Feb 282013

In this episode of BBC How to… we look at some handy topics and phrases to use when you’ve said hello to someone, but want to continue the conversation. What kinds of things are suitable for small talk during greetings, beyond the usual ‘how are you?’

Some follow-up questions and phrases
I haven’t seen you for ages!
What’ve you been up to?
What are you up to?
What are you doing around here?

Oh, this and that…
Just the usual!

Four handy topic areas Examples
appearance (usually only with people you know well)

your surroundings


the weather

You look great!

Isn’t it nice here!

Did you get here OK?

Isn’t it a lovely day!



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