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  • Hi, I'm Anne Marie with Speak Confident English and welcome to your Confident

  • English Wednesday lesson. To get us started this week, I want to ask you a

  • question: when you meet someone new in English - when you meet a new business

  • client, a new partner, someone who just moved to where you live - how do you start

  • a conversation with them in English? What questions do you use to start that

  • conversation, to make small talk? If you often feel nervous about asking

  • questions in English, starting conversations... if you're not sure about

  • what questions are polite to ask, then today's lesson is perfect for you.

  • Today I'm going to share my favorite questions for starting conversations in

  • English. These are questions I use when I meet someone new or if I haven't seen

  • someone in a long time. We'll also talk about why they are great questions, what

  • I love about them, and how you can use them. What situations are perfect for

  • these questions. So the next time that you're getting to know a new client or

  • partner at work; the next time that you're at an international conference

  • talking to people in your profession, getting to know them, building your

  • network; or the next time you have some new neighbors to meet or people at a

  • birthday party, you can start that conversation and you've got questions

  • that are perfect for that situation. Now let's pause just for a moment because in

  • this video we're going to talk about questions to start a conversation with

  • anyone in English but you might be thinking, "HOW do I start a conversation

  • in English? I always feel nervous, I feel stressed, I

  • forget the words that I want to use. I have questions that I want to ask but I

  • don't know how." If that sounds like you, I actually have a much more in-depth

  • training video just for you. You can download it for free in the online

  • lesson. And in that video I go much more in-depth and we get some strategies for

  • how to be confident, how to be prepared, and ready to start a conversation. So

  • when you have the right questions you can go to that international conference,

  • you can go meet your neighbors, go to the dinner party and not feel nervous, not

  • feel afraid to start that conversation in English. So again if you want that

  • training just go to the online lesson and click download to get that

  • advanced training. Okay so let's get started with my favorite questions. In

  • this video I'm going to highlight four questions that I almost always ask and

  • then in today's lesson I have a list of 10 questions. So whatever your situation

  • is, wherever you are going, whoever you are talking, to I have a question that

  • you can use, to ask them, to start that conversation, keep the conversation going

  • and enjoy your discussion in English. My first question for today and honestly

  • it's my most favorite - I ask my friends this question, I ask people I've met

  • for the first time, I ask people I haven't seen for a long time, I even

  • ask my husband this question sometimes - is what's the most interesting thing

  • you've done lately? Or what's the most interesting thing you've read lately?

  • What's the most interesting thing you've heard lately? I love this question

  • because you can use it everywhere. If you're at a business meeting and you're

  • just chatting with people before the business meeting starts, ask someone what

  • the most interesting thing they've done lately is. Or if you just met someone at

  • a party and you want to keep the conversation going, this is a super

  • simple question to ask. It always starts a conversation and most people are

  • really happy to talk about something interesting that they've done. They like

  • talking about things that are enjoyable. I also like it because I always learn

  • something new and if I'm talking about something that you've read or you've

  • heard, I learn a new fact or I learn about a new book, a new film that I

  • should watch. So if you're searching for a polite, easy, conversational question in

  • English, for making small talk, getting to know someone,

  • I highly recommend this question. My second favorite question is perfect

  • for a situation when you're meeting someone for the very first time. I love

  • to ask where are you from originally and I ask this to both native and non-native

  • speakers because honestly even if you come from the same city as I do or you

  • come from the same area, your experience in life growing up, being a child, going

  • to school, studying, is different from mine. So even if we come from the same place, I

  • will learn something new. But of course if you come from somewhere completely

  • different - another part of the country, another region, or a different country

  • - then I'll definitely learn something new. I might learn about a new culture, a new

  • cuisine and all of that information is very easy for follow-up questions. So

  • when you want to continue the conversation, if you find out that

  • someone is from another country then you could definitely ask about their culture,

  • their cuisine, what is something unique about where they're from, what do they

  • recommend if you visit that place. As I mentioned, this is great anytime you meet

  • someone new. So again, if you're traveling for work or you're at a business meeting

  • and you're just getting to know some people before or after the meeting, this

  • is a great, simple conversation question. If you've just moved to a new city, an

  • English-speaking country, and you're starting to get to know your neighbors,

  • maybe you're getting to know the other parents at your kids school, this is a

  • great question to start those first conversations. Now this third question is

  • perfect for professional situations. Maybe you're chatting with some

  • colleagues, maybe it's a colleague that you

  • haven't seen in a long time or maybe you're getting to know a new business

  • partner, a potential client. It's very similar to my favorite question, the

  • first question, but it's changed just a little bit to really focus on work. So a

  • question I often ask is, "have you been working on any interesting projects

  • lately?" Or have you been working on anything interesting lately? Again most

  • people really like answering questions or talking about things that they enjoy,

  • things they find interesting, so this is a really easy question to get a

  • conversation going, get someone talking a little bit, get to

  • know them. And as you learn about a project that they're working on or

  • something they've been doing that's interesting,

  • again you'll learn a lot and you can ask follow-up questions to keep that

  • conversation going. And the final question for today's video is on the

  • topic of travel. I love talking about travel. I love hearing about other

  • people's experiences, their recommendations, what their favorite

  • thing was on vacation. I love it. So one of my most common questions if

  • I'm meeting someone new, if I haven't seen a colleague or a friend for a long

  • time, I might ask, "Where's the coolest place you've ever been?" This is a great

  • question for telling stories and sharing memories, even getting recommendations

  • for a great place to visit, something to do, or a place to eat. So there are my

  • four favorite questions for starting a conversation in English. Again these are

  • questions that I use, other native speakers use, all the time and they're

  • perfectly polite for various business situations and daily life in English.

  • You can visit today's online lesson to get my full list of

  • ten questions to start a conversation with anyone. Review the questions and

  • then share with me in the comments. I want to hear from you and help you get

  • some practice using English, give you some feedback. So review the list of

  • questions and then tell me your favorite question. What do you think is the best

  • question on the list? And then share your answer to that question. I look forward

  • to hearing from you in the comments and I'll see you next week for your

  • Confident English Wednesday lesson.

Hi, I'm Anne Marie with Speak Confident English and welcome to your Confident

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