~ Dialog ~ Topic 3 ~ Friends and Friendship ~ ~ Choose questions ~ Samples are below ~


1)Describe one of your closest friends. How often do you meet? What do you do?

One of my best friends lives down the street from me in the next apartment complex.

We go out for coffee three or four times a week. Other times, our families get together.


2) Do you have any long distance friends? How and how often do you communicate?

Yes. I have one good friend who lives in Canada. In fact, we grew up together, but she

married a Canadian guy and emigrated to Toronto. We use Face book and send texts. 


3) Do you ever borrow money from or lend money to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. That¡¯s never a problem¡¦ but don¡¯t expect you¡¯ll get your money back, and try

to keep up your end of the deal¡¦ In other words, do your best. Don¡¯t lend too much.


4) Do you prefer having many friends or a few close friends? Explain.

I prefer a few close friends. The reason is that I like sharing company in small groups.

The fact is, I feel uncomfortable in big group settings¡¦ Noisy groups act like mobs...


5) How do you make new friends? Do you make friends easily?

There is no ¡°HOW TO¡¦¡± when it comes to friends. On the other hand, anytime you do what

you really like, there may, quite possibly, be a friend doing the same thing in your vicinity.


6) What are the qualities of being a good friend? How do you maintain a good friendship?

Honesty is probably the first on the list¡¦ then listening, compassion, understanding, patience¡¦

You know¡¦ just the best aspects of human nature¡¦ And also being available in hard times.


7) Are friendships between boys and girls or men and women common in your country? Tell.

Yes and No. We are a Muslim country, so not a lot of contact is allowed. On the other hand,

this situation leads to many poetic and secret exchanges. It¡¯s dangerous but intense.


8) Do you think it is possible to be friends with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend? Explain.

Not the best idea if you are married or if you are having a serious relationship. Jealousy

is maybe the most common cause of break-ups. You could call it the Othellian Syndrome.


9) What are some ways your friends have influenced you in a positive/negative way?

Positive: Just overall good energy and living well by example. Negative: That means people looking out ONLY for themselves¡¦ Narcissism and/or Egotism¡¦ Can you think of anyone?


10) Do you have a close group of friends? What do you have in common? What do you do?

No. I don¡¯t take to large groups. I prefer hanging out with just a few friends at a time. On the

other hand, I belong to a church with a large congregation. I go every Sunday. It helps me.



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~ Topic 3 ~ Friends and Friendship ~ Food for Thought ~ Internet ~


Friendship: Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection, kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, loyalty, generosity, forgiveness, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, the ability to be oneself, the ease of expressing one's feelings, and possibility to make mistakes without fear of judgment.


As children mature, they become less individualized and are more aware of others. They gain the ability to empathize with their friends and enjoy playing in groups. They also experience peer rejection as they move through the middle childhood years. Establishing good friendships at a young age helps a child to be better acclimated in society later on in their life.


Based upon the reports of teachers and mothers, 75% of preschool children had at least one friend.

About 15% of children were found to be chronically friendless, reporting periods without mutual friends at least six months.


The majority of adults have an average of two close friends. Numerous studies with adults suggest that friendships and other supportive relationships do enhance self-esteem.



~ The positivity Blog https://www.positivityblog.com/friendship-quotes/


¡°Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It¡¯s not something you learn in school. But if you haven¡¯t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven¡¯t learned anything.¡±
Muhammad Ali


¡°Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense and to have her nonsense respected.¡±
Charles Lamb


¡°If you go looking for a friend, you¡¯re going to find they¡¯re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you¡¯ll find them everywhere.¡±
Zig Ziglar


¡°In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.¡±
Martin Luther King, Jr.


¡°Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend¡¯s success.¡±
Oscar Wilde




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