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#EngTips: HOW TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING

Hello fellas, I’m happy to meet you again today. How are you today?

Fellas, as non-native speakers, have you ever felt stuck and confused in the middle of a conversation? Especially since the conversation is done in English.

Sometimes, when we meet with international friends, we must keep a conversation going to give them sufficient details about us. However, when we feel confused because we don’t know what to say, the conversation will stop.

Example:
“Did you have a good weekend?”
“Yes, I did. You?”
“Yeah, it was good.”

The conversation will stop because there is no natural way to continue it. A brief conversation with strangers are fine from time to time, but if it is someone we know, a longer chat will be expected.

Here is how to keep a conversation going:

1. Ask questions and start with 5W + 1H (What, Who, Where, When, Why, How). Avoid yes or no questions.


2. Answer the questions with elaborated details that will help you continue the conversations.

3. Try interesting topics such as family, hobbies, sports, movie, TV shows, culture, music, recent events, travelling, or interesting places in the city where you live. Avoid such topics as religion, politics, sex life, personal finance, or health issues.

Check this long conversation as an example:
James: “Hey, Rachel, how was your weekend?”
Rachel: “Pretty good! I went to a baseball game with my brother.”
James: “Really? What teams were playing?”

Rachel: “The Red Sox and The Yankees. We are huge Yankees fans!”
James: “Yeah? How was the game?”
Rachel: “Very exciting. It was tied until the last minutes, and then we won 2-1.”

You can see from the example that both persons tried to keep the conversation going. James asked questions and Rachel answered enthusiastically.

To have a good conversation in English with your international friends, a regular practice is necessary. That is all for today, fellas! If you have questions about this or previous sessions, don’t hesitate to mention us.

Hopefully today’s topic could help you brush up your English conversation skill. See you tomorrow!

Compiled and written by @2013happyy for @englishtipsforyou on Wednesday, March 13,2019

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#EngTips: Improve Listening Skills with Podcast!

Today I’d like to recommend you my favorite method to master Listening skills … 

That method is listening to Podcast! 
  

Podcast is a unique feature to iOS devices. But don’t worry, most popular podcasters are available in other channel, like Youtube! 
 So what is exactly a Podcast, and how can it help you practice Listening skills? 
Podcast is a digital medium utilising the Internet to broadcast audio and video content. 
The content can be anything from entertainment (e.g radio drama) to education (e.g lectures on science and politics). 
E.g (exempli gratia) = contoh: 
How to use it? Pick a podcaster you like, download the episodes, then you are ready to listen!
Podcast is great because there is a very wide topic covered in Podcast. It’s a good way to learn new vocabularies. 
When you are preparing for IELTS or TOEFL, you can add Podcast to your study routine. 
Try to listen to it at one go, and see how much you can understand it. (At one go = dalam sekali jalan) 

Note down the words you don’t know and see it in the dictionary. 
Here are the list of my favorite Podcaster: 
1. Serial (serialpodcast.org) If you like detective stories, this is for you. It’s a true story! 
  

It’s about the murder of Hae Min Lee, a teenager living in Baltimore in the late 1990s. 
Host Sarah Koenig takes you through the journey of solving this murder by laying down all the facts. 
Can you help solve the murder? Because up until today, the case remains unsolved. 
Serial just finished its first season, and season 2 is on the way. 
2. Welcome to Night Vale (commonplacebooks.com). This story has a unique format! 
  It’s about life in a mysterious small town called Night Vale. The story is told in form of news broadcast. 
News broadcast = siaran berita.

By listening to the news, we find out about the things that happen in the town. Many of them are just weird. 

 Like, a pyramid suddenly appears in the middle of the town. The citizens are also being closely watch by secret police. 

Even the radio station manager doesn’t seem to be a real human being! What is he? Better find out yourself :D

The next one is a bit serious, but still fun.

3. Freakonomics (freakonomics.com). You may have seen this in book form before. 

Freakonomics try to answer everyday questions by using data, statistic, and economic approach. 
The question might seem simple, but the answer is often surprising. 
Now let me ask you, which one is more dangerous for kids, a gun or a swimming pool? :D 

At first, my answer is “Of course it’s a gun.” But the data provided by Freakonomics prove otherwise. 

Proved otherwise = membuktikan sebaliknya. 
Freakonomics opens up our horizon by providing mindblowing explanation to these things. 
Mindblowing = sangat mengejutkan. 

All images courtesy of @animenur

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 10 May 2015.