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4 Ways to Make English Small Talk at a New Year's Eve Party

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

English small talk new years eveWhat are you planning to do for New Year's Eve this year?

In the US, it's common to go to a house party and celebrate with friends and acquaintances.

If you have been invited to a party, you need to know how to chat and make small talk, right?

In today's lesson, I will give you 4 ways to do that. Check it out!



How to Make English Small Talk at a New Year's Eve Party



#1) Ask about the year that is ending


  • how to make English small talk"So how was 2013 for you?"
  • "Can you believe the year is over? How did everything go for you?"
  • "So what kind of year was 2013 for you?"
  • "How was your year?"
  • "Was it a good year for you, overall?"







#2) Find out if they are enjoying the party


holiday party

  • "So are you having a good time tonight?"
  • "Are you enjoying your evening?"
  • "How's the evening going for you?"
  • "Having fun?" (*note- here we have dropped "Are you." That is fine in casual conversation at a party)







#3) Ask why they are there


  • holiday party small talk in English"So how do you know (host's name)?"
  • "What brought you to this party?"
  • "Did you come with friends tonight?"
  •  "Who do you know here?"






#4) Ask about their new year


English conversations at a party  how to speak

  • "Are you setting any New Year's resolutions this year?"
  • "What are you looking forward to in the new year?"
  • "How is 2014 looking for you?"
  • "Do you think that 2014 will be a good year?"
  • "What kind of year will 2014 be for you?"




Now that you have a bunch of new phrases and questions that you can use to start small talk in English during a new year's party, you are ready to go out there and practice and meet new people! Happy New Year and have a blast!




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