Socializing: Striking Up a Conversation

It’s about that time of the year when networking diners, drinks, and here in Rio Claro, ‘barbecues’ start happening. Thinking about that, have you thought on how to introduce yourself to that foreign guy that is sitting just next to you? I know, I know… Your throat dries out, your mind goes blank, your tong swells up (and it’s not because of the drinking!). But, you know what? Chill out!! Take your courage in both hands (along with some more beer) and spit it out: “Hello, I’m João da Silva. Nice to meet you.” It’s easy!! You can do it!! No?!? Ok, I’ll help you out – as usual (because I’m a really nice person and, of course, I want to go to Heaven when I die.)

You’re going to find a very interesting PODCAST about ‘striking up a conversation’ on the ‘businessenglishpod‘ webpage below. It’s a whole lesson on introducing yourself and starting off a conversation. Check it out at:

http://www.businessenglishpod.com/2007/04/24/bep-44-int-socializing-striking-up-a-conversation/

And, as you’re going to practice this ‘introducing yourself language’ at that barbecue I know you’ve already scheduled, you can listen to it while having a nice beer, OK? To get in the mood, you know. By the way, can I have some beer? No?!? Oh, come on!!

Silvia A. Della Rina

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