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Conversation Questions

Holidays

  • When is the holiday celebrated?
  • Is it celebrated as a family or a group?
    • Does your family celebrate this holiday?
    • Has your family always celebrated this holiday? If not, when did you start celebrating it?
  • When does the celebration for this holiday generally start?
  • Is it a religious holiday?
    • Which religion celebrates it?
    • Is attending a temple or a church on that day part of the celebration?
    • Are there specific prayers or blessings that go with the holiday?
  • Are there special foods connected with the holiday?
    • Have you eaten any of these foods?
    • Do you or did you like the foods?
    • Can you make these foods? Are you good at making them?
  • Is gift giving a part of this holiday?
    • Are there specific types of gifts to be given?
    • Who are they given to?
  • What are some of the things that are done to show that this holiday is being observed?
  • Is it strictly an American holiday?
    • When did Congress approve this holiday? Or did they?
    • Is it only a state or city approved holiday?
    • Has is ever been disapproved by officials?
  • What does the holiday stand for? Why is this holiday celebrated?
  • Are the banks, post offices or schools closed for this holiday?
  • Is there is a person or god connected with the holiday?
    • Who are they and do you believe in them?
    • If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration of these bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?
  • Do you enjoy the holiday?
    • Why or why not?
  • Do you decorate the outside of your house for the holiday?
    • Do your neighbors decorate their house?
    • How is the house decorated?
    • Is the inside decorated? How?
  • Are there special songs associated with the holiday?
    • Do you know the songs?
    • Can you sing some of them?
  • Do schools, temples or churches have special programs for this holiday?
  • Are there parties?
    • Are these for adults, children or both?
  • Do you see your relatives during this holiday?
    • Who did you visit?
    • Do you visit them every year on this holiday?
  • How many different nationalities or ethnic groups do you see celebrating this holiday?
  • What do you usually do for this holiday?
    • What did you do last year?
    • What would you like to do next year?
  • Are cards sent or given for this holiday?
    • Did you send any cards last year?
    • How many cards did you send?
    • Who did you send cards to?
  • What traditional colors are associated with this holiday?
  • Do you do something different during this holiday?
  • Would you like to go on a cruise? Why or why not?
  • Will you go back to the same place again?
  • Have you ever entered a competition to win a holiday?
  • Compare the experience of being a tourist with being an international student.
  • Would you take a job where you had to travel at least once a month?
  • In your opinion, what are the five most essential items to pack on any holiday?
  • Is a ‘working holiday’ really a holiday?
  • Who do you know that really needs a holiday, and why? Where should they go and what should they do?
  • Compare caravan holidays with youth hostels.
  • Compare camping in a tent with staying in a five star hotel.
  • Compare traveling alone to traveling with a companion.
  • Compare package tours with do-it-yourself tours.
  • Do you think package holidays for pets is a good idea?
    • If so, what kind of tours and activities should they offer?
    • How much should they be?
    • Should dogs and cats be allowed to travel on the same tour?
  • What holidays have disappeared in your country?
  • What is your parent’s favorite holiday?
  • What new holiday are needed in your country?
  • What holiday should be abolished?
  • What are some of your fondest memories of Thanksgiving?
  • What kind of traditional food do you eat for Thanksgiving?
  • Where is the best place to be for the holidays?
  • Do you think holidays are important? Why?
  • What kinds of thing do you like to do on the holidays?
  • Do you ever feel blue during the holidays? What do you do about it?
  • Do you think pets need holidays? What kinds of holidays would we have for pets?
  • What games do you play during your holidays?
  • How many holidays do you have in your country?
  • What special foods are associated with your favorite holiday?
  • What special clothing/customs are associated with your favorite holiday?
  • What is your favorite holiday memory? Tell us about it.
  • Who is your favorite holiday character (e.g. Santa Claus)? Why?
  • What are three holidays that you like to spend with your family?
  • What is your worst holiday memory? Tell us about it.
  • If you had a long holiday, what will you do with it?
  • Do you like to stay up late on holidays?
  • Who do you usually spend the holidays with?
  • If a holiday falls on a Sunday, should you get another day off?
  • What is best present you ever received?
  • What is your favorite holiday food?
  • What is your favorite holiday song?
  • Does it bother you that some holidays are religious and some are not?
  • Do you celebrate holidays differently now than you did when you were a child?
  • What is your favorite holiday festival in your country?
  • Do you light off fireworks on New Years Eve in your country?
  • If you could visit any other country during Christmas, where would you go?
  • What holiday is the most dangerous in your country?
  • What holiday is the most exciting in your country?
  • Why do we celebrate Easter?
  • Do you celebrate Easter in your country?
  • How do you celebrate Easter in your country?
  • Do you have any special family traditions?
  • Did the original meaning of Easter get lost?
  • What do you think of Father’s Day? Mother’s Day? Parent’s Day?
  • What are 3 holidays that you like to spend with your family?
  • If you had a long holiday, what will you do with it?Do you like to stay up late on holidays?
  • What’s your favorite holiday food?
  • What kinds of religious holidays have become secular in your country?
  • Is there any religious holiday that has a special meaning for you?
  • Is there any non-religious holiday that has a special meaning for you?