Interesting article share by Ryan Sitzman from: http://www.fluentu.com/english/blog/social-english/?utm_source=FluentU+Language+Learning+Tips+and+Updates&utm_campaign=870a8c75d7-English+Learner+Weekly_12_11_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee7f81dbad-870a8c75d7-91809681
An excerpt from the post:
Think back to the first time you spoke English in a real, authentic social situation.
What was it like? Were you nervous?
What did you talk about? How did you start the conversation?
Especially if you’re an intermediate or advanced English learner, you may be getting tired of some of the same old “ice-breaker” questions (questions to get people talking) and small talk topics.
“What’s your name? What do you do? Where do you live? Ummm, how about this weather we’ve been having lately, eh?”
Those are all great questions, but what if you want to get more advanced?
What if you want to do more than just asking the same old questions?
Do you want to know a secret? Even native English speakers get tired of those same old questions!
Even if you don’t have social anxiety and don’t feel awkward starting a conversation with strangers, it’s still often hard to find things to talk about. Just ask anyone who has gone on a date and run out of conversation ideas!
So in this article, we’ll look at five new ways to break the ice when meeting new people (or even when talking to old friends!). These approaches will make socializing more interesting for everyone involved.
They’re especially useful for intermediate or advanced English learners, but even if you’re a beginner, you can use them for some situations. And yes, they’re a bit unconventional (different), but they’re not too strange or weird. They might even make people want to talk to you more!
This article won’t be about memorizing dialogues or learning specific phrases. Instead, it will give you some flexible techniques that can help improve your social skills in English (and probably in your native language, too).
And the best part? As an English learner, you can also use these techniques in classes or anytime you want to practice English with another person. Just remember that you’ll probably talk differently with a classmate than with a stranger at a party, so you may need to adjust these a little bit, depending on the situation.
So, let’s look at the five techniques!