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    who would like to have weekly additional practice
    in speaking.

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    It is not necessary to be very advanced. In fact, it
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How to start a conversation with a stranger

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1. Start with a greeting.
For most people, breaking the ice is the hardest part in starting a conversation with someone you don’t know, but after the ice is broken, everything else should come easier.

To start, make eye contact, smile, and make a greeting, such as, “Hi, how are you?”

2. Introduce yourself and find out the strangers name.
You: I’m Teresa, what’s your name?

Stranger: I’m Jakub.
You: It’s nice to meet you Jakub. (this is where you would reach your hand out to shake their hand.)

3. Find a common topic that you can talk about.
Start with small talk by bringing up a topic that both of you have in common. This can be based on your immediate surroundings or the event you are attending, such as commenting on the music playing in the background or asking how they know the host. You could also talk about general topics such as the weather, current events, hobbies, school or work.

4. Continue the conversation.
Keep the conversation going by listening to what they have to say and respond appropriately. Try to pick up cues on their areas of interest and expand on that. Follow up with additional questions and if the conversation starts to die out, don’t be afraid to go into other topics.

5. Closing
Tell them it was a pleasure meeting them. If appropriate ask them for their contact info.

Thanks for visiting me, Mr. Conversation…

I organize English conversation classes for those wishing to expand and maintain their knowledge of English.

Learning a new language is difficult and the English language is no exception to the rule. So what do you do after spending years studying, mastering your skills in a second language? How do you use your English know how ? You can try to speak to your family, friends and colleagues in English, but they prefer to speak in Czech. What about when you travel abroad, that’s a great opportunity to speak the language? True, it is great, but sadly it only lasts as long as your budget does. You could go back to an English school and take another course? Yes, but they’re expensive and only repeat what I already know. So what do you do?

The solution is simple…you need to spend time with people who want to speak in English with you. Ideally this should include, someone willing to correct you when you mispronounce a word or offer you advice on the English language. Where could you go to find people like this in a nice relaxed atmosphere ?

Join me, a native English speaker and six other new “friends” and spend your afternoon speaking and expanding your skills in English. Our sessions are structured, though in a less formal way, so that you can interact freely with everyone. Come along, be positive and be prepared to talk!

Think of it as a date with English…I look forward to seeing you!

For details and bookings.

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How to learn English and other foreign languages

English lessons with Mr. Conversation.

English lessons are great with Mr. Conversation.

1) Spend the time!

By far the most important factor is how much time you are immersed in the language. The more time you spend with the language, the faster you will learn. This means listening, reading, writing, speaking, and studying words and phrases. This does not mean sitting in class looking out the window, nor listening to other students who do not speak well, nor getting explanations in your own language about how the language works. This means spending time enjoyably connected to the language you are learning.

2) Listen and read every day!

Listen wherever you are on your MP3 player. Read what you are listening to. Listen to and read things that you like, things that you can mostly understand, or even partly understand. If you keep listening and reading you will get used to the language. One hour of listening or reading is more effective than many hours of class time.

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Do you teach individual English lessons?

Yes, I do. If you’re looking for individual English lessons, I can certainly help you. I specialize in General and Business English for all levels of learners from elementary through to advanced. Together, we can work towards your goals. I’ll help you by making them realistic and attainable. During the lesson I’ll give you feedback and error correction! Bad habits will be a thing of the past. If you follow my advice, you will see an improvement in all your English skills:

  • pronunciation
  • vocabulary
  • conversation (speaking and listening)
  • grammar
  • writing

For further information click on the details link below.

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The English Language

Girl talking on phone

Mummy, did you know the longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis...

Some weird and wonderful facts…

English is currently one of the most widely spoken and written languages worldwide, with some 380 million native speakers.

Through the global influence of native English speakers in cinema, music, broadcasting, science, and the Internet in recent decades, English is now the most widely learned second language in the world.

Because a working knowledge of English is required in many fields and occupations, education ministries around the world require the teaching of English to at least a basic level.

And there are some other facts about English you might be interested in knowing:

  • English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
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Why making small talk matters

Small talk is often seen as meaningless conversation motivated by social politeness: It lacks meaning and value, but you do it because that’s the proper thing. Well, I couldn’t disagree more with this idea.

In my definition, small talk is conversation on safe and somewhat superficial subjects (the weather, the news, the hottest movies or the latest fashion), but it is not meaningless conversation.

Personally, I’ve learned to stay away from meaningless conversation. If I don’t enjoy it and don’t find value in it, I do one of two things: I change the subject or I politely leave. Other than the topic, there is nothing small about small talk and this is why knowing how to make small talk matters as a people skill.

Before anything else, you need to realize that if you struggle with making small talk, it’s to a large extent a confidence issue. People who are confident in social interactions are naturally able to make small talk and connect with others. This in turn will improve you English language skills greatly!

So one way or another, you’ll need to get better at this. My conversation classes will provide you with a solid foundation for this. Check it out here and learn the secret to being a confident conversationalist.

How to start a conversation with a stranger

conversations

1. Start with a greeting.
For most people, breaking the ice is the hardest part in starting a conversation with someone you don’t know, but after the ice is broken, everything else should come easier.

To start, make eye contact, smile, and make a greeting, such as, “Hi, how are you?”

2. Introduce yourself and find out the strangers name.
You: I’m Teresa, what’s your name?

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Conversation starters

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Sometimes knowing what to say to someone can be difficult, here are a few tips to get you started:

Weather – In any culture, talking about the weather is a great way to pass the time, to get to know someone, and to make polite conversation. Even though talking about the weather has become synonymous with making idle chit chat , theirs certainly nothing wrong with walking up to someone and saying “isn’t it a nice day today”. Other examples: “beautiful weather we’re having” or “Is it supposed to rain tomorrow?”

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