Let's imagine that you are living in the US and you decide to take up (participate in) a new activity.
Maybe you are trying a cooking class, an aerobics class, or a singing class.
It's your first day at the class and you want to make a good impression and meet new people, but there is one problem. No one is approaching you so you have to approach them.
How do you start a conversation? Today I will show you a few ways to do that.
#1) Ask them about their experience with the activity
If you are meeting this person for the first time in some kind of class (guitar, aerobics, etc.), it's easy to start a conversation by asking them about their experience in the class.
- "How long have you been taking this class?"
- "Have you been in this class for a while?"
- "Have you been (swimming, doing aerobics) for a while?
- "Have you been into (interested in) this for a long time?"
#2) Ask them about their day or their week
Don't make this a heavy question. Just make it a simple, quick, easy question. If you are asking an American person, they will probably not tell you if they are having a bad day. This is just an easy way to greet someone and get a conversation going.
- "So how's your day going?"
- "Have you had a good week so far?"
- "How's your week going so far?"
#3) Ask them why they are participating in the activity
This is a good question if you have a little bit more time to engage in a conversation. Try some of these phrases:
- "So why did you decide to try (kick boxing)?"
- "Why are you taking this class?"
- "What made you want to take this class?"
There you go! Now you have ten ways to start a conversation with someone new at an activity or an exercise class.
Good luck and keep practicing!
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