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Sometimes the hardest part is simply starting a conversation. Learn these expressions for starting a conversation in English in any situation — formal or informal, at work, school, or other contexts! And stay tuned for the next lesson, which will be on how to continue the conversation.
Here are some common expressions to start a conversation with someone you see after a long separation:. Here are a few examples of how to do this:. You can simply make a comment to the other person, and this is like an invitation for the other person to comment, too.
This can then begin a conversation. Current national and international news is also a good topic of conversation.
The friend will probably ask you about recent developments in your own life, too. You can also comment about the food and drinks, or about the music.
Imagine you have a friend, Nora, who introduces you to her friend Ryan. If Nora introduces Ryan as a journalist, or a friend from yoga class, or a musician, you can ask about how long he has done that activity, or how he first got interested in it.
His answer will then provide material to continue the conversation. Learn practical spoken English for daily life: Learn more about the Speaking Course.