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  • Meeting new people can be scary.

  • Especially if you're not comfortable speaking English!

  • Here are five simple steps to help you succeed.

  • 1. Greet

  • This part's easy! You can say, hello, or hi, or hey.

  • And then ask them, how's it going?

  • "How's it going" sounds more natural and laid-back than "How are you?"

  • Hey, my name's Kelsi. How's it going?

  • Hey, I'm Roger. Not too bad...

  • It looks like I need to break the ice.

  • 2. Break the Ice

  • There are a few easy ways to break the ice.

  • If you're at a party or other event, you can use this question:

  • How do you know the host?

  • So, how do you know Amanda?

  • Uhh, actually I don't know her.

  • I don't know anyone here.

  • Oh... Okay.

  • If the event you're at doesn't have a specific host, you could also ask:

  • What brought you here today?

  • So, what brought you here today?

  • To be honest, the free food.

  • There's another great way to break the ice: compliments!

  • People love compliments, so this is a surefire way to make people like you more.

  • You can say:

  • I like your...! Where'd you get it from?

  • A cuter way to say this is: I love your...

  • Hey, I like your backpack! Where'd you get it from?

  • Oh, thanks! I got it in Germany. You can put all your important things in here.

  • 3. Learn More

  • You can start off with simple questions to learn more about the person you're talking with

  • and figure out more suitable conversation topics.

  • Hopefully, they'll ask these questions back to you as well.

  • You can ask:

  • Where are you from?

  • Be careful not to say "Where are you come from?"

  • This is incorrect!

  • You should say "Where are you from?"

  • Roger, where are you from?

  • Hamburg.

  • Hamburger...?

  • Uh-uh. The city in Germany.

  • Oh, that Hamburg!

  • Depending on the situation, you could also ask:

  • Do you live nearby? Or, do you live in the neighborhood?

  • Do you live nearby?

  • Uh-huh, yeah. Right across the street from that burger joint.

  • Don't ask "Where do you live?"

  • This is super creepy in English!

  • If you say it like this it might make people scared.

  • They might think, why do you want to know?

  • What do you want to do?

  • Where do you live?

  • Why? What do you want?

  • Another basic question to ask is:

  • What do you do? Or, what do you do for a living?

  • After they answer that, you can also ask:

  • How did you get into that?

  • What do you do?

  • I'm a chef.

  • Oh, how did you get into that?

  • I love food.

  • If you don't want to talk about work, you could also ask:

  • What do you like to do for fun?

  • What do you like to do for fun?

  • Eat.

  • 4. Share

  • Sharing something you've heard about lately is also a great way to start a conversation.

  • You can say:

  • Did you hear about...?

  • Did you hear about that international food show that's coming up?

  • Food? Wait, what? No. Tell me more.

  • Or, if you can't think of anything to share, you can always:

  • Ask for Recommendations

  • Let them share things with you.

  • You can ask them:

  • Do you know any good (something) around here?

  • Do you know any good restaurants around here?

  • Yes! There (are) a lot of good places.

  • Like across the street, there's this burger joint.

  • And right around the corner there's this good hot pot place.

  • And if you take a couple blocks down, there's…

  • Yeah. I got you.

  • 5. Invite

  • If your conversation has gone well and you'd like to make friends with this new person,

  • the next best step is to make plans to meet again!

  • You can ask them:

  • Would you be interested in going ... sometime?

  • Would you be interested in going hiking sometime?

  • Nah. Don't like hiking.

  • Then swimming?

  • Not a fan.

  • Biking?

  • Nah.

  • I guess we could just go out to eat.

  • Let's do it!

  • To be able to get in touch with them you'll also need to...

  • Exchange Contact Information

  • You definitely need a way to get in touch with them!

  • If you miss this step, you'll have lost your chance at actually becoming friends.

  • You might want to ask them:

  • Can I add you on Facebook?

  • Or another social media platform, like Instagram.

  • You could also ask them:

  • Can I have your phone number?

  • Can I add you on Instagram?

  • Yeah, sure. Here.

  • Here you go.

  • Next time you see someone you want to talk to,

  • but you're scared you won't know what to talk about, don't worry!

  • Making friends in English is easier than you may think!

  • See you next time, VoiceTubers!

  • That's a good burger. Oh, man.

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