Understanding and Making Small Talk in English by Kim Dodge

Understanding and Making Small Talk in English

Creating Interesting Conversations and Making Connections

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Overview

There are lots of situations where you meet new people: at a party, in the student lounge, at a conference, on the train, while traveling, just to name a few situations.  What do you usually say when you meet someone new? Do you find it difficult to continue the conversation after exchanging names? 

Did you answer yes? If you are like most of us, you need to practice small talk. Small talk is what we call the brief, polite conversations that you have with others when you don’t know them very well or don’t have time for a longer, more in-depth conversation. Small talk happens when you  run into an acquaintance at an event, at school, or in the office, or when you chat with someone you’ve just met inside a store, on a bus, or even on the street!

Small talk is one way to be polite and show kindness to the people you meet in your day-to-day life. The rules for small talk may vary by country and by language, but the main idea stays the same: small talk is essential for fluent conversation. It’s an essential conversation skill that can help you get jobs, make friends, and enjoy your time speaking English with others.

Because it’s a skill, small talk takes practice.


That’s why I created this mini course. I want to help you have better conversations in English so that you can build stronger connections with other people, including native speakers of English and people from around the world!

By learning how to confidently manage conversations, you will find that you interact better with friends and acquaintances, coworkers, classmates, and even strangers you meet randomly.

In this course, I provide the language you need to make small talk, from introducing yourself to new people, to asking more interesting questions, to encouraging more in-depth conversations. I describe meeting strangers for the first time and interacting with coworkers and classmates you see every day.

What's Included in This Mini Course:

  • 27-page PDF guide containing all of my best advice on making small talk in English
  • Exclusive video workshops
  • Downloadable MP3s so that you can listen from anywhere
  • PDF worksheets of the slides from the videos
  • Bonus materials to help you go even deeper into the topic

What's included?

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Contents

Welcome! Start here.
Understanding and Making Small Talk Guidebook
6.56 MB
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English
25 mins
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English.mp3
25 mins
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English.pdf
385 KB
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk
28 mins
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk.mp3
28 mins
Create Conversations: Understand Open-Ended Vs. Closed Questions
6 mins
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk.pdf
533 KB
Open-Ended Vs. Closed Questions.mp3
6 mins
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance
14 mins
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance.mp3
14 mins
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance.pdf
323 KB
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers
16 mins
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers.mp3
16 mins
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers.pdf
388 KB
Bonus Material
Principles of Making Small Talk in English [Guidelines for Casual Conversations].mp4
7 mins
Learn to Ask Great Questions to Create Conversations in English
3 mins
Why Small Talk and Casual Conversations Are So Essential in American Culture
34 mins

FAQs

What kinds of situations will this course help me with?

This course will help you navigate casual conversations and small talk in personal, professional, and academic environments. I go into detail regarding the different situations where you will need to make small talk and recommend different approaches based on whether you're interacting with strangers, acquaintances, friends, colleagues, or coworkers.

What level of English do I need? What if I'm a native speaker?

These courses are designed for high intermediate, advanced, and fluent non-native speakers who want to understand the nuances of effective communication.

These courses are also appropriate for native English speakers who need guidance on conversation skills. Personally, I have strengthened my own communication ability through creating these workshops and teaching these skills.

Do I need to take any other courses besides this one?

This course does not require any previous preparation. It is designed to stand alone.

Once you feel more confident in casual conversations and want to go deeper, my other courses and programs can help you keep conversations going and communicate more effectively. Remember, all conversation skills are connected and build on each other!

The Conversation Anatomy Starter Pack is designed to give you the absolute most essential conversation skills in English. As such, it is an introduction to better communication in English.

If you want to learn how to be a more active participant in conversations and contribute to discussions, you should look at Participate Actively in Conversations.
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