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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? 

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?

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Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

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?

Stories/Movie

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you share your favorite story?
  2. What type of stories do you prefer?
  3. Can you share a personal story that happened to you and helped improve your life?
  4. What is your favorite moment in history and can you share it?

Human wonders/Supernatural things

Questions for discussion:

Hobbies (new)

1. What hobbies do you have?

2. Name three hobbies that you would have liked to try out and why?

3. Have your hobbies changed throughout the years? How have the changed and why do you think that is?

4. Are there any hobbies that you used to do but don’t do anymore, why do you think that is?

5. Why do you think different countries excel at one sport and not at another?

6. Why do you think people have different types of hobbies in different countries?

Weddings

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you feel about attending weddings? Are they boring, interesting, a waste of time?
  2. When was the last time you attended a wedding? Who was getting married?
  3. When you've been invited to a wedding, do you go out and buy a suit/dress and/or a pair of shoes for the occasion? Why do some people feel that they have to do this?
  4. After the wedding ceremony itself, in some countries there are wedding feasts or banquets. What happens after the wedding in your country?

Internet

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?

Free time

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have enough free time?
  2. Do you have free time on Sundays?
  3. Do you have much free time during the day?
  4. Do you have much free time in the evenings?
  5. Do you have much free time in the mornings?
  6. What did you do last summer vacation?
  7. What did you do last weekend?
  8. What do you do in your free time?
  9. What hobbies do you have?

Beach

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people do at the beach? was the last time you went to the beach? Where did you go?
  2. Have you ever been night-swimming? Are there any problems with jellyfish, sharks or stonefish at your local beach?
  3. Have you ever played sports on the beach? Which sports have you played?
  4. Have you ever collected seashells? Can you describe a shell that you have collected?What did you do with the shells that you collected?
  5. Have you ever been fishing on the beach?

Social nets

Questions for discussion:

Jewellery

Questions for discussion:

  1. What's your attitude to jewellery? How often do you wear it?
  2. Who wears more jewelry - men or women? Now and back in time.
  3. Do you have family jewellery and traditions related to it?
  4. Do you think there is fashion or style in wearing it? Do you have your style? What are the standards for wearing jewellery in office?
  5. Would you like to become a jeweller? Do you know a jeweller?
  6. Who would you give jewels as a gift? On what occasion?

How much leisure is there in your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. How much leisure is there in your life? Is it enough? Would you like to have more/ less of it? Why?
  2. How do you spend your leisure time?
  3. Do people of different ages/ nationalities have different ideas of spending their leisure time? What are those?
  4. Would you like to have only leisure time and no work at all?
  5. Can work be leisure?
  6. Have you ever had a hobby? What was/is it? Why did you choose it?

What would your acting be like?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is your favorite actor?
  2. Who is your favorite actress?
  3. What do you think that both men and women are called actors nowadays?
  4. Would you like to be an actor?
  5. Do you think men or women are better at acting?
  6. Do you think today’s actors are better than those from 30, 40 or 50 years ago?
  7. Do you think it’s strange that most actors are beautiful or handsome?
  8. Do you think anyone can become an actor?
  9. Are there any actors you really don’t like?

Celebrities

Questions for discussion:

  1. Whom would you call a celebrity?
  2. Do you think anyone can become a celebrity?
  3. Do you think celebrities like Oprah Winfrey deserve the millions of dollars they get paid?
  4. Why are so many people obsessed with celebrities?
  5. What do you think are the downsides to being a celebrity?
  6. Are there any celebrities you hate the sight of?
  7. Would you like to be interviewed by celebrity magazines?
  8. Do you think there are different levels of celebrity?

April's fools' day

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you celebrate April's fools' day?
  2. Do you think it is ok to joke with other people?
  3. Do you have sense of humor?
  4. Why is it important to laugh?
  5. What do you think of people who don't like to make jokes?
  6. If you have to marry, would you prefer man/woman with some sense of humor?
  7. People who don't have sense of humor, how do you get along with them?

Useful words and phrases:

Movies

Questions for discussion:

1.What's are your favorite movies and what do you like about them?
2. what type of movies become blockbusters?
3. Do you like old soviet movies?
4. Do you like watching movies at home or at cimema halls.
5. what do you know about film-making?

Useful words and phrases:

  1. to book a ticket
  2. thespians
  3. at the outset
  4. front row
  5. back row
  6. screen
  7. sci-fi
  8. melodrama
  9. action movies
  10. house full
  11. blockbuster

Reading

  1. When did you learn to read?
  2. What were your favorite books in different periods of your life?
  3. Have your taste for literature changed since childhood? How has it changed?
  4. What kind of reading do you prefer now (books, magazines, internet, smth. else)?
  5. What kind of books do you read now (classical literature, fiction, science fiction, novels, detective stories, historical novels, business books, smth.else)?

New Year Holidays

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where are you going to meet this New Year (at home with family; with friends; at the club; at the Red Square; in some trip)?
  2. Do you prepare New Year presents beforehand or just before the holiday? Do you like to prepare New Year presents or it is a nightmare for you? Do you prepare New Year presents only for your family or also for your friends and colleagues? What do you like more: to give presents or to be given ones?

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people see movies? What are you reasons?
  2. Where do you prefer to see movies? Does your choice depend on a type of a film?
  3. What is your favourite genre? Why?
  4. Who’s your favourite actor(ess)?Why?
  5. Who’s your favourite character(s)? Why? Who played it(them)?
  6. What’s your attitude to TV series? Do you watch any? Why? Why not?
  7. What’s your attitude to old movies as to compare to modern ones?

Movies and Theater

Questions for discussion:

~ What kind of movies do you like? Why?

~ What is your attitude to the theater? Why?

~ Do you have your own criteria of a good film or a performance? Give an example, please

~ What is your opinion about difference between the movie and the theater?

~ What a film or a performance can you recommend? Explain why. Give an example.

~ What is your attitude to the job of an actor?

~ Do you like watching a film or a performance? ? Explain why. Give an example.

~ Can you imagine your life without movie and the theater? Explain why.

Different entertainments in our life

Questions for discussion:

~ Why do people need entertainments? Tell your opinion, please

~ What are the best entertainments for you?

~ What kinds of entertainments do exist?

~ What do you think about casino and lotteries as entertainments?

~ What do you think of a job in the show business?

What is your opinion about cruel entertainments like female boxing or a bullfight?

~ Do you think that hunting for wild animals is a correct thing?

~Some people like visiting football, volleyball as spectators. What about you?

Vacation

Questions for discussion:

~Is a vacation necessary thing for you or you're able to work for several years without intermission?

~Do you typically plan your vacation or think where to go just before the holiday?

~When you choose where to go, how do you typically define a place for vacation? (By travel company, by Internet, on advice of your friends/colleagues/relatives, smth. else)

~When do you prefer to take vacation? Why?

~For what period do you get your vacation? (For a month once a year, for two weeks twice a year, smth else)

Film, film, film...

Questions for discussion:

~ What is a movie for you? (art; amusement and entertainment; industry of show-business; anything else)

~ What statement is closer to you: cinema is a survival of the past / cinema will live forever?

~ Do you think that a successful premiere is possible without advertising?

~ If you had a chance to play part in the film, whom would you want to play?

~ If you had a chance to write a scenario, what it would be about?

~ What is the last film that has impressed you?

Meeting people

Questions for discussion:

~Do you enjoy meeting new people?
~What are some good things to ask someone you just met?
~What are some things you shouldn-t ask people you just met?
~Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new?
~What are some ways to overcome being nervous about meeting new people?

Going to the Cinema, Watching a Film

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you describe you wishes for watching films? What does the cinema mean for you? How often do you watch films? How often do you go to the cinema?
  2. What are advantages of watching films at home? What are advantages of watching movies in the cinema? Do you like watching films alone, with a friend or with a company of friends?

Books

Questions for discussion:

~Do you like to read? Do you do it often?
~Who is your favorite author? What do you like him for? Can you describe his style?
~What book had the most effect on you?
~Imagine that you write a book. What will it be about?

Theater and you

Questions for discussion:

~Have you ever been on the stage? Do you long for it?
~Are you an actor in your everyday life? And what do you mean by being an actor?
~Do you like to go to the theater? And how often do you do that?
~What is your favourite performance (what will you advise to see)?

Classic(al)

Questions for discussion:

~ Explain, please..
~ ``And who are judges?`` & recognition period
~ .. vs vanguard
~ .. vs fashion
~ Classic never dies

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