Talking about Smartphones

Do you want a better
English conversation practice?

Read this story in English

Study some new words for this topic:

Take some good questions to the Plaza:

What are your favorite apps?

What apps do you use the most?

Do you think people are addicted to smartphones?

Do you want to use your smartphone less?

How do you feel about smartphones?

Maybe watch this video:

Talking about Space

Do you want a better
English conversation practice?

Read this Story in English

Study some new words for the topic:

Take some good questions to your
next English Lounge or PEP meeting:

  • Do you want to go to Mars in the future?
  • What is your favorite planet?
  • Have you ever seen a falling star?
  • Do you believe in aliens?
  • What’s your favorite space movie?

Maybe watch this video:

Talking about Politics

Do you want a better
English conversation practice?

Read this news story: 

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Study some new words for this topic: 

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Take some good questions
to your English conversation time: 

  • What challenges do Biden and Harris face?
  • Why was this election so intense?
  • What are the big differences between Biden and Trump?
  • What will Biden do when he becomes president?
  • What will they do about the coronavirus?
  • Do you know Shirley Chisholm?
  • How does Harris’s election create hope?

Can you answer these questions?

Maybe watch this video: 

Talking about the Corona Virus

Lately, the corona virus is often in the news…

Some questions you can ask in English:

  • What would you do if you were on that cruise ship?
  • Are you washing your hands properly?
  • Are you hoarding anything?
  • Did you buy a lot of masks or hand sanitizer?
  • Do you have any friends or family in (city name)?
  • Are you scared? Are you worried?
  • What are you doing with so much time at home?
  • Are you taking any precautions?
  • Do you think they will cancel the (event)?
  • Are you having trouble buying anything?
  • How are you staying in touch with (friends)?

Some things you might hear:

  • “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 (city name) “
  • “I hope they find a vaccine soon”
  • “I miss my friends”
  • “I can’t find any (toilet paper)”

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:

Why everything is closing for Coronavirus:
It’s called “flattening the curve”

“All the closures are costing money. So are the delayed events. Still, sporting events and businesses are being canceled. This shows how serious the spread of coronavirus is. 

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