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Smalltalk is a sort of informal, friendly conversation that happens spontaneous, random and casually without draft. It is a discussion about non-sensitive topics in a social setting and usually performed while meeting someone for the first time, or simply out of politeness.


Smalltalk is based on three main questions:Bearbeiten

- Who?Bearbeiten

The most people who use small talk don‘t know each other well or at all. Common situations for small talk are being alone with a friend of a friend or working at the same workplace with someone you do not really know and like.

- Why?Bearbeiten

Ice-breakers, get in contact, to avoid awkward silence, to loosen the atmosphere

- What to talk about? Bearbeiten

Nothing important, things everyone can have an opinion about, 

For example:

weather 

hobbies 

family 

friends

introduction of yourself

travel

sports films

weekend

politics

religion

global problems

current events

! Be careful with difficult thermes like: politics, religion!


- Where?Bearbeiten

Anywhere e.g.: - train, clubs/pubs, waiting rooms, hairdressers, toilet, queue, on holiday, …

to find common ground


How to join in to a random conversation? : Bearbeiten

- I’d like to… /May I, Could I…?

- Can I get you some… /anything to drink?

- Would you like to…

- Please, take a seat...

- Can I help you? /How can I help?

- What’s the matter?

- Have you already heard..?

























Ice breakers 

Talking about the weather

Beautiful day, isn't it?

Can you believe all of this rain we've been having?

It looks like it's going to snow.

It sure would be nice to be in Hawaii right about now.

I hear they're calling for thunderstorms all weekend.

We couldn't ask for a nicer day, could we?

How about this weather?

Did you order this sunshine?

Talking about current events

Did you catch the news today?

Did you hear about that fire on Fourth St?

What do you think about this transit strike?

I read in the paper today that the Sears Mall is closing.

I heard on the radio today that they are finally going to start building the new bridge.

How about those Reds? Do you think they're going to win tonight?

At the office

Looking forward to the weekend?

Have you worked here long?

I can't believe how busy/quiet we are today, can you?

Has it been a long week?

You look like you could use a cup of coffee.

What do you think of the new computers?

At a social event

So, how do you know Justin?

Have you tried the cabbage rolls that Sandy made?

Are you enjoying yourself?

It looks like you could use another drink.

Pretty nice place, huh?

I love your dress. Can I ask where you got it?

Out for a walk

How old's your baby?

What's your puppy's name?

The tulips are sure beautiful at this time of year, aren't they.

How do you like the new park?

Nice day to be outside, isn't it?

Waiting somewhere

I didn't think it would be so busy today.

You look like you've got your hands full (with children or goods).

The bus must be running late today.

It looks like we are going to be here a while, huh?

I'll have to remember not to come here on Mondays.

How long have you been waiting?

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