English Speaking Club-Osvita, Meeting #445 "Ageing"
Time: February 14, 18:30 - 20:00
Place: Voskeresenska St. 23, Department of Documents in Foreign Languages, Dnipro Central Municipal Library
1. What are some of the benefits of getting older?
2. Do you think humans will ever be able to stop aging?
3. Is aging more difficult for men or women? Why?
4. Which celebrities have aged well?
5. Are older people actually wiser?
6. What kind of support should children give their aging parents?
7. How long do you want to live?
8. Who is the oldest person you know? How is their view of the world different than yours?
9. How are older people viewed in your country?
10. How well do you relate to people who are 5 years younger than you? How about 10 years younger?
11. What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion.
12. Most countries give young people rights as they reach a certain age. For example, British people can legally make love or fight for their country at the age of 16; they can drink, vote and drive a car when they are 18. Do you think that any of the age limits need changing?
13. Some people think you should give something to society before you have the right to join it. Should young people have to do some form of military or community service by law?
14. Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of touch by the time they reach a certain age? What things were you taught by your older family members? How have they been useful to you in your life?
15. In most countries, compulsory education is targeted at five to sixteen year olds. Would it be better to offer it to pensioners who want to learn rather than young people who prefer not to be in school? Explain your opinion.
16. In Russia, China and many other countries, there is a tradition of choosing leaders who are quite advanced in years. Do you think that older people make better leaders? Explain your opinion.
17. One of Britain's best-ever leaders was William Pitt, who became Prime Minister when he was 24 and remained in power for 18 years. Could this ever happen in your country? Why/why not?
18. Many elderly people have disabilities which limit their mobility. Do buses, shops and public buildings in your country provide easy access for the disabled or are your towns and cities designed mainly for the young and able-bodied? Why is this?
IDIOMS ABOUT AGE
• act one's age - To be mature and not childish.
• age before beauty - A phrase said to allow older people to go before younger ones. Now most often used humorously or lightheartedly, and usually said by a younger person to an older friend or relative out of mock pity for being so much older and unattractive.
• age out of something - to reach an age at which one is no longer eligible for the system of care designed to provide services, such as education or protection, for people below a certain age level.
• Example: He has aged out of the special student scholarship program.
• come of age - to reach adulthood
• coon's age=dog's age - a very long period of time.
• feel your age - to realize that you are growing old.
• get on in years - Old; advanced in age.
• golden age - Period of prosperity.
• I wasn't born yesterday - If you say you 'I wasn't born yesterday' you mean that you are not stupid enough to believe anything said to you.
• in this day and age - In the present.
• leave the nest - to move from one's parents' home. Such a move is mainly motivated by a desire for independence.
• long in the tooth - very old.
• of a certain age - Said about people who are not young.
• of advanced age - old.
• of age - Old enough to be considered an adult.
• on in years - Old; advanced in age.
• over the hill - too old to perform as well as before.
• put years on - If something puts years on somebody, it makes them look or feel much older.
• ripe old age - Very old age.
• tender age - A young age.
• under age - The phrase under age means to be too young to be eligible for something.
• young at heart - To be young at heart means to have a youthful spirit in spite of being old.