BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips List of Conversation Topics | Conversation starters One of the most frustrating things I have ever experienced around a girl, is if I and her run out of things to talk about. Since you found this post I assume you know what I’m talking about, and maybe you are interested in learning how to avoid awkward silence. I’m thinking about the teeth pooling moments where the awkward silence just takes over the situation, you are just sitting their smiling while desperately in your mind scrambling for something just mildly interesting say, but you just can think of anything, you mind is a total black out, you can’t even remember your own name at this point. Finally you hear yourself saying something completely uninteresting, like: “sooo.. do you come here often”, she says “no its my first time!” And then the conversation dries up once again, the awkward silence start to eat you both up from the inside until one of you can’t stand the social pressure and thus make up some excuse to leave. Talk about Past Experiences: Talk about Current Experience:
24 ESL Conversation Questions and Topics for Adults [Download This Guide] Text Version: When you’re having a conversation with a fellow ESL student, it can sometimes be challenging to get started. Even if you and your classmate are great conversationalists in your native language, you may have trouble coming up with questions to ask each other that will lead to more than just a one-sentence response in English.The next time you’re stuck coming up with a good conversation starter while practicing your English, try picking something from this list of ESL conversation questions for adults. Daily life questions What’s one thing in your home you couldn’t live without? Hobby/interest questions What was the last movie you saw at the theater? Opinion questions A note on opinion questions: Asking your conversation partner how they feel about certain current events may be a good way to start a lively discussion, but make sure you are respecting one another’s ideas and not attacking each other’s ways of thinking, even if you disagree.
Must and Should for beginners I have recently written a post on Modal verbs. This post was aimed at intermediate students and it demonstrated the usage and meaning of all the modal verbs in present and past tenses. This post deals only with the basic usage of the modal verbs SHOULD and MUST. You can find here a graphical presentation of the usage of the verbs SHOULD and MUST and several completely new games to practise the usage of these verbs. SHOULD and MUST – mind map Here is the graphical presentation of the two modal verbs: ADVERT: This time there are three different games to practise the two verbs. The first game is called Reaction. SHOULD – Reaction game The second game is the one where you will play more than learn. BRITISH COUNCIL – Blog award
Testmoz - The Test Generator English Pronunciation We use Cisco wireless in all our buildings for convenient and immediate online access. You will need the following for the files below: English Pronunciation/Listening We use the popular Can8 VirtuaLab for all our digital language lab programs. Unit One: TH, as in THINK, BATHROOM, and TEETH. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thought' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (894k). Unit Two: TH, as in THOSE, MOTHER and SOOTHE. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thy' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (725k). Unit Three: L and R, as in COLLECT, CORRECT, LAMB, and RAM. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FOUR :i and I, as in SEEN and SIN. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FIVE: s, sh, and ch. Minimal Pairs In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit SEVEN Our Address at OUC:
20 Teen and Tween Conversation Starters | Radical Parenting How was your day? Fine. How was school? Good. How was your test? Anything you want to tell me? Nope. Now that its summer, a lot of parents and the families I work with are focusing on communication skills because we are finally done with school for a bit. I find that some of the best ways to do this is to play games like Scrabble, Clue or Sorry that you can all engage over the common game. -Ask over dinner -Ask over dessert -Leave a few cards with questions in the car for long drives -host a sleepover for your son/daughter and their friends and encourage them to play. -Play at a family reunion -Ask your adult friends (I do this with mine all the time–in between Wii games of course) I came up with some and borrowed some from the cards–a few are a little mature, but I find those table topics get the best conversation going! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. I really love to engage youth in intelligent conversations about values, ideals and goals.
ESL Conversation Questions (EFL discussion questions on many topics) English Current ESL Conversation Questions (EFL Discussion Questions) Here is a list I created of hundreds of ESL conversation / discussion questions that you can use in a conversation English class. I will update and expand the ESL conversation questions list on an ongoing basis. For a list of speech topics, please visit this page. Jumpto a conversation question category: Animals ESL Conversation Questions What role do animals play in law enforcement? Could a chihuahua be a police dog? Should animals wear clothes? If you had to be raised by animals in the wild, what animals would be the best parents? Can animals be gay? If you could be an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? What are the pros and cons of owning a pet? Beauty ESL Conversation Questions If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be? What do you find most attractive in people of the opposite sex? Would you buy a Barbie Doll for your daughter? What do you think of tattoos? Can aging be prevented or slowed?
ExamTime - Changing the way you learn Pronunciation | English Online France Stress and the Schwa Sound Stressed syllabes The rhythm of EnglishThe Schwa soundThe General Rule 1The General Rule 2Words with Latin or Greek suffixes 1Words with Latin or Greek suffixes 2Words in -ion Limericks Limericks are short poems. They are used here because they have good examples of the contractions and weak forms typical of spoken English. There once was a lady from Niger Schwa exerciseStress exercise There once was a lady from Ryde Schwa exerciseStress exercise There once was a fellow from Lyme Schwa exerciseStress exercise There once was a fellow from Ryde Schwa exerciseStress exercise There was an old man from Darjeeling Schwa exerciseStress exercise There was a young lady from Tottenham Schwa exerciseStress exercise Pronunciation of the -ed ending To understand why there are different pronunciations to the verb ending written -ed (opened, laughed, wanted) first read the resource before doing the exercices : Vibration and no vibration The magic « e » Set 1 Set 2 Minimal pairs not – nut
Discussion Social networking can be too dangerous for young people and should only be available to adults. Examiner: So, now we’re going to have a short discussion. You’ve got one minute to take notes and prepare together for a two-minute discussion. Remember to listen, take turns and explain your opinions. Kelvin: So, shall I start first? Melissa: Sure. Kelvin: Yeah, so we need to discuss whether social networking can be dangerous for young people and whether they should be only available to adults. Melissa: I disagree with that statement because I think young people can keep contact with old or new friends on their social network and it can develop their good relationships and it can increase their self-esteem. Melissa: I see your point, but I think it can give the teenagers a chance to notice who is good and who is bad and to try to learn how to protect themselves from these guys. Kelvin: That’s true, yes. Kelvin: Yes.
Describing photos (comparing, contrasting and speculating) You are going to practise language for; Describing photosComparing and contrasting photos (discussing similarities and differences)Speculating on what might be happeningReacting to photos (giving opinions) Discuss Look at the presentation. Follow the instructions and talk about some of the photos Write The language used here for comparing and contrasting / speculating is also useful for writing discussion / argument essays. Introduction - describe the situation / topic to be discussedCompare / contrast ideas (for and against / advantages and disadvantages)Speculate on solutions to problems raised by the questionConclusion - give an opinion Which pairs or groups of photos in the presentation could be used to demonstrate ideas for argument writing topics about education, technology, food, family, work, leisure, health, advertising etc? More Practice on May / Might / Could / Must / Can't