Which Kind of Friend Do You Prefer?

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some people choose friends who are different from themselves. Others choose friends who are similar to themselves. Compare the advantages of having friends who are different from you with the advantages of having friends who are similar to you. Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself? Why?
    • Who are your best friends?
    • What things have you learned from your friends?
    • What are some things you disagree with your friends on?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
advantage (n) something that helps make someone better or more likely to succeed than the others
There are many advantages to having friends who are like you and friends who are different than you.
companion (n) a person or animal you spend time with or enjoy being with
My friend is my constant companion who encourages and supports me.
compatible (adj) able to exist together without trouble or conflict
Friends should be compatible so they can spend time together well. 
diverse (adj) different from each other
You can learn a lot from a diverse group of people who are different than you.
adapt (v) o change your behavior so that it is easier to live in a particular place or situation
When my friends are around, we usually adapt to their customs.
appreciate (v) to understand the worth or importance of something
I really appreciate how my friends teach me new things about their unique culture.
learn from (expression) to gain knowledge or skill from something by studying, practicing or experiencing
With my diverse group of friends, there’s always something I can learn from them.
rely on (expression) to need someone or something for support, help, to depend on
I rely on my friends for providing helpful advice.
take after (expression) to resemble in appearance or character
When it comes to shopping habits, she definitely takes after her friends.
takes two to tango (expression) actions or communication need more than one person to be effective
She knew that if she wanted to meet new people, it would take two to tango and make the relationship work.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.