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


1 - Do you wish you had taken up English earlier?

2 - How easy is it for you to pick up new words in English?

3 - Do English words often slip your mind?

4 - Do you find English grammar to be

- a piece of cake

- challenging

- an arduaous and intimidating task

5 - How easy is it for you to get your ideas across in English?

6 - Do you know anyone who can pick up a language by visiting the country?

7 - Apart from English, what's a language you think you could get into?

8 - Which of the following best defines you and Engish

- you have a smattering of English

- you have a slight/ good grasp of English

- you have a solid command of English

9 - Regarding learning English, have you ever thought about throwing in the towel?

10 - Do you use technology to enhance the process of language acquisition?

11 - For which reasons are you learning English?

- to broaden your horizons and get to know new cultures?

- to gain a certificate from an overseas university

- to climb the career ladder

- to pursue a different career


Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)


1 - For what different reasons do people learn languages?
2 - Was this different before?
3 - What makes learning a language difficult?
4 - Is the process of learning a language for children different from for adults?
5 - How has technology affected the way we learn languages?
6 - What's the best way to learn a language?
7 - Are there any disadvantages to learning another language?
8 - Which foreign languages are the most popular in your country?
9 - Will this change in the future?

10 - How can a foreign language effect the local one?  Talk about a language you would like to learn

11 - Each culture has key cultural language (e.g. yoga, computer). Should we use the original language word, or change it into a translation. (e.g. in Spanish = yoga, but not "computer")


Long-turn (IELTS part2)

Talk about a language (not English) you would like to learn

  • Which language
  • Why
  • How difficult would it be

What advice would you ask for



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