31st July 2020
Basic friendly conversations used with work colleagues, people we don’t know very well or people we have just met.
Did you see the news on TV last night ?
How long have you worked here ?
The traffic was so bad this morning.
The weather is very cool for this time of year.
A continuation of small talk, we use these to show interest in what someone has just said to us. Here, John speaks to his Vietnamese co-worker Ms Tuyen:
John: I can speak German.
Ms Tuyen: Can you ? (What other languages can you speak ?)
John: Ms Nguyen went to Thailand.
Ms Tuyen: Did she ? (Did she go on holiday or for work ?)
Now … your turn. Add the echo question, then try to ask a follow-up question.
He likes K-pop
We are going to the pagoda later.
Ms Thinh has a new job.
Keep conversations going:
house prices in your city / favourite hobby / your hometown /
why you have OR don’t have a pet / an interesting program you saw recently
What you want to do in the future.
Small talk language:
I see / Do you really think so ?
That’s a good point / I hadn’t thought of that
Oh, that’s interesting / May I just add something ? /
Oh, where is that exactly ? / Yeah, right ! / Sure / OK
Try some scenarios:
Directions to the city centre (or choose a location in your city).
One student is a tourist, the other is a local
Ask for help. Other must offer as much help; how to get there, the best way, the price, the dangers.
Body language – distance, expression, intonation, eye contact etc
Also back channeling (expressions such as “Oh, right,” “OK, yeah,” “Really, that’s great.”
Music – What do you like ?
I love it / adore it / enjoy it / I hate it / I can’t stand it
I’m really into … / I’m keen on //
I’m not into … / I’m not keen on
I quite like / I don’t mind
makes me want to dance // Oh, turn it off !
catchy / cheerful / lively / melodic / melancholy (sad music)/ moving / repetitive rhythmic / tuneless / unusual
3 clips – which do you like – discuss and answer in full sentences uses opinion expressions:
Denis Aziz ‘A la li la
Rudolpho ‘La Colegiala