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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics January — April 2020

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics January — April 2020

Below is a list of Cue Cards that the examiner may give you in part 2 section of the IELTS speaking test.

These Cue Cards are not a guarantee, they are just guessworks for helping students prepare for the IELTS test.

In addition, don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking questions (2020)

1. Describe one of your family members you spend the most time with

You should say:
who it is
when you are usually together
what you do together
and explain why you spend the most time with this member of your family

Use Vocabulary to describe friends and family

Follow ups/Part 3 — Family members

  1. How many generations usually live together in your country?
  2. Is it important to visit family members?
  3. What are the values of family in your country?
  4. Why is family bonding necessary for happiness in life?
  5. Do you think the support from a friend is different from the support from a family member?
  6. Who should be more responsible for educating the children in a family?
  7. Do you think there are differences between how men and women care for children?
  8. Do your parents do household chores equally?

2. Describe an important journey that was delayed.

You should say:
why it was important
what caused the delay
what happened at the end
and explain how you felt about the delay

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Travel

  1. How easy is it to travel around your country?
  2. Which method of travel do you consider safest?
  3. Has travel become safer in recent years?
  4. What do you think people can learn by travelling to other countries?
  5. What are the pros and cons of low-cost air travel?
  6. How do you think people will travel in the future?

3. Describe an experience you had as a member of a team

You should say:
where it was
who were the members of the team
what you did together in this team
and explain why you became a member of this team

Follow ups/Part 3 — Team

  1. What kind of people are good to work with?
  2. Do you like group work or group learning?
  3. What can children learn through teamwork?
  4. What are the disadvantages of working in a team?
  5. Is it good to have differences in a team?
  6. What are key skills and abilities needed to be successful in a team?

4. Describe a goal that you achieved, which was set by yourself

You should say:
what the aim was
when you achieved it
what you needed to do to reach your goal
and explain why that goal was important to you.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Goals

  1. Do you think people should talk to others about their goals?
  2. Do people need to write down goals or simply memorize them?
  3. What is more rewarding, working towards the goal or achieving it?
  4. Do you think it is important to have realistic goals?
  5. When do young people start setting goals for themselves?
  6. Is it always necessary to have something to aspire to in the future?

5. Describe a person who has apologized to you

You should say:
who this person was
why he/ she apologised to you
where you were then
and explain how you felt about it.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Vocabulary list:

  1. intentionally – to do something with a plan or a purpose
  2. possessive – to have strong feelings about something you own or have
  3. cautiously – carefully
  4. negligence – not giving enough care or attention
  5. lose my temper – to get angry
  6. sincere – honest feeling
  7. vigilant – to be careful or very attentive about something

Follow ups/Part 3 — Being sorry, apology

  1. Is it important to say sorry?
  2. In what situations do people say sorry?
  3. Why do some people hate to say sorry?
  4. In what situations should we apologize immediately?
  5. When do people say thank you?
  6. When was the last time you found it hard to accept an apology?

6. Describe an interesting animal

You should say:
what animal it is
what features this animal has
where they are found
and explain why this is an interesting animal.

Use Vocabulary to describe animals

Follow ups/Part 3 — Animals

  1. In what ways are humans different from other animals?
  2. Are there problems with wild animals where you live?
  3. Do you think being cruel to an animal is the same as being cruel to a human?
  4. Should people be allowed to hunt animals for their own entertainment?
  5. What are the main roles of animals in your country?
  6. Why is it important to conserve the world’s animal and plant species?
  7. Which species are endangered in your country? Why?
  8. There are no intelligent animals except humans? Do you agree?

7. Describe an article that you read from a magazine or newspaper

You should say:
when you read it
what was it about
was it a good or bad news
and explain how you felt after reading the news.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — News and media

  1. How do most people get their news in your country?
  2. What do you think are the important qualities for a news reporter?
  3. What’s the main difference between a newspaper and a magazine?
  4. Why do different people like to read different magazines?
  5. What’s the function of a report to the society?
  6. What kinds of books/newspapers/magazines do adolescents read in your country?
  7. What’s the difference between news on TV and news in magazines?
  8. With the popularity of the Internet, do you think newspapers and magazines will disappear?

8. Describe a person in the news that you want to meet

You should say:
who the person is
why s/he is in the news
why you would like to meet this person
and explain what you would say to this person.

Use Vocabulary to describe people

Follow ups/Part 3 — Celebrities and news

  1. Do you think there is too much news about celebrities? What is your take on the news reports in recent years?
  2. Do you think negative information in the news can have negative influence?
  3. Why do people like negative news?
  4. How do the newspapers market themselves for increasing sales?
  5. What’s the difference between broadcasting news in the past and in the present?
  6. Why do you think many young people tend to copy their favorite celebrities?
  7. Do you think that celebrities can be good role models?
  8. Why do you think the media in most countries often carry stories about celebrities?

9. Describe a time when the weather changed your plan

You should say:
when it happened
what happened
how you changed your plan
And explain how you felt about it when the weather ruined your plan.

Use Vocabulary to describe feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Weather and climate

  1. What kind of weather is preferred by people in your country?
  2. Where can people get weather reports?
  3. How do weather reports affect people’s life?
  4. What kind of activities do people do in the different seasons?
  5. Has climate change affected your country?

10. Describe a situation you were not allowed to use your smartphone

You should say:
when and where it was
why you were not allowed to use your phone
what you wanted to use your phone for
and explain how you felt about not being able to use your phone.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Mobile phones

  1. What are the key functions of smartphones?
  2. Do young and old people use phones in the same way?
  3. What are the differences between writing a letter and writing a text message on a smartphone?
  4. Do you believe mobile phones can be annoying at times?
  5. Do you prefer face-to-face conversations or conversations by phone?

11. Describe an important message you received

You should say:
when you received this message
who sent it to you
what was the content of the message
and explain why it was so important to you.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Messages and letters

  1. What are the differences between emails and handwritten letters?
  2. Why do some people dislike sending text messages?
  3. Will the hand-written letters become obsolete in the future? Why?
  4. What is the information that cannot be communicated via text messages?
  5. Why should we write letters to friends and relatives?
  6. What are the advantages of sending messages via social applications?

12. Describe something you bought that was difficult to use at first

You should say:
what you bought
when you bought it
why you bought it
and explain why it was difficult to use at first.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Products and brands

  1. What makes things to be special to you?
  2. Do you think it is necessary to follow the fashion and use the latest products?
  3. What makes a brand trustworthy?
  4. Why do you think advertisements are useful in selling products?
  5. What are some of the famous costume brands in your country?
  6. What electronic devices are more common in your city?
  7. How do people pay for things they buy online?

13. Describe a successful small business that you know

You should say:
what’s the name of the company
how you know about it
what kind of business this company does
and explain how you think it became successful.

Vocabulary list:

  1. booming — having a sudden increase in business, wealth and success.
  2. start-ups — companies that are just opening.
  3. chain — a group of businesses owned by the same company.
  4. boutiques — a small business that sells fashionable products.
  5. franchises — businesses which have been given permission by a company to sell its products in a particular area.
  6. word of mouth — The chain is famous because people have talked about it to each other.
  7. brand name —  the name given to a product by the company that produces it.
  8. investment — a sum of money that you lend to a business, expecting that you will make more money over a period of time.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Business

  1. What do you think can be considered as emerging industries?
  2. Is market research important for export business?
  3. In business, do companies need to be competitive?
  4. Should companies promote competition and why?
  5. What should be the government role in how small businesses are run?
  6. How can businesses benefit the community in which they are located?
  7. What kind of small businesses are most popular?

14. Describe the happiest day you had

You should say:
where you were
who were with you
what you did
and explain why you think it was the happiest day?

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Happiness

  1. What makes people happy?
  2. What is the relationship between money and happiness?
  3. Do most people in your country think that money is important?
  4. Why are children generally happier than adults
  5. What do you do make yourself happy?

15. Describe a person who taught you something important

You should Say:
who taught you
what you learned
how this became useful later in your life
and explain why it was important for you.

Use Vocabulary to describe people

Follow ups/Part 3 — Studying

  1. What qualities do you think a good teacher should posses?
  2. Who do you think can learn better: old people or teenagers?
  3. What do you think is the best age for children to go to school?
  4. Do you prefer to study by yourself or in a group?

16. Describe a difficult challenge that you completed/met

You should say:
what it was
how you did it
why (or how) it was difficult
and explain how you felt after you did it.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Challenge

  1. Have other people (you know) had this success?
  2. Did people congratulate you for doing this?
  3. What are the main reasons people fail to reach their target?
  4. Do you think parents should give challenges to children?
  5. What is the most challenging thing for kids?
  6. Can parents reduce the challenges kids have? How?
  7. What challenges do you think children might have to face up to?

17. Describe a crowded place you have visited

You should say:
where it is
when you went there
with whom you went there
and explain how you felt about being there.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Crowded place

  1. Would you say that the majority of cities in your country are overcrowded?
  2. What are some problems that (can) result from crowded (or, overcrowded) living conditions in cities? How can these problems be addressed?
  3. Some people say that cities are too crowded. What are some solutions to this problem?
  4. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in a high-rise apartment.
  5. How does living in high-rise apartments affect the people who live there?

18. Describe a job you would like to do in the future

You should say:
what the job is
how much training would be necessary
what is so special about this job
and explain why you are attracted to this job.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Jobs

  1. What kind of jobs do young people prefer?
  2. What kinds of jobs are poorly-paid in your country?
  3. Which do young people generally prefer — boring jobs with higher pay or interesting jobs with lower pay?
  4. Do people who have different levels of income feel happy about how much they earn?
  5. Which do you prefer physical work or work involving thinking?
  6. Do you think it is good to change jobs frequently?

19. Describe a uniform you wear (at your school or company)

You should say:
what does it look like
when you wear it
who bought it for you
and explain how you felt about it

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Formal clothes

  1. What kinds of clothes do people wear after work?
  2. What kinds of clothes should people wear at work?
  3. Do you think it is necessary for children to wear school uniforms?
  4. Where do people in your country buy clothes?
  5. When do people wear formal clothes?
  6. Do people wear formal clothes more often or less often than the past?
  7. Will the way we dress influence the way we behave?

20. Describe a situation or a time when you helped someone

You should say:
who you helped and why
how you helped this person
what the result was
and explain how you felt about helping this person.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Vocabulary list:

  1. come across — to meet someone by accident.
  2. walk up to — to walk towards someone, in a confident way.
  3. suspicious — someone who you are unwilling to trust
  4. understandable — seeming normal and reasonable in a particular situation.
  5. politely decline — to refuse in a polite way to accept an offer.
  6. doing a good deed — doing an action that is good.
  7. our mutual well-being — actions that benefit two or more people equally.

Follow ups/Part 3 — Help

  1. Do you like helping others?
  2. In your point of view should children be taught to help others?
  3. How can we encourage children to help others?
  4. Do you think people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?
  5. Do people trust others as much as they used to in the past?
  6. How do people in your community help one another?
  7. How do students such as high school students help each other?
  8. How can charitable organizations help people?
  9. What do you think are the benefits of having unpaid volunteer workers?
  10. How do you think the volunteers benefit themselves?

21. Describe an indoor game that you liked to play when you were a child.

You should say:
what the game was
where you played it
who played this game with you
and explain why you enjoyed playing this game.

Use Vocabulary to describe sport

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Games

  1. What sorts of games are popular in your country?
  2. How do games influence our life?
  3. Do people in your country prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?
  4. What are the benefits of indoor games?
  5. What are the drawbacks of indoor games?

22. Describe a performance you recently watched

You should say:
what the performance was
where and when you watched the performance
who was performing
and explain why you enjoyed the performance

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Performance, theatre, art

  1. Do you think traditional performances are important?
  2. Do you think people generally prefer to go to a concert or to listen to recordings of music?
  3. What do you think is the difference between watching a live performance and watching it on TV?
  4. How do you think watching a dance performance or a stage play influences children?
  5. Do you think art forms such as ballet and drama are important in life?
  6. Do you think the theatre should be run as a business or as a public service?
  7. Do you believe the government has a responsibility to support cultural activities in society?

23. Describe a change that can improve your local area

You should say:
what the change is;
how the change works;
what kinds of problems the change will solve;
and explain how you feel about the change

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Community

  1. How people can help others in the community?
  2. Why do you think some people like to help others?
  3. There is a tendency when people help others in the community more now than they did in the past. Why is it happening?
  4. How has your community changed since you were a child?
  5. What do you like about your community?
  6. Would you like to raise your children in a community like yours?
  7. Do you think recycling is an important community service?

Follow ups/Part 3 — Change

  1. Is it a good thing to change your mind?
  2. Why do you think people often change their mind?
  3. Do you think recent advances in technology lead people to change heir mind?
  4. Do you think these changes are good?
  5. Do you think it would be better if these changes happened gradually?
  6. Do older people change their minds more often?
  7. How does emotion factor into people changing their minds?

24. Describe an occasion when you lost something and then got it back

You should say:
what it was
how you lost it
why it was important to you
and explain how you felt when you lost it

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Vocabulary list:

  1. possessions — things people own
  2. to have a bad memory — to forget something
  3. to keep things organized — to arrange one’s things or one’s affairs so they can be dealt with effectively
  4. to keep losing things — when things are being lost very frequently
  5. to give up all the hopes — to stop hoping for something

Follow ups/Part 3 — Forgotten things

  1. Why do people always forget things?
  2. How can people avoid forgetting things?
  3. What is the best action to take if you find something or lost something?
  4. In our modern world, people tend to forget their culture. What are the easons for that?

Follow ups/Part 3 — Lost things

  1. What kinds of people may lose things often?
  2. What can we do to prevent losing important things?
  3. What would you do if you saw something valuable but didn’t belong to you on the street?
  4. What kinds of things have you lost so far?
  5. What do you usually do to look for lost items?

25. Describe a time when you were excited

You should say:
what it is
when and where it occurred
what happened
and explain what was so exciting about it.

Use Vocabulary to descibe your feelings and emotions

Follow ups/Part 3 — Exciting experience

  1. Can you compare some exciting activities people do now with activities people did 20 years ago?
  2. Do you think it’s necessary to spend a lot of money on holding a party?
    Use Vocabulary to describe parties and events
  3. Do people in your country spend much money celebrating birthdays?
  4. Why do some people enjoy doing dangerous sports?
  5. Let’s move on from exciting activities to people doing new things in general. Should people try doing new things?
  6. What problems can people have when they try new activities for the first time?
  7. Do you think new things should be done on your own or with other people?

26. Describe a time when you travelled by public transportation

Follow ups/Part 3 — Public transport

27. Describe an interesting conversation

Follow ups/Part 3 — Conversation

28. Describe a film you would like to share with your friends

Follow ups/Part 3  — Entertainment

29. Describe a place where you read and write, apart from your home

Follow ups/Part 3 — Reading

30. Describe a school you went to in your childhood

Follow ups/Part 3 — Education

31. Describe a toy you liked in your childhood

Follow ups/Part 3 — Toys and games

34. Describe a person who likes to travel by plane

Follow ups/Part 3 — Travel

35. Describe the first time you admired the sky

Follow ups/Part 3 — The sky and planets

36. Describe a leisure activity that you do with your family

Follow ups/Part 3 — Leisure activities

37. Describe a place full of colour

Follow ups/Part 3 — Colours

38. Describe an experience when you were with people and you got bored

Follow ups/Part 3 — Being bored

39. Describe a popular product from your hometown

Follow ups/Part 3 — Products and food

40. Describe a celebration organized after an achievement

Follow ups/Part 3

41. Describe an advice you received on your subjects or work

Follow ups/Part 3 — Events

42. Describe a time when you first met someone

Follow ups/Part 3 — Friends

43. Describe a special day that made you happy

Follow ups/Part 3 — Happiness

44. Describe a picture or photograph in your home/room that you like

Follow ups/Part 3 — Photoes

45. Describe a gift for which you spent long time to choose/make

Follow ups/Part 3 — Gifts

46. Describe an experience when you played an indoor game with others

Follow ups/Part 3 — Games

47. Describe a time you were sleepy but had to stay awake

Follow ups/Part 3 — Feeling tired

48. Describe a practical skill you learned

Follow ups/Part 3 — Skills

49. Describe a new skill you want to learn

Follow ups/Part 3 — Skills

50. Describe someone who encourages you to achieve goals

Follow ups/Part 3 — Encouragement and goals

51. Describe a time when you were cheated/ when someone lied to you

Follow ups/Part 3 — Honesty and lies

52. Describe your idea of a perfect home or dream house

Follow ups/Part 3 — A place to live

53. Describe a newly built public facility that improves/influence local life quality in your city

Follow ups/Part 3 — Urbanisation

54. Describe something that you borrowed from your friend

Follow ups/Part 3 — Borrowing 

Check out useful phrases for expressing agreement and disagreement

For more patterns and vocabulary on this topic use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Clothes and Fashion


Don’t forget to check Recent IELTS Speaking questions (2019)

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