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Let's Talk About It is a conversation practice book for students of English. The book has 20 units that introduce practical, high interest topics and get students sharing experiences, giving opinions, and making cross-cultural comparisons. 1000 questions start conversations, and keep them going.


<ul><li><p>1000 Questions for CoAVerSation</p></li><li><p>To the Teacher</p><p>Introduction</p><p>Let's Talk About It is for adults and young adults and is designed to get false-beginners and</p><p>intermediate-level English learners talking about Japan and the world Let's Talk About It introduces</p><p>high-interest topics through pictures then guides conversations through questions developlng</p><p>fluency and building vocabulary</p><p>Using Let's TalkAbout lt in the classroom</p><p>TQlk (boUI</p><p>Each unit beginswith a picture or set of pictures introducing a high-interest, everyday</p><p>conversation topic followed by a set of discussion questions The first ten questions are about the</p><p>picture the second ten on related matters Students should read the questions aloud You can make</p><p>comments on pronunciation and explain difficult words and expressions Insisting on complete</p><p>sentence replies from students will help reinforce English syntax Skip any questions that seem</p><p>inappropriate</p><p>M(Ich</p><p>In this exercise students choose an appropriate word for the blank space in each of ten sentences</p><p>Depending on students level some vocabulary may need to be explained first This exercise also</p><p>can be used for homework.</p><p>Ask iI</p><p>Here students are glVen ten answers and are asked to supply ten appropriate questions for each</p><p>You can glVe Prompts and hints if the students have difficulty formlng queStions</p><p>Finish</p><p>This exercise asks students to create questions based on answers provided as in Ask il and also to</p><p>fill in a misslng word in each given answer You might ask students to work independently, in</p><p>palrS Or in small groups The first word of each question is provided as a guide</p><p>(Answers to each Match it, and suggested questions and answers forAsk it and Finish it are</p><p>provided in the back of the book</p></li><li><p> AboutCONTENTS</p></li><li><p>1 Food</p><p>TQlk clboul it</p><p>1.Whatisthemanordering?</p><p>2.Whatisthewaiterdoing?</p><p>3.Whatisthewaitresscarrying?</p><p>4.What objects can you see on the couples table?</p><p>5.Whatisthebartenderdoing?</p><p>6What is the waiter wearlng around his neck7</p><p>7Whattimeofdaydoyouthinkitis?Why?</p><p>8What is the waiter holdingbehind his back?</p><p>9.Whatdoesthesignsay?</p><p>10.Whichjob in this picture would you prefer to do?</p><p>11Are there any kinds offood you dislike?</p><p>12What is the strangest food you have eaten? How was it?</p><p>13Howmanycupsofteaorcoffeedoyoudrinkaday?</p><p>14.Whatkindofsnacksdoyouliketoeat?</p><p>15 What did you eat for breakfast today? How about last nights dinner?</p><p>16 Ifyou could go to any country in the world for a meal where would you go?</p><p>What kind of meal would you order?</p><p>17Which do you prefer, red orwhite meat7</p><p>18How often do you eat out? Where do you usually eat?</p><p>19 What kind of food do you think visitors dont like to eat in your country?</p><p>20 How much was the most expensive meal you have ever eaten? How was it? Where</p><p>did you eat it?</p></li><li><p>Food 1</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p><p>7</p></li><li><p>TQlk qboUl it</p><p>1.Whoisthemaninthefirstpicture?</p><p>2.Did/DoyouwatchthisshowonTV?</p><p>3.What instmment is the girl playing?</p><p>4Whatseasondoyouthinkitis?</p><p>5 What can you see falling from the treebehind her?</p><p>6Whattemplecanyousee?</p><p>7Haveyoubeentothistemple?</p><p>8What does the sign in the last picture mean?</p><p>9.Whatishedrinking?</p><p>10Whatseasondoyouthinkitis?Why?</p><p>ll.What city inJapan is famous for comedians?</p><p>12.What Japanese people are famous overseas?</p><p>13.Have you ever climbed Mount Fuji?</p><p>14.WheredomostpeopleskiinJapan?</p><p>15.What are some of the dangers inyour country?</p><p>16 Why do you thinkvisitors come to your country?</p><p>17. Where would you recommend visitors to go in Japan? Why7</p><p>18 Wherewould you most like to live in your country? Why?</p><p>19 Some people describe Americans as wopen andfriendlyH How would you best</p><p>describe Japanese people?</p><p>20 What country in the world do you think is the most similar to Japan? Why? Describe</p><p>the similarities.</p></li><li><p>3 Shopplng</p><p>TQlk (boUl. il.</p><p>1What departmentis this in the department store?</p><p>2Can you name other departments in a department store?</p><p>3.What do we call the woman in uniform?</p><p>4WhatisshewearlngOnherhands?</p><p>5How many floors does this department store have7</p><p>6Whyistheyounggirlcrying?</p><p>7Whatisthemanholding?</p><p>8Which do you prefer, escalators or elevators7</p><p>9.How much does the coat on the left cost?</p><p>10What kind ofclothes can you see on the hangers?</p><p>11Whats your favorite store? Do you prefer big or small stores?</p><p>12What products are cheap tobuy inJapan?</p><p>13Where did youbuy the clothes you are wearlng now?</p><p>14How many times a week do people do grocery shopplng ln your COuntry? Do you</p><p>think grocery shopping in America differs from Japan? How?</p><p>15What is the most expensive thing you have everbought?</p><p>16Whatdidyoubuytoday?</p><p>17Whatdoyoudisliketoshopfor?</p><p>18Would you rather shop alne orwith friends?</p><p>19What was the last present you received? When did you receive it? Who gave it to you?</p><p>20 Ifyou could go anywhere to shop in the world where would you go?</p></li><li><p>Shopping3</p><p>9</p></li><li><p>4 Music</p><p>1blk (bouI</p><p>1Which member of the group would you like tobe? Why?</p><p>2Which band members are wearlng earrlngS?</p><p>3Which of these instruments do you think is the hardest to play?</p><p>4What instmment is the man on the far left playing?</p><p>5What do you call the people in front of the stage?</p><p>6Whichband members are wearlng hats?</p><p>7Whatkindofgroupdoyouthinktheyare?</p><p>8Whatisthevocalistdoing?</p><p>9What kind of guitars do you think they are playing?</p><p>10Describe what the vocalist is wearlng</p><p>11 Is music important to you? Could you live without it? Why? Why not?</p><p>12What kind of music do you like to listen to? How many different types of music do</p><p>you know?</p><p>13Who are your favorite male and female slngerS?</p><p>14What singer or group would you mostlike to see in concert? Why?</p><p>15Which do you prefer, Japanese or Western music? Why?</p><p>16Can you play an instmment? If yes what? If no what instrument would you like to</p><p>play? Why?</p><p>17What kind of music do your parents like to listen to? What do you think of it?</p><p>18Howoftendoyougotokaraoke7</p><p>19Do you know any world-famous bands? Can you name any of them?</p><p>20DoyoubuyCDsorrentthem?</p></li><li><p>Music 4</p><p>7</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>5Transportation</p><p>Tdlk (bouI</p><p>1WhatisthistraincalledinEnglish?</p><p>2Whatdowecallthesepeopleonthetrain?</p><p>3What is the farthest you have travelled by shinkansen?</p><p>4What is the woman in the second picture doing?</p><p>5What are they doing in the third picture?</p><p>6What are they riding on in the fourth picture?</p><p>7Whatdoyoucallapersonwhoridesabicycle?</p><p>8Which of these kinds of transportation do you prefer? Why?</p><p>9Which is the safest? The most dangerous?</p><p>10Whichofthesedoyouusethemost?</p><p>11Howoftendoyoutaketaxis?</p><p>12What do you call the place where people wait for a taxi?</p><p>13Whatisyourfavoritecar?</p><p>14Which side of the road do cars drive on inJapan? In the US?</p><p>15Do you own any form of transportation? How long have you owned it? Do you use it</p><p>often? Where do you usually go?</p><p>16When are trains usually crowded?</p><p>17Haveyouevertakenaferry?Where?</p><p>18Have you ever had a traffic accident? If yes, where? When? How did it happen? Was</p><p>it your fault? Who had to pay?</p><p>19Whatdoyouusuallydoonthetrai?</p><p>20What kind of transportation havent you tried?</p></li><li><p>6The salaryman and work</p><p>1blkbouI</p><p>1Why is his family standing outside the house?</p><p>2.Where is he at 7:30 a.m.7</p><p>3.Whatisheholdingonto?</p><p>4Have you ever slept on the train like this man?</p><p>5.WhatishedoingatlO:00am?</p><p>6.What time does he eat lunch?</p><p>7Whodoyouthinkheis eatingwith?</p><p>8.Whatishethinkingofat7:30pm?</p><p>9.Whatishedoingat10:00pm?</p><p>10 Is your schedule the same as his? Describe your schedule</p><p>ll. Do you have ajob? Ifyes what do you do? Ifno what would you like to do? Why?</p><p>12.Whatjobdidyouwanttodowhenyouwereachild?</p><p>13.What do you consider is a dangerous job? Adirtyjob?</p><p>14Whatdoyourparentsdo?</p><p>15Does your company have an annual company trip? Have you ever been on a com-</p><p>pany trip? If yes where?</p><p>16Do you expect to workin one company all of your life?</p><p>17Haveyoueverhadapart-timejob7</p><p>18Would you rather work for a big company or a small company?</p><p>19Whatdoyoudislikeaboutyourjob?</p><p>20.Did/Do you need any special training foryourjob?</p></li><li><p>15</p></li><li><p>7Family</p><p>TQlk (boUl it</p><p>1How many grandchildren are there? Grandparents?</p><p>2.Who is Simons uncle?</p><p>3How manybrothers does Karen have?</p><p>4Which child is the second youngest?</p><p>5.Who is Karens sister-in-law?</p><p>6HowmanycousinsdoesJanethave?</p><p>7How manyyears older is Peter than his wife?</p><p>8WhoisThomassnephew7</p><p>9What is the relationship between George and Mary?</p><p>10.Who is Simons eldest cousin?</p><p>11How many people are there in your family?</p><p>12How manybrothers and sisters do you have? What do they do? Do you live</p><p>with them?</p><p>13Were you ever punished? Ifyes why? How?</p><p>14Tell aboutyour family's hobbies</p><p>15Who doyouspeaktothemostinyourfamily?</p><p>16Who is the tallest in your family? How tall is that person?</p><p>17Whoisthelaziestinyourfamily7</p><p>18Doyouhaveafamilypet?Ifyeswhotakes careofit?</p><p>19When did you and your family last go on a vacation? Where did you go? How long</p><p>was the vacation?</p><p>20How often do you and your family spend time together?</p></li><li><p>FamHv 7</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>8 Travel</p><p>1blk (bouI</p><p>1What time does the flight leave for Paris? What are the earliest and the latestflights7</p><p>2Whatdotheywanttobuyatthedutyfreeshop?</p><p>3What is the woman with the sunglasses holding in her left hand? What is this pass</p><p>usedfor?</p><p>4Whatisthemanpushing?</p><p>5 Is this an international airport or a domestic alrpOrt? Why?</p><p>61Whoisthemanwiththeflag?</p><p>7What problem does the man at the front left have?</p><p>8How do you know that the couple have just returned from vacation?</p><p>9 In flight BA 018 for London what does BA stand for?</p><p>10Whodoyouthinkthewomaninuniformis?</p><p>11What countries would you like to visit? Why?</p><p>12Have you everbeen on a high-school trip? Where?</p><p>13What places are popular now forJapanese to visit?</p><p>14Describe your lastvacation Where did you go? What did you do?</p><p>15How do you prefer to travel in a group orbyyourself?</p><p>16Do you like to take photographs orvideos onvacation?</p><p>17What do you like most about golng abroad?</p><p>18Describe your ideal vacation</p><p>19 Is there anything you dislike about travelling? Why?</p><p>20Where would you recommend visitors to Japan go in your country? Why?</p></li><li><p>Travel 8</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>9Europe</p><p>TQlk (boUI</p><p>lWhat nationality is the woman in the first picture?</p><p>2What is she holding? What is in the background?</p><p>3What city is shown in the second picture? What is in the background?</p><p>4What kind of person do you think he is? Have you ever seen this kind of person</p><p>before? Where?</p><p>5What famous city is this in the third picture?</p><p>6What is the mas nationality? What is he standing in?</p><p>7What do we call these people in the last picture? Where are they from?</p><p>8HaveyoubeentoanyofthesecountTies?</p><p>9Which of these countries would you most like to visit? Why?</p><p>10What is the language of each of these countries?</p><p>11WhatisyourimageofEurope?</p><p>12What is the most popular country in Europe foapanese tourists? Why?</p><p>13What Europeans first came toJapan?</p><p>14Have you been to Europe? Ifyes where did you go? What did you do? Ifno where</p><p>would you like to go?</p><p>15What European food do you like thebest? Why?</p><p>16Can you name any famous European products?</p><p>17Can you name any famous sightseelng Places in Europe?</p><p>18What country is famous for bullfighting?</p><p>19Can you name some famous Europeans?</p><p>20 If you could bring back something from Europe what would it be?</p><p>(</p></li><li><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>10 Famous people</p><p>TQIk qboUl. il.</p><p>1Who is the man in the first picture? Where do you think he comes from? Why</p><p>is he famous?</p><p>2Howheavydoyouthinkheis?</p><p>3What did the person in the second picture do? Who is he?</p><p>4Canyounametheotherbandmembers?</p><p>5.What is the womans name?</p><p>6WhydoyouthinksheissopopularinJapan?</p><p>7Whoisthemaninthelastpicture?</p><p>8.Where does he come from? What is he famous for?</p><p>9Which of these people do you think is the most famous?</p><p>10Which of these people do you like best? Why?</p><p>11 Ifyou could be famous who would you like to be? Why?</p><p>12What are thebad points aboutbeing famous?</p><p>13Who is the most famous sports star in your country now?</p><p>14Do you know of any famous people who died traglCally? Who was it? When?</p><p>What happened7</p><p>15Haveyoueverseenormetafamousperson?</p><p>16Who do you thinkis the worlds most famous sports star?</p><p>17Are there any famous people you dislike? Why?</p><p>18What country has the most famous people? Why do you think this is?</p><p>19Who is the most famous person inJapanese history7</p><p>20Who is the most infamous person of the past century?</p></li><li><p>Famous people 10</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>ll Sports</p><p>TQIkboul. il.</p><p>1What are the tennis players holding?</p><p>2Whichpersonisthepitcher?</p><p>3Whichofthesesportsdoyoulikebest?</p><p>4Whatisthegoalkeeperdoing?</p><p>5Which of these sports has the most team members?</p><p>6WhatistheboxerwearlngOnhishands?</p><p>7Which of the these sports takes place in a ring?</p><p>8Whathastheboxerjustdone?</p><p>9Which of these sports is the most popular inJapan?</p><p>10Haveyoudoneanyofthese sports?</p><p>11Name the three most popular sports in your country</p><p>12 How many different sports did/do you do in high school?</p><p>13What sport do you think is the toughest?</p><p>14What sport did/do you dislike at school?</p><p>15What sport do you thinkis the most expensive to do inyour country? Why?</p><p>16Have you everbeen to a sports stadium? Ifyes what did you see? When did you go?</p><p>How much was the ticket?</p><p>17What sports do you consider dangerous? Would you try them?</p><p>18 Ifyou could be good at any sport which would you choose? Why?</p><p>19Do you own any sports equlpment? Ifyes what do you own? Ifno what would you</p><p>like to own?</p><p>20Haveyoueverbeeninasports contest?</p></li><li><p>2</p></li><li><p>12 Home</p><p>Tdtk (bouI</p><p>1.Whatarethechildrendoing?</p><p>2.Whatobjectcanyouseeonthewindowsill?</p><p>3.Whatisthewomanwearing?</p><p>4Whatcanyouseeonthetable?</p><p>5.Whatisthefatherdoing?</p><p>6Whereistheboysitting?</p><p>7.What kind of machine is the mother using?</p><p>8.Whatisthemotherdoing?</p><p>9How many cushions can you see? Where are they?</p><p>10 Is your living room like this? Whats different?</p><p>11What is your accommodation near? Is it in a convenient place7</p><p>12. 1mwhatroomdoyouspend mostofyourtime?</p><p>13Are your neighbours noISy Or quiet?</p><p>14Describe whats in your kitchen</p><p>15 Ifyou were very rich where in the world would youbuy a house? Why? Would itbe</p><p>in the mountains or by the ocean?</p><p>16How far is your accommodation from downtown?</p><p>17What do you like and dislike about your accommodation?</p><p>18.How many different houses/apartments have you lived in?</p><p>19Do you prefer to live in the city or the countryside?</p><p>20 What doyou have to pay when you rent an apartment for the first time? Whats the</p><p>average cost of renting an apartment in your town?</p></li><li><p>Home 12</p><p>2.</p><p>3.</p><p>4.</p><p>5.</p><p>6.</p><p>7.</p><p>8.</p><p>9.</p><p>10.</p></li><li><p>13 Health</p><p>TQlk clboUl iT</p><p>1Whatisthepersonontheleftdoingtokeephealthy?</p><p>2 Do you think the person on the right is healthy? Why? Why not?</p><p>3Whatisthepersonontheleftcarrying?</p><p>4 Which person do you think you are most like? Why?</p><p>5 Is anyone in your family like either of these people?</p><p>6Whatisthepersonontheleftwearing?</p><p>7.Whereishejogging?</p><p>8.What objects can you see on the living roomfloor7</p><p>9Whatkindofshowdoyouthinkheiswatching?</p><p>10 In the left picture what can you see in the background?</p><p>11Doyouthinkyouarehealthy?Why?Whynot?</p><p>12Haveyoueverseenadoctor? Ifyes why?</p><p>13Howmuchsleep doyouusuallyget?</p><p>14 Istherea lotofstressinyourlife? Ifyeswhy?</p><p>15Which is better, your mental or physical health7</p><p>16 Is being ln good health the most important thing ln your life?</p><p>17 Do you have any unhealthy habits? I...</p></li></ul>