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Who will be joining the speaking club today at 1 PM? Please find below the topics and idioms for discussion. 🙂😇



Topic 1: Travel and Adventure



1. Have you ever traveled to another country? If so, where did you go?


   Idiom: "The world is your oyster" - This means that there are many opportunities available to you.


   Example: "I decided to go backpacking through Europe because I wanted to explore different cultures. After all, the world is my oyster."



2. What is your dream destination and why?


   Idiom: "The grass is always greener on the other side" - This means that people tend to believe that other places or things are better than what they have.


   Example: "I always dream about visiting the Maldives because the pictures I've seen look like paradise. But I have to remind myself that the grass is always greener on the other side."



3. Do you prefer traveling alone or with a group? Why?


   Idiom: "Two's company, three's a crowd" - This means that two people are enough for good company but adding a third person can cause discomfort or awkwardness.


   Example: "I prefer traveling alone because I can go wherever I want without any conflicts. Two's company, three's a crowd."



4. Have you ever experienced any adventurous activities while traveling?


   Idiom: "Take a leap of faith" - This means to take a risk or make a big decision with no guarantee of success.


   Example: "When I visited New Zealand, I decided to try bungee jumping for the first time. It was scary, but I wanted to take a leap of faith and conquer my fear."



5. What is the most memorable cultural experience you had while traveling?


   Idiom: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" - This means to adopt the customs and behaviors of the people in a particular place or environment.


   Example: "When I traveled to Japan, I learned to bow when greeting people to show respect. I believe that when in Rome, do as the Romans do."



Topic 2: Environmental Conservation



1. What are some ways you personally contribute to environmental conservation?


   Idiom: "Every little bit helps" - This means that even small contributions or efforts can make a difference.


   Example: "I make sure to turn off the lights when I leave a room, recycle my plastic bottles, and use reusable shopping bags. Every little bit helps."



2. How important is environmental conservation in your community/country?


   Idiom: "In the same boat" - This means that everyone is in the same situation or facing the same difficulties.


   Example: "In my country, there is a growing awareness about the importance of environmental conservation. People realize that we're all in the same boat and need to protect our planet."



3. Have you ever participated in a beach or park clean-up campaign?


   Idiom: "Leave no stone unturned" - This means to be thorough in your efforts, leaving nothing untouched or unexamined.


   Example: "Last summer, I volunteered for a beach clean-up campaign. We made sure to leave no stone unturned, picking up every single piece of trash we could find."



4. How do you think individuals can reduce their carbon footprint?


   Idiom: "Actions speak louder than words" - This means that what you do is more important than what you say.


   Example: "To reduce their carbon footprint, individuals should use public transportation, switch to energy-efficient appliances, and recycle. Remember, actions speak louder than words."



5. What role should governments play in environmental conservation?


   Idiom: "Put your money where your mouth is" - This means to back up your words with actions or financial support.


   Example: "Governments should implement stricter environmental policies and invest in renewable energy sources. It's time to put your money where your mouth is and take real action."



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Topic 1: Travel and Adventure



6. Is there a particular mode of transportation you enjoy when traveling? Why?


   Idiom: "Catch a red-eye flight" - This means to take an overnight flight, usually departing late at night and arriving early in the morning.


   Example: "When I have to travel long distances, I prefer to catch a red-eye flight so that I can save time and arrive at my destination early in the morning."



7. What is the most unique souvenir you've ever collected while traveling?


   Idiom: "Bring home the bacon" - This means to achieve success or earn a living for oneself and one's family.


   Example: "During my trip to Africa, I brought home a beautiful handmade tribal mask as a reminder of my adventure. It's something unique to bring home the bacon."



8. Have you ever faced any challenges while communicating in a foreign language during your travels?


   Idiom: "Lost in translation" - This means that something has been misunderstood or misinterpreted due to a language barrier.


   Example: "During my trip to France, I tried to order a croissant but ended up with a baguette instead. It was a case of lost in translation, but it turned out to be a delicious mistake."



9. What is your favorite travel memory and why does it hold significance for you?


   Idiom: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - This means that even the longest and most difficult journey starts with a small step.


   Example: "My favorite travel memory is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It was physically challenging, but as they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."



10. How do you prepare for a trip? Do you plan everything in advance or go with the flow?


    Idiom: "Fly by the seat of your pants" - This means to act or do something without any definite plan or preparation.


    Example: "When I travel, I like to have a general outline of what I want to do but also leave room to fly by the seat of my pants and explore spontaneously."



Topic 2: Environmental Conservation



6. Do you think education plays a crucial role in promoting environmental conservation? Why or why not?


   Idiom: "Knowledge is power" - This means that having information or understanding about a subject gives you an advantage.


   Example: "Education is vital for promoting environmental conservation because knowledge is power. When people are aware of the issues and understand their impact, they can make informed decisions."



7. Have you ever participated in a tree-planting campaign or other similar initiatives?


   Idiom: "Plant the seed" - This means to introduce an idea or start a process that will develop and grow in the future.


   Example: "I joined a tree-planting campaign in my hometown to help combat deforestation. It's a small step, but if we all plant the seed, we can make a difference."



8. How can individuals encourage others to adopt environmentally friendly habits?


   Idiom: "Lead by example" - This means to show others how to behave or act through your own actions.


   Example: "If you want to encourage others to adopt environmentally friendly habits, lead by example. Show them how you reduce waste, conserve energy, and recycle."



9. Are there any environmental conservation practices specific to your hometown/country?


   Idiom: "Think globally, act locally" - This means to consider the problems of the world as a whole but take action in your own community.


   Example: "In my country, we have implemented programs to plant trees in urban areas to combat pollution and improve air quality. It's an example of thinking globally and acting locally."



10. Can you think of any innovative solutions or technologies that can contribute to environmental conservation?


    Idiom: "Necessity is the mother of invention" - This means that when the need for something becomes essential, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it.


    Example: "In recent years, renewable energy technologies like solar panels and wind turbines have gained popularity as alternatives to fossil fuels. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we need sustainable solutions for a greener future."



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Topic 3: Transportation



1. Do you enjoy going on road trips with your family? What is your favorite part?


2. Have you ever been on an airplane? How was your experience?


3. Can you name three different modes of transportation (besides cars and planes)?


4. What is the longest journey you have taken? How did you travel?


5. Do you prefer traveling by land, sea, or air? Why?



Topic 4: Nature and Environment



1. Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? What activities do you like to do?


2. Can you name three different types of plants or flowers?


3. Have you ever seen a rainbow? What colors did you see?


4. What is your favorite season, and why?


5. Do you recycle at home? What can we do to take better care of the environment?



Topic 5: Books and Stories



1. What is your favorite book or story? Why do you like it?


2. Can you tell us about a character from a story you love? What are their qualities?


3. Have you ever written your own story? What was it about?


4. Do you enjoy reading books or listening to audiobooks? Why?


5. What are some books or stories that you would recommend to your friends?



Topic 6: Technology



1. Do you use any devices like tablets or computers? What do you like to do with them?


2. Can you name three different types of technology devices?


3. How do you think technology has changed the way we communicate?


4. Have you ever played a video game? Which one is your favorite?


5. What are some advantages and disadvantages of using technology?



Topic 7: Music and Art



1. Do you enjoy listening to music? What types of songs do you like?


2. Can you name three different musical instruments?


3. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? Which one?


4. Do you like drawing or painting? What subjects or themes do you enjoy?


5. Have you ever been to a concert or a live music performance? What was it like?



Topic 8: Science and Experiments



1. What is your favorite science subject, like biology or chemistry?


2. Can you describe an experiment you conducted in school or at home?


3. Have you ever seen a solar eclipse or a shooting star? Can you explain what they are?


4. What is something interesting you have learned about space or the planets?


5. Do you enjoy doing hands-on science activities? What is your favorite experiment?




Idioms:



1. "Pull someone's leg":


Definition: To tease or joke with someone in a playful manner.


Example: "I told her that unicorns were real, just to pull her leg."



2. "Bite the bullet":


Definition: To face a difficult or unpleasant situation with courage and determination.


Example: "He decided to bite the bullet and confront his fear of heights by going skydiving."



3. "Barking up the wrong tree":


Definition: To pursue a mistaken or misguided course of action or direction.


Example: "If you think I was the one who ate your cookies, you're barking up the wrong tree."



4. "Don't count your chickens before they hatch":


Definition: Don't assume something will happen before it actually does.


Example: "He was already planning his victory party, but it's wise not to count your chickens before they hatch."



5. "Like a fish out of water":


Definition: To feel uncomfortable or out of place in a particular situation.


Example: "Being at the party with all those strangers made him feel like a fish out of water."

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