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Talking about dying in English

Conversation Starters
The topic of death is a difficult one to talk about but it's important. Find a conversation partner and ask the following questions to start talking in English.
1. Do you ever think about death?

2. Are you afraid of death?

3. Do you believe there is a "life after death"? If so, what kind?

4. What are the leading causes of death in the world? How about in your country?

5. What traditions are related to death in your country?

6. Instead of "death" in English we can say somebody "passed away". More informally, we could say someone has "kicked the bucket" or "bit the bullet" or "gone to meet his maker" or many other things. How about in your language?

Discussion Questions
The questions below about death and dying can be used by more advanced speakers of English. Try to keep the conversation going by asking follow-up questions.
1. For you, is there anything worth dying for? What is it and why would you die for it?

2. Would you like to know the date of your own death? Why or why not?

3. How do you think our world would be different if we never died?

4. Should we allow "physician assisted suicide" (dying with the help of a doctor) or should death always be natural no matter how painful.

5. If you knew that today was your last day alive, what would you do?

6. If you could choose how you were going to die, what way would you choose? Why?

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