|1) opening question||Is this your first trip to …? How was your trip?|
|2) immediate answer||Yes, it is. Fine, thanks.|
|3) follow-up question||Are you staying long? Business or pleasure?|
|4) immediate answer||No. Business. Note: these answers are not helpful in finding a common interest. You need to make additional comment.|
|5) additional comment||But hopefully not my last. Unfortunately only a couple of weeks. Business, I’m afraid. My company is setting up an office here in Tokyo.|
|6) next question||Have you found time to see much? Really, where is your company based?|
|7) establishing topic of common interest||Are you interested in gardens? Oh, I visited Detroit a couple of years ago. That’s (What) a coincidence. My wife is in fashion too.|
I. Complete the introductions according to the phrases from Active Vocabulary:
1. Peter King introduces himself to Jack Simpson:
PK Hello,… My name’s Peter King.
JS …, I’m Jack Simpson.
2. Philip introduces Sarah to James:
S Philip, I … here. You’ll have to ….
P Of …, I’ll … to James. He’s an old friend of mine. James, … Sarah, she’s just joined the company.
J …, Sarah. Where do you come from?
3. Rod Burton introduces Pete Taylor to an important customer:
P Rod, I … Mr. Rogers, the Purchasing Manager from Kentons.
R I’m …. Come and meet him. Mr. Rogers, Pete Taylor, our Export Sales Manager.
Mr.R …. What countries do you cover?
4. Klaus Fischer introduces himself to an American visitor:
KF How …? My …..
AV ….. …. George Cole.
II. This dialogue is in the wrong order. Rearrange it to make a natural flow of conversation.
· Really? What did you expect? ()
· No, I’ve been to the States before, but this is the first time in Atlanta. ()
· So, what do you think of Atlanta? ()
· Fine, I’ll see what I can arrange. ()
· Well, it’s not what I expected. ()
· There is a part like that. You must let me show you around. ()
· Well, I suppose I thought it would be more traditional. ()
· That would be interesting. ()
· Is this your first trip over here? ()
Engage your partner in conversation. Try to establish a common interest – e.g. a place, a hobby, a job, family, etc.
I. Listen to the conversation between two people meeting at a conference, and complete the table below.
|Speaker 1||Speaker 2|
II. Look at the extracts from the conversation. Complete them with the useful phrases for meeting people for the first time.
1. Nice_____________________________. I’m Sofia Platini from Milan.
2. Pleased___________________________, Sofia.
3. Is this your_________________________ to London?
4. It’s the second time_____________________________, actually.
5. What________________________________ Fernando?
6. _________________________________ your flight, Sofia?
7. Fine, no problems. ______________________________?
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