Tuesday, August 4

Friendship & Random Acts of Kindness

The topics for this week's Intermediate level English conversation lesson are friendship and random acts of kindness. This short video features an Australian man called Juan Mann who decided a few years ago that he would spend one day a week performing random acts of kindness, giving free hugs to strangers to spread a little love around. One of Juan's friends, Shimon, made the film as a gift to Juan to console him after his grandmother died. Watching this video reminded me of a old saying "you get back what you give"; in other words, when you are kind to people, people do kind things for you in return.

Speaking and Listening Activities

Below are some conversation questions for English students about friendship, to help you practise your English. Ask your friends and family these questions and write down their answers.


Who is your best friend?

Describe your best friend. What do they look like? What kind of person are they?

Why are they your best friend?

How often do you see your friends?

What kind of things do you enjoy doing with your friends?

Have you stayed in touch with friends from school? Why/Why not?

Who is your oldest friend?
(the person you have been friends with for the longest)

Who is your newest friend? What made you decide to become friends with them?

How important are your friends to you?

What things you value most in a friendship?

What was the nicest thing you ever did for a friend?

What was the nicest thing a friend ever did for you?

What do you think makes a good friend?

Which do you think is better? To have lots of friends, or just a few close friends?