很多时候,英语学习者不愿意开口不仅仅是因为语音,更担心的是怕无话可聊,说了上句没下句,一不小心就成了冷场王。今天,英语君就为大家准备了一些用于开启聊天话题的small talk, 让你在空气突然安静时稍微舒一口气。

首先,咱们从5W要素来了解一下small talks:

WHO makes small talk?

The most common type of people to use small talk are those who do not know each other at all. It is also common for people who are only acquaintances, often called a "friend of a friend", to use small talk.

一般情况下,都是陌生人之间,或者点头之交之间会用到small talk。

WHAT do people make small talk about?

There are certain "safe" topics that people usually make small talk about. The weather is probably the number one thing that people who do not know each other well discuss. Another topic that is generally safe is current events, especially entertainment news.

有一些话题在任何场景下都是比较安全的,比如大家都知道的天气。此外,社会热点也是个不错的话题,特别是今天这个时代里的娱乐新闻。

WHERE do people make small talk?

Most often, small talk occurs in places where people are waiting for something. It is called "mingling" when people walk around in a social setting and talk to a variety of people.

大多数情况下,人们会在等待时进行small talk。

英语点津:

mingle

to move among people and talk to them, especially at a social event

(尤指在社交场所)相交往,混杂其中

E.g.If you'll excuse me, I must go and mingle.

对不起,我得去和其他客人聊聊。

WHEN do people make small talk?

The most common time for small talk to occur is the first time you see or meet someone on a given day.

这些略没客套的话题,当然是初见时比较常见啦。

WHY do people make small talk?

The most obvious reason is to break an uncomfortable silence.

就像开头所说,打破尴尬的冷场气氛。

了解了small talk,下面,我们就来看看到底可以说些什么吧。

天气篇

Beautiful day, isn't it?

Can you believe all of this rain we've been having?

It looks like it's going to snow.

It sure would be nice to be in Hawaii right about now.

I hear they're calling for thunderstorms all weekend.

We couldn't ask for a nicer day, could we?

How about this weather?

热点话题篇

Did you catch the news today?

Did you hear about that fire on Fourth St?

What do you think about this transit strike?

I read in the paper today that the Sears Mall is closing.

I heard on the radio today that they are finally going to start building the new bridge.

办公室篇:

Looking forward to the weekend?

Have you worked here long?

I can't believe how busy/quiet we are today, can you?

Has it been a long week?

You look like you could use a cup of coffee.

What do you think of the new computers?

社会活动篇

So, how do you know Justin?

Have you tried the cabbage rolls that Sandy made?

Are you enjoying yourself?

It looks like you could use another drink.

Pretty nice place, huh?

I love your dress. Can I ask where you got it?

散步篇

How old's your baby?

What's your puppy's name?

The tulips are sure beautiful at this time of year, aren't they.

How do you like the new park?

Nice day to be outside, isn't it?

其他

I didn't think it would be so busy today.

You look like you've got your hands full (with children or goods).

The bus must be running late today.

It looks like we are going to be here a while, huh?

I'll have to remember not to come here on Mondays.

How long have you been waiting?