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English Skill: Keeping a Conversation Flowing

Have you ever been in the difficult situation of having (or trying to have) a conversation with someone who, for whatever reason, just does not want to contribute to the conversation? Perhaps he/she is a little bit shy or maybe they are not confident enough in their use of English, but either way it doesn’t make things any easier and those quiet times when the conversation dries up can be awkward! Well, next time you find yourself in a similar situation, why not try to help things out by incorporating a few useful English phrases? The phrases below are common English phrases that native English speakers often use to help keep a conversation flowing. The phrases don’t need to be used just in awkward situations and are equally suitable to help along a nice discussion with someone such as a friend.

Common phrases to help keep a conversation flowing.

Common phrases to help keep a conversation flowing.

  • Have you ever been involved in a conversation that included some uneasy silences? What did you do?
  • What other phrases might you use to keep a conversation flowing with someone? Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment!



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Having a good grasp of the English language is essential in today's workplace.

Having a good grasp of the English language is essential in today’s workplace.

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The TOEIC test is taken by millions of people every year to further their career and get a recognised English language qualification.

The TOEIC test is taken by millions of people every year to further their career and get a recognised English language qualification.


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Meeting People at Conferences

Learn and practice English.

A company called Froogle, is organising a conference in London. During the break, all the people attending the conference have the chance to meet up to get to know each other. Take a look at the conversation below the photograph and see if you can find the six deliberate mistakes. Post your answers in the comments below.

A group of business people at business conference.

A group of business people at business conference.

  • Paco: Hello Alison! I’m so pleased to see you again.
  • Alison: Hi Paco. I didn’t know you were attending this conference. How are you?
  • Paco: Thanks, fine. And you?
  • Alison: I’m OK. Is Jose, here too?
  • Paco: No, he can’t make it this time.
  • Alison: Never mind. Ah look, here’s Ali. Hi there. Do you both know each other? Paco – this is Ali Akram. He’s from Casablanca.
  • Paco: Hello. Pleased to meet you.
  • Ali: I’m please to meet you too. Have you been to here long?
  • Paco: No. I’ve only been here for about an hour. What about you?
  • Ali: I came early today morning…. and this is Fatima. She works with me in Casablanca. I’m sorry what you did say your name was?
  • Paco: I’m Paco, from Madrid. Pleased to meet you. Paul, is speaking next. Have you had a chance to meet him yet?
  • Fatima: No, not yet. I have heard a lot about him.
  • Paco: Well, can I introduce you to him? I can see him just over there.
  • Paco: Er….Paul. Can I introduce you to Fatima?
  • Paul: Hello Fatima. How are you? I think I saw you give a presentation a couple of years ago. Please to actually meet you. Do you like something to drink?
  • Fatima: Thank You. A tomato juice please.