Culture

  • What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, …
  • What do you think is interesting about your culture?
  • Do you know much about your own culture?
  • When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?
  • In your culture is it polite to be straightforward and direct when you talk to someone?
    • To whom is it OK and to whom is it not OK?
  • What has surprised you when you’ve met people from other countries?
  • Have you looked at Internet pages from a different culture? If so, how were they different from those of your own culture?
  • What do you like about your culture?
  • What don’t you like about your culture?
  • How do young people in your culture behave differently from older people?
  • How do young people in your culture behave differently from people in this culture?
  • Are there many people of different cultures in your country? Are you friends with any?
  • Have you ever felt confused by the actions of someone from another culture?
    • If so, tell me about it.
  • How are your language teachers who are not from your country different from your other teachers?
    • How are they the same?
  • Who in your culture do you admire most?
  • What your culture are you most proud about?
  • Why do you think culture is important?
  • If you could change one thing about your culture, what would it be?
  • Would you ever consider marrying or dating someone from another culture?
  • Would you ever consider living permanently in a country other than your home country? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to be polite in your culture?
  • What is considered rude in your culture?
    • Is there anything in this culture that is considered rude that may not be considered rude in your culture?
  • If a group of people just came to your country from overseas, what advice would you give them?
  • What other cultures have you met people from?
  • What do you think is important when visiting another culture?
  • Do you think “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” is always good advice? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
  • What culture besides your own do you admire and why?
  • If aliens visited your country, what might surprise them?
  • Do you pray before each meal?
  • How do you feel when you leave your home culture and enter into a completely new culture?
  • What is the best/most important thing your culture has given to the world?
  • What is the best/most important thing your culture/country has adopted from another culture?
  • If you could choose three aspects of your culture to put in a “time box” for the future, what would you put in it?
  • What is culture shock?
  • Have you ever experienced culture shock?
  • What is reverse, or re-entry, culture shock?
  • Have you ever experienced reverse culture shock?
  • On what occasions do you exchange flowers in your country?
  • On what occasions do you exchange flowers in your country?
  • What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, …
  • Do you know much about your own culture?
  • What do you think is interesting about your own culture?
  • What do you like most about your own culture?
  • What do you like least about your culture?
  • What does it mean to be polite in your culture?
  • What is considered rude in your culture? Is there anything in Canadian culture that is considered rude in your culture?
  • In your culture is it polite to be straightforward and direct when you talk to someone? To whom is it OK and to whom is it not OK?
  • What has surprised you when you’ve met people from other countries?
  • How do young people in your culture behave differently from older people?
  • How do young people in your culture behave differently from people in Canada?
  • Are there people of different cultures in your country? Are you friends with any of them?
  • What other cultures have you met people from?
  • Have you ever felt confused by the actions of someone from another culture? If so, tell me about it.
  • How are your language teachers different from your teachers in your culture? How are they the same?
  • What are the five most important values of your culture? (For example, Family)
  • What in your culture are you most proud about?
  • If you could change one thing about your culture, what would it be?
  • Would you ever consider marrying or dating someone from another culture?
  • Would you ever consider living permanently in a country other than your home country? Why or why not?
  • Do you think “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” is always good advice? Why or why not? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you had to “do as the Romans do”?
  • What do you think is important when visiting another culture?
  • If a group of people just came to your country from overseas, what advice would you give them?
  • What culture besides your own do you admire? Why?
  • If aliens visited your country, what might surprise them?
  • What is the best/most important thing your culture has given to the world?
  • What is the best/most important thing your culture/country has adopted from another culture?
  • What are some things that define a culture? For example, music, language, …

Customs

  • What customs do you practice?
  • What are your favorite customs?
  • What customs do you think should be revised?
  • What customs do you think should no longer be practice?
  • What customs (from elsewhere) do you think should be included in our culture?

Travel

  • Have you ever been abroad?
  • Where have you been?
  • Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation?
    • If so, where?
    • Who with?
    • How long will you stay?
  • Are you afraid of going abroad alone?
  • Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?
  • Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
  • What was your best trip.
  • What was your worst trip.
  • Did your class in high school go on a trip together?
    • If so, where did you go?
    • How long did you stay?
    • How did you get there?
  • Do you have a driver’s license?
  • Do you like to travel with children? Why or why not?
  • Do you like to travel with your mother? Why or why not?
  • Do you prefer summer vacations or winter vacations?
  • Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
  • Do you prefer to travel by train, bus, plane or ship?
  • Do you prefer traveling by car or by plane?
  • Have you ever been in a difficult situation while traveling?
  • Have you ever been on an airplane?
    • How many times?
    • What airlines have you flown with?
  • Have you ever been to a foreign country?
  • Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, tell about it.
  • Have you ever hitchhiked? If so, how many times?
  • Have you ever taken a package tour?
  • How do you spend your time when you are on holiday and the weather is bad?
  • How many countries have you been to? How many states?
  • How many times have you traveled abroad?
  • How much luggage do you usually carry?
  • If you traveled to South America, what countries would like to visit?
  • If you went to ___(Insert a country name)__, what kind of souvenirs would you buy?
  • If you were going on a camping trip for a week, what 10 things would you bring? Explain why.
  • What are some countries that you would never visit? Why would you not visit them?
  • What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?
  • What countries would you like to visit? Why?
  • What countries would you most like to visit?
  • What countries would you not like to visit? Why?
  • What country do you most want to visit?
    • Why?
    • Do you think you will ever go there?
  • What do you need before you can travel to another country?
  • What is the most interesting city to visit in your country?
  • What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?
  • What languages can you speak?
  • What place do you want to visit someday?
  • What was the most interesting place you have ever visited?
  • What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
  • When was the last time your traveled?
  • When you are on a long car journey do you play games or sing songs to occupy your time?
    • What kind of games?
    • What songs?
  • Where are you going to go the next time you travel?
    • When are you going to go?
    • Who are you going to go with?
    • How long are you going to go for?
    • What are you going to do there?
    • What kind of things do you think you will buy?
  • Where did you go on your last vacation?
    • How did you go?
    • Who did you go with?
  • Where did you spend your last vacation? Your summer vacation? Your Christmas vacation?
  • Where will you go on your next vacation?
  • Would you like to take a cruise? Where to? With who?
  • Do you prefer traveling on a hovercraft or a ferry?
  • Would you prefer to stay at a hotel/motel or camp while on vacation?
  • Would you rather visit another country or travel within your own country?
  • Would you rather go to a place where there are a lot of people or to a place where there are few people?
  • Do you find more fulfillment from your leisure activities including vacations than from your job?
  • Do you think the type of vacation one takes reflects one’s social status?
  • What are popular tourist destinations in your country?
    • Have you been to any of them?
    • Which would you recommend if you could only recommend one? Why?
  • Do you prefer active or relaxing holidays? Why?
  • Which is better, package tour or a tour you organize and book yourself?
  • Why do you travel?
    • Why do people travel?
  • Would you like to go back to the same place?
  • Did you find anything of particular interest? / Did you get attracted to anything special?
  • What are some benefits of travel?
    • Why do people travel?
  • What is your favorite mode of travel?
  • Have you travelled in business class?
  • When you were a child did your family take a vacation every year?
  • Do you prefer a budget or first class hotel? Why?
  • Do you travel with a lot of baggage or do you like to travel light?
  • What is your favorite method of travel at your destination? Train? Bus? Boat? Bicycle? Backpacking?
  • What is the best kind of holiday for different ages of people? Children? Teenagers? Adults? Elderly people?
  • Do you think it is a good idea to travel with friends, or alone? How about with your family?
  • If you had $100,000, where would you go on holiday? How about if you had $10,000? What about $1,000?
  • Which countries have you travelled to?
  • Do you prefer hot countries or cool countries when you go on holiday
  • Who makes the decisions when your family decides to go on holiday
  • If you could choose one place to go this weekend, where would it be?
  • Has the airline ever lost your luggage? What happened?
  • On long flights do you usually walk around the plane to avoid health problems?
  • Have you ever read an interesting question in an in-flight magazine? What was it?
  • Is there any difference between young tourists and adult tourists?
  • Do you think tourism will harm the earth?
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