Some people think about learning a foreign language but cannot use it frequently. What are the difficulties that people face while learning a foreign language? What can be done to overcome them?
Nowadays it is possible to use computers and mobile phones for automatic language translation, and there is no need for human translators and interpreters. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Nowadays with advances in technology and translation software people no longer need to learn new languages to communicate. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Nowadays young people know less about traditions and culture than in the past. What are the reasons for it? What can be done to improve this situation?
Some people think that it is necessary to travel to other places to learn about other cultures. Others say that books, films and the Internet can be used as a source of information about different cultures. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
It’s good to have English as a global language. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Some people believe that to learn the way other cultures live it is better to watch films or video programs. Others believe that it is better to read books and newspapers. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Governments in the world spend large amounts of money to support arts. However, there are many other essential services, such as healthcare and education, that require urgent actions and subsidies. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that it is good for a country’s culture to broadcast foreign films and TV shows. Others, however, think it is best to produce local films and shows. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some believe that the development of technology and improved software allow us to translate between languages automatically. Therefore, it is not necessary to learn foreign languages any more. Do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays a growing throw-away culture causes people to throw away their goods and replace them with new, latest technology ones available on the market. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this culture for our society.
Some people believe that adults should follow their traditional culture. Others, however, think that it is not necessary in the modern society. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
In the past, people noticed many differences when people traveled to other countries. Nowadays, there are many similarity between cultures all over the world. What are the possible causes in this increasing similarity? Do you think the advantages of this phenomenon outweigh the disadvantages?
Some languages spoken by very few people are losing their importance and may become extinct completely. Is it a good or a bad development? What are the reasons for this?
In the past people wore their traditional clothes and followed their culture. These days most people wear similar clothes and therefore look very similar to one another. Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?
Some people say that there should be a single official international language. Others oppose to this idea. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that the government should invest money in arts and cultural events, while others believe that the government should spend money on more important things. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people say language courses using the Internet and allowing you to talk to somebody is a good way to learn. Others, however, believe that study in classrooms is still the best way of learning. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people believe that cultural traditions are destroyed due to money-making attractions from tourists, but some believes that it is good to save them. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some cultures value elderly people more, while other cultures value the youth more. Discuss both approaches and give your own opinion.
Cultural traditions are being used for money making purposes, especially for tourists. Is this destroying the traditions or is it the only way to keep them alive?
Nowadays people are influenced by fashion, in particular when choosing their clothes and hairstyle. Is this a positive or a negative development?
Some schools start teaching a foreign language in primary school years. Do advantages of teaching languages to young children outweigh the disadvantages?
Similarity between cultures in the world is increasing. What are the possible reasons? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this phenomenon?
Some people think that museums should entertain people, while others believe that the purpose of museums is to educate. Discuss both views and give you own opinion.
Some people think that using traditions as attractions for money-making will destroy our culture, but others think that there is nothing wrong with attracting tourists that way. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Multi-cultural societies have more advantages than drawbacks. Do you agree or disagree?
Some people spend a lot of money attending cultural or sports events. Is it a good or a bad thing?
It is common in several cultures that people change their hair color, use cosmetics, use jewelery and have cosmetic surgeries performed. Why do people do so? Do you think that it is good to make such changes?
When visiting foreign countries, visitors should take full advantage of learning the culture and traditions of that country. How can they learn about the culture and traditions? Why do some visitors strive to learn about culture and traditions while other are not interested at all?
In certain cultures old age is considered to be more important while in others it is the opposite and children are thought to be more important. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think that a country is more interesting and develop faster when its population is a mixture of many cultures and nationalities. To what extent do you agree?
Why do you think artists like writers, musicians and painters still have value in our society?
Some people believe that trade and cultural relationships between the countries is a positive development, while others disagree. Discuss both the views and include your own opinion.
Some people say that artists such as painters, writers and musicians affect our life more than scientists. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Nowadays people are forgetting national celebrations and enjoying themselves on other days that are important to them personally. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
In the past people used to wear their traditional clothes depending on their culture. Nowadays the trend is changing and people wear different clothes. Is it a positive or negative development? How does it affect certain societies and people’s behavior?
The traditional lifestyle of developing countries has been attracting an increasing number of tourists. As a side-effect, however, this has been preventing the people in developing countries from adopting modern ways of living. Do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Different cultures are mixing today and the world is becoming a global village. Is it a positive or a negative development?
Museums for many years have been the places of knowledge and cultural exchange. Nowadays there are more and more resources on the Internet and museums will not be needed in the future. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Museums and art galleries should show art of their own culture, rather than those from other countries. Do you agree or disagree?