Making Small Talk and Mastering Casual Conversations in English

Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons

Making Small Talk in the Workplace with Colleagues and Coworkers

You probably know by now that making small talk is an essential communication skill. These brief, casual conversations are a great way to get to know new people, but they can be even more important in the workplace. If you’re working in a traditional office where you get to see … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Thoughtful Questions to Ask When Checking In With Friends and Coworkers During a Crisis | COVID-19 Small Talk

When your friend, coworker, or acquaintance is going through a difficult time, you probably want to check in to see how they’re doing. But you may worry that your questions will bring up an uncomfortable or upsetting topic. When you’re not sure what to say, it may feel easier to … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Three Elements for Creating Strong Answers to Conversation Questions in English

 So often when we talk about having better conversations in English, we focus on the questions. But here’s the thing: asking better questions assumes that: you’re going to be the person in charge of the conversation,  you’re going to be the person leading the conversation, and you’re going to … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Principles of Making Small Talk in English & Guidelines for Casual Conversations

If you’re interested in having better conversations in English, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of small talk. Because making small talk is so essential in English-speaking cultures, I want to make sure we’re on the same page. Let’s go back to basics and talk about the principles for … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Small Talk Skills: Ask Better Questions and Keep the Conversation Going

Imagine this: you’re having a casual conversation at a social or networking event. You’ve introduced yourself and covered the basics. You want to keep chatting with this person, but you’re a bit stuck – what should you say next? In this article, you’ll learn how to ask better questions and how … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Small Talk in the Workplace: How to Ask and Respond to More Interesting Work-Related Questions

Making small talk is a skill that can help you develop stronger relationships with your coworkers, interact with your colleagues, and even help you gain access to job opportunities. Outside of the workplace, it can help you introduce yourself to new people at parties, networking events, and even in everyday situations at … Read the article and watch the video lesson