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Kenneth Beare

Small Talk

By October 11, 2010

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Many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures - and rightly so! Here are some tips to improve small talk skills.

Making Small Talk
Small Talk Lesson Plan

This section of the site is dedicated to small talk and social language for specific situations. Here are some of the situations you'll find.

Asking for Information
Apologizing in English
Asking People to Repeat
Expressing Sympathy
Getting People's Attention
Greeting People in English


May 16, 2006 at 3:35 pm
(1) nona says:

small talk in our life is imporatant

May 18, 2006 at 3:28 pm
(2) nona bash says:

by small talk the people can get good relationships

July 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm
(3) Nadezhda Ivanova says:

Teaching students small talk comes in handy in every day life, travelling for example.
Thanks for your effort to collect these materials.

July 30, 2008 at 12:38 am
(4) Kalpesh Soni says:

Small and sweet talks is sign of good communication.

July 30, 2008 at 4:52 am
(5) Meenakshi Harraw Verma says:

Small talks are important as they help in making big talks. Most of the time, these are informal talks. These talks help in building good relations at the work place. Saying ‘Hi’ or ‘good morning’ with full energy and big smile breaks the ice and you move forward with a positive attitude. Learning tomake small but good talks is an art.

July 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(6) tatiana says:

Small talks are very useful for english students,I am an english teacher and I knoe how small talks are important

July 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm
(7) Vish says:

Small talk is good to make other understand easily. also it gives proper communication understanding. Also easy to coomunicate with full clarity.

those who are beginers for learing spoken english gives them emmense confidence and encouragment.

July 21, 2010 at 12:20 am
(8) amna says:

with the small talk people can talk and connected with each other and know somethingh new

July 21, 2010 at 1:22 am
(9) Akbarjoni says:

Small Talk it’s good for english leaners as for me.Thanks

July 21, 2010 at 4:12 am
(10) Alex says:

On the small talk page it says use the small talk work sheet……. maybe it is me !
I can’t find it? can you?

Alex. (English trainer/teacher in Germany . where small talk is a problem)

July 21, 2010 at 10:04 am
(11) Richard Muntete says:

Small talk make people know English
easily. I like it.

July 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(12) Lea says:

This will certainly help me in my ESL Praxis. Way to go!

July 23, 2010 at 5:57 am
(13) soumia dkhissi says:

small talks are the key to english students especially beginners to learn and love english easily and in a magic way

October 21, 2010 at 12:12 am
(14) Jokapeci Kurabui says:

Small talks are a build-up to big talks. Sometimes it’s very difficult to get started but once you get the hang of it, it’s difficult to keep one quiet and the topics of small talks go from one area to another. I like this. Thank you very much.

May 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm
(15) Mohammad alaswad says:

Small takes good way to improve the speaking, in addition I advise to practice it everyday everywhere.

May 26, 2011 at 10:41 am
(16) Amira Toma Mikhail says:

These small talks are very helpful for ESL beginners. Thank you, Mr. Beare!

May 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm
(17) wassila says:

My students prefer talking in class than writing grammar rules.Really ,it’s a good way to practise the target language.

July 6, 2011 at 3:29 am
(18) sandeepbamrada says:

small talks makes a person a good speaker.if you have information on any issue , you can share it to other person by small talks.it doesn’t need any high quality of english but you just need to convey yours thoughts to someone in an understandable manner.it will boost your confidence as well as your knowledge.whether you are in office,home or travelling by a bus you can practices these small talks.so start small talks wherever you go.

October 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(19) Dao Minh Ly says:

Thank you so much. They are very useful for me!

October 26, 2011 at 6:53 am
(20) sandra says:

small talk is good and very esential because it leads to bigger conversations, its also great for getting to know new people

October 30, 2011 at 4:09 am
(21) mehrdad says:

hey keeeneeeeeee! love ur phrases………..

November 1, 2011 at 1:47 am
(22) Hizb ullah "noorreen" says:

im very excitable about your phrases

October 2, 2012 at 11:39 am
(23) Tayyaba Anwar says:

Small talk is like a initiative for long term discussion. Small or brief talk smoothens road for prolong discussion and eradicates hesitancy…

January 16, 2013 at 5:00 am
(24) Terefe says:

I really like small talk ,it opens door for better communication.

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