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Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Speaking Exercises for Vietnamese Learners of English and Quotations on Timeless Topics
The art of conversation, once considered the sign of a civilized individual, seems less common today. Yet we count the pleasures of sharing experiences, collecting news, and exchanging ideas one of the pleasures of life. These natural conversations provide information, encouragement, and pleasure.
Many people say that they are too busy to have long talks. Other people prefer to watch television, play computer games, or listen to the radio rather than talk to relatives and friends. Sometimes people feel too shy to speak to the people next to them. Many Americans, it seems to us, have forgotten how to hold good, deep conversations, or even a friendly chat with neighbors. We suspect this lack of real communication lessens their joy.
Barriers to Conversation in English Classrooms
Of course, people learning English as a second, third, or fourth language face even more barriers. English remains a strange, confusing, difficult, and misspelled language – and it’s easy to feel uncomfortable when speaking in this new tongue. That’s why Compelling Conversations includes short questions that lead to better conversations. We also show how to ask clarifying questions and more philosophical questions. Readers discover they create more meaningful conversations in English too.