play but can’t.
  128. Talk about a long term goal or ambition you have.
  129. Talk about a job you would like to do in the future.
  130. Talk about a hobby you are interested in but have never tried.
  131. Talk about a foreign country you are interested in but have never been to.
  132. Talk about a birthday you remember well.
  133. Some people think that watching TV can be a negative influence. Would you agree?
  134. Some people think that friends can never be as important as family. Do you agree?
  135. Should the teacher be an authority or a friend?
  136. Should the media be able to invade the privacy of famous people?
  137. Should teachers use discipline in the classroom?
  138. Should researches be funded by governments or private companies? Why?
  139. Should important choices be made by parents rather than by young adults?
  140. Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see?
  141. Should education encourage students to have their own new ideas? Why?
  142. Should education be made free for all?
  143. People are reading less and less these days; why do you think this is?
  144. Many people cannot read or write will in their own language. How can this be solved?
  145. Is it possible for people to be close friends with their boss or teacher? Why/why not?
  146. Is it important for young people to visit different places before they go to college?
  147. Is it easier for adults or children to make new friends? Why?
  148. In your opinion, is being well-known easy to live with?
  149. In your country, which do people prefer: watching TV or listening to radio? Why?
  150. In what ways does a bad teacher disadvantage students?
  151. In what ways do you think being a writer might be an interesting job?
  152. In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
  153. In what ways can people in a family be similar to each other?
  154. In the future, what kind of units or groups will people live in, do you think?
  155. In terms of personality, are people more influenced by their family or by their friends?
  156. If you remember your previous birth and your life in the previous birth, how would you feel?
  157. How would you feel about having a coffee with Aishwarya Roy?
  158. How would you describe young peoples’ attitudes towards tradition?
  159. How will technology be used to improve films in the future?
  160. How were you taught history when you were at school?
  161. How reliable do you think information from the internet is? Why?
  162. How often and where do you go to watch movies?
  163. How museums can be made more interesting?
  164. How much time do you think people spend on work and on leisure?
  165. How may globalisation affect different festivals around the world?
  166. How is your behaviour different from that of  your parents’ behaviour?
  167. How is modern life better than that of the past? In what ways?
  168. How important is the tourist dollar for the economical development of India?
  169. How important is it for people to do some regular physical exercise?
  170. How important is it for families to celebrate special occasions together? Why?
  171. How important is it for a town or city to be located near a river or the sea? Why?
  172. How important is it for a culture to have musical traditions?
  173. How important do you think it is for a person to spend some time alone?
  174. How important do you think it is for a film-maker to remain true to the original story?
  175. How important are ceremonies in our lives?
  176. How have schools changed in the last hundred years?
  177. How have games changed from the time when you were a child?
  178. How have developments in technology affected employment in your country?
  179. How has the role of elderly people in the family changed in recent times?
  180. How has technology affected the kinds of music popular with young people?
  181. How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?
  182. How has access to information changed over the last hundred years or so?
  183. How does water transport, like boats and ships, compare with other kinds?
  184. How do you think the Internet will affect buying patterns in the future?
  185. How do you think teachers could help students develop and share their own ideas?
  186. How do you think people’s routines and schedules will change in the future?
  187. How do you think people’s attitudes to life have changed over the last 100 yrs?
  188. How do you think people will become famous in the future?
  189. How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years?
  190. How do the media in your country treat famous people?
  191. How do products made these days compare with those made in the past?
  192. How do people usually meet new friends where you live?
  193. How do people in your country feel about protecting historic buildings?
  194. How do people in your country choose a career?
  195. How could governments protect the rights of consumers?
  196. How can tourism benefit local people and places?
  197. How can students improve their performance at school?
  198. How can people be encouraged to read more?
  199. How can games sometimes help to unite people?
  200. How beneficial it is to group students according to their level of ability?
  201. How are work or study schedules today different from those in the past? Why?
  202. How are responsibilities towards friends and family different?
  203. How are relationships with friends different from relationships at work/college?
  204. Having a job security or having more than one career is better? Why?
  205. Have you entered any competitions?
  206. Have schools become more or less competitive since you were young?
  207. Have relationship with neighbours where you live changed in recent years? How?
  208. Have attitudes to marriage changed in recent years?
  209. Has technology made a difference to the quality of modern films?
  210. Has technology brought more stress than benefits to employed people nowadays?
  211. Has education changed since your parents’ day – in the last 25 years?
  212. Give some examples of dangerous sports.
  213. Explain why you cannot learn English only from a book.
  214. Explain what you think movies might be like in a hundred years from now.
  215. Explain what we can do to protect nature in the future.
  216. Explain the most effective methods of punishment for disruptive students.
  217. Does tourism help to promote international understanding? Why/why not?
  218. Do young and old people have different attitudes to routines where you live?
  219. Do you value the experience you had in a job you had?
  220. Do you think traditions and customs are affected by advertising?
  221. Do you think the way we live will continue to change in the future? In what way?
  222. Do you think the cinema has increased or decreased in popularity in recent years?
  223. Do you think the children of famous people have an easy time?
  224. Do you think that the Internet disadvantages some people over others?
  225. Do you think that people today have more choices to make than in the past?
  226. Do you think that new festivals will be introduced in the future? What kind?
  227. Do you think that it is possible to become too competitive in sport? In what way?
  228. Do you think that daughters are always more similar to mothers?
  229. Do you think television has helped to make the world a better place to live in?
  230. Do you think shopping on the internet will be more or less popular in the future?
  231. Do you think playing sport can make people become too competitive?
  232. Do you think people will have more or less free time in the future? Why?
  233. Do you think people sometimes dislike ideas because they are new? Why?
  234. Do you think people get enough choice in their daily routines? Why/why not?
  235. Do you think it’s useful to work, for other reasons as well, besides money?
  236. Do you think it’s good or bad to watch festivals in TV? Why?
  237. Do you think it is harder to study when you are young or when you are older?
  238. Do you think it is a good thing to give prizes to children who do well at school?
  239. Do you think history will still be a school subject in the future? Why?
  240. Do you think having a hobby is good for people’s social life? In what way?
  241. Do you think consumerism is a positive or a negative development?
  242. Do you think competitive games are good or bad for children? In what ways?
  243. Do you think banning advertisements for alcohol and smoking is worthwhile?
  244. Do you think an area can benefit from having an interesting historic place locally?
  245. Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
  246. Do you prefer to watch or play sport?
  247. Do you prefer to play an individual or group sport?
  248. Do you prefer home-cooked food or food from restaurant? Why?
  249. Do you plan to live there for a long time? Why? Why not?
  250. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  251. Do you like where you live?
  252. Do you like museums/art galleries?
  253. Do you like cooking? Why? Why not?
  254. Do you like cities generally?
  255. Do you learn more from visiting important sites or from meeting local people?
  256. Do you enjoy entering competitions?
  257. Do you choose to have a guide, when you go to a very unfamiliar place?
  258. Do the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
  259. Do some countries celebrate traditions more than others?
  260. Do people’s taste in films change as they grow older?
  261. Do people travel abroad more or less than they did in the past? Why/why not?
  262. Do people spend lot money on parties that celebrate special family events?
  263. Do people generally prefer to buy products from their own or from other countries?
  264. Do more people watch sport than play it in your country?
  265. Do employers encourage employees to have new ideas on improving the company?
  266. Discuss whether you think books are too expensive to buy.
  267. Discuss what you think makes a good school.
  268. Discuss the role of movies in society today.
  269. Discuss the role of advertising in modern culture.
  270. Discuss the importance of role models for the youth of today.
  271. Discuss how important tourism is in your country these days.
  272. Did you wake up on your own while you were a student at schools?
  273. Did you enjoy your time at school?
  274. Describe your typical day when you are not working or studying.
  275. Describe your perfect workplace.
  276. Describe the transport system for commuters in your city or country.
  277. Describe the most beautiful place you visited.
  278. Describe the main problems that people face living in the modern world?
  279. Describe the first place house or flat you remember living in.
  280. Describe the cinema you usually visit.
  281. Describe someone you used to play with when you were younger.
  282. Describe someone you know who is particularly skilful at something.
  283. Describe someone you know who has an interesting or unusual job.
  284. Describe someone you know or know about who has an unusual hobby.
  285. Describe someone you know or know about who has a lot of responsibility.
  286. Describe someone you know or know about who does his or her job well.
  287. Describe someone who looked after you when you were younger.
  288. Describe someone who is your hero, or is a hero of many people.
  289. Describe someone who is well known in your town, area or country.
  290. Describe some countryside near your hometown or the place.
  291. Describe one thing that you have to do regularly in your work or studies.
  292. Describe one of your close relatives.
  293. Describe an old person you know or know about.
  294. Describe an item that you have that is important to you.
  295. Describe an item of clothing that you often wear.
  296. Describe an item of clothing that you have had for a long time.
  297. Describe an important historical event in your country.
  298. Describe an historical place you have been to.
  299. Describe an historical figure who you know about.
  300. Describe an electronic item that is important to you.
  301. Describe an ambition you had when you were young.
  302. Describe a young child you know or know about.
  303. Describe a workplace you have worked in or know about.
  304. Describe a wild animal in your country.
  305. Describe a typical festival or celebration in your country:
  306. Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education.
  307. Describe a store in your hometown or the place you are living now.
  308. Describe a sportsman you like or know about.
  309. Describe a sport you have played.
  310. Describe a school that you are studying or have studied in.
  311. Describe a room at home.
  312. Describe a recent item of news that you think is important.
  313. Describe a recent film or television programme.
  314. Describe a project you had to do in your studies or job.
  315. Describe a present that you have received.
  316. Describe a present that you gave someone.
  317. Describe a possession that you have had for a long time.
  318. Describe a plan you have for the future.
  319. Describe a place you want to go but have never been.
  320. Describe a place you often went as a child.
  321. Describe a place you often go to.
  322. Describe a place you have lived in or are living now.
  323. Describe a place which you think is beautiful.
  324. Describe a place which is important to you.
  325. Describe a place that your parents took you to.
  326. Describe a place that you think is relaxing.
  327. Describe a place that you have only been to once in your life.
  328. Describe a place of natural beauty in your country.
  329. Describe a person you know who has influenced you.
  330. Describe a party that you have been to.
  331. Describe a park or other green space in your hometown or near where you live.
  332. Describe a musician, singer or other artist you like or know about.
  333. Describe a machine that is important to you.
  334. Describe a long distance journey you have been on.
  335. Describe a holiday you have had.
  336. Describe a happy event in your life.
  337. Describe a friend you have had or had for a long time.
  338. Describe a friend who has played an important part in your life.
  339. Describe a friend that you often spend time with.
  340. Describe a food item you like.
  341. Describe a famous person you have met or know about.
  342. Describe a famous natural feature that you have seen or know about.
  343. Describe a famous food from your hometown or country.
  344. Describe a famous building you have seen or know about.
  345. Describe a classroom that you study or have studied in.
  346. Describe a classmate, acquaintance or colleague.
  347. Describe a city, town or village you know well.
  348. Describe a children’s story you have read.
  349. Describe a celebration that you involved in.
  350. Describe a building, view or natural feature that impressed you.
  351. Describe a building that has made an impression on you.
  352. Describe a book you read when you were young.
  353. Compare the expectations of today’s school leavers with the previous generation?
  354. Compare the education system in your own country with that of your host country.
  355. Compare the differences between reading a book in your native language and in English.
  356. Compare products made in your country with those made overseas.
  357. Compare movies made in your country with movies made in the West.
  358. Can you describe your accommodation?
  359. Can you describe the education system in your country?
  360. Are you sharing your room with someone or living alone?
  361. Are there other ways people can learn about history, apart from the school? How?
  362. Are there more goods available in shops now than in the past? Why/why not?
  363. Are there many differences between family parties and parties thrown by friends?
  364. Are there disadvantages of making books out of paper? Are there any alternatives?
  365. Are there any negative effects of a person spending too much time on hobby?
  366. Are there any disadvantages of seeing advertisements everywhere?
  367. Are there any advantages of using a library than to search the Internet?
  368. Are there any advantages of being popular at school?
  369. Are people taking more holidays and traveling far away these days?
  370. Are people going to the cinema more these days compared with 25 years ago?
  371. Are films popular where you come from (in your native)?
  372. Are family occasions as important today as they were in the past?
  373. Are customs and traditions changing these days? Why?
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