Travel English Conversation, Semester 3

Travel English Conversation, Semester 3

Travel English Conversation, Semester 3

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Welcome to Travel English Conversation! This course and these lessons are designed for learner at the high-beginner to intermediate level. The topic is Travel, so every lesson targets a particular aspect relative to that. Like all of Hal & Steve English lessons, these are specifically designed for conversation.

We want to focus on learners communicating in English, as much as they can, using as much English as they know. Remember, you don’t need perfect grammar or a high vocabulary to talk in English. It can be a bit daunting at first, and you might feel a bit frustrated, but just hang in there and continue trying. Being successful at English conversation is just about putting in time. Minutes, Hours, Days… you just need to speak English as often as you can.

There are no shortcuts. But remember, you can do this! Over 1 billion people speak English. So can you!

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Lessons

  1. What are some comparative examples of Korean food vs. American food? Which countries cuisine do you prefer? Why? What are some positive/negatives sides to Korean food? American food? What makes Korean food special/unique? Explain some differences between modern day Korean food and traditional Korean food. Create three comparatives about you and your conversation partner(s) and what you foods you like.
  2. What do you know about New York City? Have you ever been there? What is it famous for? Is New York City comparable to Seoul? How or how not? What do you think of the people of New York City? Are they different from other Americans? Do you know of any New York CIty cuisines? Find out your conversation partner(s) favorite subculture and why.
  3. What konglish do you personally use? Are there any examples of konglish you know not on the list? Is the use of konglish growing or shrinking? Why? Is the use of English becoming more common in Korea? How old were you when you started studying English? Find out some English vocabualry words your partner(s) like to use and why.
  4. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  5. Use the vocabulary previously provided if possible and explain your countries work culture. Pretend it's your teacher's first time in the country. Have you ever had a boss that was a slave-driver or who always sent you back to the salt-mines? Are there any perks to your job? Are there any stereotypes concerning executives? Did you have a mentor in your workplace? Talk about your experience. Find out your partner's dream job, and why.
  6. What do you know about Southeast Asia? Have you ever been there? What countries? Talk about your experiences. Are there any countries which are poor as a church mouse? Any that are rich or becoming rich? What are some pro's and con's to living or visiting Southeast Asia? What are some things that are peculiar to Southeast Asia? Find out your conversation partner(s) favorite country in Southeast Asia and why,
  7. Which idiom do you find most interesting? Can you create a few example sentences with that idiom? Do any of these idioms describe your teacher or friends? Can you give any examples? Is it acceptable to have a five o' clock shadow in your workplace? Why or why not? What are some issues vertically challenged people face? Find out about your conversation partner(s) first romantic relationship. How would they describe that person? Would they use any of these idioms?
  8. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  9. Are any of the 'facts' actually stereotypes or opinions? Why or why not? Which facts do you find interesting? Why or why not? Pick one of the facts to explain to your teacher or conversation(s) partner. Can you think of any interesting facts to add to the list? Find out a fun fact about your conversation(s) partner and explain about it.
  10. Use your new vocabulary to describe kimchi/kinds of kimchi to your teacher/conversation(s) partners. How important is kimchi to Korean culture? Why? What's your favorite and least favorite kind of kimchi? Why? How do you think foreigners feel/react to kimchi? Is it something only Koreans usually like? Do you still make kimchi or is that a thing of the past? Find out if your conversation knows of any areas or restaurants with excellent kimchi and give a short explanation.
  11. Practice describing the weather of your country to a foreigner. Pick another country and describe that weather to your teacher or conversation partner(s). What is your favorite kind of weather, and what do you like to do during it? Have there ever been extreme weather happenings in your country? Is the weather forecasting in you country accurate? Why or why not? Find out if what kind of weather your conversational partner(s) hates and why.
  12. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  13. What are some of your favorite or least favorite sports? Are there any interesting or bizarre sports in Korea? In Asia? Do you know much about American sports? Do you think sports are over-rated? What do you think is most difficult sport? The easiest? The most profitable? Find out your conversation partner(s) favorite athlete and why.
  14. Pretend your teacher or conversation partner(s) is new to your country or area, and explain the following ideas or concepts within a conversational format: hierarchy, Confucianism, deference, elder, how to act/behave at a dinner with friends or an important business dinner, and why age is important in your country. How does the westernization effect these concepts/ideas in your country? How closely should forefingers observe these ideas? Does it matter a little or a lot? Find out if your partner is a more traditional or more progressive Korean and why.
  15. Which stereotypes do you think are accurate or inaccurate? Why or why not? What are some differences and similarities between Koreans and Americans? Are there any stereotypes you can think of to add to the list? What are some famous American figures and what are their stereotypes? Have you ever known of a situations where someone became a laughing stock? Do you know of any famous Americans who have become laughing stocks? Find out if your conversation partner(s) has any tendencies.
  16. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  17. Which is the most bizarre food from the previous list? Why? If you had to choose one food to eat from the previous list, which would you choose? Why? Are there any healthy foods you like which are also quite delicious? Do you know how to prepare any foreign dishes? Find out what the least healthy things your conversation partner(s) likes and why.
  18. Pretend your teacher or conversation partner(s) is new to the area or country. Explain your currency, and it's general worth. Have you ever battered before? If so, how or what for? Is the number of destitute people in your country a big or small issue? Why or why not? Is your currency stable? Why or why not? Find out what your conversation partner(s) would like to barter for in the future.
  19. Which euphemism do you find interesting? Why? Are you ever economical with the truth? Why or why not? Are you aware of any infamous instances of friendly fire? At which age do children/teenagers typically start dropping letter bombs? Do letter bottoms bother you? Find out what euphemisms you conversation partner(s) uses and why
  20. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!
  21. Which of these slang words do you find most interesting? Why? Do you use slang when you speak? If so, what? Have you ever heard of or witnessed someone going postal? Is there any old slang you can think of when you were young or your childhood? If so, what? Find out if your conversation(s) partner has every felt like going postal or been a lurker.
  22. Pretend your teacher or conversation partner(s) are new to the country or area. Explain to them the cost of living. If possible, use some of the vocabulary previously provided. What are some the countries places with the best cost of living? Worst cost of living? Is cost of living a big issue in your country or a smaller or non-issue? Is your disposable income much different from your general income? Find out what factors outweigh all other factors for your conversation partner(s) - Health, money, family, job?
  23. Pretend you are taking your teacher or conversation partner(s) on a tour of a place of your choice. You are the tour guide. If possible use some of the vocabulary previously provided. When you are on a date what are things you don't permit? How about when you travel with someone? Can you describe your countries architecture? Is there anything special or peculiar to it? What are some things that are customary in your country? Find out a thing your conversation partner(s) never ever permits.
  24. It's time to review the previous lessons! Remember, you want to become comfortable with all of these different topics, and you become comfortable by practice and reviewing!