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English Speech Communication- Ending a Conversation

English Speech Communication- Ending a Conversation

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To wrap up a conversation, start winding it down with your body language.  Change your posture and break eye contact for a few seconds, perhaps clear your throat, look at your watch, or change your tone of voice.  Use kind phrases:

  • “It has been nice talking to you.” Or “It’s been good to see you.”
  • “It’s good to catch up.”
  • “I have to go now.”
  • “I’m so glad we met.” “It was nice meeting you.”

Shake hands, hug, or air-kiss.

If the other person keeps talking, say, “I really have to go now” and give your head a regretful little shake.  Don’t start a new subject.

Here are some other exit lines:

Nature Calls

  • I need to stretch my legs.
  • I’m having trouble hearing in this crowd.
  • Let’s go and get some more food (or drink).
  • I have to excuse myself for a moment.

Duty Calls

  • I have to go help with (something); I’m going to help in the kitchen.
  • I need to look after some of my other guests.
  • I have to talk to someone else here for a while; I need to meet someone here.
  • I promised my daughter I’d be home by ten.

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Rerun from October 14, 2015

Acceptances: Choice and Helpful Words

Acceptances: Choice and Helpful Words

Here are some choice words you are likely to find helpful when you are communicating acceptances:

accept

approve

certainly

delighted

gratifying

pleased

pleasure

satisfying

thoughtful

thrilled

touched

welcome

willing

 

 

Rerun from Oct 19, 2015

English Speech Communication- Starting a Conversation

English Speech Communication- Starting a Conversation

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One of my favorite Chinese proverbs is “There are three hundred and forty-six subjects for elegant conversation.”

Yes, there are lots of things to talk about, even with the newest acquaintance.  Keep these topics in mind when you want to start a conversation:

  •  Especially good is talking about an interest you are passionate about (fly-fishing, movies, growing orchids, soccer, collecting rare books, biking) – convey your enthusiasm which will often prompt people to talk about their passions.
  • Almost everyone collects something or knows someone who does. Ask what he or she likes to collect.
  • Current affairs such as a news item likely to have been seen by others, recent poll results, or interesting discoveries or inventions.

Then there are those easy topics:

  • Weather- Example: All this sun for January.  If you close your eyes it feels like Miami, not Buffalo.  Have you gotten out to enjoy this nice weather?  Do you enjoy the winters here, or would you prefer to be somewhere else?
  • Holidays: Do you have anything special planned for the holidays?/Long weekend? / Summer break?
  • My grandmother used to make baklava just like this. Do you do much cooking?

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Rerun from Oct 7, 2015

Acceptances: What Format to Use

Acceptances: What Format to Use

Model your reply on the format used in the invitation.  If it is handwritten, then handwrite your reply.  If letterhead stationery is used, reply on your letterhead.  If the invitation is emailed, email your acceptance.  When the language of the invitation is informal, your reply is also informal.

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Rerun from Oct 2, 2015

English Speech Communication- Joining a Conversation

English Speech Communication- Joining a Conversation

 
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What people like the most is going into conversational settings and  leaving later feeling they connected with others.

Here are some tips that savvy socializers use:

  • They go early and act to welcome new arrivals as if they were part of the established group.
  • They use the tactic of going with a buddy. That way, after they have split up and made a few self-introductions, they can share with each other the interesting people each has met.

If you are by yourself, here are some options:

  • Walk around and find another person who is not talking in a group. Greet with “How do you know (the hostess)?” or “I don’t know many people here, do you?”  Once you have gotten to know one another, you can approach a group of other guests as a team.
  • Sit down, and you may be able to strike up a conversation with another guest who is sitting down.
  • Seek a little help or offer help to the host. When the host is available, it is okay to ask for a couple of introductions.  You may also offer to pass appetizers around to break the ice.
  • Join another conversation. Sometimes there is a congenial person who welcomes you. You might say “I’m new here.  May I introduce myself?” Or “I just got here. Could I join your conversation?  My name is ____”  or simply  “Hello.”
  • Stand by the food. It’s a topic you will have in common with everyone who approaches the table.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercise.

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Rerun from 09/30/2015