Small Talk – Parlare del più e del meno in inglese

Ti è mai capitato di dover trascorrere del tempo con un collega straniero senza essere esattamente in grado di colmare il silenzio? Sapere come intavolare una conversazione in inglese con conoscenti o perfetti sconosciuti è il primo passo per non incappare in situazioni di mutismo imbarazzante.

Esempi di Small Talk, cioè chiacchierate “di poco conto”, conversazioni di circostanza per parlare del più e del meno, vi aiuteranno a rompere il ghiaccio, a ridurre le distanze interpersonali e a mostrare interesse verso il prossimo.

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Parlare del tempo

  • Today the weather seems really good, isn’t that beautiful?
  • This morning it feels very cold, don’t you think?
  • I wish I didn’t have to come to work today, it’s so nice out there! What about you?
  • Do you think it’s going to rain today? The forecast said it would be sunny, but it’s so cloudy!

Parlare dello sport

  • Do you do any sport in your free time?
  • Do you think that a team from (country) will win the Champion’s League this year?
  • Which team do you support?

Parlare del lavoro

  • How are you finding your new job?
  • Where did you work before?
  • Do you live far away from the office?
  • How long does it take you to get to the office?
  • Do you drive? Do you take the train?
  • Are you attending the meeting on Wednesday?
  • Where do you normally have lunch? At the canteen? At the bar? Do you bring your own food?

Parlare di situazioni generiche

  • How was your weekend? What did you do?
  • How was your evening? Was it good?
  • Did you watch that film on TV?
  • Are you watching this new series on Netflix? What do you think about it?
  • Did you watch the news last night? Did you hear about the strike?

Parlare di viaggi

  • How was your holiday?
  • Where did you go?
  • Did you enjoy it?
  • How was the hotel?
  • Are there any places you would recommend worth visiting?
  • Was the food good?
  • Where are you planning to go next summer?
  • Have you been there before?
  • How long will you be there for?

Fare osservazioni

    • I love your necklace, where did you buy it? Was it a present? Where is the shop?
    • Have you had a haircut? I love your new look, it really suits you. Where did you have it done?
    • Have you met the new person working in Marketing? I believe he is from Spain.
    • That’s a lovely ringtone, what song is it?

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