Making Conversation

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In this lesson we’re going to look at how to make your conversations more interesting. We’re also going to study a short biography, and see if you can extract information from it.

Making conversations sound more interesting

Listen to two versions of the same conversation between a father and his daughter:

In the first conversation, the daughter responds with simply yes or no. Because of this, the conversation seems stale and boring. In the second version however, the daughter responds with a short answer:

Yes, I have…

And extra information:

… I don’t want any more, thanks.

Study a short biography

In the quizzes below you’re going to be asked questions about this text. Read through the text now and look up any vocabulary that you’re not sure about.

Actor and Philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California.

His mother is from Germany, and his father is from Italy.

He has been an actor for 35 years, and he has starred in over 30 films.

In 2016 he won his first Academy Award for the film The Revenant.

He is also interested in the environment. In 1998 he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which educates people about climate change.

He visits poor areas of Africa every year and donates to charities there. In his lifetime, he has raised over $50 million for charities.

He isn’t married, and has no children.