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Speaking Club August 16th .🙂🙃



Level 3:



American culture :



• What aspects of American culture do you find most intriguing? Why?



• In your opinion, what are the biggest advantages of living in the United States?



• Can you identify any potential drawbacks or disadvantages of American life?



• How does the concept of "the American Dream" influence people's perspectives on life there?



• What role do diversity and multiculturalism play in American society and culture?



• What are some common stereotypes about Americans? Are they accurate?



• How does the educational system in the U.S. differ from that in your home country?



• Do you think American society places a strong emphasis on individualism? Why or why not?



• What impact has Hollywood and American media had on global culture and perceptions?



• Discuss the importance of freedom of speech in American society. Are there any limits to it?



• How do major American holidays and traditions reflect the country's values and history?



• Describe the role of food in American culture. Are there any regional specialties you find interesting?



• How have recent social and political events shaped the image of America on the global stage?



• Compare and contrast the healthcare systems in the U.S. and your home country.



• What advice would you give to someone from your culture who is planning to live in the United States?



• Bread and butter"



• Definition: The main source of income or livelihood.



• Example: "Teaching English is her bread and butter; it's how she supports herself."



• "Cultural melting pot"



• Definition: A place where people from different cultures and backgrounds come together and blend to create a diverse society.



• Example: "New York City is often referred to as a cultural melting pot due to its mix of people from all over the world."



• The grass is always greener on the other side"



• Definition: The belief that other people's situations or circumstances are better than one's own, often leading to envy.



• Example: "She thinks life in America is perfect, but remember, the grass is always greener on the other side."



• "Fish out of water"



• Definition: Someone who feels uncomfortable or out of place in a particular situation or environment.



• Example: "Being at the formal dinner without knowing anyone made me feel like a fish out of water."



Movies:



• If you could change the ending of any movie, which one would it be and how would you alter it?



• Imagine you could switch the roles of two characters in a film. Which characters would you choose and how would their dynamic change the story?



• If you could rewrite the plot of a famous movie to take place in a different time period or setting, which movie would you choose and where and when would the new story be set?



• Have you ever watched a movie and thought a certain character should have made different choices? Describe the movie and the choices you'd have them make.



• Consider a movie that's based on a book. If you were given the task of adapting the story for the screen, what changes would you make to ensure the essence of the book remains while making it work as a movie?



Level 2:



• What is an economy, and why is it important for a country?



• Can you give an example of something you buy with money? Where does the money come from?



• What are some jobs that people do to earn money? How do these jobs help the economy?



• How can saving money be helpful? What are some things you might save money for?



• What does it mean to spend money? Can you think of things people spend money on?



• How does trading work? Can you give an example of something you might trade with a friend?



• What is a budget? Why might it be a good idea to have one?



• Can you think of some things that are free? Why do some things cost money while others don't?



• How does supply and demand work? Can you think of an example where lots of people want something, but there isn't much of it available?



• What are needs and wants? Can you give examples of things that are necessary for living (needs) and things that are nice to have but not essential (wants)?



Burning the midnight oil"



• Definition: Working or studying late into the night.



• Example: "She was burning the midnight oil to finish her school project before the deadline."



Making ends meet"



• Definition: Managing to cover one's basic expenses and financial needs with the available income.



• Example: "With the rising cost of living, it's becoming harder for many families to make ends meet."



Business:



• What factors should someone consider when deciding what type of business to start?



• How important is a business plan when starting a new venture? What does it include?



• What are the advantages and disadvantages of running a sole proprietorship?



• What is the role of marketing in a new business? How can effective marketing help attract customers?



• How do you think location can impact the success of a business? Why is it important?



• What are some common sources of funding for a new business? How do entrepreneurs usually secure initial capital?



• Put all your eggs in one basket"



• Definition: To invest all your time, money, or resources into one thing, which could be risky if that one thing fails.



• Example: "Instead of investing all his savings in just one stock, he diversified his investments so he wouldn't be putting all his eggs in one basket."



• "Test the waters"



• Definition: To try something out cautiously before fully committing to it.



• Example: "Before launching her new business, she decided to test the waters by offering her products at a local market to see how customers would respond."



More questions:



• What are some indoor activities you enjoy doing on a rainy day to have fun?



• How do you balance spending time with friends and having alone time to have fun?



• Can you share some creative ways to have fun without spending money?



• What outdoor games or sports do you like to play for fun? Why do you enjoy them?



• How does trying new things contribute to having fun and enriching your experiences?



• The ball is in your court"



• Definition: It's your turn to take action or make a decision.



• Example: "I've given you all the information you need to make a choice. Now, the ball is in your court."



• "Play your cards right"



• Definition: To make the right decisions and take the appropriate actions to achieve a desired outcome.



• Example: "If you play your cards right, you might be able to negotiate a better deal for yourself."


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