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Introductions

1 - Introductions

Start a conversation with a stranger. Write down what they said to you.
  1. Hello, Nice to meet you. Do you have a moment to answer a few questions?
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  2. What's your name?
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  3. Have you been here before?
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  4. What do you think of it?
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  5. How old are you?
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  6. What do you do for a living?
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  7. Where are you from?
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  8. What's it like there ?
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Accidents

  1. What things in your home could be dangerous for children or old people? How could these be made safer?
  2. What accidents could occur in the kitchen?
  3. How could the kitchen be made into a safer place?
  4. What precautions should we take, when children are in the kitchen?
  5. What dangers can be found in bathrooms that can cause accidents?
  6. How can we make bathrooms into safer places?
  7. What dangers can be found outside in the yard or the garden?
  8. What can be done to prevent these accidents outside?
  9. Are there any other common accidents that often occur around the house?
  10. Where at home would you put your first aid kit? What would you have in it?
  11. What other things can be kept at home to make it safer?
  12. Where are these items found in a house, why could they be dangerous, to whom could they be dangerous, and what could someone do to lessen the danger they present? knife, window, iron, medicines, pool insecticides, natural gas, balcony, toilets, staircase, stove/oven stool/ladder fireplace bathtub bad dog tall pieces of furniture swing set / playground electronic equipment loose carpets
  13. What do you need to do if...
    1. you cut your finger preparing food?
    2. you fall down and can not move a limb?
    3. your child drinks a poisonous liquid? (discuss syrup of ipecac)
    4. the toilet is flooding the bathroom?
    5. a pan on the stove is on fire?
    6. a neighbour's dog is growling at you?
    7. our child falls off a chair and is bleeding?

Age

"It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over." - paulo Coelho, The Zahir

  1. Are young people generally more selfish than their
    parents
    and grandparents?
  2. Does age make you more caring and more
    aware
    of others?
    It is said that young kids, especially between the ages of 3 and 6, are selfish and not very willing to share their toys. In early childhood while bringing up our children we teach them how to care for other people by helping the disabled, the needy and the aged. In my opinion the next crucial stage of life comes when toddlers turn into juveniles and get through the agonies of adolescence, particularly in a nuclear family without much assistance from members of the extended family. Is it true that after coming of age we are more sociable? The truth is that we have more responsibilities and we are forced to learn how to get on well with others if we want to achieve our aims and have quite quiet lives but whether or not we are really sensitive depends on our character traits and not so much on our age. Moreover, while getting older and as we approach our "second childhood" some people become selfish again. So maybe the reality is that we are selfish by nature and only by living in society with order we adjust to life with others and care for others too.
  3. Should adults try to teach young people lessons, such as the dangers of drinking too much, taking drugs or catching the AIDS virus, or should they leave them alone to find out about these things themselves? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both
    approaches
  4. What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion.
  5. Most countries give young people
    rights
    as they reach a certain age. For example, British people can legally make love or fight for their country at the age of 16; they can drink, vote and drive a car when they are 18. Does China have similar laws? Do you think that any of the age limits need changing?
  6. Some people think you should give something to
    society
    before you have the right to join it. Should young people have to do some form of
    military
    or community service by law?"
  7. Should people of between 50 and 55 be forced to
    retire
    from their jobs in order to make way for younger workers?
    In most countries the legal retirement age for men is 5 years older than for women, even though women live longer than men on average. Why do you think this is? Is this fair, or should it be changed?
  8. Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly
    out of touch
    by the time they reach a certain age? What things were you taught by your older family members? How have they been useful to you in your life? In most countries,
    compulsory
    education is targetted at 5 - 16 year olds. Would it be better to offer it to
    pensioners
    who want to learn rather than young people who prefer not to be in school? Explain your opinion.
  9. In Russia, China and many other countries, there is a
    tradition
    of choosing leaders who are quite advanced in years. Do you think that older people make better leaders? Explain your opinion.
  10. One of Britain\'s best-ever leaders was William pitt the younger, who became prime Minister when he was 24 and remained in power for 18 years. Could this ever happen in China? Why/why not?
  11. Many elderly people have
    disabilities
    which limit their
    mobility
    . Do buses, shops and public buildings in your country provide easy access for the disabled or are your towns and cities designed mainly for the young and able-bodied? Why is this?

Vocabulary and phrases of age in English.

  1. under age. under age drinking.
  2. feel your age to become aware that you are no longer young: Everybody there looked under twenty and I really felt my age.
  3. grand old age If a person or animal lives to a grand old age, they live until they are very old: He lived to the grand old age of 97.
  4. ripe old age approving old age: My grandmother died at the ripe old age of 92.
  5. juvenile adjective 1 FORMAL OR LEGAL relating to a young person who is not yet old enough to be considered an adult: juvenile crime/offenders
  6. 2 disapproving silly and typical of a child: juvenile behaviour a juvenile sense of humour
  7. juvenile noun [C] a young person
  8. tot (CHILD) noun [C] INFORMAL a young child: These are good strong toys for tiny tots.
  9. moppet noun [C] INFORMAL an affectionate word for a young child, especially a girl: a curly-haired moppet
  10. minor (YOuNG pERSON) noun [C] someone who is too young to have the legal responsibilities of an adult: He was accused of having sex with a minor.
  11. way of life the manner in which a person live
  12. standard of living
  13. compulsory education
  14. to be advanced in years
  15. easy access for the disabled
  16. able-bodied - disable-bodied
  17. to provide accommodation and nursing
  18. aging population
  19. stages of your life
  20. hectic lifestyle
  21. a trend towards
  22. to stay fit
  23. to take regular exercise
  24. a spoilt child
  25. upbringing
  26. to grow up
  27. to raise
  28. to rear
  29. the aged
  30. the elderly
  31. ancestors
  32. descendants
  33. contemporaries
  34. outcasts
  35. nuclear family a family consisting of two parents and their children, but not including aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Compare extended family
  36. to go on/along well with
  37. a new-born baby
  38. coming up to school age
  39. at infants' school
  40. a schoolgirl, a schoolboy
  41. the agonies of adolescence
  42. congratulation on your coming of age
  43. in his mid-twenties
  44. twenty something
  45. at the age of
  46. by the age of
  47. a grown-up
  48. he has turned thirty
  49. approaching middle age
  50. on the wrong side of the forty
  51. beginning to look his age
  52. an ageing playboy
  53. mature people
  54. in his late forties
  55. he's aged a lot lately
  56. one of the older generation
  57. twice your age
  58. the same age as
  59. heading for retirement
  60. he's over the hill - (informal disapproving) to be too old, especially to do a particular job
  61. growing old gracefully
  62. he's coming up to seventy
  63. in her seventy-fifth year
  64. becoming senile
  65. old age cones to all of us
  66. an octogenarian
  67. the demographic shift
  68. declining health
  69. to pamper
  70. carefree childhood
  71. to adjust to adult life
  72. to paddle one's own canoe
  73. from (the) cradle to (the) grave - for all of a person's life: She lived in the same village from the cradle to the grave.
  74. Should the
    elderly
    be expected to pay for
    residential
    care out of their own savings or should
    appropriate
    accomodation
    and nursing be provided by the tax payer? Explain your opinion.
  75. Some people say that men age better than women, and remain attractive longer - do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  76. Some people say that men never grow up, they just get bigger - do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  77. Some people say that young women are usually 2 to 3 years more
    mature
    than young men - do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  78. In most countries women live an average of 5 to 6 years longer than men. Why do you think this is?
  79. In some countries having children is considered a way of "investing in the future", and young people are expected to give money to their
    parents
    when they get a job, and then to care for them when they retire. What are the good points and what are the bad points about this system?
  80. Many countries are facing the problem of an "aging population", i.e. there will soon be more old people than young people. What problems will this cause? What can be done to prepare for them?
  81. What do you think is the ideal age for each of these stages of your life: (Explain your opinion.)
    1. Starting School
    2. Starting Dating
    3. Leaving School/starting work
    4. Leaving your parents' home
    5. Getting Married
    6. Having a Child
    7. Retiring
  82. Are you afraid of getting old?
  83. What is your ideal old age to live to?
  84. Do you prefer to live in the retirement home or live with young people?
  85. Should parents continue to finance their children after the children are 18?

proverbs?

  1. I ws tired yesterday and I'm tired again today = retired
  2. I was told to respect my elders. Now I don't have anybody to respect.

"Life span" is the period from the conception to the death of an individual. More generally, life span can mean:

  1. Life expectancy, the average life span expected of a group
  2. Maximum life span, the maximum life span observed in a group
  3. Longevity, the average life span expected under ideal conditions

the upper age limit, the lower age limit for buying cigarettes in the uK is 16.

Although Andrew is twenty-five, he has a mental age of six.
In middle age, when you are no longer young, but are not yet old, you have to be sensible with your health.
They're a middle-aged couple, with grown-up children.
disapproving too careful and not showing the enthusiasm, energy or style of someone young: What a conventional, middle-aged attitude he has to life!
come of age

  1. to reach the age when you are legally recognized as an adult and become old enough to vote
  2. If something has come of age, it has reached its full successful development.

Do you believe in Aliens from other planets?

  1. Do you think there could be life on other planets?
  2. What forms of life could there be on other planets?
  3. What is special about our Earth Why did life com
  4. Do you believe people who say they have seen uFOs?

adoption

  1. What is adoption?
  2. Do you know anyone who was adopted as a child?
  3. Do you know anyone who has adopted a child?
  4. What are some of the reasons people choose to adopt?
  5. What is the difference between domestic and international adoption?
  6. What are the views of adoption in your country?
  7. How would someone interested in adopting a child go about doing so?
  8. Where do children available for adoption come from?
  9. What happens to children that are not adopted?
  10. How do you go about adopting a child?
  11. Would you want to adopt a boy or a girl? Why?
  12. Do you think brothers and sisters should be separated in adoptions?
  13. Are adoptions common in your country?
  14. What are some organizations that help with adoptions?
  15. Should you tell the child that he or she was adopted? If so at what age? Or when?
  16. Should adopted children have the right to know their biological parents?
  17. Should families with birth children also adopt?
  18. Is the real parent the birth parent or the adoptive parent?
  19. Should adoptions be between children and families of the same race and or culture?
  20. How or should the adoptive parents maintain the adopted child's cultural identify?
  21. In your country are the legal rights of an adoptive child different from that of a birth child?
  22. What are the legal consequences of adopting a child from a different race or country?
  23. Why don't more people adopt a child?
  24. What makes a family, genetics or environment?
  25. Do you support an open adoption policy where the birth parents can choose to be involved in the child's life?
  26. Do you believe there is discrimination within the adoption organizations?
  27. Do you think a person should be able to adopt a child of a different race?
  28. Should a gay or lesbian couple be allowed to adopt a child?
  29. Should there be an age restriction for the adoptive parents?
  30. Should a single man or woman be able to adopt a child?
  31. If you were to find out that you were adopted and not really from the country where you are a citizen, which nationality would you hope would be your true mother country? Why?
  32. When is the right time for a child to be told that he/she was adopted?
  33. Do you think it is preferable to adopt or to use artificial reproduction technology?
  34. Would you agree to an open adoption or closed adoption? Why?
  35. What is an open adoption?

Advertising Questions

  1. What different ways of advertising can you think of?
  2. What is your favourite TV advert?
  3. Can you remember any product slogans?
  4. Are there lots of advertising in the streets where you live?
  5. Do you think that there should be restrictions on advertising?

Do you agree or disagree with these?

  1. using children in advertisements
  2. using nudity in advertisements
  3. promoting alcohol on TV
  4. Comparing your products to your competitirs products
  5. An image flashed onto a screen very quickly so that people are affected without noticing it (subliminal advertising)

Advising people

Formal and informal ways to give advice to somebody in different situations.

I1ll tell you what! ....

Read these different ways of advising people. Choose one informal form to learn and one formal form. Change the advice. Eg "speak more clearly", "read books"

  1. You should go on a diet.
  2. If I were you I would go on a diet.
  3. You had better go on a diet.
  4. Take my advice and go on a diet.
  5. I rekon you should go on a diet.
  6. Why don't you go on a diet?
  7. You ought to go on a diet.
  8. It might be a good idea to go on a diet.
  9. If you follow my advice, you'll go on a diet.
  10. I would recommend that you go on a diet.
  11. If I were in your position, I would definitely go on a diet.
  12. It wouldn't be a bad idea to go on a diet.
  13. If I were in your shoes, I'd go on a diet.

practice your two forms by advising me to:

  1. Read one of your favourite books.
  2. drive more carefully
  3. get up early in the mornings.

Some negative forms

  1. You shouldn't go on a diet
  2. If I were you I would't go on a diet.
  3. If I were you I wouldn't go on a diet.
  4. You had better not go on a diet.
    (Not : You hadn't better )
  5. Take my advice and don't go on a diet.
  6. rekon (informal think ) I think you should go on a diet.
    I don't think you should go on a diet
  7. I think (that) you shouldn't go on a diet
  8. no negative
  9. You ought not to go on a diet (very unusual)
  10. It might not be a good idea to go on a diet. It might be a bad idea to go on a diet. It might be a good idea to not go on a diet. (weak form)
  11. If you follow my advice, you'll go on a diet. If you follow my advice, you wont go on a diet.
  12. I would recommend that you go on a diet.
    I wouldn't recommend that you go on a diet.
  13. If I were in your position, I would definitely go on a diet.
  14. If I were in your position, I would definitely NOT go on a diet.
    ( NOT : wouldn't definitely = unsure about my advice )
  15. It wouldn't be a bad idea to go on a diet.
    It would be a bad idea to go on a diet.
    It wouldn't be a bad idea not to go on a diet.
  16. If I were in your shoes, I'd (I would) go on a diet. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't go on a diet.

Questions about animals

  1. What animal do you think is the funniest?
  2. What animal do you think is the strangest looking?
  3. What animal do you think makes the best pet?
    1. Why?
  4. Which animal would you choose to be?
  5. What animals are symbols of a country?
  6. What animals are you afraid of? (...scared of?)
  7. What animals do you think are cute?
    1. What animal do you think is the cutest?
    2. What animals could you cuddle?
  8. What animals do you think are scary?
  9. What animals do you think are ugly?
  10. What animals do you think is the most dangerous?
  11. What pets are most popular?
  12. What kind of animals do humans ride?
  13. Are you afraid of snakes?
  14. Are you frightened of spiders?
  15. Are your pet(s) healthy?
  16. Can you name any endangered species?
  17. Can you ride a horse?
  18. Do you consider yourself an animal lover?
  19. Do you ever go bird watching?
  20. Do you ever talk to your pet?
    1. If so, what do you say?
  21. Do you have a cat?
  22. Do you have a dog? If so, what's your dog's name?
  23. Do you have any pets?
    1. If not, would you like to have a pet?
    2. Have you ever had a pet?
  24. Do you know anyone who has a horse?
  25. Do you know anyone who keeps their dog in their house?
  26. Do you know someone who owns an unusual pet?
  27. Do you love your pet?
  28. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
  29. Do you talk to your pet sometimes?
  30. Do you think it is acceptable to test cosmetics on animals?
    1. How do you feel about the use of animals for medical research?
  31. Do you think that eating meat is wrong?
    1. Is there any kind of meat you would not eat?
  32. Do you think it is right to keep wild animals in a zoo?
  33. Do you think it's okay to free animals that have been in captivity all their lives? Why or why not?
  34. Do you think people should buy and wear fur coats?
  35. Do you think that animals dream?
  36. Do your pets have special behavior problems?
    1. How do you deal with those problems?
  37. Have you ever been bitten by a dog?
  38. Have you ever been bitten by a dog? (... by a snake)
  39. Have you ever been to a farm?
  40. Have you ever been to a farm? What animals did you see there?
  41. Have you ever been to a horse race?
  42. Have you ever been to a zoo? What animals did you see there?
  43. Have you ever eaten rabbit meat?
  44. Have you ever gambled on a horse race?
  45. Have you ever given your pet a bath?
  46. Have you ever had a pet? / Have you ever had any pets?
  47. Have you ever ridden a horse? How about a camel?
  48. Have you ever seen a bullfight?
  49. Have you ever seen a dog race?
  50. Have you ever seen a dog that helps people, such as one to help a blind person?
    1. If so, what did you notice about the dog?
    2. How do you think that dog was trained?
    3. Have you ever seen a "therapy dog?"
  51. How long do you think a dog can live without food?
  52. How many birds do you know that can't fly?
  53. How many legs does a spider have? How about a squid?
  54. How many national animal preserves do you have in your country?
    1. Are there any animal preserves around here?
  55. How many pets have you had?
  56. How many pets have you raised and what are they?
  57. How many zoos have you been to?
  58. How much does it cost to keep your pet?
  59. If you could be an animal, what would you (choose to) be? Why?
  60. If you don't keep pets, please explain why?
  61. Is is right to keep animals in a zoo?
  62. Is it harmful for a dog to travel in cabin on a airline under the seat where your carry-on bags go?
  63. pets are considered to be a burden to most of the city dwellers. To what extent do you agree?
  64. Some people think that people shouldn't wear animal furs. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  65. Think of some people you know. Which animals do they resemble?
  66. What are the most popular pets in your country?
  67. What are the pros and cons of keeping a pet?
  68. (Why are there so many people who are willing to sacrifice their time and money to raise a pet?)
  69. What can children learn by having a pet?
    1. What are some things a child can learn by having a pet?
  70. What do you think of animals being raised in captivity?
  71. What is one of your favourite animals?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. Do you have one for a pet?
  72. What is the difference between a pet and a wild animal?
  73. What is the largest animal you have ever seen?
  74. What is the most unusual pet you have ever seen?
  75. What is your favourite animal?
  76. What is your favourite animal?
    1. Why is it your favourite animal?
    2. Would you like keep it as your pet, why or why not?
  77. What joy does your pet bring you?
    1. Are you the one who takes care of it every day?
    2. How do you take care of it? If you don't take care of it, who does?
  78. What kind of animal would you like to be?
  79. Do bats make good pets?
  80. What animals like to be petted?
  81. What kind of dog do you have?
  82. What kind of master would you like to have if you were a pet?
  83. What kind of meats have you eaten?
  84. What kind of pet would you like to have in the future?
  85. What particular animals have become famous in your country for some special skill or accomplishment?
  86. What wild animals can you see around here?
  87. When was the last time you went to a zoo?
  88. Where is the nearest zoo to your house?
    1. How often do you visit that zoo?
    2. When was the last time you went there?
    3. How much does it cost to get in?
  89. Why do people have pets? / Why do people keep pets?
  90. Why do some people not like pets?
  91. Would you recommend that others keep pets similar to yours?
  92. Do you think animals have souls?
  93. Should we feed our pets unhealthy but tasty treats?
    1. What's more important, their health or their happiness?
  94. In your opinion, why do some people like to have unusual pets?
  95. Do you think dogs should be banned or muzzled?
  96. Would you want to see aggressive dogs muzzled or banned?
  97. In your country, what kind of dog laws are there? If dogs are man's best friend, as the saying goes, is banning dogs a friendly act?
  98. What is a safari?
    1. Would you go on a safari?
  99. Have you ever hurt an animal?
    1. Was it intentional or unintentional?
  100. Do you know of any websites for people that want to keep animals as pets?
    1. How about websites for people who are against animal rights?
    2. Do you think keeping an animal as a pet is a violation of that animal's rights?
  101. Do you know any animals that you think are being treated badly or unfairly?
    1. If so, how do you think you can help?
  102. Are there animal rights groups where you live?

Anti-social behaviour and things that annoy us

Anti-social Behaviour and Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the peace is a crime generally defined as the unsettling of proper order in a public space through one's actions. This can include creating loud noise by fighting or threatening or disturbing others by loud and unreasonable noise (including loud music), or using offensive words or insults likely to incite people to violence. Disturbing the peace is typically considered a
misdemeanor


Do you know these words that describe anger?

  1. Acrid: extremely harsh (also refers to an unpleasant taste or smell)
  2. Acrimonious: harshly unpleasant
  3. Aggravated: angrily agitated
  4. Angered: made angry
  5. Annoyed: angry about being disturbed or harassed
  6. Antagonistic: angrily opposed
  7. Antipathetic: expressing antipathy, or aggression or aversion
  8. Apoplectic: violently angry, from the adjectival form of apoplexy, the former word for stroke
  9. Ballistic: explosively angry, from the adjective describing projectile flight
  10. Bellicose: aggressively angry, from the synonym for warlike
  11. Belligerent: see bellicose
  12. Bitter: harshly upset due to resentment
  13. Blue in the face: see frustrated, from the idea of facial discoloration caused by extreme emotion
  14. Boiling: extremely angry, with the figurative sense of being agitated like heated water
  15. Bristling: defensively angry, suggestive of an animal’s hair bristling as it responds to a threat
  16. Burning: extremely angry, from the notion of the body overheating because of the intensity of feeling
  17. Caustic: cruelly angry, or sarcastic
  18. Cheesed off: see frustrated (can also mean “bored” or “disgusted”)
  19. Choleric: easily angered
  20. Churlish: disrespectfully angry
  21. Cold: angry in an emotionally remote manner
  22. Contrary: uncooperatively angry
  23. Cool: angry but with emotions are held in check
  24. Embittered: made upset
  25. Enraged: violently angry
  26. Exasperated: see frustrated
  27. Fired up: see hot
  28. Fit to be tied: extremely angry, suggesting that the person angered should be restrained
  29. Foaming: so angry as to suggest insanity caused by hydrophobia (rabies), from the idea that foaming at the mouth is symptomatic of the disease
  30. Frustrated: angry or upset because of obstacles or challenges
  31. Fuming: extremely angry, from the association of the person with a volcano or other heated natural phenomenon
  32. Furious: intensely angry
  33. Going crook: losing one’s temper
  34. Hopping: so angry as to suggest that the person might jump up and down to express or assuage anger
  35. Hopping mad: see hopping
  36. Horn-mad: extremely angry
  37. Hostile: actively intimidating, unfriendly, or resistant
  38. Hot: angry, with the sense of physical discomfort caused by emotion
  39. Hot under the collar: see hot
  40. Icy: see cold
  41. Incensed: see indignant
  42. Indignant: angry because of a real or perceived slight or unjust attack
  43. Inflamed: see hot
  44. Infuriated: see furious
  45. Irate: see furious
  46. Ireful: see irate
  47. Livid: intensely angry to the point of being unable to control oneself (livid, however, can also mean “bruised,” “pale,” or “colorful,” with the second sense associated with pain, shock, or fear)
  48. Mad: angry; this term has so many other senses and is so easily replaced by any of its many synonyms that it is all but useless except in a statement starting with “I’m so mad I could . . .”
  49. Outraged: angry about an offense
  50. Perturbed: upset (also means “confused”)
  51. Pissed off: angry
  52. Rabid: see foaming
  53. Raging: see furious
  54. Rancorous: malevolently angry
  55. Rankled: angry or resentful
  56. Ranting: irrationally angry
  57. Raving: see ranting
  58. Riled: upset
  59. Roiled: see riled
  60. Seeing red: so angry that one’s vision is blurred, or one is stimulated as a bull in a bullfight
  61. Seething: repressing violent anger
  62. Shirty: angry
  63. Smoldering: see seething
  64. Sore: see indignant
  65. Soreheaded: see indignant
  66. Steamed: see hot
  67. Steaming: see hot
  68. Storming: having a temper or an anger suggestive of stormy weather
  69. Stormy: see storming
  70. Ticked: angry; also “ticked off”
  71. Vitriolic: see caustic
  72. Worked up: upset
  73. Wrathful: see furious
  74. Wroth: see furious
  75. Wrought up: see “worked up”

A noise annoys an oyster but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more!

Ask each other these questions. You can practice making relative clauses

Make a list of the ten most annoying things in your life. use defining relative clauses. Eg people, who smoke in my bedroom. Speak about some of these.

  1. What annoys you about living where you live now?
  2. What annoys you about travelling?
  3. What annoys you about car drivers or driving?
  4. What kind of behaviour annoys you the most?
  5. Do you think you have habits that annoy other people?
  6. Does it annoy you when people kiss in public?
  7. Do you get annoyed when someone doesn't wait for their turn in a queue?
  8. What annoys you about new technology (i.e. cell phone use)?
  9. Does smoking in public places bother you?
  10. Are you ever annoyed by complicated devices with too many buttons?
  11. What bad manners particularly annoy you?
  12. Do you think you can sometimes be annoying? How?
  13. Can annoying someone be a good thing?
  14. If something is annoying you, what do you usually do?
  15. Can you think of some things children do that annoy adults around them?
  16. Who is the most annoying person you know? Why are they annoying?
  17. Which famous people are the most annoying? Why?

Top ten annoying things for British people

Do you agree with the results of this survey? Why are these things annoying?

  1. Neighbours who make a lot of noise.
  2. Building sites.
  3. Shops or pubs where they play loud music.
  4. Burgular or car alarms whos owners don't switch them off.
  5. Noisy parties which go on all night.
  6. Road works.
  7. Dogs which bark when people walk past the house or during the night.
  8. Heavy traffic and drivers hooting.
  9. people who play their car stereos at full volume with the windows open.
  10. planes which fly low over towns and cities.

Anti-social Behaviour

  1. In England, anti-social behaviour can result in getting an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) Some people say that these are ineffective. What can be done against Anti-Social behaviour in your country?

Questions about April Fools day

  1. What are some tricks people play on April Fool's Day?
  2. What is the background of this day?
  3. Do you have the same tradition in your country?
  4. Do you play tricks on April 1st?
  5. What sort of tricks do you play?
  6. Have you ever tried fooling your family on April Fool's Day?
  7. Do you always look forward to April Fool's Day?

Questions about Art

  1. What is art exactly?
  2. Do you think of cartoons and comics as art?
  3. Do you consider yourself a good artist?
  4. Are you a good painter? Can you draw pictures well?
    1. What is the longest time that you have spent on a painting?
    2. Do you prefer using water colours or oil paint?
  5. Do you believe what art critics say?
  6. Did you ever study art at school?
  7. What kind of art do you like best?
  8. Do you like wood carving or sculpture?
  9. Have you ever been to any famous art galleries? Which?
  10. What famous painters do you know? What are they famous for?
  11. Do you know any good art web sites? Which?
  12. What would life be like without art?
  13. Who is the most famous artist in your country? What kind of art does he do?
  14. Which other artists from your country are famous?
  15. Do you enjoy taking photographs?
  16. What things do you like to photograph?
  17. Do you consider photography an art form?
  18. Why do artist like to draw women's figures?
  19. Why do you enjoy art?
  20. Have you ever participated in any art competitions?
  21. Do you find picasso's work astonishing or weird?
  22. Do you have a favourite painting? If so, what is it? Why do you like it?
  23. Do you have a sketchbook?
    1. If so, how often do you use it?
    2. What kind of sketches do you make?
  24. Do you feel proud after finishing a work of art?
  25. Do you think graffiti can be art?
  26. Do you like to doodle?
    1. What kinds of doodles do you make?
    2. Where and when do you doodle?

Astrology Questions

  1. What zodiac sign were you born under?
  2. Do you believe in astrology?

Astronomy Questions

  1. What is the difference between a star and a planet?
  2. How long does it take the earth to spin round once?
  3. How long does it take the earth to go around the sun? How many days?
  4. In Australia can you see the same stars as you can in England?
    stars
  5. Did you see Venus disappear behind the moon last night (December 1st 2008)?
    The moon Venus

Baseball Questions

  1. Have you ever played baseball?
  2. Do you know the rules of baseball?
  3. Do you like baseball?
  4. How many players are on a baseball team?
  5. What position do you think is the most difficult?
  6. Who is your favourite baseball player? Why do you like him?
  7. Does baseball look like a fun game to you?
  8. Should baseball be an olympic sport? Is it international?
  9. Did baseball come from the English game called rounders? They do seem very similar?
  10. What qualities do you think of baseball player needs to be good?
  11. Do they have professional baseball teams in your country?
  12. How much does it cost to watch a professional baseball game?
  13. Would you rather watch baseball at a stadium or on television?
  14. What is your favourite baseball team? Why?
  15. Do you follow professional baseball?
  16. Are there any baseball players from your country playing in the uSA?
  17. Do you think baseball will ever be a worldwide sport like soccer?
  18. What are the differences between baseball in America and baseball in your country?
  19. How much does it cost to attend a pro game in your country?
  20. What kinds of food are sold at baseball stadiums in your country?
  21. Does your country have a minor league?
  22. Do you think young players aspire to be a pro in their home country or make it to the American Major Leagues?
  23. Are there recreational baseball teams in your country?
  24. Do children have easy access to baseball in your country?
  25. Do people play softball in your country?
  26. Are there women's baseball teams in your country?
  27. Do you consider baseball to be a slow game?
  28. Do you think the playoffs are more exciting than the regular season?

General

Money 'mechanics'

Basketball Questions

  1. What do you think about basketball?
  2. How many players are on a basketball team?
  3. What are the positions on a basketball team?
  4. How long is a basketball game?
  5. Who is your favourite basketball player?
  6. Why are basketball player usually tall?
  7. Can short people be good basketball players?
  8. Have you ever played basketball? How was it?
  9. Do you follow professional basketball?
  10. Have you ever been to a professional basketball game?
  11. Are there any basketball players from your country in the NBA?

Questions about beauty

  1. Who do you think is the most beautiful person: a) in your country b) alive today c) ever d) in your family?
  2. Does beauty affect one's success in life?
  3. Is it better to be physically attractive or intelligent?
  4. Is it better to be physically attractive or wealthy?
  5. Is beauty related to power?
    1. Can you think of anyone who is in a position of power that is not physically attractive?
  6. Do people spend too much time and money on beauty?
  7. How much time should be spent on making yourself look better each day?
  8. Who would you say is beautiful that others maybe wouldn't?
  9. Do you think people should have cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks?
    1. If so what is the minimum age when someone should have plastic surgery?
    2. How popular is plastic surgery in your country?
    3. What is the most popular feature for cosmetic alteration?
    4. Do you think self-esteem affects beauty?
    5. Do you think beauty affects self-esteem?
  10. How important is beauty in your daily life?
  11. Have you ever noticed anyone ever feeling pressured to be more beautiful?
  12. What do you think of the proverb, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?"
    1. Do you have any proverbs or idioms from your country that relate to beauty?
  13. What are some beauty tips that you could share?
  14. Do you think people with many tattoos can be beautiful?
    1. How many tattoos is too many?
    2. Would you ever get a tattoo?
    3. Do you have a tattoo?
  15. Do you think people with many piercings can be beautiful?
    1. What kind of body piercing, if any, do you feel are acceptable?
    2. What kind of piercing, if any, do you feel are unacceptable?
  16. What personality trait is the most important for inner beauty?
  17. How do you define beauty, using your own words?
  18. Would you ever date someone who was not conventionally attractive?
  19. What makes one person more attractive than another?
  20. Do you think people from different countries than you see attractive the same way?
  21. Is there someone famous that is considered beautiful, that you think is not?
  22. Are beauty pageants good or bad?
  23. Should children be entered into beauty pageants?
  24. Do you think one gender or group worries more about beauty than another?
  25. Would you want your children to be beautiful or talented?
  26. What are some of the negatives about being beautiful?
  27. What are some examples of social pressures to improve on natural beauty?
    1. For example, lipstick, haircutting, shaving, ...
  28. What do you think about plastic surgery?
    1. Would you ever have plastic surgery?
    2. If so, what would you change?

Beauty through the ages

  1. Have ideas about beauty changed over time?
  2. What examples from history and from the present time show this?

Behaviour Questions

  1. What is good behaviour?
  2. What is bad behaviour?
  3. What should you do with a child who behaves very badly?
  4. Why do some children behave badly?
  5. What behaviour is expected in a restaurant? At school? At a party?
  6. Would you teach your child to "hit back" at school if somebody hits them?
  7. Can bad behaviour lead to crime?
  8. How should we punish children who commit crimes?
  9. Should parents be held responsible for their children's behaviour?

Big Brother

  1. In what ways are our movements and actions being recorded?
  2. What information about us is available through our mobile phone?
  3. Can we be watched or monitored if we use a computer connected to the internet?
  4. Who could be gathering information about us on the internet?
  5. What sort of information do we give to web sites we visit?

Which of these could become the most serious threat to personal liberty? What regulations should be inforce to monitor these? Should any be illegal?

  1. Responding to Terrorism
  2. Identity systems
  3. Surveillance of Communications
  4. Travel privacy
  5. Audio Bugging
  6. Video Surveillance
  7. Satellite Surveillance
  8. Electronic Commerce
  9. Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)
  10. public Records
  11. Census
  12. Digital Rights Management
  13. Authentication and Identity Disclosure
  14. WHOIS (Computer networks)
  15. uN WSIS and privacy
  16. Spy TV: Interactive Television & "T-Commerce"
  17. Genetic privacy
  18. Workplace privacy
  19. E-Voting privacy
  20. Nanotechnology

Complete the table. Mark which market sectors you consider branding to be important for you.

Market
Sector
Brands Important
Wrist watches Rolex, Guicci
Mobile phones Nokia
Food products McVities Jaffa Cakes
Beer paulainer, Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser
Whisky Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Valentines
Cars Rolls Royce, Skoda
Clothes
Sports wear
Cameras
Computers and printers

My favourite brands

Make a list of your favourite brands, then answer these questions

  1. Are they international brands?
  2. What ranges do they have?
  3. Are they top of the range products?
  4. Do you have brand loyalty for any products?
  5. Do you ever buy products that are not branded?
  6. What are the advantages of branded goods for the manufacturer and consumer?

Top brands

Here is a list of top global brands. Would you add any other? Which is the top Brand in the world? Rank the others.

Marlboro, AT&T, Ford, Genereal Electric, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Coca-cola, Google, McDonald's, Disney

Business

Customer Service

Monopolies and cartels

Business Ethics

Companies

Building Construction and Renovation

What is the difference between a trader and a tradesman?

Construction Workers

Tools

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Cars and Driving - Questions

Listen and read the article about driving in Europe. use the dictionary links and vocabulary to help you.

Questions about driving

  1. Can you drive a car?
    1. How old were you when you first learnt to drive?
      1. Was there anything difficult about learning to drive?
    2. Are you a good driver?
    3. Who taught you to drive?
    4. How long did it take you to learn to drive?
    5. What was your driving test like?
  2. How many times did you take your test before you passed it?
  3. Do you remember any advice from your driving instructor or teacher?
  4. Can you drive a car with a manual gearbox?
    1. Which type do you prefer driving?
  5. Do you have a car?
    1. If so, what kind of car do you have?
    2. Does it have a manual or automatic gearbox?
    3. Which do you like best, manual or automatic gears?
  6. What are the advantages of owning a car?
  7. What are the disadvantages of owning a car?
  8. Have you ever been in a car accident?
  9. Have you ever been pulled over by the police?
  10. What happened?
  11. Have you ever driven a car in a foreign country?
  12. Which side of the road did they drive on?
  13. Were the road signs different?
  14. What problems can you have driving on the other side of the road?
  15. Are the drivers in your area where you live good drivers?
  16. How do people cross the road at a zebra crossing?
  17. Do the cars always stop for them when they start to cross?
  18. If the roads are busy, do other drivers let you in from a side street?
  19. Do you know anything about repairing or maintaining a car?
  20. What do you know how to do?
  21. Where did you learn how to do this?
  22. Do you enjoy repairing cars?
  23. What are some things you do to maintain your car?
  24. Are modern cars easier to maintain than old cars
  25. Do you prefer driving or using public transport?
  26. What kind of car do you prefer?
  27. Do you like to drive at night?
  28. Do you think cars should be banned from city centres?
  29. What side of the road do you drive on in your country?
  30. Is drunk driving a problem in your country?
  31. What is the law concerning drinking and driving in your country?
  32. What is the penalty for drunk driving in your country?
  33. Have you ever been (or) do you know anyone who has been in an accident related to drunk driving?
  34. Is jaywalking legal in your country?
  35. Do people often jaywalk in your country?
  36. What is the longest trip you have ever taken by car?
  37. Have you ever broken down and been stranded on the side of the road? Who helped you?
  38. How do drivers from different countries compare to drivers in this country?
  39. What are the speed limits in your country?
  40. Are cars expensive?

Are these sentences and phrases correct?

  1. I am driving everyday.
  2. For me it's more comfortable than public transport.
  3. Honda, a Japan car.
  4. Honda, it's the name of brand.
  5. I am looking for comfort, first of all.
  6. It's colour is black.
  7. If I have to go backward from my park place.
  8. I usually watch in mirrors.
  9. Then I strap my security belt.
  10. I don't know what I can say else.
  11. To cut somebody up
  12. registration number, number plate, personalised number plates
  13. Nobody trying to sto them
  14. On practice, everybody drives in the bus lanes.
  15. The traffic is too high/heavy
  16. Nobody have some benefits
  17. There are a lot of deaths on the roads
  18. This law forbids/prohibits drinking and driving.
  19. There can be confiscation of your licence.
  20. You could lose your licence.

Comparing countries

Think of a country, which you have been to. Compare these things for your home country and the country, you visited.

General questions

  1. Which continent is your country in?
  2. Are you part of the continent or separate from it?
  3. How many people live in your country?
  4. What other countries have borders with your country?
  5. Do you have a king or queen in your country?
  6. Does your country have any coast?
  7. Does it ever snow in your country?

Open questions

  1. What is the food like?
  2. Do most people drive? Are they good drivers?
  3. Do people have time to enjoy life or are they too busy working to earn a living?
  4. How much of a problem is
    crime
    ?
  5. Is it very expensive to live? Compare wages with the cost of living.
  6. What is the weather like? Is it ever too hot or too cold?
  7. Is your country located in a good position?

Other things to compare

  1. Tradional clothes
  2. Singers, painters, writers literature
  3. Geography. Maps, Sea, hills, rivers etc.,
  4. Women and men's positions in society
  5. Marriage and festivals
  6. Food herbs spices recipes
  7. Building styles
  8. History. Kings and queens, emperors
  9. Education
  10. population, land area, density statistics

Family life

  1. The most common problems in an average family
  2. parent-children relationships
  3. Family occasions:
spoilt - only child - divorced - adopted - half brother - loving - remarried - stepsister
Complete the sentences using the words above.
  1. My cousin Sam always gets whatever he wants, even when it is really expensive. He is so ________.
  2. Tom was ______ at the age of seven, but his parents treat him just like their other children.
  3. Julie, who lives next door, is an _______ . She has no brothers or sisters.
  4. My best friend Margaret has just discovered that her father had a baby boy with another woman before he married her mother, so that means she has a _____ somewhere.
  5. When John's wife died he thought he would never fall in love again, but now he has met a wonderful woman and he is going to get _______.
  6. The couple who live in the apartment above us are always fighting. I think they are probably going to get _____________.
  7. Even though my grandparents have been married for fifty years, they still have a very _______ relationship.
  8. When my father remarried, his new wife already had a daughter. I didn't get on well with my _____ first, but it's okay now.

Education

  1. The education system in Britain.
  2. Types of schools.
  3. Subjects studied at school
  4. Teacher-student relationships
  5. What are the problems of the education system in your country?
  6. The importance of studying languages.
  7. Your plans for the future

Sports and games

  1. What are the most popular sports in your country?
  2. What do you do to keep fit?
  3. Is sport importance to you?
  4. What do you know about:
    1. Ball games
    2. Extreme sports
    3. Winter sports
  5. Do you know any typical English national games?
  6. What are the rules of your favourite game?

Shopping

  1. Types of shopping
  2. Supermarkets
    1. Advantages
    2. Disadvantages
  3. Department Stores
  4. Shopping habits
  5. Advertising
  6. Reductions
  7. Discounts
  8. Shopping on the net
  9. home shopping

Leisure Time

  1. Are worktime and freetime in good proportion in daily life?
  2. What are the most popular hobbies.
  3. What are cinemas, theatres, television and radio like?
  4. How do the commercial TV stations compare to the public channels?
  5. Is there a good balanced choice of programming?
  6. How does the press in your country compare to the British press?
  7. What types of papers, magazines and journals are available?
  8. What do you like to read
  9. What music do you like to listen to and is it easy to find whatever music you want?
  10. What is your favourite book or film.

The Climate

  1. The climate and seasons in your country.
  2. What you know about recent climate changes.
  3. Meterology, weather forecasts and weather fronts.
  4. Is the weather in your country extreme?
  5. Does the weather change very often?

Transport

Means of transport -advantages and disadvantages. Types of roads, different signs. Traffic offenses, accidents, driving morals in your country. The most important parts of a car.

public Health

The most common illnesses. How do you prevent and cure illnesses? A visit at the doctor's. The health sytem in your country. British health system.

Services

Telephones and the post office

post box

The different services at the post office (sending letters, telegrams, parcels) E-mails, sms, traditional letter.

using public telephones, mobile phones. Advantages and disadvantages.

Buildings and housing

  1. What famous buildings are there in your country?
  2. Describe your house or flat
  3. What types of houses are there in your town?

Clothing

How important is fashion for you?
Do you prefer boutiques, supermarkets or second- hand stores.
Do you have clothes made specially for you?

Jobs.

  1. What are the most popular jobs?
  2. What do you need to do before you can have a job ?
  3. How do you find a job? Where do you look?
  4. Where can you most easily find a job?
  5. How do you decide which job to have?
  6. What should an ideal workplace be like?
  7. Writing a CV.

The Weekend

  1. What do you usually do at the weekend?
  2. Has the weekend been changed by the modern pace of life?

Household duties

Do the women do all the work around the house?

My home town area

Facilities

Services

What would you change in your area?
Where would you advise a tourist to visit?
Famous people in your hometown

Festivals

  1. birthdays
  2. weddings
  3. anniversaries
  4. Christmas and Easter
  1. What should an ideal family be like?
  2. How do you imagine yourself as a parent?

Faux pas

A faux pas is a violation of accepted social rules (for example, cutting the brie cheese, the wrong way; standard customs or etiquette rules) Faux pas vary widely from culture to culture, and what is considered good manners in one culture can be considered a faux pas in another. The term comes originally from French, and literally means "false step".

This expression is usually used in social and diplomatic contexts. The term has been in use in English for some time and is no longer italicized when written. In French, it is employed literally to describe a physical loss of balance as well as figuratively, in which case the meaning is roughly the same as in English. Other familiar synonyms include gaffe and bourde (bourde, unlike faux pas, can designate any type of mistake)

Wildlife and Nature

  1. What birds are native to your country? Do any migrate?
  2. Are there any dangerous wild animals?
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Other topics

  1. Social customs
  2. Religion
  3. Daily life
  4. Superstition
  5. Social class
  6. Names
  7. Etiquette and manners
  8. Stereo types
  9. Language
  10. Art and music
  11. History
  12. Favourite holiday destinations

Culture Questions

  1. What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, ...
  2. What do you like about your culture and what don't you like?
  3. Do you know much about your own culture?
  4. What do people from other countries usually think about your culture?
  5. In your culture is it polite to be straightforward and direct when you talk to someone?
  6. Are their different ways of speaking to older and younger people in your country?
  7. What problems can arise from misunderstanding someones culture?
  8. Do people shake hands in your culture? How often?
  9. Is there anything which is considered rude in your country but that isn't so rude in other countries?

Death

Maybe too sensitive for some groups, but many are extremely interested in how different cultures deal with death.

  1. Are "Living Wills" available where you live?
  2. Are there special rites or ceremonies performed when a person dies?
  3. Are you afraid of death?
  4. Do you believe in life after death?
  5. Do you often think of death?
  6. Do you think that there is anything worth dying for?
  7. Do you want to know the date of your death? Why or why not?
  8. How do you cope with the death of someone special?
  9. Is organ donation/transplants an option where you live?
  10. Is physician-assisted suicide an option in your country?
  11. Is the death of a loved one considered a joyful or a sorrowful occasion?
  12. Is there any person you would die for in order to save? Who is it?
  13. What are some ways which you can help a family which has just experienced the death of a family member.
  14. What are your beliefs pertaining to a person's soul once they have died?
  15. What do you think of suicide?
  16. What do you think would happen if there were no death for human beings?
    1. What do you think would happen if people never died?
  17. What happens to a person's remains after death? (cremation, burial, etc.)
  18. What is the mourning process?
  19. Where do we go when we die?
  20. Would you consider physician-assisted suicide if you were suffering a painful dying experience?
  21. Would you want your cremated remains to be part of a fireworks show? It's possible - a San Francisco area company will do it for you.
  22. Who do you think would mourn for you after your death?
  23. If you were on death row, what would you request for your last meal?
  24. If you could choose how you were going to die, what would you choose your death to be?
  25. What do you think of cryogenics?
    1. Would you like to have your body frozen, so that you could be thawed out and brought back to life sometime in the future?
    2. Do you think it will ever be possible?
  26. Why are so many people afraid of death, when it is unavoidable?
  27. What would happen if you died?
  28. On account of your beliefs or some other reason, do you look forward to dying?
  29. Have you ever had to put a pet to sleep?
  30. Do you believe that you will be born again?
  31. What should you say to someone who has lost a loved one?
  32. Why is facing death a difficult experience?
  33. How does a person cope with death of a friend or loved one?
  34. What are some reactions to death of a friend?
  35. How do your national customs surrounding death reflect the values of your country?
  36. What should you say (or not say) to a friend who is facing death?
    1. What should you say (or not say) to a friend who has lost a friend?
  37. What are some funeral customs in your country
  38. What is the suicide hotline?in your community?
  39. Is there a suicide hotline in your area where you live?
  40. Do you know someone who has died from a traffic accident?
  41. Do you know someone who has died from a from disease?
    1. What was your reaction?
    2. How did you feel?
  42. When have you visited a hospital?
    1. Who did you visit?
  43. What sights, smells, sounds did you notice when you visited the hospital?
    1. How did you feel about your visit?
  44. How can you help someone who is dying?
  45. How do you tell someone that someone they know has died?
  46. What are some useful euphemisms for telling someone that someone else they know has died?
  47. What are funerals like in your country?
  48. Do you believe in God?
  49. Do you think people should be cremated or buried?
  50. Has anyone close to you ever passed away?
  51. What is grief?
  52. Do you think the grieving process is different for different ages?
  53. Do you know someone who has died from a traffic accident?
  54. What causes death?
  55. Have you known someone who had an extended sickness before death?
  56. What are some other words for death? An example is "passed away".
  57. Have you ever lost someone close to you?
  58. Have known anyone who has committed suicide?
    1. What would be your reaction?
    2. What would you say to that person's friends?
  59. What is Hospice?
    1. Do you have Hospice services in your country?
    2. How quickly is someone buried or cremated after death?
    3. What expenses are involved in burying or cremating someone?
    4. What measures are taken in your country to ensure that no stigma is associated with the burial of poor people?
  60. Are coffins displayed on the street entrance to funeral parlors in your country?
  61. Is it appropriate for funeral directors to advertise their services?
    1. How can this be done ?
    2. If you were given the chance to have someone die with you, who would that person be?
    3. Have you ever thought you'd like to die?
    4. How does it feel when your loved one dies and you were unable to see them for the last time?
    5. Have you ever been to a funeral where a family member of the deceased sung a song, or read a letter or poem?

Democracy Questions

  1. What is democracy? What systems are not democratic?
  2. Are elections a waste of money?
  3. Could election be replaced with a form of democracy with less dratic changes?

The Dentist

  1. When did you last go to the dentist?
  2. Are you afraid of the dentist?
  1. You should _________________ at least once a day to remove food particles between your teeth. get fillings put in fill a cavity use dental floss
  2. My sister now __________________ to straighten her teeth. She'll look great once she gets them off. * uses tooth whitening wears braces has a dental exam
  3. I'd like to __________________ for next Monday at 3:00 p.m. if the dentist is in at that time. * sit in the waiting room set up a dental appointment have a family dental plan
  4. To avoid too much pain, I recommend that you ______ * use mouth wash have an injection sit in the waiting room

Sit on the fence, Make up your mind, Bite the bullet, keep your options open.
RHD LHD
In England we drive on the left and our cars are all RHD
The stearing wheel is on the right.
Manouvre
To pass a law. To forbid To make it illegal to. A lot of accidents.
Japanese imports
second hand
was it a write-off?
Were you fully covered?
Insured
Fully comprehensive / third Party / Third Party fire and theft

If it had happened at a later time, we wouldn't have been fully covered
Fortunately neither of us (my wife nor I) were injured.
.. suffered any injury
It's a gas guzzler
It drinks a lot
It's not very economical
It's very uneconomical
How do we measure fuel consumption?
mpg ???
(Miles per gallon) km/l
Oil lubricates your car engine.
Petrol fuels your car engine.
Fresh out of the show room
Brand new
devalues by 20%
per year
on average

Going on a diet

Diet

Vocabulary

  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Anorexia
  3. protein
  1. Have you ever been on a diet?
    1. What kind of diet was it?
  2. How do you know if you are fat?
  3. What is the best way to diet?
    1. I eat less food than usual.
  4. Are all diets only for losing weight?
    1. What other kinds of diet are there?
  5. Do you think dieting can be dangerous?
  6. Do you think fiber is important in your diet?
  7. What kind of fiber is the best when you are trying to loose weight?
  8. Do you think protein is important in a balanced diet?
  9. What is a good source of protein?
  10. Do you think people who are fat can be happy?
  11. Do you think people are in general are gaining weight or loosing weight?
  12. Have you ever been on a diet?
  13. What kind of diet would you recommend to your friend?
  14. Do you think that age should be considered, when people go on diets?
  15. What constitutes a healthy diet?

Disabled

  1. What kind of problems can disability bring to a family or individual?
  2. What help should be given to diabled people in society?

2 - Disasters

  1. What can you do to prepare in advance for a disaster?
  2. How much warning time do people normally have to prepare for typhoons, hurricanes, and earthquakes?
  3. How much warning time do people normally have for tsunamis?
  4. What sorts of preparations would you make if a typhoon was going to hit your area?
  5. Why do people leave when a typhoon is coming?
  6. What has your family done in the past to prepare for a disaster?
  7. Do you have extra food and water in your house?
  8. Do you have an electric generator in your house?
  9. What are some essential things you would need in your house in order to be prepared for a disaster?
  10. Do you have food and water in your car?
  11. How can you help your pet prepare for a disaster?
  12. Do you know where the evacuation area is in your area?

During a Disaster

  1. What happens during an earthquake? How long does an earthquake usually last?
  2. What happens during a tsunami?
  3. What happens during a typhoon?
  4. How can you prevent injury?
  5. Where are some dangerous places to be in your house?
  6. Where are some safe places to be in your house?
  7. What could you say to someone who is frightened?

3 Following a Disaster

  1. What are some problems people have right after a natural disaster?
  2. What are some things you should do as soon as possible? For example, watch TV, check gas and water.
  3. How can you get food, water, and ice if the power in your area is off?
  4. How can you travel without electricity or gasoline?
  5. What are some short-term problems people might have after a disaster?
  6. What are some long-term problems people might have after a disaster?
  7. What are some health problems that might arise after a disaster?
  8. Who should you contact to let them know you are safe?
  9. Assistance
    1. Do you know someone who has done any volunteer work?
      1. What was it?
      2. Did they enjoy it?
    2. How can you help after a natural disaster?
    3. If you could volunteer to help after a natural disaster, what could you do?
    4. Have you ever volunteered to help in a disaster?
      1. What did you do?
      2. Did you enjoy it?
    5. Do you think the Internet can be helpful in a disaster?
    6. Could the Internet be used for bad purposes in a disaster?
    7. Financial
      1. Have you ever given money to a charity?
      2. How do you decide what charity to give to?
      3. Are you willing to donate money to help victims of a natural disaster in your country? How much?
      4. Are you willing to donate money to help victims of a natural disaster in other countries? How much?
      5. How much money should your government give to help victims of natural disasters in your country and how much to help people living in other countries?
    8. Disaster
      1. What is the Japanese word for disaster?
      2. What is a disaster?
      3. Have you ever been in a disaster?
      4. What are some different kinds of disasters?
      5. What kind of disasters are common in your country?
      6. What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?
      7. What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane?
      8. What is disaster insurance?
        1. Do most people have it?
      9. Are there ways we can prepare ourselves in advance to cope with disasters?
      10. What is post traumatic stress disorder?
      11. How are businesses affected by disasters?
      12. How are families affected by disasters?
      13. How are the problems solved after a disaster?
      14. If you had the power to stop a natural disaster that has happened in the past, which would you choose? Why?
      15. What is the difference between natural disasters and man-made disasters?
        1. Can you name a few of each type?
        2. Where do these usually often occur?
      16. Do some natural disasters occur repeatedly in the same area?
        1. Do many people live in these areas?
      17. What are examples of man-made disasters?
      18. What examples are there of natural disasters?
      19. What kind of damage can occur in each case?
      20. Have you ever been in a natural disaster?
      21. Do you know anyone who has been in a natural disaster?
      22. Can you find someone in the class who has been in a natural disaster?
      23. What natural disasters occur in your country?
  10. personal
    1. Are you prepared for a disaster?
    2. What can you do to prepare for a disaster?
    3. Do you know someone who has been in a disaster?
    4. How do you think you would react in a disaster?
    5. How can we help children who are victims of disasters?
    6. Does your family have a plan for what to do in the event of an earthquake?
    7. Have you ever been injured?
    8. Have you ever had a broken leg?
    9. Can you find the story of anyone who lived through a disaster?
    10. What would you do if you knew there would soon be a serious natural disaster and this could be your last day on earth?

Discrimination

  1. Are you concerned that you might be discriminated against?
  2. Why do you think discrimination exists?
  3. Have you ever experienced discrimination on a personal level?
  4. What are some forms of discrimination?
  5. How do people fight discrimination?
  6. Have you ever discriminated against some race?
  7. What could you do to reduce discrimination?
  8. Do some countries discriminate against race more than other countries?
  9. Have you ever discriminated against the english-speaking population of your school?
  10. What would you do to cope with discrimination?
  11. Has the discrimination level changed for you, after you moved to another country?
  12. Have your close friends or family ever been discriminated against?
    1. If so, did you do anything to stop it?
  13. Have you ever been discriminated against because of your sex?
  14. Have you ever been discriminated against because of your education level?
  15. Why do people discriminate?
  16. Mention different forms of discrimination.
  17. Have you ever experienced discrimination?
  18. What should be done to stop discrimination?
  19. Do you think males and females are equal?
  20. Do you know anybody who has fought for equal rights?
  21. Are you a member of any humanitarian organization?
  22. What will happen in the future?
  23. Would you let your child marry a person with a different skin color?
  24. Would you let your child marry a person with a different religion?
  25. Why do men earn more than women?
  26. Do you have any prejudices?
  27. Would you adopt a child from a different culture?
  28. Why do we treat people differently?
  29. Why do white people think of themselves as superior?
  30. Should it be illegal to publish racial information?
  31. Is it OK to discriminate against gay people? Why or why not?
  32. If you thought your son or daughter was gay, what would you do?
  33. Do you know any gay people?
  34. How are gay people treated in your country?
  35. Should gay couples be allowed to marry?
  36. Should gay people have equal rights? Why or why not?

4 Disease and illness

Can you describe the symptoms and the dangers of these diseases? How are they transmitted to people? Are they contagious?

5 - Dreams

  1. Do you usually remember your dreams? Why/ Why not? Describe some of them.
  2. What was your nicest dream that you can remember?
  3. Talk about the most recent dream you can remember that you have had in the past.
  4. Talk about a recurring dream that you have had in the past.
  5. How do you interpret a dream? Do you use your intuition/imagination to understand it?
  6. Do you usually read books on dream interpretation? What is your opinion on it?
  7. Do you generally have pleasant dreams or nightmares?
  8. Have you ever had nightmares? What were they like?
  9. What's the worst nightmare you've ever had?
  10. What is "prophecy"?
  11. Have you ever had or heard of a dream that foretold the future?
  12. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln supposedly foresaw his own assassination in a dream? What do you think about it?
  13. Have you ever dreamed about dead people? Is it a good signal? Why/Why not?
  14. Have you ever dreamt about dead friends or relatives? How was it? How did you feel?
  15. There is a movie called "The Cell" with Jeniffer Lopez - It is about dreams - Have you seen this film? Would you like to see it? Why/Why not?
  16. Are dream messages sent from our unconscious, predictions of the future, or the brain's way of cleaning out information?
  17. Some people say that dreaming about losing money means that you will receive it. Have you ever heard this? What other sayings about dreams do you know?
  18. Do your dreams ever affect your moods? Explain.
  19. Do you usually dream in black and white or in color?
  20. Have you ever woken up from a dream "in a cold sweat"?
  21. Do you believe that dreams can sometimes predict the future?
  22. Has anyone told you if you have walked or talked in your sleep?
  23. Here is a list of dream images. What might they represent?
    1. a road
    2. the sky
    3. snow
    4. a garden
    5. an open door
    6. a light
    7. sand
    8. fire
    9. falling
    10. darkness
    11. being chased
    12. speaking with a dead relative
    13. flying
  24. When you were a child, what was your dream for the future? Has it changed?
  25. Do you remember what you dream about in your sleep?
  26. What is your dream for the future?
  27. Have your dreams for your future changed?
  28. Do you tell people about your dreams?
  29. Do you think you can achieve your dreams?
  30. If you had lots of money what would you do with it?
  31. Do you think that having a lot of money can make you happy?
  32. Do you think that having dreams and aspirations is a waste of time?

6 - Drugs

  1. Do you think alcohol is a drug?
  2. What is alcoholism?
  3. Do you know of any alcoholics?
  4. How do you stop being an alcoholic?
  5. Do you know how much alcohol is in beer?
  6. Do you know how much alcohol is in whiskey?
  7. What are some of the characteristics of drunk people?
  8. Is alcohol addictive? What about tea, coffee, and chocolate?
  9. Should marijuana be illegal?
  10. Do you think marijuana should be legal or illegal? Support your opinion with facts.
  11. Why do you think marijuana is illegal?
  12. Is marijuana grown in your country?
  13. What are some ways drug users use marijuana?
  14. Do you think tobacco companies would like to sell marijuana?
  15. Why do you think that tobacco is a legal drug?
  16. Are any of your friends addicted to tobacco?
  17. What are the different ways to use tobacco?
  18. Do you know anyone who smokes a pipe?
  19. What is the difference between pipe tobacco and cigarette tobacco?
  20. What do you think about chewing tobacco?
  21. Is there any difference between "soft" drugs such as marijuana and "hard" drugs like crack, heroin, cocaine etc?
  22. Is ecstasy a soft or a hard drug?
  23. Should there be punishments for dealing drugs?
  24. Should there be punishments for using drugs?
  25. Should drug dealers get the death penalty?
  26. If heroin were legal, would there be less crime? For example, burglary and robbery.
  27. Are some people more easily addicted to drugs than others?
  28. Do some people have addictive personalities?
  29. If you are addicted to drugs, what should you do?
  30. What else can people become addicted to?
  31. Why are some drugs more addicting than others?
  32. Why do some people get addicted when others do not?
  33. What happens in the brain of a person that causes addiction?
  34. Do you know how much illegal drugs cost?
  35. Do you think it is easy to buy illegal drugs where you live?
  36. Which is worse, a peaceful drug addict or a violent non-addict?
  37. Should pregnant women be arrested for child abuse if they use drugs when they are pregnant which may affect the baby?
  38. Should women be prevented legally from drinking any alcohol or smoking when pregnant?
  39. Do you think it is a good idea to have safe, legal injecting rooms for intravenous drug users, where they can use clean equipment and sterile water?
  40. Cancer patients find that marijuana stops their pain. Should it be legal for them?
  41. Do you think experimenting with alcohol and cigarettes leads to experimenting with harder drugs?
  42. Do you think ecstasy is dangerous?
  43. At what age should it be legal to drink and smoke?
  44. Do we use too many prescription drugs?
  45. What are natural remedies?
  46. Are natural remedies like homeopathy and herbal medicine drugs too?
  47. Do we give too many prescribed drugs to children?
  48. Why is the cost of prescription drugs so high?
  49. Have you ever used a prescription drug without a prescription?
  50. What do you think society ought to do about people who spend most of their time and money getting high on illegal drugs? Why?
  51. Should employers be allowed to "drug test" their employees?
  52. Why do you think people start using drugs?
  53. What should happen to babies who are born addicted to drugs?
  54. What would you do if someone in your family were addicted to drugs?
  55. What do you know about drugs?
    1. What are some dangerous drugs?
    2. What drugs do you think are useful?
    3. What drugs are addicting?
  56. Do you think that marijuana should be legal for medical uses with a prescription from a doctor?
  57. What does crack cocaine do to your body?
    1. What does it do to your mind?
    2. What will happen if you keep on using?
    3. How do you stop yourself from using it? / How does an addict quit using it?
  58. What kind of drugs are the most popular in your country?
    1. What kind of "legal" drugs are the most popular?
  59. Are we as a society addicted to legal drugs?
  60. In your culture, what are some home remedies for:
    1. stomachaches
    2. headaches
    3. women's problems
    4. colds
    5. muscles aches
    6. arthritis
    7. babies' and children's diseases

7 - Earthquakes

  1. Have you ever experienced an earthquake?
  2. When was the last earthquake that you remember?
  3. Has your house been damaged by an earthquake?
  4. What preparations should you make before the earthquake hits?
  5. What happens during an earthquake?
  6. Were you frightened the first time you experience an earthquake?
  7. What areas of the world have many earthquakes?
  8. What preparations should you make before the earthquake hits?
  9. What kind of injuries are caused by earthquakes?
    1. How do you treat these injuries?
  10. What frightens people most after an earthquake?
  11. How can you prepare for a possible earthquake?
  12. How can you deal with post traumatic stress resulting from an earthquake?
  13. Where is the best place to go during an earthquake?
  14. Is it possible to know in advance that an earthquake is coming?
  15. What kind of strange phenomenon occurred just prior to the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, Japan?
  16. Is an earthquake always followed by a tsunami?
  17. What causes a tsunami after an earthquake?
  18. How do you measure earthquakes?
  19. Is your home built to withstand earthquakes?
    1. Where in your house would you hide if there were an earthquake?
  20. What causes aftershocks?
  21. Do you live in an area that has earthquakes?
    1. Are you afraid to be living in an earthquake prone place?
    2. Have you thought about moving?

8 - Economics

  1. Should the economy be regulated, or should it be left to market forces?
  2. Is a boob bust cycle inevitable or should it be prevented somehow?
    1. How could the boom bust cycle be prevented?

Education Questions

  1. Are college tuition fees reasonable?
  2. Are foreign languages part of the curriculum? If so, which languages?
  3. Are most schools coeducational in your country?
  4. Are there any subjects/classes you wanted to study but they weren't available at your school/college?
  5. Are there good colleges in your country?
  6. Are women encouraged to pursue education?
  7. Do you have difficulty with school work?
  8. Do you know anyone who does not know how to read or write?
  9. Do you think teachers are paid enough?
  10. Do you think your school is a good one? Why/why not?
  11. Do you think your teachers give too much homework?
  12. Do you think it is easier to learn as a child or as an adult?
  13. Do you think public speaking can improve your english?
  14. How can we improve our classroom?
  15. Why English is hard to learn at university level?
  16. How do you travel to school?
  17. How long must you go to college to get a degree?
  18. How much is too much homework? How should the homework load be managed?
  19. If you have not attended college, do you plan on doing so?
  20. Is it difficult for people without a college education to get good jobs where you live?
  21. What are some good ways to learn English?
  22. What are some important factors in determining which college to attend?
  23. What are the qualities of a good student?
  24. What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  25. What classes would you take?
  26. What do you study? What's your major?
  27. What is the average age of a high school graduate?
  28. What is your favourite class?
  29. What was (or is) your favourite subject? Why do you like it?
  30. Who selects the college you will attend -- you or your parents?
  31. Why are you studying a foreign language?
  32. Why do you think people become teachers?
  33. Why is it helpful to learn a Second language ?
  34. Why is it sometimes very difficult to speak another language?
  35. Would you consider studying abroad?
  36. How much free time does a high school student in your country have?
  37. Do parents home-school their children in your country?
    1. What do you think of home-schooling?
    2. Do you know anyone who was home-schooled?
  38. Do you think that most parents influence what university their child will attend?
  39. Once you graduate from a university should you stop learning?
    1. What are some ways a person can continue to learn?
  40. Does education guarantee a good job?
  41. Which is more important, the essential skills in life you've learned to develop on your own or the artificial structure in college about the "real" life?
  42. Which high schools and colleges are the best in your country?
  43. Which high schools and colleges are not so good in your country?
  44. We should not just prepare for life, but live it. Do you agree?
  45. What kind of world do you think this would be if people never went to school?
  46. Should education be free?
  47. Do the elite in your country attend only one or two universities?
  48. Do elite universities help or harm your country?
  49. Does your country provide a good public school system?
  50. Do your children attend US schools? If so, how do their schools differ from those your children attended back home?
  51. Does your country have good public universities? If not, why do you think there is a lack of funding for education in your country?
  52. What realistic changes would you make to your country's attitude toward education?
  53. What role do you think human capital plays in the development of countries?
  54. Why do students cheat during tests and exams?
  55. How do they cheat?
  56. What is your attitude towards cheating?
  57. What are the dangers of cheating?
  58. How should parents react?
  59. How should teachers react?
  60. What is the role of school and decision makers?
  61. Where do we learn the skills necessary to become a good student - in elementary, middle or high school?
  62. What skills separate good students from bad students?

9 - Election vocabulary

  1. To stand in an election.
  2. Polling station
  3. Opinion polls
  4. Booth
  5. Ballet box
  6. Cheat
  7. ballet paper
  8. election
  9. constituency
  10. elected member of parliament
  11. Government
  12. opposition

10 - Questions

  1. What is the most popular drama/comedy/game show in your country, and what is the story-line (drama) or format (game show)?
  2. Do you like to watch cartoons?
  3. What did you watch on TV yesterday?
  4. What is one of your favourite TV shows?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. When is it on?
    3. Does you father like it, too?
  5. Do you listen to classical music? Why or why not?
  6. Have you ever been to a play? If so, when was the last time?
  7. Have you ever been to Disneyland?
  8. Have you ever been to the theater?
  9. Have you ever hosted a party?
  10. Have you ever tried water skiing?
  11. Have you ever used a slot machine?
  12. How far in advance do you begin planning a vacation?
  13. How often do you go to parties?
  14. How often do you read comic books?
  15. How often do you visit museums? When was the last time?
  16. Is gambling legal where you live?
  17. Should books be censored?
  18. Do you often go drinking? Where? Who with? How often?
  19. Should movies be rated? Explain.
  20. What are some forms of gambling people do in your country?
  21. What are some games that you don't like to play? Why?
  22. What are some good books that you have read?
    1. What is the best book you have ever read?
  23. What are some of the good movies you have seen?
  24. What are some of the most popular amusement parks in your country?
  25. What are some things you can do without spending a cent?
  26. What computer games have you played?
    1. Which are your favourites?
    2. Which do you think are not so interesting?
  27. What do you do in your spare time?
  28. What do you like to do on a night out?
  29. What do you think of soccer? (baseball, hang gliding, ...)
  30. What games are popular in your country? Why are they popular?
  31. What is your favourite game? Why?
  32. What is your favourite holiday? Why?
  33. What kind of music do you like?
  34. What kind of things do you like to read?
  35. What singer would you most like to meet?
  36. What was the last book you read?
  37. What's the most popular holiday in your country?
    1. When is it?
    2. How is it celebrated?
  38. What's your favourite magazine? (What are some of your favourite magazines?)
  39. When do you usually listen to the radio?
  40. Where do you usually read?
  41. Who are some of the famous actors and musicians in your country?
  42. Who are some of your favourite actors and actresses?
  43. Who do you think is the funniest comedian?
  44. Who is the most popular entertainer in your country?
  45. Who is your favourite author?
  46. Who is your favourite comedian?
  47. Who is your favourite musician?
    1. Who is your favourite female singer?
    2. Who is your favourite male singer?
    3. Who is your favourite guitarist?
  48. Who is your favourite writer? (author)
  49. Why do some people gamble?
  50. Would you rather go to a bar or a nightclub?
  51. What do you do for fun?

11 - The Environment

Carbon Dioxide levels

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  1. Are there litter laws where you live? If so, what is the penalty for littering?
  2. Do you think cars should be banned from city centres?
  3. Can we change the climate?
  4. How has the world changed since you were a child? (technology, values, environment, health)
  5. How often is rubbish collected in your neighbourhood?
  6. If humans are really intelligent ,why can't they do anything about overpopulation?
  7. What materials can be recycled?
    1. Do you think recycling is an important community service?
    2. Do you recycle?
    3. Do you think people should recycle newspapers? Why or why not?
  8. What is your community doing to help the environment?
  9. What can you do to make this world a better place?
  10. What do you think of people who smoke cigarettes indoors?
  11. Which is more important, increasing people's standard of living, or protecting the environment?
  12. What is the most important issue facing the environment today?
  13. If you could choose one alternative energy source to develop which one would you choose? Why?
  14. Are companies more environmentally responsible now than they were in the past?
  15. Who should pay for the costs associated with renewable energy?
  16. Should we make the development of renewable energy sources an economic priority?
  17. What are some ways energy is wasted?
  18. What types of energy are popular in your native country?
  19. What is the main problem with renewable energy sources?
  20. What can large cities do to improve their air quality?
  21. How can we protect the environment and at the same time improve people's standard of living?
  22. Do you think overpopulation is an important environmental issue? Why or why not?
  23. Should petrol be made more expensive?
    1. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  24. What's happening to forests in the world?
  25. What happens when we remove forests?
  26. What can we do to protect forests?
  27. Why should we recycle?
  28. Does your local government make it easy or hard for citizens to recycle?
  29. Are there people in your country who make their living from picking-up other people's rubbish?
  30. How is pollution effecting your country?

12 - Ethics in business Topic

Are ethics important in business?

  1. What kind of unethical business behaviour have you heard of?

13 - The most unethical practices

put these in order of the most corrupt

  1. Avoiding tax payments
  2. Claiming more expenses than you should.
  3. Telling you boss that you did some good work when it was really your collegues idea.
  4. Selling somethng which you know is defective.
  5. using your position to get a job for a relative
  6. Working on a personal project at work while pretending to do your real work.
  7. Employing illegal workers to save money on employers insurance contributions.
  8. Murdering a business rival to remove them from the 'game'.

14 - Evolution

  1. What is evolution?
  2. Have you heard of Darwin's theory? Do you believe in it?

15 - The Sixties

Flower power is a slogan and fashion statement which originated in the late 60s and early 1970s in opposition to the war in Vietnam. It this time Beat music was popular for at least one summer, often referred to as 'the summer of love' The term flower power has been credited to Allen Ginsberg in 1965, although it's widespread use did not occur until later in the 60s.
Hippies embraced this idea with open arms, and dressed in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. Hippies became associated with psychedelic music, psychedelic art and social permissiveness.

Tie-dye

Colouring cloth by tying it in knots so that when it is put in a dye (= substance for changing the colour of cloth) the tied areas absorb less colour and produce circular patterns when untied. There are pictures of us in the sixties wearing flares and tie-dyed T-shirts.
"The cry of 'Flower Power' echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom." — Abbie Hoffman, 1967

16 - What about you?

Questions about fads and fashions.

  1. What is a fad?
  2. Do you pay attention to fads?
  3. What were some fads when you were in high school?
  4. What were some fads when you were in college?
  5. What are some fads now?
  6. Are fads the same as popular culture?
  7. What are some of the fads in your home country? Are they the same as where you are living now?
  8. Why do you think people pay attention to fads?
  9. What fad influence your life the most?
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17 - Country life and city life

  1. Do you live in the city or the country?
  2. Where would you rather live? In the city or the country?
  3. Do you live in a house, a townhouse, or an apartment?
  4. How do you get around?
  5. How is the traffic where you live?
  6. How is the public transportation?
  7. Are there many parks near your house?
  8. Can you recommend an interesting place to visit near your house?
  9. Are there any factories or industrial areas where you live?
  10. Is there a lot of pollution?
  11. What museums, galleries, or theaters are close to your house?
  12. How often do you go to a museum, gallery, or theater?
  13. What do you usually do when you meet your friends?
  14. Are there any famous historical sites close to your house?
  15. What is the population of the city or town that you live in?
  16. Do you think it is overcrowded?
  17. Is there a lot of crime in your area?
  18. Have you ever had something stolen from you or been the victim of a crime?
  19. Do you like to shop?
  20. Where do you usually go shopping?
  21. Do you like to eat out?
  22. Where is your favourite restaurant?
  23. Is there some famous architecture near your house?
  24. Do you have relatives who live in the country?
  25. Do you ever visit the country?
  26. Are there many farms near your house?
  27. What do people grow in the country?
  28. What kind of jobs do people have in the country?
  29. Do you enjoy nature?
  30. Do you think the country is less stressful?
  31. How do you like to relax?
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18 - Colours

Complete the gaps and the make questions from each.

  1. As _____ as night
  2. As ______ as a ghost *
  3. To be _____ with envy *
  4. Not brave. He turned ______ and ran away. *
  5. Feeling sad and _____
  6. He had little experience. He was completely _____ *

19 - Communication

A focussed person is somebody who doesn't wonder off the topic.
single minded
said in a clear and short way; expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words.
Keep your letter succinct and to the point.
If you are hesitant, you do not do something immediately or quickly because you are nervous or not certain You seemed a bit hesitant about recommending that restaurant - is something wrong with it? She gave me a hesitant smile.

  1. Reserved
    - describes people who do not often talk about or show their feelings or thoughts a quiet, reserved woman The English have a reputation for being reserved.
  2. Concise= short and clear, expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words Make your answers clear and concise.
  3. Succinct = said in a clear and short way; expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words Keep your letter succinct and to the point. Concise = succint
  4. Reluctant = not willing to do something and therefore slow to do it I was having such a good time I was reluctant to leave. Many parents feel reluctant to talk openly with their children. She persuaded her reluctant husband to take a trip to Florida with her
  5. Hesitant = If you are hesitant, you do not do something immediately or quickly because you are nervous or not certain You seemed a bit hesitant about recommending that restaurant - is something wrong with it? She gave me a hesitant smile.
  6. Reluctant to speak = reserved describes people who do not often talk about or show their feelings or thoughts a quiet, reserved woman The English have a reputation for being reserved.
  7. Talking in a confused way = rambling
  8. Able to express ideas well = articulate able to express thoughts and feelings easily and clearly, or showing this quality an intelligent and highly articulate young woman She gave a witty, entertaining and articulate speech.
  9. Coherent
    Clear and easy to understand = coherent If an argument, set of ideas or a plan is coherent, it is clear and carefully considered, and each part of it connects or follows in a natural or sensible way. If someone is coherent, you can understand what they say When she calmed down, she was more coherent (= able to speak clearly and be understood).
  10. persuasive
    Good at influencing people = persuasive persuasive = making you want to do or believe a particular thing a persuasive speaker/speech Your arguments are very persuasive. He can be very persuasive.
  11. Outgoing = extrovert Outgoing = outgoing adjective (FRIENDLY) adj /ˌaʊtˈgəʊ.ɪŋ/uS pronunciation symbol/ˈaʊt.goʊ-/approving (of a person) friendly and energetic and finding it easy and enjoyable to be with others Sales reps need to be outgoing, because they are constantly meeting customers. She has an outgoing personality.
  12. Reacting in a positive way. = responsive responsive adjective /rɪˈspɒnt .sɪv/uS pronunciation symbol/-ˈspɑːnt -/ adj making a positive and quick reaction to something or someone a responsive engine a responsive audience She wasn't responsive to questioning. The disease has proved responsive to the new treatment.
  13. Ex. C word 5- digress to move away from the main subject you are writing or talking about and to write or talk about something else But I digress. To get back to what I was saying, this poem reflects the poet's love of nature and his religious beliefs. The lecturer temporarily digressed from her subject to deal with a related theory.

20 - Complaining

Formal and informal ways to complain in different situations.

  1. This page really isn't good enough.
  2. I want to complain about this page.
  3. I would like to make a complaint about this page.
  4. I'm afraid this page just isn't good enough.
  5. Can you do something about this page.
  6. I'm sorry to say this, but this page is terrible.
  7. Look here! I've just about had enough of this.
  8. I wish to complain in the strongest terms about this page
  9. I'm fed up with all this.

21 - Making the/a complaint

  1. I'm ringing to complain about ...
  2. I'm sorry, but I'm not satisfied with ...
  3. unfortunately there's a problem with ..

22 - Explaining the problem

  1. The CD player doesn't work.
  2. There seems to be a problem
  3. We haven't received the ...

23 - Insisting

  1. It really isn't good enough.
  2. I'd like to know why ...

24 - Threatening

  1. If you don't replace the product, I'll complain to the manager.
  2. If you can't deliver on time, we'll have to contact other suppliers.

25 - Dealing with Complaints

  1. Showing understanding
    1. Oh dear! Sorry to hear that.
    2. Mmm, I see what you mean.
    3. I'm sorry about the problem/delay.
  2. Getting the facts
    1. Could you give me some details please?
    2. What happened exactly?
    3. What's the problem exactly?
  3. Making excuses
    1. It's not our policy to replace items.
    2. It's not our fault that it hasn't arrived.
    3. I'm afraid that's not quite right.
  4. promising action
    1. OK, I'll look into it right away.
    2. I promise you I'll check the details and get back to you.

26 Conflicts

  1. What is conflict?
  2. When you see the word "conflict", what do you think of?
  3. What causes conflict?
  4. Is conflict inevitable?
  5. Is conflict always negative?
  6. How can conflicts be resolved?
  7. What would you consider to be a constructive approach to conflict?
  8. What would you consider to be a destructive approach to conflict?
  9. Does there have to be a winner and a loser of a conflict?
  10. What happens to people who are involved in conflicts?
  11. What conflicts are going on around the world?
  12. What conflicts exist in your life?
  13. How do you deal with conflicts?
  14. Can violent conflicts be solved with violence?
  15. How can the world be peaceful when other countries are not trying to bring peace?
  16. Can conflicts at work place affect the efficiency of one's work?

27 - Conspiracy

  1. Do you often believe stories you are told?
  2. How can we know whether something is true or not?
  3. Do the main stream media , such as the BBC and CNN always tel the truth?

28 - Advice for building contacts

Finally, heed the lesson provided by William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar, with the Roman leader Casca's observation following a meeting: "But those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads, but for mine own part, it was Greek to me."

When building making new business contacts, which of these are good advice and which are not so important

  1. Ask the person questions about themselves, don't just talk about yourself.
  2. Show that you are really interested in the other person's answers
  3. Remember the person's name if you have met them before.
  4. Arrange to meet again in the near future.
  5. Allow the other person to finish their response without interrupting.
  6. Compliment the person on something.
  7. Introduce them to someone you know.
  8. Remember parts of previous conversations you have had with the person.
  9. Exchange business cards with them.
  10. Make regular eye contact during the conversation, including with members of the opposite sex.

29 - Top tips for business speeches

  1. Watch your language. Avoid slang, colloquialisms, clichés, metaphors, and other expressions that mean nothing to the listeners. Limit acronyms and jargon, and then explain those you do use, checking for mutual understanding.
  2. Tie your words closely to the visual aids. Lead your listeners through the aids, using a pointer to help them track you.
  3. Explain key concepts or data in several ways and allow ample soak-in time.
  4. Listen intently to questions and comments. As appropriate, paraphrase them back before responding to make sure that the question is understood correctly. Be patient if it takes a while to comprehend your message. Be aware that your audience's nonverbal messages may mean different things from what you think. Facial expression, eye contact, hand movements, touching, use of space, and timing are all ripe areas for misinterpretation and irritation. Be slow to make assumptions on the basis of nonverbal messages. Keep checking and be patient perhaps they can't figure you out either.
  5. Be cautious about pushing hard for commitment or action, or doing "heavy chest thumping." These great U.S standbys often backfire overseas.
  6. Recognize that the audience may be observing much more than the presentation. Acting like a clod during the coffee break or lunch may destroy your finely delivered presentation.
  7. Join your hosts in other events, such as a group dinner, and recognize this as a delightful opportunity to sample local lifestyle and camaraderie. One of my favourite memories of a visit to a Hong Kong Toastmasters Club was joining many of them for dinner afterward.

30 - Energy and Power

  1. Why do we need alternatives to fossil fuel energy sources?
  2. What alternatives are there? Can you list some alternatives?
  3. Are we doing enough to develop alternative energy sources?
  4. What are the advantages of some of these new energy sources?
  5. What is happening in your country? Are there any new energy sources being developed?
  6. Is it possible to collect methane gas from animals as an alternative form of energy

31 - Favourites

  1. What is your favourite animal?
  2. What is your favourite city in the United States?
  3. What is your favourite color?
  4. What is your favourite country? And why?
  5. What is your favourite day of the week? Why?
  6. What is your favourite drink in the summer?
  7. What is your favourite food?
    1. What is your favourite kind of food?
  8. What is your favourite holiday? Why?
  9. What is your favourite kind of book?
  10. What is your favourite kind of ethnic food?
  11. What is your favourite kind of movie?
  12. What is your favourite kind of music?
  13. What is your favourite magazine?
  14. What is your favourite memory of childhood?
  15. What is your favourite movie?
  16. What is your favourite radio station?
  17. What is your favourite season? Why?
  18. What is your favourite sport?
  19. What is your favourite time of day?
  20. What is your favourite TV program?
  21. What is your favourite Web site?
  22. What is your favourite vegetable? Why
    1. fruit, meat, salad dressing, etc.)
  23. What's your favourite smell?
  24. What's your favourite word in English? Why do you like it?
  25. Who is your favourite actor?
  26. Who is your favourite actress?
  27. Who is your favourite athlete?
    1. Who is your favourite baseball player?
    2. Who is your favourite soccer player?
  28. Who is your favourite character from literature?
  29. Who is your favourite musician?
  30. Who is your favourite singer?
  31. Who is your favourite super-hero? Explain why.
  32. What is your best friend's name?
  33. Who was your favourite teacher? Why?
    1. ....in high school?
    2. ...in junior high school?
    3. ...in elementary school?
  34. What was your favourite subject in school?
    1. ....in high school?
    2. ...in junior high school?
    3. ...in elementary school?
  35. Who was your favourite singer when you were younger? How about now?
    1. In place of singer: actor, actress, baseball player, athlete, ...
  36. Note: Many of the above questions can be changed from "What is" to "What was."

32 - Fear

  1. Are there any parts of the city where you live which you are afraid to visit after dark? Where? Why?
  2. Are there certain weather conditions that scare people? What are they? Why do people become scared?
  3. Are you afraid of flying?
    1. (Are you afraid to fly in an airplane?)
  4. Are you afraid of ghosts?
  5. Are you afraid of giving a speech in public?
    1. (Does it scare you to speak in public?)
  6. Are you afraid of going to the dentist?
  7. Are you afraid of heights?
  8. Are you afraid of scary movies?
  9. Are you afraid of the dark?
  10. Are you afraid to die? Why?
  11. Are you afraid of getting old? Why?
  12. Are there any numbers that people are afraid of in your culture?
  13. Do you fear certain insects/animals? Why?
  14. Do you know anyone with a phobia?
  15. Do you like horror movies?
  16. Do you think young children should be allowed to watch horror movies?
  17. How do you react when you see something frightening?
  18. Is there any person you are afraid of?
  19. Were you afraid of the dark as a child?
  20. Were you afraid on your first day of school here in the United States? How do you feel now?
  21. What animal do you think is the most scary?
    1. (What animal scares you the most?)
  22. What are some things which many people are afraid of? Why are they afraid of them?
  23. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
  24. What is your biggest fear in life? Are you afraid that it might come true?
  25. What kinds of things make you nervous?
  26. What was the most frightening experience you've had?
  27. When you were a child, what things were you afraid of?
  28. Do you ever have nightmares (bad dreams)?
    1. What are they about?
    2. How often do you have nightmares?
  29. Have you ever seen any TV shows where people face their fears for money? e.g. Fear Factor etc.?
    1. Would you ever face one of your fears for money?
    2. Do you find this kind of show interesting to watch?
  30. What is your biggest fear?
  31. Have you overcome any of your fears?
  32. Are you afraid of being ill? What disease are you most afraid of? Why?
These days we seem to buy nearly all of our food in packets. I have my own favourite brands that I used to have when I was younger. I like fresh fruit and vegtables too, but these days they don't seem to be as tasty as they were when I was young. I used to worry that I am older and can't taste food as well as I could when I was younger. However, this can't be true because sometimes I buy fresh fruit or vegtables from a market or small shop and the taste is just as good as I remember it was when I was younger. I realise now that the problem is usually with fruit and vegetables bought from some large supermarkets.

33 - Food Questions to Ask

  1. favourite ? [ vegetable or fruit ]
  2. other countries? Foreign food ?
  3. recipe?
  4. Meat / vegetarian / vegan ?
  5. Money - Poor people ?
  6. Bad diet / junk / fast ?
  7. organic / Genetically modified ?
  8. frozen ?
  9. Grow in your garden?
  10. Meal - plate - colour?
  11. Don't like ? [ As a child ]
  12. Good cook? [ What? ]
  13. Calorie ?
  14. Mealtime ?
  15. Family meals ?
  16. Daily / every day?
  17. What do you typically have for breakfast?
  18. Missing meals ?
  19. bar / restaurant / cafe / home?
  20. Unhealthy? Healthy?
  21. Try something new?
  22. ingredients ?
  23. vitamins ?
  24. Dessert - sweet ?
  25. Time to eat ?
  26. Meals per day ?
  27. Eat sad/happy?
  28. Cost - expensive ?
  29. Drink ?
  30. Food that does not mix well?
  31. Shopping ?
  32. Typical meal ?
  33. Traditional ?
  34. Unusual food? Good or bad?
  35. between meals?
  36. Mother?
  37. Festivals?
  38. Too much?
  39. "we are what we eat."
  40. Make you sick ?
  41. family recipes?
  42. Restaurant tips?
  43. Allergies
  44. etiquette ?
  45. Memories ?

Films

  1. What is your all-time favorite movie?
  2. What is your favorite movie?
  3. Are there any kinds of movies you dislike?
    • If so, what kinds?
    • Why do you dislike them?
  4. Do you like to watch horror movies?
  5. Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction books? How about movies?
  6. Do you usually watch movies at home or at a movie theater?
  7. Have you ever seen the same movie more than once?
    • If yes, name it (or them).
  8. Have you ever seen ___? (Insert the name of a movie.)
  9. How often do you go to movies?
  10. How often do you rent videos?
  11. If a book has been made into a movie, which do you prefer to do first, see the movie or read the book? Why?
  12. What do you think of people who talk during movies at a movie theater?
  13. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
    • Who was in it?
    • Why did you like it?
    • Who was the director?
  14. What is the scariest movies you have ever seen?
    • What's the funniest?
    • What's the most romantic?
  15. What is the worst movie you've ever seen?
  16. What was the last movie you saw?
    • Was it good?
    • Who did you see it with?
  17. What's the best movie you've ever seen?
  18. Which do you like better, action movies or comedy movies?
  19. What movie star would you most like to meet?
  20. Who is your favorite actor or actress?
  21. What do you think of reality shows?
  22. Do you think that films can be educational?
  23. Is there a movie you could watch over and over again?
  24. Who's your favorite director?
  25. See any good movies lately?
  26. How much does it cost to see a movie in your country?
  27. Do you usually rent DVD's or videos when you rent movies?
  28. What's one of your favorite movies?
    1. What kind of movie is it?
    2. Who's in it?
    3. Who directed it?
    4. Why do you like it?
    5. When did it come out?
    6. Where was it filmed?
    7. How many times have you seen it?
    8. Would you recommend it? Why?
  29. Do you think movies have been developing technology or technology has been developing movies?
  30. What is the most horrible movie you have ever seen?
  31. What kind of movie do you like?
  32. How much do you spend to buy DVD movies?
  33. Are addicted to watching movies?
  34. Do you like to see a movie many times?
  35. Would you like to be an actor/actress? Why or why not?
  36. Do you think action movies are bad for children?
  37. Which do you prefer, to watch movies or to read books?
  38. How much money do you spend when you go to movies?
  39. What do you prefer, animated movies or real movies?
  40. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
  41. Do you think historical movies are educational?
  42. Do you like documentaries?
  43. Who is your favorite movie hero?
  44. What do you think about comic books movies?
  45. Can you remember the name of the first movie you saw that made you cry?
  46. What is your favorite classical movie?
  47. Which do you prefer, comedy movies or horror movies?
  48. Have you ever watched a movie twice that you disliked?
  49. Do you ever download bootleg movies?
  50. In your country what common courtesies apply when watching a movie at the cinema?
  51. Have you ever seen a movie in another country? Describe the experience.
  52. What movie ratings are enforced in your country?
  53. What does it mean if a movie "bombs"?
  54. Are movie trailers common at the cinema in your country?
  55. Do you like foreign films that are dubbed in your mother tongue or do you like watching the film in its original form?
  56. What kind of movie would you like to star in? Why?
  57. Do you think there should be more movies made in your country?
  58. What is something that you have never seen happen in a movie?
  59. What things happen too often in movies?
  60. What is the name of a boring movie you have seen. Is there a way to make it better?
  61. How would you make a really bad movie?
  62. Which movie star do you think should die today?
  63. Which movie star should live forever?
  64. Which two movie stars would you like to have for your parents?
  65. If a movie star wanted to marry you, would you divorce your spouse?
  66. If you could be a movie bad guy, which one would you be?
  67. Have you ever thought about what super powers you would like to have?
  68. Which famous person would you like to have for a best friend?
  69. How often would you go to the movie theater if you always had free tickets?
  70. Which movie has the best story ? Tell me about it.
  71. Which horror movie is the scariest? Why?
  72. If they made a movie about your life, what kind of movie would it be?
  73. Which actor or actress would be you in a movie about your life?
  74. Do you want your children to be actors or actresses?
  75. How would your life change if you could do TV commercials?
  76. How would you like to clean house for a celebrity?
  77. Would you let a movie crew film in your house?
  78. Would you like to be a movie extra?
  79. Do you think there is too much nudity in movies, or not enough?
  80. Do you think there is too much violence in movies? Does it affect children?
  81. Do you think a movie has to be expensive to make to become a blockbuster? Why?
  82. Why do some people become famous and others don't?
  83. Would you rather be in a movie, or be given $500.000?
  84. Would you like to be in a television drama?
  85. What kind of character would you like to play in a television drama?
  86. Would you be willing to be on a TV show in only your underwear
  87. What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?
  88. If someone were to make a movie about your life, what would you
  89. want included? Include AT LEAST three points !
  90. When there's a new movie on and you are interested in it, do you usually go to the cinema to watch it or wait and see it on DVD?
  91. What do you think about eating during movies at a movie theater?
  92. What are the different types/genres of films you can watch?
  93. Which ones do you like?
  94. What kinds of books do you usually read?
  95. Do you usually eat something while you are watching a film at the cinema?
  96. Do you think that films should be more educational?
  97. Do you prefer classic films or westerns?
  98. Have you got a favorite?
  99. Have you ever fallen asleep in the middle of a film? Why?
  100. Do you remember which one it was?
  101. Do you choose a film for the plot/story or the actors?
  102. Do you usually choose which films to watch?
  103. What is the longest film you've ever seen? How many hours was it?
  104. Do you like animated films?
  105. Have you seen any of the "Lord of the Rings" or "Harry Potter" films? Did you enjoy them?
  106. Do you prefer watching films in their original version or in your mother language?
  107. If you decide to rent a movie, how do you choose one?
  108. Who chooses the programs the family watches together?
  109. Who holds the remote in your family?
  110. If two people want to watch different programs at the same time, how do you settle the problemShould you read the book before you see the movie?
  111. Should some kinds of movies not be made?
  112. Should children under the age of 10 be allowed to see horror movies?
  113. What common courtesies apply when watching a movie at the cinema?
  114. What kind of movie would you like to star in? Why?
  115. Do you think there should be more movies made in your country?
  116. What is something that you have never seen happen in a movie?
  117. What things happen too often in movies?
  118. Think of a boring movie you've seen. Is there a way to make it
  119. better?
  120. How would you make a really bad movie?
  121. Which movie star do you think should die today?
  122. Which movie star should live forever?
  123. Which two movie stars would you like to have for parents?
  124. If a movie star wanted to marry you, would you divorce your spouse?
  125. If you could be a movie bad guy, which one would you be?
  126. Have you ever thought about what super powers you'd like to have?
  127. Which famous person would you like to have for a best friend?
  128. How often would you go to the movie theater if you always had free tickets?
  129. Which movie has the best story? Tell me about it.
  130. Which horror movie is the scariest? Why?
  131. Would you be willing to leave your country forever if you could be famous?
  132. What are some problems that famous people have?
  133. Would it be a problem if your sweetheart became famous but you didn't?
  134. If they made a movie about your life, what kind of movie would it be?
  135. Which actor or actress would be you in a movie about your life?
  136. Do you want your children to be actors or actresses?
  137. How would your life change if you could do TV commercials?
  138. Would you like to clean house for a celebrity?
  139. Would you let a movie crew film in your house?
  140. What kind or style of music would it be weird for your parents to listen to? Why?

Fishing

  1. What equipment do you need to go fishing?
  2. What do you like about fishing?
  3. What are the idea conditions for fishing?
  4. Which was the biggest fish that you have ever caught?

Food questions

FOOD IMAGE

Listen

These days we seem to buy nearly all of our food in packages. I have my own favourite brands that I used to have when I was younger. I like fresh fruit and vegtables too, but these days they don't seem to be as tasty as they were when I was young. I used to worry that I am older and can't taste food as well as I could when I was younger. However, this can't be true because sometimes I buy fresh fruit or vegtables from a market or small shop and the taste is just as good as I remember it was when I was younger. I realise now that the problem is usually with fruit and vegetables bought from some large supermarkets.

Listen to a food consumer association spokesman's interview and answer the questions.

  1. What is your favourite meal?
  2. Do you like food from other countries?
  3. Can you tell me a good recipe?
  4. What is your favourite vegetable or fruit?
  5. What do you think of vegetarian food?
  6. Is vegan food healthy?
  7. Is it difficult to prepare vegan food?
  8. What is your opinion of poor countries and their need for food?
  9. Do you think we eat too much fat foods these days?
  10. What is your opinion of organic food, do you think it is expensive to eat?
  11. What kind of frozen food do you like?
  12. Do you prefer to eat home grown food from your garden?
  13. Can you advise me how to shop for food economically?

More questions

  1. Is colour important when preparing a meal?
  2. Are there any foods that you wouldn't eat as a child that you eat now?
  3. Is there any food that you really dislike to eat?
  4. Are you a good cook? If yes, what food do you cook the most often?
  5. Are you a vegetarian? Is there any food that you will never eat?
  6. Do you think a vegetarian diet is better than a diet that includes meat?
  7. Are you concerned about your daily calorie intake when choosing something to eat?
  8. At what times do you usually eat your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)?
  9. Do you always eat dinner with your family?
  10. What food and drink do you have every day?
  11. What do you typically have for breakfast?
  12. Do you ever miss your meals? If so, how often and why?
  13. Do you have a favourite bar or cafe? If so, where is it? Why do you like it?
  14. What foreign food do you like? Why do you like it?
  15. What kind of food do you think is unhealthy? Healthy?
  16. Are you adventurous with new food that you haven't tried before?
  17. What is your favourite food?
  18. Do you prefer to eat at a restaurant or at home?
  19. Do you prefer your own country's food or other kinds of food?
  20. Do you read the nutritional information on the foods you buy?
  21. Do you take vitamin pills or other food supplements?
  22. Do you think fast food, soda and sweets should be sold in school cafeterias?
  23. Do you usually want to eat dessert after dinner?
  24. Have you ever been a diet? If so, how long did you stayed on it?
  25. How long do you take to eat lunch?
  26. How many calories do most people need every day?
  27. How many meals do you usually eat every day?
  28. How much do you eat when you are sad or happy?
  29. How much does it cost to eat dinner at a hotel in your country?
  30. How often do you eat at a fast-food restaurant?
  31. How often do you eat in a restaurant? (How often do you eat out?)
    1. Where do you usually go?
    2. Who do you usually go with?
    3. About how much do you spend?
    4. Do you ever go to an Indian restaurant?
  32. How often do you go drinking? What's your favourite drink?
  33. How often do you go shopping for food?
  34. If you are living abroad, what is the food that you miss most from home?
  35. What is a typical meal from your country?
  36. What is the cheapest place to eat that you know?
  37. What is your favourite traditional food from your country?
  38. What is the last meal you cooked for someone else?
  39. What is the most expensive meal you have ever eaten?
  40. What is the most expensive restaurant that you have ever been to?
    1. What did you eat there?
    2. When did you go?
    3. Who did you go with?
  41. What is the most unusual thing you've ever eaten. Did it taste good or bad?
  42. Do you ever eat between meals?
  43. What kind of food does your mother make?
  44. What restaurant in this city do you recommend?
    1. Why is it a good place?
    2. About how much does a meal cost?
  45. What special foods do you eat on holidays? (Christmas, New Year's Day, etc.)
  46. What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? Why did you like it?
  47. When was the last time you ate dinner with your mother?
  48. Where do you usually eat dinner? (...lunch, ...breakfast)
  49. What diets are best for losing weight?
  50. Why can't people stop eating?
  51. Why do you think obesity is becoming such a problem in some places?
  52. Do you think about the nutritional value of the things you eat every day?
  53. Do you believe that "we are what we eat?"
  54. How many meals a day do you think should be eaten?
  55. Do you usually eat at home or eat at a restaurant?
  56. If you were on death row, what would you request for your last meal?
  57. Do you pray before each meal?
  58. Have you ever eaten something that made you ill?
  59. Does your family have any special recipes that are passed down from generation to generation?
  60. Do you think that traditional recipes are dying out in modern times?
  61. How much should you tip the server in a restaurant?
  62. under what circumstances would you refuse to tip the waitors?
  63. Have you ever sent food back in a restaurant?
  64. Have you ever left a restaurant without paying?
  65. Do you have any food allergies?
  66. Do you think it is good to count calories when you are eating?
  67. Do you think that food defines a culture? If so, how?
  68. Do you notice any differences in the way food is served at the table when you travel?
  69. Is there any special etiquette for eating at meal times in your country?
  70. Are there any foods that bring back special memories for you? What are they?
  71. Do you have home deliveries in your area? What kind?
  1. A pie made of meat and potatoes is called a ____ pie.
    1. Shepherd’s
    2. Sheep’s
    3. Sleeper’s
    4. Shearer’s
  2. The sauce we put on a salad for taste is a ____.
    1. Dresser
    2. Drawer
    3. Dress
    4. Dressing
  3. If you want to order some wine, you can ask for the whine ____.
    1. List
    2. Name
    3. Board
    4. Type
  4. What is the name of the place where you order food while waiting in your car?
    1. Drive-in
    2. Drive-through
    3. Drive-out
    4. Drive away

Food Interview

Why are some fruit and vegetables not so good today?

  1. I think the problem is that it's not as easy for many people to shop in the manner they would like or to avoid supermarkets. I work full time and I don't drive. There is no local buthcher or farm shop in my area and so for convenience I do my food shopping online on a fortnightly basis.
  2. The problem is that supermarkets can offer food at lower prices. People get used to eating their food and just see independant retailers as expensive. I now buy all my meat from a local butcher and won't buy any from supermarkets. The quality is far superior. It is more expensive but so much better. I justify the cost by eating meat less often.
  3. I agree it can be hard to shop if you have no local retailers or a car - but remember, the supermarkets are the reason for this and the way the British consumer has shopped has allowed this situation to happen. There are plenty of online stores you can now order quality food from. Categories exist for meat, fish, cheese and organic fruit and vegetable suppliers who will deliver to your door - please let me know if you would like some websites. Quality food is more expensive than cheap rubbish of course, but ultimately it all depends on how much you value variety, taste, quality and your own health which will determine if you are willing to pay that bit extra. Consider how much food you throw away each week to what you would actually eat if you bought less but better quality. If, as a society we valued quality in all things (not just food) perhaps there would be less waste.
  4. I do all my shopping at supermarkets simply for convinience and price. As a disabled person who is on benefits with a working wife we can hardly afford to buy organically or freshly. For example we bought a fresh turkey for Christmas a year or two back and it cost £40, whereas a similar one in Sainsbury's was half the price. We usually have frozen birds, but wanted a little luxury for a special ocssion. However, I grow my own vegetables in containers now and even some fruit, which is as organic as I can possibly be. It isn't a huge amount as growing in pots doesn't bring forth the supplies of the earth, but as the supermarket said: "Every little helps"...
  5. What really concerns me about supermarket shopping is the amount of packaging they use. OK, so some things need to be packaged, but is it really necessary to shrink-wrap cucumbers, for example? The landfills must be full of black plastic trays. I remember the days when I used to accompany my granny to the greengrocer's. She would pull out a shopping bag and the greengrocer would tip the produce straight from the scale's lift-off tray into the bag - no waste at all! I expect this practice has long since been banned by the health and safety fascists.
  6. At the risk of incurring someone's wrath I would suggest that there are some people out there who don't really care about what they eat, but as long as it's cheap they'll buy it. Ask them about GM or BSE and you'll get a blank stare.
  7. I have always used my local butcher but sadly the greengrocer vanished years ago. However, after the screening of Supermarket Secrets, I decided against buying fruit and veg from the supermarket and to my delight found an amazing website offering home delivery of locally produced fruit and veg. Carrots with the green tops and roots still attached, dirty potatoes, seasonal fruit and as my little boys says tomatoes that taste tomatoey and cucumber that tastes like it smells!
  8. I am fortunate enough to live near a couple of Farm shops, and the quality is far superior. My mother in law lives in London, and we purchase 2 dozen eggs at our farm shop before we/she visits every two weeks. They actually taste of eggs, and she was shocked to find a double yoker! I have changed my shopping habits since the programme, for example I now buy organic milk as I was amazed at the treatment of cows. I no longer buy any meat or veg from my supermarket, I buy my meat and cheese from the market which we are fortunate to have twice weekly. The difference in taste is amazing! I thought people who bought organic were a bunch of tree huggers, I am now a convert! Psychosomatic addict insane

Football

  1. Which is your favourite team? Who do you support?
  2. Are there any rules of football that you don't like?

The Future

  1. What will the future be like?
    1. What will be different
  2. What will computers be like in the future?
  3. Do you think we create a new problem with each invention? Think of examples.
  4. Is there anything that does not yet exist that you would like to see invented? What is it?
  5. Where do you plan on going to college?
  6. What type of job would you like to do in the future? How do you get that type of job? Will you make much money in that job?
  7. Do you want to get married?
  8. Do you know who you will marry?
  9. What high school are you going to go to?
  10. How can we preserve the future for the next generation?
  11. How will computers change in the future?
  12. How will mobile phones change in the future?
  13. How will transportation develop?
  14. How old will people live to be in the future?
  15. What kind of developments might happen in health care in the future?
  16. Could there be another world war in the future?
    1. How can we prevent a world war from happening?
  17. Where do you plan on going in the future?
  18. Can fortune-tellers predict the future?
  19. Is it possible to know the future?
  20. What is AI (Artificial intelligence) ?
    1. What is the definition of a 'robot'?
    2. What is robotics?
    3. Where did the word 'robot' come from?
    4. Can robots tie shoe laces?
    5. Will robots replace humans?
    6. Will robots take our jobs?
    7. How will the development of robots that think change your future?
    8. Imagine the job you wish to hold when you get older - could a robot be programmed to do that job as well as you?
    9. A film like The Matrix has explored the idea that we might be living in virtual reality. But what evidence is there for or against this hypothesis? And what are its implications?
    10. Do you know ISAAC ASIMOV? What did he do?
    11. Can you think of any films that have robots in them?
      1. Did you enjoy the film?

Gambling

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Questions

  1. How many different way are there to gamble?
  2. What kind of gambling is most common in your area?
  3. Have you ever been into a casino? What do you think about these places?

Games

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  1. Which board games have you played?
  2. Can you describe how they are played?

Gardening

  1. What kind of gardening do you like?
  2. How much time do you spend in the garden?
  3. Do you think gardening is good for your health?
  4. What are the names of some famous gardens in your city?
  5. What are some vegetables which you grow in your garden?
  6. Do you think trees need pruning every year?
  7. What are the names of some famous gardens in your country?
  8. What are names of common flowers in your country?
  9. Does your house have a garden?
  10. Is there a flower store near your house?
  11. What are some things that need to be done in the garden in the spring?
  12. What are the some names of gardening tools?
  13. Would you prefer to have a flower garden or a vegetable garden? Why?

Gender Questions

  1. Do you see yourself as a typical man/woman? Why or why not?
  2. Are the responsibilities of a mother the same as the responsibilities of a father to their families?
  3. Are fathers capable of carrying out the duties of a mother and vice versa?
  4. Are there different expectations for sons and daughters?
  5. What habits are deemed as appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?
  6. What behaviors are deemed as appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?
  7. What jobs are deemed as appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?
  8. Are more doctors female or male in your country?
  9. Are more nurses female or male in your country?
  10. Are more professional musicians female or male in your country?
  11. Are more teachers female or male in your country?
  12. Are more truck drivers female or male in your country?
  13. Are men and women equal in ability and intelligence?
    1. What things can either men or women do that the other cannot do and why?
    2. Can women manage to do more than one thing at a time? Can they multi-task?
  14. What type of clothing do men wear?
  15. What type of clothing do women wear?
  16. Can men wear women's clothing or can women wear men's clothing? Why or why not?
  17. Can men wear pink clothes?
  18. Is it OK for men to cry?
  19. Is it OK for women to cry?
  20. What do people think of men or women crying?
  21. What would people think of a man who backs down from a fight?
  22. What would people think of two women involved in a fist fight?
  23. Is it OK for men to appear sad?
  24. Is it OK for women to appear angry?
  25. Is it OK for men to appear weak?
  26. Is it common for women and men to take part in sporting activities? Do they take part in the same type of sporting activities?
  27. In you home, who does the cooking, cleaning and household chores?
  28. Is it possible for women to join the army in your country?
  29. Is it compulsory for men and women to join the army in your country?
  30. Do women swear a lot?
  31. Are there more male or female managers and executives? Why do you think this is?
  32. What jobs do men do and women not do in your country?
  33. Who is regarded as the head of the family?
  34. Should boys and girls be brought up differently?
  35. Should boys and girls be treated differently on the part of the parents?
  36. What would happen if your parents changed their place for one day?
  37. How would the world look like without men?
  38. How would the world look like without women?
  39. When a woman and a man are together, who does most of the talking? What makes you think so?
  40. Can a man and a woman be only friends?
  41. Do men/men friendships differ from women/men or women/women friendships? How?

Generation Gap Questions

  1. What is a generation gap?
  2. Have you ever felt a generation gap with your friends?
  3. How do you over come the generation gap?
  4. When do you feel the generation gap the most?
  5. Is it possible to overcome a generation gap?
  6. At what point in life does the generation gap seem to be the largest?
  7. Do you think you can be a better parent than your own parents in future?

I'm not so good at geography. I thought a glacier was a man who fixes broken windows!!

Geography

  1. Which is the biggest continent?
  2. Have you ever travelled to another continent?
  3. Which continent has a name which ends with a different letter than it begins? Hmmmn!
  4. Where is the arctic circle?
  5. Where is the equator?
    1. What lines on maps and the globe do you know?
  6. What different kinds of maps are there?
  7. What is a Ria?

Gestures

  1. What are some gestures you know?
  2. What are some good gestures in your country?
  3. What are some insulting gestures in your country?
  4. Can you think of some gestures that have different meanings in different countries?
  5. Has your teacher ever used a hand and/or facial gesture that was o.k. in the teacher's country but an insult in your country? If so, did you tell the teacher so it would not happen again?
  6. What are some bad gestures that you have seen in Western films but you don't know the meaning of?
  7. What are some gestures that you used when you were a child that you don't use anymore?
  8. What are some gestures that you didn't learn until you were a teenager or a young adult?
  9. What are some gestures you know that relate to the sporting world?

Global warming questions

  1. What do you think about global warming?
  2. When did you first hear about climate change?
  3. Do you agree with people who say global warming is not man made?
  4. What do you think global warming will do to the Earth?
  5. What is your government doing to slow down the rate of climate change?
  6. What are you doing to help save our environment? What can individuals do?
  7. Do you think Armageddon might happen one day?
  8. Do you think you need to change your lifestyles and spending?
  9. What question would you like to ask the uN climate change panel?
  10. What other effect of global warming will there be?
  11. How can we measure how clean a country is? Do we need international emissions inspectors?

Which of these will help most to slow down or prevent global warming?

  1. Walk or take public transport instead of driving.
  2. Write to uS president George W. Bush urging him to do more.
  3. Replace your electricity supply with renewable energy, such as solar or wind power.
  4. use the lights in your house less.
  5. Replace your electrical appliances with more energy efficient ones.
  6. plant a tree in the forest.
  7. Recycle everything you use.
  8. Donate money to organizations pushing for controls on global warming.

Which of these effect of global warming are most serious?

What order would you put them in?

  1. polar bears and penguins will disappear
  2. Winters will be 10 degrees colder
  3. Malaria will spread around the globe
  4. Cockroaches will be everywhere
  5. Africa will have more droughts
  6. Hurricanes will be stronger
  7. Skin cancer will increase
  8. Drinking water will be expensive
  9. Many countries will disappear under water
  10. Water wars will break out between nations
Global Warming

Globalisation questions

  1. What is globalisation?
  2. Is globalisation a recent trend or has there always been globalisation?
  3. Which company was the first truly global company in the world?
  4. What other global companies can you think of?
  5. Is globalisation a good thing?
  6. What are the pros and cons of globalisation for the companies and for the general population?

infrastructure basic facilities and services of a country. issues important subjects that people discuss profitability the ability of a company to make money welfare benefits money paid by the government to help people. flight of capital movement of large sums of money out of the country.

Advantages - True or false.

  1. Globalisation increases the power of governments.
  2. Globalisation increases competition among companies.
  3. Competition between China, India and the West will increase employment everywhere.

Disadvantages - True or false.

  1. Globalisation could lead to big employment problems in the west.
  2. Globalisation lowers peoples living standards
  3. Globalisation prevents governments from controlling their welfare systems.
  4. Globalisation creates problems across cultures, for example, between India, China and the West.

Goals

  1. What is your biggest goal in life?
  2. How do you plan to achieve that goal?
  3. What are your "short term" goals?
  4. What are your "long term" goals?
  5. Should parents help their children set goals?
  6. What are your educational goals?
  7. What are your career goals?
  8. What are your financial goals?
  9. Why are goals important?
  10. Is having a goal in life effective in becoming successful?
  11. Is having a goal helpful in motivating a person?
  12. Do you think people have fewer goals as they get older?
  13. Do you have any goals that you feel are unrealistic?
  14. How do people's goals change from country to country?
  15. What are your goals in your current job?
  16. What are the main differences between male and female goals?
  17. Which of your goals have you already achieved?
  18. How would you feel if you failed to achieve any of your goals?
  19. Do you think it's a good idea to write your goals down and tick them off as you achieve them?
  20. How important are goals to you?

Gossip and Rumours

  1. Do you like to gossip?
  2. What kind of rumours spread easily?
  3. Do your friends often gossip about you?
  4. Why do you think people like to listen to gossip ?
  5. Why do people like to gossip about the rich and famous?
  6. What are the most common themes for gossip?
  7. What are some of the things you like to gossip about?
  8. What are some ways which gossip can be harmful?
  9. Do you think gossip can be used for something good?
  10. Why is it considered that women gossip more then men?
  11. Where are some places where people like to gossip?
  12. Which newspapers can be called gossip newspapers?
    1. Do you like to read gossip newspapers?
    2. What is your attitude to gossip newspapers?
    3. Have you ever told a rumor that got someone in trouble?
    4. Has someone ever spread a rumor about you?
    5. Has spreading rumors ever got you in trouble?

Practice - Past Simple

Irregular
  1. I was
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  2. I ran
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  3. I went
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  4. I read
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Regular
  1. I walked
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  2. I played
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Guilty game

  1. Start by describing a crime which happened last night. Each student pair will be interrogated by the rest of the class and will create alibis to prove they are innocent.
  2. Have students get into pairs.
  3. Have the students develop their alibis for where they were when the crime was committed. Encourage them to go into as much detail as possible when discussing their alibis.
  4. Go around the classroom getting an alibi statement from each group (e.g. We were away for a weekend trip to the countryside).
  5. Write the individual alibis on the board.
  6. Once each group has developed their alibis, ask them to write down 3 questions about the other alibis on the board.
  7. To begin the game, ask one student from the beginning pair to leave the room.
  8. The other students ask the first student the questions.
  9. Ask the other student to return to the classroom and have the students ask the same questions. Take note of how many differences there were in the students' responses.
  10. Repeat the same with each student pair.
  11. The "guilty" pair is the pair with the most discrepancies in their story.

Guns and gun control

  1. To what extent do you think the film and music industries glorify guns?
  2. What's the difference between a pistol, handgun, rifle, machine gun and shotgun?
  3. Do you own a gun? If so, what do you use it for?
  4. Are you allowed to buy a gun in your country? Do you agree with the law?
  5. Do you think people should be allowed to shoot intruders in their home?
  6. Should it be allowed to shoot someone who walks on our land?
  7. Is hunting with a gun allowed where you live?
  8. What can be done to reduce the amount of gun related crimes?
  9. What should be done to prevent people going on killing sprees and shooting lots of people?
  1. to gun for
  2. to go great guns
  3. to jump the gun
  4. like a shot
  5. to stick to one's gun
  6. shotgun wedding
  7. lock,stock and barrel
  8. to give something one's best shot.
  9. He was interrogated for hours but he didn't tell them anything. He
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  10. She didn't win the competition but she tried very hard and
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  11. You could say that the company that produced souvenirs of Prince William and KAte Middleton's wedding in advance
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    because they acted too soon.
  12. The burgulars took absolutely everything
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    -even the light bulbs!
  13. "It was a
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    " "How do you know?" "Because the baby was born only five months later!"
  14. That web sit is very successful and efficient, isn't it? "Oh, yes. It's
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    "
  15. If George Clooney asked me to marry him I wouldn't hesitate. I would say "Yes"
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  16. The new senator is very ambitious. They say he is
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    president.

Habits

  1. Do you have any bad habits?
  2. Do you bite your nails?
  3. Do you over sleep? Do you sleep on the sofa?
  4. Do you sleep in your clothes?
  5. Do you eat late at night?
  6. What are some good habits to have?
  7. What are healthy eating habits?
  8. What are bad eating habits?
  9. What are good study habits?
  10. What are bad study habits?
  11. Where do we learn our habits?
  12. What are some of your bad habits?
  13. Do children learn bad habits at school or at home?
  14. Do you smoke?
  15. Do you drink alcohol?
  16. Do you spit on the street?
  17. Do you throw rubbish on the street?
  18. Do you smoke at public places?
  19. Do you sleep in class?
  20. Are you extremely lazy?
  21. Do you cut people off in the middle of their stories and conversations?
  22. Does your mother or father have any bad habits?
  23. Is it easy or difficult to get rid of a bad habit?
  24. Do other people's bad habits get on your nerves?
  25. Have you been successful in getting rid of a bad habit?
  26. Is always coming late a bad habit?

Halloween

  1. What day of the month is halloween?
  2. Why is halloween celebrated?
  3. Can you explain the history of halloween?
  4. Is halloween celebrated in your country?
  5. Is halloween celebrated more in the USA or the UK? Why?
  6. Do you believe in ghosts?
  7. What makes you afraid of ghosts?
  8. What are some of the symbols of halloween?
  9. What kind of costume are you going to wear to the halloween party?
  10. Is your pumpkin still out ?
  11. Are you still eating halloween candy ?

Harvest Festival (Thanksgiving)

Questions

A harvest festival is an annual celebration which occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world. Harvests festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival. Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features of harvest festivals: eating, merriment, contests, music and romance are common features of harvest festivals around the world. In Asia, the Chinese Moon Festival (中秋節) is one of the most widely-spread harvest festivals in the world. In India, Pongal in January, Holi in February-March and Onam in August-September are a few famous harvest festivals. In North America, Canada and the US each have their own Thanksgiving celebrations in October and November. Numerous religious holidays, such as Sukkot, have their roots in harvest festivals.

In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. The celebrations on this day usually include singing hymns, praying, and decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food in the festival known as Harvest Festival, Harvest Home or Harvest Thanksgiving.

In British churches, chapels and schools and in Canadian churches, people bring in food from the garden, the allotment or farm. The food is often distributed among the poor and senior citizens of the local community, or used to raise funds for the church, or charity.

In the USA, many churches also bring in food from the garden or farm in order to celebrate the harvest. The festival is set for a specific day and has become a national holiday known as Thanksgiving. In both Canada and the USA it has also become a national secular holiday with religious origins, but in Britain it is both a Church festival giving thanks to God for the harvest, and a more secular festival remembered in schools.

  1. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your country? If so, how?
  2. What do you know about Thanksgiving?
  3. What foods are associated with Thanksgiving?
  4. What is your favourite Thanksgiving food?
  5. What are some Thanksgiving traditions?
  6. What are some Thanksgiving traditions in your family?
  7. Do you think Thanksgiving is a family holiday? Why?
  8. What does "Thanksgiving" mean to you?
  9. What day is Thankgiving celebrated in the United States? Canada? Your Country?
  10. What is your favourite Thanksgiving memory?
  11. What is your worst Thanksgiving memory?
  12. Why is football often associated with American Thanksgiving?
  13. If you had to list your favourite holidays, what number would Thanksgiving be? Why?
  14. What did you do on Thanksgiving this year? What did you do last year?
  15. Who cooks Thanksgiving dinner in your home?
  16. How do you cook the turkey?
  17. What time do you start eating?
  18. Why do you think people celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
  19. What time of day does your family typically sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner?
  20. What are some of the things you are thankful for?

Discussion Activity

Collect some interesting "Have you ever..." questions from the students. Try to make them 'open ended' and not closed Eg. Have you ever done anything dangerous? but not Have you ever been attacked by a shark. A asks B the question and B Must respond with "Yes I have". After that A asks some follow up questions to whatever B says. B must choose to either consistently tell the truth or consistently tell lies. After a number of questions or a set time A must make a statement such as:

  1. You must be telling the truth.
  2. I think it's not true.
  3. I don't believe it.

Question about health

  1. What is health?
  2. How would you define 'health' ?
  3. What is needed for a healthy lifestyle
  4. Do you have any good advice to help people stay heathly for many years?
  5. Do you think that sports and exercise are important for staying healthy?
  6. What are the main causes of health problems?
  7. Do you think medicical science will eventually cure all the world's diseases?
  8. Do you prefer alternative theraphy or conventional medicine?
  9. Does conventional medicine concentrate too much on cure rather than prevention?
  10. Do you think it's difficult to be heathly in the modern world of unhealthy food?
  11. Should we teach health and healthy living to children in schools?
  12. What was the most important health discovery?
  1. Are you a member of a health spa/gym?
  2. Are you afraid of needles?
  3. Are you healthy?
  4. Are your parents healthy?
  5. Have you seen the word "Wellness"? Does it mean "Health"?
  6. Do think that you need to lose weight?
  7. Do you always eat healthy food?
    1. (Is your diet healthy?)
  8. Do you bruise easily?
  9. Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
  10. Do you consider alcohol a drug?
  11. Do you drink a lot?
  12. Do you eat a lot of vegetables?
  13. Do you eat lots of fruit?
  14. Do you eat vegetables every day?
  15. Do you ever get headaches? Do you know anyone who suffers from migraine headaches?
  16. Do you ever read magazines or news articles about health? If yes, what subject(s) do you find the most interesting?
  17. Do you exercise?
    1. What kind of exercise do you do?
    2. How often do you exercise?
  18. Do you go for regular medical check-ups?
  19. Do you go to the dentist's twice a year?
  20. Do you have a lot of stress?
  21. Do you normally go one doctor in particular or any available doctor?
  22. Do you have any allergies?
  23. Do you have any scars?
  24. Do you know anyone who suffers from backaches?
  25. Do you know anyone with false teeth?
  26. Do you often eat fast food?
  27. Do you smoke?
    1. If so, do you smoke more than two cigarettes a day?
    2. Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
  28. Do you take medicine when you are sick?
  29. Do you take vitamins or mineral supplements?
  30. Do you take vitamins?
  31. Do you think it is unhealthy to keep a cat in your home?
  32. Do you think nuclear power is safe?
  33. Do you think pets are good for a person's health
  34. Do you think that the tobacco companies should be held reasonably responsible for a person's addiction to nicotine?
  35. Do you think you are overweight?
  36. Do you think you will live until a ripe old age? Why or why not?
  37. Do you think you would be a good surgeon? Why or why not?
  38. Do you use an alarm clock to wake up?
  39. Do you usually get enough sleep?
  40. Do you watch your weight? What foods do you think are healthy?
  41. Have you ever been hospitalized?
    1. (Have you ever been in the hospital?)
  42. Have you ever been to an acupuncturist? What do you think of acupuncture?
  43. Have you ever broken a bone?
  44. Have you ever burned yourself with hot water?
  45. Have you ever donated blood?
  46. Have you ever gotten a black eye?
  47. Have you ever had braces on your teeth?
  48. Have you ever had stitches?
  49. Have you ever sprained your ankle?
  50. Have you ever taken a sleeping pill to get to sleep?
  51. How can you reduce stress in your life?
  52. How have you been feeling lately?
  53. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
  54. How many hours of sleep do you usually get?
  55. How often do you eat junk food?
    1. What kinds of junk food do you eat?
  56. How often do you exercise?
  57. How often do you get a cold?
    1. (How often do you catch a cold?)
  58. How often do you get sick in one year?
  59. How often do you go to the doctor's?
  60. How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood?
  61. How would you recommend treating a cold?
  62. If a company sells the public a product they know to be harmful or addictive, should they be held responsible for the use of that product even if the government approves it?
  63. If you smoke, how old were you when you started smoking?
  64. If you were President of Korea, what would you do to improve Koreans' health?
  65. Should smoking in restaurants be banned?
  66. What are some things people can do to keep healthy?
  67. What are some things that cause stress?
  68. What are some ways to deal with stress?
  69. What are some ways you know that you can personally keep yourself healthy?
  70. What disease frightens you the most? Why?
  71. What do you do to stay healthy?
    1. (What are some things you do to keep healthy?)
  72. What do you do, if you can't get to sleep?
  73. What do you think about abortion? Why do some people support it and others are against it?
  74. What do you think about getting old?
  75. What do you think is the most serious health problem in Korea?
  76. What do you think of cosmetic surgery? Do you know anyone who has had cosmetic surgery? Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
  77. What drinks to you think are healthy? What drinks do you think are unhealthy?
  78. What foods to you think are healthy? What foods do you think are unhealthy?
  79. What is the best way to find a doctor, if you're new in the area?
  80. What is the best way to stop smoking?
  81. What is the most horrible accident you have ever had?
  82. What is the average age of people in your country
  83. What kind of pollution is the most risky?
  84. What time did you go to bed when you were a child?
  85. What's the best way to stop smoking?
  86. What's the highest temperature you've ever had?
  87. What's your blood type?
  88. When did you last take a bath?
  89. When was the last time you went to a dentist?
  90. When was the last time you went to a doctor?
  91. When was the last time you went to a hospital?
  92. When was the last time you were sick?
  93. When you were in high school, how many days of school did you miss each year because of sickness?
  94. Who do you think is responsible for the care of your health--you yourself, your parents, or your doctor and medical people?
  95. Who is the healthiest person in your family? Who is the least healthy?
  96. Why do people smoke?
  97. Would you consider donating your organs after your death?
  98. What is the health service like in your country?
  99. What do you think of the health service in this country?
  100. How can the health service be improved?
  101. Have you been to hospital since you arrived here?
  102. What do you know about the SARS virus?
    1. What do you know about AIDS?
    2. What do you know about the common cold?
  103. What is alternative medicine?
    1. Have you ever practiced alternative medicine?
  104. What treatments or remedies do you follow when you have a cold?
  105. which kind of medicine do you prefer to take when you are sick?

Questions about history

  1. What periods have you studied in History?
  2. What is the most interesting historical period?

Holiday

  1. Where would you most like to go for a holiday?
  2. What do you think makes a good holiday?
  3. Who do you like to go on holiday with?
  4. What kind of weather and temperature is best for a holiday?
  5. Do you think holidays are for relaxing?
  6. Have you had a holiday recently? (If yes)
    1. Did you encounter any problems during your holiday? How did you resolve them?
    2. Did you have a part-time job during the holidays?
    3. Did you have any bad experiences?
    4. Did you meet any interesting people? Tell me about them.
    5. Did you notice any cross-cultural differences during your holiday?
    6. Did you study during the holiday? If so, what did you study?
    7. Did you enjoy your last holiday?
    8. How do you feel after a long holiday?
    9. How many days was your holiday?
    10. How much money did you spend on your last holiday?
    11. How was your trip?
  7. Why did you visit the place(s) you went to?
  8. How did you get there?
  9. Why did you choose the means of transportation that you chose?
  10. How much luggage did you take?
  11. Would you take the same or different equipment next time?
  12. How was your holiday?
  13. In what ways did you obtain real satisfaction when you were on holiday?
  14. Was the place you went to very different from where you live?
    1. What were the women like?
    2. What were the men like?
    3. Were people friendly?
    4. Did you stay in a hotel?
    5. What was the daily rate?
  15. What historical sites did you visit and what did you learn?
  16. What interesting people did you meet? Tell me about them.
  17. What souvenir did you buy?
  18. What was the best food you ate during your holiday?
  19. What was the most enjoyable thing that you did during your holiday?
  20. What was the most interesting thing that you did during the holiday?
  21. What was the most interesting thing you did during the holiday?
  22. Where did you go for your last holiday?
    1. Did people speak English there?
    2. Did you have any problems?
    3. Did you use a lot of English?
    4. How did you get there?
    5. How long did it take to get there?
    6. How long were you there?
    7. How much money did you spend?
    8. What did you do there?
    9. What did you see in each place?
    10. What kind of food did you eat?
    11. What souvenirs did you buy?
    12. What was the activity you enjoyed the most, and why?
    13. What was the weather/food/scenery like?
    14. What were the people/restaurants/scenic spots like?
    15. Where did you stay?
    16. Where did you visit?
    17. Where would you like to go next?
    18. Who did you travel with?
    19. Would you recommend your friends visit there, why or why not?
  23. Where did you go? How long did you stay? How did you get there?
  24. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
  25. Where in the world would you most like to go for your next holiday?
  26. Of all the places you visited, which would you recommend to your friends?
  27. How do you get to sleep when you are traveling on a plane?
  28. How far was it to the beaches, to the nearest town, village etc.?
  29. How long did it take you to get there?
  30. What sort of condition was the hotel in?
  31. Did the room overlook the sea?
  32. Did you have a nice view from your room?
  33. Have you ever run out of money when you are on holidays?
  34. Who is the most remarkable person you have ever met on holiday?
  35. How would you feel if there weren't any holidays?
  36. Have you ever been mugged while on holiday?
  37. What is the most exotic or strangest thing you ate on holiday?
  38. Have you ever thought of giving up your holiday due to unavoidable reasons?

Home

  1. Are there any parks near your home?
  2. Describe each room of your home.
  3. Do you like the place where you are living? Why or why not?
  4. Do you like to keep pets in your home?
  5. How are homes different in your home country and in this country?
  6. How have you changed your home since you've started living there?
  7. How long have you lived where you are living now?
  8. How many different homes have you lived in?
    1. Which one did you like the best? Why?
    2. Which one did you like the least? Why?
  9. How many rooms are there in your house?
  10. How much is your rent? (Some people may not consider this to be a polite question.)
  11. If you could change anything about your present home, what would it be?
  12. Is your home in a convenient location?
  13. What changes would you like to make to your home?
  14. What do you like about your home? What don't you like?
  15. What do you think is the worst color for a living room?
  16. What is in your bedroom?
  17. What things in your home couldn't you live without?
  18. What things in your house could you easily live without?
  19. What's your favourite room? Why?
  20. Where would your dream home be?
    1. What would it be like inside and out?
  21. Which room do you spend the least time in?
  22. Which room do you spend the most time in?
  23. Who are your neighbors?
    1. Do you get along well with your neighbors?
    2. How well do you know them?
    3. What have you done with your neighbors?
  24. Who lives with you? / Who do you live with?
  25. Would you prefer to live in a house or an apartment? Why?
  26. Is every house a home?
  27. What makes 'a house' into 'a home'?
  28. Have you ever been homesick?have you changed anything in your house recently? If so, what was that?
  29. What would you like to change in your house?
  30. What would you like to change in your house?
  31. What is the color of your front door?
  32. What kind of housing would you prefer?
  33. What is your dream house?
  34. What strange materials do you know of that have been used to make houses?
  35. Could you build a house for yourself? How would you do it? (you cannot have a builder help you)
  36. How could you live without electricity? Could you make your own electricity? How?
  37. How can houses be made more environmentally friendly?
  38. Describe how you go about buying a house in your country. Can you borrow money from a bank? Is it easy to buy and sell houses?
  39. What would be important to consider when designing a city? Was your city planned? Describe a perfect city
  40. Draw/describe your dream house (money is no problem) - where, materials, design, interior, landscaping etc
  41. Imagine you have arrived in a country where they don't speak your language. You have no money or friends there. What would you do for accommodation?
  42. Give some reasons why people become homeless.
  43. What problems do home owners have? What can they do about them?
  44. Is it better to rent or buy? Give reasons for your answer.
  45. What do you think houses in the future will be like?
  46. How important is security? How do you make a house secure?
  47. Make a list of the 10 most important things you would look for when choosing a house to live in.
  48. Some people say houses are too much like boxes or cages. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  49. What are the advantages and disadvantages of homestay/boarding?
  50. List alternatives to a house or apartment. (e.g. igloo)
    1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives? Which alternative would you prefer to live in?

Hometown

  1. Do you want to live in your hometown? Why or why not?
  2. Can I visit your hometown on the Internet?
  3. Do you like your hometown? Why or why not?
  4. Do you miss your home?
    1. What do you miss the most?
  5. Do your childhood friends still live in your hometown?
    1. If not, where are they now?
  6. Does anyone famous come from your hometown?
  7. Does your hometown have any festivals? What happens at that festival?
  8. How long does it take to get from your hometown to here?
  9. Has your hometown changed a lot since you were a kid? If so, how? Have the changes been for the better or worse?
  10. Is your hometown famous for anything?
  11. Where is your hometown?
  12. What is the population of your hometown?
  13. What is the population of your country?
  14. What are some things in your hometown that are part of history?
  15. What does your hometown produce? What does it grow?
  16. What is the best season in your hometown?
  17. What is the best thing about your hometown?
  18. What is the population of your hometown?
  19. What is the worst thing about your hometown?
  20. What's there to do in your hometown?
  21. What's your hometown like?
  22. When is the best time to come to your hometown?
  23. Where are you from?
  24. What is the geography of your hometown? (i.e. beach, mountains, etc.)
  25. What are the main attractions in your hometown?
  26. What are the main economical resources in your hometown?
  27. Can you describe the main geographical features of your hometown?
  28. What is the average temperature in winter time? (summer time?)
  29. Would you like to be in your hometown now? Why or why not?
  30. If you could live anywhere, where would you like to live?
  31. How do you see your hometown growing in the next 20 years?
  32. Is your hometown growing? Is this a good or a bad thing?
  33. Tell me why I would enjoy visiting your hometown.
  34. Tell me why I should visit your hometown.
  35. What interesting city lies to the north, south, east, west of your hometown?
  36. How many stoplights does your hometown have?
  37. Does your hometown have a college or university?
  38. Does your hometown have a shopping mall shopping?
  39. Does your hometown have antique shopping places?
  40. Where is the best place to get a reasonably priced, but delicious meal in your hometown?
  41. How long have you lived in your hometown?
  42. Do any of your family members (still) live in your hometown?
  43. Where did your maternal and paternal great-great-great grandparents live or come from?
  44. Do you hope that someday your hometown would be world famous for something? What could it be famous for?
  45. What is the average yearly rain fall for your hometown?
  46. Does it snow in your hometown?

Honesty and Truthfulness

  1. What is the definition of honesty?
  2. What do we mean when we say a person is honest?
  3. Why is honesty important?
  4. Why is honesty so difficult at times?
  5. When is honesty difficult?
  6. What is the opposite of honesty?
  7. Why is it good to be honest?
  8. Why is dishonesty not good?
  9. Is there a difference between honesty and truthfulness?
  10. Is there a different between dishonesty and lying?
  11. When have you been honest?
  12. When have you been dishonest?
  13. At what times do you appreciate people being honest with you?
  14. When have you had times when people have been dishonest with you?
  15. How do feel when you have been dishonest with someone?
  16. How do you feel when someone has been dishonest with you?
  17. Who have you been honest with?
  18. How can you be honest and not hurt someone?
  19. Is it ever all right to give only a partial truth?
  20. When might it be all right to give only a partial truth?
  21. When might it be kind more to be completely honest with someone?
  22. Are there people that you do not trust?
  23. How can you tell when people are being dishonest with you?
  24. How can people tell if you have been dishonest with them?
  25. What kind of problems does dishonesty cause?
  26. What are some common situations when people are sometimes dishonest?
  27. Is dishonesty every justifiable?

Truthfulness

  1. What is truthfulness?
  2. What do we mean when we say that a person if truthful?
  3. Why is it important to be truthful?
  4. Are you always truthful?
  5. What problems do you encourter when you are not truthful?
  6. How can you tell when people are being truthful with you?
  7. How do people act when they are untruthful?
  8. How do you feel when people have been untruthful with you?
  9. How do you feel when you have been untruthful to others?
  10. What is a half truth?
  11. When have you told a half truth?
  12. Is a half truth really being truthful?
  13. What is a misleading truth?
  14. When have you heard a misleading truth?
  15. What professions are sometimes accused of giving misleading or half-truths?
  16. How can you tell when someone is not telling you the whole truth?
  17. What are some situations when telling a partial truth might be OK?
  18. When are times when it might be kinder to tell a partial truth to someone?
  19. What is the different between telling a partial truth and lying?
  20. How do you know when to trust someone?

Rules for Horse Riding

  1. Stand on your horse's left side. This is the side that riders traditionally mount from. Holding the reins in your left hand, turn the stirrup towards you using your right hand. Put your left foot into the stirrup.
  2. Hold the waist of the saddle with your right hand. Have your left hand on your horse's withers. Gently bounce once or twice on your right foot, and then spring up off it.
  3. Swing your right leg up and over the horse's back. Be careful not to kick your horse with your toe! Since all your weight is on the left stirrup, ask a friend to hold onto the right stirrup.
  4. Lower yourself into the saddle. Land gently - don't flop or slam into the saddle and take up the reins in your hands. Gently pull on the reins to tell your horse not to move forward and put your feet into the stirrups.
  1. Always mount the horse on its left side].
  2. Before mounting, approach the horse and gently stroke its neck so it knows you're there.
  3. Take hold of the reins in your left hand.
  4. Standing on the left side of the horse, step into the stirrup with your left foot. Your weight should be on ball of your foot, placed in the center of the stirrup.
  5. Holding into the horse's wither (the base of the horse's neck, in front of the saddle) in the same hand as the reins, push up and swing your right leg over the horse's back.
  6. Be careful not to kick the horse while mounting it.
  7. At this point, you'll need to make sure the stirrups are the correct length for your legs. The stirrups should let your feet rest in them while your knees are slightly bent. Adjust the stirrups if necessary.
  8. Sit on the horse with your shoulders back, back straight, heels down, and the balls of your feet resting on the stirrups, toes pointed forward.
  9. Always keep hold of the reins, holding them in your dominant hand slightly in front of the saddle, over the horse's neck.

Reins are the steering system when you're riding a horse. The way you steer the horse depends on whether the horse has been trained to respond to neck reining or bit reining.

It is important to always use the reins gently. It may seem like you are putting a very small amount of pressure on the reins, but the metal bit in the horse's mouth allows them to feel small changes in the movement of the reins. Sharp, hard movements will hurt the horse and eventually cause them to be less responsive to your commands.

Neck reining is most commonly used with Western riding.

  1. A horse that has been trained to neck rein responds to the feeling of the reins on its neck.
  2. Neck reining requires only one hand, since the reins are left tied in a knot and move as one.
  3. To steer left, move the reins, together, slightly to the left. This will cause the right rein to fall against the horse's neck. The horse will turn away from the feeling of the reins on its neck.

The Bit style of reining, sometimes called plow reining is more commonly used with English riding.

  1. If a horse is not trained to neck rein, you steer simply by pulling on the reins in the direction you want to go.
  2. Bit reining requires two hands because you'll need to separate the reins to pull one at a time.
  3. To turn left, pull back gently on the left rein. This will turn the horse's head left, and their path will turn left too.

Practice each speed until you are comfortable with it before moving on to the next speed.

Walking

  1. Depending on the signal that the horse has been trained to respond to, either make a soft clicking noise, gently squeeze the horse with your legs or a give tiny shake of the reins in order to start moving forward from a standing position.
  2. Don't forget to keep your heels-down, back straight posture when the horse is in motion. Imagine a straight line that goes through your heels, hips, and shoulders.

Trot

  1. After you're walking, another squeeze of your legs or clicking noise (or whatever signal your horse has been trained to respond to) should speed you up to a trot.
  2. Trotting is a very bumpy speed for most horses. Be sure to keep a firm hold on the reins, and your feet in the stirrups.
  3. In English riding, riders "post the trot," which means they alternate sitting in the saddle and holding their weight on their feet in the stirrups, along with the rhythm of the horse's gait.

Canter and Gallop -

  1. In Western riding, the canter is often called a lope.
  2. From a trot, another leg squeeze or other signal should tell the horse to transition into a canter.
  3. When you're in a canter, try to relax your muscles and move with the rhythm of the horse.
  4. Since the horse's head needs to move up and down in a canter, allow some slack in the reins and move your hands slightly forward and back with the horse's head.
  5. From a canter, one more squeeze or signal will move you into a gallop.
  6. The gallop is the fastest speed, and it's just a faster version of the canter.
  7. In a gallop, you'll have your weight in the stirrups, with your bottom off the saddle the entire time.
  8. Leaning slightly forward in the saddle will help you keep your balance in a gallop.

Slowing Down and Stopping

  1. Most horses are trained to slow down and stop when the reins are pulled backwards.
  2. Even if you want to stop quickly, never jerk back hard on the reins. This could cause the horse to rear up.
  3. Release any leg pressure on the horse before you ask it to slow down or stop.
  4. Make sure you have a solid seat on the saddle before pulling back on the reins.
  5. If the horse stops abruptly, you might need to lean backwards and push on the stirrups with your feet, heels forward, to keep your balance.
  6. Once the horse has come to a complete stop, remember to release the pressure on the reins to let the horse know its finished obeying the command.8

Dismount

  1. Hold both reins in your left hand. Be prepared to pull back gently on the reins if the horse starts to move forward as you dismount.
  2. Take both of your feet out of the stirrups.
  3. Lean forward and put your hands on the horse's neck, or hold onto the saddle.
  4. Swing your right leg completely up and over the horse's back.4
  5. As you do this, put your weight onto your arms and push slightly away from the horse with your hands so you land clear of the horse rather than sliding down its side.6

Horseback Riding Tips

  1. Learn to ride on a horse that is well trained and has a gentle disposition.
  2. Horses may be stubborn or try to challenge your authority. Be firm and consistent with the horse.
  3. Never hit a horse, jerk the reins or kick it.
  4. Remember: falling off a horse is part of learning to ride. Don't be afraid to get back on.
  5. If you fall off the horse, try to roll away from the horse as you hit the ground to avoid being stepped on or kicked.
  6. When you're a beginner, consider using special break-away stirrups.5 They'll separate from the saddle if you fall off and your foot is caught in the stirrup.
  7. Horses can be easily startled. A loud noise or small animal running in its path could make a horse jump or want to run away. Stay calm and in control.
  8. A fenced-in area of flat terrain is the best place to learn to ride a horse.
  9. After riding a horse, remember that the horse will need adequate cool-down time.9 Always end a ride with a slow walk.

How do you do that?

  1. How do you use the phone?
  2. How do you make ice?
  3. How do you get dressed?
  4. How do you mail a letter?
  5. How do you play basketball?
  6. How do you climb a tree?
  7. How do you buy new shoes?
  8. How do you go to sleep?
  9. How do you send e-mail?
  10. How do you ride a bicycle?
  11. How do you go fishing?
  12. How do you enjoy a day at the beach?
  13. How do you wash a car?
  14. How do you do laundry?
  15. How do you set the table for a meal?
  16. How do you kill a cockroach?
  17. How do you lose weight?
  18. How do you shave?
  19. How do you take a shower?
  20. How do you iron your clothes?
  21. How do you make your house cooler?
  22. How do you get a driver's license?
  23. How do you know if someone really loves you?
  24. How do you succeed in school?
  25. How do you write a resume?
  26. How do you treat a cold?
  27. How do you wash dishes?
  28. How do you take care of a plant?
  29. How do you take care of a goldfish?
  30. How do you play tag?
  31. How do you raise a child?
  32. How do you play volleyball?
  33. How do you play golf?
  34. How do you play hide-and-seek?
  35. How do you make someone fall in love with you?
  36. How do you stop smoking?
  37. How do you advance at work?
  38. How do you improve your vocabulary?
  39. How do you improve your pronunciation?
  40. How do you sell your house?
  41. How do you book a hotel room?
  42. How do you prevent or treat pimples?
  43. How do you take a photo?
  44. How do you safely cross the street?
  45. How do you build a fire?
  46. How do you use a calculator?
  47. How do you make coffee?
  48. How do you build a sandcastle?
  49. How do you plant vegetables?
  50. How do you shave?
  51. How do you prepare for a wedding?
  52. How do you cheer up a friend if he or she got dumped by his or her girlfriend or boyfriend?
  53. How do you cheer up a friend if he or she failed an important test?
  54. How do you cheer up a friend if he or she is overwhelmed by how much he or she has to do?
  55. How do you cheer up a friend if he or she is having a hard time finding a job after graduation?
  56. How do you pray?
  57. How do you learn a new language?
  58. How do you love your pet?
  59. How do you thank your parents?
  60. How do you control your anger?
  61. How do you judge a person?
  62. How do you serve humanity?
  63. How do earn your living?
  64. How do you reach your office?
  65. How do you enjoy your holidays?
  66. How do you use a microwaves oven?
  67. How do you send a text message from a cell phone?
  68. How do you use a DVD player?
  69. How do you change a tire on a bicycle?
  70. How do you change a tire on a car?
  71. How do you stop hiccupping?
  72. How do you get rid of a headache?
  73. How do you boil an egg?
  74. How do you marry a millionaire?
  75. How do you make a mountain out of a molehill?
  76. How do you cram for an exam?
  77. How do you find the North Star (polaris)?
  78. How do you make a snowman?

Human Resources

refers to the individuals within the firm, and to the portion of the firm's organization that deals with hiring, firing, training, and other personnel issues.

  1. How many people are employed at your company?
    1. What kinds of people?
    2. How do you categorise them
  2. Do you offer employees any retirement plan advice or administration.
  3. What employee benefits are there at your company.
  4. labor management
  5. tax compliance
  6. What kind of interview questions would you ask?
  7. Do you screen job applicants?

Immigration

  1. Why do people immigrate to other countries?
  2. What is the reason you moved out of your country to move here?
  3. Is immigration from one country to another a problem? In what ways do you see it as a problem?
  4. Do you know any immigrants?
  5. Do you think that immigrants are treated well in in most countries?
  6. Do you think there is a relation between immigration and crime?
  7. Should any government limit the number of immigrants entering the country? What would be a good number?
  8. Is local culture threatened by immigration?
  9. How far should immigrants retain their culture?
  10. Should immigrants have the same rights as native citizens?
  11. Is there a difference between political and economic immigration?
  12. Should immigrants have the right to vote? In which elections?
  13. What should be done with the illegal immigrants entering a country?
  14. Should the country of origin of illegal immigrants be held responsible?
  15. Do immigrants have a good or bad reputation in your part of the country?
  16. Should students be allowed to wear clothes with cultural or religious symbolism at school?
  17. Do you think immigrants are treated with more suspicion now than they were a year ago?
  18. Do you know anyone that is married to an immigrant?
  19. Do you know any people who have emigrated from your country?
  20. Would you ever think of emigrating?
  21. Why would you think of emigrating?
  22. What would be some of the issues that would concern you about emigrating?
  23. Are there a lot of immigrants in your community?
  24. Do immigrants in your community isolate themselves into a certain area?
  25. Should immigrants be required to learn the local language?
  26. How would you help an immigrant learn the local language?
  27. How would you encourage children of immigrants to become bilinqual by maintaining the original language and becoming fluent in the local language?
  28. Should immigrants be educated in their original language or the local language?
  29. To what extent should official documents be written in several languages to accommodate immigrants?
  30. Are immigration regulations too strict? In what way should they be changed?
  31. How long should immigrants be required to live in the new country before they can become naturalized?
  32. What should be the requirements for naturalization?
  33. How does an immigrant become a citizen in your country?
  34. How does immigration affect the economic situation in your community?
  35. To what extent has the culture of your community become richer by immigrants?
  36. How is your community incorporating immigrants into the life of the community?

Innovation

  1. Is immitation always allowed under the law?
  2. What is a patent?
  3. Are patents a good idea? What problems can the have?

The Internet

  1. Do you often use the Internet?
  2. When did you first use the Internet?
  3. How much and how often do you use the Internet?
  4. Who uses the Internet the most in your family?
  5. What are some security issues you must think about when you access the Internet?
  6. Have you ever bought something using the Internet?
  7. How can the Internet be improved?
  8. Do you think our lives have been improved by the Internet?
  9. Do you have any ideas or ambitions to start an Internet company?
  10. Do you think the Internet favours men or women?
  11. Do men and women use the internet for different purposes?
  12. Do you use the Internet for fun or education?
  13. What are some of the ways the Internet can be used for education?
  14. What are some of the ways the Internet can be used for entertainment?
  15. What are the sites you most commonly access?
  16. What is the best thing about the Internet?
  17. What problems does the Internet create? What problems does it solve?
  18. Which company is your Internet provider?
    1. Why did you choose this company?
    2. Are you satisfied with their service?
    3. How much does it cost you?
  19. Is it expensive to access the Internet by mobile phone in your country?
  20. Is there too much sex on the Internet?
  21. Does your family have wireless Internet access in your home?
  22. Do you access the Internet from your mobile phone?
  23. What type of pages do you access with your phone?
  24. Do you have more many e-mail addresses?
  25. Why do you need more than one e-mail address?
  26. Have you ever chatted on the Internet?
  27. Is it dangerous to meet people on the Internet?
  28. Would you like to go on a date with someone you meet on the Internet?
  29. Do you think governments have the right to censor the Internet?
  30. Do you think that the Internet safe for children? Why
  31. Do you think that it is important for schools to have Internet access? Why?
  32. Can you believe all the information that is published (available) on the Internet?
  33. Do you think that people should put photos of their friends onto the Internet?
  34. Why is it a good idea to have books and magazines published on the Internet?
  35. Do you think that it is a good or bad habit for young people to play computer games?
  36. Why should you be careful about giving out personal information to people that you meet in chat-rooms?
  37. Give me a reason why you think that email is a good way for people to communicate.
  38. The Internet can help people work from home. Do you think that this is a good or bad?
  39. Many disreputable companies get personal information from your computer when you visit their web site. Why is this bad?
  40. Many people download Mp3 music without paying any money for it. Do you think that this is a problem?
  41. Would you consider going out with someone that you met on the Internet?
  42. In your opinion, what is the most important feature of the Internet?
  43. Do you think that meeting people is easier than meeting people face to face?
  44. Are old people disadvantaged by today's usage of the Internet? How?
  45. When you buy something on the Internet, trust is very important. Why?
  46. Do you think that the Internet will replace Libraries?
  47. Do you think that online banking (being able to do most of your banking by the Internet and ATM machines) will become popular in all countries? What is a disadvantage of this.
  48. In many big cities it is possible to buy your groceries online and have them delivered to your home. Why has this become popular?
  49. Why is it illegal to download movies and music from the Internet?
  50. What is a computer virus and how do we protect our computers from being infected?
  51. How does the Internet help people from different countries to communicate with each other?
  52. Information on the Internet is linked together; it is not just single documents. Why is this important?
  53. How do we stop young children from looking at Internet sites that have inappropriate content?
  54. Do you think that some people spend too much time on the Internet and does this stop them from seeing their friends? Why?
  55. Do you think that having Internet access is mainly for rich people? Will poor people be disadvantaged?
  56. In some countries you can sell personal items on the Internet (E-Bay). Do you think this is a good idea?
  57. Many universities are now offering online courses. Give me some reasons why this is a good thing.
  58. Many universities are now offering online courses. Give me some reasons why this is a bad thing.
  59. If you want reliable and good information from the Internet, then you should look for sites operated by which types of organizations?
  60. Do you think that the Internet usage is an anti-social activity?
  61. E-commerce (buying and selling things on the Internet) has become very popular. Give a reason for this?
  62. Is it better to buy online or to go to a shop? Why?
  63. Why is it very important not to give out personal information on the Internet?
  64. Many sites require you to have ID's and passwords. Why do we need to keep these safe?
  65. Some web sites hold very dangerous information, for example how to make a bomb. How can we control these Web sites?
  66. If you give personal information to a Website do you think that they will always keep this private? Sometimes they sell this information. Is this a good or bad thing?
  67. Search engine are used to find information. Do you think that they always give you the best sites or do they give you sites that pay money in order to be on the top of the list?
  68. What is copyright? How do we break copyright law on the Internet?
  69. Many students use the Internet to help them do their assignments and they just cut and paste information from the Internet. How do we stop this?
  70. We can use the Internet to find jobs overseas. Is this good or bad for both the employer and employee?
  71. If you employ someone via the Internet, how do you check if the person is giving you truthful information?
  72. To be current, that is to be up-to-date, is an important feature of the Internet. Why is this important and what impact is this having on society?
  73. In Japan, many young men lock themselves in their bedrooms, sometimes for years, to escape the pressures of study. They refuse to see people, but they still use the Internet and mobile phones. Do you think that this will happen in other countries?
  74. Is the Internet making people more impatient? Are we becoming a society were we all want instant satisfaction?
  75. Many people use the Internet for fun and entertainment at work. Do you think that this is right?

Have you ever

Read the topic and prepare to speak in the lesson about each of the main points in the page.

  1. Have you ever appreciated a sunset?
    1. Were you alone or with someone special?
  2. Have you ever been a guest at a surprise party?
    1. Has anyone ever thrown a surprise party for you?
  3. Have you ever been in a fist fight?
  4. Have you ever been on TV?
  5. Have you ever been to a theatre? (Also spelling "theater.")
  6. Have you ever broken a bone?
  7. Have you ever broken up with someone?
  8. Has someone ever broken up with you?
  9. Have you ever called your boyfriend or girlfriend by the wrong name?
  10. Have you ever called your girlfriend/boyfriend "Honey?"
  11. Have you ever changed your appearance a lot in a short time? (For example, hair style, hair color or weight)
  12. Have you ever cheated on an exam?
  13. Have you ever cried in public and embarrassed yourself?
    1. Have you ever cried for no reason and felt good because of it?
  14. Have you ever dated someone from another race, culture or religion?
    1. Have you ever dated someone who didn't like you?
    2. Have you ever dated a relative by accident?
  15. Have you ever done something silly that you wish you had not done?
  16. Have you ever driven a sports car?
    1. Have you ever driven a truck?
  17. Have you ever eaten in a restaurant and realized you have no money with you?
  18. Have you ever finished eating in a restaurant, and you realized you forgot your wallet?
  19. Have you ever eaten something that you thought you wouldn't like, but found out that you actually liked it?
  20. Have you ever eaten frog legs?
    1. Have you ever eaten horse meat?
    2. Have you ever eaten French food? (Substitute other countries' food, too.)
  21. Have you ever fallen asleep and forgotten where you were?
  22. Have you ever fallen asleep while taking a bath?
  23. Have you ever fallen down the stairs?
  24. Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?
  25. Have you ever fallen or stumbled in front of others.
  26. Have you ever forgotten your mother's birthday?
    1. ... father's
    2. ... girlfriend's
    3. ... boyfriend's
    4. ... husband's
    5. ... wife's
  27. Have you ever given a false excuse to get out of something you didn't want to do? If so, tell us about it.
  28. Have you ever given a ring (or other jewelry) to your girlfriend/boyfriend?
  29. Have you ever gone mountain climbing?
  30. Have you ever gone skiing?
  31. Have you ever gone surfing?
  32. Have you ever dreamt of a ghost being in your bedroom and then waking up and finding yourself looling around for the ghost?
  33. Have you ever gone to greet a friend or family member then noticed it was someone else?
  34. Have you ever gotten sunburnt at the tanning saloon and gone back the next day?
  35. Have you ever had a Deja Vu experience?
  36. Have you ever made cheesecake?
    1. Have you ever made Chinese food?
    2. Have you ever baked bread?
  37. Have you ever met a celebrity?
  38. Have you ever played a joke on one of your teachers?
    1. How about one of your classmates?
  39. Have you ever raised your hand to answer a question, then forgot what you were going to say?
  40. Have you ever received a present that you really hated?
    1. What was it?
    2. Why did you hate it?
    3. Who gave it to you?
  41. Have you ever regretted saying I love you?
  42. Have you ever ridden a horse?
  43. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
  44. Have you ever said yes when you meant no?
    1. If so, tell us about it.
  45. Have you ever slept in a cave?
  46. Have you ever slept in a tent?
  47. Have you ever swam in the ocean?
  48. Have you ever talked to a famous person?
    1. Who was the person?
    2. How long did you talk?
    3. What did you talk about?
  49. Have you ever thought of something funny and started laughing out loud in the presence of others?
  50. Have you ever told a big lie to someone you love?
  51. Have you ever tried in-line skating?
  52. Have you ever tried riding a skateboard?
  53. Have you ever guessed someone's age wrong (younger or older)? How did the person respond?
  54. Have you ever been in the shower when there was an earthquake?
  55. Have you ever ripped off your pants while dancing?
  56. Have you ever kissed somebody by mistake?
  57. Have you ever laughed until tears came from your eyes?
  58. Have you ever fallen asleep while talking on the phone?
  59. Have you ever sprained your ankle/wrist? How did it happen?
  60. Have you ever written an article for a newspaper?
    1. If so, when was it and what was the article about?
  61. Have you ever seen a car accident?
  62. Have you ever called your school's principal?
  63. Have you ever received more than 10 cards on Valentines day?
  64. Have you ever been on the radio or television?
  65. Have you ever ridden on an ostrich? A camel? A cow?
  66. Have you ever shaken hands with a monkey?
  67. Have you ever received a love letter?
  68. Have you ever seen a tornado?
  69. Have you ever had an electricity blackout while taking a shower?
  70. Have you ever picked you're nose in public?
  71. Have you ever seen a car accident?
  72. Have you ever called your school's principal?
  73. Have you ever been on the radio? T.V?
  74. Have you ever ridden on an ostrich?
  75. Have you ever shaken hands with a monkey?
  76. Have you ever received a love letter?
  77. Have you ever seen a tornado?
  78. Have you ever milked a cow?
  79. Have you ever built an igloo?
  80. Have you ever tried any extreme sports?
  81. Have you ever shot a gun at a tree or a target?
  82. Have you ever played an instrument in public?
  83. Have you ever sang in public?
  84. Have you ever talked "baby-talk" to your pet?
  85. Have you ever given special nicknames to your pet that were completely different than their first given name?
  86. Have you ever kept special treats for your pet?
  87. Have you ever kept a special blanket or bed for your pet to sleep on?
  88. Have you ever let your pet sleep in or on your bed with you?
  89. Have you ever walked into a lamppost?
  90. Have you ever wondered why some people want to be alone but never seem to be lonely? Why do you think this is so?
  91. Have you ever tried to eat food without first spitting out your chewing gum?
  92. Have you ever saved a piece of chewed chewing gum and started chewing it again later?
  93. Have you ever called a 'he' she or a 'she' a 'he?' What was the response?
  94. Have you ever called a women sir or a Man "ma'am?"
  95. Have you ever asked a woman when she was "due" and she wasn't even pregnant?

personal Interview

  1. Do you have any pets?
  2. What was the last book you read?
  3. Do you like to cook?
  4. What's your favourite food?
  5. Are you good at cooking/swimming/etc?
  6. Are you married or single?
  7. Do you have brothers and sisters?
    1. Are they older or younger than you?
  8. Do you like baseball?
  9. Do you live alone?
  10. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  11. Have you ever lived in another country?
  12. Have you ever met a famous person?
  13. How do you spend your free time?
  14. How long have you been studying English?
  15. How old are you?
  16. How tall are you?
  17. Tell me about a favourite event of your adulthood.
  18. Tell me about a favourite event of your childhood.
  19. What are your hobbies?
  20. What two things could you not do when you were.....?
  21. What countries have you visited?
  22. What country are you from?
  23. What do you do on Sundays?
  24. What do you do? What's your job?
  25. What do you like to do in your free time?
  26. What hobbies do you have?
  27. What is the nearest bus stop or train station to your house?
  28. What is your motto?
  29. What is your religion? (perhaps not a good question in some situations.)
  30. What kind of food do you like?
  31. What kind of people do you like?
  32. What kind of people do you not like?
  33. What languages do you speak?
  34. What two things could you not do when you were a child, but you can do now?
  35. What's something you do well?
  36. What's your address?
  37. What's your father like?
  38. What's your mother like?
  39. What's your name?
  40. What's your phone number?
  41. What's your telephone number?
  42. When did you start to study English?
  43. Where are you from?
  44. Where do you live?
  45. Where do you live? How long have you lived there?
  46. Where were you born?
  47. Which sports do you like?
  48. Who do you live with?
  49. Who do you respect the most?
  50. Who has had the most influence in your life?
  51. Why did you decide to take this course?
  52. Why do you want to learn English?
  53. Would you like to be famous?
  54. What do you think you will be doing five years from now?
    1. Where do you think you'll be living five years from now?
  55. What is your goal in life?
  56. Are you a 'morning' or 'night' person?
  57. When do you feel best? In the morning, afternoon, or evening?
  58. How many cities have you lived in?
  59. What jobs have you done?
  60. Which do you prefer, sunrises or sunsets?
  61. What could you do as a child that you can't do now?
  62. Who is your next door neighbor in your home country?
    1. What is he or she like?
    2. Did you get along with each other?
  63. What is the best memory of our country that you will take back home with you?
  64. What is the worst memory of our country?
  65. How many times did you move as a child?
  66. Are you a task oriented person or a people oriented person?
  67. What is the profile of the wife/husband you would meet?
    1. What kind of woman/man would you like to marry?

Inventions

  1. What do you think was the most important invention for mankind?
  2. How many inventors can you name?
    1. What did they invent?

Inventions

  1. What do you think was the most important invention for mankind?
  2. How many inventors can you name?
    1. What did they invent?

Different ways to invest

Which give the best return on your money?

  1. Stocks and shares
  2. Property (The housing market)
  3. Land
  4. Precious stones
  5. Currencies
  6. High interest bank deposit accounts
  7. Art
  8. Antiques
  9. A new business venture
  10. Which of these investments could lose you all your money?
  11. Which are relatively safe investments?

Laws good and bad

  1. Are there any laws that you really disagree with or can't understand?
  2. Do you have any very old or out of date laws in your country or city?
  3. What laws would you change?
  4. What new laws are needs?

Match the words and expressions with their correct definition.

law-abiding / solicitor / defendant / jury / offender / victim / barrister / judge / witness
  1. A person appointed to make legal decisions in a court of law.
  2. A group of twelve citizens who are sworn to decide whether someone is guilty or innocent on the basis of evidence given in a court of law.
  3. A person who sees something happen or is present when something happens.
  4. A person who is accused of doing something illegal.
  5. A person who is attacked or who is in an accident.
  6. A qualified lawyer who gives advice to members of the public and acts for them in legal matters.
  7. A person who commits an offence against the law.
  8. A lawyer who can present a case in court.
  9. An expression used to describe someone who obeys the law.

Likes and Dislikes

  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  2. What do you do to relax and have fun?
  3. What kind of music do you like?
  4. Who are your favourite performers or bands?
  5. Do you like music or musicians from other countries as well? If so, who or what kind?
  6. What kinds of music don't you like?
  7. Name some singers or groups that you dislike.
  8. Do you like to watch TV?
  9. Do you like films?
  10. What are your favourite kinds of programs or shows?
  11. What are your all-time favourite TV programs?
  12. Who are your favourite actors?
  13. Do you like programs or shows from other countries as well? If so, what kind?
  14. Do you like actors from other countries as well? If so, who?
  15. What kinds of programs or which actors don¡¯t you like?
  16. What are your favourite kinds of films?
  17. What are your favourite films of all time?
  18. Do you like foreign films? If so, which films from other countries do you like?
  19. Do you like actors from other countries as well? If so, who?
  20. What kinds of films or which actors don't you like?
  21. Do you like sports?
  22. What are your favourite kinds of sports?
  23. Who are your favourite athletes?
  24. Do you like sports from other countries as well? If so, what kind?
  25. Do you like athletes from other countries as well? If so, who?
  26. Which athletes don't you like?
  27. Do you like books?
  28. What books have you enjoyed reading? Why did you think it was good?
  29. Who are your favourite authors?

ESL Conversation Questions - English Literature & Books

  1. How many English authors can you name?
  2. How many of Shakespeare's plays can you name?
  3. Have you read a translation of any English books in your language?
  4. Have you ever read an English translation of a book originally written in your language?
  5. What sort of books do you enjoy reading?
  6. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
  7. What is your favourite book?
  8. Who is your favourite writer?
  9. Have you ever read a book and then seen a film of that book?
  10. Did you read books when you were a child?
  11. Do you like science-fiction books?
  12. Do you like love stories?
  13. Do you like historical stories?
  14. Has seeing a film ever made you read the book it was based on?
  15. Do you know any American writers?
  16. How many books by Charles Dickens can you name?
  17. Who are the most famous writers in your country?
  18. How many books do you read per year?
  19. What makes a 'classic' book?
  20. How do you believe literature can help you to get familiar with a culture?
  21. Do you think that books are a thing of the past?
  22. What are some of the main differences between a novel and a short story?
  23. How many books do you read per week?
  24. About how many books do you have in your house?
  25. Do you have a library card?
    1. Are you a member of any public library?
  26. Do you prefer reading books or short stories?
  27. Who is your favourite character from literature?
  28. Do you like to write your own short stories?
    1. Do you keep a journal?
  29. What sort of books do you enjoy reading?
  30. Which book have you read recently?
  31. Do you give books to your friends as a present?
    1. If so, what was the last book you gave?
    2. Why did you choose that book?
  32. Some people say that "books are best friends". Is that true for you?
  33. Do you have your own library? If so, does that mean you like books?
  34. Some people don't read books or read very rarely, Why?
  35. Are book prices too high to buy in your hometown?
  36. What about authors? Are you selective about authors?
  37. Who is your favourite author?
  38. What is your favourite "quote"?
  39. What literature course did you like best in college?
  40. Why is literature important in our lives?
  41. What kinds of literature do you enjoy?
  42. Do you like literature from other countries as well? If so, what kind?
  43. Do you like authors from other countries as well? If so, who?
  44. Do you like titles from other countries as well? If so, which ones?
  45. What kinds of books or which authors don't you like?
  46. Tell us a little about a book you have read recently?
    1. Did you enjoy it?
    2. How long did it take to read?
    3. Briefly, what was the story about?

Questions about your local area

  1. Does your local area have clearly defined residential and industrial areas?
  2. Do you have and parks in your area?
  3. What is the shopping like? Do you have a good selection of supermarkets?
  4. Are there any cycle tracks in your local area?

Love, Dating & Marriage

  1. About how many guests attended your wedding?
    1. How many guests would you invite to your wedding?
  2. At what age do most people in your country get married?
  3. At what age do you want to get married?
    1. At what age did you get married?
  4. Describe a perfect date.
  5. Describe the appearance of the person you would like to date?
  6. Describe the character of the person you would like to date?
  7. Do women usually work after getting married in your country?
  8. Do you "go Dutch" when dating?
  9. Do you know what it means to 'go Dutch'?
  10. Is it usual for people in your country to 'go Dutch' if you go out together?
  11. Do older girls/boys have a problem dating younger girls/boys?
    1. Do younger girls/boys have a problem dating older girls/boys?
  12. Do you believe in love at first sight?
    1. Do you think some people know that they will fall in love with someone the first time they meet?
  13. Do you know what a 'blind date' is?
  14. Have you ever been on a blind date?
  15. Did you ever arrange a blind date?
  16. Do you drive or take the train when dating?
  17. Do you get along with your in-laws?
  18. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
    1. Where did you meet your him/her?
    2. What does he/she look like?
  19. Do you know anyone who has had an arranged marriage?
  20. Do you know someone who has gotten a divorce?
  21. Do you know the difference between love and like?
    1. Can you still love your partner and not like him/her?
  22. Do you think a boy should pay for everything on a date?
  23. Do you think arranged marriages are a good idea? Why or why not?
    1. What is your opinion of arranged marriages?
  24. Do you think fairy tales influence our choice of a partner?
  25. Do you think getting married means giving up freedom?
  26. Do you think if you get married that you will change?
  27. Do you think it is better to be single or to be married?
  28. Do you think it is good to get married?
  29. Do you think it is okay for a couple to live together before getting married? Why or Why not?
  30. Do you think it is okay to marry someone of a different race?
  31. Do you think it is okay to marry someone with a different religion?
  32. Do you think it's OK for a man to have two wives?
  33. Do you think it's OK for a wife to have two husbands?
  34. Do you think it's okay for a man to have a mistress?
  35. Do you think it's okay for a man to hit his wife?
  36. Do you think love is necessary to have a good marriage?
  37. Do you think marriage is necessary?
  38. Do you think marriages based on love are more successful than arranged marriages?
  39. Do you think marriage is very stressful for women? How about for men?
  40. Do you think people change after getting married?
  41. Do you think religion influences marriage? If so, in what ways?
  42. Do you think that all adults should be married?
  43. Do you think that you can you find eternal love through the Internet?
  44. Do you want a husband (or wife) who is older, younger or the same age as you?
  45. Do you want to have children?
    1. If so, how many?
  46. Have you ever been to a school dance?
  47. Have you ever had a crush on someone?
  48. Have you ever hated loving someone?
  49. Have your parents ever disapproved of any of your relationships?
  50. How long do you think couples should know each other before they get married?
  51. How many children would you like to have?
  52. How often would you like to go out on dates?
  53. How old were you when you had your first boyfriend or girlfriend?
  54. How old were you when you went on your first date?
    1. Where did you go?
    2. What did you do?
    3. Who did you go with?
  55. How old were your parents when they got married?
  56. If your husband or wife has an affair what would you do?
  57. If your parents did not approve of a person you loved and wanted to marry, would that be a difficult situation for you? Why/Why not?
  58. Is going out on dates important for you?
  59. Is there a such thing as a perfect relationship for you?
  60. If you could go out with anyone, who would it be?
  61. If you are a man, and a woman asks you for a date, do you feel you should pay, or that the woman should pay?
  62. If you had to marry either a poor man whom you really loved, or a rich man whom you did not love, which would you choose?
  63. What advice would you give to someone whose partner hates their best friend?
  64. What age do you think is best for getting married?
  65. What are some dating and marriage customs in your country?
  66. What are some of the main reasons people get divorced?
  67. What are some popular places to go on a date?
  68. What are some qualities that you think are important in a spouse or partner?
  69. What characteristics do you look for in a girlfriend or boyfriend?
  70. What do you consider cheating in a dating relationship?
  71. What do you like to talk about when on a date?
  72. What do you look for in a girlfriend or a boyfriend?
  73. What do you think most people talk about when dating?
  74. What do you think of people who get divorced?
    1. Would you ever consider getting divorced?
  75. What do you think of same-sex marriages?
  76. What do you think of single mothers?
  77. What is a wedding ceremony like in your country?
  78. What is the best way to keep your spouse happy in the marriage?
  79. What kind of boy/girl do you like?
  80. What kind of clothes do you wear on a date?
  81. What kind of man do you want as a husband?
  82. What kind of person do you want to get married to?
  83. What kind of woman do you want as a wife?
  84. What makes a good husband/wife?
  85. What makes a happy marriage?
    1. What do you think are some things that contribute to a successful marriage?
  86. What qualities are important to you in a boyfriend or girlfriend?
  87. What qualities in a partner are important to you?
  88. What was the most boring date you've ever been on?
  89. What was the most interesting date you've ever been on?
  90. What would you consider "the perfect date" for you?
  91. What would you do if your soon to be mother-in-law seems to hate you?
  92. What would your parents think if you don't get married?
  93. When did your parents get married?
  94. Where do you want to go for your honeymoon?
    1. Where did you go for your honeymoon?
  95. Where do you want to go on your honeymoon?
  96. Where is a good pace to go on a date in this town?
  97. Where would you like to go on a date?
  98. Which is more important for you, your job or your marriage?
  99. Why do people break up with their partners?
  100. Will you continue working after you get married?
  101. Would you date someone you really liked if your parents did not like him or her?
  102. Would you ever marry someone who has been divorced twice?
  103. Would you introduce your date to your family?
  104. Would you live with your parents after you get married?
  105. Would you marry someone from another country?
  106. Would you marry someone ten years older than you? How about ten years younger than you?
  107. Would you marry someone that your parents didn't like?
  108. Would you marry someone who couldn't speak the same language as you speak?
  109. Would you mind if your boyfriend/girlfriend went out to party without you?
  110. Would you prefer to go out with a quiet or a talkative person?
  111. At what age do you think that dating should begin?
    1. Do you think there is any age when a person is too old to date?
  112. Do you know a happily married couple?
  113. Can you name a famous happily married couple?
  114. What do you think is the most important ingredient in a good marriage?
  115. How long is the marriage ceremony in your country?
  116. Who designed the marriage covenant?
  117. What do you think about dating a friend's ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend?
  118. Does your first love still hold a special place in your heart? Do you believe that he or she will always have a special place in your heart?
  119. What qualities do you look in your partner?
  120. Do you think its possible to wait for the man or woman you love while he or she is in jail?
  121. What is your definition of love?
  122. Would you wait on a person you were dating for a long time if they joined the army?
    1. How about if they went to prison?
  123. What is the best season to get married?
  124. Do you know anybody who has two families at the same time and supports them both?
  125. How many families can you have in your country?
  126. Are there any superstitions on making someone fall in love with you?
    1. Have you heard of any successful "love potions?"
  127. Have you ever returned a gift to your boyfriend or girlfriend and later find out that he has given it to his/her new mate?
  128. Do you know of any superstitions connected with weddings?
  129. Would it be important for you to have a "white wedding'?
  130. Can you control your partner by playing games?
  131. Why do you think the bride's maids wear white.
  132. When should you introduce your boyfriend/girlfriend to your parents?--when you begin dating, after you have been together for a while, only when the relationship is serious? Why?
  133. Do you like to have boy friend or girl friend in your school or in your classes?
  134. Do you think it is right to continue seeing a person if he has not introduced you to his family yet?
  135. In your opinion is marriage for life?
    1. Do you think when people get married it is really until death?
  136. How long does it take for dating to become a relationship?
  137. Is it important to be punctual in your first date? Why?
  138. Would you dress up for a first date? What clothes would you wear?
  139. What kind of place do you think is the ideal for a first date? Why do you think so?

  140. International Marriage
    1. Would you marry someone of another nationality?
    2. Are your parents of the same nationality?
    3. What are some advantages of an international marriage?
    4. What are some disadvantages?
    5. Do you want to have an international marriage?
    6. Do you know anyone who married someone from a different country? If yes, what is their experience like?
    7. Do you think it is more difficult to marry someone from a different country?
    8. How would your parents feel if you married someone from a different country?
    9. Do you think that it is good for children to have parents from two different countries? Why? Why not?

  141. The following question may be considered offensive or inappropriate in some situations.
    1. Do you think that gay people should be allowed to marry?
    2. Why do you think the bride's maids wear white.
    3. When should you introduce your boyfriend/girlfriend to your parents? --when you begin dating, after you have been together for a while, only when the relationship is serious? Why?

Manners

  1. What examples of good manners can you think of?
  2. What do you think are some bad manners?
  3. Can you think of some good manners that are bad manners in another country?
  4. What good manners are there for using a cell phone?
  5. What are some good table manners?
  6. What are some good party manners?
  7. Is kissing in public bad behaviour?
  8. How should you greet people you know and people you don't know well?
  9. Do you listen to other's people conversations on the street?
  10. Do you think it is good manners to hug or kiss another person in greeting?
  11. Do you let people pass you when you are driving in your car? Is it considered a good manner?
  12. Do you honk your horn to people when you drive?
  13. When should we honk our horns at other drivers?
  14. Why are good manners important?
  15. Do people have better manners now or in earlier times?
  16. Can manners affect your success in life? How?
  17. What's the best way to teach manners to children?
  18. How can people be more polite?
  19. What advice would you give a foreigner visiting your country who would like to show good manners?
  20. Have you ever found manners to be different in a foriegn country?
  21. Do you think that men should open doors for ladies in this modern age of equality?

Market

  1. What are the problems of marketing products internationally?
  2. What new technologies can be used in marketing?
    1. How can these technologies be used
  3. Are there ever benefits of selling products at a loss?
  4. Is it best to make a maximum profit possible per unit or is there an optimum price?
    1. How can we find the best retial price for a product?

Marketing

  1. What are the problems of marketing products internationally?
  2. What new technologies can be used in marketing?
    1. How can these technologies be used
  3. Are there ever benefits of selling products at a loss?
  4. Is it best to make a maximum profit possible per unit or is there an optimum price?
    1. How can we find the best retial price for a product?

Marriage questions

Should a married couple be Frank and Earnest or should one of them be a girl?

  1. Is marriage out of date in a modern society?
  2. Do you think having children outside mariage is unfair on the children?

Martial arts

  1. Have you ever studied a martial art?
  2. Can you name any Japanese/Chinese/Korean martial arts?
  3. Which martial art is best in your opinion? Why?
  4. Do you like fighting?
  5. Do you often fight?
  6. Have you ever been in a fight? Did you win?
  7. Do you think its useful to study martial arts?
  8. Who is your favourite kung fu movie actor/actress?
  9. Do you like Hong Kong kung fu movies?
  10. What is your favourite kung fu movie?
  11. Do you know anything about martial arts history? What?
  12. Do you think its important to preserve tradition in martial arts?
  13. How many different kinds of kung fu have you heard of?
  14. Do you know how to use any traditional weapons?
  15. Which traditional weapon do you think is the coolest?
  16. How does kung fu/tae kwon do/aikido compare to western boxing?
  17. Do you ever watch martial arts on TV?
  18. Do you know any good martial arts websites?
  19. Are there any martial arts schools in your area?
  20. What's the difference between traditional kung fu and modern wushu?
  21. What age is best to start training in martial arts?
    1. At what age do you think it is best to begin training in martial arts?
  22. How much should you train?
  23. Do you know of any interesting training methods?
  24. Do you know the names of the different kicks/punches/stances?
  25. Which martial art uniform do you like best?
  26. What are belts and sashes for?
  27. What are forms or katas for?
  28. What's your favourite fighting technique?
  29. What's the most important thing in a fight?
  30. What's the coolest kung fu animal style?
  31. What do you think "the art of fighting without fighting" (Bruce Lee) means?

Meeting people

  1. Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  2. What are some good things to ask someone you just met?
  3. What are some things you shouldn't ask people you just met?
  4. Is it OK to ask a person's age in your country?
  5. Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new?
  6. What are some ways to overcome being nervous about meeting new people?
  7. About how many new people do you meet a week?
  8. Where are some good places to meet people?
  9. How important are first impressions to you?
  10. What do you do if you forget the name of someone you've just been introduced to?
  11. What kind of people do you like to meet?

Meeting people

  1. Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  2. What are some good things to ask someone you just met?
  3. What are some things you shouldn't ask people you just met?
  4. Is it OK to ask a person's age in your country?
  5. Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new?
  6. What are some ways to overcome being nervous about meeting new people?
  7. About how many new people do you meet a week?
  8. Where are some good places to meet people?
  9. How important are first impressions to you?
  10. What do you do if you forget the name of someone you've just been introduced to?
  11. What kind of people do you like to meet?
Money (Cash/Lolly/Bread/Dough/..) YouTube All you tube lessons

Money vocabulary, expressions and idioms.

Money makes the world go round

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Money

John Lennon wrote "Money can't buy you love" but he also wrote "Give me money! It's what I want".
Confucius said "If you have money, you can buy a house, but not a family."
"If you have money, you can buy a clock, but not time." What do you think about these?
A currency crisis is nature's way of telling you that you're spending too much and not producing enough.

Idioms and expressions

Comlete the word gaps

  1. Money
    _____
    makes
    the world go round.
  2. I would not do that for
    _____
    love
    nor money.
  3. I don't believe that you can do that. Words are cheap. Why don't you put your money where your
    _____
    mouth
    is?
  4. Be prudent. Money doesn't
    _____
    grow
    on
    _____
    trees
    you know.
  5. A
    _____
    fool
    and his money are soon
    _____
    parted
    .
  6. Being a member of that golf club (is so expensive) it can really
    _____
    burn
    a hole in your
    _____
    pocket
    .
  7. If I were you, I'd cut my losses and pull out. Don't
    _____
    throw
    good money after
    _____
    bad
    .
  8. Why do you expect me to pay for everything? I'm not
    _____
    made
    of money!
  9. I'm pressed for money these days. I'm almost penniless but not yet completely broke.
  10. An old school chum of mine won a
    _____
    fortune
    on the lottery. He's
    _____
    rolling
    in money now.
  11. I'm barely making ends
    _____
    meet
    these days but my brother is raking it in. He's making money hand over
    _____
    fist
    . Money is no
    _____
    object
    . for him these days.
  12. I'm sure I'll get a good job soon. I'd put
    _____
    money
    on it.

Motivation

  1. Have you ever tried to lose weight?
  2. What motivated you to start a diet?
  3. Is it important to motivate children?
  4. How do you motivate children?
  5. Can some people destroy your motivation?
  6. What is something a boss can do to motivate his workers?
  7. How are you best motivated?
  8. How do you motivate your friends?
  9. Have you ever tried to quit smoking?
  10. How do you define motivation?
  11. What are some of the factors of motivation?
  12. What part does motivation plays in effective teaching?
  13. What is the role of motivation for slow learners?
  14. What are three things that motivate you?
  15. Do you feel motivated when you are at school?
  16. Do you feel motivated when learning something new?
  17. How would you describe motivation?
  18. Does motivation affect learning?
  19. In what way can we help people to increase their motivation?
  20. Why do you study English?
  21. What is the difference between internal and external motivation?
  22. Do you find that motivated people are more successful than unmotivated people?
  23. What do you do to keep your motivation?
  24. Do you have an English goal?
  25. Is your goal specific, measurable, with a deadline?
  26. How do you maintain your motivation when you fail?
  27. Do you share goals and plans with others so that they will help you maintain your motivation and drive?

Motivation

  1. Have you ever tried to lose weight?
  2. What motivated you to start a diet?
  3. Is it important to motivate children?
  4. How do you motivate children?
  5. Can some people destroy your motivation?
  6. What is something a boss can do to motivate his workers?
  7. How are you best motivated?
  8. How do you motivate your friends?
  9. Have you ever tried to quit smoking?
  10. How do you define motivation?
  11. What are some of the factors of motivation?
  12. What part does motivation plays in effective teaching?
  13. What is the role of motivation for slow learners?
  14. What are three things that motivate you?
  15. Do you feel motivated when you are at school?
  16. Do you feel motivated when learning something new?
  17. How would you describe motivation?
  18. Does motivation affect learning?
  19. In what way can we help people to increase their motivation?
  20. Why do you study English?
  21. What is the difference between internal and external motivation?
  22. Do you find that motivated people are more successful than unmotivated people?
  23. What do you do to keep your motivation?
  24. Do you have an English goal?
  25. Is your goal specific, measurable, with a deadline?
  26. How do you maintain your motivation when you fail?
  27. Do you share goals and plans with others so that they will help you maintain your motivation and drive?

Movies and Films

  1. What is your all-time favourite film?
  2. What is your favourite film?
  3. Are there any kinds of films you dislike?
    1. If so, what kinds?
    2. Why do you dislike them?
  4. Do you like to watch horror films?
  5. Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction books? How about films?
  6. Do you usually watch films at home or at a film theater?
  7. Have you ever seen the same film more than once?
    1. If yes, name it (or them).
  8. Have you ever seen ___? (Insert the name of a film.)
  9. How often do you go to films?
  10. How often do you rent videos?
  11. If a book has been made into a film, which do you prefer to do first, see the film or read the book? Why?
  12. What do you think of people who talk during films at a film theater?
  13. What is the best film you have ever seen?
    1. Who was in it?
    2. Why did you like it?
    3. Who was the director?
  14. What is the scariest films you have ever seen?
    1. What's the funniest?
    2. What's the most romantic?
  15. What is the worst film you've ever seen?
  16. What was the last film you saw?
    1. Was it good?
    2. Who did you see it with?
  17. What's the best film you've ever seen?
  18. Which do you like better, action films or comedy films?
  19. What film star would you most like to meet?
  20. Who is your favourite actor or actress?
  21. What do you think of reality shows?
  22. Do you think that films can be educational?
  23. Is there a film you could watch over and over again?
  24. Who's your favourite director?
  25. See any good films lately?
  26. How much does it cost to see a film in your country?
  27. Do you usually rent DVD's or videos when you rent films?
  28. What's one of your favourite films?
    1. What kind of film is it?
    2. Who's in it?
    3. Who directed it?
    4. Why do you like it?
    5. When did it come out?
    6. Where was it filmed?
    7. How many times have you seen it?
    8. Would you recommend it? Why?

Questions

  1. About how many CDs do you have? How about MDs and tapes?
  2. Are you a good dancer?
  3. Are you a good singer?
  4. Can you concentrate on other things when you are listening to music?
  5. Can you play a musical instrument?
    1. If so, what do you play?
    2. How long have you been playing?
    3. Are you good at it?
  6. Can you play any musical instruments?
  7. Can you play the drums?
  8. Can you play the guitar?
  9. Can you read music?
  10. Do you enjoy music videos?
  11. Do you ever listen to Mp3 files on your computer?
  12. Do you have an expensive stereo system? (... a MD player, ... an old record player)
  13. Do you know the band named Metallica? If so, do you like them?
  14. Do you like all kinds of music?
  15. Do you like American rock bands?
  16. Do you like country music?
  17. Do you like heavy metal bands like Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and so on?
  18. Do you like jazz?
  19. Do you like to listen classical music?
  20. Do you like to listen country music?
    1. Who is your favourite country singer?
  21. Do you like to listen to Broadway musicals?
    1. What is your favourite Broadway musical show?
  22. Do you like punk music?
  23. Do you like singing karaoke? How often do you sing karaoke?
  24. Do you like to dance?
  25. Do you like to sing karaoke?
  26. Do you listen to music while doing your homework?
  27. Do you sing while taking a bath?
  28. Do you think there is a relationship between drugs and music? How about violence and music?
  29. Do you think your favourite music twenty years from now will be the same as it is today?
  30. Do you watch music shows on TV? If so, what do you watch?
  31. Does you mother play the piano?
  32. Have you ever been to a concert?
    1. Have you ever been to a rock concert?
    2. Have you ever been to an orchestra concert?
  33. Have you ever taken part in a singing competition?
  34. How does music make you feel?
  35. How much time do you spend listening to music?
  36. How often do you listen to music? (...to classical music, ... to jazz, ...)
  37. How often do you listen to the radio?
  38. If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be?
  39. If you could start a band, what type of music would you play? Why?
  40. If you were a song, what song would you be and why?
  41. Is live music popular in your country?
  42. Is there any kind of music that you hate?
  43. Should music lyrics be rated similar to the way movies are rated?
  44. What are some concerts you have been to?
  45. What are some special or traditional musical instruments in your country?
  46. What do you think the world would be like without music?
  47. What do you think of manufactured bands? Can you name any?
  48. What is one of your favourite songs?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. When did you first hear it?
    3. Who sings it?
  49. What is your favourite karaoke song to sing?
  50. What is your favourite kind of music?
  51. What kind of music do you like?
  52. What kind of music do you listen to to cheer you up?
  53. What kind of music do you usually listen to?
  54. What kind of music do your parents listen to?
  55. What kind of music you like the most?
  56. What kind of songs do you like to sing?
  57. What kinds of music do people listen to in your country?
  58. What kinds of music do you dislike?
  59. What musicians did you like when you were in junior high school? How about high school?
  60. What radio station do you usually listen to?
  61. What was the last CD you bought?
  62. What was the last concert you went to?
  63. What was your favourite music 5 years ago? 10 years ago? How have your musical tastes changed?
  64. When was the last time you went dancing?
  65. When was the last time you went to a concert?
  66. Where do you usually listen to music?
  67. Which do you prefer, songs in English or songs in your own language?
  68. Who is your favourite singer or group?
  69. Who is your favourite singer?
  70. Why do you think music is important and how does it affect different people?
  71. Why is music so important to people and culture?
  72. Is the image of the group or singer more important than the music?
  73. Can you think of examples of music calming people or increasing their efficiency?
  74. Do you mind singing to other people? (Another wording: ...singing in front of people?)
    1. If you don't mind then how large an audience would be too many?
  75. While listening to the radio, do you ever want to sing the song that is being played?
  76. Why do you think some people believe opera singers should be fat?
  77. Do you ever download Mp3 files from the Internet?
  78. Do you prefer rock music or romantic music?
  79. Do you think music can heal sick people?
  80. Do you think that animals can enjoy music? How do you know?
  81. Do you think that music can help make world peace? How?
  82. How important do you think a good music teacher is to mastering an instrument?
  83. What do you think the next piece of music technology will be, after digital technology?
  84. If you could invent a new instrument, what would it sound like?
  85. Do you think the use of drugs by some musicians increases their artistic creativity?

Physical Training

  1. press-up

performing Music

  1. Who has influenced you most?
  2. What instruments have you studied?
  3. Which instruments do you still play today?
  4. How well can you read music?
  5. Do you think computers and technology is important in music making?
  6. How many different musical styles are you involved with?
  7. Do you think that Jazz musicians can play classical music or visa versa?
  8. Can a musician make a good living in your area?
  9. Was music important in your family?
  10. Can you remember any really good concerts?
  11. What is your opinion of competitions in music?
  12. How much time do you spend on music?
  13. How good is the TV and radio for music?
  14. What are the problems in organising musicians into a band?
  15. Do you hate any pieces of music? Which are they?
  16. What traditional musical instruments do you have in your country?
  17. What do you think of the commercial music, which is often played in shopping centres in some countries?
  18. What do you think of 'the music business' ?
  19. Do you have a favourite song?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. When did you first hear it?
    3. Who sings it?
  20. What is your favourite kind of music?
  21. What kind of songs do you like to sing?
  22. What kinds of music do most people listen to in your country?
  23. What kinds of music do you dislike?
  24. What was the last CD you bought?
  25. What was the last concert you went to?
  26. Have your musical tastes changed throughout your life?
  27. Which do you prefer, songs in English or songs in your own language?
  28. Who is your favourite band or orchestra?
  29. Who is your favourite singer?
  30. Why do you think music is important and how does it affect different people?
  31. Why is music so important to people and culture?
  32. Do you ever feel nervous of performing in public?
  33. Do you think music can be used for any kind of therapy?
  34. Do you need a good music teacher to master a musical instrument?
  35. If you could invent a new instrument, what would it sound like?

Names

  1. What's the most beautiful girl's name you've heard?
  2. What's the best boy's name you've heard?
  3. How did your parents choose your name?
  4. Are you happy with your name?
    1. If not, why not?
  5. What are some of the most common names for boys and girls in your country?
  6. What are some really unusual names you've heard?
  7. Are there any names you absolutely hate?
    1. If so, what are they?
    2. Why do you hate them?
  8. Do you think names shape our personality? To what degree?
  9. Does your name have a meaning?
    1. If so, what does it mean?
  10. Do you have a middle name?
    1. What is it?
    2. If you have multiple middle names, what are they?
  11. In your culture, when you introduce yourself, does the last name come first or the first name?
    1. Other wordings: ... does the surname come first? / ... does your family name come first?
  12. Do you have a nickname?
    1. If so, what is it?
    2. How did you get it?
    3. Do you like it?
    4. What are some interesting nicknames that you have heard?
  13. How many letters are in your name?
    1. How many syllables are in your name?
    2. Does your first name have the same number of syllables as your last name?
    3. How many duplicate letters are in your name?
  14. What do you think of people who name their children after months, seasons or days of the week?
    1. What do you think of parents who make up unique names for their children?
  15. Some parents give their children names in alphabetical order. Do you think this is a good idea?
  16. What was the name of your first girlfriend or boyfriend?
    1. Have you ever dated two different people with the same first name?
  17. What are some titles you can think of? (e.g. Mr., Mrs., professor, Duke etc.)
  18. Do you think it is okay to give pets human names?
    1. What is the most popular name for a dog in your country?
    2. How about cats?
  19. Do you know the names of some famous race horses? If so, please name a few.
  20. Can you name some famous world leaders?
    1. Can you name some famous composers?
    2. Can you name some famous artists?
    3. Can you name some Western foods?
    4. Can you name some Eastern foods?
    5. Can you name some Middle-Eastern foods?
    6. Can you name some cars?
    7. What are some names of famous companies you know?
  21. What's the name of your favourite singer?
    1. What's the name of your favourite character from a story you've read
    2. What's the name of your favourite writer?
    3. What's the name of your favourite novel?
    4. What's the name of your favourite restaurant?
    5. What's the name of your favourite television show?
    6. What's the name of your favourite movie?
  22. What's your name?
  23. Do you know the meaning of your name? If yes, what does it mean?
  24. Have ever changed your name?
  25. Do you have names in two different languages? (ex. a Chinese name and an English name )? If not, would you like to?
  26. Do women change their name after marriage in your country or keep their maiden name?
  27. Can you name some notorious people or criminals ?
  28. Is it ever appropriate to "call someone names"? When?
  29. Can you name the seven continents?
    1. How many U.S state names do you know?
    2. How many Canadian province names do you know?
  30. Do you believe some names or words have magical qualities?
  31. Do people in your country predict the future according to names?
  32. If you could change your name would you? What would it be? Why this name?
  33. Do you remember any kids whose names other kids in school made fun of? Why? What were their names?
  34. Are you named after anyone in your family?
  35. Do you ever feel pressure to live up to your name?
  36. Can your name mean anything funny in your language?
  37. Have you ever known a boy that has a "girl's name" or a boy that had a "girl's name"?

Neighbours

  1. How long have you lived in your neighbourhood?
  2. How do you get on with your neighbours?
  3. How often do you see them?
  4. Do your neighbours change or have they been your neighbours since you arrived?
  5. Do your neighbours ever help you?
  6. Have you ever had an argument with your neighbours?
  7. Do your neighbours have children?

Network Marketting

Network Marketing or multi level marketing (MLM), is a business model that markets products directly to customers and newly signed up agents through a hierachical structure of 'downlines'.

The newly signed up agents, also known as distributors, dealers or associates are independent of the organisation. The parent company awards a commission based upon the sales volume of their independent busines and it's downline.

Independent distributors develop their own business by recruiting a downline of independent distributors to form a kind of pyramid or by building an active customer base. Often it is more difficult to build an active customer base because the products are usually expensive in order to provide revenue to the parent company and others further up the pyramid.

Franchises and Networks

Networks are similar to franchises except they often have more levels. Royalties are paid from the sales of individual franchise operations to the franchisor as well as to an area or region manager. Commissions are paid to multi-level marketing distributors according to the company’s compensation plan. There can be multiple levels of people receiving royalties from one person's sales.

Questions

  1. What is your opinion of network marketing?
  2. Have you ever been invited to 'sign up' for a program?
  3. Do most people make a lot of money in these programs?
  4. If you join a program, can you see accurate sales information from people in your line?

Vocabulary

agent, franchise, downline,

New Year

  1. Was this year better or worse than last year?
  2. What was the happiest thing for you this year?
  3. What was the saddest thing for you this year?
  4. What was the toughest thing for you this year?
  5. What was the best movie for you this year?
  6. What was the best music for you this year?
  7. What was the best TV show for you this year?
  8. What was the best place you visited this year?
  9. What was the best food you had this year?
  10. What was the best restaurant you went to this year?
  11. What was the most useful thing you bought this year?
  12. What was the most expensive thing you bought this year?
  13. What was the best item of clothing you bought this year?
  14. What was the biggest waste of money this year?
  1. Did you lose anything this year?
  2. Do you have any regrets about this year?
  3. Did you make a New Year's Resolution this year?
  4. Do people in your country usually make New Year's Resolutions?
  5. How do people celebrate the new year?

News

  1. What is the role of newspapers in society?
  2. What sells newspaper?
  3. Why do we buy newspapers?
  4. Do you think that news is censored in some countries?
  5. Is the news censored in your country?
  6. Will newspapers disappear in the future?
  7. How does American news differ from your country's news?
  8. What is your favourite section of the newspaper to read?
  9. How often do you watch the news?
    1. Do you make a point of watching the news?
    2. Do you feel bad if you miss the news?
  10. Which kind of news is the best? Why? (e.g. newspaper, TV, internet etc)
    1. Do you think there should be more or less of this news?
  11. Do you think that the news is necessary? Why or why not?
    1. What would the world be like without news?
  12. Do you think the news tells us just information without giving its opinion?
    1. Should the news give an opinion?
    2. Do you think the news influences people too much?
  13. Do you think the news is shocking now?
    1. How has it changed over the years?
  14. What is the biggest news you ever heard in your life?
    1. Do you think anything could be bigger news?
  15. How did it affect you?
    1. Were you glad you heard this news?
  16. Do you think people need to know all of the news?
  17. What do people not need to know?
  18. What do you think is the most important thing the news should report?
  19. What was the most memorable news you ever watched?
  20. If the news reported your week, what would be the headline?
  21. Think of a news headline for the following countries: America, Britain, France, China, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, Germany.
  22. Do you read the newspaper everyday?
  23. How often do you read the newspaper?
  24. What newspaper do you read?
  25. How much does the newspaper cost?
  26. What kind of magazines do you like to read?
  27. What is your favourite newspaper?
  28. What is your favourite magazine?
  29. Are magazines expensive in your country?
  30. Do you enjoy reading a newspaper?
  31. What sections of a newspaper do you like to read?
  32. What are the different sections in a newspaper?
  33. Do you think that reading a newspaper is a good way to improve your English?
  34. What kinds of information can you get from the newspaper?
  35. Where do you get most of your news?
  36. Do you like to keep up with current events?
  37. If you are someone who usually follows the news, has there been a time when you decided to stop? Why and for how long?
  38. Do you think it's important to read the newspaper and know what is going on in the world? Why or why not?

Numbers Sound Silence

We say Oh

  1. After a decimal point 5.03
  2. in telephone numbers 67 01 38
  3. in bus numbers No. 701
  4. In hotel room numbers Room 206
  5. in years 1905

We say nought

  1. Before the decimal point 0.03

We say zero

  1. For the number 0
  2. For temperature -5 C

We say nil in most sports

  1. Arsenal beat Manchester united 2-0 (Two Nil)

Ordinal numbers

First second third fourth ....
1st 2nd 3rd 4th

nth

  1. Relating to an unspecified ordinal number: ten to the nth power.
  2. Highest; utmost: delighted to the nth degree.

Large numbers

  1. 1000,000 one million
  2. 1000 one thousand
  3. 57,411 - fifty-seven thousand, four hundred AND eleven Sound Silence
  4. 57,411,000 - fifty-seven million , four hundred AND eleven thousand Sound Silence

Words with numbers in them

What other words do you know with numbers in the word?

  1. Triangle
  2. Bicycle
  3. pentagon
  4. Hexagon
  5. pentathlon
  6. Century
  7. Triple
  8. Twins
  9. Quadruple
  10. Quartet

practice

Now say these:

  1. 0.004
  2. please call me back on 01304 765123
  3. I'm in room 605
  4. It's so cold today!! it's 12 degrees below 0.
  5. What's the score in the match? It's 1-0 to Chelsea.

The decimal point

In English we use a decimal point and not a comma. All numbers after the point are read separately.
After units f money say the two decimals as a normal number. 12.50 is Twelve pounds fifty.

  1. 10,001
  2. 12.54
  3. 0.634
  4. 0.005

Years

  1. 1066 ten sixty-six
  2. 1984 nineteen eighty four
  3. 2008 two thousand and eight
  4. 2012 twenty twelve

Currency

  1. £3.25 three pounds twenty-five
  2. $7.80 seven dollars eighty
  3. £250 two hundred and fifty pounds

Fractions

  1. ¼ Speak
  2. ½ Speak
  3. ¾ Speak
  4. 3/8 Speak
  1. 0.02 nought point oh two
  2. 1,23
  3. 123
  4. 1,756
  5. 1.23
  6. the decimal point
  7. 1905
  8. 0.02 nought point oh two
  9. -5c
  10. 40-40
  11. deuce
  12. 0.5 % nought point 5 percent / point five percent
  13. 25%
  14. 0.25% a quater of a percent
  15. Twenty past four
  16. 4:25 = Twenty-five past four
  17. 4:30 = Half past four
  18. 4:35 = Twenty-five to five (In 25 minutes it will be five o'clock)
  19. 4:45 = Quarter to five
  20. Fractions
  21. 1/4
  22. 2/3 - two thirds
  23. (x-y)/z
  24. 1960s

Office

  1. How ecological is your office? Does it waste paper or power?

parenting

  1. Your Children
    1. How many children do you have?
      1. How old are they?
    2. Are your children involved in clubs such as Girl Guides or Boy Scouts?
    3. What kind of chores do you require your child (or children) to do?
    4. Tell us one special thing about each of your children. (What are their strong points?)
    5. Do you prefer to have a daughter or a son?
  2. Raising Children
    1. Do you think boys are more expensive than girls or vice versa? Why?
    2. Do you think boys are easier to take care of than girls or vice versa? Why?
    3. Do you help your children with their homework?
      1. How much help do you think is appropriate?
    4. Would you allow your son or daughter to pierce body parts?
      1. If so, what parts of the body would you allow to be pierced?
    5. Would you allow you child to get a tattoo?
    6. What are some things that you would not allow your children to do?
      1. What are some things that you would allow your children to do that you think other parents may not allow their children to do? Why do you think it is okay to allow this?
    7. Are there any sports that you consider too dangerous to allow your child to try? If so, what sports?
    8. Do you spoil your child?
      1. In what ways do you spoil your child?
      2. What are some ways that you have seen others spoil their children?
    9. Are you careful about your child's diet?
      1. Are there any foods that you do not let your children eat?
      2. Is there any food that you force your children to eat even though they don't like the food?
  3. parenting Skills
    1. Do you think that you are a good parent? Why?
      1. Do you think your parents were good parents?
      2. Do you think your children will be good parents?
    2. What are some things that your parents did that you would never do?
    3. What are some things that you have seen other parents do that you would never do?
    4. What do you think are some of the most difficult problems faced by parents?
    5. Have you ever changed old cloth nappies before?
    6. How do you cope with sibling rivalry?
    7. How do you reward your children for the good things that they do?
    8. Are all couples who can have children qualified enough for being parents?
  4. Opinions
    1. Should a good mother give up her job to stay at home with her children?
      1. Do you think it is OK for a father to stay at home with the children and have the mother work instead?
      2. Do you think a mother is a better "stay at home parent" than a father? Why or why not? Does the age of the children matter?
    2. Should women always get custody (keep the children) after a divorce? Why or why not?
    3. Do you think it is okay for children to call their parents by their first names?
      1. Do you call your parents by name?
      2. Do your children call you by name?
      3. Do you know anyone who does?
    4. Do you think there should be a maximum age for parents to have a new child?
    5. Should children work? Do you agree or disagree?
    6. Do you think its OK to use drugs while pregnant?
    7. Should criminals and morally corrupt people be prevented from having children by law?
    8. Does biological parenthood necessarily mean that the parents are also qualified enough for bringing the child up?
  5. Activities
    1. Do you often read to your children? / Did you often read to your children?
      1. How often?
      2. For how long each time?
      3. What kinds of books?
    2. What kinds of things do you do with your children?
      1. What kinds of things would you like to do with your children?
      2. What kinds of things did you do with your children?
    3. About how many hours a week do you spend doing things with your children?
      1. Do you spend more time doing things with your children now than you did last year?
  6. punishment
    1. How do you usually punish your children?
    2. What would you do if you found out your child was shoplifting (stealing)?
    3. What would you do if your child lied to you?
    4. What would you do if you found out your child jigged (skipped) school for a day?
    5. How do you deal with your children when they fight with each other?
    6. Do you think spanking is an appropriate form of punishment? Why or why not?
    7. Have you ever rinsed your child's mouth out with soap as punishment for swearing?
  7. Some of the following should perhaps be avoided in some classes.
    1. Do you think it is OK to breast-feed in public?
      1. What do you think when you see a mother breast-feeding her child in public?
    2. Would you have your son circumcised? Why or why not?
    3. Do you think gay couples can be good parents to adopted children?
    4. What do you think about single mothers?
    5. Should pregnant women that are unwed consider abortion?
      1. Should any women consider abortion?
      2. In what cases do you think abortion is acceptable?
      3. When do you think abortion is unacceptable?
    6. If you were a mother or father, would you allow your son or daughter to listen heavy metal music?

Speaking about the past

The Good old, bad old days

  1. Which things were better in the old days?
  2. What is better today than it was in the old days?
  3. Do people watch too much television these days?
  4. Do people spend more time on the internet than they do with their families?
  1. I + (frequency adverb) + used to + infinitive ....
  2. I + WOuLD + infinitive .....
  3. I + should have + past participle

Think of a place that you visited many times in the past but now you don't go there. perhaps an old school or another town. Speak about this time using some of the words from the box.

For Example:

I used to go to a small school in a England. Every day I would go by bus to school. I should have worked harder when I was there. I never used to do my home work.

people

  1. Do you know any foreign people?
  2. What makes a person the way they are? Is it inherited or taught to them?

Goals

  1. What is your biggest goal in life?
  2. How do you plan to achieve that goal?
  3. What are your "short term" goals?
  4. What are your "long term" goals?
  5. Should parents help their children set goals?
  6. What are your educational goals?
  7. What are your career goals?
  8. What are your financial goals?
  9. Why are goals important?
  10. Is having a goal in life effective in becoming successful?
  11. Is having a goal helpful in motivating a person?
  12. Do you think people have fewer goals as they get older?
  13. Do you have any goals that you feel are unrealistic?
  14. How do people's goals change from country to country?
  15. What are your goals in your current job?
  16. What are the main differences between male and female goals?
  17. Which of your goals have you already achieved?
  18. How would you feel if you failed to achieve any of your goals?
  19. Do you think it's a good idea to write your goals down and tick them off as you achieve them?
  20. How important are goals to you?

pets

  1. What pets do you have? Have you had?
  2. What are the most common pets in your country?
  3. What are the pros and cons of having pets? (Good and bad things about having pets)
  4. What responsibilities does a dog owner have?
  5. Should dogs be trained?

Aeroplanes

  1. How old were you when you went on your first flight? Where did you go?
  2. Do you like to travel by aeroplane?
  3. What was the longest flight you have ever taken?
  4. What seat do you prefer: window, center or aisle?
  5. What are three things you're supposed to do before the flight takes off?
  6. What do you like to do during the flight? Does the plane provide anything to do to pass the time?
  7. What are some movies you remember seeing on the plane?
  8. What do you do when you experience turbulence?
  9. Have you ever met anyone or established any relationships during a flight?
  10. What should be done with obese people who practically take up two seats?
  11. Can you sleep during the flight?
  12. Have you ever seen a female pilot? Why do you think that most pilots are men?
  13. Would you like to be a flight attendant? What are the benefits and /or downfalls?
  14. Are most flight attendants female? Is being a flight attendant considered a good job in your country? What do you think are the qualifications?
  15. Are planes really safer than cars? ( A British study shows that flying is 176 times safer than walking, 15 times safer than driving and 300 times safer than a motorbike.)
  16. Would you rather have a younger, more beautiful/handsome flight attendant or an older, more experienced one?
  17. What are the advantages of traveling by aeroplane? What are the disadvantages?
  18. Do you know someone who is afraid of flying in an aeroplane?
  19. What questions should you ask when buying aeroplane tickets?
  20. What is a group rate?
  21. What is a charter flight?
  22. What arrangements should you make for pick-up at the airport?
  23. What things can you see in an airport?
  24. What questions do they ask you when you check-in at the airport?
  25. What questions do they ask you when going through immigration and customs at the airport?

police

  1. Do you have any friends who are policemen?
  2. How do the police help you?
  3. Are you afraid of the police?
  4. What are some situations when you would call the police?
  5. Can you think of some situations when you wouldn't want to call the police?
  6. Can you describe the police uniform of the policemen in your country?
  7. What do you think about police in your country?
    1. Are they effective?
    2. Do you trust them?
  8. Would you like to be a police officer?
  9. Do you think that it is a very dangerous job?
  10. Do you think that a male police officer is required to do different or more difficult/dangerous jobs than a female police officer
  11. Do you have any friends that are police officers?
  12. Have you ever been stopped by the police?
  13. Have the police ever helped you? How?
  14. What is the general feeling towards police in your country, is it positive or negative?
  15. Do policemen in your country ask for bribes?
  16. Have you ever bribed the police? How much was the bribe?
  17. Did you bribe in u.S. dollars or local currency?

politics

  1. Did you vote in the last election?
  2. How old were you when you first voted?
  3. What is the minimum voting age in your country?
  4. What type of political system does your country have?
  5. What different types of governments are there?
  6. What does an ambassador do?
  7. Who appoints an ambassador?
  8. Why is it important to have reliable ambassadors?
  9. What characteristis should a good ambassador have?
  10. Who is your mayor?
  11. What are the main political parties in your country?
  12. How do you decide how you will vote?
  13. Who represents you in your local and national government?
  14. How long is the term of elected officials in your country?
  15. Which party is now in power in your country?
  16. When were they elected?
  17. Who is the leader of this party?
  18. How has your political views changed during your lifetime?
  19. How can we get more people to vote?
  20. Is voting a important responsibility of a citizen?
  21. Why do you think voting is important?
  22. How are elections financed?
  23. Do you think too much money is spent on campaigns?
  24. How can campaigns be better organized?
  25. How could elections be more representative?

pollution

  1. What is pollution?
  2. Have you heard of smog?
  3. How can pollution be reduced in the country?
  4. What can you do to help prevent pollution?
  5. Who do you think should be responsible for pollution?
  6. How is pollution effecting the environment?

Amazing discoveries in the field of Psychology.

  1. Cognitive dissonance This is perhaps one of the weirdest and most unsettling findings in psychology. Cognitive dissonance is the idea that we find it hard to hold two contradictory beliefs, so we unconsciously adjust one to make it fit with the other. In the classic study students found a boring task more interesting if they were paid less to take part. Our unconscious reasons like this: if I didn't do it for money, then I must have done it because it was interesting. As if by magic, a boring task becomes more interesting because otherwise I can't explain my behaviour.
    The reason it's unsettling is that our minds are probably performing these sorts of rationalisations all the time, without our conscious knowledge. So how do we know what we really think?
  2. Hallucinations are common Hallucinations are like waking dreams and we tend to think of them as markers of serious mental illness. In fact they are more common amongst 'normal' people than we might imagine. One-third of us report having experienced hallucinations, with 20% experiencing hallucinations once a month and 2% once a week (Ohayon, 2000).
    Similarly 'normal' people often have paranoid thoughts, as in this study I reported previously in which 40% experienced paranoid thoughts on a virtual journey. The gap between people with mental illness and the 'sane' is a lot smaller than we'd like to think.
  3. The placebo effect Perhaps you've had the experience that a headache improves seconds after you take an aspirin? This can't be the drug because it takes at least 15 minutes to kick in. That's the placebo effect: your mind knows you've taken a pill, so you feel better. In medicine it seems strongest in the case of pain: some studies suggest a placebo of saline (salty water) can be as powerful as morphine (Hrobjartsson et al., 2001). Some studies even suggest that 80% of the power of Prozac is placebo.
    The placebo effect is counter-intuitive because we easily forget that mind and body are not separate.
  4. Obedience to authority Most of us like to think of ourselves as independently-minded. We feel sure that we wouldn't harm another human being unless under very serious duress. Certainly something as weak as being ordered to give someone an electric shock by an authority figure in a white coat wouldn't be enough, would it?
    Stanley Milgram's famous study found it was. 63% of participants kept giving electric shocks to another human being despite the victim screaming in agony and eventually falling silent.
    Situations have huge power to control our behaviour and it's a power we don't notice until it's dramatically revealed in studies like this.
  5. Choice blindness We all know the reasons for our decisions, right? For example, you know why you're attracted to someone?
    Don't be so sure. In one study people were easily tricked into justifying choices they didn't actually make about who they found attractive. Under some circumstances we exhibit choice blindness: we seem to have little or no awareness of choices we've made and why. We then use rationalisations to try and cover our tracks.

Questions about psychology

  1. What is psychology? Can you define it exactly?
  2. What are your personal qualities? What personal qualities do you admire in others?
  3. What is/are your default(s)?
  4. Have you heard of any psychological illnesses?
  5. Can you describe any personal experience with friends involving psychology?
  6. Have you ever given advice to someone else?
  7. What kinds of psychological problems can people have? What therapy can be recommended for psychological problems?
  8. Do you read psychologycal books ?
  9. Nowadays, psychology is very important. Do we use psychology in our daily lives? Can you describe a situation where psychology is used at work, in an interview or in any other situation?
  10. Have you heard the term 'reverse psychology'? Can you give an example of where it might be used?

public Speaking and presentations

  1. Have you ever made a public speech?
  2. If so, how did you feel about it?/If not, how would you feel if you had to?
  3. What makes a good public speaker in your opinion? Can you name any examples?
  4. Can you think of any speeches which have become famous the world over? On what occasion were they made? By whom? Why did they become famous?
  5. Have you ever listened to a good public speaker? What good techniques did they have?
  6. What makes a good presentation?
  7. What mistakes can be made during presentations?
  8. What should be born in mind when giving presentations to people in International English?

A quotation is a sentence that was written or spoken by someone and remembered by others. Most quotations were made by famous people.

Discuss these famous quotations

  1. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. - Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
  2. Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so. - Bertrand Russell British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)
  3. The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving. - Russell Green
  4. The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. - Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)
  5. I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that! - Tom Lehrer (1928 - )
  6. Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. - W. C. Fields (1880 - 1946)
  7. Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. - George Bernard Shaw
  8. We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry
  9. In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. - George Orwell 1903-1950
  10. If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur. - Doug Larsen
  11. More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. - Woody Allen
  12. One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. - Will Durrant 1885 - 1981
  13. "It is a secret in the Oxford sense. You may tell it to only one person at a time." Lord Franks
  14. "The head cannot take in more than the seat can endure." Winston Churchill on long speeches
  15. "Only the insane take themselves seriously." Max Beerbohm
  16. "To be uncertain is uncomfortable; but to be certain is ridiculous." Goethe
  17. "Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words." Sir Arthur Bryant
  18. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Santayana
  19. "When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom." Confucius

Radio

Show format ideas

prepare a short episode from one of these show formats and role play it with a partner

  1. The unfair quiz. (3 people) A quiz is heavily biased towards one contestant. The loser becomes increasingly annoyed

Questions

  1. What radio station is your favourite? Why?
  2. What kind of radio show format makes the most interesting show.
  3. Are live radio shows more exciting than recorded radio shows?
  1. What difficulties do employees have while recruiting?
  2. What are the possible consequences of hiring the wrong candidate?
  3. Do you think that people can really change during their working lives? If so, explain how? If not, explain why?
  4. Why are personal characteristics so significant to the employer?
  5. How can the employers actually select the best candidates, avoiding the worst?
  6. Say whether these statements are true or false, according to the article.

Recruitment

  1. What difficulties do employees have while recruiting?
  2. What are the possible consequences of hiring the wrong candidate?
  3. Do you think that people can really change during their working lives? If so, explain how? If not, explain why?
  4. Why are personal characteristics so significant to the employer?
  5. How can the employers actually select the best candidates, avoiding the worst?
  6. Say whether these statements are true or false, according to the article.

True or false?

  1. Employing anyone the company may be sure that they can change and mould the person they need from the appropriate candidate.
  2. Fundamental people remain much the same during all their working life.
  3. If professionals work in human resources (HR) department the company may avoid all the possible mistakes.
  4. There is certain danger in hiring a psychologically unstable person.
  5. personal crises can produce an evil influence on the way we work.
  6. Investing in training of the employees can solve all the problems.
  7. There is little use in relying on the possible changes in this or that person.
  8. If a company recruits the wrong candidate it may have to pay for it later.
  9. Most people suppose that personality can change and they are right to think so.
  10. It is always worthwhile to invest in the education or additional training of the employees.

Grin and bear it.
Keep a stiff upper lip.
Tolerate your situation without complaining
put up with your situation without complaining
I can not put up with the heat in my office any longer, so I will buy a fan to keep cool.

World religions

  1. How many world religions can you name? Where are they mainly based?
  2. Do you go to a place of worship? Where ?
  3. Do people need religion? What can religion give to people?

requests

  1. Would you mind doing me a favour?
  2. Could you do me a favour?
  3. Can I ask you a favour?
  4. Would you mind...?
  5. Could you ...?

After your introduction, make a few requests from students using the language points above: Could I ask you a favour? Would you mind opening the door for me? Could you do me a favour? Would you wipe the board for me? After about ten requests, ask the class to try to remember what you just asked. usually, they will just remember the actual request such as open the door. If that is the case, ask them how you said it. Write any expressions they come up with on the board. Then cover the other expressions that they couldn't remember.

pairs As and Bs

You A need help with your homework and you are planning to go away this weekend.

You B can help with the homework but would like them to help you fix your car this weekend in return.


A. You invite your friend B to your flat for the weekend to help you paint a room.

B. You would like to visit As flat but you don't really want to work to hard. Suggest other things that you might like to do instead.


A. You are the boss and you ask B to work overtime this weekend to complete an important customer order. The company has very little money and can't afford to lose this important customer.

B. You complain as much as possible before agreeing to work overtime. You eventually use this as a chance to ask for a pay rise.


A. You try hard to pursuade your best friend B to go with you to an expensive restuarant. You know it's a good idea as they usually buy you expensive drinks and extras.

B. You make all sorts of excuses for not going as you always seem to end up paying for the meals. You don't want to say this to them as it might upset them so at first you make other excuses for not wanting to go.


A. You want to borrow 40,000 from your old friend B. To help you buy a new car.

B. You are a friend of A but you think they are not very responsible with money. You remind them about the last time they made a mistake and bought something that was too expensive. Eventually you agree to lend them the money with some conditions.


A. You ask B to play violin at your wedding reception. They have always told you how good they are at the violin.

B. Somehow A thinks you are a great violinist. You don't know why they think this but haven't ever told them that you only had three lessons when you were young. They want you to play for them but you make excuses for not playing.


A. You ask B to give you a lift to Budapest. You can't drive and must get there immediately. B is a collegue but not a friend so you ask very politely as there is nobody else who can drive you today.

B. You don't really want to go as you are very busy. You try to negotiate a large payment for driving this far at short notice.

Restaurants

  1. How often do you eat out?
  2. Where do you usually go when you eat out?
  3. How much do you usually pay when you eat out?
  4. Who do you usually go with when you eat out?
  5. Do you like western food? Japanese? Thai? Italian?
  6. Can you name restaurants in this area that serve food from other countries?
    1. What kinds of foods do these restaurants serve?
    2. Have you ever eaten at any of them?
  7. Do you ever eat greasy food? Salty? Sweet? Spicy?
  8. Do you know how to order food in English?
    1. Have you ever done so?
    2. If so, was it easy to do so?
  9. Do you ever eat at McDonalds? KFC? Other fast food restaurants?
  10. What is your favourite appetizer? Main Course? Dessert?
  11. Do you ever drink alcoholic beverages when you eat out?
    1. If so, what do you drink?
  12. Do you know what a Caesar salad is? Buffalo wings? Nachos? Chicken fried steak?
  13. Did you enjoy eating out in other countries you have visited?
    1. Which country had the best food?
    2. Which foods did you enjoy the most?
    3. Did you think the cost was high or low?
  14. Do you know anyone who has owned a restaurant?
  15. Have you ever worked in a restaurant?
    1. If so, what kind of restaurant?
    2. How long did you work there?
    3. Did you enjoy your job?
  16. How many different types of salad dressing can you name?
    1. What salad dressings can you name?
  17. Do you worry about calories and fat content when you eat out?
    1. How about cholesterol ?
    2. How about insecticides and other chemicals?
  18. Would you send a dish back if it did not taste good or you received the wrong food?
  19. Do you ever leave a tip at a restaurant? How much?
  20. In what ways have people's eating habits changed nowadays?
  21. Do you think western food is too expensive? Why or why not?
  22. Have you ever had a restaurant cater a party at your house?
    1. If not, would you consider it?
    2. If so, were you happy with the service?
    3. Would you do it again?
    4. What kind of food did they serve?
  23. Who pays when you go out for dinner?
  24. What's the worst experience you ever had at a restaurant?
  25. What's the most disgusting food you ever ate in a restaurant?
  26. Do you like eating at buffets? Why or why not?
    1. Where was the best buffet you've ever eaten at?
    2. What kinds of foods were there?
  27. Have you ever eaten at an all-you-can-eat restaurant?
    1. Did you eat too much?
    2. Do you think it was a good value?
    3. Was the taste as good as a regular restaurant?
  28. Why do you think westerners are usually heavier than Asians?
  29. Do you ever order out from a restaurant?
    1. What kind of foods?
  30. Do you think this area has a good variety of foreign restaurants?
    1. What other kinds of restaurants would you like to see opened?
  31. Can kids eat free at any of the restaurants you go to?
    1. Do senior citizens get a discount?
    2. Are there times of the day when anyone can get a discount?
  32. Have you ever been to a restaurant with valet service?
  33. Do you like to try new restaurants, or do you prefer to go to those you have already been to? Why?
  34. Do you care what a restaurant looks like, or is the food the only thing you care about?
  35. What do you think about children crying in a restaurant when you are trying to eat?
  36. What do you think about people smoking in a restaurant when you are trying to eat?
    1. What would you think if you saw the cook at the restaurant smoking while he is cooking your food?
  37. Do you prefer fresh ingredients prepared by a chef as you order or do you prefer pre-cooked food?

Sarcasm

They say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Sometimes that is true and we should avoid using these low forms, but it can be mixed with similies or other language with good results. Generally when someone is being sarcastic, their meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning of the words they use. You can often hear this reverse meaning in the intonation.

  1. That's all I need.
    This can mean. Oh no! That is the last thing I need right now.

Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.

SARCASM

the use of remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and which are made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize something in a humorous way "You have been working hard, " he said with heavy sarcasm, as he looked at the empty page.

IRONY

a situation in which something which was intended to have a particular result has the opposite or a very different result The irony (of it) is that the new tax system will burden those it was intended to help.

SATIRE

a way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style political satire Her play was a biting/cruel satire on life in the 80s.

School

  1. How many schools have you been to?
  2. Which days do you go to school? I go to school everyday except for saturday and sunday. (Weekends)
  3. When do you leave home to go to school? About half-past seven every morning.
  4. How do you get/travel to school? I go by car.
  5. How far is it? About five kilometres.
  6. Where is your school? It's near the city centre.
  7. How many students are there in your school? About 400.
  8. What ages are they? The youngest are 10 and the oldest are 18 years old.
  9. What do you learn/study at school?
  10. What was your favourite subject? My favourite subject is maths.
  11. How many lessons do you have every week? I have five lessons per week.
  12. Did you like your teachers?
  13. Did you ever work together in groups?
  14. Did you have homework?

Science and Technology

  1. What do you think are the three most important or interesting inventions since 1850? How about since 1950?
  2. Do you think pets should be cloned? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think people should be allowed to clone people or organs of people? Why?
  4. What do you think about GMO (genetically modified organisms) vegetables? Is it better to use natural food although it might not produce as much or should we use GMO crops?
  5. What do you think about GMO farm animals? Would you eat pork from a GMO pig?
  6. Do you think couples should be allowed to choose the sex or other characteristics of their baby like eye color? Why or why not?
  7. Are you willing to pay more for food that is really organic? How much more?
  8. What do you think robots should be used for?
  9. Do you think robots will cause unemployment (loss of jobs) in the future or make more work? Why?
  10. Do you think using cell phones too much is bad for our physical or mental health? Why?
  11. If you could copy your brain for future generations, would you?
  12. How do you think face to face communication differs from communication using computers?
  13. What changes have social changes have cell phones made?
  14. What are good and bad points of using computers?
  15. Do you think to stop global warming that the amount of car driving should be limited or changed? For example, should there be some kind of encouragement to use public transportation or to do car pooling?
  16. What are some local ways you have seen to reduce waste and pollution or conserve energy?
  17. In your life time what changes have you seen in your environment for better or worse?
  18. Do you think modern technology reduces or increases stress? Why?
  19. Do you think money should be spent to explore space or is it better spent helping people on earth? Why?
  20. What is your opinion about children playing violent videogames or computer programs?
  21. Should anything be allowed to be posted on the Internet or should certain things be restricted like child pornography, grossly violent real scenes and suicide or hate encouragements?
  22. What do you think should be done to people who spread viruses, start hoaxes or create SpAM on the Internet?
  23. How often do you buy things via the Internet? Why do you buy this often or not buy online?
  24. Do you worry about identity theft or credit card number theft when buying things on the Internet or do you avoid buying things online because of this concern?
  25. Have you used a chat site? Have you ever used voice chat? What do you think about it?
  26. Have you used the Internet to learn English or read or talk in English? What are the pros and cons (good and bad points) about improving your English by Internet rather than with a teacher?

Sea

  1. Have you ever been on a boat or ship when the sea is rough?

Self-employment

  1. Are you self-employed?
  2. Have you always been self-employed?
  3. Why did you start your own business?
  4. What are some things that you need to consider when starting your own business?
  5. Is it easy to start a business in your country?
  6. Have you ever worked for a self-employed person?
  7. Would you be happier if you were self-employed?
  8. What are some of the difficulties in being self-employed?

Silly Questions

  1. If buttered bread drops on the floor , is it more likely to land butter-side down?
  2. How much TV do you watch every day?
  3. Can animals speak?
  4. Would you rather kiss a crocodile or a bear?
  5. Do we really need mouse pads?
  6. If you were a colour, what would you be? Why?

Single Life

  1. Why do you think some people remain single?
  2. Would you like to be single all your life?
  3. Is it better to be single or married? Why?
  4. What are the advantages of being single?
  5. Do you think that single people are happier?
  6. Do you think it is easier for man or woman to be single?
  7. Why did you think some people prefer to be single?
  8. How do you think single people feel on Valentine's Day?
  9. Do you think that there is a soulmate somewhere for everyone?
  10. Do you think that single people like being single?
  11. In your country, what do people think about a woman in her 30s who is unmarried?
  12. In your country, what do people think about a man in his 30s who is unmarried?
  13. In your country, do single people of opposite sex ever live together as roommates, not as boyfriend/girlfriend?

Sleep

  1. Does anything keep you awake at night?
  2. Do you sleep regularly, at the same time every evening?

Social problems

  1. Are there food kitchens for the needy in your country?
  2. Are there homeless shelters in your country?
  3. Are there many homeless people where you live?
  4. Are there many suicides in your country?
  5. Are there nursing homes in your country?
  6. Do you agree that teachers should use corporal punishment as a means of discipline?
  7. Do you know anyone who is homeless?
  8. Do you think in vitro fertilization should be available to parents so they can choose the sex of their child?
  9. Do you think it's acceptable for parents to use corporal punishment as a means of discipline? Why/why not?
  10. Do you think people should be allowed to smoke in public buildings?
  11. Do you think that minorities should be given job priority because of their race? Why/why not?
  12. Have you ever been a volunteer at a hospital?
  13. Have you ever experienced discrimination?
  14. Have you ever known someone with an addiction?
  15. In an overpopulated world, should people be free to have as many children as they want?
  16. Is there assistance available to people that are homeless?
  17. Is there public assistance in your country?
  18. What are some expectations parents have for their children?
  19. What are some reasons people use illegal drugs?
  20. What are some reasons that people become homeless?
  21. What are some things people can do to eliminate discrimination and prejudice?
  22. What are some ways we can help homeless people?
  23. What do you think is the most serious problem in the world?
    1. Why do you think so?
    2. What can we do as individuals to solve this problem?
  24. What do you think when you see a homeless person?
  25. What types of noise pollution do you hate the most?
  26. Who takes care of the elderly when they are no longer able to care for themselves?
  27. Does poverty cause crime?
  28. Have you ever experienced discrimination on a personal level?
  29. What is racism?
  30. Does the evil of dowry infest your society? How many women have become victim to this in your country?
  31. How many dowry deaths are reported in a year in your country?
  32. Graffiti is considered a social problem. Here are some related questions.
    1. What is graffiti? Where do you see it? i.e. walls, trains
    2. What messages do you see? i.e. political, love messages, funny, personal, poetic?
    3. Should the government punish those who write graffiti?
    4. Should the government reserve places for those who want to write graffiti?
    5. Is graffiti a type of "art"?
    6. If you were allowed to write something, what would you say?
    7. What can we do about graffiti writers?
  33. What are some ways we can wear words and slogans? i.e. badges, clothes, hats etc.
  34. What should be done about football hooligans?
  35. Is it morally right to spend a lot of money on pets, rather than helping people in need?

Choosing a good software package for your business

What things need to be taken into consideration when choosing a software package or module for your business?

  1. bespoke
  2. software package
  3. business requirements
  4. off-the-shelf

Sports

  1. Are you good at sports?
    1. What sports are you good at?
      1. If so, when did you start?
      2. How often do you do/play this sport?
      3. How/where did you learn this sport?
      4. Did your play for your school?
    2. Do you often play sports?
  2. What other sports are you good at? (tennis,rugby,hockey,swimming ...)
  3. Are you a member of any sports team? If not, have you ever been?
  4. Do you ever listen to sports commentary on the radio?
  5. Do you ever go jogging?
  6. Do you know how to play golf?
  7. Do you like to exercise?
  8. Do you like to watch sports on TV? (motor sports,wrestling,tennis etc.)
  9. Do you think athletes earn enough money, not enough money or too much money?
  10. Do you think everybody should practice sports?
  11. Do you think playing sports helps people work better as a team at work?
  12. Do you think that parents are too involved in their children's sports activities?
  13. Have you ever been skiing?
  14. Have you ever been to a soccer game? (...a football match)
  15. Have you ever played golf?
  16. Have you ever been to watch a professional game?
  17. Have you ever played tennis with your mother?
  18. Have you ever tried snow-boarding?
  19. How often do you exercise?
  20. How often do you go swimming?
    1. Where do you go?
    2. Who do you go with?
  21. How often do you ___? (play tennis, swim, go surfing, ...)
  22. Is it good that professional sport is so commercial nowadays?
  23. Were you on a sports team in high school?
  24. Were you on any sports teams in high school?
    1. How about junior high school?
    2. How about now?
  25. What do you think is the most popular sport in the world?
  26. What do you think of pro wrestling? Thai kick boxing? Japanese sumo?
  27. What do you think of women playing hockey professionally?
  28. What do you think the top five most watched sports are in the world?
  29. What is the most dangerous sport?
  30. What is the most expensive sport?
  31. What is the most popular sport in your country?
  32. What is your favourite summer sport?
  33. What is your favourite team sport?
  34. What is your favourite winter sport?
  35. What new sports would you like to try?
  36. What sport do you think is the most dangerous?
  37. What sport do you think is the most expensive?
  38. What sports did you do in junior high school?
    1. How about high school?
    2. How about now?
  39. What sports do you follow?
    1. What sports do you watch?
  40. What sports do you hate to watch?
  41. What sports do you like to play?
  42. What sports do you like to watch live?
  43. What sports do you like to watch on TV?
  44. What sports do you like to watch?
  45. What sports do you think are the best?
  46. What's a sport that you don't like? Why don't you like it?
  47. What's your favourite baseball team?
  48. What's your favourite sport?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. How often do you play it?
    3. How often do you watch it?
  49. When did you start ___? (playing tennis, swimming, learning to snowboard, ...)
  50. When was the last time you went to a baseball game?
  51. Where do you usually ___? (play tennis, swim, ...)
  52. Where is the nearest stadium to your house?
  53. Which do you prefer, baseball or volleyball? (..., tennis or golf)
  54. Which sport would you not let your child play? Why?
  55. Who do you think is the best athlete in the world? In your country?
  56. Who is your favourite professional athlete? Why?
  57. Who swims better, your mother or your father?
  58. Would you like to become a champion at Wimbledon?
  59. Would you rather go swimming or skiing?
  60. How do you feel about extreme sports? Would you like to try any of these?
  61. Does it bother you that people gamble on sporting events?
  62. In some cultures, fishing is a sport. Is fishing viewed as a sport in your culture or solely a way of living?
  63. If you had the opportunity to do away with any sport, what sport would you do away with? Why?
  64. Which Olympic sports do you like to watch on TV?
  65. Does your country do better at the summer or the winter Olympics?
  66. Do you think that the Olympics are important, or have there been too many negative things (use of performance-enhancing drugs, corrupt judges) in recent history?

Ireland and Saint patrick

  1. What do you know about Ireland?
  2. What badge or emblem is associated with Ireland?
  3. What is a shamrock?
  4. Who is Saint patrick?
  5. When is St. patrick's Day?
  6. What do you know about St. patrick's Day?
  7. What colour do you wear on St. patrick's Day?
  8. How do you celebrate St. patrick's Day?
  9. What drink is popular on St. patrick's Day?
  10. What stories are associated with this Day?
  11. What countries celebrate St. patrick's Day?
  12. If you had to go to a St. patrick's Day celebration what would you wear?
  13. Have you ever been to an Saint patrick's Day parade?
  14. Is there a Saint patrick's Day parade in your city or country?
  15. What is the name of the delicious black Irish beer with a white creamy head?
  16. What is an Irish coffee?
  17. What Irish songs do you know?
  18. What Irish singers do you know? Are there any living in your country?
  19. What are the colors of the Irish flag?
  20. What musical instrument is on the Irish flag?
  21. What is a leprechaun?
  22. What did Saint patrick do in Ireland?
  23. What symbol did Saint patrick use to explain Christianity? Why?
  24. When was Saint patrick alive?
  25. When did St. patrick die?

Staff Training

  1. What learning styles are there?
  2. Which learning styles do you prefer when you are being trained?
  3. What qualities do you think make a successful company trainer?
  1. self study
  2. face to face
  3. one to one

Stress

  1. Have you been under stress recently?
  2. Can you relax at home?
  3. Do you like being busy?
  4. Do you keep your worries a secret from other people?
  5. What conversation topics can be stressful?
  6. Is it easy for you to make decisions about important things?
  7. Can alcohol cure stress temporarily?
  8. Which would you choose: A stressful job with very high pay or a relaxing job with considerably lower pay?
  9. What is the most stressful job you can think of?
  10. When stressful do you like to listen to a certain kind of music?

Open Questions

  1. What things cause stress?
  2. How do you know if someone is feeling stressed.
  3. How does stress affect you?
  4. Do you get angry easily?
  5. What can you do to avoid stress?
  6. Do you think stress is ever good, useful, or necessary?
  7. Do you feel tense when you meet someone for the first time?
  8. Do you like to relax or be active when you are stressful?
  9. Is being single less stressful than married life?

Most stressful

Which of these situations are the most stressful?

  1. Divorce
  2. Going on holiday
  3. Moving house
  4. Living in a foreign country
  5. Losing your job
  6. Clashing with your boss
  7. Visiting the dentist
  8. Being robbed

personal

  1. Have you felt stress recently?
    1. Did the stressful feeling last a long time or a short time?
    2. Had the cause of the stress happened to you before or was this a new situation?
  2. How often do you think you feel too much stress?
  3. Do you feel too busy sometimes?
  4. In what way does a too full schedule lead to stress?
  5. If you are very busy at work or at school, do you have ways to balance your life?
  6. If you have nothing to do, do you enjoy yourself or do you get bored?
  7. Does stress make it hard for you to think or act?
  8. How can you judge what is the right amount of stress for you?
  9. Is your stress caused by relationships with other people?
    1. At work? At school?
    2. At home?
    3. With best friends?
    4. With partners?
    5. Can you think of some examples?
  10. Does stress come when you worry about your life?
  11. Do you have anyone you can talk to when you are worried?

Stressful Situations

  1. Are there situations that you find stressful?
  2. Do you get nervous if you have to make a speech?
  3. Do you work or study for long hours under stressful conditions?
  4. Does the place you live have a low-stress environment?
  5. Can you be alone as much as you like?
  6. Can you be with friends as often as you like?
  7. Can you relax when you are sleeping away from home?
  8. In what kinds of situations do you observe other people feeling stressed?
  9. What are some situations that you enjoy?
  10. What are some situations that make you feel stressful?
  11. How can you eliminate stressful situations?
  12. plan a low-stress, cheap, one-day holiday.

Living Stress Free

  1. How can you live a stress free life?
  2. Can you give five suggestions that would be inexpensive?
  3. Can you give five suggestions for children?
  4. Can you give five suggestions for the wintertime?
  5. Give us suggestions for making school life less stressful.
  6. When stressful do you like to listen to a certain kind of music?
  7. Do certain colors make you feel happier?
  8. Do you always follow the same pattern to relieve stress or do you try different things?
  9. How do you reduce stress in your life? Do you think they would be considered good or bad ways of dealing with stress?

Ghosts and Superstitions

  1. Do you believe in ghosts?
  2. Do you believe that dead people come back to life as ghosts?
  3. Would you talk to a ghost?
  4. Do you know anyone who has said that they have seen a ghost?
  5. Have you ever come in contact with a ghost? (Have you ever seen a ghost?)
  6. If one of your friends told you they had seen a ghost, would you believe him/her? Why/Why not?
  7. What is the scariest ghost story you know?
  8. Is there an area where you live (park, house, etc.) that is known to be haunted? If so, what is the story or legend that makes people believe this area is haunted? Have you ever visited this place?
  9. Do you believe that houses can be haunted? Have you ever been to one?
  10. Do you believe that houses have ghosts in them sometimes?
  11. Were you ever touched or physically harmed by a ghost or "spirit"? If so, how?
  12. If you were a ghost who and where would you haunt?
  13. How do you know if a ghost is near you?
    1. If you don't believe in ghosts, then what have you heard other people say?
  14. If you don't believe in ghost, tell why?
  15. If you don't believe in ghost, and you actually have seen one, what were your reactions?
  16. Have you ever felt that you knew a ghost that you saw?
  17. If you were a ghost, who or what would you haunt?
  18. Why do people say they see ghosts even though they sometimes do not?
  19. Do you put any faith in the modern day ghost hunters?
  20. Can you recall any strange or unexplained events in your life?
  21. Do you believe your ancestors are watching you?
  22. What do you about the image movies give us about aliens?

Superstitions

  1. Do you think that there is truth behind superstitions?
  2. Do you walk under ladders?
  3. What are some superstitions in your country?
    1. What are some things that are considered unlucky?
    2. What are some things that are considered lucky?
  4. What numbers are considered to be lucky and unlucky in your country?
  5. A four-leaf clover is often considered lucky. What are some other things which are considered lucky.
  6. Do you have a lucky number?

psychics, Fortunetellers and Knowing the Future

  1. Have you ever gone to a psychic?
    1. If so, what were you told?
    2. Did you believe it?
  2. Why do some people consult psychics before doing important things?
  3. Do you know anyone that has ever been to a psychic?
  4. Why do some people need fortunetellers?
  5. How do people predict the future in your country?
  6. Do you believe in horoscopes?
  7. Do you read your horoscope? If so, do you believe it?
  8. Do you think that dreams come true?
  9. Do you think that dreams can help us solve our problems?
  10. Have you ever had a dream come true? / Have you ever had a dream that later came true?
  11. Do you think that some people can predict the future?
  12. What is your blood type?
    1. Do you believe that you can tell a lot about a person from his/her blood type?
    2. Do you believe that blood types can tell what a person's personality is?
  13. Is the belief in uFOs, aliens, physic powers, etc, growing because belief in religion is dying?
  14. What is your star sign?
  15. Do you believe the predictions contained within your horoscope?
  16. Are horoscopes important?
  17. Do you read your horoscope often? Does it come true?
  18. Does your star sign describe your personality traits well?

The unexplained

  1. Has anything ever happened to you that you cannot explain?
  2. Do you believe that there are many things in our universe that cannot be explained? Give examples.
  3. Do you believe that you are from another planet?
    1. Do you believe you have supernatural powers there?
    2. Have you ever tried to contact another planet?
    3. Did you succeed?

unsorted

  1. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  2. Have you ever felt that you knew someone the first time you met them?
  3. Have you ever visited a foreign country or city for the first time and found that you knew exactly where things were?
  4. Have you ever looked in the mirror and 'seen' a different face?
  5. What do you think a spirit would look like?
  6. Is the belief in uFOs, aliens, physic powers, etc, growing because the belief in religion is dying?

ESp

  1. Do you believe in ESp?
  2. How can a person know what kind of ESp abilities he/she has?
    1. What do you think are some ways of developing these abilities?

uFOs

  1. Do you believe that uFOs exist? / Do you believe in uFOs?
  2. Do you know anyone who has said that they have seen a uFO?
  3. Have you ever seen a uFO?
    1. Do you know anyone who says that they have?
  4. If you saw a uFO but were alone and had no proof would you tell anyone? Who?
  5. Do you think that uFOs from other planets visit Earth?
  6. What would you do if you were taken aboard a uFO?
  7. Do you believe there is life on other planets?
  8. Have you ever seen an E.T.?
    1. Do you know anyone who says that they have?

Aliens

  1. (perhaps you should also explain that alien sometimes means a person from another country.)
  2. Do you believe in aliens?
  3. Do you think that you are an alien?
  4. Do you think aliens are monsters?
  5. If you saw an alien what do you would do?
  6. Have you ever seen an alien?
  7. Has anyone ever told you that he or she has seen an alien?

Other Questions

  1. Are you afraid of spirits?
  2. Do you believe in angels?
  3. Do you believe in witches why or why not.
  4. Do you believe in astrology? What is your astrological sign?
  5. Do you believe in coincidences? Why or why not?
  6. Do you believe in God? Why or why not?
  7. Do you believe in life after death?
  8. Do you believe in vampires? / Do you believe that vampires exist?
  9. In many countries people believe in ghosts, spirits and dragons. Is this true in your country, and why do you think these beliefs are so common?
  10. What is the most frightening things that has ever happened to you?
  1. What is the most frightening experience you have ever had?
  2. Have you ever been in a graveyard or cemetry at night?
  3. What happens to dead people?
  4. Does anything happen to bad people when they die?
  5. Is their life after death?
  6. Have you ever tried to contact spirits?
  7. Are there such things as miracles?
  8. Do horror films scare you?
  9. Ghossts
    1. Do you believe in ghosts?
    2. Have you ever been in a scarry old house?
    3. Have you ever seen a ghost?
      1. Did it talk to you?
    4. What would you do if you saw a ghost?

Superstition

  1. What are superstitions?
  2. Do you know anyone who is very superstitious?
  3. Can you think of a group of people who are more superstitious than others?
  4. please share one superstition from your culture.
  5. please share one superstition you believe in.
  6. What superstitions from English speaking cultures do you know ?

Questions

  1. Do you like swimming?
  2. Where do you like to go swimming?
  3. What is the place like?
  4. What things are you not allowed to do in the pool?
  5. What things do you take with you to the swimming pool?
  6. Can you touch the bottom?
  7. How do you get into the pool?
  8. Do you have swimming races?

What is a Swimming Strke?

A swimming stroke is a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward.

Swimming strokes should create the least possible water resistance. When swimming, there should be a minimum of splashing so that forward motion is smooth and not jerky.

Types f Swimming Strkes

  1. Butterfly

    The most difficult and exhausting stroke. The swimmer makes windmill-like movements of both of their arms together at the same time.

  2. Breast Stroke

    Your legs kick like a frogs and altrenately your arms move through the water together sideways.

  3. Crawl

    You lie face down in the water and move your arms like wheels over and under the water. Keep your head under the water, breathing from the sides as you go.

  4. Freestyle

    Swimming where any strke is used.

  5. Backstrke

    Face up in with youback in the water you travel in the direction of the top of your head.

Teenagers

  1. Do you think teenagers today should show more respect for adults? (teachers, parents etc)
  2. What do you think about teenagers who dye their hair blue, green, or another crazy colour?
  3. Do you think that wearing uniforms to school is a good idea?
  4. What type of punishment did your parents use when you were a teenager?
  5. At what age should teenagers leave home?
  6. At what age did you leave home?
  7. What would you do if your teenage son or daughter got a tattoo?
  8. What would you do if your teenage son or daughter shaved his or her head?
  9. How do you feel about swearing? Does it matter if teenagers sometimes use bad language?
  10. What do you think about rock videos today?
  11. What do you think parents can do to help teenagers avoid depression?
  12. Do you believe in anti-depression drugs?
  13. Do you think teenagers today have it 'too easy'?
  14. Did you have a good relationship with your parents? Why or why not?
  15. Do you think it's a good idea to give teenagers a lot of freedom? (example: come home when you like)
  16. Do teenagers in your former country have problems with drugs or alcohol?
  17. What can you do to keep your teenager away from drugs and alcohol?
  18. Is teenage suicide a problem?
  19. What is the most important thing a parent can do for a teenager?
  20. Why do you think some teenagers do good things and others (in the same family often) do bad things?
  21. At what age should a teenage girl have her first serious boyfriend? boys?
  22. How old were you when you had your first serious relationship?
  23. What can society do to help teenagers who have problems at home?
  24. Are there more pregnant teenage girls in Canada and the u.S. than in your country? Why?
  25. What is the best advice you could give to a teenager growing up in this culture?
  26. Do you think that advertising plays an important role in how teenagers think?
  27. Should teenagers work? why or why not?
  28. Did you work when you were a teenager?
  29. If you could be a teenager again, would you do anything differently?
  30. Do you think it is better to raise teenagers in the city, a small town, or the country?
  31. What is it like to be a teenager in your society?

Television

Some related questions can be found on the Entertainment page.

  1. Are you going to watch TV tonight?
    1. If so, what will you watch?
  2. What did you watch on TV yesterday?
  3. What is one of your favourite TV shows?
    1. Why do you like it?
    2. When is it on?
    3. Does you father like it, too?
  4. Do you like ___? (Insert the name of a TV show.)
  5. Do you prefer listening to the radio or watching TV?
  6. Do you think it is good for children to watch TV?
  7. Do you think TV is educational?
  8. Do you think that there is too much violence on TV?
  9. Do you think that TV is a good thing?
  10. If you could design a new television show to boost ratings, what kind of show would it be?
  11. How often do you watch TV.
  12. What are the advantages of watching TV?
  13. What are the disadvantages of watching TV?
  14. What do you usually watch on TV?
  15. What kind of TV programs do you usually watch?
  16. What kind of TV shows do you not like? Why?
  17. What TV commercials do you like? Which ones do you hate?
  18. What TV commercials do you like? Why?
    1. What's your favourite commercial?
    2. What is the purpose of advertising a product?
    3. Do you think there are subliminal messages?
    4. When you drive or walk, do you get distracted by advertisements on buses or billboards?
    5. When you go food shopping, do you buy foods you've seen in TV commercials?
    6. Do you like the _____ advertisements? If not, why? (You can substitute any company's name.)
    7. Do you think it's right to see naked women in TV commercials selling beauty products?
  19. What types of TV program are there?
    1. Which type do you like best?
  20. When do you usually watch TV?
  21. Do you think that TV makes people lazy?
  22. Do you think too much time is spent watching TV?
  23. Does TV make a person passive? Does TV take away a person's ability to think for himself or herself?
  24. Do you think that TV prevents people from communicating?
  25. What do you think of TV shows that are designed to "discover new talent?"

Tell me about...?

  1. Tell me about something you love.
  2. Tell me about something you hate.
  3. Tell me about something you really care about.
  4. Tell me about someone you dislike.
  5. Tell me about a dream you've had.
  6. Tell me about a goal you have.
  7. Tell me about yourself.
  8. Tell me about your childhood.
  9. Tell me about something you believe in.
  10. Tell me about a place you've visited.
  11. Tell me about an accident you've seen.
  12. Tell me about a time when you were happy.
  13. Tell me about a time when you were sad.
  14. Tell me about a time when you were excited.
  15. Tell me about a time when you were frightened.
  16. Tell me about your favourite pastime.
  17. Tell me about chocolate.
  18. Tell me about rainy days.
  19. Tell me about something beautiful.
  20. Tell me about something ugly.
  21. Tell me about something delicious.
  22. Tell me about something pleasant.
  23. Tell me about something boring.
  24. Tell me about something with four legs.
  25. Tell me about something with a tail.
  26. Tell me about something spicy.
  27. Tell me about your education.
  28. Tell me about your work.
  29. Tell me about a teacher you had.
  30. Tell me about a boss you had.
  31. Tell me about the hardest thing you ever had to do.
  32. Tell me about a time you lied.
  33. Tell me about something you regret.
  34. Tell me about a mistake you made.
  35. Tell me about someone in your family.
  36. Tell me about your favourite book.
  37. Tell me about someone you envy?
  38. Tell me about something you've achieved?

Terror

  1. Why do people use terror?
  2. What terror actions do you remember?
  3. What should be done to prevent terror?
  4. Are you afraid of traveling because of terror?
  5. Why is terror more used in some countries than others?
  6. Do you know of any forms of terror other than bombs?
  7. Have you been a victim of terror?
  8. Do you think terror is justified?
  9. How has airline travel been affected by terrorism?
  10. Is violence ever okay?
  11. Where were you during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City?
  12. Are terror tactics ever effective? When?

Theatre

  1. Do you like novel renditions of old plays?
  2. Are you ready to listen to music that is blarred out during theatre performances?
  3. Are you crazy about any kind of modern art?
  4. Have you ever dreamed about joining an amateur dramatic society?
  5. What is an understudy? What could happen when an understudy is used on stage?
  6. Would you like to work at the theatre as a prompter?
  7. Have you ever been to a rehearsal or a premiere?
  8. What do you feel when the curtains rise and the lights go out?

Time

  1. What time do you get up in the morning?
  2. What time do you go to bed?
  3. What time does school start?
  4. What time is it?
  5. What time do you go to work?
  6. What time does you work begin?
  7. What time does you work end?
  8. Do you prefer to be late or early?
  9. What is your busiest day of the week?
  10. Do you like to be busy, or do you like to have an easy schedule?
  11. What takes up most of your time?
  12. Do you think you manage your time wisely?
  13. Do you manage time, or does time manage you?
  14. What do you do if you turn up too early for something?
  15. What do you do if you turn up too late for something?
  16. What do you do if you forget an appointment?
  17. Do you spend a lot of time when preparing for something?
  18. How much time do you spend sleeping? Do you wish you could sleep more?
  19. Does waiting for something bother you?
  20. Do you get bored easily?
  21. Do you schedule out what you have to do every week? Do you make a schedule for every day?
  22. Are you good at getting things done on time?
  23. Do you think time moves slowly or quickly?
  24. What would you do if you had a few extra hours in a day?
  25. Would you rather have more time or more money?
  26. In your culture, is it polite to always turn up on time, or to turn up a little late?
  27. How important is time in your culture?
  28. Do you think people in America are too concerned with time?
  29. Time and World History
    1. If time travel were possible, which period of world history would you like to return to? Why?
    2. How far into the future would you like to travel? What do you hope to see?
    3. On your time travels, you can take 5 objects to show people what life is like towards the end of the 20th century. What five objects would you take? Why?
  30. Which famous person from the past would you most like to meet? Why?
    1. What would you ask this person?
    2. How would you spend the time with this person?
  31. What's the most significant time of your life? (Significant for any reason: because you liked it or hated it; because of your profession; because of a relationship; or because it was a turning point in your life)
  32. What's your perception of time now? Does it go by slowly or quickly? What does this depend on?
  33. Can you do without a watch or a clock? For how long?

Tell the time in English

9:30Clock 10:15Clock Clock timeClock
Nine o'clockClock Quarter to six.Clock Twenty-five past nineClock
Five to fiveClock Quarter past sixClock Half past eight.Clock
What's the time?
What time is it?
-Telling the time

To tell someone what the time is, we can say "The time is..." or, more usually, "It's...". Here is a typical dialogue:

Question: What's the time, please?
Answer: It's three o'clock.
For Example:
more formal
It's...
3.00 three o'clock
3.02 just gone three o'clock
3.03 three minutes past three
3.05 five past three
3.09 nine minutes past three
3.10 ten past three
3.15 a quarter past three
3.20 twenty past three
3.21 twenty-one minutes past three
3.25 twenty-five past three
3.30 half past three
3.35 twenty-five to four
3.40 twenty to four
3.45 a quarter to four
3.50 ten to four
3.55 five to four
3.57 three minutes to four
3.58 nearly four c'clock
4.00 four o'clock

Questions

  1. Do you usually leave a tip?
  2. How much are you suppose to tip different people?
  3. Is tipping common in your country?
  4. Why is it important to leave tips?
  5. Can you think of jobs where tipping is an important part of the salary?
  6. When are some times you shouldn't leave a tip?
  7. When was the last time you left a tip for someone?
  8. How much do you usually leave for a tip?
  9. Would you leave a tip even if you thought the waiter or waitress didn't seem to work for it?
  10. Can you think of some places where tipping is required, not necessary or optional?
  11. Do you depend on tips for your income?
  12. What is the largest tip you have ever left?
  13. What is the largest tip you have ever received?
  14. Do you feel uncomfortable leaving tips? Why?

Traffic Accidents and Traffic Jams

Accidents

  1. Have you ever seen a traffic accident?
  2. Have you been involved in a traffic accident?
  3. Do you know someone who has been involved in a traffic accident?
  4. Have you been injured in a traffic accident?
  5. Do you think talking on cell phones can help cause traffic accidents?
  6. Do you think a motorcycle rider should be required to wear a helmet?
  7. Do you think a person should be required to wear a seat belt?
  8. What kind of insurance do you have on your car?
  9. Have you ever hit an animal at night when you were driving your car?
  10. What kind of safety features in a car would help you if you had a traffic accident?
  11. Are traffic accidents a major cause of death in your country?
  12. Which age group are most often killed in traffic accidents? (young, old, etc.?)
  13. How can traffic accidents be prevented?
  14. What are people not doing that they should to prevent deaths in traffic accidents?
  15. What are *you* not doing that you should to prevent deaths in traffic accidents?
  16. What should be done in order to prevent traffic congestion in your city?
  17. How do you feel about spending time in rush hours?

Jams

Rate these solutions:

  1. Don't allow one person to drive a car alone without passengers.
  2. Build more ring roads.
  3. Introduce a system of charges for driving into busy city centres.

Transport

  1. Are there speed limits in your country? If so:
    1. what are the speed limits for each type of road?
    2. Do most people keep to these speed limits?
    3. Are there any computerised speed limit displays, which show your actual speed?
    4. How do the police catch speeding drivers?
  2. At what age does the average person
    obtain
    a driver's license?
  3. Can you ride a motorcycle?
  4. Do you drive a car often?
  5. Do you have a bicycle?
    1. If so, when did you get it?
    2. How much did it cost?
    3. How often do you ride it?
    4. What colour is it?
  6. Do you have a car? If not, does your family have a car?
  7. Do you have a driver's license? If so, when did you get it?
  8. Do you often ride public transportation during rush hour?
  9. Do you often use public transportation?
  10. Do you ride a bicycle more than once a week?
  11. Do you always wear a seat belt?
    1. Even if you are riding in the rear seat?
    2. How about on a bus?
  12. Does your mother have a driver's license?
  13. Have you ever been in a traffic accident?
  14. Have you ever been stopped for speeding?
    1. (Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?)
  15. Have you ever gotten a parking ticket?
  16. Have you ever missed your last train or bus home? If so, how did you get home that night?
  17. Have you ever ridden a horse? How about a motorcycle?
  18. Have you every carpooled?
  19. How do you get to school?
    1. How long does it take?
    2. How much is the bus fare or the train fare?
  20. How do you think countries can reduce congestion on the roads?
  21. How many times have you traveled by airplane?
  22. How much does gasoline cost is your country?
  23. Is parking a problem in your country? (shopping malls, etc)
  24. Is there any environmentally-friendly transportation in your area?
  25. What are the most annoying bad driving habits of other drivers in your country (/or this country /or compared to this country)?
  26. What do you have to do to get a driver's license in your country? Do you think it's a good test?
  27. What do you need to do in your country to get a driver's license?
  28. What do you think is the most dangerous form of transportation? Why?
  29. What do you think is the safest form of transportation? Why?
  30. What do you usually do when riding a train or bus?
    1. Do you read?
    2. Do you sleep?
  31. What is the penalty for speeding in your country?
  32. What is your favourite kind of car? Why?
  33. What is your favourite make of car? Why?
  34. What kind of car do you have?
  35. What kind of things annoy you about other people's driving?
  36. What kind of transportation do you use most often?
  37. What's the most readily available form of public transportation where you live?
  38. What's your favourite colour for a car?
  39. What's your favourite form of transportation?
  40. When was the last time you rode a bus?
  41. Where is a good place to go for a drive?
  42. Would you like to go on a cruise? Why or why not?
  43. Do you sometimes take a taxi (cab)?
  44. How do you "call" a taxi in your country from the side of the road? (ex. raise your hand in the air, etc.)
    1. Is it expensive to take a taxi in your country?
    2. Are there seat-belts in the taxis?
    3. Is it common to give the cab driver a tip? If so, about how much do you give?
    4. Does the cab driver open the door for you, or do you open it yourself?
    5. Is it more appropriate to sit in the front or back of the taxi?

Trauma

  1. How can you help someone who has suffered if you are not a professional counsellor?
  2. When should we seek professional counseling help?
  3. Can trauma be mental and physical?
  4. Do you think disasters can help build a community?
  5. What are some ways of helping people who are suffering from pTSD?
  6. What is the biggest disaster that has ever struck your country?
  7. Do you know anyone who's ever been in a disaster?
  8. What is the most stressful or traumatizing situation you've ever been in?
  9. What is post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?
    1. What causes it?
    2. What are the symptoms?
    3. What are some situations that cause pTSD?
    4. What are some ways of dealing with it?
  10. Have you ever been in a traumatic situation?
    1. How can you avoid it?
    2. Why is it difficult to deal with?
    3. Why is it important to deal with it?
    4. How does it affect your lifestyle?
    5. How does it affect the lifestyle of those around you?

Travel

  1. Have you ever been abroad?
  2. Where have you been?
  3. Are you planning to go anywhere for your next holiday?
    1. If so, where?
    2. Who with?
    3. How long will you stay?
  4. Are you afraid of going abroad alone?
  5. Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?
  6. Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
  7. Describe your best trip.
  8. Describe your worst trip.
  9. Did your school go on a trips?
    1. If so, where did you go?
    2. How long did you stay?
    3. How did you get there?
  10. Do you have a driving license?
  11. Do you like to travel with children? Why or why not?
  12. Do you like to travel with your mother? Why or why not?
  13. Do you prefer summer holidays or winter holidays?
  14. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
  15. Do you prefer to travel by train, bus, plane or ship?
  16. Do you prefer travelling by car or by plane?
  17. Have you ever been in a difficult situation while travelling?
  18. Have you ever been on an airplane?
    1. How many times?
    2. What airlines have you flown with?
  19. Have you ever been to a foreign country?
  20. Have you ever got lost while travelling? If so, what happened.
  21. Have you ever hitchhiked? If so, how many times?
  22. Have you ever taken a package tour?
  23. How do you spend your time when you are on holiday and the weather is bad?
  24. How many countries have you been to? How many continents?
  25. How many times have you traveled abroad?
  26. How much luggage do you usually carry?
  27. If you travelled to another continent,
    1. where would you like to go?
    2. What souvenirs would you buy?
  28. If you were going on a camping trip for a week, what 10 things would you bring? Explain why.
  29. Which countries would you never visit? Why would you not visit them?
  30. What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?
  31. What countries would you like to visit? Why?
  32. What countries would you most like to visit?
  33. What countries would you not like to visit? Why?
  34. What country do you most want to visit?
    1. Why?
    2. Do you think you will ever go there?
  35. What do you need before you can travel to another country?
  36. What is the most interesting city to visit in your country?
  37. What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?
  38. What languages can you speak?
  39. What place do you want to visit someday?
  40. What was the most interesting place you have ever visited?
  41. What's the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
  42. When was the last time you travelled?
  43. When you are on a long car journey do you play games or sing songs to occupy your time?
    1. What kind of games?
    2. What songs?
  44. Where are you going to go the next time you travel?
    1. When are you going to go?
    2. Who are you going to go with?
    3. How long are you going to go for?
    4. What are you going to do there?
    5. What kind of things do you think you will buy?
  45. Where did you go on your last holiday?
    1. How did you go?
    2. Who did you go with?
  46. Where did you spend your last holiday? Your summer holiday? Your Christmas holiday?
  47. Where will you go on your next holiday?
  48. Would you like to take a cruise? Where to? With who?
  49. Do you prefer traveling on a hovercraft or a ferry?
  50. Would you prefer to stay at a hotel/motel or camp while on holiday?
  51. Would you rather visit another country or travel within your own country?
  52. Would you rather go to a place where there are a lot of people or to a place where there are few people?
  53. Do you find more fulfillment from your leisure activities including holidays than from your job?
  54. Do you think the type of holiday one takes reflects one's social status?
  55. What are popular tourist destinations in your country?
    1. Have you been to any of them?
    2. Which would you recommend if you could only recommend one? Why?
  56. Do you prefer active or relaxing holidays? Why?
  57. Which is better, package tour or a tour you organize and book yourself?
  58. Why do you travel?
    1. Why do people travel?
  59. Would you like to go back to that same place?
  60. Did you find anything of particular interest? / Did you get attracted to anything special?
  61. What are some benefits of travel?
    1. Why do people travel?
  62. What is your favourite mode of travel?
  63. Have you travelled in business class?
  64. When you were a child did your family take a holiday every year?
  65. Do you prefer a budget or first class hotel? Why?
  66. Do you travel with a lot of baggage or do you like to travel light?
  67. What is your favourite method of travel at your destination? Train? Bus? Boat? Bicycle? Backpacking?
  68. What is the best kind of holiday for different ages of people? i.e. Children, teenagers, adults, elderly people
  69. Do you think it is a good idea to travel with friends, or alone? How about with your family?
  70. If you had lots of money where would you go on holiday?
  71. Which countries have you travelled to?
  72. Do you prefer hot countries or cool countries when you go on holiday
  73. Who makes the decisions when your family decides to go on holiday
  74. If you could choose one place to go this weekend, where would it be? (could be anywhere in the world)

Trees

  1. What trees can you name? Can you describe what they look like?
  2. What parts of a tree do you know?
  3. Trees can be grouped in different ways. Which ways are there to group trees?

Tsunami

  1. Language
    1. What language is this word?
    2. Why is this word used internationally?
    3. What is the difference between a "tsunami" and a "tidal wave"?
    4. What is another word for tsunami?
    5. What is the origin of the word tsunami?
    6. What does it mean?
  2. Assistance
    1. What could your class do to help victims of a tsunami?
    2. How can people help victims of a tsunami?
    3. Have you ever volunteered for a group that helps victims of a natural disasters?
    4. What are some groups or organizations that help the victims of natural disasters?
    5. What outside aid might come in cases of a tsunami emergency?
    6. How might people be educated to understand the dangers of a tsunami?
    7. What methods might be used to help family get back together after a tsunami? To identify corpses?
    8. How might a family prepare for a tsunami emergency?
    9. Should assistance in preparing for disasters such as typhoons have priority over an early warning system for tsunami?
  3. Emergency
    1. Why is a tsunami an emergency?
    2. Why is a tsunami so dangerous?
    3. How should countries respond to natural disasters?
    4. What are some essential things that are needed after a natural disaster?
    5. Is the newspaper (tv) always correct?
    6. Why is it so hard to get accurate information after a tsunami?
  4. personal
    1. Have you ever experienced a tsunami?
    2. Do you know anyone who has experienced the tsunami disaster?
    3. Do you know someone who has been affected by a tsunami?
    4. Has a tsunami ever hit the area where you live?
  5. Tsunami
    1. What causes a tsunami?
    2. Is there an early warning system for tsunamis in the area you live?
    3. What are some areas of the world that have many tsunamis?
    4. How do you know that a tsunami is going to hit soon?
    5. How fast do tsunamis travel?
    6. Can you surf on a tsunami?
    7. What are you suppose to do when you know a tsunami is coming?
    8. Why does the sea water level go down very low right before a tsunami hits?
    9. What are the immediate health effects of tsunami?
    10. What are the secondary (short term) health effects of tsunami?
    11. What are the long term health effects of tsunami?
    12. When do you know it is safe to return to your home?
    13. What kind of ecological damage do tsunamis cause?

TV soaps

  1. What is a soap opera?
  2. Why are they called soap operas or soaps?
  3. Do you like soaps? Which ones?
  4. What makes a good soap?
  5. Why are some particularly bad for you?
  6. How do writers make people stay interested in the story?
  7. Are they true to life or complete fiction?

Volunteer Work

  1. What is a volunteer project?
  2. Why do people volunteer?
  3. Would you like to work as a volunteer?
  4. Is volunteering worth the time it takes?
  5. Why would you enjoy volunteering?
  6. Do you know anyone who has done volunteer work?
    1. Where and why did they volunteer?
    2. Could you and would you like to work as a volunteer in the same way?
  7. What could you do to help if you had no money?
  8. What is volunteer work?
    1. What is your definition of "volunteer work"?
    2. What is the dictionary definition of "volunteer"?
  9. Have you ever benefitted by someone's volunteer work?
    1. What is volunteer screening?
  10. Have you ever done any volunteer work?
  11. What organizations do volunteer work?
    1. What kind of work do they do?
  12. What situations need volunteer workers?
    1. Can you think of different types of volunteer work?
    2. Can you think of examples of professional and amateur volunteering?
  13. Have you and your family ever worked on a volunteer project together?
    1. What did you do?
  14. What are volunteer activities that people do?
  15. Can you think of ways to help people who need help?
  16. Have you ever done any volunteer work?
    1. Did you do it alone, with friends or with your family?
    2. Did you make new friends while you were doing the work?
  17. Have you ever volunteered to help victims of natural disasters? Why?
  18. Would you volunteer to help people outside your community?
    1. Would you volunteer to help people outside your country?
  19. Have you ever volunteered to help victims of natural disasters? Why or why not?
  20. What are some organizations through which you can volunteer?
  21. Why benefits do you get personally by volunteering?
  22. How did you feel about volunteering before you started work?
    1. How did you feel during the work?
    2. How did you feel after you had finished the work?
  23. What are some organizations through which you can volunteer?
    1. What kind of work did they do?
  24. What are some websites maintained by volunteer organizations?
  25. Have you read a book about volunteer work?
  26. Can you list some reasons why people volunteer?
  27. How can volunteers benefit from their work?
  28. Why would you enjoy certain types of volunteer work?
  29. What types of volunteer work would be unpleasant for you?
  30. What benefits other than personal satisfaction could you personally get by volunteering?
  31. Is volunteering worth the cost to you?
    1. In what situations and at what times in your life could you afford to volunteer?
  32. Do you know anyone who has done volunteer work?
    1. Where did they work and why did they volunteer?
  33. Is there a history of volunteerism in your country?
    1. Can you find information about volunteering in your country and two other countries?
  34. Can a volunteer be treated the same as paid staff?

War

  1. What if there was a war? Could there be another war in your country?
  2. Did you ever want to sign up for the military?
  3. Is military service (being a soldier) compulsory in your country?
  4. Would you volunteer to become a soldier?
  5. Why does your country have an army?
  6. Which army would you join if you had to?
  7. Will you be a conscientious objector?
  8. Which job would you have in the army?
  9. Is having an army a waste of money in your country?
  10. Which jobs do soldiers do?
  11. Would you fight for another country other than your own?
  12. How can countries prevent conflicts when other nations are not trying to bring peace?
  13. Do you think women should be soldiers?
  14. Is there a special day to honour veterans in your country?
  15. Have you been in the forces? (army,navy or air force)
  16. Have you ever lived in a country at war?
  17. Do people behave differently to each other when there is a war on? Are they more cooperative?

War Time Experiences

Do you remember the war? These questions are about war time experience

  1. How did you realise that the war had started?
  2. What things changed when the war started?
  3. How old were you when the war started?
  4. Were there things which you had to do that you didn't like?
  5. Was there anything positive that came out of the war?
  6. What things were you told to do, that normally you wouldn't have done?
  7. How quickly did life return to normal after the war?
  8. Did you have to go to another country during the war?

Weather

  1. How many words describing the weather do you know?
  2. Have you ever been caught in bad weather? If so, what did you do?
  3. Do you think weather patterns are changing? If so, why do you think this is?
  4. Do you have many disasters in you country which are caused by weather?
  5. Do you know any interesting myths or stories about weather?
  6. Do you like snow?
  7. What are the seasons?
  8. What is the hottest season?
  9. What is the coldest season?
  10. Which is your favourite season ?
  11. Do you have snow in your country? (Do you have hail?)
  12. What month gets the most rain in your country?
    1. What month gets the most rain around here?)
  13. How much rain does your hometown get every year?
  14. What's the average temperature in your country in the summer time?
    1. How about in the winter?
  15. Do you get tornadoes where you are from?
    1. Do you get typhoons?
    2. Do you have frost?
  16. Do you think that in recent years we are losing our four distinct seasons?
  17. What kind of climate do you prefer when choosing a place to go on holiday?
  18. What is the best season to get married?
    1. Can you think of other activities in which one season may be better than another?
  19. In your opinion, which season is the most beautiful?
    1. Which season is the most comfortable for you?
  20. Why do you think spring (or another season) is the most beautiful season?
  21. Have you ever been stranded in a snowstorm? What did you do?
  22. Do you think weather affects the way people feel?
  23. How can extreme weather conditions affect the economy and social life in countries?
  24. Do you think weather patterns are changing?
    1. If so what do you think is causing these changes?
  25. What are the different kinds of weather?
  26. What is the weather like in your country for each season?
  27. What is the weather like in your country for each season?
  28. How does weather affect your attitude?
    1. How does weather affect your lifestyle?
  29. What is the relationship between weather and natural disasters?
  30. How to you depend on the weather reports on TV?
  31. How does TV secure weather reports?
  32. Why is it important to know what the weather will be like tomorrow?
  33. When would knowing tomorrow's weather change you plans?
  34. What time of year is the best weather where you live?
  35. Where do you get your weather information?
  36. Have you ever checked the weather for your city on the Internet?
  37. What is your favourite winter activity?

What if...?

Questions

  1. If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
  2. If a classmate asked you for the answer to a question during an exam while the teacher was not looking, what would you do?
  3. If someone's underwear was showing, would you tell them?
  4. If the whole world were listening, what would you say?
  5. If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be?
  6. If you bumped your car into another car, but nobody saw you do it, would you leave your name and address?
  7. If you could ask God any one question, what would it be?
  8. If you could be a bird, what would you choose to be?
  9. If you could be a plant, what would you choose to be?
  10. If you could be a super-hero, which one would you be?
  11. If you could be an animal, any animal, what animal would you be and why?
  12. If you could be an animal, what would you be?
  13. If you could be an animal, what would you choose to be?
  14. If you could be another man or woman for a day, who would you choose?
  15. If you could be another person for a day, who would you be?
  16. If you could be invisible for a day what would you do and why?
  17. If you could change one thing about your spouse or significant other, what would it be?
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  19. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
  20. If you could choose how you were going to die, what would you choose your death to be?
  21. If you could choose to live on a different planet, which one would you choose?
  22. If you could commit any crime and get away with it, what would you do?
  23. If you could date a celebrity, who would you choose?
  24. If you could have only one food for the rest of your life (assuming that this strange situation would not affect your health), which food would you choose?
  25. If you could hear what someone is thinking for a day, who would you choose?
  26. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  27. If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  28. If you could speak any other language (besides English) which language would you like to speak?
  29. If you could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be and what questions would you ask that person?
  30. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world for any length of time, where would you go?
    1. if you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday, where would you go?
  31. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
  32. If you didn't have enough money to get the bus home what would you do?
  33. If you discovered a new island, what would you name it and why?
  34. If you got arrested for murder, whom would you call with your telephone call from prison? And why?
  35. If you had an accident and you had to be at home to recover for a long time, what would you do to relieve the boredom?
  36. What would you do if you were at home at night, alone, and you heard a noise in your flat/house that seemed to be footsteps? Would you stay calm or would you panic?
  37. What would you do if you found the wallet of your next-door neighbor who you hated?
  38. If you could have any car you wanted, which car would you choose? Would it be practical or flashy?
  39. If your car broke down on the motorway, what would you do? Would you try to fix it yourself?
  40. If you could solve the problem of hunger in the third world or repair the ozone, which would you do?
  41. If you could stop a bad habit that you have, what would you stop?
  42. If you could go back to any moment in history, where would you go?
  43. If you could be famous (a household name), what would you like to be famous for?
  44. If you were on holiday and you lost your passport, would you know what to do?
  45. If you were offered a job in another part of the country, would you be willing to take the job, assuming that the pay is very good?
  46. If your partner were offered a job in another part of the country, which was well paid, would you be willing to change places?
  47. If you were in the bank and somebody started to hold up the bank, what would you do? How would you react?If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
  48. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you choose?
  49. If only one book existed, which book would you like it to be?
  50. If you could do any job, what would you like to do?
  51. If you could move anywhere, where would you like to live?
  52. If you found a suitcase full of $1,000,000, what would you do?
  53. If you found a wallet with £1,000 in it, what would you do?
  54. If you had 25-hour days (while everyone else continued to have 24-hour days), what would you do with the extra time?
  55. If you had one wish, what would it be?
  56. If you had the opportunity to be different, what would you change?
  57. If you had time machine, where would you go and why?
  58. If you had to choose between a wonderful romantic relationship that would end after only a year, or a so-so relationship that would last your entire life, which one would you choose?
  59. If you had to choose between love and no money or money and no love for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
  60. If you had to choose, would you give up your sight or your hearing?
  61. If you received lottery tickets as a gift at the office party, and you won $30,000.00, would you share the winnings with the person that gave you the gift?
  62. If you saw a robbery, would you report it?
  63. If you saw your zipper was down and people had noticed, what would you do?
  64. If you speak two languages and your spouse (husband or wife) speaks only one, will you raise your children to be bilingual?
  65. If you were a candy, what candy would you be?
  66. If you were a monster, what monster would you be?
  67. If you were a toy, what toy would you be?
  68. If you were abducted by aliens, would you tell anybody? Why or why not?
  69. If you were American/Chinese/Mexican, how would your life be different?
  70. If you were asked to choose which time you would like to live in, which century would you choose?
  71. If you were asked to speak to a graduating class, what would you say?
  72. If you were given a chance to go to the moon, would you go? Why or why not?
  73. If you were given a choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose?
  74. If you were given an opportunity to be born again, in which country would you like to be born?
  75. If you were given an opportunity to be born again, what kind of person would you choose to be?
  76. If you were given one million dollars, what would you buy?
  77. If you were given the opportunity to be born again, how would you change how you lived?
  78. If you were given the opportunity to mold your partner the way you wanted, how would you mold your partner?
  79. If you were given three wishes, what would you wish for?
  80. If you were God, how would you transmit or let people know your message?
  81. If you were going to a deserted island and could only take three things with you, what would you take? Why?
  82. If you were invited to have tea with the Queen of England, what would say?
  83. if you were the leader of your country, what would you change?
  84. If you were the president, what problem or concern would you work on first?
  85. If you were to be stranded on an island, which 3 things would you bring with you?
  86. If you were told that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
  87. If you were walking through the forest and you suddenly saw a tiger, what would you do?
  88. If you woke up suddenly because your house was on fire, which three things would you save as you ran outside?
  89. If you worked for a store and you saw another employee steal something, would you tell the manager?
  90. If your friend could not have a child, would you carry her child for her?
  91. If you saw someone in public with toilet paper stuck to their shoe, would you tell them?
  92. If you could change one thing that you did that was bad,perhaps a crime or some wrong you did to another person,what would it be?
  93. What kinds of problems would you have if you had to always tell the truth?
  94. You were told you had a terminal illness and had six months to live. What three things would be most important for you to do?
  95. Your doctor has just told you that you have a month to live, what would you do in that stretch of time?
    1. If your doctor told you that you had only one month to live, how would you use the time left?
  96. What if you have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of saving your mother? What would you do?
  97. If you could live perfectly well without sleeping, if you had no need to sleep at all, how would you spend all your nights?
  98. If you could be married with a foreign (man/woman), how do you think your life would change?
  99. If you had a chance to choose a poor (man/woman) as a (husband/wife) from your culture or a rich (man/woman) from another culture, which would you choose?
  100. If you got into traffic accident, what would you do at first?
  101. If you could be God, what would you do for humanity?
  102. If you could receive praise from a person, what person would it be?
    1. What kind of praise would you like to receive?
  103. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
  104. If you could be a crayon, What color and Why?
  105. If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be and why?
  106. If you had time machine and you could be transported to any time, the past or the future. What time would you choose?
  107. If you could ask an All-Knowing Being one question about life, what would it be?
  108. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead OR alive), who would you choose, and why?
  109. If you could live forever on earth as it is now, would you? Why or why not?
  110. If you could have a free chip put in your brain so that you would automatically be able to speak and understand another language besides English, which language would it be and why?
  111. If you were the Queen or King of Britain for a day, what would you do?
  112. If you were the president of the uSA for a day, what would you do?
  113. If you had to spend 100 days on a desert island, what five things would you take with you and why?
  114. If you were down on your luck, would you seek the advice of a palm reader,
  115. You can ask current event questions using this pattern. However, depending on the class, you need to be careful about what kind of questions you ask.
    1. If the u.S. attacked North Korea, what would happen?
    2. What would you do if you lost your bathing suit while you were swimming?
    3. Imagine you woke up one morning to find you had switched bodies with someone you know. What would you do?
    4. If you could have any one supernatural power (flying, being invisible), which would you choose and why?
    5. If you could not differentiate beautiful from ugly, how would choose your spouse? (perhaps not an appropriate questions, but it was submitted.)
    6. What if your cell phone fell in the toilet, what would you do?
      Note that came with the submitted questions:
      This happened to one of my students.... we had fun with this question

Guess the Sport

Questions

Questions to ask to play Guess the Sport

  1. What equipment is used to play this sport/game?
  2. How many people usually play this game?
  3. How long does a game last? Are there time periods?
  4. What is not allowed under the rules of this game?
  5. What clothes are normally worn by people who play this game?
  6. Which countries usually play this sport?
  7. Are any animals used in this sport?
  8. Can this game be played indoors?
  9. What kind of abilities are needed to be good at this sport?
  10. Where was this sport invented? How old is it?

What? When?

  1. What do you do when you're happy?
  2. What do you do when you're tired?
  3. What do you do when you're sad?
  4. What do you cook for a special occasion?
  5. What do you wear for a party?
  6. How often do you watch television?
  7. How often do you go to the cinema?
  8. When do you drink wine?
  9. What do you do when you're angry?
  10. What sports do you play?
  11. How often to you take exercise?

Music Vocabulary

  1. accordion
  2. alto
  3. banjo
  4. baritone
  5. bass
  6. bassoon
  7. beat
  8. cello
  9. chord
  10. clarinet
  11. clef
  12. composer
  13. composition
  14. cymbal
  15. drum
  16. flat
  17. flute
  18. guitar
  19. harmonica
  20. harp
  21. horn
  22. instrument
  23. lyrics
  24. mandolin
  25. melody
  26. musician
  27. notes
  28. oboe
  29. octave
  30. opera
  31. organ
  32. piano
  33. piccolo
  34. rhythm
  35. saxophone
  36. sing
  37. singer
  38. song
  39. soprano
  40. tempo
  41. tenor
  42. trombone
  43. trumpet
  44. tuba
  45. tune
  46. viola
  47. violin
  48. xylophone

Superstition

Bad luck

Black Cats

Black cats have long been believed to be a supernatural omen since the witch hunts of the middle ages when cats were thought to be connected to evil. Since then, it is considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.

Broken Mirrors

An ancient myth our ancestors believed was that the image in a mirror is our actual soul. A broken mirror represented the soul being astray from your body. To break the spell of misfortune, you must wait seven hours (one for each year of bad luck) before picking up the broken pieces, and bury them outside in the moonlight.

Ladders

In the days before the gallows, criminals were hung from the top rung of a ladder and their spirits were believed to linger underneath. Common folklore has it to be bad luck to walk beneath an open ladder and pass through the triangle of evil ghosts and spirits.

Owls

If an owl looks in your window or if you seeing one in the daylight bad luck and death will bestow you.

Salt

At one time salt was a rare commodity and thought to have magical powers. It was unfortunate to spill salt and said to foretell family disarray and death. To ward off bad luck, throw a pinch over your shoulder and all will be well.

Sparrows

Sparrows are thought to carry the souls of the dead and it is believed to bring bad luck if you kill one.

unlucky Number 13

The fear of the number 13 is still common today, and avoided in many different ways. Some buildings still do not have an official 13th floor and many people avoid driving or going anywhere on Friday the 13th.

Good Luck Superstitions

Horseshoes

To bring good luck, the horseshoe must lost by a horse and be found by you, with the open end facing your way. You must hang it over the door with the open end up, so the good fortune doesn't spill out.

Another origin of the 'lucky horseshoe' is the belief that they ward off witches. Witches, it was once believed, were opposed to horses, which is why they rode brooms and pitchforks instead. By placing a horseshoe over a door, the witch would be reluctant to enter. (Hat tip: Iris)

Four Leaf Clover

Clover is believed to protect humans and animals from evil spells and is thought to be good luck to find a four leaf clover, particularly for the Irish.

Rabbit's Foot

These lucky charms are thought to ward off bad luck and bring good luck. You mush carry the rabbit's foot on a chain around your neck, or in your left back pocket. The older it gets, the more good luck it brings.

Wishbones

Two people are to pull apart a dried breastbone of a turkey or chicken and the one who is left with the longer end will have their wish come true.

Common Myths and Folklore

  1. If the flame of a candle flickers and then turns blue, there's a spirit in the room.
  2. If a bird flies through your house, it indicates important news. If it can't get out, the news will be death.
  3. If you feel a chill up your spine, someone is walking on your future grave.
  4. A person born on Halloween will have the gift of communicating with the dead.
  5. A bat in the house is a sign of death.
  6. If a bird flies towards you, bad fortune is imminent.
  7. If your palm itches, you will soon receive money. If you itch it, your money will never come.
  8. Crows are viewed as a bad omen, often foretelling death. If they caw, death is very near.
  9. Many Romans wore lucky charms and amulets to avert the "evil eye."
  10. If a person experiences great horror, their hair turns white.
  11. A hat on a bed will bring bad luck.
  12. Eat an apple on Christmas Eve for good health the next year.
  13. The superstition of knocking on wood for good luck originates from pagan beliefs in regards to trees.

Jobs & Occupations

  1. working conditions
  2. wages / salary
  3. working hours (time)
  4. holidays
  5. corporate culture
  6. training
  7. team building
  8. health and safety
  9. career path
  10. heirachy
  11. diciplinary action and procedures

Reasons to be disciplined

  1. turning up late for work.
  2. Takiing too many breaks for coffee or cigarettes
  3. use the phone for private calls
  4. Failure to perform properly at work
  5. Distracting other people by talking too much
  6. Annoying collegues with moody behaviour

Questions

  1. At what age do people usually begin to work in your country?
  2. At what age do people usually retire in your country?
  3. At what age would you like to retire?
    1. What do you think you will do after you retire?
  4. Describe a typical day at your current job?
  5. Describe some of the people that you work with?
  6. Describe your current job.
  7. Describe your first job.
  8. Do women usually work after they get married in your country?
  9. Do you ever work overtime?
    1. If so, do you get paid more for overtime work?
  10. Do you have a part-time job? If so, what do you do?
  11. Do you have to attend a lot of meetings for your job?
  12. Do you have to do a lot of paperwork?
  13. Do you have to work overtime?
    1. If so, how often?
    2. Do you have to work on Sundays?
  14. Do you know someone who has worked as an undertaker?
    1. What is the job of a an undertaker?
    2. Can women do this job or is it better for a man to be an undertaker?
  15. Do you like your boss? Why or why not?
  16. Do you like your job?
  17. Do you like your job? Why or why not?
  18. Do you think it is more important to make a lot of money or to enjoy your job?
  19. Do you think it's acceptable for women to be in the military? Why/why not?
  20. Do you think people over 65 should be made to retire?
  21. Do you think women and men should be paid the same for the same job?
  22. Do you think women are good bosses?
    1. Are there women bosses in your country?
  23. Do you think your company is well run?
    1. Do you think that the place where you work is well run?
  24. Do you work on weekends?
    1. Do you work on Sundays?
  25. Does your mother work?
    1. Does your mother work outside of the house?
  26. Have you ever been promoted?
  27. Have you ever taken any courses that specifically help you with the job you are doing now?
  28. Have you ever worked on a farm?
    1. Did you like it?
    2. Would you like to go back on this farm job?
    3. If not , why?
  29. How do you like your work?
  30. How have working conditions changed in recent years?
    1. Do you think that working conditions have improved? If so, in what ways?
  31. How long do you plan to continue working where you are?
  32. How long have you been working at your present job?
  33. How many days a week do you work?
  34. How many days a week do you work?
  35. How many hours a week do you work?
  36. How many times have you been promoted?
    1. When was the last time you were promoted?
    2. Did you get a large pay raise at that time?
  37. How much do you think a doctor should be paid a month?
    1. How about a secretary?
    2. How about a truck driver?
  38. How much money do you make? (Maybe this is not a good question to ask.)
  39. How much money does a secretary get paid per week?
  40. How old were you when you got your first job?
  41. How well do you get along with your boss?
  42. If you could own your own business, what would it be?
  43. If you had to choose between a satisfying job and a well-paid one, which would you choose?
  44. Is it common for men and women to have the same jobs in your country?
  45. Is it easy to find a job in Canada? How about in your country?
  46. Name three occupations that you could do. (For example, be a mortician)
    1. Name three occupations that you could never do?
  47. What are some common occupations in your country?
    1. What are some common jobs for men in your country?
    2. What are some common jobs for women in your country?
    3. What are some jobs that children do?
  48. What are some jobs that you think would be boring?
  49. What are some jobs that you think would be fun?
  50. What are some questions that are frequently asked in a job interview?
  51. What are you responsible for?
  52. What are you trying to do in order to find a job that you really like?
  53. What do you do?
    1. What's your job?
  54. What do you like most about that job?
  55. What do you think is the best job? What do you think is the worst?
  56. What do you think would be the most interesting job? The most boring?
  57. What does your father do? (What does your father do for a living?)
  58. What does your mother do?
  59. What influenced your choice of job? (Why did you choose your job?)
  60. What job do you want to have in five years' time?
  61. What job would you most like to have, if social/cultural boundaries did not apply? (How different are they?)
  62. What job(s) do you wish to have in the future?
  63. What jobs in your country are considered to be good jobs? Why?
  64. What kind of volunteer work have you done?
  65. What kind of work do you do?
    1. What kind of work do you want to do in the future?
  66. What plans have you made for your retirement?
  67. What three adjectives would describe yourself as a worker?
  68. What time do you get home from work?
    1. Is it the same time every day?
  69. What time do your start and finish work?
  70. What was your first job?
  71. What would be your dream job?
    1. Do you think it would be possible for you to get this job?
  72. What's one job you wouldn't like to do? Why not?
  73. What's your brother's occupation?
  74. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  75. When you were a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
  76. Where do you work and what is your current job?
  77. Where do you work?
  78. Which job are you best at?
  79. Which job would you never do?
  80. Which jobs do you think are the most prestigious?
  81. Who among the people you know has the most interesting job? What is it?
  82. Why did you leave your last job - did you resign or were you sacked?
  83. Would you be upset if your boss was a woman?
  84. Would you consider the military as a career choice? Why or why not?
  85. Would you consider yourself to be an ambitious person at work?
  86. Would you describe yourself as a workaholic?
  87. Would you like a job in which you traveled a lot?
  88. Would you like a job that required you to sit at a computer all day?
  89. Would you like to do the same job for the rest of your life?
  90. Would you like to work in an office? Why or why not?
  91. Would you rather be a doctor or a banker?
  92. Would you rather work inside or outside?
  93. What job would you most like to do?
  94. What are the names of some of the people with that job?
  95. Do you personally know any one with that job?
  96. How long do you plan to keep it for?
  97. When do plan to retire?
  98. What other fields or work will that job make you qualified for?
  99. What are the work details of that job; what will be your duties at that job?
  100. What steps are required from you to become a/an.......?
  101. So, how long before fore you become a/an......; at what ages will you both start and finish this/each job/career?
  102. What do you hope to spiritually gain from that job?
  103. What do you wish to physically gain; what kind of things would you like to buy with your money?
  104. How much money do you need to make to fulfill you dreams and desires?
  105. If money weren't a problem for you, which job would you prefer to have?
  106. How does money affect your decisions?
  107. How do your wants and desires affect your career options and goals?
  108. How many years of schooling would you prefer to have?
  109. Can you improve on the way things are now being done in the field you choose?
  110. Which college courses are needed for you to be the very best in your field?
  111. Which college courses are required for you dream job?
  112. What other courses do you need to take so you can pursue your hobbies and personal interests?
  113. Which of the classes mentioned above are you giving the highest priority? Why?
  114. Who is the breadwinner (provider) in your family?
  115. Who makes the most money in your family? (This may not be a "polite" question to ask.)
  116. Is it common for people from your country to have one job for life?
  117. Do you see any unfair labour practices in your country's workforce?
  118. Do you have an after-school job?
  119. Would you like to have a management position?
  120. What are the pros and cons of being a manager?
  121. What are the qualities a good boss should have?
  122. What is a fair wage for the skills you have?
  123. Are there any jobs which can only be done by one gender?
    1. If so, what are they?
    2. What are some jobs that some people think only one gender can do, but can be done by either gender?
  124. What should you not do during a job interview?
  125. Who would you hire a employee with a lot of experience or an employee with a lot of education?
  126. Have you ever worked?
  127. Getting a Job
    1. What is the difference between work and a job?
    2. Do you have a job?
    3. How did you get it?
    4. Did you have to go to university to get it?
    5. What is the name of your job?
    6. Is it a popular job?
    7. Is it a job mainly for men, or for women?
    8. Did you need any special training to get your job?
      1. What type of special training did you need?
      2. How long and where was the training?
    9. Is it an indoor, or outdoor job?
    10. Which do you think most people prefer, indoor or outdoor jobs?
    11. Does your job pay a good salary?
    12. What are the advantages?

Would you ever...?

Note: You can follow up most of these questions with a why or why not or with the question "In what situation(s) would you consider doing so?"

  1. Would you ever adopt a child?
    1. Would you ever give your child up for adoption?
  2. Would you ever cheat on your husband/wife?
  3. Would you ever consider being a criminal?
  4. Would you ever consider being a farmer?
  5. Would you ever consider getting plastic surgery?
  6. Would you ever consider going bungee jumping? Would you ever consider going skydiving?
  7. Would you ever defy your boss if he/she asked you to do something you didn't agree with?
  8. Would you ever donate a kidney or another vital organ?
  9. Would you ever donate blood?
  10. Would you ever drive a car if you had forgotten your license at home?
  11. Would you ever drive at night with only one headlight?
  12. Would you ever drive your car with a flat tire?
  13. Would you ever eat rat meat?
  14. Would you ever eat rice with sugar?
  15. Would you ever feed the animals at the zoo?
  16. Would you ever get hair implants?
  17. Would you ever give money to a charity?
  18. Would you ever give money to a panhandler? (a beggar)
  19. Would you ever go skinny dipping? (swim naked)
  20. Would you ever lie to your children?
    1. ... to your husband/wife?
    2. ... your boyfriend/girlfriend?
  21. Would you ever lie to help a friend?
  22. Would you ever marry someone your parents didn't approve of?
  23. Would you ever paint your living room black?
  24. Would you ever pick up a hitchhiker?
  25. Would you ever slap someone for something they said?
  26. Would you ever smoke in a no smoking area?
  27. Would you ever spank your child?
  28. Would you ever steal from your family or friends?
  29. Would you ever "take a bullet" for someone else?
  30. Would you ever walk downtown without any shoes on your feet?
  31. Would you ever walk home alone at night?
    1. ... in this country?
    2. ... in your own country?
  32. Would you eat a live cricket for $500? If not, how much would it take?
  33. Would you ever consider killing yourself?
  34. Would you ever eat human flesh?
  35. Would you ever resort to cannibalism if it were the only option left to stay alive?
  36. Would you divorce your husband/wife if your favourite celebrity wanted to marry you?
  37. Would you name your children after favourite characters in movies or books? Would you do so if the names were strange, as in science fiction movies or books?
  38. Would you ever pull over and help someone on the side of the road?
    1. Do you think this could be dangerous to do?
  39. Would you ever say yes to someone even if you meant no?
  40. Would you ever donate an organ in order to save other person's life?
  41. Would you ever consider plastic surgery if a friend suggested it to you?
  42. Would you ever consider writing your own book?
  43. Would you ever try staying in the jungle for a month?
  44. Would you ever consider surrogacy?
  45. Would you ever consider being a surrogate mother yourself?
  46. Would you ever consider egg or sperm donation?
  47. Would you ever pretend to be someone (like a policeman, or a teacher, or a survey taker) just to get something that you wanted?

Questions to Ask Natives of Other Countries

If you ever have the chance to practise English with a native of another country. Here are some questions that you may find useful to ask them.

  1. What is the weather like in your country?
  2. Does it always rain?
  3. How hot can it be in summer?
  4. What sports are there in your country?
  5. What food do people eat?
  6. What clothes do people wear?
  7. What are the schools like?
  8. Are there any traditions or festivals?
  9. What are most weddings like?
  10. Have you seen the queen or been to Buckingham palace?

Your Job

  1. Where are you employed? I am employed at Tulshops limited.
  2. Do you enjoy working there?usually I enjoy my work.
  3. What do you do for a living? I work as an electrician
  4. What is your position? I am a chief electrical engineer.
  5. What are your responsibilities?I look after a team of electricians.
  6. How long have you been working in your present job?About eight years.
  7. Is there a good atmosphere among employees?Most people get on well.
  8. How do you get on with your boss?I tolerate him.
  9. Do you find your work easy or tiring?It varies, sometimes it gets very busy but other days are quiet.
  10. Do you have good chances of promotion?I seem to have reached a dead end in my career path.
  11. Is your salary reasonable for the work you do?I would say that it's a fair salary.
  12. What are the working conditions like?Very good. We have a canteen and other perks.
  13. How many jobs have you had?Three full time jobs but a few part time jobs and seasonal jobs.
  14. What were your previous jobs like?Similar to this one, only not so well paid.
  15. Have you ever had a manual job?I once worked as a labourer when I was in my twenties.
    1. Did you like it?No, not really.
    2. Where you well paid?Not too well at first, but since I was promoted, my pay has been better.
  16. Why did you leave your previous job?Because I thought this job had better prospects.
  17. Have you ever worked flexitime?Most of my work is flexitime.
    1. Is it better than working fixed hours?
    It depends. I don't like being called out at night.
  18. Have you ever been unemployed?Yes, I was unemployed for 1 or 2 months a few years ago.
  19. Have you ever had to fill in an application form?Yes, sometimes it's a problem. Why can't they just accept my CV. Once I had to fill in several different forms all with similar information.
  20. Have you ever written a letter of application for a job?Yes, I usually send a covering letter with a CV.
  21. Do you like changing jobs?No, not really. It can be quiet stressful.
  22. Where do you look for jobs?In trade magazines and in local newspapers.
  23. Have you ever had an interview?Oh yes, I've had a few that I remember well.
    1. What questions can you remember?
    Once I was asked what my weaknesses were!

Youth/teenager/adolescent/minors/youths/young

  1. As a ………. Ben had worked in a fruit factory.
  2. A fat……. may suffer agonies of self-consciousness.
  3. He got married while still in his ………..
  4. Steve changed from a friendly boy into a confused and moody ………
  5. Stores are forbidden to sell alcohol and cigarettes to ……….
  6. One of the ……… pushed her against the wall and took her bag.
  7. The show is extremely popular, especially with the …….

Answers:

  1. youth (a young man between about 15 and 25 year)
  2. 2-teenager (someone who is between 13 and 19 years)
  3. 3-teens (someone who is in their teens is between 13 and 19 years old)
  4. 4-adolescent (someone who is at the age when they change from being a child into a young adult - use this especially when talking about problems)
  5. 5- minors (a person under the age when they legally become an adult- used in legal contexts)
  6. 6-youths (this especially about groups of young men between 15 and 25 who behave badly or do something illegal )
  7. 7-young (young people in general the young)

Definitely/ I am afraid so/ of course/ Yes/ Ok/ affirmative/ no problem/ Alright/ go ahead/ right/ certainly.

  1. "Would you like some wine?" "……, please."
  2. 2-"Are you going to Sonya's party?" "………! It should be really fun."
  3. 3-"You're not going out, are you?'' "………. But I won't be long."
  4. 4- When asked if he recognized the defendant, the witness replied in the
  5. …………. 5-"Mum, can I borrow your car for an hour?" "……, but don't be any longer than that."
  6. 6-"Do you think I could borrow some money?""…….. How much do you need?
  7. 7- "Can I change the date of my return flight to London?" "……, which date would you prefer?"
  8. 8- "Is it OK if I smoke?'' "Sure, ……...''
  9. 9-"Would it be all right if I leave work a bit early tomorrow? I've got a dentist's appointment." "……….. - thanks for letting me know."
  10. 10- "Dad, can you help me with this maths homework?'' "………., but shouldn't you really do it by yourself?''
  11. 11- "I'll need ten copies of this letter.'' "………, I'll do it straight away.''

Answers:

  1. Yes (say this to politely accept something that someone offers you)
  2. 2- definitely (say this when you want to agree strongly with something, or to make it clear that you are definitely going to do something
  3. 3- I am afraid so (this when you think the person asking the question is hoping for a different answer)
  4. 4- affirmative (formal written to say yes - use this when someone says yes in a formal or public situation, for example in a law court)
  5. 5- Ok (say this when you agree to give permission but you are not completely happy about it)
  6. 6- of course (use this to say clearly and definitely that you are very willing to give your permission for something)
  7. 7- Certainly (say this especially when you are being polite to someone in a formal situation)
  8. 8- go ahead (say this when someone asks your permission to use something that belongs to you, or asks to do something that affects you in some way)
  9. 9- No problem (say this to show that you are very willing to give permission, and it is not at all inconvenient for you)
  10. 10- Alright (spoken say this especially when you do not really want to do what someone is asking or telling you to do )
  11. 11- Right (especially British say this especially when you want to show that you have understood what someone wants you to do and you are going to do it)

Work and Play

What's the difference between wood found in forests and wood you can buy from wood yards and shops?
  1. What verbs do you know about dong things with wood?

    Make a sentence with each verb

    1. Burn
    2. cut
    3. chop
    4. saw
    5. plane
  2. What is wood like to touch?
  3. What adjectives can be used to describe wood? Try to fing an adjective for every letter of the alphabet. A-Z You could start with "A" ... Wood can be very ?
  4. Can you describe floors that are made of wood?
  5. Can you describe any floors that are not made of wood?

Work and Play

What do you think of these quotes? Do you agree or disagree?

  1. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is a proverb.
    It means That without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.

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