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Questions for discussion:

  1. What things do you first notice about someone's appearance?
  2. What do you think when you look at yourself in the mirror?
  3. What, in your opinion, is special in your appearance?
  4. What styles of dress do you like most of all?
  5. How much time do you spend on your appearance when you want to look really good? What is good looking for you?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you schedule your day? Do you need planning in your everyday life? At work?
  2. Do you use personal assistant, any planning apps or personal organizer?
  3. Do you plan your deals for a week, a month, six months?
  4. How do you prioritize your deals?
  5. Why is planning important for work?


  1. Family budget vs individual budget
  2. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards? Do we really need them? 
  4. What for does the credit history exist? Do you know your credit history? Have you ever seen a report on your credit history? 

A Life of Productivity

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are the tasks you work on during the day the ones with the highest priority?               
  2. Do you make up lists of things to do? Do you use a planner in your cell phone or any other computer program to schedule your day, week, month, six months?
  3. Do you use action plan when working on a task at work? 
  4. Do you use to-do lists when it comes to your personal needs?
  5. How do you proiritise tasks when there is a lot to do?    
  6. Are you stressed about deadlines?

Work-life Balance (revised)

Loving your job is BAD for your career as you work too hard in the evenings and are outperformed by colleagues who come in refreshed

  • People who feel their job is integral to their life may find it hard to be productive
  • These people are less able to successfully disengage from work in the evenings 
  • This limits their energy levels the following morning and their ability to focus

Extreme Employees


Although some countries like France and Australia have begun to experiment with additional vacation time to balance work and personal happiness, the worldwide trend has progressed in the opposite direction. For example, Japan has long been known for its excruciating workweeks. Employees in other countries are falling victim to longer and longer hours at the office in recent years, too. The result is a new type of employee, called the "extreme employee."

5 Things Successful People Never Do


There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

Reading: Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

Hobbies & Interests

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your hobbies or interests? Have they changed over the years?
  2. How did you discover your hobbies or interests?
  3. What kinds of interesting hobbies or interests do your friends and family have?
  4. How much time every week do you spend on your hobbies?
  5. What do you think are the benefits of doing something you enjoy every day?

New Year Season

Questions for discussion: 

  1. This is the season of gift giving. Do you have trouble picking out gifts for family members and friends? Do you prefer to buy gifts or do you give gifts that you've made yourself? Do you think consumerism has replaced the real spirit of the holidays? 
  2. Russia has among the longest federal holiday seasons. Do you think the holidays should be made shorter or stay the way they are? What are good and bad things about being on vacation for so long? Would you rather have federal holidays some other time of year? 

The Arts

Author: Denis Dedov
Questions for discussion:


  1. What work of art (a book, a movie, a live show, a song, etc.) impressed you lately? Why?
  2. Do you have hobbies or interests (like movies, writing, drawing, etc.)?
  3. Do you create something or you’re a listener (watcher)?
  4. Why do we need the arts? Can we live without it?
  5. Is it obligatory to be talented to create or you can learn the arts?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to balance alcohol consumption and a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
  3. Should parents be able to determine drinking age for their children before the age of 18 (as opposed to the government controlling this)?
  4. Drink driving: in some countries it’s ok to drink a little before driving. Is it possible to have similar law in Russia? Why or why not?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you interested in the world of business?
  2. Do you think you have a good head for business?
  3. What kind of business would you like to start?
  4. Do you think anyone can start their own business?


Questions for discussion:

  1. How important are books to you?
  2. What would life be like without books?
  3. What kinds of books do you like?
  4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  5. If you wrote a book, what would you write about?

Dream House and Living Arrangements

  1. Do you like spending time at home? Where do you live and lived before?
  2. When you were a child, did you have to share a bedroom with your siblings? Did you like it or did you want your own room?
  3. Which part of Moscow do you live? What are good and bad areas to live in Moscow and in your town?
  4. What would be your ideal living arrangement:
    •  house in a city
    •  flat
    •  studio
    •  cottage
    • castle

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

Living in society: Is it easy to be "social animal"?

1) How often do all the members of your family get together?
2) What differences has the internet made to people's ability to keep relationships going over long distances?
3)The human being is said to be a "social animal". One of the main criticisms made of internet is that we're getting used to relating to people we'll never meet. What are the implications of that?
4)Does it worry you that many children nowadays spend more time in front of computer games than actually playing with their friends?


1.​ What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘drugs’?

2.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

3.​ Why are some drugs more addicting than others?

4.​ What happens in the brain of a person that causes addiction?

5.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

6.​ Have you ever used illegal drugs?

7.​ Are there strong laws in your country to prevent the use of drug


1. What is prejudice?

2. Why does prejudice exists?

3. Are women highly regarded in your society? Why?

4. Are men highly regarded in the community?

5. Are there gender role biased issues in your country? What are they?

6. Are women workers often promoted at their workplace?

7. If yes, what qualities do they possess over the other gender?

8. If not, what make them not excel at their work?


Questions for discussion: 

  1. What country would you like to visit?
  2. What country would you like to live in and why?
  3. What country would you like to work in?
  4. What country has the most interesting customs?
  5. What country would be fun to work in?

Culture Shock

1. How do you feel when you leave your home culture and enter into a completely new culture?

2. What is culture shock? Have you ever experienced culture shock?

3. What is reverse, or re-entry, culture shock? Have you ever experienced reverse culture shock?

4. What do you think is important when visiting another culture?

5. What other cultures have you met people from? What has surprised you when you've met people from other countries?


1.Do you know any vegetarians?
2.Do you think restaurants should offer one or two vegetarian dishes on their menu?
3.What are the different kinds of vegetarians?
4.Could you try vegetarianism for a month?
5.Could you try vegetarianism for a week?
6.Could you try vegetarianism for a full day?
7.If someone eats cheese and drinks milk, are they vegetarian?
8.If someone wears leather shoes or a fur coat, can they call themselves "vegetarian"?
9.What is the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian?

Cultural Differences

1. What do you think is interesting about your culture?
2. Do you know much about your own culture?
 3. When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?
4. What has surprised you when you've met people from other countries?
 5. Have you looked at Internet pages from a different culture? If so, how were they different from those of your own culture?
6. What do you like about your culture?What don't you like about your culture?

Do alcohol and pot really make you more creative? It depends

Creative artists have used mind-altering substances from time immemorial. The first evidence of fermented beverages was found in a 9000-year-old archaeological site in China, alongside some of the oldest intact musical instruments. Naturally.

In modern times, it's hard to imagine American culture without booze and pot — from Louis Armstrong, a prolific marijuana smoker, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, heroic drinkers both. But how do alcohol and pot actually affect the creative mind? Well, it depends on who you ask.

7 ways to quickly become a master at anything

There's a right way to learn. Want to be more successful? Actually that's not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the "10,000 hour rule" is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn. Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way. So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:

Stereotypes and cultural differences

Tonight we will primarily be looking at stereotypes and cultural differences between Russian and British culture, however, if our discussion naturally flows onto the topic of other cultures, that’s fine too. There are many myths and stereotypes surrounding both Russian and British culture. Some of them may be true, some may be verging on the edge of truth or partly true, some may be ridiculous, and some may even cause offence.


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the internet?
  2. Can you remember the first time you used the internet?
  3. Could you live without the internet?
  4. How do you think the internet has changed the world?
  5. If you use the internet, what do you use it for?


People travel for many different reasons. For holidays, for business, to move permanently, to gain further insight into the world, for self development, and then some people are travellers (more impolitely known as, gypsies). Their lives are constantly moving as they travel in a mobile home from place to place. Tonight we will discuss many aspects of travelling.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you go travelling, if so, for which purposes?
  2. Do you enjoy travelling, or is it just a necessity, e.g for work?

Nursing Homes, Retirement Communities, Disabilities and Handicaps

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think people send their elders to nursing homes?
  2. Do you think sending your loved ones to nursing homes is a kind of abandonment?
  3. Do you think we should take care of our parents when they grow old? Is it a family duty?
  4. Do you ever get tired of family duties?
  5. Does the government in your country care of people in their old age?
  6. Would you consider living in an retirement home when you're older?

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