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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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Start a Conversation by Asking “What’s keeping you busy these days?”

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Moving Beyond “Where are you from?” to Create a Conversation

Even though I know this question is boring, I’m guilty of asking it over and over again: “Where are you from?” If you have even the slightest accent or even a behavior that suggests that...

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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...

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How to Recover and Keep Going After Making a Mistake When Speaking English

“How can I avoid mistakes when speaking English?” I’ve been asked this question so many times I’ve lost count! Most of us have such a complex relationship with making mistakes. When I moved to Buenos...

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Ask “How do you like to start your day?” to Get People Talking About Morning Routines

When you first wake up in the morning, how do you feel? Tired? Well-rested? Energized? Lethargic? Your answer to this question may vary on a daily basis based on what you did the day before,...

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What brings you here? Four Short Words Can Start a Conversation in English

 You only need four short words to start a conversation in English. Simply ask, “What brings you here?” Whether you’re at a café, restaurant, museum, amusement park, concert, rally, conference, or networking event, you...

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