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Hobbies

 What are your hobbies?


 Why do you like your hobbies so much?
 How often do you do these hobbies?
 How long have you been doing these hobbies, and how did you get started?
 What hobbies did you used to have, but now do not?
 Is it important to have hobbies? Why/why not?
Time
 How much free time do you usually have?
 How important is time to you?
 If you had more free time, what would you do?
 “Time is money.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
 How do you feel about time that is wasted?
Sleep
 How much sleep do you usually get?
 Why do some people sleep well while other people do not sleep well?
 What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?
 What time do you usually go to sleep? What time do you usually get up?
 Have you ever slept in a strange place that was not a bed?
Music
 What types of music do you like/dislike?
 How do certain kinds of music make you feel?
 What types of music come from your country?
 What’s your favorite song/album/artist?
 What music is popular in your country right now?
Work
 What work do/did you do?
 How do/did you like the work?
 What is your dream job?
 What work is common in your city/area/country?
 What is your general view about work? Why?
Risk
 What is your definition of risk?
 Are you a risk taker? Why/why not?
 What are the advantages/disadvantages of taking risks?
 What risks do you come across in your work/life?
 What risks have you taken in your life?
Food
 What is your favorite food? Why?
 What food comes from your country?
 How do you feel when you eat food?
 What foods do you dislike? Why?
 Where do you usually get food from?
Motivation
 How motivated are you in general?
 What motivates you to do things?
 What is the best motivator to succeed?
 What do you do when you feel demotivated?
 What is a good way to motivate others?
Shopping
 Do you enjoy shopping? Why/why not?
 What is your favorite shop? Why?
 In your city, where is a good place to go shopping?
 How do you feel about online shopping?
 How do you think shopping will be like in the future?
Plans
 How often do you plan things? Why?
 What are your plans for (________)?
 What are your plans for your English?
 What do you think of this quote? “Having no plan is a plan to fail.”
 Do you have any back-up plans?
Books
 Do you like books/reading? Why/why not?
 What kind of books do/did you like?
 What is your favorite book? Why?
 What was the last book you read?
 Do you believe reading books/literature is more important than reading stuff online? Why/why not?
Sports
 Do you like sports? Why/why not?
 How often do you exercise/play sports?
 Did you play any sports as a child?
 What sport/physical activity is popular in your country?
 What is your opinion on professional sports?
Life
 What is the meaning of life?
 How is your life going up to this point?
 What do you think happens after life?
 What important life lessons have you learned?
 If tomorrow were your last day to live, what would you do?
Television
 How often do you watch TV?
 Should everyone have a television in their home?
 What is the best way to watch television: On a television set, computer, tablet or phone?
 What television programs are popular in your country?
 What do you think will be the future of television?
 What is your opinion on television?
 If you had your own TV show, what would it be like?
Learning
 How important is learning? Why?
 Besides English, what are you currently learning?
 What things are you good/bad at learning? Why?
 What would you most like to learn?
 What is the most difficult part of learning? Why?
Movies
 What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
 What is your favorite movie? Why?
 How are the movies in your country? What are the best ones?
 How often do you watch movies in English?
 If there were a movie about your life, what kind of movie would it be? Why?
Beauty
 What is “beauty”?
 What/who do you consider beautiful?
 What does “inner beauty” mean to you?
 Do you consider artificial beauty (cosmetic surgery) to still be beauty? Why/why not?
 How do you feel about the emphasis that people put on beauty these days?
 What would you tell your children about beauty?
Crime
 Is crime a big problem in your city/country?
 Have you ever been a victim of crime?
 What crime is common in your city/country?
 What would you do if you noticed a crime being committed?
 How is the law enforcement in your city/country?
Love
 What is love?
 Who/what do you love?
 What good/bad experiences have you had with love?
 Can you be too young to be in love? Why/why not?
 How do you feel about love?
Goals
 What are your current goals in life?
 How do you plan to reach your goals?
 How often do you set goals for yourself?
 What goals have you set and achieved in the past?
 How do you feel when you reach your goals?
Dreams
 What kinds of dreams do you have?
 What do you think dreams mean?
 How much of your dreams do you remember? Why?
 What is your opinion on premonitions? Are they real?
 What are examples of memorable dreams you have had?
Restaurants
 How often do you go to restaurants?
 What is your favorite restaurant? Why?
 What do you usually order at a restaurant?
 What is the restaurant experience like in your country?
 Have you ever worked in a restaurant?
 If you owned a restaurant, what kinds of food would you serve?
Cooking
 In your home, who usually cooks?
 How often do you cook?
 How well do you cook? What can you cook well?
 What are the advantages/disadvantages of cooking?
 What food would you like to learn how to cook?
Money
 How well do you manage your money?
 Why do some people have money problems?
 What are some good ways to make money?
 What would you do if I gave you $20/$2,000/$2,000,000?
 How often do you save money? Why?
Games
 What is your favorite game ever?
 What games did you play as a kid?
 What games are popular/came from your country?
 How competitive are you when it comes to games?
 What games do you still play now? Why?
Computers
 Describe your computer at home/work.
 What do you usually use a computer for?
 Do you like computers? Why/why not?
 What was the first computer you ever had like?
 What do you think will be the future of computers?
Problems
 How do you deal with your problems?
 What problems do you come across in your work or life?
 Do you feel that problems are opportunities? Why or why not?
 What was the last problem you solved and how did you do it?
 “Problems don’t matter. Solutions do.” Do you agree or disagree?

Success-Failure
How would you define success?
Do you have the same idea of success as your parents?
To what extent will your encourage your children to become successful?
Do you think failures can contribute to a person's success?
Can you think of any famous people who encountered failure before success?

Social Networking
What is social networking?
Can social networking sites be dangerous?
What precautions would you advise people to take?
Should the use of social networking sites be banned at work?
Are social networking sites changing our daily behaviour?
Is it possible to become a social networking addict?

Diseases
What dangerous diseases are people scared of nowadays?
Should we be better-informed about the dangers of these diseases?
What is the best way to stop diseases from spreading?
Do diseases have an effect on travel?
Which disease is it urgent to find a cure for?

News coverage in the media today.


What improvements would you make?
What is the most important current news story?
Do certain types of events get too much/too little coverage?
Do you trust the media? Are you sure the information given is always true?
Is it important to keep up with current events?

Job interviews
Is it necessary to prepare for a job interview?
How can a person make a good first impression?
Is there a recommended dress code for an interview?
Can you think of any difficult questions one should be prepared for?
Is there anything a candidate should avoid mentioning?
Is it ok to make negative comments about your present employer?
Is it ok for interviewers to ask questions about age, marital status, etc.?
What information should a candidate have about the company?

Shopping on the internet


Do you often do your shopping online?
What do you buy online? :
- food
- clothes
- furniture
- services : airline tickets, theatre reservations, flowers, greeting cards ...
- other
Are the prices the same as in the shops/agencies or less expensive?
Have you ever had any disappointments or bad surprises?
What are the advantages of shopping online?
What are the dangers?
What advice would you give future online shoppers?

Politicians' personal lives.


Does a politician's personal life have an effect on their ability to do their job?
Do you think the media pays too much attention to politicians' personal lives?
Why do certain types of media give excessive coverage to minor offences?
Information concerning personal lives circulates quickly on social networks.
Is this good or bad?

History for future generations.


You are asked to select a number of objects to represent life at the beginning of the 21st century.
The idea is to help future generations better understand how we lived and what major events affected us.
What objects would your choose and why?

Technology
What technology would it be difficult to live without today?
Has technology changed our everyday lifestyle?
What technology, if any, has made our homes more comfortable?
Has technology changed education methods?
Will online education one day replace the classroom?

Travelling has become easier and cheaper. What has it changed in people's lives :
speed, comfort, health, family relationships, etc.
work/employment
holiday habits
way of life/standard of living in certain countries

Describe the best or worst trip you ever took :


Where did you go?
Did you travel alone or with a group?
What did you do / what had you intended to do?
What made it your best (or worst) trip?
What advice would you give someone planning the same sort of trip?

Work
Do human beings need to work to be happy?
What motivates people to work long hours?
Can perks (or fringe benefits) compensate for a boring job?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of working from home?
How do people find a balance between work and personal life?
What would make you leave your job?
In your opinion, what is the worst job in the world?

Is life today better than in the past? Think about the following :
Education - employment - job satisfaction
Health : prevention, treatment, new discoveries, social security, etc.
Comfort : standard of living (housing/transport/leisure)
Violence
Social issues : single mothers, unmarried couples, homosexuality ...

Inventions
What invention has had the greatest impact on our lives?
Are there some things that never should have been invented?
Do some countries encourage inventors more than others?

What are the 5 most important decisions in a person's life?


After making suggestions and defending their ideas, the group retains five and decides on the order of importance.

It is impossible to have a successful career and a happy family life.


You have to choose one or the other. Do you agree?

Careers today : how to advise young people


How important is it to have a good (well-paid/secure) job?
What advice would you give a young person today?
Would you encourage your children to accept a job in another country?
Would you be disappointed if your children
left school early?
chose a manual job?

The internet is already an essential communication tool in today's world.


The first and most popular use is the email.
What others can you think of?
Has fraud increased since the arrival of the internet? How?
What steps would you advise to protect data and privacy?
What do you think the internet will be used for in the future?

Recent physical achievements (crossing the Atlantic, mountain climbing, etc.).


How many can you think of?
Which achievement was the most impressive?
Are the world's best athletes present at the Olympic Games?
What do you think of 'extreme' sports (bungee jumping, tightrope walking...)?

Has violence increased in recent years?


What are the causes (unemployment, poverty, minority issues, tv series,
poor parenting ...?
What are the effects on young children?
What could be done to reduce violence?
Is the increase in violence a worldwide phenomenon?

The effects of medical and scientific progress :


health (prevention, treatment, organ transplants, rare diseases, etc.)
beauty (plastic surgery, dental care, etc.)
comfort in the home
transport
Personal
What has been your biggest success?
What is your biggest goal? Why is this important to you?
How do you define success?
Are personal goals important? Why or why not?
Technology
What form of technology do you find most confusing?
If you could only use one piece of technology for one week, what would it be? Why?
If you could invent a new form of technology, what would it be? Why?
Do you feel technology is making people lazy, or do you feel it is helping people be more efficient?
News
Do you think news coverage accurately depicts what is going on in the world?
What do you think there should be more/less of on the news?
Should all people watch the news on a daily basis? Why or why not?
Do you trust everything you hear or see on the news?
Past, Present, Future
If you could change one thing about the present, in order to secure a better future, what would it be?
What five things would you put in a time capsule for future generations to see?
What would you do if you had a time travel machine? To what time in the past or future would you want to travel?
If you could go to the past to tell yourself one thing, what would it be?
Travel
What is the importance of travel? Or, do you feel travel is important?
What is the most memorable trip you have ever taken? Why was it special?
Do you feel travel can provide educational benefits?