Truly mastering a language means you can comfortably hold a conversation in that language. One important thing that students sometimes forget is how important it is to know certain phrases in order for a conversation to flow.
Of course the first thing we need to know is how to get the conversation started. Ask the other person how they are, and you can also add a personal question about their life
A natural way to keep the conversation going is to ask the other person about their future plans. It could be for later in the same day, or for the weekend. Is there a holiday coming up? Is it Friday? Ask them if they have plans.
It is common to ask the other person in a conversation how everything is going at work, if they have anything new to share, etc. Some things we can say:
Bringing the conversation to a close
Whether you have somewhere to be, or the other person is in a hurry, the conversation must, at some point, end. We can help bring the conversation to a close by saying any number of things, like:
After saying why you must go, it’s polite to say something like ‘It was great seeing you’, or ‘So nice seeing you’. You can then suggest a future plan, if you wish:
The end… Saying goodbye
There are many different expressions we can use to say goodbye in English. One important thing to remember is that the word ‘goodbye’ itself sounds very formal, and we very rarely use it. Instead, we say:
Improve your conversational English
A great way to improve your conversational skills is by studying English with a direct method. This involves speaking and listening to the language every lesson, not just doing exercises from a grammar book. By practicing listening and speaking all the time, students work on their conversational skills every lesson and see a big improvement fast
Contact us to find out more about how we can get you speaking English confidently in no time!.
. Fernández C. 2018. ‘Fórmulas de saludo en inglés’. Recursos gratuitos de inglés – Callan School of English
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