Talking about Thanksgiving

When we talk about the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we often talk about shopping and food. Here are some questions and words to help you have a good conversation about shopping and food:


  • What does your family do for Thanksgiving?
  • What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?
  • Where do you go shopping on Black Friday?
  • Do you buy a lot of stuff on Black Friday?
    • What will you buy on Black Friday?
  • Do shop online? Do you shop on Cyber Monday?
    • What are you gonna get?
  • Do you watch any football games on Thanksgiving?
    • Who’s playing this year?
  • Do you go to see a parade at Thanksgiving?
  • What do you miss the most about Thanksgiving?
  • How long do the leftovers last?
  • What do you want for Christmas?


In stores… At the table…
bargain bowl
bargain butter knife
barter carving knife
basket chopstick
browse cloth
buy crockery
carrier bag cutlery
discount dessertspoon
discount dish
haggle doily
high street finger bowl
impulse buying fish knife
mall fork
mallrat glassware
plaza knife
queue ladle
queue napkin
receipt place mat
reduction plate
retail therapy serviette
sale setting
sample side plate
saving silverware
shopaholic table mat
shoplifting tablespoon
shopping teaspoon
special offer tureen
spendthrift roast
splurge salad
splurge side dish
spree side salad
steal snack
store starter
tester supper
trolley sweet
try on takeaway

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary

Talking about Travel

  • When was the last time you stayed in a hotel?
  • Do you know what a hostel is?
  • Have you ever stayed in a Bed & Breakfast?
  • Have you ever done a homestay? How was it?
  • What’s your favorite place to stay?

Come to the English Lounge and talk about places to stay when you travel.

These words will help you:

all-inclusive foyer room service
bed and breakfast front desk single
board full board star
book half board suite
check in housekeeping twin bedroom
checkout lounge upgrade
desk reception vacancy
double room reservation visitors’ book
en suite room wake-up call


Talking about Business Deals

Google is one of the largest technology companies in the world, and Fitbit is a popular health and fitness watch that many people wear. Recently, Google purchased Fitbit for about $2 billion dollars. Do you think this was a good idea? What will Google do with its new fitness technology? What should Google do next? What Google products do you use? What fitness products do you enjoy? Come to the English Lounge and tell us what you think.

You might need some of these words below:

accept dissolve offer
acquisition draft plug
approach draft pressure
bargaining power fall through proposal
bid hardball pull
bid horse-trading pull out
broker hostile reject
broker ink schedule
buyout leverage table
contract meeting take over
deal merger takeover
dealing negotiation