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English Conversation – The Future

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 11:09 PM
posted by Jo

FutureThe future is what will happen in the time after the present. The future has been a major subject of philosophy, religion, and science for thousands of years. Future studies or ‘futurology’ is the science and practice of discussing the likelihood of future events and trends. Futures studies seeks to understand what is likely to continue and what is likely to change. A key part of this process is understanding the potential future impact of decisions made by individuals, organisations and governments. Leaders use results of such work to assist in decision-making.

 Video about Future Technology

  • What do you think about some of the inventions that are planned for the future?
  • Do you think they are all positive developments?

Vocabulary

  • Forecast
  • Predict
  • Futuristic
  • Foresight
  • Probability
  • Optimistic
  • Pessimistic

Idioms

  • It’s on the horizon – something that will happen soon
  • It’s on the cards – something that is planned for the future
  • A taste of things to come – a preview of something that will happen in the future
  • Ahead of one’s time - having ideas that are more advanced than those in the present
  • Just around the corner – something that is going to happen soon 

Conversation Questions

  • What do you hope for your own future?
  • What fears do you have for the future?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten, twenty and fifty years from now?
  • Would you like to live 100 years in the future or the past? Why?
  • Where would you like to live in the future?
  • What do you think about the future of your country?
  • If you could know your future exactly – would you want to?
  • Do you believe that fortune tellers can predict the future?
  • What will the world's biggest problem be in the future?
  • Do you believe politicians who promise a great future? Why (not)?
  • What does the past teach us about the future?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Why?
  • What would you plan for your children's future?
  • What technology do you think we will we be using in the future?
  • What will things be like in 50 years – transportation, crime, advertising, shopping?
  • How do you think medicine and health care will change in the future?
  • Do you think humans will ever meet aliens?
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