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Warm-up Task:
Which qualities are important in a good husband or wife? Choose three and explain why: kindness, honesty, loyalty, good looks, health, ambition, a sense of humor, romance, something else?

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ESL Conversation Questions

  1. Do you know many happily married couples? How do they stay happy?
  2. How important is marriage in your culture? Can people easily choose not to marry? Where does social pressure to marry come from?
  3. At what age do people usually get married in your country? What do you think is a good age to marry?
  4. Is it a good idea to date a few different people before getting married? How important is it to gain experience?
  5. What’s the best way to find a potential wife or husband?
  6. Do you believe in soul mates? Are you looking for the one?
  7. What are the pros and cons of international marriage? Would you marry someone from another country?
  8. Is it a good idea to live together before getting married? What are the downsides of doing so?
  9. Are weddings in your country fun events? What do people usually do at weddings?
  10. What kinds of wedding gifts do people give in your culture?
  11. How long should a couple know each other before getting married? How soon is too soon?
  12. How important is it to get along with your in-laws?
  13. How common is divorce in your country? Are divorced people looked down upon?
  14. In many countries, the divorce rate has increased over the past few decades. Why do you think this is?
  15. Is it normal or healthy for married couples to argue? How much fighting is too much?
  16. How do you feel about arranged marriages? Could you let your parents pick your partner?
  17. Same-sex marriage has become possible in some countries. How do you feel about this issue?
  18. There is an expression in English: “behind every great man, there’s a great woman”. What does this mean to you? Do you agree?
  19. Do you think husbands and wives have different responsibilities according to their gender? Give some examples if you think so.
  20. Do you know any househusbands? If you are a man, would you like to be a househusband?

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