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This group is aiming to encourage ESL people to practice their English in a friendly atmosphere, to know about others' languages and cultures, and to make new friends.

Note 1: We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/16781278822... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678127882281980/)

Note 2: Discussion topics and questions from past ESL meetups are online http://thormay.net/lxesl/DiscussionTopics/Adelaide-ESL-Meetup.htm

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Topic 159: Rituals & Ceremonies - Important or a Waste of Time?

Note: A ritual is a formal part of a culture or religion that is repeated regularly. e.g. praying. A ceremony is a particular kind of ritual. A ceremony might happen only once for one person. e.g. a marriage ceremony.
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Talking Points:

1. What is a ritual that you are familiar with? Explain a little about it.

2. What is a ceremony that you are familiar with? Explain a little about it. Try to make a 'word picture'.

3. Make a list of as many different kinds of rituals and ceremonies in your home country that you can think of. Briefly explain them to your conversation partner.

4. Some people like rituals and ceremonies. Some people are almost allergic to them. How about yourself? Why?

5. Why do you think that cultures invent rituals and ceremonies? Are they necessary? Why/why not?

6. The importance and purpose of rituals and ceremonies often changes over time. For example, the Christian Easter was originally a pagan fertility ritual. Christianity took it over. In Australia now, for most people it is a holiday for going to the beach or football. Can you think of other examples like this?

7. For many people in Adelaide football is a kind of ritual. Every school has sports teams which practice outside of school hours. Parents come to watch. Tens of thousands watch mass sports games. For the top final football contest at the end of winter, the government makes public transport free. Is this all crazy? What is the social and emotional purpose of these games? Is it really the same as religion?

8. We all have personal habits, from body care to eating to social habits to hobbies. These habits are often called rituals. What are some good points and bad points about such habits/rituals?

9. The Queen of Australia died on 8 September 2022 (Thor's birthday :) ). For two weeks the newspapers were full of stories about her. The Queen of Australia was also the Queen of England, a foreign country. She had no real power. However all the ceremonies and rituals of her job gave many people comfort and made them feel they belonged to one country. Is this crazy? The effect can't be denied. Why do people think like this? Should Australia now become a republic?

10. Imagine you are in a space ship. You are leading some people to start a new civilization on a different planet. What rituals and ceremonies would you introduce in this new world? What would you avoid?

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  1. Your organizer (Thor) will ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160 (depending upon the exchange rate). You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Others are encouraged if they see more people are coming, so click 'attend' early even if you think you "might" come. Cancel quickly if you change your mind later.

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English Conversation Practice

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INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

  1. Your organizer (Thor) will ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160 (depending upon the exchange rate). You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Others are encouraged if they see more people are coming, so click 'attend' early even if you think you "might" come. Cancel quickly if you change your mind later.

Hope to meet you soon.

English Conversation Practice

Needs a location

A$3.00

INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

  1. Your organizer (Thor) will ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160 (depending upon the exchange rate). You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Others are encouraged if they see more people are coming, so click 'attend' early even if you think you "might" come. Cancel quickly if you change your mind later.

Hope to meet you soon.

English Conversation Practice

Needs a location

A$3.00

INFORMATION ABOUT USING THE BOX FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE

  1. Your organizer (Thor) will ask for A DONATION OF $3 ($2 for online meetups). This is because Thor must pay the City Council $15 for insurance each time we use the Box Factory. Also every 6 months Meetup.com in New York bills him for about A$160 (depending upon the exchange rate). You can pay $3 cash, or use PAY ID, a phone app from any bank. Just enter Thor's phone number into PAY ID -[masked]. It is important to LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. Press the 'Attend' (RSVP) Button on your phone. Others are encouraged if they see more people are coming, so click 'attend' early even if you think you "might" come. Cancel quickly if you change your mind later.

Hope to meet you soon.

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