会話のテーマ

Free talk!

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This week, let`s have FREE CONVERSATION!

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Does it bother you when……….
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Questions:

Does it bother you when…

1. …people touch or stand too close to you when they talk?

2. …people have strong opinions and don’t listen to yours?

3. …people interrupt you while your talking?

4. …people answer their phone or text message while you are together?

5. …staff have a bad attitude?

6. …people push past you on the train?

7. …you have to wait for the elevator?

8. …people ask your age?

9. …your boss says “gambatte”?

10. …people open kitchen cabinets, but don’t close them.

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Adoption

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This week, let’s talk about the interesting topic, Adoption.

Questions:

1. What do you think about adoption?
2. Is it legal in Japan?
3. What are the views of adoption in Japan?
4. Would you ever consider adoption? Would you want to adopt a boy or a girl? Why?
5. Do you know anyone who was adopted as a child?
6. Do you know anyone who has adopted a child?
7. What are some of the reasons people choose to adopt?
8. What happens to children that are not adopted?
9. Should you tell a child that he or she was adopted? If so at when?
10. Should a single man or woman be able to adopt a child?

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How Much, How Far, How Long

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Let’s talk using 3 question structures How Much, How Far, and How Long.

Questions:

1. How much do you spend on clothes each month?
2. How much do you spend on eating out each month?
3. How much time does it take you to get ready in the morning?
4. How much does a car cost in Japan?
5. How much does a train ticket cost from your house to your job?
6. How far is it from your house to the nearest convenience store?
7. How far is it from your house to your parents home?
8. How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?
9. How long does it take for you to cook dinner?
10. How long do you study English everyday?

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Police

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The role of the police in Japan and the role of the police in America is very different. For example, did you know that there are no “Police Boxes” (Kouban) in America, and we very rarely ask them for directions?

So this week, let’s talk about the Police.

Questions:

1. What do you think about the police in Japan?
2. Have you ever been helped by the police?
3. Do you have any friends who are police officers?
4. Do you think being a police officer is a well respected job? 5. Do you think it’s hard/dangerous? Do you think it’s good pay?
6. Have you ever been pulled over or stopped by the police?
7. Do you think it is ok for women to be police officers?
8. Should men and women officers do the same work?
9. Do you think the police are scary?
10. Would you ever lie to the police?

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Bood Types

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This week, let’s talk about blood types.

Questions:

1. Do you believe there is a connection between blood types and personality? Why or Why not?
2. What is your blood type? What kind of personality traits does that blood type have? Do you think your blood type fits your personality?
3. What is the blood types of some of your friends and family?
4. Are there any blood types your don’t get along with?
5. Is blood type important when choosing a partner?
6. Have you ever read any books on blood types?
7. Do you think there is a strong connection between blood type and intelligence? Blood type and stress?
8. Do you think blood type is important in the work place?
9. Have you ever tried the blood type diet?
10. Do you believe in 星座?
11. Do you think personality can change over time?

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Here is some vocabulary to use when talking about blood types and personality:

Blood Type A
methodical 几帳面
commonsensical 常識人
cooperative 協調性
careful 慎重

Blood Type B
selfish 自己中心的
easygoing 楽天的
flexible 柔軟な考え
inspirational ひらめき

Blood Type O
leadership 親分肌
sociable 社交的
careless about details 大雑把
realistic 現実的

Blood Type AB
practical 合理的
idealist 理想追求型
calm 冷静
“split” personality 二重人格

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I heard a joke about blood types.
At a job interview, the manager asked the person interviewing for the job,
“What’s your blood type?”
and the person answered,
“I’m type AB. But I can change if it will get me this job!”

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School

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Questions

Are you usually motivate to learn English?

Have you ever met a teacher that was incompetent?

What do you think  causes class breakdown?

Did your previous schools have bullies?

What are some of the most important subjects taught at school? Least important?

Do you think your school helped you develop critical thinking?

What about creative thinking?

Do you think schools are in need of reform?

Are you a self-disciplined student or not?

Do you think teaching the “arts” (music, art, drama, etc) is important at high schools?

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Interests

 

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Here are some different ways to ask about interests:

Do you like….
What kind of….do you like?
How often do you….?
What is your favorite….?
What do you usually…?

Questions:

1. Do you like hanging out in public?
2. What kind of places do you like to go to on your day off?
3.How often do you spend Friday night at home?
4. What is your favorite way to spend your day off?
5. What do you usually do in the morning while getting ready for work/school, etc.?
6. Do you like to spend time surfing the internet?
7. What kind of things do you like to buy with your extra money?
8. What is your favorite day of the week?
9. How often do you spend time by yourself?
10. What do you usually do to change your mood?

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Your Home

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Questions
Can you describe the house in which you lived when you were a child?

Do you remember the room in which you slept as a child?

Can you describe the houses in your neighborhood?

Where was your favorite place to visit when you were a child?

Where did you go to school? What was in the classrooms?

Where did you go to worship/pray?

Where did you go to shop for food or clothes?

Where did you go for fun and recreation?

Where did you go when you wanted to hide?

Did your family ever move?

Describe the house you lived in when you were first married.

What kind of utensils did you have in the kitchen?

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Habits

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Questions:

1. What are some of your good and bad habits?

2. Did you have good study habits when you were in school? How about now?

3. Does your friends or relatives have any bad habits?

4. Do you bite your nails?

5. Do you oversleep?

6. Do you toss your clothes on the floor?

7. Do you take your iphone to bed with you?

8. Do you floss regularly?

9. How long does it take you to shower/take a bath in the morning?

10. Do you have any night time rituals?

11. Do you pay your bills on time?

12. Do you check the freshness dates at the grocery store?

13. What are some websites you often visit?

14. Do you color your hair?

15. Do you spit on the street?

16. Are you always on time?

17. Tell me something, unique to you, that you do every single day.
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Computers

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Questions:

1. Do you have a computer? What brand? What operating system? How old is it?

2. Do you like using computers? Are you good at using them? Can you type?

3. What do you mostly use your computer for, work or play?

4. What software can you use well? Can you use excel?

5. Do you play computer games?

6. Do you have any favorite websites you visit?

7. What do you like best about computers?

8. What do you like the least about computers?

9. How many computers have you own?

10. Have you ever had a virus or any other kinds of computer problems?

11. What do you think is better, a desktop or laptop(notebook) computer?

12. Have you ever tried using Mac or Linux?

13. Do you use a computer at work? Is it old or new?

14. If you had to choose, what would you rather have, a computer or a television?

15. Do you ever use your computer to study English? How?

16. What do you think about social websites like Mixi and Facebook, etc.?

17. Do you think internet dating can work?

18. Do you think it’s ok for children to be using computers?

19. Do you think computers are outdated now because of mobiles?

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Names

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Questions:

What is your surname? What does it mean?

Do you like your family name?

What is your given name? What does it mean?

Why did you parents give it to you?

Do you want to change you name(s)?

If you had a middle name, what would you like it to be?

What is your (or your wife`s) maiden name?

What options for changing ones name are there in Japan?

Would you like to see more options like in the article?

Should children be able to choose their own name?

Do you think Japan is a male dominated country? Would you like to change naming laws in order to create equality?

Should men take women`s name? Should it be left up to a coin toss to decide.

Should parents be allowed to name their children strange or evil names?

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Sleeping

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Questions:

1. Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? Why? Do you use an alarm clock? Do you use the “snooze” function?

2. Do you sleep well at night? Are you a light sleep or a deep sleeper?

3. Do you snore?

4. Do you dream?

5. What position do you usually sleep in? What kind of clothes do you sleep in? How many pillows do you use?

6. When you cannot sleep, what do you think about to try to fall asleep?

7. Have you ever tried counting sheep?

8. Do you sleep with the lights on? How about the radio or television?

9. Do you turn off your phone at night?

10. Do you eat in the middle of the night when you wake up?

11. Do you make your bed/futon daily?

12. Do you take naps during the day?

13. Do you sleep-in on your day off?

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Employment Issues

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1. Did you know Japanese people work some of the longest hours in the world?What do you think about that? -Do you think Japanese companies treat their employees fairly?

2. Do you think the “lifetime employment system” is a good system? Or would you rather change your job every 2 or 3 years?

3. Have you ever worked overtime without pay?

4. Do you think women and men have the same employment opportunities in Japan? Do you think men and women face different employment issues in Japan? For example?

5. What role does a labor union have in Japan (What do they do specifically)?

6. Do you think Japan has good unemployment insurance? Do you know anyone who has used it?

7. What was the minimum wage when you got your first job? How much is it now?

8. What do you think about allowing young people from other countries to work in Japan?Do you think it will solve some of Japan`s labor issues?

 

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Golden Week

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1. What did you do for Golden Week?

2. Did you spend Golden Week the way you wanted to, or do you think you wasted the time?

3. How was the weather?

4. How many days did you have off?

5. Do you like Golden Week?

6. Do you think it is too crowded or expensive to travel?

7. Have you ever gone anywhere special for Golden Week? Where did you go and who did you go with?

8. Why is it called Golden Week?

9. What are the individual holidays during Golden Week and what do they stand for?

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Animals

Questions:

Do you consider yourself an animal lover?

Are there animal rights groups where you live?

Are you afraid of snakes?

Are you frightened of spiders?

Can you ride a horse?

Do you ever go bird watching?

Do you know anyone who has a horse?

Do you know someone who owns an unusual pet?

Do you think people should buy and wear fur coats?

Do you think that animals dream?

Have you ever been bitten by a dog?

Have you ever seen a bullfight?

Have you ever seen a dog race?

 

Customer Service

 

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Questions:

1.  Do you think Japan has good customer service? How about other countries?

2.  Is it important to you that the places you go have good customer service?

3.  Have you ever experienced customer service in another country? What did you think?

4.  Which businesses do you think have the worst customer service?

5.  What do you think about automated call systems?

6.  Have you ever complained at a hotel or restaurant?

7. .Have you ever complained by email, letter, or phone call?

8.  What do you think about people who complain on websites like youtube or a keijiban?

 

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Coming Home

This week, lets talk about what you like to do after work.

Questions:

1. What time do you usually finish your job?

2. What time do you usually come home?

3. Between leaving your job and coming home, do you usually do anything in between (like grocery shopping, etc)

4. What is the FIRST thing you do after you arrive home?

5. What is something always do, every night?

6. What is something you like to do at night if you have the time?

7. What are a few things you usually do before sleeping at night?

8. What is the LAST thing you do before turning out the lights and sleeping at night?

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Shopping

 

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Questions:

1. How often do you go shopping? Do you shop only when you need something, or when you have free time?
2. What do you usually spend your money on?
3. How much do you usually spend when you go shopping?
4. Do you like window shopping? Why?
5. Would you rather shop alone or with friends?
6. Do you ever make impulse buys? (衝動買い)
7. What are some of the best places to go shopping in your opinion?
8. What do you want to buy next?
9. Do you ever buy second-hand goods? (中古品)
10. Do you have a credit card? If so, do you have more than one?
11. How many times a week do you go grocery shopping?
12. How much money did you spend for Christmas last year?
13. How much do you spend on lunch boxes during the week?
14. How much do usually spend at the barber or beauty saloon?

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PARTY!

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This week let’s talk about PARTIES.

Questions:

1. Do you like parties?

(If yes, what kind of parties do you like? If no, why not?)

2. What kind of parties do you go to these days?

3. How do you feel about company/work parties?

4. Did you often go to parties when you were younger? What kind?

5. Do you prefer big or small parties?

6. Do you like to go to parties with people you don’t know?

7. How do you feel about parties where some people are drinking and some people are not?

8. What is a good place for a party in your opinion?

9. Have you ever been in charge of holding a party?

10. Do you ever go to BBQ parties?

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Movies and Televisions

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Questions

1.What kind of movies do you like?/What is your favorite genre of movie?

2.Do you have a favorite actor or actress? Why do you like him or her?

3.Do you have a favorite movie?/What are some of your favorite movies?

4.Which do you like better, American or Japanese movies? Why?

5.Horror movies are very popular in Japan-do you like horror movies? Why or Why not? Why do you think they are so popular here?

6. How often do you go to the movie theater?

7. Have you ever gone to a movie theater alone?/ Can you go to a movie theater alone? Have you ever drank beer at a movie theater?

8.Do you like to watch movies over and over again?

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Pet Peeves and Annoying things

 

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 Questions:

1.   What annoys you most in daily life? Make a list of your pet peeves.
2.   Make a list of annoying habits. Do you have any?
3.   What annoys your most at work. Why?
4.   Do you have any pet peeves as a result of modern technology?
5.   Do you get annoyed when people display bad manners? Give some examples.
6.   What annoys you about mobile phones?
7.   What annoys you about living where you live now?
8.   What annoys you about taking a bus, train or car?
9.   What bugs you about email or computers?
10.   What bothers you about your parents?
11.   What do children do that bugs you?
12.   Does smoking bother you? Why or why not?
13.   If something or someone annoys you, what do you usually do? Give examples.
14.   Who is the most annoying person you know? Why?
15.   Who is the most annoying celebrity? Why?
16.   Do you think other people find you annoying? Why or why not?
17.   Does it annoy when people kiss or show affection in public?
18.   Is road rage a pet peeve of yours?

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Opinions

 

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This week, let’s hear some of your opinions!  Tell me what you think!

1. What is your opinion of Tokyo?
2. What is your opinion of Okinawa?
3. What is your opinion of America?
4. What do you think about Japanese Movies?
5. What do you think about North Korea and South Korea right now?
6. What do you think is better, to be rich and famous, or poor and unknown?
7. What do you think of Trains, Cars, Motorcycles, Bikes?
8. How do you like the current US president? The current Japanese prime minister?
9. Is it easy for you to give your opinion?
10. What do you think of me?

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New Year Resolutions

New Year

1.What are your New Year resolutions for this year?
2.What are some New Year’s resolutions you have made in the past?
3.What New Year’s resolutions are you still keeping now?
4.Are you going to lose weight?
5.Are you going to exercise every day?
6.Are you going to give up smoking?
7.Are you going to study harder?
8.Anything else from the above list?

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Can you……?

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Can you….? Yes, I can. No I can`t.

1. play the guitar?

2. swim?

3. climb a tree?

4. speak French?

5. fly?

6. run fast?

7. cook well_

8. make toast?

9. play chess?

10. sing well?

11. skate?

12. play golf?

13. ski?

14. scuba dive?

15. whistle?

16. dance?

17. bake a cake?

18. use a computer?

19. snap your fingers?

20. tell a joke?

 

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What is your favorite…?

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This is a picture of my favorite book called DUNE. I first read this book when I was 14 or 15 years old. I have probably read it more than ten times.

Questions:

What is your favorite…..

1. …book?

2. …sport?

3. …food?

4. …movie?

5. …outdoor activity?

6. …type of ?

7. …style of dancing?

8. …water sport?

9. …TV show?

10. …thing to do before sleeping?

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Which would you rather do?

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Questions:

Q: Would you rather……………?

A: I would rather drink tea than coke.

1…be very good looking or very smart?

2…go blind or go deaf?

3…be famous and die young, or live for a long time with no fame?

4…be stranded on a island for 2 years with 20 friends or 20 famous people?

5…have a beautiful (but not so smart) spouse, or a smart (but not so beautiful) spouse?

6…get a shot from the doctor, or get a filling from the dentist?

7…be president of the United States, or Prime Minister of Japan?

8 …eat natto or goya?

9 …live in Japan rich or live in America well off?

10 …live in a big house with a little land, or a small house with a lot of land?

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NIPPON

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This week, let’s talk and find out how much you know about Japan! (You know, I was a Japanese studies major in college, so people often tell me I know more about Japan than Japanese people. I wonder if you will think so too….)

Questions:

1. How much do you know about Japanese history? Do you think Japanese history is interesting?

2. Many people feel that Japan is different from every other country. Do you think that Japanese culture is “unique”?

3. Do you practice or have you ever learned any traditional Japanese arts? For example: Flower arrangement (生け花)、Tea ceremony (茶道)or caligraphy 書道, etc.

4. Have you ever been to a sumo match, the kabuki theater, or a bunraku puppet show?

5. What do you think about Japanese martial arts?

6. Can you play the koto, shamisen or sanshin?

7. Do you often go to temples? When and why?

8. Do you know how to use an abacus(そろばん)?

9. Do you know how to play shogi?

10. How do you feel about gift-giving? (お土産).

11. Do you know how to play go?

12. Have you ever read Tale of the Genji?

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How often do you….?

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Use these words:

always
often
usually
sometimes
seldom
never

1…use a computer?

2…go for a drive?

3…drink coffee?

4…study or learn something new?

5…read a book?

6…use your cell phone?

7…clean the bathroom?

8…borrow money?

9…exercise?

How many times a year do you…?

Use these words:

Once/Twice/ Three times/ Four times  a year.

1…go to the movie theater?

2…go abroad?

3…go to an onsen?

4…make big purchases (for example, more than 50,000 or 100,000 yen)?

5…go to a concert?

6…take sick days from work?

7…have to take some kind of test?

8…go to the doctor or hospital?

9…treat yourself to something really nice?

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How healthy are you?

 

Questions:

1. Do you think you are healthy?

2. Do you eat lots of fruit?

3. Do you eat vegetables every day?

4. Do you eat many unhealthy foods?

5. Do you exercise?

6. Do you get regular medical check-ups?

7. Do you over indulge in alcohol?

8. Do you drink soda?

9. Do you smoke?

10. Do you have a lot of stress?

11. Do you get enough sleep?

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Giving Advice:

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What advice would you give me in these situations?

1.  I can’t sleep recently.

2.  I’ve gained weight recently.

3. I can’t lose weight.

4. I feel lonely.

5. I’m broke.

6. I have a lot of stress.

7.  I can’t get along with my co-workers.

8.  My other family members are always complaining.

9.  My parents are always nagging me.

10. I don’t want to work, study, etc.

Use these sentence structures:

You should…..
You shouldn’t….
You ought to…..
You ought not to……
You have to….
You must……..
If I were you, I’d…..
If I were in your position, I’d……
You had better……..

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Have you….recently?

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What have you been up to recently? Let’s talk about it.

Questions:

Have you……..recently?

1. …been to any good movies…

2. …been to any new restaurants…

3. …been to any concerts…

4. …gotten any presents…

5. …taken any pictures…

6. …spoken English outside of our phone lessons…

7. …raised your voice at anyone…

8. …stayed at a nice hotel…

9. …exercised…

10. …tried any new foods…

11. …been surprised by anything…

12. …heard any good gossip/rumors…

13. …learned a new skill…

14. …drank too much…

15. …been to the beach…
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Aging Society

Getting older

This week, let’s talk a little about getting older and Japan’s aging society (高高齢化社会).

Questions:

1. Is Japan’s aging society a concern for you? Why or why not?

2. What kinds of problems does the growing older population cause for Japan?

3. Do you worry about rising medical costs?

4. What do you think of nursing homes?

5. Do you think senior citizens should live with family as the get older?

6. Did you have a grandparent that lived with you when you were younger?

7. Do you think elder abuse is a problem in Japan?

8. What do you think is the biggest issues facing senior citizens in Japan?

9. What are some benefits of an aging population to society?

10. Do you worry about getting old?

11. Would you like to live to be 100?

12. What do you think about robot caretakers?

 

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Getting Older

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This week let’s talk about getting older:

Questions:

1. Is getting old something to be worry or be sad about?
2. What are some advantages of aging?
3. What are some disadvantages of aging?
4. What do you think about cosmetic surgery?
5. How long do you want to live?
6. Are you afraid of aging?
7. Do you like being the age at which you now are?
8. What is the best age to be and why?
9. Do you worry about getting older?
10. Do you look your age?
11. What is the best age at which to get married?
12. Do people respect the aged in your country?
13. Do you mind being asked your age?
14. What problems are there of an aging population?
15. Would you like to “turn back the clock?”
16. Do you look forward to your birthdays?

 

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Love, Dating and Marriage

 

1. Do you believe in love at first site?
2. Do you remember your first love?
3. Do you think it’s ever too late to get married?
4. Do you think men should pay for everything?
5. Do you think women should do house work?
6. What do you think about men who have two wives?
7. What do you think about blind dates?
9. How many people came/will come to your wedding?
10. What do people commonly do on dates in your Japan?
11. What was the worst date you’ve ever had?
12. Have you ever tried to set up a friend with someone? Did it work out?
13. What is the ‘right age’ to get begin dating? Get married?
14. What do you think about meeting someone through a dating agency or dating website?
15. Do you think it is okay to date a co-worker?
16. Jealousy: is it possible to control this emotion?
17. Is society becoming more promiscuous (many transient sexual relationships.)? If so, what factors have caused this?
18. What are the pros and cons of going out with an older woman (or man)?

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SOMEDAY…..

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Questions

Would you like to try….someday?

1. scuba diving
2. roller skating
3. rock climbing
4. bungee jumping
5. surfing
6. swimming
7. fishing
8. bird watching
9. rafting
10. sky diving
11. rappelling

12. camping
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Clothes and Fashion

 

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1. What are you wearing?
2. Where did you buy your clothes?
3. Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?
4. What clothes would you like to buy right now?
5. Do you own any handmade clothing?
6. Do you own any secondhand clothing?
7. Do you generally wear tight or baggy clothes?
8. What colors look best on you?
9. Do you shop around when you look for clothes or do you buy the first thing you like?
10. Do you buy brand name clothing?

11. Do you think expensive name brands are worth it?
12. Have you ever been to a fashion show?
13. Do you think you are fashionable?
What is trendy for clothing these days?
14. Who is the most stylish person in the class?
15. What do you think about fur coats?
16. How about leather products?
17. Do you ever wear silk clothing such as silk shirts or ties?
18. Do you ever wear wool clothing? Do you think wool is itchy?
19. How do clothes affect your confidence or personality?
20. Have you ever dreamed that you had no clothes on in public?
21. Do you have anything that is revealing such as a mini-skirt or a tank top?

EXPERIENCES PART 3

 

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21. been on a motorcycle?
22. been on the radio?
23. been to Disney World?
24. been to a baseball game?
25. been lost?
26. been robbed?
27. tried food that was so hot you couldn’t eat it?
28. swam in a lake?

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EXPERIENCES PART 2

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Have you ever…….?

11. feel asleep at work?
12. stayed up all night?
13. been on T.V.?
14. broken a bone?
15. been to the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto (金閣寺)?
16. met someone famous?
17. hitchhiked?
18. helped a foreigner who looked lost?
19. gone to a concert alone?
20. been to a costume party?

 

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EXPERIENCES PART 1

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Have you ever……….

1. gone camping?
2. eaten goat, whale, or horse meat?
3. yelled at a co-worker?
4. lied to your best friend, children, or partner?
5. gone on a “gokon”?
6. read the same book twice?
7. been to Okinawa?
8. been in a car accident?
9. ridden a horse?
10. eaten blowfish (河豚)before?

 

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AGREE OR DISAGREE

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Agree or Disagree?

1. Money and/or power can change a person.
2. Computers make our lives easier.
3. Telecommuting (working from home) is better than working at an office.
4. Smoking should be banned from all public places.
5. We need to test products on animals before making them available to humans.
6. We should all stop using disposable chopsticks in order to save trees.
7. Zoos and other such parks are cruel to animals.
8. Children should learn English from kindergarten in Japan.
9. Children should not watch too much tv.
10. Exercise should be mandatory at work.
11. Iphones are annoying.
12. Facebook is boring.

 

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OPINIONS

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Questions:

In your opinion….

1. Who is the most popular actor/actress in Japan?

2. What is the most popular sport?

3. What is the most popular food?

4.  What is the most popular TV show?

5. What is the best/worst city in Japan?

6. Who is the most important person in all of Japan?

7.  Who was the most important person in the history of Japan?

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PARENTS
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Questions:

1. Tell me about your parents. (where do they live, what do they do, what was/is their job, hobbies, etc.)

2. Where did you parents meet each other?

3. Were your parents strict?

4. Were you given chores when you were a child?

5. Did you and your parents always get along, or did you often argue?

6. Do you take after your father or
mother?


7. Did you parents let you stay out late or did you have a curfew?

8. Did you parents ever spank you?

9. How often do you see your parents now?

10. Is there anything you wish you parents had done differently when they raised you?

 

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Changes

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This week, let’s talk about different kinds of CHANGES.

1. How has your neighborhood changed in the last five years?

2. How has your fashion changed in in the last five years? How about over your lifetime?

3. How have your looks changed?

4.  What kind of changes would you like to make in your life in the next five years?

5.  What kind of technological changes in the last few years have had a large impact on you life?

6. What kind of changes would you like to see happen in Japan in the future?

7. How has your family changed in last five years?

8. How about your job?

9. Do you embrace change, or do you like things to generally stay the same?

10. Can I borrow some change? (JOKE)

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Questions:

Are you good at…..

1…remembering names of people and places?

When you meet people, can you remember their name right away? When you go to a new restaurant, do you always remember the name after?

2…remembering directions?

Can you remember how to go to a store for example?

3…fixing things?

When lights blow out in your home, or something breaks, can you fix it yourself?

4…Japanese characters (Kanji)?

Can you remember how to read and write Kanji? (I can!!! But probably not as good as you!)

5…singing?

Are you better than the average Karaoke singer?

6…sports?

What sports are you good at? Which sports do you like?

7…making people laugh?

Do you like to tell jokes?

8…drawing pictures?

I think the average Japanese can draw better than the average American. Why do you think this is so?

9…whistling or snapping your fingers?

I think the average American can whistle and snap better than the average Japanese.

10…speaking English?

I already know the answer to that is YES!

Answering:

Yes, I’m good at …………….

No, I’m not good at ……………….

例:

Yes, I’m good at drawing pictures. I have been drawing pictures for 10 years.

What other things are you good at? What are you ok at now, but would like to be better at? What things can’t you do now, but you would like to be good at?
For example: I’m pretty good at playing Drums. I’m just ok at doing yoga and I would like to be better. I can’t play piano at all-I would like to be good at that.

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More Music

1. What kinds of music do you like?
2. What is one of your favorite songs?
3. Where/ When do you usually listen to music.
4. Can you sing? Do you ever sign?
5. What kind of music did you listen to groiwng up?
6. What kind of music do you like to dance to?
7. Did you ever play in a band?
8. What kind of music do they play at wedding in Japan?

There are a lot of music idioms in the English language. Here are four of my favorite:

1. “play it by ear” = to not plan ahead, to improvise (like in Jazz music).

I don’t have any plans for the weekend. I’m just gonna play it by ear.

2, “ring a bell” = to be familiar, to sound familiar.

A; Have you ever heard of a book called “The King and I”?

B: That rings a bell. What was it about?

3. “…and all that jazz” = things like that; etc.

A: What will you do this Saturday?

B: Aw, you know-clean the house, do laundry, cook, and all that jazz.

4. “face the music” = to take responsibility for something bad that you did.

A: I didn’t return my girlfriend’s call for three days. Now I have to go to her house and face the music!

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eat out This week, let’s talk about 外食!

1. Do you often eat out?How often?

2. Do you eat out for lunch? For dinner?

3. Where do you usually go when you eat out?

4. What kind of restaurants do you go to?

5. Who do you usually eat out with? Do you ever eat out alone?

6. Do you have a favorite restaurant?

7. Do you have a favorite appetizer or dessert?

8. What do you usually drink when you eat out?

9. Have you ever complained at a restaurant?

10. How often do you eat at fast food restaurants?

11. How much money do you think you spend in one month eating out?

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Questions:

1. What do you think Americans normally do for Christmas? (Where do we go, what do we do, etc?)

2. What do Japanese people usually do for Christmas? What did you do when you were a child?

3. Do you eat any kinds of special foods? How about Christmas cake? Chicken?

4. Do you decorate your house for Christmas? Do you have a X-mas tree?

5. Did you believe in Santa when you were a child?

6. What do you have planned for New Years?

7. Do you go to many end-of-the-year parties recently? (忘年会)

8. Did you go to a temple this year? Why?

9. Did you clean your house soon? Why?

10. Do you enjoy making and getting New Year’s Cards? (年賀状)

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This week, let’s talk about 外食!

1. Do you often eat out? How often?

2. Do you eat out for lunch? For dinner?

3. Where do you usually go when you eat out?

4. What kind of restaurants do you go to?

5. Who do you usually eat out with? Do you ever eat out alone?

6. Do you have a favorite restaurant?

7. Do you have a favorite appetizer or dessert?

8. What do you usually drink when you eat out?

9. Have you ever complained at a restaurant?

10. How often do you eat at fast food restaurants?

11. How much money do you think you spend in one month eating out?

12. Would you rather go to a high class restaurant alone if it were free, or with a friend if you had to pay?

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Questions:

1. What do you think Americans normally do for Christmas? (Where do we go, what do we do, etc?)

2. What do Japanese people usually do for Christmas? What did you do when you were a child?

3. Do you eat any kinds of special foods? How about Christmas cake? Chicken?

4. Do you decorate your house for Christmas? Do you have a X-mas tree?

5. Did you believe in Santa when you were a child?

6. What do you have planned for New Years?

7. Do you go to many end-of-the-year parties recently? (忘年会)

8. Did you go to a temple this year? Why?

9. Did you clean your house soon? Why?

10. Do you enjoy making and getting New Year’s Cards? (年賀状)

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This week, let’s talk about politics and voting. People always say this is the hardest topic to talk about in another language, but I disagree. You just need the vocabulary, which I provided below. 頑張りましょう!
Important Vocabulary:

government 政府

politics 政治

politician 政治家

policy 政策

voting 投票

voting day 投票日

political party 政党

party in power 与党

party out of power 野党

political corruption 政治汚職

prime minister 総理大臣、首相

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 自民党

Democratic Party 民主党
Questions:

1. Are you interested in politics?

2. Do you usually vote? How do you decide who to vote for? Do you think voting is important?

3. How old do you have to be to vote in Japan?

(By the way, do you know how old you have to be to vote in America?)

4. How and where do you vote in Japan?

5. What do you think of the current party in power?

6. What do you think of the prime minister?

7. What do you think of political corruption? Do you think most politicians are corrupt?

8. How have your political view changed over time?

9. What is your opinion about actors or actresses who run for a position in politics?

10. What do you think of politics in America?

11. If you were the prime minister, what is the biggest thing you would change about Japan?

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Television

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Let’s talk about one of my favorite past times, watching tv!

Questions:

1. About how many hours of TV do you watch everyday?

2. What kind of TV shows do you usually watch?

3. Do you have a favorite TV program?

4. What were some of your favorite shows when you were younger?

5. Do you ever watch TV in English? (Like NHK news, American TV drama, English learning channels, etc.).

6. What did you watch on TV over the weekend?

7.  Do you think TV is good for children?

8.  Do you think there is too much violence on TV these days?

9. Do you think TV makes you lazy?

10. Which would you rather have, a TV or a computer?

11. What age did you start watching TV?

12. Do you remember any black and white TV shows or movies?

13. How many channels do you have on your TV?

14. How much do you pay for your TV service?

15. What other activities do you usually do while watching TV?

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Money

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This week, let’s talk about MONEY!

Questions:

1. How important is money to you?

2. Do you feel as if you have enough money?

3. What do spend most of your extra money on (after paying bills)?

4. Are you a thrifty shopper?

5. Do you have a favorite place to shop?

6. Do you feel like you save enough of your money?

7. What is more important when looking for a partner, money or love?

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Worries

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Questions:

1. Do you often worry about little things?

2. Do you worry about the future?

3. Do you worry about your parents or kids?

4. Do you worry about money?

5. Do you worry about work?

6. Do you worry about things you can’t control?

7. What do you do in order not to worry? (How do you relax)

8. What do you worry about the most these days?

9. What is something you NEVER worry about?

Travel

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Questions:

1. Have you ever been abroad?

-How many times?

-Where did you go?

-Did you enjoy it?

-What did you do?

-Did you have any problems with the language?

2. Are you planning to take a trip soon?

3. Tell me about a place you would like to visit someday.

4. What county in Asia would you most like to visit? Why?

5. What part of America would you most like to see?

6. Is there a place in Japan that you haven’t been to yet, but would like to travel to someday?

Decisions

Decisions

Questions:

1.  How do you decide what to wear in the morning? Does it take you a long time?

2. How do you decide what to eat for lunch? For dinner?

3. How do you decide how to spend you money each month?

4. Do you prefer to make decisions about your life, or just let things happen?

5. Did things you decided about your life when you were younger come true.

6. Do you spend time making decisions about your future now?

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Questions:

1. Do you get migraines?

2. Do you have any allergies?

3. Do you have any scars?

4. Have you ever broken a bone?

5. Have you ever burned yourself?

6. Have you ever donated blood?

7. Have you ever gotten a black eye?

8. Have you ever had braces on your teeth?

9. Have you ever had stitches?

10. Have you ever sprained your ankle?

11. Do you suffer from insomnia?

12. What do you do, if you can’t get to sleep?

13. Have you ever been hospitalized?

14. Have you ever been to an acupuncturist? What do you think of acupuncture?

15. Are you afraid of needles?

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Home (continued)

Questions

1. Do you know all these words?

table, chair, clock, bed, lamp, window, door, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, photograph, soap, cell phone, computer, laptop, camera, television, book, key, paint

2. Can you make a few examples sentences with some of these words and talk about your home?

3. When you were a child what kind of home did you live in ?

4. Has the neighborhood you lived in as a child changed? How?

5. Do you ever get homesick?

6. What is your favorite childhood memory from when you were a child?

7. How many different places have you lived? Which places did you like/ dislike?

8. What are the pro and cons of living in an apartment, house, or mansion?

9. What and where is your ideal home?

10. Would you rather live in a big city, a small city, a suburb, a small town, or the country? Why?

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Alternative Medicine

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1. Do you know what “Alternative Medicine” means? Can you think of any examples?

2. Have you tried any alternative medicine?

3. Do you think alternative medicines are safe?

4. What alternative medicines and in fashion now?

5. Do you think some alternative medicines are scams?

6. Do you know anyone who uses alternative medicine?

7. Have you ever heard of the “placebo effect” or “anecdotal evidence”?

8. Here is a list of some alternative medicines and therapies: which do you know and what do you think?

1. acupunture

2. aromatheropy

3. faith healing

4. herbal / Chinese medicine

5. heat therapy

6. light therapy

7. massage

8. meditation

9. visualization

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YOUR TOWN
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Questions:

1. Are the streets around your home clean? safe? busy? quiet?

2. Are the building tall? modern? old?

3. How is the weather? Cold? Hot? Rainy?

4. How about the people? Are the friendly? polite? talkative?

5. What about the city in general? Is it large? interesting? exciting? expensive?

6. What makes your town unique?

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FRIENDS

Best friends

Questions:

1. Who are some of your best friends (i.e. people you spend the most of your free time with)? What kind of people are they, what do they do? What are they hobbies, etc?

2.  Who is your best friend? Has your best friend changed over the years?

3. What is the longest friendship you have every had?

4. Do you make friends easily?

5. Are you the kind of person that like to have a lot of friends or a few friends?

6. Do you like to have deep relationships with your friends, of more casual relationships?

7. Do you have any close friends of the opposite sex?

8. Are you still friends with any of your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend?

9. When you feel tired, would you rather spend time alone or with friends?

10. Do you have any long distance friends?

11. Have you ever had a pen-pal or internet friend?

12. Have you ever loaned money to a friend?

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Questions:

1.When you hear the word “Summer”, what do you think about?

2. How does summer make you feel?

3. What do you like about summer?

4. What do you dislike about summer?

5. Do you have any special plans for THIS summer?

6. Do you have any good summer memories?

7. Any special foods or drinks you like to have in the summer?

8. Are there any famous Japanese songs about summer time?

9. What are some of your favorite summer activities?

10. (Your Question- please ask ME a question about SUMMER!)

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Family

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Questions:

1. What chores do you plan to have your children do?

2. How do you plan to resolve conflicts with your children in the future?

3. Will you set a curfew for your children? Do you think curfews are necessary?

4. In your mind, when is a child considered a grown-up?

5. Will you receive any inheritance from your family members?

6. What obligation, if any, do we have to our parents? Our grandparents? Our children?

7. If your child turns into a major rebel, what do you imagine you will do?

8. Do you have any resentment towards how your parents brought you up?

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SPORTS

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Questions:

1. Have you ever played any sports? Do you play sports now?

2. What sports do you like to watch?

3. What sports aren’t you interested in?

4. Do you think you are in good shape? How often do you exercise?

5. Have you ever been to any games, such as basketball or baseball?

6. Do you prefer team or individual sports?

7. What is one sport you’d like to try?

8. Do you have a favorite Japanese Martial Art?

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Sleeping Habits

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They say a good night’s sleep is the key to good health.

Questions:
1. Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? Why? Do you use an alarm clock? Do you use the “snooze” function?
2. Do you sleep well at night? Are you a light sleep or a deep sleeper?
3. Do you snore?
4. Do you dream?
5. What position do you usually sleep in? What kind of clothes do you sleep in? How many pillows do you use?
6. When you cannot sleep, what do you think about to try to fall asleep?
7. Have you ever tried counting sheep?
8. Do you sleep with the lights on? How about the radio or television?
9. Do you turn off your phone at night?
10. Do you eat in the middle of the night when you wake up?
11. Do you make your bed/futon daily?
12. Do you take naps during the day?
13. Do you sleep-in on your day off?

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What is your favorite……..

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Questions:

What is your favorite…..

1. …book?

2. …sport?

3. …food?

4. …movie?

5. …outdoor activity?

6. …type of music?

7. …style of dancing?

8. …water sport?

9. …TV show?

10. …thing to do before sleeping?

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WEATHER

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Questions:
1. Which do you like better hot weather or cold weather?
2. What is your favorite season?
3. What do you do on a rainy day?
4. Do you know any interesting myths or stories about weather?
5.  What do you think about snow?
6. Do you think weather affects the way people feel?
7. Do you think weather patterns are changing?
8.  Are you afraid of typhoons?
9. How often do you check the weather forecast? Every morning/evening?
10. How do you check the forecast? (internet, TV, radio …)
11. How do you cool off in hot weather?
12. Do you think the forecast is often correct/ incorrect?
13. Have you ever been caught in an extreme rain/snow/sandstorm?
14. Have you ever had your holidays ruined because of bad weather?
15. Have you ever been through a storm on a plane?

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Are you good at…..?

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Questions:

Are you good at…..

1…remembering names of people and places?

When you meet people, can you remember their name right away? When you go to a new restaurant, do you always remember the name after?

2…remembering directions?

Can you remember how to go to a store for example?

3…fixing things?

When lights blow out in your home, or something breaks, can you fix it yourself?

4…Japanese characters (Kanji)?

Can you remember how to read and write Kanji?

5…singing?

Are you better than the average Karaoke singer?

6…sports?

What sports are you good at? Which sports do you like?

7…making people laugh?

Do you like to tell jokes?

8…drawing pictures?

I think the average Japanese can draw better than the average American. Why do you think this is so?

9…whistling or snapping your fingers?

I think the average American can whistle and snap better than the average Japanese.

10…speaking English?

I already know the answer to that is YES!

Answering:

Yes, I’m good at …………….
No, I’m not good at ……………….

例:
Yes, I’m good at drawing pictures. I have been drawing pictures for 10 years.

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Employment Issues

Employment-AgreementQuestions:

1. Did you know Japanese people work some of the longest hours in the world? What do you think about that?

2. Do you think Japanese companies treat their employees fairly?

3. Do you think the “lifetime employment system” is a good system? Or would you rather change your job every 2 or 3 years?

4. Have you ever worked overtime without pay?

5. Do you think women and men have the same employment opportunities in Japan?

6. Do you think men and women face different employment issues in Japan? For example?

7. What role does a labor union have in Japan (What do they do specifically)?

8. Do you think Japan has good unemployment insurance? Do you know anyone who has used it?

9. What was the minimum wage when you got your first job? How much is it now?

10. What do you think about allowing young people from other countries to work in Japan? Do you think it will solve some of Japan`s labor issues?

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Eating out

1. Do you like to eat out?
2. How much money do you spend eating out per month?
3. Do you have a restaurant where you are a regular?
4. Have you ever eaten then realized you forgot your wallet?
5. Have you ever complained at a restaurant?
6. What was the best/worse meal you ever had?
7. Have you ever “dined and dashed”?
8. Which job is harder, the waiter or the cook?
9. Have you ever tipped? What was the best tip you ever gave?
10. Do you often eat out alone or with friends?

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How often do you…..?

1…go to the movie theater?

2…go abroad?

3…go to onsens?

4…make big purchases (for example, more than 50,000 or 100,000 yen)?

5…go to concerts?

6…take sick days from work?

7…have to take some kind of test?

8…go to the doctor or hospital?

9…treat yourself to something really nice?

once a……

twice a…..

three times a……

day/week/month/year.

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Have you ever….?

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1. …cried while watching a movie?

2. …had a friend from overseas?

3. …owned/driven a car?

4. …been to Hokaido?

5. …eaten rice pudding?

6. …seen the movie “Forest Gump?”

7. …had a hangover?

8. …stayed out all night?

9. …lost your wallet?

10. …drank awamori?

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Good and Bad Habits

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This week, let’s talk about GOOD HABITS (習慣) and BAD HABITS (くせ).

Questions:

Bad Habits

1. Do you have any bad habits? How about when you feel nervous?

2. Do you bite your nails? (爪をかむ。)

3. Do you chew (くわえる/かむ) on pencils or pens?

4. Do you smoke?

5. Do you litter? (I seem to notice that people litter a lot more in Japan than in America. Why do you think that is?)

6. Do you eat too much snacks and/or deserts?

7. Do you interrupt people when there are talking? (話の途中で邪魔する。)

8. Do you often check your email late at night? Do you think it’s a bad habit?

9. Do you keep your cellphone on at night? Do you think it’s a bad habit?

Good Habits

10. Do you keep a “To-Do” list? (A “To-Do” list is a piece of paper where you write down important things you have to do each day, and then cross them out as you do them.)

11. Do you keep important things in the same place? Like your keys and the battery charger for your cell phone?

12. Do you make enough time for friends and family?

13. Do you exercises enough?

14. Do you get enough sleep?

15. Do you study English at the same time everyday? (Besides our phone lessons, of course.)

16. Do you practice good money management?

17. Do you wake up right away or use the snooze on your alarm clock?

18. Do you always make your bed/put away your futon?

19. Do you always eat a good breakfast?

My good habit is that I study Japanese every morning, always about the same time.

One of my bad habits is moving my hands and feet as if I were playing drums. I do this even in my sleep!

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STRESS

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This week, let’s talk about STRESS.

Questions:

1. Do you feel like you have stress in your life? How much? (A lot, average, a little, etc.)

2. What stresses you out? (What makes you feel stress?)

3. Is it easy for you to feel stress?

4. How do you react when you are stressed?

5. How do you deal with stress? How do you make yourself feel better?

6. Have you ever tried getting acupuncture or a massage to help cope with stress. Did it help?

7. Do you think you life is more stressful now then when you were younger?

8. Do you think things will become more or less stressful in the future?

9. How do you help friends or family who are stressed?

10. Do you find new technology stressful? (My grandmother does!)

11. Do you think T.V. causes or reduces stress?

12. Is English learning stressful?

13. Do you feel stress around the holidays? (Obon, New Year’s, etc.)
Some useful English:

1. X stresses me out.

My job stresses me out.

2. Don’t stress over it! (Don’t worry about it)

A: I’m really, really sorry I was late!

B: Don’t stress over it.

3. X was stressful.

That speech was stressful!

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Noise Pollution

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This week’s theme is 騒音公害

Questions:

1. Do you think noise pollution is a problem in Japan?

2. Is noise pollution a problem in your area (your home and where you work)?

3. What do you think about election cars? (選挙カー)

4. What do you think about noisy sweet potato trucks?

5. Do you think locusts (蝉) are noisy?

6. Do airplanes ever pass over your home?

7. Are your neighbors noisy?

8. What kind of noise pollution is there on Japanese trains?

9. How do you feel about people using loud speakers/microphones outside of stores to advertise?

10. Have you ever been to a beach that has loud music playing? How do you feel about that?

11. Have you ever been to Himejijou 姫路城? What did you think?

12. Have you heard about noise pollution causing damage in the oceans?

Different ways to answer:
1. Do you think noise pollution is a problem in Japan?

Yes I do.

No I don’t.

2. Is noise pollution a problem in your area (your home and where you work)?

Yes, it is.

No, it’s not.

3. What do you think about election cars? (選挙カー)

I think they are noisy.

I hate them.

They are annoying.(いらいら)

I don’t mind them.

4. What do you think about noisy sweet potato trucks?

I think……….

5. Do you think locusts (蝉) are noisy?

Yes, I do.

No I don’t.

6. Do airplanes ever pass over your home?

Yes, they do.

No, they don’t.

7. Are your neighbors noisy?

Yes, they are.

No, they aren’t.

8. What kind of noise pollution is there on Japanese trains?

There is/are……………….

9. How do you feel about people using loud speakers/microphones outside of stores to advertise?

I think…………….

10. Have you ever been to a beach that has loud music playing? How do you feel about that?

Yes, I have. I thought……..

No, I haven’t.

11. Have you ever been to Himejijou 姫路城? What did you think?

Yes, I have. I thought………

No, I haven’t.

12. Have you heard about noise pollution causing damage in the oceans?

Yes/No.

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Superstitions

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This week’s 英語テーマ is “Superstitions”, which is 迷信 in Japanese.

If you want, why not try to make a list of some common Japanese superstitions, explain where they come from and why people believe in them?

Questions:

1. Are you a superstitious person?

2. Do you believe in ghosts?

3. Have you ever seen a ghost?

4. Has any of your friends or family seen a ghost?

5. Have you ever woke up in the morning and felt like you were paralyzed(can’t move)? Do you think it was a ghost? (かなしばり in Japanese)

6. Do you believe in aliens(宇宙人)?

7. Have you ever been to a fortune teller(占い師)? Can you read palms(手相)?

8. Do you believe in horoscopes(星座占い)?

9. Do you carry a lucky charm(お守り)?

10. Do you believe in karma*(カルマ) or past lives(前世)?

*〔善い・悪い行いに対する〕報い

11. Do you believe that we can tell a person’s personality by their blood type(血液型)?

12. Do you think you could walk through a graveyard(墓地) at night?

13. Do you like haunted houses(お化け屋敷)?

14. What lucky things have happened to you lately?

15. Can you swim during obon holidays?

….and by the way, I think you probably can’t believe it , but I don’t know my own blood type!

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Money

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Questions:

1. How important is making money to you? Why is money important?

2. How often do you think about money?

3. Do you feel like you have enough money?

4. Are you good at saving money?

5. Are you saving money to buy something?

6. What do you spend your extra money on?

7. Does having money make someone more attractive?

8. Would you rather marry someone who is rich but not so attractive, or marry someone who is poor but very good looking?

9. Do you have a credit card? How many? What do you use it for?

10. Do you often carry a lot of cash with you?

11. Do you ever give money to charity?

12. Do you gamble?

13. Have you ever lost a large amount of money?

14. Did you receive allowance from your parents when you were child? Did you have to do household chores to earn the money? How did you spend it? Do you, or will you, give your children an allowance?

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High School Days:

1. Where was your school? (Where was it located? What was the name? Was it big/small? An all-Boy/Girl school? In the city/country?)

2. What clubs did you join?

3. What sports did you do?

4. Tell me about your teachers.

5. Tell me about your friends.

6. What were your favorite/ least favorite classes?

7. What school trips did you take?

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Retirement

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Most of us are far away from it, but this week let’s talk about Retirement.

Questions:

1. Do you ever dream about retirement?

2. Tell me a little bit about what you think retirement life will be like for you: What do you hope to do? How would you spend your daily life after retirement? Where do you want to live? Would you like to retire in another country? City or country? Change your job?

3. When do people usually retire in Japan? When would you like to retire?

4. After you retire, do you want to stay busy or slow down.

5. Do you worry about having enough money after you retire?

6. Are you already planning and/or saving money for retirement?

7. What would be the perfect retirement for you?

8. Are you parents retired? How do they spend their time?

9. Do you have any major goals for yourself before you retire?

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Beforeworkafterwork

This week, lets talk about what you like to do after work.

Questions:

1. What time do you usually finish your job?

2. What time do you usually come home?

3. Between leaving your job and coming home, do you usually do anything in between (like grocery shopping, etc)

4. What is the FIRST thing you do after you arrive home?

5. What is something always do, every night?

6. What is something you like to do at night if you have the time?

7. What are a few things you usually do before sleeping at night?

8. What is the LAST thing you do before turning out the lights and sleeping at night?

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Questions:

Does it bother you when…

1. …people touch or stand too close to you when they talk?

2. …people have strong opinions and don’t listen to yours?

3. …people interrupt you while your talking?

4. …people answer their phone or text message while you are together?

5. …staff have a bad attitude?

6. …people push past you on the train?

7. …you have to wait for the elevator?

8. …people ask your age?

9. …your boss says “gambatte”?

10. …people open kitchen cabinets, but don’t close them.

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Do you…..?

1. …get embarrassed when people compliment you?

2. …introduce yourself or wait for others to introduce you?

3. …prefer small groups or big parties?

4. …prefer being alone or with someone?

5. …stay in touch with your high school friends?

6. …have friendships that have lasted more than 10 years?

7. …ask for advice from friends?

8. …always remember your friends’/family members’ birthdays?

9. …always remember people’s names?

10. …ever tell a lie to your friends, family members, or co-workers?

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Have you….recently?

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Questions:

1. bought anything expensive

2. been to the movie theater

3. gotten in a fight or gotten angry

4. cried

5. talked to your Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, etc

6. eaten out

7. slept in

8. made a new friend

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Let’s talk using 3 question structures: How Much, How Far, and How Long.

Questions:

1. How much do you spend on clothes each month?
2. How much do you spend on eating out each month?
3. How much time does it take you to get ready in the morning?
4. How much does a car cost in Japan?
5. How much does a train ticket cost from your house to your job?
6. How far is it from your house to the nearest convenience store?
7. How far is it from your house to your parents home?
8. How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?
9. How long does it take for you to cook dinner?
10. How long do you study English everyday?

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New Year!

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Welcome back! This week let’s talk about the NEW YEAR!

1. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
2. What did you do on New Year’s Day?
3. Did you eat any special foods?
4. How did you spend your New Year’s vacation?
5. Did you speak English over the break?
6. Are you looking forward to this year? Why or Why not?
7. Do you think this year will be better, worse, or the same as last year?
8. What was the best thing that happened to you last year?
9. How do you expect your English study to improve your life this year?

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HOME SWEET HOME

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Questions:

1. Do you like where you live now? Why?

2. What are some good things about your home? What are some bad things?

3. Describe your home to me (What type of home/apartment is it? How many rooms? Color, size, neighborhood, etc).

4. Is there a park near your home? What is the area like around your home?

5. How long have you lived there?

6. How many places have you lived? Which did you like best?

7. Is your home convenient?

8. How would you like to change your home?

9. Do you have a dream home?

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When was the last time you….?

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1. …ate ice cream?

2. ….. smoked a cigarette?

3. ….. wrote a letter?

4. ….. went to the movie theater?

5. ….. exercised?

6. ….. treated yourself?

7. ….. had a really BAD hangover?

8. ….. went swimming?

9. ….. ate Shakey’s Pizza?

10. …. raised your voice?

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Pets and Animals


Questions:

1. Do you have a pet or have you ever owned a pet? What kind? How long? Name? Do you talk to your pet?

2. What kind of animals make the best pet? For example, do you prefer cats, dogs, birds, or some other kind of animal as a pet?

3. Do you like to go the zoo? What kind of zoo animals do you like?

4. Why are their so many stray cats in japan, but few (if any) stray dogs?

5. Are you afraid of any kind of animal? (I am afraid of snakes)

6. Is it ethical to use animals in scientific experiments? How about for testing consumer products?

7. Is it ok to hunt animals if you are not going to eat them?

8. What do you think of people who are vegetarians?

9. If you could be an animal for a day, what kind would you be?

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Childhood

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Questions:

1. What was your childhood like? (For example, were you happy? Busy? Did you spend a lot of time with friends? Family? At school? Studying? Working?)

2. Did you grow up around a lot of children (brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, etc.)?

3. How did you spend your free time as a child? Did you have a lot of toys?

4. What kind of games did you play as a child?

5. When you were a child, did you often get in trouble?

6. Do you like children?

7. Do you like spending time with children? Why or why not? (Or-do you like spending time with OTHER people’s children? Why or why not?)

8. What kinds of things do you like to do with children?

9. Do you think children are different today then when you were a child? Do you think children have it easier or harder?

10. Do you think more young kids commit crimes now then when you were a child?

11. Do you think it is ok to spank children when they misbehave?

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T.V.

This week let`s talk about the famous “boob tube.”

Questions

1. Do you like watching tv?

2. How much tv do you watch everyday?

3. Do you feel like you sometimes waste time watching tv?

4. What shows do you watch the most?

5. Do you like any American TV shows?

6. Do you think there are too many commercials on TV?

7. Have you ever watched any American TV commercials? What did you think?

8. Do you watch TV late at night? Does it help you sleep or does it keep you awake?

9. Do you think TV will eventually be replaced by the computer?

10. If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, which show would you watch?

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English

This week, let’s talk about English…..in English!

1. When did you first begin to study English? Did you enjoy English at first? Why or Why not?

2. What kind of English teacher did you have?

3. Did you have a chance to talk with native English speakers when you were in junior and high school?

4. After high school, did you continue to learn English?

5. Have you ever gone to an English Conversation School (Eikaiwa)? How was it?

6. Do you have any English speaking friends?

7. Do you practice your English outside of our phone lessons?

8. Do you like to study English? Why or why not?

9. Do you think English is hard?

10. What are some of your goals for your English? What do you hope to do with your English in the future?

11. Have you ever used your English abroad?

12. Have you ever practiced writing in English?

13. Have you ever tried watching television or movies in English without subtitles?

14. Can you think of a time you felt really bad when you tried to speak English. Now can you think of a time you felt really good when speaking English?

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FRIENDS

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Questions:

1. Who are some of your best friends (i.e. people you spend the most of your free time with)? What kind of people are they, what do they do? What are they hobbies, etc?

2. Who is your best friend? Has your best friend changed over the years?

3. What is the longest friendship you have every had?

4. Do you make friends easily?

5. Are you the kind of person that like to have a lot of friends or a few friends?

6. Do you like to have deep relationships with your friends, of more casual relationships?

7. Do you have any close friends of the opposite sex?

8. Are you still friends with any of your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend?

9. When you feel tired, would you rather spend time alone or with friends?

10. Do you have any long distance friends?

11. Have you ever had a pen-pal or internet friend?

12. Have you ever loaned money to a friend?
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How long have you…..?/ How long has it been since you…..?

Questions:

How long have you…..?

1. learned English?

2. lived where you are living now?

3. owned your current cell phone?

4. worked at your current job?

How long has it been since you…..?

5. exercised?

6. rented a movie?

7. took a walk?

8. went to the beach?

9. went to a BBQ?

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Would you rather….?

Questions:

Would you rather………?

1…be taller or shorter?

2…be thinner or fatter?

3…be older or younger?

4…be a deep sea diver or astronaut?

5…be rich or famous?

6…find true love or 10 million dollars?

7…have a computer or a pet?

8…give up tv or junk food?

9…give up tv or music?

10…be a student or an employee?

11…be very good looking or very smart?

12…go blind or go deaf?

13…be famous and die young, or live for a long time with no fame?

14…be stranded on a island for 2 years with 20 friends or 20 famous people?

15…have a beautiful (but not so smart) spouse, or a smart (but not so beautiful) spouse?

16…get a shot from the doctor, or get a filling from the dentist?

17…be president of the United States, or Prime Minister of Japan?

答え方:

I would rather be/find/have/give up/go/ get ………………than……………….. because………….

例:

I would rather be thinner than fatter because I am already a little fat.

I would rather be rich than famous because I think it would be hard to live with no privacy.

I would rather go blind than deaf because I love music!

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Environment

Questions:

1. Do you care about the environment?
2. Do you think Japan is a clean country? Are there parts of Japan that are dirty or polluted?
3. How well do you recycle? Do you always separate your trash, cardboard, etc. ?
4. How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood? What days?
5. Do you always use “My Bag”?
6. Do you worry about Global Warming? (地球温暖化)
7. Do you use disposable chop-sticks at a restaurant?
8. Do you take long showers?
9. Do you leave the water running while brushing your teeth?
10. Do you always turn the lights off when you leave a room?
11. Can you name an endangered species? (絶滅危惧種)
12. Do you think people who throw cigarettes on the ground are littering?

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RELAX

Way to relax

Questions:

1. What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
2. How do you usually relax on weekdays, in the evening?
3. Do you have a chance to relax in the morning or afternoon on weekdays?
4. Do you do anything special on Friday nights to relax?
5. If you have free time on the weekend in the morning, how might you relax?
6. What is your favorite way to relax on your day off?
7. Have you ever tried yoga, massage, meditation, or something similar to relax?
8. Does music help you relax?
9. Do you ever burn incense to relax?
10. Does talking with someone help you relax? Who do you talk with?
11. Does eating, or drinking help you relax?

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Trying new things
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Have you ever tried…?

(If you have the chance) Would you ever like to try…..?

For example: Have you ever tried eating goat meat?

Questions and Topics:

1. Do you like trying new things?

2. Do you think you are outgoing and risk-taking, or more of a cautious and reserved person?

3. Have you ever tried eating a really strange food?

4. …tried traveling alone?

5. …tried an extreme sport (see picture above) like bungee jumping, sky diving, rock climbing etc.

6. …gone to a party or some other event by yourself?

7. …painting a picture using color paints?

8. …buying a music cd when you have no idea who the artist is?

9. …shooting a gun?

10. …Volunteering?

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How-much-should-i-tip

Let’s talk using 3 question structures: How Much, How Far, and How Long.

Questions:

1. How much do you spend on clothes each month?
2. How much do you spend on eating out each month?
3. How much time does it take you to get ready in the morning?
4. How much does a car cost in Japan?
5. How much does a train ticket cost from your house to your job?
6. How far is it from your house to the nearest convenience store?
7. How far is it from your house to your parents home?
8. How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?
9. How long does it take for you to cook dinner?
10. How long do you study English everyday?

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Do you like to….

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Questions:

Do you like to….

1) sing?

2) swim?

3) skate?

4) dance?

5) drive?

6) play sports?

7) play video games?

8) cook?

9) bake?

10) surf the net?

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The Olympics

Questions

1. Are you interested in the Olympics? Have you been watching them?
2. Which Olympic sports do you like to watch on TV?
3. What sports are Japan strong at?
4. What Medals has Japan won?
5. Have you ever been to the Olympics?
6. Would you want to go (again) someday? Why/not?
7. When did Japan host the Olympics?
8. Do you think Japan should host the Olympics again?
9. Which do you find more interesting, the Summer or the Winter Olympics?
10. What sports would you add/ remove from the Olympics?
11. What do you think Athletes eat?
12. What do you think about drugs and the Olympics?

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Colds

Questions:

1. When was the last time you had a cold? How long did it last?

2. Do you usually go to the doctor’s when you are sick or do you just buy medicine?

3. Which symptom do you think is the worse: Sneezing, Coughing, or a Sore throat?

4. What do you recommend for treating a cold?

5. What do you not recommend for treating a cold?

6. How can we prevent the spread of germs?

7. Do you get Flu shots every year? Do you think it helps?

8. Have you every been very sick? What was it like?

9. There is a saying, “Spicy foods can cure a cold.” Do you believe this is true?

10. Do you think colds affect everyone?

11. What season do you get sick the most?

12. Is the flu and a cold the same thing? Why or why not?

13, Are there certain Japanese foods that can make your immune system strong?

14. Do you often leave your house, even though you have a cold?

15. How much do you spend on cold supplies when you become sick?
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Weekends

Questions:

1. How was your weekend? What did you do?

2. Was it different or the same from last weekend? How so?

3. Do you wish you did something different last weekend? If so, why?

4. Who do you usually spend your weekends with?

5. What do you think is the purpose of a weekend?

6. Have you ever had a bad weekend? What happened?

7. Where do you usually go on the weekend? Why?

8. Do you think Friday is the start of the weekend or is it Saturday morning? Why?

9. Which day is your favorite: Saturday or Sunday? Why?

10. Do you think your life would would be different if there were no weekends?

11. Do/Did you enjoy having school on the weekend?

12. What is your favorite/least favorite day of the week?

13. Do you think there should be more or less days a week ? (*7 is such an odd number!)

14. Describe the most perfect weekend.

15. What will you do this weekend?
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Marriage Questions:

1. When do you want to get married?-or-When did you get married?

2. What was your wedding like?-or-What do you want your wedding to be like?

3. Would you rather have/ have had a big or small wedding?

4. What is the best age to get married?

5. How long were you engaged before you got married?-or-How long should people be engaged before they get married?

6. Do you think it’s good to live together before you get married?

7. Where is a good place for a honeymoon?

8. What do you think of arranged marriages?

9. Is it important to get along with your spouse’s parents?

10. Who should pay for the wedding?

11. Have you ever heard of anyone eloping?

12. Do people have bachelors parties in Japan?

13. Do you think marriage is necessary to have a happy life?

14. Do you think children are necessary to have a happy life?

15. Should women work after marriage?

16. Do you know any international marriages?

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Music

Questions:

1. Do you like music? What kind of music do you like?

2. Is there any kind of music you don`t like?

3. Do you like to go to concerts? How often do you go?

4. What was the first concert you went to? What was the last concert you went to?

5. Do you play a musical instrument?

6. (If yes) Why did you start playing that instrument?

7. Would you like to play a/ any other music instrument?

8. Who is your favorite band or singer? If you can`t choose one, who are some of your favorites?

9. Have you ever played in a band?

10. Do you like karaoke? Why or why not?

11. Do you listen to MP3?

12. Do you sing while taking a shower or bath?

13. What kind of music do your parents like?

14. Do you listen to the radio? Do you have a favorite radio station?

15. Have you ever seen or are you interested in musicals? How about movie musicals like Mama Mia, Sound of Music, Chicago, etc?

16. If you could start a band, what kind of band would it be and what part would you play?

17. Do you think animals can enjoy music?

18. What is more important in pop music, the lyrics or the melody?

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HEALTH

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Questions:

1. Do you think you are healthy?

2. Do you eat lots of fruit?

3. Do you eat vegetables every day?

4. Do you eat many unhealthy foods?

5. Do you exercise?

6. Do you get regular medical check-ups?

7. Do you over indulge in alcohol?

8. Do you drink soda?

9. Do you smoke?

10. Do you have a lot of stress?

11. Do you get enough sleep?

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School Days

Questions:

1. Did you like Junior High school? High school? Why or why not?
2. What did you eat for school lunch?
3. Were you allowed to date in your school days?
4. Did you have a curfew at night?
5. Did you have a part time job?
6. Who was your favorite/ least favorite teacher?
7. What was your favorite/ least favorite subject?
8. Did you school take a field trip?
9. Did you school have field days?
10. Were you ever absent or did you ever skip class?
11. Were you involved in any clubs?
12. Did you ever cheat on a test?
13. Did you ever get punished for being a bad student?
14. Do you still keep in touch with any of your school friends?
15. Did you dog ever eat your homework?

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Newspapers and the Media

Questions:

1. Do you often read the newspaper?
2. What sections do you read? (Sports, Politics, User Comments, etc.)
3. Do you subscribe to any newspapers? Which ones?
4. What are the main stories you have been following in the news recently?
5. What recent events are you fed up hearing about?
6. Which person in the news do you most like hearing or reading about?
7. Do you think that the news always tells the truth?
8. Have you (or anyone you know) ever been in the newspaper/on TV? If so,what for?
9. Why are people so interested in the private lives of celebrities?
10. What kind of magazines do you like to read?
11. Do you think that reading a newspaper is a good way to improve your English?

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Space

Questions:

1. Have you ever used a telescope? What did you look at?
2. If you could take a vacation to the moon, would you? Why or why not?
3. Do you wish on stars?
4. When do you think people will visit Mars? What do you think they will find there?
5. Have you ever seen any of the following movies: ET, Alien, Star Wars? Which one is your favorite? Why?
6. Would you like to be an astronaut? Why or why not?
7. What will make the new international space station successful? Why?
8. Do you think governments spend too much money on space programs? Why or why not?
9. Do you think people will ever communicate with intelligent aliens? Why or why not?
10. What do satellites do? How would our lives be different without them?
11. What can we learn about the earth from studying other planets?
12. Have you ever taken an astronomy course? If so, tell about something you learned. If not, would you like to?
13. Can you name the planets in English? Try.

Here is a great link about Space Junk.

http://www.universetoday.com/42198/how-many-satellites-in-space/

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Eating

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Questions:

1. Are there any foods you didn’t like as a child but like now?
2. What time do you eat breakfast, lunch, dinner?
3. Did/do you always eat dinner with your family?
4. Do you drink tea everyday? How about milk?
5. Which do you prefer, rice or bread?
6. Do you like to cook?
7. How often do you eat out?
8. How often do you have soda, or a dessert?

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Daily Routine

Questions:

1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

2. What is the first thing you do when you come home?

3. How many hours of TV do you watch daily?

4. How often you go out to dinner with friends/ family?

5. Which of the following do you do everyday?

-Brush your teeth?
-Do the dishes?
-Hang out the laundry?
-Vacuum the floor?
-Wash the windows?
-Clean the bathroom?
-Take the dog for a walk?
-Cut the grass?

6. What time do you:…..

…..get up on Sundays?
…..get up on Mondays?
…..have breakfast on the weekend?
…..have breakfast on Tuesdays?
…..go to bed on Wednesdays?
…..go to bed on Fridays?

7. What do you usually do at………

…….. 7:00 am?
………. 8:00 am?
………. 9:00 am?
………. noon?
………. 5:00 pm?
………. 8:00 pm?
……….11:00 pm?

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Working

Questions:

1. When you were younger, what kind of job did you dream of doing? Why?
2. Tell me about your current job. Why did you choose to work there? How long have you been working there? How long would you like to work there?
3. What are some of the things you like about your job? How about some of the things you dislike?
4. If you could receive your current salary doing any kind of job, what would you like to do?
5. What kind of job wouldn’t you like to do?
6. Would you ever like to start your own business? Why or why not? If yes, what kind?
7. Would you like to work abroad? Why or why not? Where?
8. Have you ever had a part time job? Tell me about it. What did you like/dislike about it?
9. What would you like to do after you retire? Do you still want to work? Where would you like to live?
10. What kind of job would you like your current/ future spouse to have? Should wives work?
11. Would you take a new job that payed twice as much, if the the job was much less enjoyable?
12. Have you ever taken a sick day at work, even when you were not sick?
13. Do you spend time with your co-workers after work?
14. Do you like your boss? Your co-workers?
15. How long does it take to get to your job? What do you do durning your commute?

When I was young, I dreamed of being an archeologist (考古学者). Can you imagine why? Because Indian Jones was so popular at the time, and I thought that was what an archeologist did!

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Change

Questions:

This week, let’s talk about different kinds of CHANGES.

1. How has your neighborhood changed in the last five years?

2. How has your fashion changed in in the last five years? How about over your life time?

3. How have your looks changed?

4. What kind of changes would you like to make in your life in the next five years?

5. What kind of technological changes in the last few years have had a large impact on you life?

6. What kind of changes would you like to see happen in Japan in the future?

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Good and Bad Manners

Questions:

1. What are some examples of bad manners on the bus?
2. What are some examples of good manners on the train?
3. What are some examples of bad manners that you HATE?
4. Do you think people are more polite or less polite now than in the past?
5. Do you know someone who is often rude?
6. Can you think of some examples of how manners have changed in Japan?
7. How are manners different in other countries?
8. How important is it to be polite to older people even though they are often rude?
9. What is something that isn’t considered rude but should be?
10. When someone is rude in a public place, do you say something or try to ignore the person?
11. Do you think it`s polite to stare?
12. How do you teach your children good manners? Do you think it`s important for them to learn? Why?
13. Do you honk your horn to people when you drive?
14. Do you think P.D.A. is good or bad manners?
15. What are some examples of good table manners?
16. What should you say after you sneeze? Or if you bump into somebody? Or if you are late?
17. What advice about manners would you give to a foreigner visiting your country?

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Weather

Questions:

1. Which do you like better hot weather or cold weather?
2. Which is your favorite season?
3. Are there any special traditions associated with different seasons in Japan?
4. Do you know any interesting myths or stories about weather?
5. What month gets the most rain in Japan?
6. Do you think weather affects the way people feel?
7. Do you think weather patterns are changing?
8. Have you ever seen snow?
9. How often do you check the weather forecast? Every morning/evening?
10. How do you check the forecast? (internet, TV, radio …)
11. Can you understand the English used in the weather forecast?
12. How often is the forecast correct/ incorrect?
13. Have you ever been caught in an extreme rain/snow/sandstorm?
14. Have you ever used snow chains?
15. Have you ever had your holidays ruined because of bad weather?
16. Have you ever been through a storm on a plane?

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Crime

Questions:

1. Do you worry about crime and violence?
2. Do you think there is more or less crime these days?
3. Have you ever had anything stolen?
4. What kind of lock(s) do you have on your home?
5. Do you have bars on your windows?
6. Do you think Japan is a safe country?
7. What parts of Japan considered dangerous?
8. Are some parts of your town considered dangerous?
9. Do you think America is a safe or dangerous country? Why?
10. What do you think about drinking and driving?
11. Do you get worried about walking at night?
12. What do you think about gun control?
13. Do you put your purse on a table at a cafe to save it?
14. Why do you think people steal?
15. Do you think a hungry child should be put in prison if he steals to eat?
16. Would you steal bread if you were poor and hungry?
17. What would you do if you saw someone stealing in a department store?
18. Have you ever seen a Yakuza member?
19. What do you think about the death penalty?

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Japan

Questions:

1. How much do you know about Japanese history? Do you think Japanese history is interesting?
2. Many people feel that Japan is different from every other country. Do you think that Japanese culture is “unique”?
3. Do you practice or have you ever learned any traditional Japanese arts? For example: Flower arrangement (生け花)、Tea ceremony (茶道)or calligraphy 書道, etc.
4. Have you ever been to a sumo match, the kabuki theater, or a bunraku puppet show?
5. What do you think about Japanese martial arts?
6. Can you play the koto, shamisen or sanshin?
7. Do you often go to temples? When and why?
8. Do you know how to use an abacus(そろばん)?
9. Do you know how to play shogi?
10. How do you feel about gift-giving? (お土産).
11. Do you know how to play go?
12. Have you ever read Tale of the Genji?

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Money and Budget

Questions:

1. How important is money to you?
2. Do you have a strict monthly budget?
3. How much do you usually budget for food?
4. Do you feel as if you have enough money?
5. What do spend most of your extra money on (after paying bills)?
6. When money is tight, how do you cut-corners?
7. Do you feel like you save enough of your money?

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Transportation

Questions:

1. What kind of transportation do you use the most? How much time a day do you spend using transportation?
2. What do you usual do while riding the train? Is there anything you don’t like about riding the train?
3. Can you sleep while riding the train? Have you ever slept past your station?
4. Have you ever ridden the bullet train?
5. (If you ride the train to work), who pays the train fare?
6. Do you have a bicycle? How often do you ride it? What kind of bike is it? Do you like riding it?
7. Have you ever driven a car? Do you have a car?
8. Do you always wear a seat belt while in the car? How about a taxi?
9. Have you ever been in a car accident? Was it serious or just a “fender bender”?
10. Have you ever gotten any kind of ticket (speeding, parking, etc.) when driving your car or bike? (Futari-nori maybe?)
11. Is it difficult to get a driver’s license in Japan?
12. Do you think gas is expensive in Japan?
13. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
14. Do you like riding airplanes?
15. Have you ever ridden a boat?
16. Do you use your cell phone while on the train or driving?
By the way, you know the word “paper driver” right? Well, that is Japanese English! There is no such word in English. Actually, I don’t think there is such a phenomenon as a “paper driver” in America, since it is a 車社会。

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Shopping

Questions:

1. How often do you go shopping? Do you shop only when you need something, or when you have free time?
2. What do you usually spend your money on?
3. How much do you usually spend when you go shopping?
4. Do you like window shopping? Why?
5. Would you rather shop alone or with friends?
6. Do you ever make impulse buys? (衝動買い)
7. What are some of the best places to go shopping in your opinion?
8. What do you want to buy next?
9. Do you ever buy second-hand goods? (中古品)
10. Do you have a credit card? If so, do you have more than one?
11. How many times a week do you go grocery shopping?
12. How much money did you spend for Christmas last year?
13. How much do you spend on lunch boxes during the week?
14. How much do usually spend at the barber or beauty salon?

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Contests-Winning-Prizes

Questions:

1. Have you ever won anything?
2. Do you know anyone who has ever one anything big (or a Grand Prize) ?
3. Do you like to enter contest for free give-aways?
4. What do you think of beauty pageants?
5. Do you play the lottery?
6. Have you ever competed in an English conversation or speech contest?
7. If you won one of the following prizes, which would you rather receive- A 60 day trip around the world, a brand new house, lifetime housekeeping service, or the equivalent in cash?

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Love and Marriage

Questions:

1. Do you believe in love at first site?
2. Do you remember your first love?
3. Do you think it’s ever too late to get married?
4. Do you think men should pay for everything?
5. Do you think women should do house work?
6. What do you think about men who have two wives?
7. What do you think about blind dates?
8. How many people came/will come to your wedding?

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New Year Resolution

Questions:

1. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
2. What did you do on New Year’s Day?
3. Did you eat any special foods?
4. How did you spend your New Year’s vacation?
5. Did you speak English over the break?
6. Are you looking forward to this year? Why or Why not?
7. Do you think this year will be better, worse, or the same as last year?
8. What was the best thing that happened to you last year?
9. How do you expect your English study to improve your life this year?

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Welcome Back!

Questions:

1. How was your vacation?
2. What all did you do?
3. Did you visit your relatives houses?
4. Did you eat any special food?
5. Did you got to a shrine?
6. Did you get any down time?
7. Did you have any time to yourself?

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Travel

 

Questions:

1. Do you like to travel?
2. Have you ever gone on a winter vacation?
3. What is the best vacation you ever had?
4. Where do you intend to go on a vacation this year?
5. As a child, where did your parents usually take you?
6. Talk about the longest trip you’ve ever taken by car.
7. Do you ever go camping?
8. Do you take many weekend trips to get away?
9. Have you ever gone on a vacation alone?
10. What city would you like to go and see?
11. Have you ever taken a vacation outside the country?
12. When was the last time you were on vacation?
13. If a tourist came to where you live, what would you suggest they see?
14. Did you ever go on a school trip?
15. What is the most unusual vacation that you ever took?
16. If you could take a vacation to Europe, where would you go?
17. Did you take any trips with your wife / husband before you got married?

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Future Plans

Tell me about your future plans:

1. What are you goals for next year?

2. What do you hope to accomplish in five years?

3. What would you like to buy in the near future?

4. Would you like to buy a new car, house, etc in the future?

5. Tell me about your future plans with regards to your family?

6. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your future?

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Nervous

Do you get nervous when…….?

1. …..you go out on a date?

2. …..you ask for a raise?

3. …..try to learn something new?

4. …..speak in front of an audience?

5. …..go for a job interview?

6. …..try to negotiate the price?

7. …..drive a car?

8. …..speak English?

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Dating

Dating

1. Do you remember your first date? How old were you? Where did you go?

2. Were your parents strict about dating?

3. Where do young people usually go for a date?

4. Who should pay?

5. What do you like to do on a date?

6. What do you like to talk about on a date?

7. What was your best date ever?

8. What was your worst date ever?

9. Have you ever been on a blind date?

10. Have you ever set someone up on a date?

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Have you ever….?

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Have you ever…..?

1. …..met a famous person? (What happened?)

2. …..spoken at a meeting? (What happened?)

3. …..been in the hospital? (What happened?)

4. …..lost something important? (What happened?)

5. …..ever been very embarrassed? (What happened?)

6. …..ever been in an accident? (What happened?)

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Ice Cream

Questions:

1. What is your favorite/least favorite type of ice cream?

2. How often do you eat ice cream? Where?

3, Have you ever had a sundae? What was it like?

4. Have you ever made ice cream? (It is easy!)

5. What is a popular brand of ice cream in Japan?

6. Do you think ice cream is cheap or expensive?

7. Which do you like better: Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

8. What can you eat ice cream with? Cake? Cookies?

9. Where do you buy your ice cream from?

10. Why do you think ice cream is popular?

11. What is the best ice cream topping? Why?

12. Is ice cream better in a cup or cone?

13. Do you like smoothies and milkshakes? If so, what kind?

14. If you could create a new ice cream flavor, what would it be?

15. How would you feel if there was no more ice cream in the world?

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