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English Conversation – Language

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 04:11 PM
posted by Jo


What is the best way to learn a language? How do languages develop? Do animals have language?  These are some of the questions you could be asked when discussing the topic of language and language learning.  This is the preparation material for an English Conversation lesson about languages.

Audio Discussion

Download audio discussion about languages

Transcript of Audio Discussion

* Audio courtesy of elllo.org

Phrasal Verbs

  • Do well - I hope I do well in my English exam next Saturday.
  • Take up - I think I will take up French next year.

Conversation Questions about Learning a Second Language

  • What do you think is the best way to learn a second language?
  • What do you think is the greatest benefit of learning a second language?
  • Do you think it is possible to teach yourself a language?
  • What are the good and bad things about your language?
  • What three languages would you really like to speak, and why?
  • Can you learn a language by watching television?
  • What languages would you like to learn in future?
  • Do you think that one day there will be just one language in the world?
  • How do you think the world would be different if there was only one language?
  • How would you compare your own language with English?
  • Why do you think there are so many different languages in the world?
  • What's the best way to learn a foreign language?
  • What is value of learning languages?
  • Is it better to learn language as a child? Why?
  • How can the Internet be a helpful tool when learning a foreign language?
  • Is the classroom the best place to learn?
  • Can a good teacher influence how well you enjoy learning a language?
  • Is it possible to teach yourself a language?
  • What careers are possible if you speak a foreign language?
  • Is it possible to learn a language without studying grammar?
  • How do you think language first started?
  • How much of a barrier do you think language is?
  • How is our language different from animal language?
  • What do you think of languages that are dying? Do you think they should be preserved?
  • Do you think that animals use their own language?
  • Do you think animal language is as complex as human language?
  • Have you heard of baby sign language?
  • Do you think it is beneficial to teach babies sign language before they can speak?
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5 Responses to “English Conversation – Language”

  1. cayunk boo says:

    Dear Admin,
    I would like to share some method on how to improve english as a second language in our life. In my opinion, the best way is making the language as the medium in speaking daily lifetime to others. From that, we automatically would learning new words from day to day until the end. 🙂

  2. Zainur Suhada says:

    Second language?
    For me everyone should learn second language for their own benefit. For me, my own second languages are English and Arabic. My university especially asked their undergraduate student to learn these wonderful language. The greatest benefit to learn the second language for our own benefit of course. When we meet the foreign we can communicate with them. It is possible for me to learn second language because I were trained since my primary school. The 3 language I love to speak most must be my mother tongue which is Malay then English and Arabic.:)

  3. Thanh says:

    I don’t know why but this lesson is much easier to listen than other lessons in this category. Probably because the main character (Lupe) speaks in a moderate speed, and pronounces clearly. Other lessons are a little bit more difficult to listen, like the ones that Todd is the MC who interview other guests. Todd’s speech is a bit fast and not clear in every words. I wish all American (and all other English speakers also) speak like this 😀

    • Jo says:

      Hello Thanh,

      Yes, some are easier than others. I get the audio files from this website: http://www.elllo.org. It is an excellent site and I would recommend spending some time listening to the audios there if you would like to improve your English.

      All of the files are real, natural conversations (not textbook audios) so there are a lot of slang words and expressions and many different accents. This is why I like it, because it is important to be exposed to ‘real English’ and to hear all the different accents and speeds of talking. It is very good for developing listening skills.

      Best wishes,