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Small Talk

Spontaneous conversations in English.

1 Pre-listening

Look at the list of situations below (1 to 4). Imagine you need to make small talk with someone you’ve just met in each place. Think of two things to say/ask at each place.

1. At a business conference So, did you enjoy the talk?

2. At a party

3. In a lift

4. In the street

2 Listening I

Listen to the four mini-conversations. What did the speakers ask/say?

3 Listening II

Match the sentences (a-h) to the places from the Pre-listening exercise. Mark each sentence: Business conference; Party; Lift; Street

a) Well, I think we’ve got enough air to last for about two hours. Lift

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