general english Speaking Topics

How to improve your Speaking Skills? Here is a list of topics for discussion and thought-provoking questions to improve your General English Speaking. Teachers can use them at their IELTS and TOEFL lessons. Students who are interested in English can discuss the questions below with their friends, classmates and teachers at the lessons to perfect their speaking and listening skills, train the grammar and enlarge the essential vocabulary.

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General English Speaking Topics

  1. Which do you think are generally happier — rich people or poor people?
  2. What do you think is the quickest legal way of making a lot of money?
  3. Do you give money to beggars? Do you think that beggars should be allowed to operate in the street? Why/why not?
  4. Have you ever been robbed or had money stolen from you in some way? What happened?
  5. Does fashion allow people to express their individuality or does it force people to conform?
  6. Do you think it would be a good idea if people could live and work in any country they liked without restriction? What impact would such a change have?
  7. Do you think people buy luxury goods because they are better quality than other goods or because they like other people to see that they can afford to buy them?
  8. What laws would you pass to make driving safer?
  9. Have you ever had an accident while travelling? What happened?
  10. When was the last time you tried something new?
  11. What gets you excited about life?
  12. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
  13. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
  14. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  15. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
  16. Which activities make you lose track of time?
  17. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
  18. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  19. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  20. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
  21. If the average human lifespan was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  22. Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  23. What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?
  24. Why do people go on blind dates?
  25. Could you work at night? Why?
  26. Why is physical activity so important?
  27. If you could instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would you give?
  28. What is the most desirable trait another person can possess?
  29. What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
  30. What lifts your spirits when life gets you down?
  31. What is your most beloved childhood memory?
  32. Is it more important to love or be loved?
  33. Can there be happiness without sadness? Pleasure without pain? Peace without war?
  34. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?
  35. What does it mean to be human?
  36. What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now?
  37. What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?
  38. What are your top five personal values?
  39. How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words?
  40. If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?
  41. What are three moral rules you will never break?
  42. How do you define success?
  43. If you left this life tomorrow, how would you be remembered?
  44. What makes a person beautiful?
  45. What has been the greatest adventure of your life?
  46. What do you most hate about other people?
  47. What makes you feel embarrassed?
  48. What frightens you?
  49. What makes you feel depressed?
  50. For $500,000 would you go three months without washing, brushing your teeth or using a deodorant, and you can’t explain the reason to anyone?
  51. If you could prevent an earthquake that would kill 40,000 people, a plane crash that would kill 200 people, or a car accident that would kill a friend of yours, which would you choose?
  52. Given the ability to project yourself into the past but not return, would you do so? Where would you go and what would you try to accomplish if you knew you might change the course of history.
  53. In a nice restaurant after getting the bill for an excellent meal, you notice that you were not charged for one of the items you ate. Would you tell the waitress?
  54. Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it ended hunger in the world?
  55. If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would you do?
  56. Would you like to know the precise date of your death?
  57. If you could script the basic plot for the dream you will have tonight, what would the story be?
  58. Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?
  59. You discover your wonderful 2-year-old daughter is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the mistake?
  60. Before you are ten pistols – only one of which is loaded. For $1 million would you pick up one, point it at your forehead and press the trigger? If you survive, you keep the money.
  61. Would you accept a job twice as good as your present one – twice as much money and twice as fulfilling – given one condition of employment; you can never reveal anything about it to anyone.
  62. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be?
  63. If you could take a one-month trip anywhere in the world and money were not an issue, where would you go and what would you do?
  64. Would you accept 25 years of extraordinary happiness if it meant you would die at the end of the period.
  65. Someone close to you is in pain, paralysed and will die within a month. They beg you to give them poison so that they can die. Would you? What if it were your father?
  66. Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have an ordinary private life, or have a very happy private life and only an ordinary professional life?
  67. You given the power to kill people. They would die a natural death and no one would suspect you. Are there any situations in which you would use this power?
  68. If a crystal ball would tell you the truth about anything you’d like to know concerning yourself, life, the future, or anything else, what would you like to know?
  69. For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of ever seeing your family and friends again?
  70. Assuming that you had no children and felt the only way for you to have a family was to get married with someone you didn’t love, would you do so?

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