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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.

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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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Expert Conversation: Food and Dining

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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 brought wine. Pinot Noir—dad’s favorite. What are we having for dinner, sister?
Haven’t thought of it, yet. What do you like?

Nothing in particular. Do you feel like cooking tonight? If not, we could try dining in the newly opened Italian restaurant three blocks from here. What do you think?
Since you brought wine, I think I’ll cook something to go with it. Are you okay with grilled salmon and pesto pasta?

I think they would go very well with this wine. Mom and I love your grilled salmon. I’ll help you prepare.
Sure. Let’s go take a quick trip to the supermarket first.
CONVERSATION

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

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1. What are your favorite local and foreign foods?
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2. Do you ever skip breakfast? If so, how often and why?
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3. How often do you eat at fast food restaurants?
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4. Do you prefer bringing home-cooked lunch or eating out when you’re at work (or in school)?
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5. How is the food in your work (or school) cafeteria?
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6. Have you ever eaten something that made you ill?
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7. Is there any food that you wouldn’t eat as a child that you eat now?
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8. If you were to eat only one kind of food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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9. What special foods do you eat on holidays? (Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc.)
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10. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
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Expert Conversation: Movies and Television

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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 can’t believe you made me see that horrible movie. I should’ve watched “The Stallions”, instead.
It’s not that bad. The story just happened to be predictable. Still, the fight scenes were good. Also, Alexander Zala played a supporting role.

As expected, he was amazing. He was the only reason why I was able to finish the movie we watched. The only sad part is I think his acting skills were underestimated this time.
True. He is my favorite actor, you know. I’ve been a big fan of his movies ever since and he has received lots of awards from his acting skills. He also met his wife Emilia Turner on one of his movies.

Emilia Turner is his wife? Wow! I didn’t know that. They were always such a great pair in their movies. Anyway, do you want to watch their movies with my friends after our family dinner?
Sure. I’ll buy snacks for our movie night later.

CONVERSATION

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

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1. What local and Hollywood movies are popular in your country?
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2. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
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3. Which movie and tv series genre do you like and dislike most? Why?
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4. What are the best and worst movies and/or tv series you have ever seen?
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5. Do you often watch movies at cinemas, on services like Netflix and Hulu, or on DVDs?
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6. Have you watched movies or TV series adaptations of popular books and comics? What do you think about them?
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7. What kinds of plots/stories do you hate seeing in movies and tv series?
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8. Some people say that it’s alright for historical movies to be historically inaccurate to look more creative. Do you agree or disagree?
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9. If you were a film director, what kind of movie would you like to make?
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10. If you were to portray a movie or tv character, who would it be?
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Expert Conversation: Sports

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

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I bought us tickets to Leonardo and Gaspar’s championship fight on December 20.
Really? I’m so excited. Leonardo injured his right fist on his last bout with Elseman, right? This fight with Gaspar is going to be his first title defense since his recovery.

True. He’s one of my most favorite boxers of all time. Out of his 32 fights, 27 were knockouts and he only had two loses. Although, Gaspar is not one to be underestimated.
I know. I just think it’s a waste of time that he had to relinquish his super middleweight belts for this one fight. If I were him, I would do no such thing. What a big gamble! What if he loses? He’ll be back to square one.

He has made his name and is already regarded as one of the greatest boxers of our generation. So technically, he wouldn’t have to start from the beginning if he loses. Anyway, I’m rooting for Leonardo.
Want to bet? I’m for Gaspar.

CONVERSATION

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

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1. Why do you think many people like sports?
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2. What is the most common sport in your country?
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3. Do you prefer playing or watching sports?
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4. What do you think is the most popular sport in the world?
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5. What do you think is the most dangerous sport?
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6. What do you think is the most boring sport?
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7. What do you think is the most expensive sport?
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8. Do you think hosting the Olympics in one’s country is worth it despite its costs?
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9. If you were to be a professional athlete, which sport would you play?
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10. Does it bother you that people gamble on sporting events?
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Intermediate Conversation: Fads and Trends

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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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Have you heard of home-stay lodging? A lot of people are talking about it on social media and I am interested to try it.
Yes, I have heard of that from one of my friends. His grandparents who live in the countryside let tourists stay in their house.

Wow! That is cool. I think it is a good way to relax from our busy city life.
You are right. Aside from staying in a relaxing environment, tourists can also go fishing, fruit-picking and cook various dishes with the homeowners.

That is very interesting! We should really try that as soon as we have free time.
Certainly. I will ask my friend about the details of the home-stay lodging later.

CONVERSATION

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

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1. What are the major trends in your country nowadays?
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2. If you could bring back a trend from the past, what would it be and why?
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3. Do you usually follow trends? Why? Why not?
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4. People usually follow fashion trends even though they do not suit them. What can you say about that?
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5. What kind of trends do you dislike? Why? Why not?
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6. People usually follow trends through social media. Do you also get affected by this? Why? Why not?
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7. What do you think are the reasons why people follow trends?
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8. In your opinion, what makes people follow certain trends?
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9. Do you know any trends that stayed for a long time? Why do you think it/they stayed that long?
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10. What do you think would be the trends a year from now?
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Intermediate Conversation: Travel

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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 am excited about our trip next week. I hope we enjoy the beach in Bali, Indonesia.
I hope so. I already bought some stuff for our trip. Anyway, what other places would you like to visit soon?

Next month, I would like to visit some tourist spots in Italy. I am curious about their beautiful buildings and churches.
Wow! I heard people are truly amazed by the beauty of that place.

You’re right. Let us do some research while planning for the trip.
Sure! I think we will have an awesome trip to Italy next month.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. Which country would you like to visit soon? Why did you choose that country?
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2. If you could live in a different country, where would it be and why?
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3. What are the best spots in your country where tourists can enjoy?
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4. What are the most essential things that you bring when travelling?
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5. Which one do you think is better? Land trips or sea trips?
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6. Which would you like better? Mountains or beaches?
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7. What things do you mostly spend on when travelling?
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8. Are you choosy when it comes to accommodation? Why? Why not?
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9. Do you travel light (less baggages)? Why? Why not?
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10. What is your favorite country? Why?
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Intermediate Conversation: Celebration and Holidays

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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 is nearly Christmas! What are your plans for the coming holiday?
You’re right. Time flies really fast. I guess I will go to my grandparents’ house in the countryside with my parents. How about you?

I will just stay at home with my family. I will help my mom cook for our holiday feast.
Wow. That would be great. I will also help my grandparents prepare some food. We will cook some pasta for the whole family.

That is awesome. I really love holidays because we can have a great time with our folks.
Absolutely! That’s the only time we have throughout the year, so let us make the most out of it.
CONVERSATION

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

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1. What holidays are mostly celebrated in your country?
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2. What is your favorite holiday?
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3. What special things do you do during holidays?
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4. On holidays, some people go to other places rather than staying at home. What do you think about that?
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5. What was your most memorable birthday celebration?
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6. Why do you think people like to celebrate holidays?
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7. Do you attend birthday parties? Why? Why not?
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8. When you were a child, what did you do on holidays?
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9. What foods does your family serve on holidays?
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10. Do you give presents on Christmas day? Why? Why not?
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Intermediate Conversation: Pets and Animals

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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 will go to the pet shop later. What pet do you think should I get?
If I were you, I would get a dog. They are very loyal and playful.

I agree with that. However, I need to walk it in the park most of the time.
If walking the dog would be a problem, we could take turns in doing that. I would also love to go jogging in the park once in a while.

Thank you! I appreciate your help. Would you like to accompany me later at the pet shop?
Sure thing. Let’s also think of a cute pet name later.

CONVERSATION

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

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1. What animals do you like as a pet?
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2. What animals are you afraid of?
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3. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
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4. Have you seen any wild/exotic animals? What is it?
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5. Many people are buying pets rather than adopting them. Do you agree or disagree?
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6. What would you do if you encounter an animal that you’re afraid of?
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7. If you could be with just one animal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
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8. Are you afraid of bugs? Why? Why not?
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9. Do you think meat should be part of our main diet? Why? Why not?
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10. Do you think all animals can be trained as pets? Why? Why not?
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Intermediate Conversation: Music

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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 notice that you always wear your headphones. Do you like listening to music?
Yes, I do. I always listen to music to improve my mood. How about you?

That’s nice. I also like listening to music, especially Japanese Pop music. Their songs are very lively.
I agree with that. Their songs definitely cheer people up.

You’re totally right! Actually, next month I’m going to a J-POP concert. Would you like to join?
Sure, I’d love to. I will check later if I can still purchase a concert ticket.
CONVERSATION

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

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1. Who are your favorite singers/performers?
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2. What genre of music do you like best?
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3. Many people say that music heals the soul. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
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4. What is your favorite song? What is the song about?
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5. Can you sing well? Why? Why not?
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6. What musical instruments do you play? If none, do you want to learn how to play a musical instrument?
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7. Can you name one of the most famous songs in your country?
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8. Why do you think Karaoke bars are famous in your country?
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9. What kind of music relaxes you?
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10. If given a chance to write a song based on your life, what would the title be? Why?
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