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This week

starting 16/05

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Part 1 – Planes

1. Do you like taking the plane?
2. Can you remember the first time you took the plane?
3. Do you prefer the aisle seat or the window seat and why?
4. Do you think flying has got better or worse over the years?
5. Do you ever think or worry about the plane crashing when you’re flying somewhere?
6. Would you like to learn to fly a plane?
7. What will planes look like in a 100 years?
8. Do you think we’ll be flying to the Moon and Mars one day?

Part 2 – Priority

1. How well can you organize day-to-day priorities?
2. What is the biggest priority in your life right now?
3. How often do you find yourself adjusting your priorities?
4. How do you determine your priorities?
5. Is stability or happiness a bigger priority to you?
6. How are your priorities different than they were five years ago?
7. How are the priorities of a 20-year-old and a 50-year-old different?
8. “Your decisions reveal priorities.” What do you think?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How often do you eat dairy products?
2. Why do you think people still ride horses?
3. If you had to get a new pet right now, what would you get and why?
4. How often do you not walk on the crosswalk?
5. When was the last time you exercised outside?
6. What’s the best thing about your favorite TV show?
7. What was the last thing you searched online?
8. What do you hope to accomplish in the next ten years?

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Part 1 – How to

1. Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?
2. Do you know how to shine leather shoes?
3. Do you know how to paint?
4. Do you know how to use chopsticks?
5. Do you know how to build a campfire?
6. Do you know how to perform a magic trick?
7. Do you know how sharpen a knife?
8. Do you know how to look after plants?

Part 2 – Knowledge

1. How do you mostly get new knowledge?
2. How do you feel about learning new things from the internet?
3. As a kid, did you turn to books or other people to gain new knowledge?
4. What’s some knowledge that was handed down through your family?
5. What do you think should be common knowledge, but isn’t?
6. What was something you thought you knew but your thoughts about it changed?
7. “Just living gives you knowledge.” What do you think?
8. “Knowledge is power.” What do you think?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What’s your most proud accomplishment of the past year?
2. What comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas?
3. What do you appreciate in your life right now?
4. What new thing have you learned recently?
5. How often do you talk in front of a group of people?
6. How often do you stargaze?
7. Who are you proud of right now and why?
8. When was the last time you dressed up?

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Part 1 – Social Media

1. What social media do you have?
2. What do you think the benefits of social media are?
3. If you had to create a new social media platform, what would it be?
4. How can social media be educational?
5. Why do you use social media, or why not?
6. How would you define social media?
7. How will the popularity of social media evolve in the next decade?
8. How do you think social media relates to self-image?

Part 2 – Visit

1. What is the most fascinating place you have ever visited? How so?
2. Where would you go if you had a year to visit five countries?
3. What businesses did you regularly visit in your childhood?
4. Who is the last person to visit your home?
5. How is International Museum Day important? (Wednesday, May 18)
6. How should International Museum Day be celebrated? (Wednesday, May 18)
7. What is one famous natural site you would like to visit?
8. What is a place that you visit that feels like “home away from home”?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. On a scale from 1-10, how detail-oriented are you?
2. How often do you print things out?
3. Who is a famous visual artist from your country?
4. What gem do you find the prettiest?
5. Why do you like the music that you like?
6. How often do you wear rings?
7. If you had to teach a class on anything, what would it be and why?
8. What philosophical question would you love to know the answer to?

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Part 1 – Inside

1. Do you enjoy being inside?
2. What kinds of things do you like doing inside?
3. How much time do you spend inside on weekends?
4. Do you prefer eating at home or outside? Why?
5. In which room do you spend the most time in your house?
6. What are some things your do inside that you wish you could do outside?
7. What are the benefits fof spending time inside?
8. What are the dangers of going inside?

Part 2 – Instruction

1. What’s a tutorial you followed recently?
2. As a child, were you more likely to follow instructions or not?
3. Do you prefer written or verbal instructions? Why or why not?
4. When assembling something, do you need pictures in instructions? Why or why not?
5. When was a time ignoring instructions worked out for you?
6. How closely do you follow instructions while cooking?
7. How often do you give instructions to someone else?
8. Do you think too many instructions can be bad? Why or why not?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How often did you read books as a teenager?
2. What is something you wish you had more time for?
3. What upcoming holiday are you excited for?
4. How can an individual build resilience?
5. Would you rather run or swim for exercise? Why?
6. What’s the closest body of water to where you live?
7. Would you rather live in the middle of New York City or far in the country?
8. How do you define emotional intelligence?

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Part 1 – Art

1. What is art?
2. What’s the best art gallery you’ve been to?
3. Do you have a favorite artist?
4. Who are some famous artists in your country?
5. Describe the pieces of artwork in your house.
6. Do you have any artistic talents?
7. Have you ever drawn anything on a computer?
8. Do you prefer computer animation or hand drawn animation?

Part 2 – Coast

1. What is the nearest coast to where you live?
2. What is the most famous coastal road you know of?
3. What are some advantages to living on the coast?
4. How do you think real estate on beaches is different from cities?
5. Would you rather live in a land-locked country or an island?
6. What country would you do a coast-to-coast road trip in?
7. What comes to mind when you think of the West Coast, USA?
8. “People who live on the coast are more relaxed.” What do you think?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How do you feel about stand-up comedy?
2. What do you wish you could do for the first time again?
3. What does gratitude mean to you?
4. To what extent do your friends influence your personality?
5. What is a trend in your country right now?
6. At what age should kids/teens have phones? Why?
7. How can the world use less plastic?
8. What was the last situation in which you were a leader?

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Part 1 – Animals

1. How good or bad is our body compared to animals?
2. What’s the most annoying animal you’ve encountered?
3. What animal or insect do you wish humans could eradicate?
4. What animal is the most majestic?
5. What animal do you think makes the best pet?
6. Are there any dangerous animals in your country?
7. What animals have the best life?
8. What is the cutest animal in the world?

Part 2 – Reptiles

1. What are some reptiles native to your area?
2. How do you feel about snakes? Have you ever come across one in nature?
3. Would you ever have a reptile as a pet? Why or why not?
4. Would you rather have a snake or a turtle for a pet?
5. Would you ever hold a very friendly snake? Why or why not?
6. How would you react if you saw a crocodile in the wild?
7. Do people eat reptiles in your country? How do you feel about that?
8. How do you feel about reptile skin being used for clothing?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What’s your ideal outdoor temperature?
2. Would you rather be a doctor or a firefighter? Why?
3. What was the last object you lost?
4. What are some sources of daily inspiration for?
5. How can we learn from children?
6. How have smartphones changed the world?
7. Do you prefer to have a very structured day or more freeform?
8. How can employers support their employees?

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Part 1 – Symbols

1. What are some famous symbols that you know?
2. Are symbols important? Why or why not?
3. [♿]Is your city easily accessible for people in wheelchairs in your country?
4. [$] How does your currency compare to the dollar?
5. [☮] How can we achieve world peace?
6. [☯] How can you bring balance to your life?
7. [☢] What do you think of nuclear power?
8. [⚤] Would you rather be a man or a woman in a next life?

Part 2 – Disability

1. How do schools in your country help children with learning disabilities?
2. Are you close with anyone with a disability?
3. How can we be mindful of people with physical disabilities?
4. What are some public amenities important for disabled people?
5. How often do you watch the Paralympics?
6. What’s an inspiring story about someone with a disability?
7. How can we be mindful of people with invisible disabilities?
8. How can we encourage public conversation regarding disability?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How do you take care of yourself on a busy day?
2. How do you feel about pets on furniture?
3. Would you rather live in New York City or Paris? Why?
4. What is the maximum amount of pets you would have?
5. How many books are on your reading wish-list right now?
6. How often do you watch celebrity awards shows?
7. What makes you satisfied with your day?
8. If you could go back one week, what would you do differently?

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Part 1 – Technology

1. Is technology a good or a bad thing?
2. What new technology could you not live without?
3. How has technology changed society?
4. Has technology made us more impatient?
5. Do you think we’ve become obsessed with technology?
6. Does technology ever let you down?
7. What technology is dangerous?
8. What things would you never let technology replace?

Part 2 – Green

1. How popular is St. Patrick’s Day in your country?
2. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the color green?
3. What is your favorite green food to eat?
4. If you had to paint your bedroom green and one other color, what would it be?
5. What emotion do you associate with the color green?
6. How often do you eat greens?
7. How “green” are you in terms of the environment?
8. What are some benefits of eating greens?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What makes an experience worth having to you?
2. How have you celebrated events during Covid-19?
3. What is something that made you smile today?
4. How long does it take you to relax after something stressful?
5. What food is grown in your country?
6. How do you go about giving someone tough feedback?
7. What was the last method of public transportation you took?
8. What was a happy news story you’ve heard recently?

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Part 1 – Facts

1. How do you fact-check things you hear or see online?
2. What’s a lesser-known fact in your country?
3. What is a fact you had a hard time believing?
4. If you see an incorrect fact online, are you likely to engage or not? Why?
5. Would you prefer a fact-based or more creative profession?
6. When you’ve had to memorize a bunch of facts, what was your strategy?
7. What is the most important fact that someone should know about you?
8. “Numbers don’t lie.” What do you think?

Part 2 – Alcohol

1. What are some occasions in your country on which people usually celebrate with alcohol?
2. What do you think of the laws surrounding alcohol in your country?
3. How should parents introduce their children to alcohol?
4. What is the relationship between mental health and alcohol?
5. How would you describe the drinking culture in your country?
6. How do you personally feel about alcohol?
7. What is your country’s drinking age, and do you think it should be different?
8. Do you think public opinion regarding alcohol has changed, why or why not?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What are some benefits and drawbacks to living in a massive city?
2. What’s the most unique building in your town?
3. How often are you stuck in traffic?
4. Will paper money exist in 20 years? Why or why not?
5. What’s your country’s largest export?
6. What comes to mind when you think of Paris?
7. In ten years, what do you think 2022 will be known for?
8. How many calories do you eat in a day?

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Part 1 – Exercising

1. Do you like to exercise?
2. Do you play any sports?
3. How many hours do you exercise per week?
4. Do you walk around a lot every day? Where to?
5. Do you think you are more active now or when you were young? Why?
6. When and where was the last time you walked in nature?
7. How do people stay healthy in your country?
8. What new sport would you like to try?

Part 2 – Stretching

1. How flexible are you?
2. How does stretching help your overall fitness?
3. What is a difficult stretch for you?
4. How often do you stretch before or after working out?
5. Do you find stretching boring or difficult? Why/why not?
6. What sports require the most flexibility?
7. How common is it for kids to take flexibility tests in physical education?
8. Is it crucial for an athlete to stretch? Why or why not?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. How often do you hear birds chirping outside your house?
2. Have you ever been to a circus? How was it?
3. What do you think of clowns?
4. What was the most exciting live event that you’ve ever been to?
5. How do you feel about people using their phones while talking to you?
6. What are some professions that didn’t exist 15 years ago?
7. What are some new professions that will exist in 15 years?
8. Are you more likely to drink water or juice?

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Part 1 – Inventions

1. What is the greatest modern invention?
2. What is Mother Nature’s greatest invention?
3. Who are/were some great inventors?
4. What is the world’s most dangerous invention?
5. Have you ever thought about inventing anything?
6. How do people invent things?
7. What future invention are you looking forward to?
8. How was the world different before the computer was invented?

Part 2 – Denim

1. How popular is denim in your country?
2. What country do you think wears the most denim?
3. How often do you wear denim?
4. What do you think of ripped jeans?
5. Why do you think people wear denim so much?
6. Do you find denim comfortable or uncomfortable? Why?
7. When would you guess that denim became popular?
8. Will denim ever go out of fashion? Why or why not?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. Can rest be productive? Why or why not?
2. Could you, or would you, ever be vegan? Why or why not?
3. How often do you eat spicy food?
4. You can eat at Chinese or Italian restaurants for the rest of your life. What do you pick?
5. What is your method for stopping hiccups?
6. How often do you see babies?
7. Where is the nearest close to where you live?
8. What was a time that you trusted your instincts recently?

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Part 1 – Society

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘society’?
2. How would you describe your society?
3. How has the internet changed society?
4. What makes you happy about today’s society?
5. What kind of improvements would you like to see in your society?
6. What is a perfect society for you?
7. How has your society made you the person you are?
8. What will society be like in 50 years?

Part 2 – Role Models

1. Who is your role model?
2. What are some qualities your role model has?
3. What are some important qualities that role models should have?
4. Do you think it is important for famous people to act as role models more than other people? Why or why not?
5. Is it important for children to have a role model? Why or why not?
6. What are some things your role model has accomplished?
7. Who might you be a role model for?
8. What do you think of the saying ‘Never meet your heroes’?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
2. What’s the best food you’ve eaten recently?
3. Do you tend to stick to what you know or try new things? How so?
4. Are you more likely to hang photos or hang paintings? Why?
5. How often do you initiate a conversation with a stranger in public?
6. What are some holidays unique to your culture?
7. What are seasons like in your country?
8. What percentage of people do you know have tattoos?

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Part 1 – Unknown

1. What is something unknown that you would like to know?
2. Do you think we are alone in the universe?
3. Why do we dream?
4. What do you think is inside a black hole?
5. Is time travel possible?
6. Will robots take over the planet one day?
7. Is the unknown scary? Why or why not?
8. Would you like to know everything?

Part 2 – Aliens

1. What do you imagine aliens to be like? Why?
2. Generally, are you interested in extraterrestrial life? Why or why not?
3. What movie or TV show have you seen about aliens?
4. What would you hope aliens are like?
5. If you could ask an alien one question, what would it be?
6. If you could live with aliens comfortably for a year, would you? Why or why not?
7. Do you think aliens would be hostile or friendly towards people on earth?
8. Does it matter if there are aliens? Why or why not?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. Do you embrace change? Why or why not?
2. How often do you send emails for non-work purposes?
3. Would you ever explore a cave? Why or why not?
4. How can people benefit from traveling?
5. What country have you traveled to that was different than you expected?
6. How often do you use plastic bags?
7. What color do you wear the least?
8. What experience would you like to have again?

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Part 1 – Money

1. When was the first time you made some money?
2. Do children get pocket money in your culture?
3. Which professions should make more money?
4. Which professions should make less money?
5. How important is money in your culture?
6. What would you do if you won 1 million dollars?
7. “Time is money” – What are your thoughts?
8. “Money can’t buy happiness” – Do you agree?

Part 2 – Crowds

1. How do you feel while in a large crowd of people?
2. When was the last time you were in a large crowd?
3. What are potential dangers that crowds may present?
4. What is a place near you that is always crowded?
5. Would you rather stand out or blend in with a crowd? Why?
6. How can people deal with the anxiety of being in a large crowd?
7. Would you prefer to live in a crowded area, or somewhere with very few people?
8. Do you ever feel crowded by your own thoughts? How so?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What’s the earliest age you remember things from?
2. What was the last restaurant you went to?
3. What is the hardest test you’ve ever taken?
4. What song makes you happy?
5. What song makes you sentimental?
6. What comes to mind when you think of New York City?
7. How often do you grill food outside?
8. How often do you watch online live streams?

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Part 1 – Games‎

1. Would you rather read a book or play a game to pass the time and why?
2. What was your favorite game to play outside as a child?
3. How often do you play electronic/video games?
4. What age should kids be allowed to play video games?
5. What do you get most excited about the Olympic Games?
6. Do you prefer to play one-on-one or team sports games?
7. Does your family play games together and if so what is the favorite?
8. What is your favorite card game?

Part 2 – The 90’s

1. What do you think of when you think of the 90s?
2. What is something very famous that happened in the 90s?
3. How has fashion changed or stayed the same since the 90s?
4. What was your country like in the 90s?
5. What bands were popular in the 90s?
6. What’s the biggest difference between 1990 and 2020?
7. What trend from the 90s do you not understand?
8. How are kids growing up differently now than in the 90s? Is it better or worse?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. Would you ever like to live on the coast? Why or why not?
2. What world landmark is the most fascinating to you and why?
3. What does luck mean to you?
4. What makes someone memorable to you?
5. What do you think of martial arts?
6. How can humans connect to each other more in the next 10 years?
7. If you could interview anyone, who would it be? Why?
8. What question would you ask your role model? Why?

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