Free Time

  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Do you feel you have enough free time? When do you have free time? Weekends? Evenings?
  • Who do you usually spend your spare time with?
  • Do you have any hobbies? How long have you had them?
  • Are there any web-sites that you go to on a regular basis? How long each day do you spend on the Internet?
  • How many hours a week do you exercise? How do you exercise?
  • Do you prefer playing or watching sports? What sports?
  • Have you ever gone scuba diving / sky diving / mountain biking / snowboarding / surfing or skiing?
  • If you have a day off, do you sleep in or get up early?
  • How often do you go to the beach? The park?
  • Which hobbies are the most popular in your country?
  • Did you have any hobbies when you were a child?
  • Are there any hobbies you would like to try?
  • What do you usually do on the weekends? What did you do last weekend? Do you have plans for this weekend?
  • What kind of music do you like? Is there any kind of music that you can't stand?
  • What types of music do people listen to in your country?
  • Is there any type of music that you can only hear in your country?
  • How popular is live music in your country? When was the last time you went to a concert or live show?
  • How many different movie genres can you name? Which is your favorite? Least favorite?
  • What's the last movie you saw? When did you see it? What was it about? Did you like it?
  • Which American movies have been popular in your country?
  • How often do you visit museums? When was the last time you went to a museum?
  • What do you do for entertainment when you're on vacation that you don't usually do?
  • Do you like to gamble? When was the last time you were in a casino? Did you win or did you lose?
  • When was the last time you went to a play? What about an opera, a symphony, or a ballet?
  • How much do you like to dance? When was the last time you went dancing? Did you enjoy yourself?
  • How often do you drink? What's your favorite drink? Where do you usually drink it?
  • How often do you go to parties? Have you ever hosted a party? What was it like?
  • What's the worst party you've ever been to? What made it bad?
  • Would you rather go to a bar, a party, or a nightclub? Why?
  • How often do you eat in a restaurant? What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? What's the best cheap restaurant you've ever been to?
  • Do you have a favorite bar or cafe? Why do you like it?
  • How often do you read books? What books are you reading these days?
  • What is your favourite author?
  • Can you recommend a good book?
  • How often do you read the newspaper? What section do you read?
  • Do you read news online? How often? Which site?
  • When was the last time you saw a movie? What did you see? Was it any good?
  • Have you ever met a movie star or celebrity?
  • How many hours a week do you spend watching TV?
  • What are your favourite TV programs?
  • What do you think of TV advertising. Are there any you like? Or really dislike?

Fun

  • What part of your week do you look forward to the most?
  • Did you have a good time on your last holiday?
  • How often do you see your friends?
  • How many times did you go out in the evening last week?
  • What is your best memory so far this year?
  • Do you ever feel that other people's lives are more exciting than yours?
  • How did you spend your last weekend?
  • Do you find it easy to make new friends?
  • What's your idea of a great day out?
  • What is your favourite thing to do in your free time and how often do you have time to do it?
  • What do you enjoy most in life?
  • What did you do to celebrate your last birthday?
  • When do people in your country usually go out at night? When do they usually go home?
  • Is there a place that you usually go to at night? Describe it.
  • Do you like going to parties? Why (not)?
  • Do you like giving parties? Why (not)?
  • When was the last time you went to a party or celebration? (for example, a wedding, a birthday party etc.)
  • Whose party was it?
  • What did you wear?
  • What kind of music did they play?
  • Did you dance?
  • Did you meet anybody new?
  • What did you have to eat and drink?

Music

  • What is your favourite kind of music?
  • Are there any kinds of music that you dislike?
  • What is the best live show or concert you've been to?
  • Who is your favourite band or group? And who is your favourite singer? Why?
  • What musician would you most like to meet? Why?
  • Is there any type of music that only comes from your country? Do you like it?
  • Have you ever played a musical instrument? Did you take lessons?
  • Do you ever like to listen to loud music? When?
  • Do you like dancing to music? When was the last time you danced?
  • Do you prefer music in English or in your own language? Why?
  • How many CD's do you own? Do you own an i-pod? If so, how many songs are on it?
  • Have you tastes in music changed as you've got older? How?
  • How often do you buy music? Do you ever downloaded music from the Internet?
  • Does certain music bring memories to your mind? If so, which ones and why?
  • Is Karaoke popular in your country? Can you sing?
  • What artists / band would you most like to see live? Why?
  • Have you ever played in a band? Would you like to? Why?
  • What music do you like listening to when you're happy? Sad? In love?
  • What do you think of the music your parents listen to?
  • What is your favourite decade for pop music (80's, 90's etc.) Why?
  • What was the last CD you bought?
  • Would you rather be a famous singer or a brilliant song writer or composer? Why?
  • Would you rather be a famous musician or actor?
  • What is the best music video you have ever seen?

Movies

  • What kind of movies do you like most (action, thriller, romance, comedy, horror, science fiction, drama) ?
  • What was the last movie you watched? Did you enjoy it? Why? Why not?
  • Who is your favourite actor and actress? Why do you like them?
  • Who is your favourite movie (or book) character? Why?
  • What is your favourite movie of all time? What is it about? Why do you like it so much?
  • Can you think of a movie that made you laugh a lot? Really scared you? Made you cry?
  • What movie have you watched the most times?
  • Do you prefer books or movies? Why?
  • Can you think of a movie that made you feel really good?
  • Do you read movie reviews? Do you usually agree or disagree with them?
  • What is your favourite line or scene from a movie? Why do you like it so much?
  • What movie do you wish they would release on the big screen again?
  • What is the best known movie that your country has ever made? What is it about? Is it any good?
  • Do you have a favourite movie director (e.g. Steven Spielberg)?
  • Do you prefer seeing foreign movies dubbed or with sub titles?
  • Do you prefer movies from your country or American movies? Why?
  • Do you prefer to watch movies at the cinema, on DVD or TV? Why?
  • What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Why was it so bad? What would have made it better?
  • Do you think movie stars should be paid millions of dollars? Do you think they are more or less entertaining than sports stars?
  • Which actor or actress in Hollywood do you think is the most overrated in Hollywood today? Which is the most underrated?
  • What movie has your favourite soundtrack?
  • What is the worst movie you've seen? Why was it so bad?

Books

  • Do you enjoy reading? Why?
  • Would you ever consider reading an e-book? Do you think e-books will replace books?
  • What is your favourite type of book?
  • Where do you usually read? In bed, in the bath, on the train...
  • Do you have a favourite literary character or hero?
  • Do you ever use a library or do you prefer to buy books?
  • Do you have a favourite author whose books you always read?
  • Do you prefer to see the film first and then read the novel - or vice versa?
  • What sort of things do you read?
  • What was the last book you read? What was it about?
  • What is your favourite book? Why do you like it so much?
  • What is your favourite character from a book?
  • Who is your favourite author?
  • Do you prefer fact or fiction?
  • What was the last book you read? What was it about?
  • Do you read English books?
  • What are the advantages of reading over TV and watching movies?

TV

  • How many hours a day do you spend watching TV?
  • Do you have a TV where you live?
  • Do you like watching TV?
  • How much TV do you watch per week on average?
  • What sort of programmes do you enjoy most (documentaries, movies, comedies, soaps, news, crime dramas etc.)?
  • What are some of your favourite TV programmes?
  • What types of programmes do you never watch?
  • Did you watch TV last night? What did you watch?
  • Describe the perfect evening of TV for you.
  • What are some of your favourite TV programmes from your childhood?
  • Do you watch any reality TV? What do you think of it?
  • Do you ever have fights with your family or house mates over what TV programmes to watch?
  • What do you think of TV advertising?
  • Do you think watching TV is a waste of time?

Sport

  • Do you prefer playing or watching sports?
  • What is your favourite sport to watch?
  • What is your favourite sport to play?
  • Which sports do you hate watching?
  • What sports are most popular in your country?
  • What sports did you enjoy playing as a child?
  • What was the most exciting sporting event you've ever seen? What sport was it? When and where was it? Who was taking part? Where did you watch it? What happened?
  • Are you (or anyone in your family) a fan of a sports team? Which one?
  • Have you ever gone scuba diving, sky diving, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, skiing or bungee jumping?
  • Do you prefer watching The Olympics or the Football World Cup?
  • Do you prefer watching the Summer Olympics or The Winter Olympics?
  • Have you ever been injured in a sport?
  • How do you keep fit? How much exercise do you do?
  • What do you think the most dangerous sport is? Why?
  • What is the most exciting and memorable sports match you have ever watched?
  • Which is more important in sport - winning or taking part? Are you a good loser?
  • Why is exercise good for you?
  • Should we always try to keep politics out of sport?
  • What are the most important events in the sporting calendar in your country? Which of these events do you enjoy most? Why?
  • If there was only one sport you could watch, what would it be?
  • Who are your sporting heroes and heroines? Why do you admire them?
  • Do you think that boxing is a true sport? Should it be included in the Olympic Games? Should it be made illegal?
  • Which is your favourite sport to watch and what do you think are the qualities of a good team or a true champion in that sport?
  • Do people in your country do enough sport or do they prefer to watch TV and play computer games? How could you encourage lazy people to do more sport?
  • What do you think the most dangerous sport is?

Football

  • Are football players paid too much money?
  • How often do you watch football?
  • Should football rely more on technology and less on ‘human’ referees?
  • How many famous football players can you name in 30 seconds?
  • How many football club teams can you name in 30 seconds?
  • Does your city have a football team?
  • Have you ever been to a football match?
  • Is football a man’s sport?
  • Do people give too much importance to football as a sport?
  • Does football distract us from things that are really important?
  • Is there too much advertising in football?
  • Which country is going to win the next World Cup?
  • Do you support a football team? Which one?
  • Do you play football? Did you in the past?

Adventure

  • If you could go back to another time and place, what time and place would you choose and why?
  • Do you have any tattoos? If so, tell about how you got them. If not, would you ever consider getting a tatoo? Why or why not?
  • Who's the most adventurous person in your family? Describe what they do.
  • If you were offered a trip on the space shuttle, would you go? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker? If so tell about it.
  • How much is life an adventure?
  • Tell about a road trip that you've taken.
  • Have you ever tried any of the following: bungee jumping, snowboarding, parachuting, hanggliding?
  • If so, tell about it.
  • When you visit other countries, do you go as a tourist or a traveler?
  • Would you want to climb Mt. Everest? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever moved to a place far from your family and friends? If so, where did you go and why?
  • Do you consider yourself an adventurous person? Why or why not?
  • What's the most exciting thing you've ever done? Tell about it.
  • How has your idea of adventure changed with age?
  • Do you think that adrenaline is addictive? Why or why not?
  • What's your favorite adventure story, movie, or book? Tell about it.
  • What countries (other than your own) would you like to live in? Why?