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Improve your Speaking online Episode 16, Introduction:

This week we bring new current topics in Episode 16 so you can improve your online speaking from home.


Topic 1: Robots

Tonight Showbotics: Jimmy Meets Sophia the Human-Like Robot

This video shows incredible robots based on artificial intelligence software and an interview with their creators.


We will focus the conversation on the following questions:

  1. Do have any interest in watching Showbotics? If no, what is the reason?
  2. What do you know about Snake Bot?
  3. Do you think that Robots can be destructive? If yes, state your reasons.
  4. Do you think that Robots can dominate the human race or will they always play the role of submissive?
  5. Have you heard about Festo eMotion Butterfly before?

Here we leave you some vocabulary you can use during the talk: 

  • Inspection: the process of carefully examining something.
  • Invasive: tending to spread very quickly.
  • Conventional machines: a process using mechanical energy or uses a human operator to direct and control machining tools such as milling, boring, and drilling machines as well as lathes and other sharp cutting tools.
  • Artificial intelligence: the ability of a computer or a robot controlled by a computer to do tasks that are usually done by humans because they require human intelligence and discernment.
  • Dominate: have power and influence over.
  • Biomimicry: the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modelled on biological entities and processes.
  • Energy efficiency: using less energy to get the same job done.
  • Automation technology: comprises all processes and work equipment that enable plants and systems to run automatically.

Topic 2: Music

«Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever (Official Music Video)«

Happier Than Ever is a song by Billie Eilish which was debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in its first week.


We will focus the conversation on the following questions:

  1. Which is your favorite song by Billie Eilish?
  2. What characteristics do you personally like about Billie Eilish?
  3. What are your comments on the song, «Happier Than Ever» by Billie Eilish?
  4. If you had the opportunity to meet Billie Eilish, what would you do and how would you react?
  5. Do you have any criticism regarding Billie Eilish songs? If yes, state your remarks.

Here we leave you some vocabulary you can use during the talk:

  • Interviews: a meeting of two or more persons face to face, especially for consultation or hiring purposes.
  • Avenue: a broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides.
  • Miserable: somebody who is in an unfortunate situation.
  • Empty: containing nothing.
  • Influence: the ability to have an effect on someone’s character development or behavior.
  • Embarrassing: an act that makes you feel shame.
  • Misunderstood: something which is interpreted incorrectly.
  • Unintelligible: something which is impossible to understand.

Topic 3: Movie

«The Batman – Movie Review«

In this video, the man provides an honest feedback about the movie «The Batman» with no spoilers.


We will focus the conversation on the following questions:

  1. Has batman been your favorite character among all the DC comic characters?
  2. What is one thing that you would want Batman to change about himself?
  3. What are your remarks on the recent movie of Batman?
  4. If you were to rate «The Batman» out of 10, how much would you rate it?
  5. What do you think is better among DC comics and Marvel? State your comparison with rational explanation.

Here we leave you some vocabulary you can use during the talk:

  • Spoilers: revealing of the movie plot or a storyline to reduce the suspense or surprise.
  • Standalone: something which operates on its own without the assistance of any other object.
  • Uninitiated: something which lacks special knowledge or research.
  • Sequel: something that takes place after or as a result of an event that has happened earlier.
  • Prequel: a story or film that is based on the events of an existing work.
  • Broody: an act of arising from deep thoughts.
  • Riddler: a person who poses riddle-like questions.
  • Hammered: someone who is very drunk.

Topic 4: Aliens and Planets

«Are There Aliens on Venus? | Planet Explorers | BBC Earth«

In this video, a lady explains how she has spent her entire career on figuring out whether there exists life on Venus or not.


We will focus the conversation on the following questions:

  1. Do you believe that there exists life on any other planet apart from Earth?
  2. Have you ever been interested about collecting knowledge regarding other planets?
  3. Do you know about characteristics of Venus? If yes, state them.
  4. Do you think we can establish settlement on Venus, if Earth demolishes?
  5. Do you believe in the existence of aliens?

Here we leave you some vocabulary you can use during the talk: 

  • Dedicated: someone who is devoted to reach a particular goal or complete a task.
  • Dense: something which is closely compacted in a substance or material.
  • Spewing: expel something in large quantities in a fast and forceful manner.
  • Desolate: a place which lacks inhabitants.
  • Hellscape: a place which is extremely unpleasant.
  • Extraordinary: something which is remarkable or can not be achieved easily.
  • Hurricane: a storm that comes along with a violent wind.
  • Fascinating: something which catches the interest.

Topic 5: War and News

«Gravitas: Will Russia target Ukraine from the sea next?»

In this video, a news anchor provides all the updates about Russia and Ukraine that have taken place so far.

We will focus the conversation on the following questions:

  1. Do you think war between two countries can resolve international issues?
  2. Have you ever been a part of a war-zone country? If yes, share your experience.
  3. What are your views about Russia and Ukraine inflicting war upon each other?
  4. If you had an opportunity to resolve the matter, in whose favor would you be resolving the matter?
  5. Have you studied about World War 1 and World War 2?

Here we leave you some vocabulary you can use during the talk:

  • Negotiations: particular discussions that are made to reach a reasonable arrangement.
  • Troops: group of military persons, soldiers or armed forces.
  • Regime: a government.
  • Missile strikes: a weapon that is used to control by remote which leads to a nuclear or conventional explosive when hit at the target.
  • Former: previous.
  • Appealed: to request for something on a serious note.
  • Humanitarian: associated with the concerns of human welfare.
  • Separatist: a person who is in favor of the separation of a certain group of people from a larger body according to the ethnicity, religion, or gender.


Topic 6: Free topic

Do you find these topics boring or uninteresting? Don’t worry. Dilo gives you the opportunity to choose your own topic for a conversation class.
Think of some vocabulary you would like to learn related to your topic and send us some information about it with the subject «Free topic». We are sure your ideas will be very good 😁
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