Talking about the Corona Virus

Lately, the corona virus is often in the news…

Here are some questions you can ask in English:

  • Did you hear about the cruise ship?
    • What would you do if you were on that ship?
  • Are you worried about the virus?
  • Are you washing your hands more often?
  • Did you buy any masks or hand sanitizer?
  • Do you have any friends or family in China?
  • Are you scared of the virus?
  • How do you feel about the new virus?
  • Are you taking any precautions?
  • Do you think they will cancel the Olympics?

Here are some things you can say in English:

  • “I heard that many people don’t even know they have it”
  • “I heard that it’s only dangerous for the elderly
  • “I’m worried about all the people in China”
  • “I hope they find a vaccine soon”

Here are some useful words for this topic:

ache 動詞 serious 形容詞  
ache 名詞 severe 形容詞  
attack 名詞   severely 副詞  
bacteria 名詞   sickness 名詞  
be sick 慣用句 sneeze 動詞  
catch 動詞 sneeze 名詞  
collapse 動詞 spot 名詞  
condition 名詞   spread 動詞  
cough 動詞 stomach ache 名詞  
crisis 名詞 suffer 動詞  
develop 動詞   sufferer 名詞  
fever 名詞   suffering 名詞  
germ 名詞   symptom 名詞  
headache 名詞   temperature 名詞  
ill 形容詞   toothache 名詞  
illness 名詞   transfer 動詞  
infection 名詞   trouble 名詞  
pain 名詞   unconscious 形容詞  
painful 形容詞   unfit 形容詞  
painfully 副詞   unwell 形容詞  
pale 形容詞   upset 形容詞  
react 動詞   upset 動詞  
reject 動詞   upset 名詞  
seasick 形容詞   virus 名詞

Here’s a good news article about the corona virus:

What to know about the new coronavirus

“A new virus is causing concern around the world. Viruses are small particles. They can cause infections and disease. This new virus is called the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is also called 2019-nCoV. 

The virus first showed up in Wuhan, China. As of February 10, the virus had infected more than 40,000 people around the world…


Talking about Thanksgiving

When we talk about the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we often talk about shopping and food. Here are some questions and words to help you have a good conversation about shopping and food:


  • What does your family do for Thanksgiving?
  • What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?
  • Where do you go shopping on Black Friday?
  • Do you buy a lot of stuff on Black Friday?
    • What will you buy on Black Friday?
  • Do shop online? Do you shop on Cyber Monday?
    • What are you gonna get?
  • Do you watch any football games on Thanksgiving?
    • Who’s playing this year?
  • Do you go to see a parade at Thanksgiving?
  • What do you miss the most about Thanksgiving?
  • How long do the leftovers last?
  • What do you want for Christmas?


In stores… At the table…
bargain bowl
bargain butter knife
barter carving knife
basket chopstick
browse cloth
buy crockery
carrier bag cutlery
discount dessertspoon
discount dish
haggle doily
high street finger bowl
impulse buying fish knife
mall fork
mallrat glassware
plaza knife
queue ladle
queue napkin
receipt place mat
reduction plate
retail therapy serviette
sale setting
sample side plate
saving silverware
shopaholic table mat
shoplifting tablespoon
shopping teaspoon
special offer tureen
spendthrift roast
splurge salad
splurge side dish
spree side salad
steal snack
store starter
tester supper
trolley sweet
try on takeaway

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary

Talking about Travel

  • When was the last time you stayed in a hotel?
  • Do you know what a hostel is?
  • Have you ever stayed in a Bed & Breakfast?
  • Have you ever done a homestay? How was it?
  • What’s your favorite place to stay?

Come to the English Lounge and talk about places to stay when you travel.

These words will help you:

all-inclusive foyer room service
bed and breakfast front desk single
board full board star
book half board suite
check in housekeeping twin bedroom
checkout lounge upgrade
desk reception vacancy
double room reservation visitors’ book
en suite room wake-up call


Talking about Business Deals

Google is one of the largest technology companies in the world, and Fitbit is a popular health and fitness watch that many people wear. Recently, Google purchased Fitbit for about $2 billion dollars. Do you think this was a good idea? What will Google do with its new fitness technology? What should Google do next? What Google products do you use? What fitness products do you enjoy? Come to the English Lounge and tell us what you think.

You might need some of these words below:

accept dissolve offer
acquisition draft plug
approach draft pressure
bargaining power fall through proposal
bid hardball pull
bid horse-trading pull out
broker hostile reject
broker ink schedule
buyout leverage table
contract meeting take over
deal merger takeover
dealing negotiation