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Questions for discussion:

Appearance

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?

Planning

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?

Technologies

Questions for discussion:

  1. What electronics and household appliances can you manage without? For how long?
  2. How many electronic devices and household appliances can you remember?
  3. Do you remember how did the first mobile phone look like?
  4. At what age did you get your first mobile phone? How did it look like?

Ambitions

Reading: Difference Between Goal and Ambition

“Goal” and “ambition” are often used interchangeably as many thought that both contain the same meaning. Although both terms are used in the same context, they are completely different from one another.

Budget

  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? 

The Internet – Workplace and Marketplace

In the 21st century, the internet has become an essential and irreplaceable part of our lives. Increasingly, it is a tool for us to do our jobs, to get our news, to express our political and social views, to buy and sell goods and services. The internet has eliminated some jobs and business sectors and created others. More and more people, such as bloggers, reviewers, developers, and social media managers are “online” professionally.  As always, progress has both good and bad sides. How do you see this brave new world? What is your place in it?

Should we work less?

Reading:

Many of us tend to think of our brain not as muscles, but as a computer: a machine capable of constant work. Not only is that untrue, but pushing ourselves to work for hours without a break can be harmful, some experts say. The idea that you can indefinitely stretch out your deep focus and productivity time to these arbitrary limits is really wrong. It’s self-defeating,” says research scientist Andrew Smart, author of Autopilot. “If you’re constantly putting yourself into this cognitive debt, where your physiology is saying ‘I need a break’ but you keep pushing yourself, you get this low-level stress response that’s chronic – and, over time, extraordinarily dangerous.”

Are men and women treated equally in this country?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe that you are supposed to act in certain ways and do certain things depending on who you are, a man or a woman?
  2. How has the attitude to women's role in the society changed in the past century? Has it ever changed at all for that matter?
  3. What patterns of behavior are considered to be appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?
  4. Do parents have different expectations for their sons and daughters in their families?

Live-in Relationship VS Marriage

A man is opposite to a woman only on the physiological level. In no other way are they opposite. But we have made such a big issue of it. It is a simple difference nature has made for the perpetuation of the race but because this need is there within you, and because you have a few more sensibilities and stronger emotions compared to an animal, we institutionalized our sexuality. That is what marriage is. And because we have to nurture our children and bring them up, unless there is a committed atmosphere, it is not going to happen properly. So we created this institution of marriage so that your sexuality and caring for progeny is also handled, and children grow up in more stable atmospheres.

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?

Winter

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think of when you think of winter?
  2. What do you like more: winter or summer?
  3. What's the best part of winter?
  4. What's the worst part of winter?
  5. What is the best way to stay warm?

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

Pets

Dog's dinner: DNA clue to how dogs became our friends

Dogs have been dining on human food scraps since the early days of their domestication, it appears.

Our canine companions developed the ability to digest starchy foods during the farming revolution thousands of years ago, according to DNA evidence. Scientists think dogs may have been domesticated from wolves when they came into settlements, scrounging for food. Modern dogs can tolerate starch-rich diets, unlike their wolf cousins, which are carnivores.

Want to lose weight? Eat off a crinkly plate

Reading:

Jealousy, Prejudice and Discrimination

Reading: Jealousy, Prejudice, and Short People

Short people tend to be more prone to feelings of inferiority and jealousy, a recent study concluded. The researchers polled more than 500 Dutch and Spanish of both sexes in an effort to determine which characteristics made people uneasy with romantic competitors. They discovered a number of universalities, realizing that men and women viewed money, strength, looks, and charm as threatening. However, feelings of unease and nervousness diminished the taller a person's stature. Jealousy was exacerbated in short people.

Extreme Employees

Reading: 

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

Reading: 

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.

Junk Food Ban

Talking Points

Privacy

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is privacy?
  2. How do you maintain your privacy at home? At school?On the Internet? When using Facebook? When you travel? When talking on the phone?
  3. What are the reasons why privacy is important for you?
  4. To what extent do public officials have a right to privacy?

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?

Imports versus Domestic

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have the sanctions affected you? If so, in what way ? 
  2. Have you seen the impact of of food import bans? 
  3. Why do you think people prefer Western products (food/cars/electronics)?
  4. Do you think sanctions were reasonably imposed by the west?

  5. Do you think sanctions are here to stay? 
  6. Do you prefer to holiday abroad? If so why or why not? 

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your favorite movies? Explain why. 
  2. Do you think big budget movies are tasteless? 
  3. Do you prefer independent films or main stream cinema? 
  4. What are your favorite genres of cinema  and why? 
  5. Do you prefer watching movies in the original language? 
  6. Do you think Russian cinema is under appreciated globally? 
  7. What are some of your favorite actors? 
  8. Who is your favorite director and why? 
  9. Do you watch more movies or TV series?

Alcohol

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?

Books

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?

Cheating

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your definition of cheating?
  2. Have you ever cheated?
  3. Why do you think that people cheat?
  4. Have you ever cheated in an exam?

Retirement

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
  2. At this stage of your life, are you beginning to make plans for your retirement years? Why?
  3. What would be a perfect retirement for you?
  4. Ranging from 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your career? Why?

Opinion

Questions for discussion:

Description

1. Describe the best play you have seen in the theatre.

2. Describe the best birthday you have had.

3. Describe the best holiday you have had.

4. Describe someone that you respect deeply.

5. Describe an event that had a strong impact on your life.

6. Describe someone that you look up to.

7. Describe the best book you have read.

8. Describe the most beautiful place you have ever visited.

9. If you had an opportunity to time-travel describe a place that you would have liked to visit.

Questions that will change your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why don’t you do the things you know you should be doing? 
  2. What are your values in life? Are you being true to them? 
  3. What does success mean to you?
  4. If you achieved all of your life’s goals how would you feel? How can you feel that along the way?
  5. Do you prefer to be focused on today or tomorrow?

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