Striking up (=starting) conversations and keeping them going is really important to good communication. Think of three questions you might ask a stranger when meeting for the first time. Remember that the questions you ask might depend on the situation.
Listen to the recording and answer the questions. Then, review the script to this listening activity at the bottom of the page.
How many people are in your family? (I have three brothers.)
Hey, what's new? (Nothing much.)
What does he do? (He's an engineer.)
What do you do in your spare time? (I like to exercise.)
What does your father do for a living? (He's a doctor.)
With a partner, practice starting and keeping the conversation going. Think carefully about what questions you would ask in each situation: