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Are you ready to join the speaking club tomorrow? Here are the topics and idioms for discussion.


LEVEL 3

Travel and Culture:

 

Have you ever experienced culture shock while traveling? Describe the situation and how you adapted to it.

 

Idiom: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Meaning: Adapt to the customs and behavior of a particular place or culture.

What is your opinion on preserving traditional customs and cultural heritage in the face of globalization?

 

Idiom: "To be a fish out of water." Meaning: To feel uncomfortable or out of place in a new or unfamiliar environment.

Share a memorable experience of trying a new type of cuisine during your travels. How did it broaden your cultural understanding?

 

Idiom: "To have a taste of something." Meaning: To experience or try something for a short time.

 

Discuss the importance of learning about local customs and etiquette before visiting a foreign country.

 

Idiom: "When in doubt, ask." Meaning: If you're unsure about something, it's better to ask for clarification or advice.

How does traveling help in breaking down cultural stereotypes and promoting understanding among people from different backgrounds?

 

Idiom: "To see the world through rose-colored glasses." Meaning: To have a positive and idealistic view of things.

Share a travel experience where you encountered a language barrier. How did you manage to communicate effectively?

 

Idiom: "Actions speak louder than words." Meaning: What someone does is more important than what they say.

 

Discuss the impact of tourism on local cultures and communities. How can travelers be responsible and respectful visitors?

 

Idiom: "To walk a mile in someone else's shoes." Meaning: To try to understand and empathize with someone's perspective or situation.

What are some benefits of cultural exchange through travel? How does it contribute to personal growth and broadening of horizons?

 

Idiom: "To broaden one's horizons." Meaning: To expand one's knowledge, experiences, and understanding of the world.

 

What role does language play in understanding and appreciating a new culture when traveling?

 

Idiom: "The language barrier." Meaning: Difficulties in communication due to differences in language.

Share a cultural festival or celebration you have attended. What made it memorable for you?

 

Idiom: "To paint the town red." Meaning: To go out and enjoy oneself, often in a lively and festive manner.

Discuss the impact of tourism on the preservation of historical sites and cultural landmarks.

 

Idiom: "To be a sight for sore eyes." Meaning: To be a welcome or pleasing sight, especially after a long absence.

How does traveling allow us to challenge stereotypes and gain a deeper understanding of different cultures?

 

Idiom: "To break the ice." Meaning: To overcome initial tension or awkwardness when meeting new people.

 

Share a travel experience where you encountered a cultural misunderstanding. How did you resolve it?

 

Idiom: "To get one's wires crossed." Meaning: To have a misunderstanding or miscommunication.

Discuss the benefits of experiencing local customs and traditions firsthand during your travels.

 

Idiom: "To get a taste of something." Meaning: To have a brief experience or sample of something.

How does traveling provide opportunities to learn about history and heritage in different parts of the world?

 

Idiom: "To dig up the past." Meaning: To uncover or discover information or events from the past.

 

 

LEVEL 2:

Travel and Culture

 

Have you ever been on a trip or vacation? Where did you go? What did you do there?

What is your favorite place in your city or town? Why do you like it?

If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? Why?

What are some things you would like to learn about a different culture?

Have you ever tasted a food from another country? Did you like it? What was it like?

Can you name a famous landmark or tourist attraction from another country?

What are some ways people greet each other in different cultures?

How do you think traveling to different places can help us understand and appreciate other cultures?

What is something special or unique about your own culture that you would like others to know about?

Can you name a famous landmark or tourist attraction in your own country?

If you could have a pen pal from any country in the world, which country would you choose? Why?

Have you ever celebrated a holiday or festival from a different culture? Which one was it and what did you do?

What is your favorite mode of transportation for traveling? (e.g., car, train, airplane, boat) Why do you like it?

What is one thing you would like to try or experience if you visited a different country?

Can you think of a traditional dance or music style from a specific culture? Describe what it looks or sounds like.

 

Do you know any words or phrases in a different language? Share one and its meaning.

What are some similarities and differences between your own culture and a culture from another country?

If you could bring back a souvenir from any place in the world, what would it be and why?

 

Have you ever seen traditional clothing from another country? What did it look like?

If you could learn any language in the world, which one would you choose? Why?

What are some things you would like to see or do if you visited a famous city like Paris or Tokyo?

Have you ever tasted a food from a different culture that you really liked? What was it?

What is a popular sport or game from another country that you find interesting?

Can you think of a famous festival or celebration that happens in another country? Describe what happens during that event.

If you could live in a different country for a year, where would you choose to live? Why?

Have you ever learned a traditional dance or song from another culture? Share your experience.

What do you think is the importance of respecting and valuing different cultures?

If you could invite someone from another country to visit your hometown, who would you invite and why?

 

Idioms:

 

"A picture is worth a thousand words." - Meaning: A picture can convey a lot of information or tell a story without the need for words.

 

"To be on cloud nine." - Meaning: To be extremely happy or joyful.

 

"To be a world traveler." - Meaning: To have traveled to many different countries.

 

"To be a small fish in a big pond." - Meaning: To feel insignificant or unimportant in a large or competitive environment.

 

"To be like a fish out of water." - Meaning: To feel uncomfortable or out of place in a new or unfamiliar environment.

 

"To be bitten by the travel bug." - Meaning: To have a strong desire or passion for traveling.

 

"To be in the same boat." - Meaning: To be in the same situation or facing the same challenges as others.

 

"To go the extra mile." - Meaning: To put in additional effort or do more than what is expected.

 

"To have the world at your feet." - Meaning: To have many opportunities and possibilities available to you.

 

"To speak the same language." - Meaning: To have a shared understanding or similar interests with someone.

 


 

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