IELTS Speaking Cue Topics 2020

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Latest Cue Topics Jan, 2020

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

  • Who is he/she?
  • What do you usually do together?
  • What kind of person he/she is?
  • Why you spend most of the time with him/her?

Follow ups

  1. How many generations usually live together in India?
  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.

  • Why was it important
  • What caused the delay
  • What happened at the end
  • Describe what caused the delay

   Follow ups

  1. What mode of travel do you consider the safest?
  2. How do people travel long distance in your country?
  3. How can travelling be useful to people? What do you think people can learn by travelling to other countries?
  4. Where, in our opinion, should people visit during the vacations? What type of places do you recommend people to visit during vacations?
  5. In what ways can society benefit from such members?
  6. How do you think commercial flights can improve?

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

  • What it was?
  • Who were the members of the team?
  • What role did you play in this team?

And explain how you achieved your goal?

Follow ups

  1. Do you like to work alone or work with a partner?
  2. What kind of people are good to work with?
  3. Do you like group work or group learning?
  4. What are the advantages of studying alone?
  5. What can children learn through teamwork?
  6. What are the disadvantages of working in a team?
  7. Is it good to have differences in a team?
  8. 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

  • What it was
  • When did you set it
  • How did you achieve it
  • Explain how it influenced your life

Follow ups

  1. Do people need to write down goals or simply memorize them?
  2. Do Indian people usually set goals.
  3. Should parents set goals for children?
  4. When do young people start setting goals for themselves?
  5. What are the kinds of goals that are unrealistic?
  6. Do young people and old people have different kinds of goals? What are they?
  7. What is more fulfilling working towards a goal or achieving it?
  8. Do you think it’s important to have realistic goals?

5.Describe a person who has apologized to you

  • Who this person is?
  • When this happened?
  • What this person said for apologizing?
  • Explain how you felt about the apology?

Follow ups

  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?

When was the last time you found it hard to accept an apology?

6.Describe an interesting animal

  • What it looks like 
  • When you  saw it 
  • Where you saw it 
  • Explain why it is interesting 


  1. Why do people like to keep pets? 
  2. What should we do to protect endangered animals? 
  3. Do  you support doing experiments on  animals? 
  4. Why do some people refuse to eat animals? 
  5. What would happen when some species disappear on earth? 

7.Describe an article on health that you read from a magazine or online –

  • What the article was 
  • When and where  you read  it 
  • What you learned from  the article 
  • Explain why you  think it is a good or bad article    

Follow ups

  1. Why do different   people like to  read different magazine? 
  2. What kind  of magazines do teenagers like to read? 
  3. What’s the difference between  news on TV and news in magazines? 
  4. Do  people  like to read news from the Internet? 
  5. Do  people  still buy magazines in your country? 
  6. Do  you think the people today are  healthier than those in the past? 
  7. Why do magazines have health related articles? 
  8. How do people keep a healthy diet? 
  9. What kinds of foods are considered as unhealthy? 
  10. Do  people  in India  usually  exercise? 

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

  • Who he or   she is? 
  • What did this person show up on TV for? 
  • How do you know what  this person? 
  • Why you want to  meet him? 

Follow ups

  1. What type of people can be seen on TV? What are the kind of people do the news usually report about?

Do you think there is too much news about celebrities? What is your take on the news    reports in recent years?

  • Do you think negative information in the news can have negative influence?
  • Why do people like negative news?
  • What is usually in the news in India?
  • Is that information always true?
  • What’s the difference between broadcasting news in the past and in the present?
  • Do you believe everything said in the news?
  • What kinds of news are popular in India?
  • Could superstars bring positive influence on the public? 
  • Are the stories about celebrities in the news always true? Is the news on celebrities mostly   positive?
  • How do you think the celebs in the news can influence adolescents?
  • Are news reports on TV in India divided into domestic and international ones?

9. Describe one time when the weather changed your plan

  • When this  happened     
  • Where you were 
  • What kind  of weather it was 
  • Explain why you couldn’t finish  the thing 
  • What you  did at the end 


  1. Where can people get weather reports? 
  2. How do weather  reports affect  people’s life? 
  3. What do people do on rainy days and sunny days? 
  4. Has climate change affected your country? 
  5. Does weather affect your mood? 

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

  • Where was it 
  • When was it 
  • Why you  were not allowed 
  • What did  you want to do with your cell phone 

           Follow ups

  1. What is the impact off the cell phone? 
    1. What is the smartphoneused the most for? 

3. What is your opinion about selfies?

11.Describe an important piece of news that you received via text message 

  • who shared the message with you? 
  • what the news was about? 
  • how was it written?
  • and explain why the news was important?

     Follow ups

  1. Why do some people dislike sending text messages?
  2. What is the information that cannot be communicated via text messages?
  3. How do people in India deliver important information?
  4. What do you think of traditional paper mails?
  5. Do you think it is still a good way to deliver information using traditional mails?
  6. Have our ways to communicate with each other changed in recent years?
  7. What are the differences between Indian media and western media?

                8. What are the advantages of sending messages via social applications?

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

  • What is it? 
  • When you   bought it? 
  • What does it  do? 
  • Explain how difficult was it to be used? 

Follow ups

        i.  What type of products are difficult to use at first?

2.Do you think it is necessary to follow the fashion and use the latest products?

3.Do you believe that some products are over publicized?

4. Why do you think advertisements are useful in selling products?

5.Which do you think is better buying things online on buying things in real shops?

  • How do people pay for things they buy online?
  • Why are imported products more expensive than locally made products?
  • what do you think of those people who only buy expensive things and look down on other people?

13.  Describe a successful small business that you know –

  • What is the business is? 
  • Where it is? 
  • Who runs  the business/how do   you know about this   business? 
  • And explain why  you think it is  successful? 

  Follow ups

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

  14.  Describe the happiest day you had

  • Where you were? 
  • Who you  were  with? 
  • What you  did? 
  • And explain why  you think it was the happiest day? 

Follow ups

  1. Do Indian people spend a lot of money on birthday presents?
  2. What do Indian people do on New Year?
  3. Do you think we are happier than people in the 19th century?
  4. Why childhood is the best time for most people?
  5. Do you think money can bring happiness in life? MA kkar
  6. What do you think is important in bringing happiness?

  15.  A person who taught you something important

  • Who the  person  is? 
  • What  he/she is like? 
  • What  he/she  taught you? 
  • How you  felt about him/her? 

Follow ups 

  1. What qualities do you think a good teacher should have?
  2. Who do you think can learn better? Old people or youngsters?
  3. What do you think is the best age for children to go to school?
  4. Do you prefer to study by yourself or with friends?

16.  Describe a difficult challenge that you completed/met

  • What was the challenge? 
  • When and where did you complete/met it? 
  • Why was it difficult? 
  • How you felt about it?
  • Do  you think parents  should  give  challenges  to  children? 
  • What  is  the  most  challenging  thing  for  kids? 
  • Can  parents  reduce  the  challenges  kids  have?  How? 
  • What  challenges  do  you  think  children  might  have  to  face  up  to? 

  17.  Describe a crowded place you have visited 

  • Where is it
  • When you went there
  • With whom you went there
  • And explain how you felt about being there?

Follow Ups

  1. Is there a completely quiet place?
  • Do you like to go to the places where there are many people?
  • Do you like the places with large space?
  • What are the places which attract many people in your country?
  • What do you think is the most important thing of a public event?
  • What are the types of problems that can be better solved by group work?
  • What kind of places do people want to go to when they want to be alone?
  • Why is it sometimes important for people to be alone?

  18.  Job you would not like to do in the future 

  • What is the job 
    • Why you don’t want to do it? 
    • How you feel about the job?
    • What kind of jobs do young people prefer?

Follow Ups

  1. Some people will lose their jobs because of technology, how to deal with it?
  2. Will you settle down in another country?
  3. How do young people today decide their career? 
  4. Which do young people generally prefer – boring jobs with higher pay or interesting jobs with lower pay? 
  5. Which do you prefer physical work or work involving thinking? 
  6. Do you think today we have less physical labour than we did in the past?

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

  • When you wear it? 
  • Who bought it for you? 
  • – What does it look like? 
  • -How you feel about it?

Follow Up Questions

  1. Why should students wear uniforms? 
  2. On what occasion should people wear uniforms? 
  3. Should companies ask employees about the design of their uniforms? 
  4. Can people tell someone’s personality by his or her clothes?
  5. What color would catch people’s attention most? 

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

  • What  the  situation  was? 
  • Who  the  person  was? 
  • How  you  helped  them? 
  • Explain  how  your  felt  after  helping  them? 


  1. Do  you  like  helping  others? 
  2. In  your  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  are  some  examples  of  such  organizations  in  your  country? 
  10. What  do  you  think  are  the  benefits  of  having  unpaid  volunteer  workers? 

  1. How  do  you  think  the  volunteers  themselves  benefit? 
  2. Should  professionals  be  hired  rather  than  using  volunteer  workers? 
  3. Do  you  think  international  aid,  for  example  from  my  national  government  to  another  is  important? 

Can  you  give  examples  of  international  aid?

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

  • What  is  it 
    • With  whom  did  you  play 
    • How  often  you  played  it 
    • How  did  you  feel  about  it 

Follow ups

  1. In general, how is outside play for children different to playing inside?
  2. Do you think the indoor activities and outdoor activities develop children’s abilities the same way?
  3. What’s the most popular game in India?
  4. How have games changed in the past few decades?
  5. How have children’s game changed in past few decades?
  6. How are children’s games different from adult’s games?
  7. Why do many adults not play games?
  8. Do you think modern lifestyles encourage, or discourage, adults from playing games?
  9. What benefits do people get from playing games?
  10. What benefits can children get from playing games?

Do you think group activities (including team sports) can help give a child a sense of responsibility?

  22.  A performance you recently watched

  • What  it  was? 
  • When  you  watched  it? 
  • Who  you  were  with? 
  • Why  you  watched  it  and  how  you  felt  about  it? 

Follow ups

  1. What  is  the  difference  between  watching  the  performance  live  and  watching  it  on  TV?   
  2. Which  do  you  prefer  traditional  performance  or  a  concert? 
  3. Should  government  provide  financial  support  to  promote  traditional  performances?   
  4. Is  learning  drama  or  dancing  helpful  for  children? 

23. Describe a change that can improve your local area

  • What it is?
  • How it can be done?
  • What problem it will solve?
  • How you feel about it

Follow ups

  1. Why  are  people  living  in  community  friendly  with  others? 
  2. What  are  popular  activities  in  community? 
  3. Do  people  like  living  in  community? 

           4. Where  do  people  in  community  usually  have  social  gatherings?

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

  • What  you  lost? 
  • How  you  lost  it? 
  • Where  you  found  it? 
  • How  you  felt  about  it? 

Follow ups

1.Why do people lose their things?

2.What kind of things people usually lose?

3. What can people do to find things they have lost?

4.What can people do to avoid losing their stuff?

  25.  Describe a time when you were excited 

  • Where you were? 
  • When it was? 
  • Who you were with? 
  • explain why were you excited?

Follow Ups

  • What personal events do people usually celeberate?
    • How do people celeberate their personal events?
    • How much time people need to prepare for celebrations?
    • Do you think it is necessary to spend some money on celeberations?

26.   Describe a time when you travelled by public transportation?

  • When  you  travelled? 
  • Where  you  travelled? 
  • What  was  the  purpose  of  your  travel? 
  • How  you  felt  about  it? 

27.   Talk about something that you borrowed from your friend

  • What was it
  • When did you borrow
  • Whom you borrowed it from
  • What you did with it
  • Why you borrowed it


Describe a useful thing that you once borrowed

  • What you borrowed
  • Who lent this thing to you
  • What kinds of features this thing has48

Explain why you think it is useful

Follow ups

  1. What do Indian people usually borrow?
  2. Does borrowing things make people uncomfortable?
  3. What to do if you don’t want to lend something to others?
  • Why do people dislike lending valuable items?
  • What would you do if your friends didn’t give back what they borrowed from you?
  • Why do some people borrow things instead of buying them?
  • What would you do if people don’t return the money the borrowed from you?
  • Why are people embarrassed when they borrow money from others?
  • Do you often borrow things in your daily life?
  • What things you usually borrow from your neighbours?
  • How you like when some people borrow money from others?
  • What kind of problems are associated with borrowing things?
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