SPEAKING CLUB ONLINE

The Speaking Club online is the perfect way to practice conversation in English and other languages.

How does it work?

The Speaking Club is a meeting online where people from different countries come together to practice speaking in English.

There are only two rules in the Speaking Club: 
1. Be nice! – it is not a competition, everybody is here just to practice English 🙂 
2. English only! – no other language is allowed.

Alright, here is how it works step by step:

1. Watch the short video before the meeting.
This is the topic for the speaking club, you can also take a quick look at the questions, but no need to prepare.

2. Join the meeting on Zoom (Zoom is a free video-conferencing software like Skype).
The meeting will last 1 hour.

3. The organizer will put you in a mini group of 3 people to start the first part.
This will last 15-20 minutes. There will be 3 parts in one hour.

4. Have fun!

If it still sounds complicated, don’t worry! I will be there to guide you in the beginning.
Send me a message and let’s arrange a meeting on Zoom!

Anyone from any country can join. Your English level should be minimum Intermediate – we will check your English during our one on one meeting on Zoom.

You can Register here, and then you will need to have a quick online meeting to check your microphone/webcam are working and your language level is sufficient.

No, we don’t use Skype. We use Zoom, it’s a free video-conferencing software like Skype but it’s a little better for groups. You don’t need to create an account on Zoom. Just install it on your laptop and join a meeting.

The first time is completely free, with no obligations – just come and try for fun! 
If you wish to continue, the price is as low as 4 USD per hour*. 

*The Speaking Club is completely free for native speakers!

Timetable

All times are displayed in your local time zone!

Part 1 – Australia

1. What is your image of Australian culture?
2. What is Australia most famous for?
3. Would you like to live in Australia?
4. Do you like koalas and kangaroos?
5. Who are the most famous Australian people?
6. Why is Australia called the land ‘down under’?
7. What have Australians contributed to the world?
8. What do you know about Australia’s natural wonders?

Part 2 – Adventure

1. Do you like adventure?
2. Who would you like to have a big adventure with?
3. Does there have to be an element of danger in an adventure?
4. What adventures would you like to go on in the future?
5. Do you like adventure movies?
6. Are you an adventurous person?
7. What’s the biggest adventure you’ve had in your life?
8. What was your most unforgettable childhood adventure?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. Who’s the craziest person you know?
2. Where is the best place you’ve been for taking walks?
3. What did you learn in this past week?
4. Where would you spend all your time if you could?
5. Are you living your life purpose — or still searching?
6. What will you do if you run out of food in your house?
7. What risks are worth taking?
8. Can you remember the most wonderful day of your life?

Part 1 – Discussions

1. What’s a healthy discussion?
2. Do you ever get involved in pointless discussions?
3. How often do you take part in political discussions?
4. What kinds of discussions do you think are really boring?
5. What are the differences between discussions, debates and conversations?
6. What are the big discussions in your country at the moment?
7. Do you ever join discussion boards on the Internet?
8. “Having a good discussion is like having riches.” Do you agree?

Part 2 – Birds

1. Are you interested in birds?
2. What’s your favourite bird?
3. Are there any bird superstitions in your country?
4. Should trade in feathers be banned like trade in fur?
5. What is the most beautiful bird?
6. Have you ever had a bird as a pet? (Is a bird a good pet?)
7. What’s the most common bird in your town / country?
8. Have you ever found a bird’s egg in Spring?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. Where did you go last weekend? What did you do?
2. How would you describe your family in one word?
3. When did you last feel on top of the world?
4. Are you a lone wolf or do you like being with other people?
5. What do you do to improve your mood when you are in a bad mood?
6. If you could learn the answer to one question about your future, what would the question be?
7. What do you think about game shows? Do you have a favorite one?
8. Do you have a big family?

Part 1 – Taxes

1. Do you think paying tax is a good or bad thing?
2. What would happen in your country if everyone stopped paying tax?
3. Do you know what taxes are spent on in your country?
4. How do the tax rates in your country compare with those in neighbouring countries?
5. Is everything taxed in your country?
6. What changes would you like to see in your country’s tax system?
7. Is tax evasion a big problem in your country?
8. Do you think taxes will be different in the future?

Part 2 – Companies

1. What are your favourite companies?
2. Which company would you love to work for and why?
3. Which companies do you dislike most?
4. Have you ever written a letter of complaint to a company?
5. Do you prefer bricks-and-mortar companies or Internet companies?
6. How could companies in your country be more successful?
7. Which company makes the best adverts and commercials?
8. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person.” What do you think of this?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What cartoons did you watch as a child?
2. What’s your favorite season? Why?
3. What movie title best describes your life?
4. When was the last time you had a headache?
5. Do you remember the last dream you had?
6. What was the most amazing physical feat you’ve managed to pull off?
7. When was the first time you traveled alone? Where did you go?
8. What’s the best sandwich you’ve ever had?

Part 1 – Stereotypes

1. Are stereotypes usually accurate?
2. Are the stereotypes you have of people fair?
3. What stereotype were you at school?
4. What is the stereotype of someone from your country? Is it fair?
5. What are the stereotypes of men and women in your country?
6. Do you think the internet has reduced or increased racial stereotyping?
7. What stereotypes do movies create?
8. Where do stereotypes come from?

Part 2 – Scandinavia

1. What images spring to mind when you hear the country Sweden?
2. What is Sweden most famous for?
3. What are the differences between Sweden and your country?
4. What was the last news story you heard about Sweden?
5. What images of Norway do you have that are beautiful?
6. Would you like to visit Norway, or live there?
7. What is your idea of a typical Finn?
8. What do you know about Finnish culture?

Part 3 – Conversation

1. What are some common misconceptions about your country?
2. Have you traveled anywhere interesting lately?
3. Is your week going like you expected?
4. What fictional place would you most like to go?
5. What type of movies do you like to watch?
6. If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
7. What “old person” things do you do?
8. What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

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