May 13th, 2019
Chihiro and Haruna (pre-intermediate level) have done some research into how to have a proper conversation in English. The structure can be very different to other languages. Look at their tips to help you in the future. Do you have similar tips in your language? Comment below and let us know!
It is very important to smile at the other person, so you show them that you are interested in what they have to say.
Show no interest
If you don’t show interest, the other person will not want to continue talking to you.
Give short answers
Short answers are another way to make the other person think that you don’t care about what they have to say.
Changing the subject before the other person has finished telling you their part can be seen as very rude.
If the other person is telling you something exciting, show you are also excited for them by smiling and adding small utterances like “uh”, or “ah” followed by words like “really?”, “that’s amazing” or “how awful”.
Give the other person a chance to speak
Don’t speak for too long, so the other person can add their own information.
Ask follow up questions
A follow up question is a question that asks for more information. For example, if person A says “I went to Thailand last year.”, B could ask a follow up question, like “When did you go?” or “Did you like it?”
Allow the other person to add information
This is similar to the second point. Be patient and let the other person finish their story. Ask at least one question to get more detail.
by Chihiro & Haruna