1. About how many birthday gifts or cards do you send or give to people each year?
  2. Among your close friends and relatives, whose birthday is coming up next?
  3. Are birthdays really important? At what ages do people have a massive birthday party in your culture?
  4. Did you like going to school on your birthday when you were a child?
  5. Did your parents give you birthday parties when you were a child?
  6. Do you know any famous people’s birthdays? (Are any the same as yours?)
  7. Do you know of any big events that happened the year you were born?
  8. Do you like going to work on your birthday?
  9. Do you remember what gifts you received on your last birthday?
  10. Do you think getting older (40, 50, 60) is depressing for people or a happy occasion?
  11.  Do you think that the person having the birthday should pay for the birthday party or should their friends and family pay for the party? Why?
  12. Have you ever forgotten someone’s birthday that you should have remembered?
  13. Have you ever had a surprise birthday party for yourself or someone else?
  14. Have you ever had a surprise party?
  15. How are birthdays celebrated in your country?
  16. How do people you know celebrate turning 40?
  17. How do you celebrate your birthday?
  18. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
  19. How have birthdays changed from generation to generation in your culture?
  20. If you are in your teen years, tell how old you will be in twenty years’ time and say whether you look forward to that age or does it scare you.
  21. If you could celebrate your own birthday the way you wanted, what would you do? Where would you like to go? How many people would you invite?
  22. In your opinion, what is the best time of year to have a birthday?
  23. Is the cost of a present important to you?
  24. What are some birthday traditions you know of from other countries?
  25. What are some things you like to do for your birthday?
  26. What birthday traditions are unique to your culture?
  27. What do you think is the best age?
  28. What do you usually do to celebrate your birthday?
  29. What flavor cake or what type of food do you like to eat on your birthday?
  30. What gifts do you like to receive on your birthday?
  31. What is the best birthday gift you have ever received?
  32. What is the best birthday party for someone else you’ve been to? How about the worst?
  33. What is the most heartwarming birthday wish you can give someone?
  34. What is the worst birthday gift you have ever received?
  35. What is your best birthday memory?
  36. What is your worst birthday memory?
  37. What kind of gift do you usually prepare for your friend’s birthday? Your mother’s? What about other family members?
  38. What was your most memorable birthday?
  39. What were your birthdays like when you were growing up?
  40. What would you like to get the most for your birthday this year?
  41. When is your birthday?
  42. Where is the best place to have a birthday party?
  43. Which is a better present, a well-chosen gift or money?
  44. Whose birthday do you always remember?
  45. Would you rather celebrate your birthday with just your relatives or just your friends?

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