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Habits

Questions for discussion:

~ The word ``habit`` has a... meaning

~ Good and bad habits

~ Get used to it and you will love it

~ Habits make our life comfortable

~ As few habits as possible

Good mood

Questions for discussion:

~A good mood is...

~My mood improves if...

~To improve someone`s mood I...

~Humor

~Compliments

Restrictions

Questions for discussion:

~ Restrictions are in our mind

~ Restrictions and society

~ Restrictive upbringing

~ The hardest & the easiest

~ Overcoming restrictions

~ No restrictions

Comfort

Questions for discussion:

~ Physical comfort

~ Psychological (mental, emotional) comfort

~ Which one is more important?

~ Creating comfort

~ Your formula of comfort

Beginning

Questions for discussions:

~ You don`t get a second chance to make a first impression.

~ To judge at first sight

~ The first step is the hardest.

~ Unwillingness to try new things

~ You can`t start at the top

~ It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know

~ To be a pioneer

A mathematical topic

Questions for discussion:

~ Figures rule the world

~ The magic of numbers

~ Beauty measurement

~ Sacred geometry

~ Logic is invincible

New means of communication

Questions for discussion:

~ SMS vs. usual conversation
~ E-mail vs. usual letters on paper
~ Internet vs. libraries
~ Specific language of ICQ, chats and SMS vs. standard language

History Revision

Questions for discussion:

~ Destruction of historic monuments

~ The Bible vs. the Truth

~ Authorities turn out to be false

~ New chronology

~ History revision: why now?

Now and Before

Questions for discussion:

~ The information we possess

~ Amount of the gifted and talented

~ Knowledge of the ordinary man

~ History revision: ``Da Vinci Code``, ...

~ Mysteries of all times

Advice

Comment on:

~To advise is easier than to help

~We ask advice, but we mean approbation

~Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself

~Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but we wish we didn`t

~The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others

Choice

Questions for discussion:

~To have a choice

~Wide choice and poor choice

~Random choice and rational choice

~Dilemma

~``It`s choice, not chance, that makes our destiny``

Spirit of Change

Questions for discussion:

~ Tolerance and adaptation

~ Evolution of science

~ Cultural heritage

~ Social status

~ Eternal values

Mysteries

Questions for discussion:

~ Supernatural phenomena

~ Sacred knowledge

~ Our mysterious past

~ The future-

~ To know or not to know?

Power

Questions for discussion:

~The most powerful people

~Power corrupts

~Power and money

~Power and manipulation

~Knowledge itself is power

Virtual Communication

Questions for discussion:

~ Virtual communication: entertainment or necessity?

~ Virtual communication = leading a double life?

~ How well can you know smb via virtual communication?

~ Addiction to virtual communication

~ Virtual communication vs. real communication

Advice

Questions for discussion:

~To advise is easier than to help
~We ask advice, but we mean approbation
~Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself
~Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but we wish we didn`t
~The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others

Good mood

Questions for discussion:

~A good mood is...
~My mood improves if...
~To improve someone`s mood I...
~Humor
~Compliments

Feminism

Questions for discussion:

~ Feminism is . . .
~ ``Business woman``
~ Financial independence
~ Household
~ Gentlemen`s behavior

School memories

Questions for discussion:

~Do you have good memories of your school? Your classmates?
~What was your favorite subject at school? Why?
~Did you have a favorite teacher? Why did you like him/her?
~What was the funniest episode of your school life?

Advantages and disadvantages of a big city

Questions for discussion:

~Advantages: multiple opportunities (e.g. to find friends, a good job, etc), rich cultural life.
~Disadvantages: commotion, air pollution, traffic jams.
~Would you like to live in a big city or in the countryside? Why?

Money

Questions for discussion:

~Money and self-esteem
~Money and happiness
~Saving money vs. spending money
~Money and health

The sounds of music

Questions for discussion:

~Is music important for you?
~Do you have any musical education?
~What kind of music do you prefer? Why?
~Classical music.
~Pop music. Do you listen to the radio? Which radio station do you like?
~Other genres: rock, metal, jazz, ethnic music, electronic music.

Traveling

Questions for discussion:

~Do you like to travel?
~How often do you travel?
~Do you prefer to travel across our country or abroad? Why?
~Which place did you visit last? Why? Tell a story about it.
~Which place did you like best of all? Why? Tell a story about it.
~Which do you prefer more: sightseeing or lying on the beach? Why?
~Other kinds of tourism v mountain climbing, bicycle riding etc.

Sources of inner strength

Questions for discussion:

~ Inner strength: good mood, strong health, mental toughness.
Sources of inner strength:
Faith - can faith alone suffice?
Music - your attitude to music fans
Love - Can unrequited love be a source of energy?
Friends - Is it good or bad to take energy from other people?
Hobbies - Are hobbies a universal source of energy for you?
~ Falling into dependency on what makes our sources of inner strength.
Can sources harm you by becoming sort of drugs?

Ways to relaxation

Questions for discussion:

~ What is relaxation?
~ Why do you we need relaxation? Relaxation and sleep
~ Name the four general components of relaxation
~ Deep relaxation and yoga. Meditation proper
~ Ways of relaxation that are best suited for you

Dogs & cats in our everyday life

Questions for discussion:

• Are you a dog person or a cat person?
• Do you have either a dog or a cat at home?
• a) If yes, describe your favorite pet in a few words.
• b) If no, whom would you prefer to have and why?
• What features of character would you single out as most typical for dogs and most typical for cats?
• Why do you think there is a war between dogs and cats?
• In which cases, on the other hand, do dogs and cats find a common language?
• What is your attitude to stray dogs/cats?

Shopping

Questions for discussion:

~ What kind of shopper are you?
~ Do you love to shop or do you do it only out of necessity?
~ Do you search for the best prices or do you just walk into a store and buy what you like?
~ Do you enjoy bargaining for things (at a flea market, for example)? Have you ever pulled a real coup buying or selling anything?

Olga Zeleneva, Discussion Leader:

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I have a degree in linguistics. And with English I`ve been going side by side since I was in elementary school. Having no opportunity to actively apply foreign languages at work, I came to ECC and appreciated its advantages straight off. Now I am a discussion leader myself.

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