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17 Ways to Make More Interesting Small Talk for Non-Native English Speakers Smaller

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Want to feel more confident and sound more fluent in conversations in English at work, at school, or your everyday life?

Then you need to understand how to make small talk.

This PDF guide includes 17 interesting, neutral conversation topics that work with just about anyone in any situation.

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