Vacation and Travelling

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Vacation and Travelling

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New Year and Christmas

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New Year Season

Questions for discussion: 

  1. This is the season of gift giving. Do you have trouble picking out gifts for family members and friends? Do you prefer to buy gifts or do you give gifts that you've made yourself? Do you think consumerism has replaced the real spirit of the holidays? 
  2. Russia has among the longest federal holiday seasons. Do you think the holidays should be made shorter or stay the way they are? What are good and bad things about being on vacation for so long? Would you rather have federal holidays some other time of year? 

Holidays and Travel

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like holidays?
  2. What holidays do you celebrate?
  3. What holidays do you really look forward to?
  4. Are there holidays in other countries or religions that you wish were also celebrated in your country?

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?


Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

Hobbies and Interests

  1. What hobbies do you have?
  2. Name three hobbies that you would have liked to try out and why?
  3. What are your interests? Is there any activity you would really like to do, but have no time for it?
  4. How do you usually spend your free time? How do you perceive it: as an opportunity for rest & relaxation or the time for developing yourself, making something important?
  5. Have your hobbies changed throughout the years? How have the changed and why do you think that is?

Valentine's Day

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Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people do at the beach? was the last time you went to the beach? Where did you go?
  2. Have you ever been night-swimming? Are there any problems with jellyfish, sharks or stonefish at your local beach?
  3. Have you ever played sports on the beach? Which sports have you played?
  4. Have you ever collected seashells? Can you describe a shell that you have collected?What did you do with the shells that you collected?
  5. Have you ever been fishing on the beach?


Bank holidays

  1. Do you like holidays? Do you do anything special on holidays?
  2. Do you prefer to stay at home during big holidays?
  3. What are your favourite holidays?
  4. Do you like the anticipation of your favourite holidays?
  5. Do you visit your friends’ and relatives’ places during holidays?
  6. Do you plan ahead for bank holidays?
  7. Have you ever worked on holidays? Do you prefer to rest or work during bank holidays?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Is Easter celebrated in your country? If so, how?
  2. Modern Easter customs reflect traditions from many parts of the world. The story of the Easter bunny originated in Germany, where children believed that if they were good, the Easter bunny would leave behind a nest of colored eggs. What other holiday customs relate to children's behavior? What holidays in your native culture are primarily considered "children's holidays"?

New Year Holidays

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where are you going to meet this New Year (at home with family; with friends; at the club; at the Red Square; in some trip)?
  2. Do you prepare New Year presents beforehand or just before the holiday? Do you like to prepare New Year presents or it is a nightmare for you? Do you prepare New Year presents only for your family or also for your friends and colleagues? What do you like more: to give presents or to be given ones?

New Year

Questions for discussion:

~ Do you like the New Year Holiday? Why?

~ Do you prepare New Year presents beforehand or just before the holiday? Do you like to prepare New Year presents or it is a nightmare for you? Do you prepare New Year presents only for your family or also for your friends and colleagues?

~ Do you typically congratulate your friends and relatives on the New Year Eve? If yes, how do you prefer to do that v by mail, e-mail, phone or face to face?

New Year wishes

Questions for discussion:

~Why we make wishes and plans exactly in New Year night?

~ Why many people believe in miracle of New Year night?

~ Is the fulfilment of New Year wishes a result of hard working or good luck?

~ Have you ever written the New Year wishes on the paper and keep it for all the year to compare results on the end of year?

Memoirs of Summer

Questions for discussion:

~Why many people to feel sad about summer in September especially?

~Have you any bright impressions from summer?

~Would you like to live in the country for all summer?

~Do you wait for the next summer-season?

Victory Day

Questions for discussion:

  1. What does the Victory in the G.P.W.(Great Patriotic War) mean for you?
  2. Do you celebrate Victory Day?
  3. Can you tell us the stories of your relatives who were at the G.P.W.?
  4. Have your grandparents told you how they lived during the G.P.W.? Can you share with us their stories?

Holidays and holidays.

Questions for discussion:

~What is holiday?
~``Appointed`` holidays:
• Why State Days are not popular in our country?
• What`s your attitude to``gender`` holidays?
• What do you think about recently ``imported`` western holidays (St. Valentine`s Day, Halloween, etc)?
~Personal holidays:
• Is there any ``special tradition`` of celebration of personal days in your family?
• What`s your favorite holiday?

Celebrations and How It Can be: Before, During, After…

Questions for discussion:

  1. Imagine! A celebration is going to start in a week or so!
    What should we do? How generally does it depend on a particular event? A birthday party, the school-living party, the graduation, the (or a) wedding, the defence of thesis?
    What are your anticipations and expectations?
    What was about the celebration of this New Year?
  2. What usual scenario do you have to celebrate any kind of event?
    Please, remember, how was it the last year? What about invitations, buying food and drinks, gifts? What things go first?


Questions for discussion:

~ What is your favorite holiday?
~ What does it mean for you?
~ Do you prepare for it?
~ How do you celebrate it?
~ What is the brightest recollection of celebration in your life?
~ Which holidays do you dislike? Why?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your favorite holiday?
  2. What do you usually do for this holiday?
  3. Is there any holiday you dislike? Why?
  4. What public/ religious holiday are you celebrating?
  5. What do you think of the traditional Western holiday such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day?
  6. Have you ever taken part in a celebration abroad? Did you enjoy it?
  7. If you could visit any other country during Christmas, where would you go?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like to receive presents? Do you always like what’s been chosen for you?
  2. Do you like to give presents? Do you chose them beforehand or buy on your way to the celebration or party?
  3. What do you like more: to give presents or to receive ones?
  4. What was the most precious present in your life?
  5. What is the most unusual one?
  6. What present do you dream of?
  7. Do you make up wish lists for yourself and for your friends?

New Year celebration and holidays

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like New Year holidays? Would you prefer them to be longer/shorter? Do you take additional vacation to make them longer?
  2. Where did you meet this New Year (at home with family; with friends; at the club; at the Red Square; in some trip)? Did you like it? Would you like to meet the next New Year in the same way?

New Year Wishes

Questions for discussion:

What are your New Year wishes?
Which wish means the most to you? Why?
How do you plan to fulfill your New Year wishes?
What would you like to change in your life this year?
What do you think about the idea of making New Year`s resolutions (a resolution is a promise to change or do something different in the coming year)? Do you make them?
What worries you the most in the coming year?
What does this holiday mean for you? Is it just a change of a calendar or a symbol of a better tomorrow?

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