December 27, 2013


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Opinion Questions:

1.       Why do we have to expect something from others?

2.       Is it easy to lower our expectations?

3.   What are the possible results of having high expectations? Lower expectations?

4.  What do you think are the possible ways in lowering our expectations?

5.    Most people with higher positions expect too much from their subordinates, why do you think so?

6.   If you were disappointed because your expectations weren't met, how do you handle it?

7. What are you expectation in regards to the following?

            a.       Your company
b.      Your co-workers
c.       Your boss
d.      The government
e.      Friends
f.        Yourself

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.

December 12, 2013


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Opinion Questions:

1.  What is globalization?

2. What do you think are the benefits of globalization? How about the drawbacks?

3. Why are so many people against with globalization?

4.  Is there anything wrong with McDonalds trying to enter Asian markets?

5.  What alterations should the society has to do in order to accommodate this new concept?

6. Should people make efforts to encourage fellow citizens to patronize their own products?

7. Do you think it is a good idea to remove all trade restrictions between countries all over the world? What could be the impact of this?

8. Do you think it is a good idea if people can work and live in any country they want without going through the immigration procedures? What would be the result of this?

9. Do you think the quality of imported goods are better than the local ones? Why or why not?

10. How would you see your country globalized?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.

December 9, 2013

Discussing a Difficult Request

Tanya: Let me kick off this meeting with some news. Our marketing department would like us to produce a new fragrance by the end of next month.

John: Oh, brother.* We need this extra work like a hole in the head! What fragrance are they looking for?

Tanya: Mango.

Andy: Mango? Are they out of their minds? Do they know how tough that is?

Tanya: Yeah, but I told them we’d take a crack at it. If we put our minds to it, I know we can do it.

Andy: I don’t know. It’s not going to be easy.

Tanya: Let's roll up our sleeves and give it our best shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Andy: Well, Tanya, you certainly have a can-do attitude. 

Tanya: Actually, this is a child's play  compared to what our CEO wants us to do by the end of this year. He wants us to come up with new, improved formulas for all 50 of our shampoos. 

Andy: What? How are we supposed to manage that? Sometimes I think the bigwigs at this company are out of touch with reality!

Note: I don't claim this as my own. 
Source: Speak Business English like American by Amy Gillett

December 7, 2013


1.  What do you think is there behind shopping that most women are crazy about?

2. What are the things you consider before and during shopping?

3. Why do you think people become impulsive shoppers?

4. Do you think men and women have different feelings towards shopping?

5. Do you compare prices when you buy expensive items?

6.  It is a custom to haggle in your country? Are you good at haggling?

7. Have you ever bought something you never used? What made you buy it?

8. Does you feeling change when you shop for different items like clothes, food, gadgets and so on?

9. What do you think about second hand items? Would you like to buy them?

10. Online shopping is becoming popular nowadays, do you think it is more practical to shop online like what many people say?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.