Personal Information

English Vocabulary

Personal information questions are the basis for any conversation in English and so are important for when you meet somebody for the first time. They are the building blocks from which the rest of the conversation can develop.

Some common questions and a correct form for the answer are as follows:
Notice that we are giving our answers in complete sentences to practice using them though normally we only give short answers.

Names

What is your name?
My name is _______.

What is your surname / last name?
My surname / last name is _______.

Do you have a nickname?
Yes, my nickname is _______ or No, I don't.


Work & Occupation

What do you do?
I am a _______.

Where do you work?
I work at _______.

Do you like your job?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

Why do you like your job?
I like my job because _______.


Marital Status

Are you married / single?
Yes, I am. or No I'm not.

Do you have a boyfriend / girlfriend?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

What is your partner's name?
My partner's name is _______.


Family

Do you have any children?
Yes, I have _______ children. or No, I don't

What are their names?
Their names are _______.

How many brothers and sister do you have?
I have _______ brothers and _______ sisters.


Age

How old are you?
I am _______ years old.

When is your birthday?
My birthday is on the _______ of _______.

Where were you born?
I was born in _______.


Contact Information

Where are you from?
I am from _______.

What is your address?
My address is _______.

What is your phone number?
My phone number is _______.

What is your cell phone number?
My cell phone number is _______.

Do you live with your parents?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

Do you live alone?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

Who do you live with?
I live with my _______.

Do you live in a house or an apartment?
I live in a/an _______.

What is your e-mail address?
My e-mail address is _______.


Free time activities

What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I _______.

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are _______.

What type of music do you like?
I like _______ music.

Do you have a favourite singer or group?
My favourite singer / group is _______.

What types of movies do you like?
I like _______ movies.

Do you like to read?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

What do you like to read?
I like to read _______.


Habits

Do you have any bad habits?
Yes, one of my bad habits is _______.

Do you snore?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

Do you smoke?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?
I smoke _______ cigarettes a day.




Other Personal Information

What is your favourite food?
My favourite food is _______.

Is there any food that you do not like?
Yes, I don't like _______. or I like all food.

What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is _______.

Why do you want to learn English?
I want to learn English because _______.

What languages do you speak?
I speak _______.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

What pets do you have?
I have _______.

What are their names?
Their names are _______.

Which sports do you like?
The sport I like is _______.

Do you have a favourite team?
My favourite team is _______.

What is something you do well?
I am good at _______.

What is something you do not do well?
I am bad at _______.

Are you romantic?
_______ romantic.

Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.

Describe yourself using only two words.
I am _______ and _______.

What makes you happy?
I am happy when _______.

Are you a good cook/singer/driver?
Yes, I do. or No, I don't.




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The structure of the question may be very different to your own native languages but there are rules concerning the structure of sentences in English.

For more information regarding the correct use of the question words such as What, Where, How and When refer to our student notes on Question Words.

For more information regarding the correct us of do/does in questions refer to our student notes on Do vs. Does.

With just a little practice you can become very good at asking and answering these basic questions with any native English speaker. Try them the next time you meet an English speaker and you may make a new friend.


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Last Updated: 27 March 2014
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