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Food
1 Who cooks your favorite food? How do they cook it?
2 What is your least favorite food? Why?
3 Why do you like or dislike school food?
4 What is your favorite restaurant and why?
5 How often do you eat out?
6 What do you think is good about eating out?
7 What are the benefits of cooking for yourself?
8 Why do you think some people like to grow their own food?
9 Which food do you think is worst for you and why?
10 How do you prefer food to be cooked and why?

Personality
1 What personality trait do you like the most? Why?
2 What personality trait do you dislike the most? Why?
3 How can someone change something about themselves that they don't like?
4 Who is your favorite person and why?
5 What kind of personality makes for a good student?
6 How do you choose your friends?
7 "Whose personality do you prefer, your mother's or your father's?"
8 How does one's personality affect their mood?
9 What do your friends have in common? What is similar about your friends?
10 What about our persoanlity has changed over the years? Why do you thnk it has?

Career Planning
1 What kind of job do you think you will get after college?
2 Which do you think is more important: money or job security in a job and why?
3 Who do you think has the best job and why?
4 What do you think is the best job and why?
5 When do you believe a person should start planning for their career?
6 Give me a reason why someone might change careers.
7 Why do you thnk it is or is not important to plan your career?
8 Who do you know personally that has a good career? What do they do?
9 What do you think is the worst job is and why?
10 What skills are good to know in order to imporve your career?

Learning Skills
1 Who has helped you learn the most and how did they do it?
2 What has helped you learn the most?
3 What do you think is the hardest to learn? Why?
4 What do you think is the easiest to learn? Why?
5 What is the best way to learn how to use computers?
6 How do teachers help you learn more?
7 How do your classmates help you learn more?
8 Do you thnk music can help people learn? Why or why not?
9 What helps you learn?
10 What is your favorite subject and why?

Language
1 Give me a reason why people should learn a foreig language.
2 Which language do you think is the hardest to learn and why?
3 Which language do you think is the easiest to learn and why?
4 Why do you think people don't always say what they mean?
5 Tell me a situation where you might tell a white lie.
6 How can you tell when someone is lying?
7 Tell me one instance when we say one thnk but mean another.
8 How are idioms useful?
9 Tell me your favorite idiom.
10 Who has helped yo the most with your language skills? Tell me what they did to help you.

Nature and Nurture
1 Name a skill that yo share with one of your parents.
2 Tell me something that makes you different from your parents.
3 Who has had more of an effect on you; your mother or father and why?
4 What have you learned most from your teachers?
5 How are your parents diferent from your gandparents?
6 How are you different from your parents?
7 Why do you think there is a generation gap?
8 "Who are you more like, your mother or father? How so?"
9 What has had the greatest effect on your life? How did it effect you?
10 What do you think most people would like to change about themselves and why?

Music
1 How does music effect people's moods?
2 Why or why not should people listen to music when they are studying?
3 What kind of music do you listen to? How long have you enjoyed listening to it?
4 Which kind of music do you think is better for your health and why?
5 What is your favorite insturment? Why is that?
6 Have you ever learned to play an instrument? Why or why not?
7 Do you think music should be taught in school? Why or why not?
8 What kind of music do you think should be taught in school? Give me a reason.
9 What do you think about pop music?
10 What do you think about music in movies?

Creativity
1 Name something you do that is creative.
2 Do yo do anything that is artistic? Tell me about it.
3 How can a person become more creative/artistic?
4 What makes something art?
5 How are artist different from other people?
6 Who is the most creative person you know? Why do you say that?
7 How can writing be creative?
8 Can a prrson be creative with they way they talk? How so?
9 Tell me something that you have done that is creative.
10 What is your favorite kind of art and why?

Gender Differences
1 How do you think culture affects gender differences?
2 Why do you think more girls major in languages?
3 Do you have many friends of the opposite sex? Why or why not?
4 Who do you thnk makes better teachers; men or women? Why?
5 Who do you think are better behaved; boys or girls? Why?
6 Do parents/teachers treat boy and girls diffferently? Why do you think they do/do not?
7 Do you thnk boys and girls should have separate school? Why or why not?
8 Why do boys and girsl dress differently?
9 What has change about the way boys and girls are treated from 100 years ago?
10 How are women treated differently in business?

Risks
1 What is the biggest risk that you have ever taken?
2 Do your parents enourage you to take risks? Why or why not?
3 Who among your friends is the biggest risk taker? Why do you say that?
4 Generally who take more risk boys or gilrs? Why do you think that?
5 What kind of person do you think is a bigger risk taker?
6 What other characteristics do risk takers have I common?
7 What sports/activities do you think are dangerous? Why?
8 What kind of job do you thnk is the most dangerous? Why?
9 What is risky about going to a foreign country?
10 Do you think people nowadays or in the past take more risks?

College Life
1 What are the most popular clubs on campus? Why?
2 How much free time do you have? What do you do with it?
3 What do you thnk is the worst thing that students do in their free time. Why?
4 How do most teachers spend their free time?
5 Are campuses safe? Why or why not?
6 How do students help each other?
7 Name something that students do that is harmful to other students.
8 What do you think this university needs to make it better?
9 What do most people thnk of college students?
10 What do you think is the hardest major? Why?

Time
1 What is you favorite way to spend your free time?
2 What do you think is a waste of time? Why?
3 What do you think studnets waste time on? Why do you think they do that?
4 If a person wants to learn a foreign language how often should they study?
5 Do you think you are efficient/carefull with your time? Why or why not?
6 Do you schedule your time? Why or why not?
7 Do you have a plan for your future? Why or why not?
8 What is your favoite time of year? Why?
9 How much time do you spend doing homework? Would you do it if it was optional? Why or why not?
10 How do you think the future will be different?

Meetings and Greetings
1 What's your favorite greeting and why?
2 What is your least favorite greeting and why?
3 What do you think is important to remember when greeting someone for the first time?
4 What do you think is important to remember when greeting your boss?

Asking; giving directions
1 How do I get to the elevator?
2 How do I get to the bathroom?
3 How do I get to the stairs?
4 How far is Tianamen from here?
5 How do I get to Tianamen from here?

The weather
1 What is your favorite kind of weather and why?
2 Why do we need rain?
3 What is the worst weather that you have been in? Why was it the worst?
4 What kind of weather does your hometown have?

Health
1 How could you improve your health?
2 What are some bad health habits that students engage in?
3 What are some bad health habits that the older generation engages in?
4 How could the school help students improve their health?

Describing people/ Melting pot
1 Describe your best friend.
2 What kind of people did you grow up with?
3 What kind of students are at this school?
4 What are the different kinds of people in Beijing?
5 Who do you think are the most interesting people? Why?
6 Which group do you think is the most different? Why?
7 Family
8 Do you have to be related by blood or marriage in order to be a family? Why or why not?
9 Who has the most influence in your family?
10 What is the most important thing for a family and why?
11 What makes a good family?

The future
1 What do you hope will change about the world in the future? What do you hope will not?
2 What do you think science can solve in the future?
3 What do you think science can't solve in the future?
4 What do you want to do after you finish school?

Myths and Legends
1 What is the difference between a myth and a legend?
2 What purpose do myths and legends serve?
3 What is your favorite myth or legend and why?
4 "What do you think about people rewriting old stories, Disney's ""Mulan"" for instance?"

Manners
1 What do you think is the most impolite thing you could do?
2 What do you think is the most important thing to do concerning manners?
3 What do you think is the most common impolite thing that people do?
4 Who taught you manners? How did they do it?

Leisure Activities
1 Why do you think leisure activities are important?
2 Which leisure activities do you think are the most productive?
3 Which leisure activities do you think are the worst for you?
4 Which leisure activities do you think are harmful?
5 Which leisure activities do you think are the most expensive?
6 Which leisure activities do you think are the least expensive?
7 What kind of leisure activities are the most exciting?
8 Which leisure activities are the most dangerous?
9 Which activity that you haven't done would you like to do most and why?
10 Which activity that you have or haven't done would you least like to do and why?

Science and Technology
1 What are some good things that science has done?
2 What are some bad things that science has done?
3 Which technological things do you like the most and why?
4 Which technological things do you like the least and why?
5 Which technological item do you think has benefited mankind the most? Why?

The Power of Words
1 Which speakers do you admire the most?
2 What is the most memorable thing that you have ever heard? Why?
3 Why do you think words are so powerful?
4 Can you personally remember any inspiring talk? What was it about/for?

Success
1 Can a person be poor and alone and still be successful? Why or why not?
2 How can a person be poor and a success?
3 How can a person be rich and not successful?
4 Who decides when a person is successful?
5 Who is the most successful person that you know? Why are they successful?

Athletes
1 Should athletes be considered role models?
2 Why do you think some people are good athletes?
3 Why do you think male athletes get paid more than female athletes?
4 Should athletes get special treatment in schools? Why or why not?
5 Who are your favorite athletes? Why?

Healthy Living
1 What is the most important thing to remember about healthy living?
2 Is sleep important for healthy living? Why or why not?

Friends and Friendship
1 How do you choose your friends?
2 Who is your best friend and why?
3 How many friends should a person have? Why that many/few?
4 How do you make up with friends after you have an argument?

Business Strategies
1 Why do companies need a business strategy?
2 Do individual people need business strategies? Why or why not?
3 Do you know of any company's business strategy? Tell me about it.
4 What do you think is important in a business strategy?
5 Can you name any mistakes small businesses make concerning their business strategies.

Heroes
1 Who is your favorite hero and why?
2 Can a hero be something other than a person? How? Or Why not?
3 What makes a hero?
4 Who do you think is China's most important hero? Why?

Public Speaking
1 Why or why not would you like to have a job that involves public speaking?
2 Name some jobs that involve public speaking.
3 Do you know any good public speakers? Who?
4 Do you know any bad public speakers? Who?
5 What makes a person a good public speaker?
6 What makes a person a bad public speaker?

Two and three part questions
Where are you from and how long have you been here?
What year are you and what's your major?
What class are you going to next and what are you doing after that?
How often do you come here and how do you come?
Do you go to the cafeteria and do you like the food?
Can I borrow a pencil and can I have some paper too?
Is the class hard and do you like it?
What's your favorite food and how often do you eat it?
Do you get along with your parents and do you call them often?
Hw have you been and where are you going next?
Were you a student of mine? Were you in one of my night classes?
Are you going to grad school and if so will you go here?
Will you erase the board and can you turn out the lights?
Aren't you afraid to walk alone at night? And why do you do it?
When will you go home and how will you get there and will you travel alone?
If you were rich how would you spend your money? Would you give any of it away?
Can you meet me after class at the coffee shop and can you bring your book and will your friend come along?

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