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  • Hi Bob the Canadian here.

  • As you learn English you'll want to get really good at something that we call small talk.

  • Small talk is a kind of conversation where the topic is very light, where it's very simple

  • to have a conversation with someone.

  • So in this video I'm going to help you learn a little bit about small talk that you can

  • use with people you don't know, small talk that you can use with people at work, and

  • small talk that you can use with friends and family.

  • Hey Bob the Canadian here and we're going to talk about small talk today but before

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  • English.

  • So small talk.

  • Really small, simple conversations that you can have with either people you don't know,

  • people you work with, or friends and family.

  • Let's start with people you don't know.

  • I'm going to imagine that all of you have spent time in a line, like at the grocery

  • store, or in a waiting room, like at the doctor's office, where you are either standing with,

  • or sitting with people that you don't really know.

  • And it's nice to have a little bit of a conversation with them.

  • There's really two things that you can talk about if you are at the grocery store or in

  • the doctor's office.

  • The first form of small talk would be talking about the weather.

  • Isn't it gorgeous out today? or Wow, it's really coming down out there!

  • - If it was raining for instance.

  • So the weather is number one topic to, to engage in small talk with people who you don't

  • know.

  • The second is just to talk about the situation.

  • So you could say in the doctor's office, "Have you been waiting here long?" and someone might

  • reply and say, "No.

  • I've only been here for a few minutes."

  • Or in the grocery store you might just start by commenting on how long the line is.

  • So you could say something like, "Wow!

  • This line is really long today!"

  • So that's the first kind of small talk.

  • Small talk that you would have with people who you really don't know.

  • It's a good way to open up a conversation or to start a conversation.

  • The second situation you might be in where you want to use small talk is at work.

  • So sometimes you work with people and you don't know them that well, but you do see

  • them every day, and I have five topics, five things that you could talk to people at work

  • about in order to engage in a small conversation or to have small talk.

  • The first is sports.

  • So if you are living in Canada for instance, and you are working with people, you can always

  • ask about the game of hockey.

  • I'm sure if you're living in another country there is another sport that everyone has as

  • their favourite sport, but the number one thing at work that you can talk to people

  • about is a recent sports game.

  • So you could say, "Did you see that game last night?"

  • That would be an excellent way to start a little bit of small talk about sports.

  • The second thing that you could talk to people at work about is the news.

  • So maybe you have watched the news the evening before or maybe you have read the morning

  • paper and you see a recent news item.

  • You could say to someone at work, “Did you hear about the accident downtown yesterday?”

  • So recent news, second most common thing that you can talk about at work as small talk.

  • The third thing that you can talk about with colleagues, those are people you work with,

  • is the weekend.

  • Especially at my workplace, we like to talk about the weekend.

  • We either talk about the weekend that just happened or we talk about the weekend that's

  • going to happen.

  • If you were going to ask someone about their past weekend you could say, “How was your

  • weekend?”

  • And if you want to talk about the weekend coming up you could say, “Do you have any

  • plans for this coming weekend?”

  • So that's the third thing you can talk about at work, the weekend.

  • The fourth thing that you can talk about with someone at work to have a little bit of small

  • talk is something to do with entertainment.

  • So you could ask someone, “Have you seen the latest Avengers movie?”

  • You all know that a new Avengers movie just came out, so that would be an excellent topic

  • at work if you were to have some small talk.

  • Have you seen the latest Avengers movie?

  • Or, “Are you going to see the latest Avengers movie?”

  • So that would the fourth thing that you could ask someone at work.

  • And the fifth thing that you can always talk to people about, especially at work is food.

  • So you might ask someone, “Have you been to the new restaurant downtown?”

  • How is the food?”

  • So those are five things, five small talk topics that you can use at work.

  • Let's move on to small talk topics that you can use with friends and family.

  • So obviously when you're talking to friends and family the small talk conversations can

  • go a little deeper.

  • You can still talk about the weather and you can talk about movies and you can talk about

  • sports, but you also may want to talk about family.

  • So you might wanna ask questions like, “How are your mom and dad doing?” or you might

  • want to say, “How are the kids?”, if you know someone has small children in your family.

  • These are topics that you wouldn't necessarily talk to with someone at work, you might, and

  • you definitely wouldn't ask someone in the doctor's office or in the line at the grocery

  • store.

  • But if you are talking with friends and family you might ask about their family.

  • The other thing that you might talk to friends and family about is travel.

  • Maybe you know that they are going to go on a trip in the future or you know that they

  • have gone on a trip.

  • And so it would be pretty normal if you're having some small talk with a friend or someone

  • in your family to say, “Are you looking forward to your trip to Paris?”, or, if

  • they've already gone to Paris you could say, “How was your trip to Paris?”

  • The third thing you can talk to someone about when having a small conversation if it's

  • someone you know well is things that you already know they like.

  • So maybe you have a friend who really likes to read, or for instance I know my mom really

  • likes to read so I could ask her if she has read any good books lately.

  • So you can ask about hobbies or interests that you know they have.

  • Maybe you have a friend who really enjoys going running.

  • You could say, “Are you still running daily?

  • Are you still going for a run?

  • Are you still going to those yoga classes?”

  • Those would be all great questions because they're people you know a little bit better

  • than the people at work and obviously a lot better than people you don't know so it's

  • polite and nice to inquire about things that you know they're interested in.

  • If you know that a friend or family member is taking a class or studying something it

  • would be very common to ask about that as well.

  • So, if I was to ask you, “How is your English learning coming along?”

  • That would be a great question to ask someone that you know well.

  • Maybe you have a friend or a family member who plays sports.

  • You could say, “Are you still playing in that football league?”

  • And those would all be great topics.

  • You can see how we went from really simple topics like the weather to really common topics

  • like movies and those sorts of things and sports for people we work with and then finally

  • some more familiar topics that you would ask a good friend or a family member.

  • So, hopefully that helps you a little bit.

  • Small talk is very common in all languages and that was just three situations and some

  • ideas for the things that you could talk about with people.

  • I think that's almost the end of the video.

  • I'm Bob the Canadian.

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  • week!

Hi Bob the Canadian here.

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職場や友人、家族、見知らぬ人と一緒に使える英語のスモールトークを学ぶ (Learn English Small Talk to use at Work and with Friends, Family and Strangers)

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