Vocabulary - less common and idiomatic expressions for IELTS, CAE, CPE (TOEFL)


1 - How often do you meet up with friends?

2 - Do you usually catch up over a coffee, beer, or have them round?

3 - Do you have any intimate friends?

4 - What about long-standing ones?

5 - Have you ever had a fair-weather friend?

6 - Do you bear much similarity to those in your circle of friends?

7 - How easy do you find it to confide in your friends?

8 - Have your friends ever turned to you in a time of need? Did you help them out?

9 - If a friend does you a favor, do you feel the need to return it?

10 - Do you find it easy to strike up friendships?

11 - Do you draw a line between online friends, work friends and other friends?

12 - How do you say “a friend in need is a friend indeed” in your language? Do you agree with this sentiment?

13 - Do you ever feel the need to cultivate a friendship with someone?

14 - Have you ever had a falling out with a friend? Did you make up with them?

15 - Do / did you know anyone who fell in with the wrong crowd?

16 - Did your parents try and pick and choose your friends for you? Were any of them ever blacklisted?

17 - Which of the following characteristics do you have a preference for in a friend?

Charismatic, exuberant, courteous, trustworthy, amiable, affable conscientious decisive, discreet, , fair-minded, frank, determined, impartial, persistent, resourceful, unassuming, versatile, witty, warm-hearted, convivial, sincere

Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

1 - Where do people usually meet friends in your country?

2 - How often do they meet?

3 - What things do they do?

4 - How important is it to meet friends?

5 - Some people say your friends should be different from you. What do you think?

6 - Why do some people see friends less as they get older?

7 - Why are some friendships longer?

8 - How have social networks affected the way we make and communicate with friends?

9 - In which different places do people make friends?

10 - Why do some people find it easier to make friends?

11 - Why do some parents try and influence who their childrens' friends are? Is this good or bad?

12 - What advice would you give to someone who wants to make more friends?   


Long-turn (IELTS part 2)

Talk about a time you met some friends.

  • Where was it
  • Why did you meet
  • What did you do

and how often this kind of thing happened?


Talk about someone you would like to be your friend but isn't  

  • Who is it 
  • How do you know them   
  • Why do you want them to be your friend 

How difficult will or would it be to becom friends with this person


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