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How to Start an English Conversation with Someone at an Exercise Class

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 01:35 PM

how to talk to someone new in an exercise classLet'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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