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Intermediate Conversation: Technology and Internet

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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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The phone I bought online yesterday has arrived today. Online shopping is really a great way to buy things if you’re always busy.
It surely is! I also buy things online because I don’t have time to go to the mall. The Internet is really an amazing invention!

I agree with that. These days, we can also buy groceries online so we don’t have to go to the supermarket.
What a convenient way to buy food! I would like to try that sometimes since I go home late recently.

I can assure you that it will effectively save much of your time. You just have to download the application online for you to use it.
Thank you so much. I will try to download the application on my phone later.

CONVERSATION

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

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1. When was the first time you used the internet? How did you feel?
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2. What things do you usually search on the internet?
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3. If you would invent a device what would it be and why?
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4. What devices do you often use?
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5. What do you think is the best device ever invented? Why?
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6. What do you think the world would be if the internet wasn’t invented?
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7. Do you think the internet is important in people’s everyday lives? Why?
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8. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of the internet?
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9. Why do you think some people spend most of their time using their devices?
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10. Do you think buying the latest devices is always worth it? Why? Why not?
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Intermediate Conversation: Hobbies

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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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The phone I bought online yesterday has arrived today. Online shopping is really a great way to buy things if you’re always busy.
It surely is! I also buy things online because I don’t have time to go to the mall. Internet is really an amazing invention!

I agree with that. These days, we can also buy groceries online so we don’t have to go to the supermarket.
What a convenient way to buy food! I would like to try that sometimes since I go home late recently.

I can assure you that it will effectively save much of your time. You just have to download the application online for you to use it.
Thank you so much. I will try to download the application on my phone later.

CONVERSATION

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

1. When was the first time you used internet? How did you feel?
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2. What things do you usually search on the internet?
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3. If you would invent a device what would it be and why?
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4. What devices do you often use?
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5. What do you think is the best device ever invented? Why?
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6. What do you think the world would be if internet wasn’t invented?
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7. Do you think internet is important in people’s everyday lives? Why?
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8. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of internet?
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9. Why do you think some people spend most of their time using their devices?
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10. Do you think buying the latest devices is always worth it? Why? Why not?
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Intermediate Conversation: Sports

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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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My friends are asking me to join different sports clubs, but I am having difficulty deciding which one I should choose.
If I were you, I would choose clubs related to team sports, like basketball, baseball, or soccer. They are more exciting than individual sports.

Good point about that. I guess I would join the basketball club since I have watched basketball games before. However, I have not tried playing that sport.
Great choice. I am sure your friends will teach you before having try-outs. You can do it!

Thanks. This is also my chance to be active and fit. I hope I pass the try-outs.
Sure, you will! Good luck!

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. What are the most common sports in your country?
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2. When you were a student, what sports did you play at school?
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3. What is the first ever sport that you have learned to play?
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4. Which one do you like, team sports or individual sports?
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5. If you are given a chance, would you try extreme sports? Why? Why not?
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6. Who are the famous athletes in your country? What sports do they play?
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7. What is the most difficult sport for you?
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8. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of playing sports?
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9. Should children be taught how to play sports at a young age? Why? Why not?
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10. What sport do you like best? Why?
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Expert Conversation: Celebrations and Holidays

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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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Christmas is just a week from now. I’m so excited. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
We’re planning to stay in my grandparents’ place until the first week of New Year. It’s a great opportunity for a family get-together.

I agree. That’s why I’m over the clouds these days. I can’t wait to spend a long holiday with my family. Have I told you that my cousin is due to give birth on Christmas Day?
That would be cool. Remember our friend, Sandra? Her birthday is also on Christmas Day. She always receives twice as many gifts but she can never have a birthday party.

Too bad for her. Most of her friends won’t be able to attend since we all spend our holidays with our families.
Speaking of our friend, Sandra, I think I should buy her a present and give it to her before we leave next week. you next year!

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Does your country have religious holidays? If yes, how does your country celebrate/commemorate it?
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2. Does your family decorate your house when there’s a holiday coming?
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3. Name three to five strict wedding traditions of your country.
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4. Name some foods that is connected or must be present during a specific celebration in your country.
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5. Do you think children these days find holidays and celebrations relevant in their lives? Why or why not?
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6. Name at least one or two festivals that you think are underrated.
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7. Tell me something about the most memorable celebration/festival/holiday that you ever had.
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8. Why do you think festivals/holidays are created and celebrated?
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9. Did you make a New year’s resolution for this year? If yes, were you able to fulfill your resolutions? If no, why?
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10. Are there activities in your country that you are required to do during a specific holiday/festival?
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Expert Conversation: Fads and Trends

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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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I’ve been thinking about dying my hair rose pink. What do you think?
Rose pink–that’s weird for a hair color. Where did you get the idea?

Have you been living under a rock, brother? It’s a new fashion trend. My favorite actress dyed her hair rose pink, too. It looks good on her.
I’m sure it would look nice on you, too. Anyway, wouldn’t your hair get damaged from all those chemicals?

I dyed my hair blond before, and I never had any problem with my hair, then. I think my hair’s going to be fine.
Well, as long as it won’t cause any damage on your hair, then I support you in dyeing it.

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Name a trend that you followed.
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2. If you were to create a trend/fad, what would it be and why?
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3. Do you think that the clothes we wear reflect our personality?
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4. What were the worst trends and fads you’ve seen so far?
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5. Were there any trends in the past that you hope to come back?
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6. Would you rather be called old-fashioned than follow a weird trend? Cite an example of a weird trend.
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7. Nowadays, having a tattoo is a trend. Although, some people say that having tattoos look unpleasant on the body. What do you think?
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8. How do trends make an impact on society’s improvement?
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9. Do you know any trends that cause harm? What are they?
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10. Why do you think trends spread quickly through the influence of social media?
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Expert Conversation: Technology and Internet

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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, sister. Mom’s been calling you for dinner.
I will be there in five minutes.

Five minutes? Your ‘five minutes’ takes five hours! Come on. Put your phone down, and let’s eat.
Okay, if you insist. It is as if I’m the only one who can’t be bothered when with a gadget. You are practically glued to gaming computer most of the time.

Well, ‘most of the time’ is not this time. Anyway, you’ll love what mom cooked tonight–grilled salmon!
You should’ve said that earlier. Yummy!

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Are there any new gadgets that you really want to get?
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2. What gadgets did you use before but are obsolete now?
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3. If you would have only one gadget with you, what would it be?
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4. Does the brand of the gadget matters to you when buying a new one?
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5. What do you usually do on the internet? Do you shop online?
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6. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen on the internet?
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7. What are some security or privacy issues you must think about when you access the internet?
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8. Is it expensive to access the internet in your country?
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9. How do you think our lives have been improved by the use of the internet?
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10. If you would have an internet-based business what would it be?
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Expert Conversation: Travel

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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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I heard you’re flying to Germany next month.
That’s true. I’m going with mom and dad to visit my brother there. He’s got a permanent residency visa. My sister-in-law is German, by the way.

Cool. You might as well tour around while you’re there. I went on a fellowship in Berlin two years ago. The metropolitan areas and the countryside are equally breathtaking.
So I’ve heard from my brother’s stories. I’ve only been there once for three days, and I deeply regret how I never get to see places like the Black Forest and the King’s Lake.

Well, don’t forget my souvenirs.
Of course, I won’t. See you in a month, Ron.

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Have you been abroad? / Do you plan to go abroad?
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2. What are your best and worst travel experiences?
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3. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
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4. What is your most preferred mode of transportation?
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5. Have you ever gotten lost while travelling?
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6. What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?
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7. If you were to live in a foreign country for the rest of your life, which country would it be?
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8. What are the popular tourist destinations in your country?
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9. Name three places that you don’t want to travel to. Why?
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10. Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
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Expert Conversation: Animals and Pets

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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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Is it just me, or did I hear a dog bark?
There’s nothing wrong with your hearing, brother. I finally managed to adopt the dog I’ve been eyeing at the shelter. Come with me at the backyard, and go say ‘hello’.

He’s cute. What do you call him?
His name is Milo. He’s a two-year-old Siberian Husky. Isn’t he adorable?

He is. Have you brought him to the vet, yet? We need to be sure about his health.
Not yet. I just got him here this morning. Could you drive us to Dr. Atkinson’s at 2 pm? We could also get him other stuff on the way.

CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Do you have a pet? Would you consider getting a pet?
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2. What is its name? What would you name your pet when you get one?
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3. What is the best pet to own?
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4. What are the pros and cons of keeping a pet?
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5. Do you know someone who owns an unusual pet?
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6. Which animals frighten you the most?
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7. Do you consider yourself an animal lover?
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8. Have you ever been bitten by an animal before?
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9. Do you think it is okay to free animals that have been in captivity all their lives?
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10. If you would be an animal, what would you be? Why?
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Expert Conversation: Hobbies

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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, sister. Are you alright? You look like tomorrow’s the end of the world.
I’m alright. This is nothing. I’m just stressed about work lately. It has been hectic in the office since the beginning of this quarter. What’s up?

Same old, same old. How about you join me for tennis this afternoon? If you have nothing important to do, that is. You’ve been cooped up here all day long.
I have to pass, sorry. I’d rather sleep my stress all weekend.

Live up a little, sister. It’s not going to hurt if you pick up a hobby or two to entertain yourself on your days off.
I do have hobbies, you know. I just didn’t have time for them for the past few weeks. Anyway, since you insist, count me in. I’ll call Ron and Emma, and see if they can join us.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. How do you like to spend your free time?
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2. What are your hobbies?
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3. Does your hobby influence your choice of friends?
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4. Does your hobby influence your career choice?
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5. Does your hobby sometimes interfere with your work/study/personal life?
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6. Which hobbies are the most popular with women in your country? With men?
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7. Are there any activities that you used to do but don’t do anymore? Why did you stop?
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8. Which hobbies are the most expensive and the cheapest?
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9. If you had more free time, what would you do with it?
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10. Do people’s free time activities change as they get older? How?
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Expert Conversation: Music

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

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Have you heard? The band, Red Earl, will have a concert here in January! Do you want to go?
Of course! I want to watch them live, too. I became a fan after you made me listen to their single “Welcome Reputation”.

Aren’t their songs fantastic? “Welcome Reputation” is my personal favorite so far. The lyrics are nothing short of poetry and the lead guitarist, Harry Summers, played their song in perfect harmony.
Indeed, considering how today’s music values entertainment over creativity. I hate those popular electronic dance songs with nonsensical lyrics. Who listens to them, anyway?

My sister does. I really don’t understand her taste in music.
Well, you can’t always please everyone. Anyway, you can come over at my place if you want to see all of my Red Earl albums.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. What are your most and least favorite kinds of music?
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2. What is your favorite song?
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3. Who is your favorite singer?
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4. Do you like classical music?
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5. If you could play a musical instrument with a famous singer/musician, who would that be and what instrument would you two play?
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6. Do you like to listen to Broadway musicals?
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7. Can you concentrate on other things when you are listening to music?
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8. When was the last time you watched a concert?
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9. What kind of music do you listen to when you’re sad?
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10. Is entertainment value more important than creative value when it comes to music?
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