Conversation Games

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English: Albert Einstein Français : Portrait d'Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find someone who…

Used to look different _________________ and _______________________

Always listened to his or her teachers _______________ and _______________

Wanted to be a movie star when he/she was younger ______________________

Used to have a favourite toy ________________ and _____________________

Changed schools when he/she was young ______________________________

Used to fight a lot with his/her siblings ________________________________

Got in a lot of trouble as a child _______________ and ____________________

Had a pet as a child ___________________and __________________________

Cultural check

These statements are generally true about cultural behavior in the United States. Check those that are true in your country.


___ 1. Women often kiss their friends on the cheek when they meet.

___ 2. It´s not acceptable to ask people how much money they earn.

___ 3. People avoid asking each other about their religious beliefs.

___4. When invited to someone´s house, people usually arrive on time or no more than 15 minutes late.

___ 5. It’s good to ask before bringing a friend or a family member to a party at someone’s house.

___ 6. When someone moves into a new home, it’s the custom to give a “housewarming” gift.

___ 7. People usually call first before dropping by a friend’s house.

___ 8. When eating in a restaurant, friends either split the cost of the meal, or take turns paying.


___ 9. It´s o.k. to blow your nose quietly in public.

___10. It´s uncommon to bargain when you buy things in stores.


___ 11. In an office, people usually prefer to be called by their first name.

___ 12. Students remain seated when the teacher enters the classroom.


___ 13. Teenagers go out on dates.

___ 14. people decide for themselves who they will marry.

___ 15. When a couple gets married, the bride´s family usually pays for the wedding and the reception.


A. Decide on an interesting Business to open with your Group, for example, a video arcade, a health club, a music store or a café.

B. What do you have to do in order to succeed in the business you chose? Use these questions to identify at least five different factors.

1. What are the most important things you need in order to run the business?

2. How important is the name of the business?

3. Do you think the location of the business is important?

4. How important is advertising or having a gimmick?

C. Now design a plan for the business. Determine these factors:

Name: ________________________________________________________________
Product/Service: ________________________________________________________
Location: ______________________________________________________________
Décor: ________________________________________________________________
Special Features: ________________________________________________________
Slogan: ________________________________________________________________
Type of advertising: ______________________________________________________
Other consideration: ____________________________________________________


A. Ask your partner these questions. Put a check mark if your partner gives the correct answer. (The answers are in bold).

1. Was Julios Cesar emperor of Athens, Rome, or Constantinople?
2. What did Thomas Edison invent in 1879? Was it the television, the telephone, or the lightbulb?
3. In what year did Mexico gain its independence? Was it in 1721, 1821 or 1921?
4. Where were the 1992 Olympics games held? Were they in Los Angeles, Barcelona, or in Toyko?
5. When did World War I take place? Was it from 1898 to 1903, from 1911 to 1915, or from 1914 to 1918?
6. What sculpture made the famous statue of David? Was it Leonardo Da Vinci, Auguste Bartholdi, or Michelangelo?
7. Who was the first human in space? Was it Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, or John Glenn?
8. When were the first audio C.D´s put on the market? Was it in 1973, 1983, or 1993?
9. What was the actress Marilyn Monroe´s real name? Was is Mary Lou Dreyer, Norma Jean Baker, or Billy Jean Monkton?
10. Was Cleopatra the queen of Egypt, Rome, or Greece? 

B. Ask your partner these questions. Put a check mark if your partner gives the correct answer. (The answers are in bold).

1.  When did the Wright brothers make their first airplane flight? Was it in 1893, 1903, or 1923?
2. What was the first living thing in space? Was it a dog, a monkey, or a mouse?
3. When did Walt Disney make his first cartoon? Was it in 1920, 1938, or in 1947?
4. In which century did the composer Mozart live? Was it in the seventeenth, the eighteenth, or the nineteenth?
5. Who was the novel Frankenstein written by? Was it Jane Austin, John Keats, or Mary Shelly?
6. Who discovered penicillin? Was it Alexander Fleming, Mary Curie or Albert Einstein?
7. When was the first Volkswagon “Beetle” car built? Was it during the 1920´s, the 1930´s, or the 1940´s?
8. Who used the first Magnetic Compass? Was it the Chinese, the Portuguese, or the Dutch?
9. When did the British return Hong-Kong to China? Was it in 1995, 1996, or 1997?
10. Was the theory of relativity created by Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, or Isaac Newton?

If you were a time machine???

1. If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit? 

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

3. If your house was burning down, what three objects would you try and save?

4. If you could talk to any one person now living, who would it be and why?

5. If you HAD to give up one of your senses (hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting) which would it be and why?

6. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

7. Do you have a pet? If not, what sort of pet would you like?

8. Name a gift you will never forget?

9. Name one thing you really like about yourself.

10. What's your favorite thing to do in the summer?

11. Who's your favorite cartoon character, and why?

12. Does your name have a special meaning and or were you named after someone special?

13. What is the hardest thing you have ever done?

14. If you are at a friend's or relative's house for dinner and you find a dead insect in your salad, what would you do?

15. What was the best thing that happened to you this past week?

16. If you had this week over again what would you do differently?

17. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

18. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

19. If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world today, what would you like him to change?

20. What book, movie or video have you seen/read recently you would recommend? Why?