ESL Warmer: Finish the Quote

    ESL Warmer: Finish the Quote

    Finish the Quote is a simple way to start a new topic or unit with adult or teen students. In this activity you give students half of a quote about the topic they are going to study. In pairs or individually, students complete the quote and later discuss their quote with the class. After, show the students the original quote and discuss its meaning and the students’ opinion.

    For example, if you were going to talk about ‘travel’ with students, you could start class by giving students half a quote on travel such as ‘Life is either daring adventure…” and students need to finish the quote. After, ask students to share their ideas and discuss them. Lastly, show them original quote and ask them to discuss what they think it means.

    Some quotes you could use with finish the quote include:


    Life is either daring adventure or nothing Helen Keller

    Buy the ticket take the ride Hunter S. Thompson

    You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough Mae West

    Above all, try something Franklin D. Roosevelt

    I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough Albert Einstein

    One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing at all Giacomo Casanova

    Do one thing every day that scares you Eleanor Roosevelt

    In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years Abraham Lincoln

    If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere Marilyn Monroe

    Action expresses priorities Gandhi


    If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. –Julia Child

    First we eat, then we do everything else. –M.F.K. Fisher

    Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. –Ernestine Ulmer

    In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria. –David Auerbach

    You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. –Paul Prudhomme

    Education/Language Learning 

    The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

    To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒Charlemagne

    Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒Rita Mae Brown

    Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ‒Chinese Proverb

    Have you got some good quotes on different topics? Or would you like more quotes on different themes? Share your requests, thoughts and ideas in the comments below.


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