1000 Questions for CoAVerSation
To the Teacher
Let's Talk About It is for adults and young adults and is designed to get false-beginners and
intermediate-level English learners talking about Japan and the world Let's Talk About It introduces
high-interest topics through pictures then guides conversations through questions developlng
fluency and building vocabulary
Using Let's TalkAbout lt in the classroom
Each unit beginswith a picture or set of pictures introducing a high-interest, everyday
conversation topic followed by a set of discussion questions The first ten questions are about the
picture the second ten on related matters Students should read the questions aloud You can make
comments on pronunciation and explain difficult words and expressions Insisting on complete
sentence replies from students will help reinforce English syntax Skip any questions that seem
In this exercise students choose an appropriate word for the blank space in each of ten sentences
Depending on students level some vocabulary may need to be explained first This exercise also
can be used for homework.
Here students are glVen ten answers and are asked to supply ten appropriate questions for each
You can glVe Prompts and hints if the students have difficulty formlng queStions
This exercise asks students to create questions based on answers provided as in Ask il and also to
fill in a misslng word in each given answer You might ask students to work independently, in
palrS Or in small groups The first word of each question is provided as a guide
(Answers to each Match it, and suggested questions and answers forAsk it and Finish it are
provided in the back of the book
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4.What objects can you see on the couples table?
6What is the waiter wearlng around his neck7
8What is the waiter holdingbehind his back?
10.Whichjob in this picture would you prefer to do?
11Are there any kinds offood you dislike?
12What is the strangest food you have eaten? How was it?
15 What did you eat for breakfast today? How about last nights dinner?
16 Ifyou could go to any country in the world for a meal where would you go?
What kind of meal would you order?
17Which do you prefer, red orwhite meat7
18How often do you eat out? Where do you usually eat?
19 What kind of food do you think visitors dont like to eat in your country?
20 How much was the most expensive meal you have ever eaten? How was it? Where
did you eat it?
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3.What instmment is the girl playing?
5 What can you see falling from the treebehind her?
8What does the sign in the last picture mean?
ll.What city inJapan is famous for comedians?
12.What Japanese people are famous overseas?
13.Have you ever climbed Mount Fuji?
15.What are some of the dangers inyour country?
16 Why do you thinkvisitors come to your country?
17. Where would you recommend visitors to go in Japan? Why7
18 Wherewould you most like to live in your country? Why?
19 Some people describe Americans as wopen andfriendlyH How would you best
describe Japanese people?
20 What country in the world do you think is the most similar to Japan? Why? Describe
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1What departmentis this in the department store?
2Can you name other departments in a department store?
3.What do we call the woman in uniform?
5How many floors does this department store have7
8Which do you prefer, escalators or elevators7
9.How much does the coat on the left cost?
10What kind ofclothes can you see on the hangers?
11Whats your favorite store? Do you prefer big or small stores?
12What products are cheap tobuy inJapan?
13Where did youbuy the clothes you are wearlng now?
14How many times a week do people do grocery shopplng ln your COuntry? Do you
think grocery shopping in America differs from Japan? How?
15What is the most expensive thing you have everbought?
18Would you rather shop alne orwith friends?
19What was the last present you received? When did you receive it? Who gave it to you?
20 Ifyou could go anywhere to shop in the world where would you go?
1Which member of the group would you like tobe? Why?
2Which band members are wearlng earrlngS?
3Which of these instruments do you think is the hardest to play?
4What instmment is the man on the far left playing?
5What do you call the people in front of the stage?
6Whichband members are wearlng hats?
9What kind of guitars do you think they are playing?
10Describe what the vocalist is wearlng
11 Is music important to you? Could you live without it? Why? Why not?
12What kind of music do you like to listen to? How many different types of music do
13Who are your favorite male and female slngerS?
14What singer or group would you mostlike to see in concert? Why?
15Which do you prefer, Japanese or Western music? Why?
16Can you play an instmment? If yes what? If no what instrument would you like to
17What kind of music do your parents like to listen to? What do you think of it?
19Do you know any world-famous bands? Can you name any of them?
3What is the farthest you have travelled by shinkansen?
4What is the woman in the second picture doing?
5What are they doing in the third picture?
6What are they riding on in the fourth picture?
8Which of these kinds of transportation do you prefer? Why?
9Which is the safest? The most dangerous?
12What do you call the place where people wait for a taxi?
14Which side of the road do cars drive on inJapan? In the US?
15Do you own any form of transportation? How long have you owned it? Do you use it
often? Where do you usually go?
16When are trains usually crowded?
18Have you ever had a traffic accident? If yes, where? When? How did it happen? Was
it your fault? Who had to pay?
20What kind of transportation havent you tried?
6The salaryman and work
1Why is his family standing outside the house?
2.Where is he at 7:30 a.m.7
4Have you ever slept on the train like this man?
6.What time does he eat lunch?
10 Is your schedule the same as his? Describe your schedule
ll. Do you have ajob? Ifyes what do you do? Ifno what would you like to do? Why?
13.What do you consider is a dangerous job? Adirtyjob?
15Does your company have an annual company trip? Have you ever been on a com-
pany trip? If yes where?
16Do you expect to workin one company all of your life?
18Would you rather work for a big company or a small company?
20.Did/Do you need any special training foryourjob?
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1How many grandchildren are there? Grandparents?
2.Who is Simons uncle?
3How manybrothers does Karen have?
4Which child is the second youngest?
5.Who is Karens sister-in-law?
7How manyyears older is Peter than his wife?
9What is the relationship between George and Mary?
10.Who is Simons eldest cousin?
11How many people are there in your family?
12How manybrothers and sisters do you have? What do they do? Do you live
13Were you ever punished? Ifyes why? How?
14Tell aboutyour family's hobbies
16Who is the tallest in your family? How tall is that person?