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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.

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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: 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.

会話文を読みましょう。講師がサム、あなたはアリスのパートを読みます。読み終わったら交代しましょう。
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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.

講師の質問に答えましょう。講師にも同じ質問をしましょう。
ANSWER

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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Intermediate 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 heard you are planning to have a small business. Have you decided about it?
Yes, I have. I would like to invest in a small convenience store near the school. What do you think?

That is a nice idea. The location is perfect since there are lots of students within that area.
Exactly. Do you think it will be possible to achieve it early next year?

Why not? I believe it is possible even at the end of this year if you already have the budget for it. Go for it!
You actually have a point. I already have the budget. What I just need to do now is to prepare the documents. Thanks for your encouragements.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. What can you say about the recent economic status of your country?
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2. In some countries, the government provides livelihood projects for less fortunate people. Do you think it is a good idea?
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3. Why do you think people should be concerned with their country’s economy?
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4. What is your opinion about other countries having poor economic status?
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5. Do you think public officials have something to do with their country’s economic status? Why? Why not?
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6. If the country’s economy is declining, who do you think should be responsible for that?
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7. Would you consider having a small business for your livelihood in the future?
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8. What are the most common economic problems in your country?
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9. Have you studied about economics? What is your opinion about it?
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10. Do you think everyone should be aware of world economy? Why? Why not?
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Intermediate Conversation: Education and Language

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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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Next week, there will be a language tutorial class for students who want to study French. I want to give it a try. How about you?
I would love to study French, but I am currently studying Korean so I might get confused.

Oh, I see. It is my first time studying a foreign language. Is it difficult?
I guess it is not difficult if you are interested in the language you are studying. You can always ask for help from the teachers if ever you get confused, so you don’t have to worry.

That is good to know. Do they usually give language books so that I can also study at home?
Yes, they do. You can also practice with your classmates by having conversations in French. Good luck in your French class.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. What were your thoughts when you studied English for the first time?
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2. How many languages do you know? How did you learn them/it?
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3. Do you think learning English is necessary in our everyday lives? Why? Why not?
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4. What can you say about the educational system in your country?
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5. What can your country improve on when it comes to their educational system?
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6. If you could study more than two degrees, what would the degrees be and why?
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7. How much is the education in your country?
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8. If given a chance to study abroad, where would you go and why?
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9. What other languages would you like to study besides English?
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10. Some companies prefer employees who speak English fluently. Do you agree with their preferences?
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Intermediate Conversation: Environment and Natural Disasters

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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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Have you seen the news about the extreme flooding in the city yesterday?
Yes, I have. According to the news, illegal dumping of trash around the city might have caused it.

That is too bad. Trash is just thrown anywhere. I sometimes pick them up and put them in the bin when I am not in a hurry.
Me too. I have tried doing volunteer work in the park before. I noticed that people leave trash everywhere.

People should really be responsible for their actions to save the environment.
You are right. After all, we all benefit from our environment so we should take good care of it.
CONVERSATION

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

ANSWER

1. What actions do you do for the conservation of nature?
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2. What would you do when you must put out a piece of trash but there weren’t any trash bins?
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3. Do you think you are ready when natural disasters strike? Why? Why not?
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4. What do you think will happen with the environment after a few years?
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5. Have you experienced any natural disasters? What did you do?
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6. If you haven’t experienced any natural disasters, what would you do if you experienced one?
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7. How do people in your country prepare for natural disasters?
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8. Do you think most people in your country care about the environment? Why? Why not?
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9. Do you think the environment in your country could improve more?
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10. How do you help with the conservation of the environment?
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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: 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: 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.

ANSWER

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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