Current Speaking Topic: Jan 2015

A current speaking topic this month, reported by a student, is the topic of happiness. It can be quite a challenging topic to talk about. This topic has been appearing in speaking part 1 from time to time over a period of a few years. Here are some questions and vocabulary so you can prepare for this topic:

  • What makes you happy?
  • Would you say you were a happy person?
  • Does the weather ever effect your mood?
  • What kinds of things do you do to make yourself happy?
  • In what part of the day are you happiest?
  • Were you happier when you were a child?
  • What activities made you happy when you were a child?
  • Is there anything about your life that you’re not happy with?
  • Do you think happiness is important?
  • Why do you think someone are unhappy?

Here’s a sample answer for one of the questions

  • Question: Would you say you were a happy person?
  • Answer: Yes, I would, on the whole. I’m pretty cheerful most of the day and the only time I’m not is when I’m really tired at the end of the day, particularly if it’s been busy at work, which I think it understandable. I generally don’t let things get me down so I definitely think I’m quite positive and happy.
  • pretty cheerful = quite happy
  • don’t let things get me down = I don’t allow incidents or situations to make me unhappy
  • positive = optimistic (the opposite is pessimistic)
  • downhearted = to have low spirits
  • I’m not often in the dumps = I’m not often depressed
  • carefree = easygoing / doesn’t worry about things
  • cheerful – happy


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