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Expert Conversation: Economy and Livelihood

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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I’m worried about the economy. There isn’t anything but bad news lately.
The inflation rate is 5.1%. The highest from the past 30 years. I heard that the government is planning on removing tariffs on basic commodities to lower their prices.

I don’t think that’s a good idea. What about locally produced products? They wouldn’t be able to compete with the imported ones.
True that. The inflation is brought by many different factors, but I think the major cause is the tax reform.

Not to mention, the increase in oil prices in the international market. I just hope that these problems will be solved soon.

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Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

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1. What do you think are the economic concerns your country should prioritize? Why?
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2. What do you think about globalization?
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3. Can you cite advantages and disadvantages of globalization?
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4. Do you think ruining the environment is a necessary sacrifice for industrialization?
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5. What kinds of businesses are mostly successful in your country?
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6. Do you think an average person in your country cares about the state of the economy? How so?
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7. What kinds of economic programs from other countries would you like to see in your country?
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8. In your country, is it easy for mothers to get employed?
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9. How are the working conditions in your country?
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10. How do you think we can solve unemployment and poverty?
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Expert Conversation: Education and Languages

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Alice and you will be Ron. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Can I borrow your car, brother? I’m taking French Language proficiency exams this Saturday.
No problem. I didn’t know you’re learning French. When did you start?

I started four months ago. I’m planning to take my master’s degree in France, so I figured learning French will be a great help.
That’s true. French is a beautiful language. I would love to learn another language, too. However, I don’t think I have the time and patience for it.

You can, if you will, brother. I remember you took Japanese language classes in high school.
Sure, I did. I might start relearning Japanese when I decide to work there.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

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1. What subjects were you good and bad at when you were a student?
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2. What do you like best about the education in your country?
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3. Is it easy to get a job for those who didn’t go to college?
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4. Is college education expensive in your country?
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5. What do you think are the things that should be improved in the education in your country?
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6. How many languages do you speak?
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7. How did you learn your second language?
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8. What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?
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9. Which do you think is the most difficult language to learn?
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10. What languages would you like to learn in the future?
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Expert Conversation: Environment and Natural Disasters

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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It has been raining nonstop. I don’t think it’s safe to drive to work in this weather.
I’m not going to work, either. My route was reported to be flooded last night. I can’t believe that we’ve had three storms this month already. Another storm is predicted to hit our country in two days.

I hate this weather. We can’t do anything about it but be prepared for the worst. We are still lucky that this area is not flood-prone. I hope that everyone’s safe, especially those who are living in low-lying areas.
I hope so, too. Anyway, my friends and I are volunteering to help those were affected by the flood. Do you want to come with us? We will go this weekend.

Count me in. I would be glad to help.

CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood?
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2. What is the most important environmental issue we are facing today?
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3. Do you think most people in your country care about the environment? Why? Why not?
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4. Some people say that we can live without the use of plastic. Do you agree or disagree?
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5. Can you imagine what would happen when fossil fuel (coal and natural gas) runs out?
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6. Do you think newly discovered diseases are caused by environmental problems?
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7. Do you think nuclear power is a safe source of electricity? Why or why not?
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8. What roles can the government and businesses play in solving environmental problems?
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9. What is the best alternative source of energy? Is it solar energy, thermal, wind, etc.?
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10. How can we protect the environment and at the same time improve our standard of living?
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Intermediate Conversation: History and Culture

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Ron and you will be Emma. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Welcome back! How was your trip to Japan?
It was awesome! Before I forget, I have some Japanese snacks for you.

Wow! They look delicious. Thank you for the snacks. You really shouldn’t have to.
I am glad you loved them. In Japan, giving friends snacks from a recent trip is part of their culture. They call it “omiyage”.

That is interesting. What a generous gesture! I would love to adapt that part of their culture when I go on a trip next time.
That would be nice. It is really interesting to learn something about other countries’ cultures.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Do you think learning about your country’s history is important? Why? / Why not?
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2. What significant historical facts do you know about your country?
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3. Do you know any historical facts about other countries? What are they?
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4. If the history in your country could be repeated, which part of it would you like to experience?
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5. What is the most interesting part of your country’s history?
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6. Do you like studying history? Why? Why not?
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7. Do you agree that history repeats itself? Why? Why not?
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8. How do you describe the culture of your country?
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9. What is a unique part of your country’s culture?
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10. Do you participate in your country’s culture celebrations? Why? Why not?
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Beginner Conversation: Money and Budgeting

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Today is the day! We are going to open our piggy banks. Are you excited, Alice?
I am so excited. My piggy bank is very heavy and it looks full. How about yours?

It is the same as yours. What are you going to buy with the money you saved?
Well, I am going to buy new books since I already finished reading the ones I have. Then, I will save the money that I have left. How about you?

I will use my money to buy a bicycle and a basketball so that my friends and I can finally play every weekend.
That’s great. Now let’s open our piggy banks!
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. Have you ever lost your wallet?
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2. Do you buy things even if you don’t need it?
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3. Do you shop online? What are the advantages and disadvantages of shopping online?
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4. Have you ever found money on the street? What did you do with the money?
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5. If you were given one hundred million dollars, what would you do with it?
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6. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought? Was it worth it?
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7. Name three things that money can never buy.
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8. Which is more important to buy? A house or a car?
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9. Name something that you regret buying.
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10. Do you think we can live in a world without money?
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Beginner Conversation: Jobs and Employment

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Ron and you will be Emma. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Good evening, Emma. How was your first day at work? What was it like?
It feels great. Every staff welcomed me well. My manager seem kind. I’m excited to work with them.

I’m glad you’re happy. By the way, what is your position and what kind of company are you working for?
I work for a magazine company, and I’m one of their new photographers. Actually, I will start my first project tomorrow.

Wow. Tomorrow is just your second day, but you already have a project. I’m proud of you, Emma. Do your best, okay?
I will. Thank you, Ron! It means a lot.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. If you could have any job, what would it be and why?
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2. What do you think are the best jobs in your country?
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3. Have you considered taking part-time job?
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4. Describe an excellent boss in three words.
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5. In your opinion, how many hours in a day should a worker work?
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6. What is your dream job?
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7. What is your first job?
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8. What kind of jobs interest you the most?
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9. What do you like about your current job?
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10. Do you think it’s important for employees to know how to speak and write in English?
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Beginner Conversation: Traffic and Transportation

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Ron and you will be Emma. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Emma, let’s go. I don’t want us to be caught in the traffic today. Our friend’s wedding venue is two hours drive from here.
We could just ride a taxi there. You don’t have to drive.

I prefer to drive. We can avoid traffic that way. Besides, a taxi ride is expensive.
Don’t worry about the fare. I can pay for the both of us.

Just pay for the gas. Don’t worry. I always drive safe. Now, come on or else we’ll be late.
Okay, fine. Just drive fast and safe.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. How often do you get stuck in traffic?
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2. Have you ever forgotten to fasten your seat-belt?
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3. How far is your house/apartment from the town center?
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4. Which do you prefer, a motorcycle or a car?
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5. What is your most preferred mode of transportation when going to the countryside? (Example: bus, train, taxi, etc.)
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6. At what time is safer to travel? At day or at night?
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7. Tell me about your dream car.
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8. Do you think cars would be able to fly in the future? Why or why not?
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9. Which do you prefer? Driving on your own or riding in public transportation (Example: Bus, taxi, train)?
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10. What do you usually do when during a long ride? Do you read books/newspapers, listen to music, or sleep?
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Beginner Conversation: Health

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Wake up, Alice. We are going outside with our friends, remember?
I cannot go with our friends, Sam. I do not feel well. I have a fever. Is it okay if you tell them that I won’t be going with you?

Does mother know you have a fever? You’re all covered in your blankets.
I already felt feverish last night, but I didn’t tell mom.

Okay, then. I will call mom and I will tell our friends that you won’t be coming with us. Just rest until you feel better.
I will. Thank you.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

ANSWER

1. How often do you exercise?
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2. Are you getting enough sleep at night?
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3. What do you do to stay healthy?
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4. Do you read/watch videos and news about taking care of your health?
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5. When was the last time you got sick?
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6. Describe your health in three to five words.
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7. How many times in a year do you go to a doctor?
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8. Do you have any allergies?
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9. What kinds of diseases frighten you the most?
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10. What kinds of medical advancement do you want to see in the future?
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Beginner Conversation: Community and Social Work

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Hey, Alice. Dad said we should go help our new neighbor to carry their things inside their house.
Sure. I will also ask mom if she can bake some cookies as a friendly gift to them.

I agree. By the way, do you know that our new neighbor is looking for people our age who wants to join their team of social workers?
Really? I would love to join. I want to help those who are in need.

Me too. Let’s go tell our parents. I hope it’s okay with them.
I hope so too. I’m sure they will understand.
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

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1. Describe your neighborhood in three words.
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2. Have you ever helped a neighborhood?
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3. Do you consider yourself helpful to others?
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4. What do you think is worst problem in your community?
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5. Tell me about your ideal neighborhood.
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6. Tell me about your hometown.
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7. Have you ever given money to the poor? Do you give something else? (Example: Foods, clothes, etc.)
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8. Does helping others makes you happy?
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9. If you were to run your own charity, what would it be about?
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10. Do you feel safe in your community?
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Beginner Conversation: History and Culture

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Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Sam and you will be Alice. After reading it once, we’ll switch roles.

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Hi, Alice. I’m sorry, but are you busy today? Can you help me with my school project?
Sure. I was just watching History Channel. What is your project about?

Well, my project is to make a short video about any national hero in Asia. I chose the Philippines, but I do not know its national hero.
The national hero of the Philippines is Doctor Jose Rizal. His writings started the great revolution against the Spaniards. Plus, he visited Japan and made friends here.

Cool. I did not know that he visited Japan. I think I will make a short video about his stay here in our country.
That is a wonderful idea. Anyway, good luck with your project. Do your best!
CONVERSATION

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions. You may ask me questions, too.

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1. Describe your country’s culture in three words.
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2. What is your favorite part in the history of your country? Why?
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3. What do you like best about your culture?
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4. If you would live the life of a historical person for one week, who would that be and why?
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5. What historical event in your country that you like to turn into a movie?
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6. Aside from your country’s culture and history, name one country that you would like to know and learn about.
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7. If you were to live in the old times, what would you be? (Example: A samurai, soldier, geisha, ninja, prince, princess, etc.)
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8. Name at least one famous person from your country’s history. Tell me something about him/her.
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9. If you could travel back in time, what gadget would you like to bring with you?
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10. Who is your favorite historical person?
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