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C. Practice introducing yourself, friends and groupmates. Remember to smile (and use handshakes where appropriate).
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After you have been introduced to someone, it is polite to ask a few general questions to get acquainted. For example:
- Where are you from, Carol?
- I'm from Connecticut.
- Connecticut, which part?
- Hartford, the capital. How about you, Ben?
- Nebraska - a place called Bellevue. It's near Omaha.
- How do you know Alan (A)?
- He is my friend from college.
When meeting someone for the first time, it is not appropriate to ask certain types of questions. Do NOT ask: A person's age, Birth date, Salary, Weight, Marital status. You may ask general questions about the situation. For example:
- How do you know Alan (the person who introduced us)?
- Are you a student at this university?
- Is this your first time here?
- What do you do for a living?
- How long have you been working for (company)?
LANGUAGE SKILLS 3: CLOSING A CONVERSATION
D. How would you close a conversation in the following situations?
v You are in a hurry to leave. What do you say?
v You really don't want to leave, but you can see the other person needs to go.
v You’ve just met someone at a party, but you have to leave the party early.
v You are "seeing someone off" at the airport/train station.