Many workplaces in the United States are very social places. In most jobs, people like to get to know their coworkers and have pleasant conversations with them. An important part of these social interactions in English is small talk. Small talk is conversation that is intended to fill a time when people are around each other but do not have anything specific to discuss. It usually makes this time feel less awkward. However, if you are not comfortable with small talk, it can make you feel very nervous. Watch the video below with a partner. Then practice talking about one or two common small talk topics from the list below. Remember to use the tips you learned.
Small talk topics
- The weather
- Plans for this weekend
- A local sports team
- A popular movie you have both seen