Winter quarter is just starting, and many of you are meeting new classmates and teachers. Now is the perfect time for making “small talk.” Small talk is pleasant conversation about general topics and common interests. It’s a good way to begin making friends. English Club has a great page for learning small talk (recommended for Levels 300+). As they explain,
In most English-speaking countries, it is normal and necessary to make “small talk” in certain situations. Small talk is a casual form of conversation that “breaks the ice” or fills an awkward silence between people. Even though you may feel shy using your second language, it is sometimes considered rude to say nothing. Just as there are certain times when small talk is appropriate, there are also certain topics that people often discuss during these moments.
Read through English Club‘s lesson on small talk, do their practice exercises, and take the quiz here:
- Who, What, Where, When, Why
- Conversation Starters
- Practice 1: At a Bus Stop
- Practice 2: At the Office
- Practice 3: At a Party
- Small Talk Quiz
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