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


1 - What do you think this means "As they say, where there is a will, there is a way." Can you come up with some examples?

2 - Do you know someone who is prone to procrastinating? Why do they have a tendency to keep putting things off?

3 - What's the connection between "a thousand- mile journey begins with one step" and motivation?

4 - What kind of rewards would your parents offer you as incentives to get you to do things? Did you get round to doing them?

5 - Does force of habit         work in your favour or against you?

6 - Do you know anyone who needs a kick up the backside? Or perhaps a bit of a pep-talk?


Exam Speaking questions (IELTS, CPE, CAE)

1 - In which situations do people need to motivate themselves?
2 - Was it different before?
3 - Is it harder for younger or older people to motivate themselves?
4 - What advice would you give to someone who wants to motivate themselves more? (text,)

5 - How important is pay to motivate employees? What else can motivate them? (
6 - What about schools and students? (
7 - Is it important to motivate people as members of society?
8 - How can / could it be done?

Long-turn (IELTS part2)

Talk about a time you needed to motivate yourself but couldn't

  • When was it
  • Why did you need to motivate yourself
  • Why couldn't you do it

and what were the consequences?



Posted in Speaking vocab and questions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *