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.

  • Are customs and traditions changing these days? Why?
  • Are family occasions as important today as they were in the past?
  • Are films popular where you come from (in your native)?
  • Are people going to the cinema more these days compared with 25 years ago?
  • Are people taking more holidays and traveling far away these days?
  • Are there any advantages of being popular at school?
  • Are there any advantages of using a library than to search the Internet?
  • Are there any disadvantages of seeing advertisements everywhere?
  • Are there any negative effects of a person spending too much time on hobby?
  • Are there disadvantages of making books out of paper? Are there any alternatives?
  • Are there many differences between family parties and parties thrown by friends?
  • Are there more goods available in shops now than in the past? Why/why not?
  • Are there other ways people can learn about history, apart from the school? How?
  • Are you sharing your room with someone or living alone?
  • Can you describe the education system in your country?
  • Can you describe your accommodation?
  • Compare movies made in your country with movies made in the West.
  • Compare products made in your country with those made overseas.
  • Compare the differences between reading a book in your language and in English.
  • Compare the education system in your own country with that of your host country.
  • Describe a book you read when you were young.
  • Describe a building that has made an impression on you.
  • Describe a building, view or natural feature that impressed you.
  • Describe a celebration that you involved in.
  • Describe a children’s story you have read.
  • Describe a city, town or village you know well.
  • Describe a classmate, acquaintance or colleague.
  • Describe a classroom that you study or have studied in.
  • Describe a famous building you have seen or know about.
  • Describe a famous food from your hometown or country.
  • Describe a famous natural feature that you have seen or know about.
  • Describe a famous person you have met or know about.
  • Describe a food item you like.
  • Describe a friend that you often spend time with.
  • Describe a friend who has played an important part in your life.
  • Describe a friend you have had or had for a long time.
  • Describe a happy event in your life.
  • Describe a holiday you have had.
  • Describe a long distance journey you have been on.
  • Describe a machine that is important to you.
  • Describe a musician, singer or other artist you like or know about.
  • Describe a park or other green space in your hometown or near where you live.
  • Describe a party that you have been to.
  • Describe a person you know who has influenced you.
  • Describe a place of natural beauty in your country.
  • Describe a place that you have only been to once in your life.
  • Describe a place that you think is relaxing.
  • Describe a place that your parents took you to.
  • Describe a place which is important to you.
  • Describe a place which you think is beautiful.
  • Describe a place you have lived in or are living now.
  • Describe a place you often go to.
  • Describe a place you often went as a child.
  • Describe a place you want to go but have never been.
  • Describe a plan you have for the future.
  • Describe a possession that you have had for a long time.
  • Describe a present that you gave someone.
  • Describe a present that you have received.
  • Describe a project you had to do in your studies or job.
  • Describe a recent film or television programme.
  • Describe a recent item of news that you think is important.
  • Describe a room at home.
  • Describe a school that you are studying or have studied in.
  • Describe a sport you have played.
  • Describe a sportsman you like or know about.
  • Describe a store in your hometown or the place you are living now.
  • Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education.
  • Describe a typical festival or celebration in your country:
  • Describe a wild animal in your country.
  • Describe a workplace you have worked in or know about.
  • Describe a young child you know or know about.
  • Describe an ambition you had when you were young.
  • Describe an electronic item that is important to you.
  • Describe an historical figure who you know about.
  • Describe an historical place you have been to.
  • Describe an important historical event in your country.
  • Describe an item of clothing that you have had for a long time.
  • Describe an item of clothing that you often wear.
  • Describe an item that you have that is important to you.
  • Describe an old person you know or know about.
  • Describe one of your close relatives.
  • Describe one thing that you have to do regularly in your work or studies.
  • Describe some countryside near your hometown or the place.
  • Describe someone who is well known in your town, area or country.
  • Describe someone who is your hero, or is a hero of many people.
  • Describe someone who looked after you when you were younger.
  • Describe someone you know or know about who does his or her job well.
  • Describe someone you know or know about who has a lot of responsibility.
  • Describe someone you know or know about who has an unusual hobby.
  • Describe someone you know who has an interesting or unusual job.
  • Describe someone you know who is particularly skilful at something.
  • Describe someone you used to play with when you were younger.
  • Describe the first place house or flat you remember living in.
  • Describe the main problems that people face living in the modern world?
  • Describe the most beautiful place you visited.
  • Describe the transport system for commuters in your city or country.
  • Describe your perfect workplace.
  • Describe your typical day when you are not working or studying.
  • Did you enjoy your time at school?
  • Discuss how important tourism is in your country these days.
  • Discuss the importance of role models for the youth of today.
  • Discuss the role of advertising in modern culture.
  • Discuss the role of movies in society today.
  • Discuss what you think makes a good school.
  • Discuss whether you think books are too expensive to buy.
  • Do more people watch sport than play it in your country?
  • Do people generally prefer to buy products from their own or from other countries?
  • Do people spend lot money on parties that celebrate special family events?
  • Do people travel abroad more or less than they did in the past? Why/why not?
  • Do people’s taste in films change as they grow older?
  • Do some countries celebrate traditions more than others?
  • Do the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
  • Do you choose to have a guide, when you go to a very unfamiliar place?
  • Do you enjoy entering competitions?
  • Do you like cities generally?
  • Do you like cooking? Why? Why not?
  • Do you like museums/art galleries?
  • Do you like where you live?
  • Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  • Do you plan to live there for a long time? Why? Why not?
  • Do you prefer home-cooked food or food from restaurant? Why?
  • Do you prefer to play an individual or group sport?
  • Do you prefer to watch or play sport?
  • Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
  • Do you think an area can benefit from having an interesting historic place locally?
  • Do you think banning advertisements for alcohol and smoking is worthwhile?
  • Do you think competitive games are good or bad for children? In what ways?
  • Do you think consumerism is a positive or a negative development?
  • Do you think having a hobby is good for people’s social life? In what way?
  • Do you think history will still be a school subject in the future? Why?
  • Do you think it is a good thing to give prizes to children who do well at school?
  • Do you think it is harder to study when you are young or when you are older?
  • Do you think it’s good or bad to watch festivals in TV? Why?
  • Do you think it’s useful to work, for other reasons as well, besides money?
  • Do you think people get enough choice in their daily routines? Why/why not?
  • Do you think people sometimes dislike ideas because they are new? Why?
  • Do you think people will have more or less free time in the future? Why?
  • Do you think playing sport can make people become too competitive?
  • Do you think shopping on the internet will be more or less popular in the future?
  • Do you think television has helped to make the world a better place to live in?
  • Do you think that daughters are always more similar to mothers?
  • Do you think that it is possible to become too competitive in sport? In what way?
  • Do you think that new festivals will be introduced in the future? What kind?
  • Do you think that people today have more choices to make than in the past?
  • Do you think that the Internet disadvantages some people over others?
  • Do you think the children of famous people have an easy time?
  • Do you think the cinema has increased or decreased in popularity in recent years?
  • Do you think the way we live will continue to change in the future? In what way?
  • Do you think traditions and customs are affected by advertising?
  • Do you learn more from visiting important sites or from meeting local people?
  • Do you value the experience you had in a job you had?
  • Do young and old people have different attitudes to routines where you live?
  • Does tourism help to promote international understanding? Why/why not?
  • Explain the most effective methods of punishment for disruptive students.
  • Explain what we can do to protect nature in the future.
  • Explain what you think movies might be like in a hundred years from now.
  • Explain why you cannot learn English only from a book.
  • Give some examples of dangerous sports.
  • Has education changed since your parents’ day – in the last 25 years?
  • Has technology brought more stress than benefits to employed people nowadays?
  • Has technology made a difference to the quality of modern films?
  • Have attitudes to marriage changed in recent years?
  • Have relationship with neighbours where you live changed in recent years? How?
  • Have schools become more or less competitive since you were young?
  • Have you entered any competitions?
  • Having a job security or having more than one career is better? Why?
  • How are relationships with friends different from relationships at work/college?
  • How are responsibilities towards friends and family different?
  • How are work or study schedules today different from those in the past? Why?
  • How beneficial it is to group students according to their level of ability?
  • How can games sometimes help to unite people?
  • How can people be encouraged to read more?
  • How can students improve their performance at school?
  • How can tourism benefit local people and places?
  • How could governments protect the rights of consumers?
  • How do people in your country choose a career?
  • How do people in your country feel about protecting historic buildings?
  • How do people usually meet new friends where you live?
  • How do products made these days compare with those made in the past?
  • Compare the expectations of today’s school leavers with the previous generation?
  • How do the media in your country treat famous people?
  • How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years?
  • How do you think people will become famous in the future?
  • How do you think people’s attitudes to life have changed over the last 100 yrs?
  • How do you think people’s routines and schedules will change in the future?
  • How do you think teachers could help students to develop and share their own ideas?
  • How do you think the Internet will affect buying patterns in the future?
  • How does water transport, like boats and ships, compare with other kinds?
  • How has access to information changed over the last hundred years or so?
  • How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?
  • How has technology affected the kinds of music popular with young people?
  • How has the role of elderly people in the family changed in recent times?
  • How have developments in technology affected employment in your country?
  • How have games changed from the time when you were a child?
  • How have schools changed in the last hundred years?
  • How important are ceremonies in our lives?
  • How important do you think it is for a film-maker to remain true to the original story?
  • How important do you think it is for a person to spend some time alone?
  • How important is it for a culture to have musical traditions?
  • How important is it for a town or city to be located near a river or the sea? Why?
  • How important is it for families to celebrate occasions together? Why?
  • How important is it for people to do some regular physical exercise?
  • How important is the tourist dollar for the economy?
  • How is modern life better than that in the past? In what ways?
  • How is your behaviour different to your parents’ behaviour?
  • How may globalisation affect different festivals around the world?
  • How museums can be made more interesting?
  • How often and where do you go to the movies?
  • Describe the cinema you usually go to.
  • How reliable do you think information from the internet is? Why?
  • How were you taught history when you were at school?
  • How will technology be used to improve films in the future?
  • How would you describe young peoples’ attitudes towards tradition?
  • In terms of personality, are people more influenced by their family or by their friends?
  • In the future, what kind of units or groups will people live in, do you think?
  • In what ways can people in a family be similar to each other?
  • In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
  • In what ways do you think being a writer might be an interesting job?
  • In what ways does a bad teacher disadvantage students?
  • How much time do you think people spend on work and on leisure?
  • In your country, which do people prefer: watching TV or listening to radio? Why?
  • In your opinion, is being well-known easy to live with?
  • Is it easier for adults or children to make new friends? Why?
  • Is it important for young people to visit different places before they go to college?
  • Is it possible for people to be close friends with their boss or teacher? Why/why not?
  • Many people cannot read or write will in their own language. How can this be solved?
  • People are reading less and less these days; why do you think this is?
  • Should education be made free for all?
  • Should education encourage students to have their own new ideas? Why?
  • Do employers encourage employees to have new ideas on improving the company?
  • Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see?
  • Should important choices be made by parents rather than by young adults?
  • Who should be responsible for making people’s lifestyle healthy?
  • Should teachers use discipline in the classroom?
  • Should the media be able to invade the privacy of famous people?
  • Should the teacher be an authority or a friend?
  • Should researches be funded by governments or private companies? Why?
  • Some people think that friends can never be as important as family. Do you agree?
  • Some people think that watching TV can be a negative influence. Would you agree?
  • Talk about a birthday you remember well.
  • Talk about a foreign country you are interested in but have never been to.
  • Talk about a hobby you are interested in but have never tried.
  • Talk about a job you would like to do in the future.
  • Talk about a long term goal or ambition you have.
  • Talk about a musical instrument you would like to be able to play but can’t.
  • Talk about a pet you have or have had.
  • Talk about a place in your country you have never been to but would like to visit.
  • Talk about a short term goal or ambition you have.
  • Talk about a sport you are interested in but have never played.
  • Talk about a subject you would like to study in the future.
  • Talk about a thing that is important to take with you when you travel.
  • Talk about a time when you visited someone else’s house.
  • Talk about an English book you have read or used.
  • Talk about an important day in your life.
  • Talk about another language you would like to learn.
  • Talk about how your family usually celebrates the New Year.
  • Talk about one thing you are planning to do after you pass this test.
  • Talk about one thing you are planning to do or might do next weekend.
  • Talk about something that is in your bag or pocket now.
  • Talk about something you use for your work or studies.
  • Talk about something you would particularly like to purchase.
  • Talk about your favourite day of the year.
  • Talk about your last or a recent family gathering.
  • Tell me about a recent short holiday you took.
  • Tell me about any traditional music in your culture.
  • What about electronic books – do they have a future?
  • What about the news on the internet?
  • What are advantages and disadvantages of intensive training for young sportspeople?
  • What are some of the advantages of advertising?
  • What are some of the advantages of doing well at school?
  • What are some of the advantages of travel?
  • What are some of the problems with sharing?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of making films of real-life events?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of single sex and co-educational schools?
  • What are the advantages of a book compared with a movie version of a book?
  • What are the advantages of being a movie star or director?
  • What are the advantages of living in a big city?
  • What are the advantages of using the Internet over visiting a library?
  • What are the advantages of young people working?
  • What are the architectural designs in a city that you have visited?
  • What are the competitions held at schools?
  • What are the disadvantages of being a movie star or director?
  • What are the disadvantages of being unpopular at school?
  • What are the greatest dangers that young people will face in the future?
  • What are the main reasons why people organize family parties in your country?
  • What are the negative aspects of crowded cities?
  • What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • What are the services that you have paid in that city?
  • What are the types of part-time work available in your country?
  • What are the typical choices people make at different stages of their lives?
  • What are the values of international competitions?
  • What benefits do you think people get from the activities they enjoy in the water?
  • What changes do you foresee in the next 50 years?
  • What differences in teaching styles have you experienced with different teachers?
  • What do most people do to keep fit in your country?
  • What do people enjoy doing when they visit rivers, lakes or the sea?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for friends to have?
  • What do you think causes friendships to break up?
  • What do you think influences a young person’s taste in music?
  • What do you think is the best way to plan a holiday? Why?
  • What do you think of tourism designed not to damage the environment?
  • What do you think will be the greatest influence on young people in the future?
  • What do you think will happen to historic places or buildings in the future? Why?
  • What do you understand by competitive spirit?
  • What impact have modern lifestyles had on neighbourhood communities? Why?
  • What is more difficult: having new ideas or putting them into practice?
  • What is the importance of school uniforms?
  • What is the need for museums and art galleries in our society?
  • What is the psychology of competing?
  • What is the role of the teacher in the language classroom?
  • What kind of choices do people have to make in their everyday life?
  • What kind of food do you like to eat?
  • What kind of new food would you like to try? Why?
  • What kind of possessions shows status in your country?
  • What kind of T.V programmes will there be in the future, do you think?
  • What kind of techniques do advertisers use to persuade people to buy more?
  • What kind or programmes are most popular?
  • What kinds of equipment do most workers need to use in offices today?
  • What kinds of machine are used for housework in modern homes in your country?
  • What kinds of music are popular with young people in your culture?
  • What kinds of national celebration do you have in your country?
  • What kinds of people were famous in your grandparents’ time?
  • What kinds of products are most affected by fashions from other countries?
  • What kinds of things are easy to buy and sell online?
  • What makes some places very attractive to tourists?
  • What method of learning works best for you?
  • What motivates people to work?
  • What priorities do you think TV stations should have?
  • What responsibilities to society do famous people have?
  • What role do the media play in festivals, do you think?
  • What role do traditional ceremonies play in the social life of people in your country?
  • What role do you think extracurricular activities play in education?
  • What sort of advantages are there to reading about a country before you visit it?
  • What sort of equipment do you think is useful in a language school? Why?
  • What sort of jobs do you think would be the best sort of jobs to do?
  • What sort of national events make headlines in your country?
  • What traditions were important for your grandparents, say 50 years ago?
  • What type of special occasions is generally celebrated in your country?
  • When should children start formal schooling?
  • Where can people in your country get information about genetic research?
  • Where do people usually like to go for a holiday away these days?
  • Which is better – travel alone or with a group of friends?
  • Which is more dangerous – football or basketball?
  • Which is more important for a successful company?
  • Which is your favourite room?
  • Who are the best role models for young people these days?
  • Who has more power and influence in the family today?
  • Who tends to enjoy national celebrations more: young people or old people? Why?
  • Why are exercise and a good diet important?
  • Why do people enjoy watching others play competitive sport?
  • Why do people want to travel, to go away, for a holiday?
  • Why do some people choose to lead unhealthy lives?
  • Why do some people like to discuss choices with other people?
  • Why do some people think that modern lifestyles are not healthy?
  • Why do you think children like playing games?
  • Why do you think countries have national anthems or songs?
  • Why do you think festivals are important events in the working years?
  • Why do you think ordinary people are interested in the lives of famous people?
  • Why do you think people go to restaurants?
  • Why do you think people want to visit other countries?
  • Why do you think some school teachers use competitions as class activities?
  • Why do you think the internet is being used more and more for communication?
  • Why have the forms of popular entertainment changed over the years?
  • Why is competition often seen as important in today’s society?
  • Why so some people choose to do the same things every day?
  • Will international tourism increase or decrease in the future? Why?
  • Would you consider doing the same type of job again?
  • Would you recommend your school to others?
  • Would you say the amount of free time has changed much in the last fifty years?
  • Did you wake up on your own while you were a student at schools?
  • How would you feel about having a coffee with Aishwarya Roy?
  • What if you wake up to know that you are not the same familiar person to yourself?
  • If you remember your previous birth and your life in the previous birth, how would you feel?


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