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How do the following topics make you feel? What do they make you think? Speak freely and openly about any of the following topics and your associations with them. Consider the questions below the word as a guide.


the economy
How do you think about the economy? When you think about the economy, what kinds of things do you think about? How does it make you feel? How is it doing? In which direction is it heading? How would you describe the economy in a visual graph? What is the most important component of an economy? Do you worry about the economy crashing?
Were you surprised in 2007 when the global recession hit? How did it affect your personal finances and life? Are there any industries currently in existence that are unnecessary, economically speaking? Does the global economy, and do national economies, do better under the capitalist model? Is there any alternative to capitalism under which the economy could thrive? Who has the best economy in the world, and why?

relationships
When you reflect on the romantic relationships you've had in your life, how do you feel? nostalgic? repentent? angry and embittered?
What makes a good relationship? What are the necessary components of a healthy relationship? When is a relationship unhealthy?
What is your idea of an ideal relationship? Are you in a relationship now? Is there anything problematic about your relationship?
Tell me about your last relationship, and how did it end? What lessons did you learn? If you could 'get back' with one of your ex's, would you?
What do you like most about your current relationship, or about the last one you had? Tell me about your significant other.

parental love
Is it true, as my father likes to say, that "you'll never know the love a parent has for his child until you have one of your own"? What changed in your life, emotionally speaking, when you became a parent? If you do not have any children, do you plan to? How do you think about your potential or actual role as a parent? Do you feel that you were prepared to have children when you did? Do you love your parents? How would you define parental love? If love from parents seems intuitive and natural, why are some parents abusive and even homicidal towards their children? How do you best demonstrate your love for a child, while maintaining a necessary level of discipline?

smoking
Do you smoke? Have you ever smoked? What substances have you smoked? How do you feel about smoking- is it delicious, tolerable or disgusting?
Why do so many people do it, despite the epidemiology of lung cancer? When was the first time you tried a cigarette? How did it taste / feel?
Do you smoke marijuana, or have you ever? If you smoked tobacco and then quit, how did you manage to quit? Was it difficult? Do many people in your family smoke?
Why do you think smoking is so common in Spain and Europe in general? What do you think of the recent invention of E-cigs and vape pens?
Do you think they are a good alternative to inhaling carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals from commercial cigarettes?

getting old

society at large

illness

addiction

technology

death

sports

environment

death

addiction

language

love & relationships

health

food

art

family

terrorism

travel

science

outer space

architecture

war

internet
what did we do before the internet, regarding all the things we do now using the Internet? Shopping, paying, banking, communicating, researching, playing games, etc. How did we used to do these things? Which actions do you prefer to do online, and which do you still prefer the "analog way"?


MICRO TOPICS:
yogurt
carrots
wires
movies
sunlight
shoes
cooking
makeup
flowers
blue
coffee
haircuts
books
sunday morning
naps
stoplights
trains
change
ironing
rain
spaghetti
gum
diamonds
cereal
injurys
arrugula
dogs
cats
sunglasses
handicaps
sugar
raccoons
potato chips
electric saw
headphones
spoon
ballet
mickey mouse
cruise ship
olive oil
yellow
beige
pink
tapas
straws
strawberries
christmas
the beach
mirrors
guns
bees
clouds
dreams
spiders
seltzer water (carbonated water)
scars
swimming pools
toothpicks
shadow
disabilities
wood
birdsong
holes
heat
sunburn
socks
mosquitos
castles

 

bread
Should bread be put in the refrigerator, or left on the counter? Why do you think birds like bread so much? What's your favorite type of bread? Do you know what Bimbo means in English? Who makes the best bread? If I gave you two slices of bread, what's your preferred way to eat them? jelly and butter? pan tumaca? sandwich? What does "bread" also mean in English? Do you know the expression "the best thing since sliced bread"? Can you bake bread? What's a good panaderia in Madrid?

fingernails
Do any women in your life have long fingernails? Do you bite your fingernails? What are the advantages/disadvantages of having long fingernails? Do the women in your life pay a lot of attention to the color of their nails? Why do you think most nail salons are owned by Vietnamese people?

toothpaste
What brand of toothpaste do you use? What flavor? Why do you think they have so many brands/ varieties of toothpaste? Do you use an electric toothbrush, or have you ever?
Do you prefer toothpaste without flouride or with?

The Monarchy

Is Spain's monarchy something you think about? What kind of influence does the Monarchy have in society? Why does it still exist? If the King of Spain dies tomorrow, who takes his place? How would you feel about a tragedy in the spanish royal family?

alarm clocks
What do you use for an alarm clock? phone? computer? alarm clock? radio? What time do you usually set your alarm? What kind of sounds do you prefer to wake up to, music or some kind of ringtone or buzz? something harsh or something soft? Is setting an alarm necessary for you lifestyle?

crepes
Do you know how to make a crepe? Do you prefer salty or sweet crepes? Are crepes popular in Spain? When did you try your first crepe?

beer
Do you drink beer? What are your favorite kinds of beer? What do you dislike about beer? At what age did you start drinking beer / did you try your first beer?
Do you prefer beer or cider? or something differentn altogether? Wine? Not drinking? Is drinking beer a big thing in spanish universities like it is in American universities? (drinking in general is big). Have you ever tried to make your own beer?


sleep
Do you feel that you get enough sleep? Do you like to sleep in, or do you prefer to get up early in the morning? Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper?
Have you ever woken in a cold sweat? Do you typically remember your dreams? Have you ever sleepwalked? Do you find it easier to sleep in a bed alone or with your partner?
If you have a pet, do you let it sleep in your bed, or do you make it sleep on the floor? Do you prefer to sleep with the window open or closed, or does it depend on the weather and other factors like sound? Can you sleep with the light on? Can you sleep through loud noises?

light bulbs
Do you have LED light bulbs at home? Do you still have the old 60watt lightbulbs? Do you use CFL's? Do you know the environmental dangers of each?
Why do some people eat light bulbs? How is it possible to digest a lightbulb without cutting your internal organs? Why do you think lightbulbs became an object of consumption, even if for no other reason than the spectacle and horror of it? Do you know any light bulb jokes? Did you ever own a lava lamp? (they were big in the 90's), what other interesting light fixtures do you know about / own?

advice
Do you like taking advice from people? Do you like giving advice? Do you consider yourself someone who gives good advice? Can you think of a piece of advice that someone gave you that you followed and wish you had not? Or vice versa, something you advised someone else and wish you hadn't? Did you parents give you advice growing up that stuck with you?
What advice will you give your children? What's an example of good advice? What's an example of bad advice?


movie credits
Do you like movie credits? Do you stay and watch them until the end? Is there a movie credit sequence that is particularly memorable for you?
Are movie credits boring and unnecessary to watch? Do you typically read the credits, or just listen to the music playing as they roll?

exercise
Is exercise important to you? What kinds of exercise do you do? How often do you exercise? Is there an excerise you wish you had more time to do?
Is there an exercise you know you ought to do but feel lazy about? What's the difference between playing sports and doing exercise?
Do you stretch before and after you do exercise? When do you typically do exercise? in the mornings? only on the weekends?

 

food going bad in the refrigerator
smelly shoes
grey hair
sleeping in
being late to work
Marriage
butter
the mediterranean diet
fair and square
crocs
overcoming the odds
picasso and cubism
fireworks
a leak
taking the train
flying a kite
thunder and lightning
footprints
scarf
baking cookies
tap dancing
reading the newspaper
eye patch
sweeping and mopping the floor
juicers
darts
libraries
poison ivy
gum
animal testing
consumerism
horseriding
game of thrones
breaking bad
guns