Start a Conversation With Anyone
So, you’ve been learning English for a while. You have a good knowledge of vocabulary words, basic grammar, and even some expressions. The biggest challenge now is to learn how to start a conversation with anyone — why is this a challenge? Well, most of us are nervous when we speak in a foreign language! It’s a normal fear to have, and this is a fear that is easier to manage with time. Luckily, there’s a simple yet effective secret to start a conversation with anyone, whether it’s a classmate, a friend, or a stranger from England or the United States.
So what’s the secret?
Ask a Question!
This is an effective formula that can be used over and over again. We all sometimes need help with something, and all of us (or at least most of us) like to help people! Asking a question is a great way to start a conversation with someone! A simple question can become a full conversation that can benefit you and your English greatly, but perhaps you’re wondering “well, what kind of question should I ask?” That depends on many different factors. What are they?
Location, Location, Location!
Many questions are often based on where you are, at that moment. Are you at school? Are you at work? Are you at a football game? Where you are will help you decide what kinds of questions you should ask someone. Imagine if you’re walking down the street and you need help finding a good restaurant or café. You can simply ask someone questions such as:
“Excuse me, do you know a good place around here to eat?”
“Do you know where I can eat around here?”
“Do you know a good café around here to have coffee?”
You can even ask this person for their recommendation, such as:
“What café/restaurant do you recommend?”
School and Work
For places that are more restrictive (because of rules), you may have to think a bit harder about what questions you can ask that would make sense for your situation. Prepare yourself by writing your questions on a piece of paper, or remember them in your head, then practice! The more you practice, the less trouble you will have when you begin to ask your question. Some examples of work/school questions can include:
“Do you have Math class today?”
“Do you have to work today?”
Try to Follow Up
So, what do we mean by “follow up?” Imagine this: if you ask someone a very simple and quick question, do you expect to have a conversation with them? Most likely not. It would be hard to have a conversation with someone because that conversation will only be about 5-10 seconds long. If your goal is to learn how to ask questions, then this is great practice. However, if you want to actually have a conversation with them, then always remember to ask a follow-up question.
What To Do Now?
The video lesson below will give you great practice on how to start a conversation with anyone in the English language. Starting conversations is one of the best ways to improve your confidence in English, and it allows you to get to know the other person better. It’s a win-win situation! Always remember to use your environment, and ask questions that make sense to your situation or environment. You might discover that your environment will give you many ideas on what questions you ask can someone! It can be challenging if you’re shy, but remember that you’re learning natural English and it gets easier and easier when you do it more. I wish you many awesome conversations with as many people as you can!