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Questions to talk about religion and ethics in English

Questions to talk about religion and ethics in English

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If you’re doing a language exchange with someone then sometimes you can find yourself in the position where you have nothing to talk about. This can be very stressful, especially if you just end up looking at each other and smiling awkwardly. One way to get around this is to decide on a topic or grammar type before hand and practise that with your partner. If you’re not sure how to go about finding a language partner then check out our handy guide here.

At Lingo Press Books, we have lots of different questions prepared for lots of different topics in English to help you out if you get stuck in a language exchange. Here is a selection of some of our more general topics for a language exchange. If you’re on this page then it’s likely you’ve settled on religion and ethics as your next language exchange topics. So let’s have a look at some of the questions you can ask your partner.

Religion questions

First of all it is important to remember that when talking about religion, you are talking about someone’s faith and it can be quite easy to cause offence or for things to be taken in a different way. Remember first of all, you are in a language exchange, not a debate. If you want to talk about religion, try and keep it neutral and just have an interest in how religion differs in that person’s country. You’re not trying to change their mind, you’re just trying to learn about different cultures and to increase your vocabulary or ability to talk about this topic.

If you think that you can’t talk about religion without it becoming heated, then maybe this topic isn’t for you, and it would be better to choose a different topic to talk about instead. If you do think you can remain neutral and that the conversation will be comfortable then here are some questions that you can use to talk about religion with your language partner.

  • What is the main religion in your country?
  • What is your religion?
  • Are you religious? If not, why?
  • What is the most important holiday in your religion? How do you celebrate it?
  • Do you have different religions within your country? How do they coexist?
  • Have you noticed new religions becoming more popular in your country?
  • What is your temple of worship called?
  • Who is the head of the religion?
  • What role do women have within your religion?
  • How are your religious holidays celebrated in school?
  • Do you believe that religion is more important on a community level or on an individual level?
  • How are weddings celebrated in your religion?
  • How are funerals celebrated in your religion?
  • What role do you think religion has in the modern world?
  • Are their any aspects of your religion that you would change if you could, what are they?
  • Are there any issues within your religion that you think are problems?
  • What benefits do you think religion has in society?
  • What negative impacts do you think religion has on society?
  • Do you know anyone who is religious because it is expected of them by their family.

Ethics questions

  • Are you a vegetarian? If yes/no then why?
  • Do you believe in animal testing?
  • Are zoos unethical?
  • Should we have private schools in a society or do they give some an unfair advantage?
  • If a colleague doesn’t come to work, would you cover for them?
  • Is happiness the most important thing?
  • Do you think gambling is ok?
  • Do you think it should be illegal to take drugs?
  • Do you think it should be illegal to drink alcohol?
  • Do you think someone can be responsible for their actions when they have been drinking alcohol?
  • Do you think it’s ok to steal if you’re desperate?
  • Should it be illegal to have many wives?
  • Should it be illegal to marry your brother or sister?
  • Is it considered stealing if you take pens from work?
  • Is it ok to fantasise about other people while you are with your partner?
  • Is cheating ever ok?
  • Should you always tell the truth? When is it ok to lie?
  • Do you think euthanasia is ok?
  • Is it ever ok to hide money from your partner?
  • Would you abort a child if it had a mental condition?

Ethical situations

These are situations in which you have to think of an answer and discuss why you chose your answer to your partner.

Situation one

A train is out of control and is racing down the track where four men are working. They haven’t seen the train, there’s no way you can get their attention and if the train hits them it will kill them. The only thing you can do is press a button which will divert the train onto a different track where there is only one person. It will definitely kill them but it will save four other lives. Do you press the button and switch the track, killing the man or do you let the train continue and kill the four men working? What would you do and why?

Situation two

It’s war time and you’re hiding in a house from enemy soldiers. The soldiers have found the house and have come inside so you and four other families are hiding underneath the floorboards. As the soldiers come in a baby starts to cry. If the baby continues to cry, the soldiers will hear you, they’ll find you and you will all die. If you suffocate the baby then you can all survive. What do you do?

Final thoughts

We hope you’re found these religious and ethical questions for a language exchange useful. If you have any questions that you think should be added to the list, or if you have any topics that you would like us to cover then please let us know in the comments below. We always love to receive your feedback.

Here are some other topics that we have covered previously:

 

 

Questions To Talk About Future Plans In English

Questions To Talk About Future Plans In English

FUTURE PLANS

Talking about future plans can be a great way to know what someone is really like, what their hopes and dreams are, and what they want to do with their lives. It’s definitely a useful skill to practise if you want to speak English. Future plans include all kinds of things from family and relationships to jobs to travel.

The best way to practise talking about future plans is to find yourself an English language partner. That way you’re both in the same boat, you’re both learning and you can take it in turns asking each other about the future and what the other person wants to do. If you’re not sure how to go about finding a language partner then check out our article here.

Here are some questions that you can use in your next English language exchange to help you practise talking about future plans.


The immediate Future

  • What are you going to have for dinner?
  • What time will you finish work today?
  • What are your plans for tomorrow?
  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • When is the next time you are going to see friends?
  • When is the next date you have?
  • When is the next time you plan on doing some exercise?
  • What is the next book you would like to read?
  • What is the next film you would like to see?
  • What is the next series you would like to watch?
  • When are you next going to the cinema?
  • When is the next time you’ll be going to a restaurant?

Long term future

  • What would you like to achieve before you’re forty?
  • What would you like to achieve before you’re fifty?
  • What would you like to achieve before you die?
  • Do you want to climb a mountain at some point in your life?
  • When do you want to buy your first house?
  • What kind of house do you want to live in when you’re older?
  • What skills would you like to develop as your get older?
  • How much money would you like when you’re older?
  • Do you want to have a simple life or an expensive life?

Career Future

  • What would you like to do when you’re older?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What age do you want to retire at?
  • Do you want to manage a team?
  • How do you plan on getting to where you want to go in your career?
  • Do you want to work for yourself or for somebody else?
  • Are there any skills you will have to learn for your career in the future?
  • How do you see your industry changing in the future with new technologies?
  • Is your job at risk as the world moves to be more technology based?
  • What is the highest position you can achieve in your chosen profession?

Family and relationship future

  • Do you want to get married?
  • When will you get married?
  • Do you want to have a big wedding or a small wedding?
  • Who will be at your wedding
  • Do you want a traditional wedding or a more modern wedding?
  • Do you want to have a religious or a non religious wedding?
  • Do you want to have children?
  • When will you have children?
  • Will you raise your children to be religious?
  • How many children do you want to have?
  • Will you send your children to private school or state school?

Travel and personal goals future

  • What is the next country you want to visit?
  • What is the next holiday you have booked?
  • Who will you go on holiday with next?
  • Do you have any plans to visit South America?
  • Do you want to visit Africa in the future?
  • Do you want to visit Europe?
  • What country do you want to visit before you die?
  • Do you have any long term trips planned?
  • What skills do you want to learn when you have more time?
  • What foreign languages do you want to learn in the future?
  • Do you want to learn how to play a musical instrument?
  • Do you want to start doing a new sport?
  • Do you want to change your diet and lifestyle in the future?
  • Do you want to do more to help the environment in the future?
  • What car do you want to buy when you have more money?
  • What kind of things do you want to do when you have more money?

Final thoughts

We hope you’ve enjoyed our questions to talk about future plans and that you will find them useful. If you have any other questions that you think we could include, or if you have any topics that would like us to cover then let us know in the comments below.

If you would like to practise other skills then you can check out our articles on the following topics, all with handy questions that you can use in a language exchange to practise talking about these themes.

Further study

Now you’ve practised your speaking skills, why not consider practising your reading skills to with our beginners books for English learners, or if you don’t want to commit to a book, then check out our article on how to improve your reading skills in English.

All skills are useful in a foreign language, but many people tend to concentrate on speaking as it gives them the most immediate rewards and is obviously the most useful in day to day life. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore skills like reading and writing. If you want to become fluent in a language and fully integrate into its ways and cultures then you need to practise those skills as well. Especially if it gives you the option to read literature from the country of the language you’re learning. Reading books opens up a whole new world to you, even more so if they’re in a different language.

Good luck and let us know what other resources you would like to see from us!

Questions To Practise Politics And The Environment In English

Questions To Practise Politics And The Environment In English

politics and the environment

Learning how to talk about politics and the environment is sure to take your English to a new level that gets you closer to fluency. It’s definitely a step up from talking about hobbies and leisure, or education and work. And although you won’t need it for day to day conversations, it will help you if being able to speak English to a native level is something you would like to achieve.

Our recommendations on how to use these questions, would be to either to answer them yourself, either written or spoken, if you don’t have anyone to practise with. But a much better thing to do would be to find yourself an English language partner and practise with them. If you’re not sure how to do this then have a look at our article here on how to find a language partner to practise with.

Once you’ve found yourself an English language partner, take a look at our questions here and use some of them to practise speaking about politics and the environment in order to take you that one step closer to fluency in English. And remember when you’re talking about your answers to include your reasons why, so you can maximise your speaking practise.


Questions about politics

  • How does the voting system work in your country?
  • Do you think there is corruption in the voting system?
  • How many political parties are there?
  • What are the main political parties?
  • Which country do you think has the best political system?
  • Do you think politicians lie?
  • Who is the current leader of your country?
  • Do your country have a monarch?
  • Do you usually vote?
  • Are you old enough to vote?
  • What do you think about voting?
  • What do you think of Donald Trump?
  • What do you think of Brexit?
  • What do you think of independence for Catalonia?
  • What do you think of Scotland wanting to break away from the UK?
  • Do you think Gibraltar should belong to Spain or the UK?
  • Do you think the Falkland Islands should belong to Argentina or the UK?

Either or questions about politics

  • Do you think you’re more left leaning or right leaning?
  • Do you think your country should have a monarchy or not?
  • Do you prefer democracy or a non democratic ruling?
  • Do you prefer a man or woman in charge or your country?

Questions about politics using the past tense

  • Have you ever voted?
  • Who did you vote for in the last election?
  • Have you ever regretted voting for a particular political party?
  • Have you ever had a female ruler in your country?
  • Who was the first ruler of your country?
  • How has the politics of your country evolved over the years?
  • Have you noticed any dramatic changes in politics within your lifetime?
  • Who do you think is the best leader that your country has ever had?
  • When was the last time your country had a general election?

Questions about politics using the conditional tense

  • Who would you like to run your country?
  • Would you ever want to run in an election?
  • Who do you think should run your country?
  • Would you like to have a monarchy in your country?
  • If you could meet one leader from your country (dead or alive) who would you like to meet?

Questions about the environment

  • What do you do to help the environment?
  • What do you think of electric cars?
  • What would you recommend to people to do so they can help the environment?
  • Do you believe in climate change?
  • What do you think is the biggest harming factor to the environment?
  • Do you think a vegetarian lifestyle helps the environment?
  • How to you get to work? Do you think you could travel in a better way to help the environment?
  • What do you think of the environmental policies your country has?
  • In your country, what level of recycling do you have to do?
  • Do you use plastic bags when you go shopping?
  • How long do you normally spend in the shower each day?
  • How do you think environmental policies have improved in the past ten years?
  • Which countries do you think are contributing the most to global warming? What can these countries do?
  • What do you think are the easiest things to change in your lifestyle to help the environment?

Questions about the environment using the past tense

  • What did your parents do to help the environment when they were young?
  • What green choices did you make yesterday?
  • When was the last time you did something consciously to help the environment?
  • What has been the biggest lifestyle change you’ve made to help the environment?
  • How did you travel to work/school yesterday?
  • How long did you spend in the shower yesterday?
  • How much meat did you eat this week?

Questions about the environment using the conditional tense

  • If you could change one thing in your life right now to help the environment what would you change?
  • If you could choose one country to improve their contributions to the environment which country would you choose?
  • If you could change one thing your family do to help the environment what would you change?
  • If you could make one thing that is bad for the environment not bad for the environment what would you want to change?

Final thoughts

We hope you’ve found our questions about politics and the environment in English useful and we hope you can use some of them in your next English language exchange. If you have any questions that you think we should add then let us know in the comments below. Also if you have any other topics that you would like us to cover then please let us know as well.

If you feel you’ve mastered talking about politics and the environment then have a look at some of our other topics:

Further studying

Obviously speaking isn’t the only important skill that you need to master English (even if it is the most important). Read our article here on how to improve your reading skills in English, or check out our series of beginner books for English learners.

Good luck and keep on learning English!

Questions To Practise Work And Education In English

Questions To Practise Work And Education In English

WORK AND EDUCATION

Learning how to talk about work and education in English is a useful skill and one you definitely need if you’re going to take the TOEFL exams. We would recommend finding an English language partner to practise with and then using pre-made questions about work and education to practise this topic.

If you don’t know how to find a language partner then read our article here for some tips on how to find the right partner for you.

Here are some questions that you can use in your next English language exchange to practise talking about work and education. and remember when you’re answering them to say why as well, to help you practise your speaking as much as possible.


Questions about work – general

  • What do you do for work?
  • What would you like to be when you’re older?
  • What do you do on a day to day basis in work?
  • How many people do you work with?
  • How many people are in your team?
  • Are you responsible for anyone else?
  • Do you like your boss?
  • Do you ever take sick days?
  • Do you find interviews easy or difficult?
  • What is the most difficult thing about your job?
  • What is the easiest thing about your job?
  • Do you regret your career choice? Would you like to change it?
  • Do you tend to get stressed at work or are you more relaxed?
  • What industry do you work in?
  • Do you ever want to quit your job and travel the world?

Either or questions about work

  • Do you prefer to move about at work or stay at a desk?
  • Do you prefer to work in the morning or the afternoon?
  • Do you prefer to be managed or work alone?
  • Do you prefer to travel for work or stay in your own country?
  • Do you prefer to work in a small team or a big team?
  • Do you prefer to wear smart clothes to work or casual clothes to work?

Questions about work in the past tense

  • Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had?
  • Tell me about the best boss you’ve ever had?
  • When was the last time you took a sick day?
  • What was the last job interview you had for? How did it go?
  • How many job interviews have you had?
  • What was your worst interview?
  • Who is the best person you’ve ever worked with? Do you miss them? Do you still talk to them?
  • What did you do in work yesterday?
  • When has been the busiest you’ve ever been in work?
  • When has been the most stressed you’ve ever been in work?

Questions about work using the conditional tense

  • If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
  • If you could work in any country in the world where would you work?
  • If you could have any boss in the world who would you want to have as your boss?
  • If you could work in any industry, which industry would you like to work in?
  • If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
  • If you could fire anyone in your office is there anyone you would want to fire?

Questions about education in general

  • What are you studying?
  • What is your favourite subject?
  • What is your least favourite subject?
  • Who is your favourite teacher?
  • Who is your least favourite teacher?
  • Tell me about your school day.
  • What time do you start and finish school?
  • Do you have many exams?
  • Do you have much coursework?
  • Do you like homework?
  • Do you study languages at school? If so then which ones?
  • How do you get to school?
  • What do you think of private schools?
  • What type of school do you go to?
  • How many students are in your class?
  • How many students are in your year group?
  • How many teachers do you have?
  • How long do you usually have for break and lunch time?
  • What are your parents thoughts on the importance of education?
  • Are you on any sports teams at school?
  • Does your school specialise in any subject in particular?
  • How many weeks do you get off for holidays?
  • Do you do any after school clubs?
  • Do you have any famous alumni from your school?

Either or questions about education

  • Do you prefer coursework or exams?
  • Do you prefer to study alone or in a group?
  • Do you prefer words based subjects or number based subjects?
  • Do you do your homework straight away or do you leave it until the last minute?
  • Do you prefer to take the bus or walk to school?
  • Do you find exams stressful or easy?
  • Do you prefer to ask the teachers questions or work things out for yourself?
  • Do you prefer mixed schools or same sex schools?
  • Do you prefer lectures or seminars?
  • Do you prefer large class sizes or small class sizes?
  • Do you prefer private schools or state schools?
  • Do you parents help you with your homework or let you do it yourself?

Questions about education using the past tense

  • Have you ever had a detention?
  • What was the last detention you had for?
  • What was the last exams you had?
  • When was the last time you did something in school that you were proud of?
  • What was the last exam you took? How did it go?
  • What did you study yesterday in school?
  • When was the last time you had PE? What sport did you do?

Questions about education using the conditional tense

  • If could study any subject in the world what would you like to study?
  • If you could be good at any subject in the world what would you be good at?
  • If you could study any foreign language which language would you like to study?
  • Would you like to go to a private school?
  • Would you like to go to university?
  • If you could study in any country in the world where would you like to study?

Final thoughts

We hope you’ve found our questions about work and education in English useful. If you have any other questions about these topics that you could recommend then please let us know in the comments below. Also if you have any other topics that you’d like us to cover then please let us know in the comments as well.

Some other topics that we have questions for in English include:

Further studying

If you want to improve your reading skills in English then check out out handy how to article here, or even better take a look at some of our English books for beginners to see your reading improve.

Good luck with your English and be sure to let us know how you’re getting on.