Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Swine Flu: How concerned are you?

The spread of the swine flu is of recent concern, and many people are worried how this illness will eventually affect their lives. The potential effects could result in social, health, and economic changes. How concerned are you about how this flu or others like it could affect you now or in the future? Also, what other serious health concerns do people have in your area?

Share your ideas on the current and potential effects on your life.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Getting Advice: From Mom or Dad?

When you have problem in life, who do you turn to first: your mom or dad? Of course, friends are important in making decisions, but if you had to choose between your mom or dad for help, who would you ask? Does it depend on the situation and topic? If so, share your experiences and feelings about this topic.

For example, who would you talk to first in these cases:

  • You need advice about breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend.
  • You want to borrow money for a trip to Europe.
  • You failed some classes at school, and you might be kicked out of the university, but you have to tell one of your parents your situation.
  • You don't know how to find a summer job to earn money for school.
  • You crashed your parents car while speeding, and you need to tell them.
If for whatever reason you can't ask a parent, who would you turn to for advice?


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Languages: Why some learn faster?

Some ESL/EFL students become frustrated when they are not learning English as quickly as they expect. Others learners feel depressed when they seem to be making progress one day, and level off or appear not to make progress for some time.

What have been your experiences in learning English? Why do some students learn faster than others? How can students improve their language skills?


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Economy: Getting better or worse?

The economic situation around the world has being going through drastic changes in recent times, but how has any economic downturn in your country affected you personally? Have you had to cut back on certain expenses such as food (eating out), entertainment, and transportation? Do you think life for your kids and grand kids will be better, worse, or about the same in the future?

Share your ideas.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Traffic Violations: What should be the penalty?

In principle, traffic laws are in place to protect the public, both drivers and pedestrians; however, in my travels around the world, I notice that traffic laws are not always enforced. In looking at traffic laws in your country, are these laws obeyed by the majority of people? Which ones are the most difficult to be enforced? What are the penalties for violating the law in these cases: running a red light, illegal parking, drunk driving, and driving without a license?

Please share your thoughts on this topic.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Parties: What time should I arrive?

Imagine that you are invited to a friend's house for a barbecue in your home country. What time would it be appropriate to arrive? A little early, right on time, or a little later? Would you do anything differently if it were a formal party at the house of your boss?

Every culture has its social rules for time, and knowing this when visiting a new culture can help smooth relations between you and others. Share your ideas on this topic.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Positive Thinking: What if you could change the world?

We live in an imperfect world, and many people suffer from personal, social, environmental, medical, and even political problems, but if you had the power to change one thing in the world for the benefit of others, what would it be? Share your idea and explain why your choice would make a difference.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

English Skills: Which is most important to you?

Students spend a lot of time trying to learn English, but which language skill area is most important to you:

  • grammar
  • listening
  • pronunciation
  • reading
  • speaking
  • writing

Please share your ideas and experiences on this topic.


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