Making small talk
\Small talk\ means conversation about things that aren't really very important, especially with people we don't meet very often. You might use them at a party.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- You must be Susan's husband.
- How's your wife / friend?
- Nice weather, isn't it?
- What's new?
- I haven't seen you for ages.
- What have you been up to?
- Are you still working for the same firm?
- Have you heard from Jenny recently?
- What a coincidence!
- Fancy meeting you here!
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- Phrase 1 is used to introduce yourself to someone, when you think you know who the person is.
- Phrase 2 is used to ask the person you are talking to for information about someone close to them.
- Phrase 3 is used when you can't think of anything else to talk about. If the weather is bad, you could say 'Rotten weather, isn't it?' instead.
- Phrases 4 and 6 are general enquiries, asking for news about a person.
- Phrases 7 and 8 are more specific than 4 and 6, but are still enquiries for information.
- Phrase 5 has a similar meaning to 4 and 6, but is expressed as a statement rather than a question.
- Phrases 9 and 10 are used to express surprise when you meet someone you weren't expecting to meet.