I have real conversations with my parrot. Okay, most of her words are food based or the basic hello! and bye-bye. It does get a little weird at times. She's not just mimicking what we say, and she knows our names, even the cats. If I call home, she talks to me, asking, "how are you?" and then she says bye-bye and beeps like she's hanging up. She's learned to whistle tons of songs, some long pieces all the way through, and some she's taught herself by listening to classic rock on the radio.