Here are a couple of situations for you. Do either of them sound a little familiar?
You are out doing a bit of shopping and you see an old colleague/friend. You decide to approach him/her and start a discussion with the intention of finding out what they are doing these days, how their family is, etc.
You need to speak with a work colleague who is full of the joys of spring having just returned from holiday. It’s time to start a discussion with him/her and explain what it is you need/want from him/her.
Although starting a discussion should be a piece of cake, doing so can often be more difficult than first anticipated. You don’t want to come across super awkward or sound unnaturally weird and you certainly don’t want to be a pain, so here are some common phrases you may want to employ next time you have the opportunity to practise a bit of conversation starting English!
Starting a Discussion
What phrases have you used to start a discussion recently? Do you think you will use any of the expressions above?
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.
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!
It’s great to be able to have a conversation with someone in English, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a way to end it. You just keep on chatting away, unsure of what you could say to finally end the conversation and not offend the person you are speaking with.
Take a look at the situation below. You have probably experienced it (or something like it) before. The picture that follows it provides you with some common phrases that native English speakers often use to end a conversation. Maybe next time you find yourself in a similar situation, you could try using some of them!
Situation: You are walking down the street in your city/town and you see an old friend who you have not seen for a while. You approach him/her, engage in conversation and chat about family, work, friends, etc. After a chatting for a little while, you really need to get on with your day, but how do you end the conversation? Take a look at the picture below to find some common expressions to end a discussion (politely) with someone.
Common phrases to end a discussion.
Are there any other phrases to end a discussion that you can think of? Do you sometimes find it difficult ending a discussion?