1.What is your full name? How should I address you? What should I call you?
2.Does your name have any special meaning or significance?
3.Have you ever changed your name? Why or why not?
4.Do Chinese people like changing their names? Why or why not?
5.What kind of people like changing their names?
6.What’s their purpose in changing their names?
7.In your culture, do woman change their names when they get married?
1.Are you working or studying?
2.Tell me something about the school or university you attend.
3.Tell me something about your primary school.
4.What is your major?
5.Do you like your major and why?
6.What courses/subjects do you study?
7.What is your favourite course/subject?
8.What is the most useful subject/course?
9.What would you like to do in the future?
10.What are the characteristics of schools in China?
11.What kinds of majors are available in China?
12.What do Chinese people think about teachers?
1.Are you doing or studying? Are you doing a job or still a student?
2.What do you do for a living?
3.How long have you been doing this job?
4.Do you like your job? Why or why not?
5.Do you find your job interesting?
6.What are your main responsibilities? What exactly does your job involve?
7.Is working important to you?
8.Have you received any training related to your work?
9.Tell me about your boss / colleagues.
10.What would be your ideal job?
11.If you could choose another job, what would you choose?
1.What job would you like to have in the future?
2.What do you plan to major in?
3.What do you plan to do after graduation from university?
1.Where are you from?
2.Where is your hometown?
3.Tell me about your hometown.
4.What’s your favourite thing or place in your hometown?
5.What is famous about your hometown?
6.Tell me about some scenic spots in your hometown.
7.What are the main places of interest in your hometown? What places should foreigners visit
in your hometown?
8.Do you like your hometown? Why or why not?
9.What is the difference between between your hometown and Beijing?
10.What are the people like in your hometown?
11.If you could change one thing about your hometown, what would it be?
12.What attractive pieces of architecture are there in your hometown?
13.Is your hometown a good place for people to live?
1.Do you currently live in a house or flat/apartment?
2.Can you describe your house/flat?
3.What main items of furniture or appliances do you have n each room?
4.Is it a typical house/flat in your city?
5.What kind of house or flat so you want to live in in the future?
6.Do you like the décor in your home? Why or why not?
7.Will you move to another house or flat n the near future?
8.What kind of house/flat are you going to move into?
9.What do you think of the area in which you live?
10.How long have you lived there?
11.What are your neighbours like?
1.Is it noisy around the area where you live?
2.What do you think can be done to control noise?
3.How does noise affect people’s life and work?
Weather and Climate
1.What type of weather do you like?
2.What type of weather do Chinese people usually like?
3.Which is your favourite season?
4.Do you do different things in summer and in winter?
5.What do you often do on sunny/rainy days?
6.What is the weather like in your city?
1.Does it rain much in China/your hometown?
2.What is the rain distribution in China?
3.How does rain affect people’s lives?
4.What do you do on rainy days?
5.Do you like rainy days? Why or why not?
1.How do you usually spend your evenings and with whom?
2.Do you like to go out in the evenings and with whom?
3.What do people today usually like to do after work?
4.What do you like to do after work?
5.What do you do in your spare time? How do you arrange your spare time?
6.What do Chinese people do in their spare time?
7.Do you think spare times is important to you?
8.Do you feel lonely if you stay at home for a long time?
1.Do you like holidays and why?
2.Where do you usually go for holiday?
3.What do you like to do on holidays?
4.If you could go to any foreign country for holiday, where would you go?
Hobbies and interests
1.What are you hobbies?
2.Did you have other hobbies/interests when you were younger?
3.If you had more free time, what would you do?
1.How do you relax?
2.How do Chinese people relax? How do people around you relax?
3.How do Chinese young people differ from the old in their ways of relaxing?
1.Do you like music? What type of music do you like?
2.Have you learned to play any musical instrument?
3.What kind of music is popular now in China?
4.How does music affect people’s lives?
5.What kind of music do young people like? What kind of music do old people like?
1.Do Chinese people like to dance?
2.What types of dance are they usually interested in?
3.What are the differences between the dances the old people like and the dances the young
4.Is dancing important to Chinese people?
1.What sports do you like? What is your favourite sport?
2.Why do you like it so much?
3.Are there any sports facilities near your home?
4.How do sports affect people’s lives?
1.Do you try to keep fit?
2.Is keeping fit popular in China?
3.Is keeping fit more important for men or women?
4.How do Chinese people usually exercise?
1.Do you often ride bikes?
2.Why so many people ride bikes in China?
3.What differences are there between the views of the old and the young toward bikes?
1.Have you ever ridden in a boat?
2.Do boats have any significant meaning in Chinese history?
1.When do you usually get up/go to bed?
2.Are your weekday and weekend routines different?
3.What would you like to change about your weekday/workday routine?
4.What is your favourite part of the day?
5.What is the worst part of the day?
6.What part of the day do you work with the most efficiency?
1.Which kind of transport do you usually use?
2.What is the public transport like in your city?
3.When are these forms of transport most crowded?
1.How often do you go to restaurant? How often do you eat out?
2.What is your favourite food?
3.Do Chinese people often often go to restaurants?
1.What is your favourite language and why?
2.How long have you been learning English?
3.What do you think is the most difficult part of learning a language?
4.What aspect of English do you find the least difficult?
5.What do you think is the best way to study English?
6.Do you think learning a second foreign language is important? Why or why not?
1.Do you like photography and why?
2.When did you start to like photography?
3.Do you keep your old photos?
4.Do you like to take pictures as souvenirs?
1.What is a typical Chinese wedding like?
2.What people are usually involved?
3.What clothes do people usually wear?
4.What happens during the wedding?
5.Are weddings important in China?
1.Do you wear a watch?
2.Do you think it is important to be on time?
3.How do you feel when you are late for an appointment?
4.How do you feel when others are late?
1.Do you like shopping/window shopping?
2.Where do you often go to shop and with whom?
3.How often do you go shopping in a week?
4.Do you usually do your shopping at one place or at different places?
5.What kinds of shops are there near your home?
6.Do you pay more attention to price or quality?
1.What kind of clothes do you like?
2.How do you get information about fashion?
3.What are the differences in the clothes between now and ten years ago?
4.How do older people feel about younger people’s clothing?
5.What kind of clothes do children usually wear?
6.What are the most fashionable clothes in China now?
News and Media
1.How do you get the latest news?
2.What kinds of news are 3usually reported on TV in your country?
3.What non-news items can be found in newspapers in your country?
4.Do you pay more attention to local, national or international news?
5.Which do you prefer, TV or radio?
1.Do you often write letters?
2.Whom do you often write to and what do you often write about?
3.Do you prefer to write letters or e-mails?
1.Do you like to watch films?
2.What kinds of film do you like to watch? What is your favourite kind of film?
3.What kinds of films are popular in your country?
4.Who is your favourite movie star? Describe him/her.
5.Do you like to watch films at the cinema or home?
1.Do you like animals?
2.Do you like going to zoos?
3.What pet is most popular in your country?
4.Do any people close to you keep pets?
5.Do you have any pets?
6.Have you ever kept a pet?
1.Do you like birds?
2.Describe a kind of bird that appears near your home.
3.What are the popular birds in China?
4.What special meanings do birds have?
5.How should we protect birds?
1.Do you like flowers?
2.What are the most popular flowers in China?
3.On what occasions do Chinese people send flowers to others?
4.What special meanings do flowers have?