Cold Showers

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 10, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

ESL questions related to “cold showers” can be a great conversation topic for English learners to talk about because it can be a unique and interesting topic that can spark meaningful discussions.

In addition, talking about cold showers can also provide learners with an opportunity to practice their vocabulary related to personal hygiene, health, and wellness.

About Cold Showers

Cold showers may sound daunting and uncomfortable, but did you know that they are believed to have numerous health benefits? People who swear by this practice claim that taking a cold shower can help improve circulation, boost your immune system, reduce muscle soreness, enhance mood and even increase your energy levels! Not only that, but it is also thought to promote healthy skin and hair and potentially help with weight loss.

While scientific evidence is still being gathered to confirm these claims, it hasn’t stopped people from incorporating cold showers into their daily routines.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • temperature (noun)
  • refreshing (adjective)
  • gradually (adverb)
  • give something a go (phrase)
  • metabolism (noun)
  • shower (verb)
  • warm up (phrasal verb)
  • challenging (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • ave you ever taken a cold shower? How did it feel?
  • Do you think taking cold showers regularly can be beneficial for your health? Why or why not?
  • Do you think taking cold showers can help you wake up in the morning? Why or why not?
  • Do you think it's more difficult to take a cold shower during the winter or the summer? Why?
  • Have you ever heard of Wim Hof and his cold exposure method? What do you think about it?
  • Do you think taking cold showers is more of a physical or mental challenge?
  • Is it better to take a cold shower in the morning or at night?
  • Would you prefer to gradually adjust to cold water, or just jump in straight away?
  • How long do you think you could stay in a cold shower for?
  • What type of person do you think would benefit most from cold showers?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.