Topic Hat


By Tímea Balogh

On this page you can find a list of the topics we have thrown into our “topic hat” for the current season. We present these topics on small slips with a full description and some questions to help you start a conversation in your groups. Before the discussion, we choose three random topics with a mysterious two-word title, then you can vote on the topic of the night.

*** It is not only us organizers who can bring in an interesting topic. If you have a good topic idea in mind, feel free to contact us. Send along a short description with a few thought-provoking questions, and if we find the topic suitable for a club discussion, we will just throw it into the hat.

Here’s the list of topics with a sample question (updated on February 2nd, 2020):
1. To speak or not to speak that is the question…
Do you think it’s better to have a native teacher (just because they are native speakers) or a teacher who is very good but not a native?
2. I apologise for being sorry
What do you think, is there such a thing as overapologising?
3. But mom, this is a real job!
What is your opinion on influencers?
4. Plugged in forever
Do you think it is OK to be ‘an analogue person in a digital world?
5. Whose life is it anyway?
How often do you sacrifice your time and energy for others?
6. The good priest learns until death
What would you like to learn if you had the time / money / opportunity?
7. What a clutterful life
Why can it be difficult to throw things away?
8. Side hustlers
What do you think about mixing money and your passion?
9. Pending pension
What activities do you think you will do when you are retired?
10. Not to name names…
How do you feel about your name?
11. Mind the gap year!
Do you think it’s useful to do something else for a while between big changes in life?

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