Discuss the questions with your teacher
1. What is small talk?
2. In which situations would you expect to make small talk?
3. Which topics are appropriate for small talk?
4. Is making small talk typical in your country?
Read the conversations
M: That was an incredible workshop, wasn’t it?
W: Yes, it was! I learned so much. What about you?
M: Well, in general, it was very useful. But the middle part seemed boring to me.
W: Did it? Anyway, what company are you from?
M: I’m from Syberry. We develop software for bars and restaurants.
W: Oh, really? Sounds interesting.
M: You’re from Dakiba, aren’t you? I see their logo on your jacket.
W: Yes, I am! Here is my business card. Do you have time? I don’t want to keep you any longer.
M: Not at all! It’s a pleasure. So, what did you think of the speaker?
J: Hi, I don’t think we’ve met. I’m Jessica, Carol’s bridesmaid.
T: Hey, Jessica, nice to meet you. I’m Tom, I’m a friend of Jason’s, the groom.
J: Are you? What a coincidence! How do you know Jason?
T: We went to university together.
J: Really? Cool!
T: And you? How long have you known Carol?
J: We’re childhood friends. We met in kindergarten, you know.
T: Wow, that’s amazing! Have you tried the chocolate cake, by the way? It’s delicious!
J: Not yet. Do you want to show me where it is?
T: Sure thing! Follow me.
B: Hey, how’s it going? Good?
С: Good, thanks! You?
B: Awesome! So, what can I get you?
С: Hmm, let me think… One americano, please. With sugar, to go.
B: Sure! It’ll be done in a minute. So, how was your weekend?
С: Fine, I guess. Nothing special, I just spent the day at home, watching YouTube. What about you?
B: Oh, I had a sick party with my bros! It was epic! Your coffee is done. Here you go.
B: So, do you come here often?
С: I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m in a bit of a hurry, sorry.
B: No worries! Have a nice day!
С: Thank you. You too.
M: Hey. I see you’re a fan of New York Yankees.
W: Not really, why? Oh, you mean my cap? It’s my boyfriend’s.
M: Is it? Cool. I love this song! Do you know what it is?
W: No, sorry.
M: It’s fine. Do you know a lot of people here?
W: Listen, I’m really sorry to cut you off, but I need to get another drink.
M: Sure, no problem. Nice meeting you.
W: You too.
Choose a conversation which best illustrates each of the social situations
Tick phrases according to the category that illustrates their purpose
Choose the appropriate topics. Explain your choices
Appropriate small talk topics:
Complete the questions
Watch the video and answer the questions
1. Who is the cover girl?
2. What topics did Ellen discuss during the small talk?
3. Who was Ellen talking to?
4. What tips did Ellen give?
Spin the wheel and think of how you would start a conversation in each of these situations
Pick a situation and role-play small talk with your teacher
1. Was the lesson difficult? Why/Why not?
2. Do you find the lesson useful? What did you learn today?
3. What would you like to change or improve?
Complete the sentences with the given words
Complete each question with the right question word
Rearrange the words and complete the sentences.
Example: I promised to meet my sister in half an hour.
Match small talk tips with the explanations
|Use thinking words (um, well, so, etc.) to give yourself more time for the answer.||But try not to overuse them, as it may make you sound uncultured.|
- Small Talk: Discuss the questions
- Small Talk: Simple conversation
- Small Talk: Phrases
- Small Talk: The right topics
- Small Talk: The right questions
- Small Talk: Memorable Monologue
- Small Talk: Starting conversations
- Small Talk: Role play
- Small Talk: Lesson results
- Small Talk: Starters
- Small Talk: Questions
- Small Talk: Finishers
- Small Talk: Best techniques
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