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Questions for discussion in English: Birthdays

Birthdays

  • How are birthdays celebrated in your country?
  • What are some birthday traditions you know of from other countries?
  • How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
  • What is your best birthday memory?
  • What is your worst birthday memory?
  • Have you ever had a surprise birthday party for yourself or someone else?
  • What is the best birthday gift you have ever received?
  • What is the worst birthday gift you have ever received?
  • What are some things you like to do for your birthday?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Did your parents give you birthday parties when you were a child?
  • In your opinion, What is the best time of year to have a birthday?
  • How do people you know celebrate turning 40?
  • Do you think getting older (40, 50, 60) is depressing for people, or a happy occasion?
  • What do you think is the best age?
  • Do you like going to work on your birthday?
  • Did you like going to school on your birthday when you were a child?
  • Have you ever had a surprise party?
  • Whose birthday do you always remember?
  • Among your close friends and relatives, whose birthday is coming up next?
  • About how many birthday gifts or cards do you send or give to people each year?
  • Have you ever forgotten someone's birthday that you should have remembered?
  • Do you know any famous people's birthdays? (Are any the same as yours?)
  • Do you know of any big events that happened the year you were born?
  • What is the best birthday gift you have ever received?
  • What is the best birthday gift you have ever given?
  • What is the worst birthday gift you have ever received?
  • What is the worst birthday gift you have ever given?
  • If you are in your teen years, tell how old you will be in twenty years time and say whether you look forward to that age or does it scare you.
  • If you could celebrate your own birthday the way you wanted, what would you do?
    • Where would you like to go?
    • How many people would you invite?
  • Would you rather celebrate your birthday with just your relatives or just your friends?
  • Do you remember what gifts you received on your last birthday?
  • What would you like to get most for your birthday this year?
  • Is the cost of a present important to you?
  • What kind of gift do you usually prepare for your friend's birthday?
    • Your mother's?
    • What about for other family members?
  • Which is a better present, a well-chosen gift or money?
  • Are birthdays really important?
  • How do you celebrate your birthday?