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Marriage Conversation Questions

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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Family Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Introduce one member of your family. Talk about their character and appearance.

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ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. How big is your immediate family? Who are the members?
  2. Who are you closest to in your family? What kind of relationship do you have with that person? Is it like friendship?
  3. Which day of the year are you most likely to spend with your family?
  4. As a child, did you go on family trips? What do you remember about those vacations?
  5. Is there a black sheep in your family? What is different about them?
  6. Are you an only child? How does growing up without brothers or sisters affect a person’s character?
  7. How well do you know your extended family? How many of them have you met?
  8. Have you ever been to a family reunion? How was it?
  9. Who are you most proud of among your relatives? Who do you look up to?
  10. Do your parents expect a lot from you? What kinds of things do they want you to do?
  11. Would you prefer to have a big family with many children, a small family, or no kids at all? Why?
  12. What characteristics have you inherited from your parents? Do you look like them? Do you behave like they do?
  13. What is a mama’s boy? Do you know anyone like this?
  14. Does your family have any heirlooms? Will you inherit anything that has been in the family a long time?
  15. Would you consider adopting children? Why or why not?
  16. What happens to old people in your family? Do they live with younger family members or move to a retirement home? How would you prefer to spend your old age?
  17. If you are married, how well do you get along with your in-laws?
  18. What do people mean when they say, “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”?
  19. If you live far away from some members of your family, how do you keep in touch? How often do you communicate?
  20. Are you so close to any of your friends that you consider them like family?

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