~ Dialog ~ Topic 9 ~ Conversation ~ Choose questions ~ Samples are below ~


1) What are some of your favorite topics of conversation (movies, family, sports) Why?

I really like talking about personal stories. They may be about places people have lived,

they may be about good or bad times people have been through, they may be about

pivotal moments or experiences that set someone (anyone) on a new life course.

I guess I like talking about the things that really matter to people.


2) What makes someone easy to talk to? Difficult to talk to? Is it personality?

People who enjoy their lives are easy to talk to. People who don¡¯t tend to shy away.

In that way, studying a foreign language can open people up to new communication.

Perhaps people can express themselves differently in another language.


3) Have you ever had a conversation with a stranger or a traveler? About what?

Of course. Where shall I begin? The most memorable discussion was with a Moroccan nomad.

I was there with an NGO¡¦ We were building wells and solar structures. Beautiful people.

They make their homes in the way of nomadic traditions and have the most generous qualities.


4) Who do you argue with? What about? How long? Do you usually win?

I rarely argue. I consider argument a last resort¡¦ But it¡¯s sometimes necessary.


5) What's the difference between phone and face-to-face conversations? Explain.

I have to use the phone to talk to the people far from me¡¦ but I¡¯d much rather be with them¡¦


6) How are your conversations with women different from those with men?

With the #MeToo movement everything has changed. My view is that the differences

between men and women are different in each society¡¦ but men are becoming more aware.


7) Does alcohol improve or impede your conversational skills? Explain.

Case by case¡¦ It depends on the company you keep. Moderation is the key element.


8) Do you have good conversations with your family? relatives? in-laws? Explain.

My best conversations are with my oldest sister. She¡¯s wise and knows most of our

family history. You can imagine that this is a wealth of information that is useful¡¦


9) What famous person (past/present) would you like to talk to? About what?

I¡¯d like to hang out with Marco Polo¡¦ and if you don¡¯t know why¡¦ read his book.


10) Talk about a really good conversation you had recently. Who with? What about?

Recently I talked with my younger sister. It was good to reconnect. I hadn¡¯t been in touch

with her for the longest time. I guess she¡¯s back on her feet now. It feels good.




~ Topic 9 ~ Conversation ~ Second Thoughts ~ Wikipedia ~


Conversations: social interactions that depend on social convention. Specific rules for conversation arise from cooperative principles. Failure to adhere to these rules causes the conversation to deteriorate or eventually end. Contributions to a conversation are responses to what has previously been said.


Banter: short witty sentences that bounce back and forth between individuals. Often banter uses clever put-downs and witty insults, misunderstandings (often intentional), zippy wisecracks, zingers, flirtation, and puns. The idea is each line of banter should "top" the one before it and in short a verbal war of wit without any physical contact.


Functional Conversation: designed to convey information in order to help achieve a goal.


Small Talk: a type of conversation where the topic is less important than the social purpose of achieving bonding between people or managing personal distance. 'How is the weather?' might be portrayed as an example, which conveys no practicality whatsoever¡¦


From: https://www.essentiallifeskills.net/quotes-on-conversation.html


As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction. —Stan Getz


Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. 

Andre Maurois


Two monologues do not make a dialogue. —Jeff Daly


Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness. —Margaret Millar


Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut. —Anonymous


It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.—Yogi Berra


Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

 —Mark Twain


Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes. —Robert Louis Stevenson 




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~ TLW ~ Conversation Questions and Shared Dialog ~

~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).



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