1. Are relationships among people better or worse than a few years ago? Why? Give some examples.
  2. Are there any famous stories of friendship in your culture?
  3. Are you close friends with anyone who you knew in elementary school?
  4. Are you good friends with your family members?
  5. Can you be friends with your student if you are a teacher?
  6. Can you describe one of your closest friends?
  7. Describe your best friend.
  8. Do you believe that there is an end to any true friendships?
  9. Do you believe your parents should be your friends?
  10. Do you fight with your friends?
  11. Do you have a close group of friends?
  12. Do you have any childhood friendships that are still strong today? Tell us about them.
  13. Do you have any friends who would risk their lives to save you?
  14. Do you have any long distance friends? How do you keep in touch with your long-distance friends? How often do you see your long-distance friends?
  15. Do you have different groups of friends who never meet one another? *Are you a different ‘self’ with each group? * Do you think these groups would get along if you
  16. Do you make friends easily?
  17. Do you prefer to have many friends or just a few that you are close to?
  18. Do you tell your best friend everything?
  19. Do you think famous people are happier than ordinary people? Why?
  20. Do you think it is a good idea to borrow money from a friend? Why or why not?
  21. Do you think it is possible to have a best friend of the opposite sex without becoming a girlfriend or boyfriend?
  22. Do you think it would be possible for you still be friends with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?
  23. Do you think sites like Facebook are good for friendships or do they stop people from becoming close?
  24. Do you think that dysfunctional family life contributes to worsening relationships in society?
  25. Do you think you can find eternal friendships through the internet?
  26. Do you trust all of your friends? Why?
  27. Friendship is the most important relationship. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  28. Has a friend ever let you down?
  29. Have you made any friends over the Internet? How often do you write to them? Have you ever met them in person?
  30. How are your friendships different now than they were when you were a child?
  31. How can you get to better know a person?
  32. How close do you get to your friends?
  33. How did you meet your best friend?
  34. How do you maintain a good friendship?
  35. How do you make new friends?
  36. How important is forgiveness in human relationships?
  37. How long have you known your best friend? Where did you meet and what did you have in common?
  38. How many people do you consider your “best friends?”
  39. How often do you talk to your friends?
  40. introduced them to one another? * Would you want these friends to mix, or do you get something different from each set of relationships?
  41. Is getting along with others a natural ability from birth or does it have to be learned?
  42. Is it common to have friendships across generations? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of friendships? Do you have any friends from a different generation than you?
  43. Is it easy for you to make friends?
  44. Talk about friends you’ve made in this country.
  45. There is a proverb that says, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Do you agree?
  46. There is a saying “To have a good friend, you need to be a good friend.” How can you be a good friend?
  47. There is a saying that “to lose a friend you need to start sharing a flat with him/her”. Do you agree? Why/Why not?
  48. To what extent can you be friends with your child?
  49. What are friends for?
  50. What are some good opportunities to meet new people?
  51. What are some ways your best friend has influenced your life in a positive way?
  52. What are the benefits of having just a few close friends? How about the benefits of having many friends?
  53. What behavior of others hurts you most? When you have upset someone by your actions, what do you try to do?
  54. What do you consider to be your good and bad qualities?
  55. What do you do if you receive a friend’s call but you forgot his/her name?
  56. What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?
  57. What do you like best about your best friend(s)?
  58. What do you usually do with your friends?
  59. What factors may result in the breakdown of a good friendship?
  60. What is the best time for making new friends?
  61. What is the best way to make new friends? Do you like making new friends?
  62. What is the biggest thing you have done to help a friend?
  63. What is the difference between friendship and ‘kinship’ (blood relatives)?
  64. What is the longest friendship that you have had?
  65. What is the relationship between love and friendship?
  66. What is your best friend like?
  67. What kind of qualities do you look for in a friend?
  68. What makes friends different from family?
  69. What qualities do you appreciate in your friends? What makes someone special or best friend?
  70. What qualities do you think are important in a friend? What is a friend?
  71. What qualities help you to have good relationships with others?
  72. What quality do you admire most in people and which one do you find the most objectionable?
  73. What things should friends never do?
  74. What traits or actions make an interpersonal conflict worse?
  75. What type of people do you get along with best?
  76. What was your best friend like? Are you still friends with him or her? What life lessons did you learn from this relationship?
  77. What would you do if your best friend, that never betrayed you and you thought your relationship to be brother/sister asked you out on a date?
  78. Where is a good place to meet new friends? Where is a good place to meet a new boyfriend/girlfriend?
  79. Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
  80. Why are friendships important for you? Do you still maintain friendships from the past?
  81. Why do people need friends? What can happen if a person has no friends?
  82. Why do you like your best friend? What are some things you like about your best friend?
  83. Why do you need a friend?
  84. Would you risk your life to save a friend? How about a stranger?

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