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English Conversation Practice | How to Make Small Talk

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:47 AM

English Conversation PracticeDo you know how to make small talk in the United States?

Do you want to make friends and great business relationships in the US?

If so, then you need to make small talk.

Americans engage in small talk all of the time, in many different situations including at parties, at work, in the grocery store or after a class.

Why should you learn how to make small talk?

Small talk with native English speakers is a great opportunity for English conversation practice

In this post, we will learn some of the most common small talk phrases and topics and the correct pronunciation and intonation for the phrases. 

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3 Ways to Begin Small Talk:


  • "Hi, how are you? It's been a while!"
  • "Longtime no see! How's it going?"
  • "How have you been?"



3 Common Topics for Small Talk:


  • appearance
  • current shared situation
  • the weather


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