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  • Now I know small talk is really, really horrible.

  • Even British people are kind of afraid of it, but we feel like we have to do it.

  • So today we're going to really focus on some questions.

  • You can ask people when you're in a small talk conversation on these are all related to the topic off work.

  • Uh huh.

  • One of the easiest things to talk about is your job, your work, your career, your studies.

  • Along with travel.

  • I think those are the most common small talk conversations.

  • So today I just have some really simple questions that you can ask people in a small talk conversation.

  • So hopefully make it a little bit easier for you.

  • And then we get talking.

  • Let's say we're talking with this person.

  • We've build up a bit of a report.

  • Now what we want to do is keep them talking.

  • Maybe they've mentioned their career.

  • Maybe you want to ask them what they do.

  • Easy question.

  • What do you dio?

  • Let's say this person is a lady on, she says.

  • She's a doctor.

  • After she said that she's a doctor, she may then ask you, What about you?

  • This phrase is extremely useful, and you can use it yourself in small talk.

  • Essentially, what this question does is it turns the question back on the person who asked you that question.

  • So they're asking you now.

  • What do you do?

  • Well, then you answer the question.

  • Maybe then you want to ask more questions.

  • So why not this one?

  • How long have you been doing that for?

  • So this is a way to open up the conversation.

  • How long have they been doing it for?

  • It shows that you're interested in what they're talking about.

  • A something I always recommend during small talk is too react to everything they say.

  • So, for example, if they say, Oh, I've been doing it for about 10 years, respond with her.

  • Oh, wow.

  • Really nice little words like this.

  • Just show a reaction.

  • And then maybe you can follow up with another question.

  • For example, how did you get into that?

  • How did you get into that?

  • This essentially means How did you start that job?

  • What made you want to do that job?

  • Now, if they're a talkative person, this is definitely a way to get someone to talk for quite a long time.

  • Do you think you'll stick with it forever?

  • Do you think you'll stick with it forever?

  • To stick with something means to stay with stick, like when we have glue and we stick things together.

  • Stick with it.

  • Well, that simply means Do you think you'll stay in this job forever?

  • Really, it's a yes, no question.

  • But in small talk, they might explain why a lot of the time with do you questions, we use the weak forms off do and you.

  • The reason why is because do and you are what we would call function words.

  • They're not really very important in this sentence.

  • So we replaced the vows with a Schwab sound.

  • Do you think, Do you think?

  • Do you think this makes you sound a little bit more like a native?

  • You'll also notice I'm dropping the T on it with it forever.

  • That's just a common native thing to do.

  • You could say, Do you think you'll stick with it forever?

  • It's entirely up to you what you want to do, that it's just my native way off.

  • Pronouncing it.

  • I like to drop teas at the end of words sometimes.

  • Okay.

  • Have you always worked there.

  • Have you always worked there?

  • And that simply is a way of asking someone if they've done any other jobs in the past, maybe what?

  • Their first job?

  • Waas.

  • Let's talk about the sound.

  • What's that?

  • That's what we call the Constant Cluster, the K and the T combination at the end, Off worked.

  • Okay, I hear lots of different variations of this from my students taking my pronunciation course on.

  • And I actually did just add a new video to my pronunciation course.

  • All about these constant clusters with, you know, things like tests on things like that, right?

  • All of these sounds that happen at the end there really difficult.

  • Now, this one is a very common one.

  • Worked.

  • We need to create pressure to create that sound on.

  • Then we need to very quickly release that sound to spit that.

  • Okay, so now when we create the sound, our tongue is up high.

  • It's kind of bent on the back, is touching the top.

  • So what we quickly need to do is a soon as we create that sound, the tongue needs to flick the front to the roof of your mouth, and we create that.

  • But worked, worked.

  • Their response might just be No.

  • Hopefully they'll say No, I actually did this job before, but if they don't do that, then say All right.

  • Well, what else did you do before this job?

  • Okay, so always be ready toe, ask more questions.

  • If they say no, why did they say no?

  • If they said yes, why did they say yes?

  • On also, is there anything you can agree with or relate to that they're saying Maybe you've had a similar situation toe what they're talking about?

  • We'll tell them they want to know.

  • So don't be afraid to talk about things which are similar in your life to what they're saying.

  • Anyway.

  • That's it for today's video.

  • Like I said, I do have a pronunciation course which has over 100 people.

  • It's doing really well.

  • I've had some great feedback.

  • So if you want to join the course and also have the bonus of talking to me on WhatsApp with voice recordings, then I hope to see you soon.

  • You could go to e.

  • T.

  • J english dot com and start learning perfect British pronunciation right now.

  • You might have noticed that this video is available on a Friday.

  • That's right.

  • I have now changed my days.

  • I release YouTube videos every Friday.

  • Now, just because I like Fridays, is that okay?

  • Anyway, thanks again.

  • I will see you next week.

  • Cheers, guys.

  • Bye.

Now I know small talk is really, really horrible.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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