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Small Talk What is small talk? “Small talk” is: • A style of short conversation • Use it in some situations • Very polite • Not deep • Easy for you! When do I use small talk? When you meet someone you know on the street In an office or business setting When you are waiting somewhere When you meet someone new at a busy place When you are with people you don’t know very well at a social event Example situations Meeting a stranger on a train Meeting a stranger in the cafeteria Talking with a co-worker at your office Seeing a foreign teacher or student on the street Polite/Impolite Topics Polite Topics Impolite topics • Weather • Personal relationships • Current events • Something to sell • Occupation • Politics • Social event • Your health problems • Traveling, your hometown • Religion • A common hobby • Death • Popular sports or • Your salary movies How to Small Talk 1. Starter sentence 2. Stay on topic as long as you want 3. Suggest another starter sentence Starter Sentences Weather • Beautiful day, isn't it? • It looks like it's going to rain. • It sure is hot today! Current Events • Have you seen the news today? • Did you hear about what happened in China? • What do you think about the economic crisis? • Do you watch NBA? (sports-style topics) More Starter Sentences Social Event • This is a nice restaurant, huh? • Are you having fun? • How do you know the host? At the Office • How's it going? • Have you had a busy week? • Looking forward to the weekend? • What do you think of the new accounting/computer system? • Working hard? Example A: “Hi, how are you?” B: “I’m good. How are you?” A: “I’m good too. This weather has been hot lately.” B: “I know! It’s too hot for me. I always want to eat ice cream to cool off.” A: “Oh yeah. Have you ever tried B: “No. But I like green tea ice cream.” chocolate ice cream?” (silence… silence…) (silence…. silence…) B: “Did you hear about the earthquakes in the USA?” A: “No! When did it happen?” B: “Last week. I don’t think it was very serious.” A: “Oh that’s good. Well, nice talking to you! See you later!” B: “Ok, bye!” Now you can try!
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