Dating and Courtship

  • What qualities are most important to you in a partner? For example, intelligence, sense of humour...
  • Would you like to have a boyfriend or girlfriend who was a lot more attractive than you? What about a husband or wife?
  • Would you move to a place far from your family and friends to be with the person you loved? Why or why not?
  • Describe a perfect romantic evening.
  • How old were you when you went on your first date? Who was it with? Where did you go and what did you do?
  • Would you continue to date someone you really liked if your parents did not like this person? Why or why not?
  • Have you or anyone you've known ever met someone over the Internet? Do you think that these types of relationships can be successful? Why or why not?
  • (TO A GIRL) Would you ask a man out? Why or why not? (TO A GUY) Would you like it if a woman asked you out? Why or why not?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • What is your definition of love?
  • What’s the best date you’ve ever been on? What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
  • Are there any unique dating customs in your culture?
  • How long should you date someone before you get engaged?
  • Would you kiss on a first date?
  • Would you date someone 10 years older than you? 15? 20?
  • What are the top 5 characteristics you would like in a dating partner?
  • Do you think it’s better to date someone who was first your friend for a long time or someone you’ve met more recently?
  • How did your parents meet?
  • If you could date a celebrity, which would you date and why?
  • What’s the best thing about dating? What’s the worst thing about dating?
  • If you had to choose, would you rather lots of friends or one ideal partner?
  • More than half of marriages end in divorce. What do you think are some of the reasons for this?
  • What do you think is the best age to marry for a man / woman?
  • If you could go out with anyone, who would it be?
  • Do you think marriages based on love are more successful than those that are arranged?
  • Is it common for couples to live together before marriage in your country? Would you want to live with someone before marriage? Why or why not?
  • If you cheated on your partner and would never be found out, would you tell him or her? Why or why not?
  • Describe the appearance of the person you would like to date?
  • Have your parents ever disapproved of any of your relationships?
  • What do you consider cheating in a dating relationship?
  • What was the most interesting date you've ever been on?
  • Do you remember your first love? Do they still hold a special place in your heart?
  • What would your dream date be like?
  • Is speed dating popular in your country? Would you try it?
  • What are some of the most creative dates you’ve ever heard of?
  • Have you ever been on a blind date? If so, how did it go?
  • Should a man or a woman pay on a date, or should you go Dutch?
  • What would you do if you caught your boyfriend or girlfriend cheating on you?
  • Do you believe your perfect partner is out there somewhere?
  • Is it possible to love two people at the same time?
  • Is money more important than love?
  • Are arguments a normal part of a relationship?
  • Which is more important to you - having lots of friends or the perfect partner?
  • Could you love someone who was a lot older than you?
  • When you date someone, what is more important: appearance or character?
  • Can a single person be as happy as someone who is married?
  • Do women usually work after getting married in your country? Why or why not?
  • Do you know anyone who has had an arranged marriage?

Marriage

  • What would your ideal proposal be like?
  • Where is the best place for a honeymoon?
  • Do you believe that marriage is for the rest of your life?
  • Do you think a couple should live together before they get married?
  • Do you think that marriage should be for life? Should divorce be made easier or more difficult?
  • Why do you think that the divorce rate has become so high?
  • Is it better to marry someone of the same educational, social, cultural and racial background?
  • Is it better to marry someone of approximately the same age? Should the man be older than the woman?
  • How important is the religious aspect of marriage to you? Which aspects are more important, if any?
  • Should it be legal to marry more than one partner at the same time?
  • Should it be legal to marry someone of the same sex?


Women verse Men

  • Do you think men and women are more different or more the same?
  • Do you consider these traits to be masculine, feminine, neither or both? Emotional, argumentative, logical, talkative, nurturing, athletic, determined, organized, intellectual, handy around the house, handy in the kitchen, attractive, honest, loyal, trustworthy, tidy, open- minded, concerned with their appearances, jealous, vain, vengeful, hot- tempered, workaholic, chocaholic, sarcastic, irrational, strong, street smart, technologically savvy
  • What other traits do you associate with either men or women?
  • Where do we get stereotypes of men and women?
  • Which stereotypes do you fit? Which stereotypes do you not fit?
  • Do parents and teachers in your country encourage girls and boys to grow up differently? Do they play with the same toys? Do they receive the same education at school and university?
  • What are three animals that seem masculine?
  • What are three animals that seem feminine?
  • What are the traditional male / female roles in your country? Are you in favour of or opposed to these traditions?
  • What’s good and bad about gender roles?
  • Why do you think there are significantly more men in prison?
  • Are there any jobs a man should never do? Are there any jobs a woman should never do?
  • If you could change your sex for a day, would you do it?
  • Guys, what do you wish the ladies knew about guys? Ladies, what do you wish the guys knew about girls?
  • In your country, do women have equal opportunities in the work-place, for example: the same pay and promotion opportunities as men? Are they categorised?
  • In your country, is it easy for women to continue their careers after taking time off work to start a family? Do companies provide crèches or nurseries?
  • Do you think women and men should perform the same or different roles? Are men usually the bread- winners and women usually the home-makers in your country?
  • Are there any "women’s or men’s rights" groups in your country?
  • Should husbands and wives have different roles in the family?