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READING (Book, Newspaper)

Part 1

1.

Do you read a daily newspaper?

2.

What kind of books do you like to read?

3.

How often do you use a library?

4.

How many hours a week do you spend reading?

5.

Is there anything you find hard to read?

6.

What kind of books did you read as a child?

7.

What’s the last thing you read and enjoyed?

8.

Have you ever kept a diary?

9.

What’s the most popular newspaper in your country?

10.

Would you ever write your own autobiography?

Part 2 (ver 1. book you like)

Describe a kind of book you like. You should say: What kind of books you like most, What they are about, Why you like them most, What effect have books brought on you?

Part 3

1.

What is the difference between men and women when choosing what to read?

2.

What kind books do children like? Why do they like reading?

3.

What is the difference between reading and watching TV?

4.

What is the relationship between reading and computer?

5.

What are the advantages of reading books?

6.

Why do children like pictorials?

7.

What books are popular in Indonesia?

Part 2 (Ver 2. Your favorite books)

Describe one of your favorite books. You should say: What kind of books you like, What is your favorite book? What it is about, When did you get it?, Why you like it?.

Part 3

1.

Do you like other books?

2.

What kind of books do Indonesian people like?

3.

What kind of books do Indonesian women like?

4.

What kind of books do Indonesian children like?

5.

What kind of books do you recommend to others?

FAMILY

Part 1

1. Describe your family?

2. Do you have a large or small family?

3. How much time do you spend with your family?

4. What do you like to do together as a family?

5. Do you get along well with your family?

6. Are people in your country generally close to their families?

7. Tell me something about your family.

8.

What do you like doing most with your family?

9. Who are you close to in your family?

10. In what way is your family important to you?

11. In what ways have families changed in the last hundred years?

12. Should we rely heavily on our families or is it better to try to be independent?

Part 2

Describe a family member who has influenced you. Say how long you have known them, why they were special, how they differ from the other family members, and how they influenced you.

Part 3

WORK

Part 1

1. What do you do?

2. What are your responsibilities?

3. How many hours do you work each day?

4. Do you enjoy your work?

5. Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?

Part 2 Describe a job you have done. How you got the job, What the job involved, How long the job lasted, Describe how well you did the job. Part 3

1. Describe the process of getting a job in your country.

2. Describe the company or organization you work for.

3. If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?

4. What do you like about your job?

5. What do you dislike about your job?

EDUCATION

Part 1

1. What are you studying now?

2. Where are you studying?

3. What is your area of specialization?

4. What kind of school did you go to as a child?

5. Did you go to a co-educational school?

Part 2

Describe your most favourite school you have attended. What school it was, why it was become your favourite one, describe your favourite teacher, describe your favourite subject.

Part 3

1. What is the education system like in your country?

2. Do you think your country has an effective education system?

3. Describe your education

 

HOMETOWN

Part 1

1.

Where is your hometown located?

2.

Is it easy to travel around your hometown?

3.

What’s special about it?

4.

What languages are spoken in your hometown?

5.

What do people in your town do?

6.

Can you tell me something about your hometown?

7.

Can you tell me some famous landscapes or scenic spots in your hometown?

8.

Can you tell me some history of your hometown?

Part 2

Describe your hometown. What is known about, how could it is known as …, What are the main industries in your hometown, Describe about the industries in your town.

Part 3

1.

Compare your hometown with another city

2.

What problems face your hometown?

3.

What are the advantages of living in your hometown?

4.

What are some problems faced by your hometown?

5.

What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown?

WEATHER

Part 1

1. What’s the weather like in your country?

2. Does the weather affect your mood?

3. How do rainy days make you feel?

4. What’s your favourite season of the year?

5. What do you like to do when it’s hot?

6. What do you usually do in the winter?

7. How many seasons does your country have?

Part 2 Describe a kind of extreme weather. You should say: What it is, When did it happen?, Where you were, How you felt at that time

Part 3

1.

What should you do in a bad weather?

2.

Will bad weather mould or change people’s personality?

3.

What is the relationship between weather and culture?

4.

The climate has changed these 50 years. Have you noticed the changes?

5.

What changes do you predict in the following years?

6.

Are the people interested in gathering the weather information in your place?

7.

How does weather influence people’s personalities in your country?

MUSIC

Part 1

1.

Do you like music?

2. What kind of music do you like?

3. When do you usually listen to music?

4. What kind of music did you like when you were younger?

5. What kind of music is popular in your country?

6. Do you play any musical instruments?

7. Do you wish you could play any musical instruments?

8. Which is your favourite instrument?

9. What are the benefits of listening to music?

10. What kind of music do you like best?

11. Why do you like this kind of music?

12. What is your favourite musical instrument?

Part 2 Describe a kind of music. You should say: Whether you like music, What kind of music you like best, What role music plays in people’s life

Part 3

1.

How long do you listen to music everyday?

2.

Why is it easier for children to learn playing a musical instrument?

3.

What are the benefits of learning to play musical instruments?

4.

Discuss the impact of western music on the world music?

EQUIPMENT

Part 2 Describe a piece of equipment you often use at home or at work. You should say: What it is, What you do with it/ How to use it, How long you have had it, How important it is to you,

Part 3

1.

What are the impacts of electrical equipment on human’s life in the past ten years?

2.

What are the differences of the life in the past and at the present?

3.

What role does technological development play in people’s life?

4.

How will technology develop in the future?

5.

Do you have a mobile phone? What are its advantages?

6.

Why do many foreign countries develop faster than Indonesia?

7.

Why does the Indonesia’s West develop faster than Indonesias East?

8.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of computer and internet?

A WELL-KNOWN PERSON

Part 2

Describe a well-known person. You should say: Who he/she is, What makes him/her famous, Why you admire him/her

Part 3

1.

Do you want to become famous?

2.

How to become a well-known person in Indonesia?

3.

What kind of people can become famous in Indonesia?

4.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?

5.

What do you think of the privacy of a well-known person?

6. What do you think of the relationship between a well-know person and advertising?

7. Would you be influenced by the well-known persons in TV commercials?

8. Do you often talk about singers with your friends? What do you often talk about?

A FRIEND YOU LIKE MOST

Part 2

Describe a friend in your school time you like most. You should say: Who he/she is, When did you became friends? Why do you like him/her or why do you think that he/she is important to you? How he/she influences you?

Part 3

1.

What are the differences between adults and children in terms of making friends?

2.

Can adults make friends with children?

3.

What do you think are the most important factors when making friends?

4.

What are the possible factors that cause the break-up of friendship?

5.

Why is it difficult for adults to make friends?

6.

What will the friendship become like when getting old?

A PERSON YOU LIKE TO WORK OR STUDY

Part 2

Describe a person whom you like to work or study with. You should say: Who is he/she? When did you work/study together?What do you often do together? Why do you like to work with him/her?/ What can you learn from him/her? Why is he/she particular?

Part 3

1.

Do you like to work alone or with a partner?

2.

What do you think of teamwork and team spirit?

3.

What kind of people are good to work with?

4.

Do you like group work or group learning?

5.

What is your opinion on efficiency?

6.

What are the advantages of studying by yourself?

7.

What do you think of efficiency?

RESTAURANT OR A CAFÉ

Part 2

Describe a restaurant or a cafe. You should say: Where it is? What it looks like? What kind of services are provided? What kind of food you like there/ What kind of food is famous? Why you like it?

Part 3

1.

Do you like cooking?

2.

Will you cook for your friends when they visit you?

3.

Who cooks in a Indonesian family?

4.

What do you think of the advantages and disadvantages of fast food?

5.

Why is fast food so popular?

6.

Where would Indonesian go when they eat out?

7.

What changes would take place in terms of Indonesian eating habits?

8.

What food is popular?

9.

What is the difference between fresh food and canned food?

10.

What can we do to solve the problem of food shortage?

11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of family food?

BUILDING

Part 2

Describe an interesting building. You should say: Where it is located, What it looks like, What services are provided, How you like it

Part 3

1.

What role do old buildings and new buildings play in modern society?

2.

What changes have taken place in architecture in the past two decades?

3.

Do you think it necessary to protect old buildings?

LETTER

Part 2

Describe a letter. You should say: When you received it? Who sent it to you? What it is about? Whether it is important to you?

Part 3

1.

What is the difference between letter and e-mail?

2.

Do you often keep diaries?

3.

What is the difference between diary and letter?

4.

What is the difference in the past and at the present as regards communications?

5.

What is the role of letter 50 years ago and at the present?

6.

What do you think of the role 50 years later?

7.

What do you think of creative writing?

8.

Would post office disappear 50 years later?

9.

What role does computer play in our society?

10.

What changes have been brought by the computer? What is professors’ attitude?

TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL

Part 2

Describe a traditional festival in Indonesia. You should say: What it is? When is it celebrated? How to celebrate? / what you usually do on that day? What you like and what you don’t like

Part 3

1.

What is the concept of holiday in Indonesia?

2.

Why is holiday so important to modern people?

3.

Do you think it is necessary to observe the traditional customs?

4.

What changes in terms of spending festivals and holidays have taken place in the past decade?

5.

What is the difference as regards celebration in different part of the country?

PERFECT TRIP/HOLIDAY

Part 2

Describe a perfect trip/holiday. You should say: Where you would go, When would you go? Whom you would go with? What you are going to do

Part 3

1.

What is the difference in the past and at the present as regards travelling?

2.

How would the tourist industry develop in the future?

3.

What should the government do to attract tourists?

4.

What should the people do to attract tourists?

Part 2

Describe an interesting trip you have taken. You should say: Where you went? When you went there? Whom you went with? What you did there? Why you like it

Part 3

1.

What is the difference in the past and at the present as regards traveling?

2.

How would the tourist industry develop in the future?

3.

What should the government do to attract tourists?

4.

What should the people do to attract tourists?

HOBBY

Part 2

Describe an interesting hobby. You should say: What it is? How long you spend on it? How often you do it? Why you like it?

Part 3

1.

Do you think that surfing the Internet, watching TV, listening to music or keeping a pet are interesting hobbies?

2.

Do you think it will cost too much time to do them?

3.

Do you like hobbies requiring teamwork?

4.

Why do people usually do in their spare time?

ENVIRONTMENTAL

Part 2

Describe an environmental problem. You should say: What it is? How long it has existed? What effect it has brought to people’s life? What we can do to solve it?

Part 3

1.

What causes environmental problems?

2.

What should the government do to protect the environment?

3.

What should we do to protect the environment?

4.

What other measures can you think of to protect the environment?

5.

How should we educate children to protect environment?

6.

What’s the difference between the old and the young as regards environmental protection?

ENGLISH

Part 2

Talking about learning English. You should say: When and where you began studying English? What is the most interesting thing in an English class? What is the most effective way of learning English? What difficulties you have when learning English? What are the advantages of learning English?

Part 3

1.

What problems do you have when studying English?

2.

Do you think that English is the most important language in the world?

3.

Can English take the place of Bahasa in Indonesia?

4.

What other languages are taught in Indonesia?

5.

Do you think that age is the most important factor of learning English? Why?

6.

What difficulties would a foreigner have when he learns your native language?

7.

What problems would Indonesian people have when communicating with foreigners?

8.

When would be most suitable for children to learn English?

9.

How will translation and interpretation develop in the future?

NEWS

Part 2

Describe different ways of getting news. You should say: Whether you get news every day? Whether the news is national or international? How you get news (via newspaper, TV, Internet, radio or other people?) How do most Indonesian people think about the importance of getting update news everyday?

Part 3

1.

Do you think the information on the Internet believable or not?

2.

What is the most effective way of getting news?

3.

How do reporters gather information?

4.

What do you think of the importance of privacy?

5.

How do journalists entertain their customers?

6.

What role do media play in people’s life?

7.

How do Indonesian people gather information?

8.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different media?

9.

Do you think it necessary to control the news coverage?

10.

What kind of news do you think should be controlled?

SKILL

Part 2

Describe a skill you want to learn. You should say: What it is? Why you think it is important? How you are going to learn it? What role it will play in you future life

Part 3

1.

What do you think of the traditional skills?

2.

What skill do you think the university has provided for your job?

3.

What skills can you learn in school?

4.

What kind of skills have your parents learned?

5.

What do you think of the role of family for children to learn skills?

6.

What is the most popular skill that people want to learn?

7.

What kind of school would you send your children to? Why?

8.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of school education and family education?

Healthy

Part 2

Describe something healthy you enjoy doing. You should say: What you do? Where you do it? Who you do it with?

Movie

Part 1

1.

Do you enjoy watching movies?

2. What’s your favourite film?

3. Who are your favourite actors?

4. How often do you watch films?

Part 2

Describe Your Favorite movie. You should say: What is it? What is the story of it? When you watched it? and exaplain why this is your favourite movie

HOME

 

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Describe your home.

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What kind of building do you live in?

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How long have you lived there?

WEDDING

 

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Have you ever been to a wedding?

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Whose wedding was it?

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Where was it held?

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What clothes do people wear?

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Describe the wedding ceremony.

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What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?

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What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?

TRAVEL

 

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Do you like to travel?

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What kind of places have you visited in your life?

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Which place would you really like to visit? Why?

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What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?

COMPUTERS

 

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Do you think computers help society?

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Do you think computers are bad for health?

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How do you think computers have changed the world?

INTERNET

 

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Do you use the Internet much during the day?

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What do you usually do on the Internet?

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What are some advantages of the Internet?

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What are some disadvantages?

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Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?

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Do you do any shopping on the Internet?

EMAIL

 

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Do you send and receive email regularly?

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Who do you usually communicate with?

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How often do you check your email?

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Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?

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What are some disadvantages of email?

FRIEND

 

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Describe a friend.

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How long have you known each other?

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What do usually do together?

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What do you like the most about him / her?

 

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How often do you see each other?

PLACE

 

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Describe a place you like to go.

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Why is this place special to you?

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When did you first visit this place?

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Where is this place located?

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What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?

SMOKING

 

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What do you feel about smoking in public places?

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Do you think smoking should be banned in people’s homes?

MARRIAGE

 

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What is the attitude toward marriage in your country?

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Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?

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What are some of the advantages of marriage?

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What are some of the disadvantages?

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Is the divorce rate high in your country?

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Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?

HOBBIES

 

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Do you have any hobbies?

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What are some of your hobbies?

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When did you first develop this hobby?

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What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?

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How much time do you spend on your hobby?

SHOPPING

 

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Do you enjoy shopping?

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How do you feel about shopping?

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Do you like shopping on the Internet?

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Do you have any favourite stores?

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What don’t you like about shopping?

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Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown?

SPORTS

 

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Do you like sports?

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Do you enjoy watching sports?

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Do you enjoy participating in any sports?

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Which sports are most popular in your country?

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What’s your favourite sport/

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When did you first become interested in sports?

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How often do you participate in sports?

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What equipment do you need for your favourite sport?

FOOD

 

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What are some of your favourite foods?

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What foods are popular in your country?

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What are some of the famous dishes of your country?

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Do you enjoy cooking?

FESTIVAL

 

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What’s the most important festival in your country?

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How do people celebrate this festival?

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What special food is associated with this festival?

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What special activities are associated with this festival?

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What do you enjoy most about this festival?

 

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Do you think festivals are important for a society?

TELEVISION

 

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Do you watch television a lot?

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What do you usually watch on television?

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How many hours of television do you usually watch?

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What are the most popular shows in your country?

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What kind of shows do you like to watch?

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What are some advantages of television?

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What are someof the disadvantages of television?

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What did you last watch on television?

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Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular?

TOURISM

 

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Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country?

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Do a lot of tourists visit your country?

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What do they usually do there?

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How has tourism changed your country?

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Is your country expensive for most tourists?

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What are some famous landmarks in your country?

DAILY ROUTINE

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Describe your daily routine.

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What do you usually do?

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What do you do on the weekend?

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What is you typical weekday like?

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Does your life change much from week to week?

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Do you have any free time during the week?

YOUR COUNTRY

 

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Which country are you from?

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Where is this country located?

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Which part of the country do most people live in?

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What are the main industries in your country?

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Is it easy to travel around your country?

CLOTHES

 

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What type of clothes do you like to wear?

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What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear?

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How important is fashion to you?

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What kind of clothes do you dislike?

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Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes?

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What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country?

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Are clothes expensive in your country?

GOING OUT

 

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Do you like going out or staying at home?

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What do you like to do when you go out?

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How often do you go out?

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Do people in your country go out a lot?

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How and where do people in your country usually socialize?

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What kind of entertainment is popular in your country?

GAMES

 

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Do you enjoy playing any games?

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What kind of games do you play?

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Do you think adults should play games?

 

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What do children learn from games?

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What kind of games did you play when you were a child?

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What games are popular in your country today?

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What kind of games were popular when you were young?

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Do you think mental games like chess are good for you?

COLOURS

 

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Do you have a favourite colour?

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What are your country’s colours?

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Do you think colours affect our moods?

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Can you learn anything about a person from the colours he / she likes?

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Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child?