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Superstitions and urban legends

Have you known that many countries have a belief that the phase of the moon is crucial when planning something. Thus, it is better to schedule an English club meeting this Sunday at 12 o'clock during the waxing period of the moon! We will discuss a controversial topic "Superstitions and urban legends". Exciting videos, debates and new vocabulary are waiting for you!


Say your name,
What can you do to prevent bad things from happening?

Watch and discuss Video 1


1. Do you believe that some materials are lucky/unlucky (such as gold, silk, etc.)?
2. Would you change your name if you heard your
name was unlucky?
3. What will happen if one of your hands or feet is itchy?
4. Would you change your phone number or home address to avoid 'bad numbers'?
5. What superstitions do you know? Which ones
do you believe?
6. Do any animals or insects bring good or bad luck?
7. How do you think some superstitions started?
8. What is your opinion of superstitious people?

Watch and discuss Video 2

Questions - part two

1. Can the location of a house or the position of furniture bring good or bad luck?
2. Do you have any objects that are said to bring good luck, such as a rabbit's foot, a lucky coin, etc.?
3. Where does the expression "Bless you" or "God bless you" (when someone sneezes) come from?
4. Are there any actions that can bring bad luck (such as walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, spilling salt, etc.)?
5. Do you believe that some numbers, days or dates are lucky or unlucky? Do you believe that some materials are lucky/unlucky (such as gold, silk, etc.)?
6. Do you know your star sign? What does it say about you? Do you read your horoscope? How does it help you?

Watch and discuss Video 2

Watch and discuss Video 3

If you had a chance, watch "Everybody Hates Chris" - Season 2 Episode 9: Everybody Hates Superstition. Here is a link to the video with couple of ads


1. Do you think that there is truth behind superstitions?
2. What are some superstitions in the United States? Canada? Australia, England? Russia?
3. Has anything ever happened to you that you cannot explain?
4. Have you been involved in a miracle? What was it about?
5. Can people predict the future? Have you ever had a feeling about the future that turned out to be true?



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