Lesson Transcript

Even after studying a language for a while, a lot of people still find starting conversations with native speakers scary. We promise, it's not as scary as you think. We'll give you some tips for how you can talk to native speakers with confidence.
In this video, we'll talk about how to start conversations like a native speaker.
First: How do you start conversations?
Conversations can be hard to start, even in your native language. What do you say to a stranger? Maybe you need to ask someone for directions or call someone and make an appointment. You can't let your fears about conversations stop you. A solution: talking points.
The idea is simple. Talking points are about topics you think you'll need in conversations. You prepare these ahead of time. These are for things you like talking about or topics that are commonly discussed. For example, the weather is a very common talking point for simple introductory conversations. If you say, "Nice day today, isn't it?" to a stranger, you've just started a conversation. It's a good idea to learn these expressions. For example, if you want to prepare a "weather" talking point, you should learn all the relevant words and possible lines in your target language:
It's nice today!
It's rainy out!
How's the weather?
The more words and phrases you know about a topic, the more you can talk about it.
And the more talking points you have, the more you can speak. Leave a comment and tell us - what are you interested in and what do you like talking about? These are your talking points.
Next: Come up with examples of your talking points
Here are some basic topic ideas for talking points that you can prepare in advance.
Simple ideas for talking with new friends are the weather, hobbies, sports, or popular TV shows. If you’re meeting someone new, it's always nice to start with a compliment. Learn how to say, "I like your sweater" or "What did you order? That looks delicious!" And there are the everyday conversations that are easy to forget about, like how to order your favorite kind of coffee, or how to check out at a grocery store. These are important. You may not even think about these when considering the kinds of conversations you'll have. Even if they’re short ones, they are essential.
So, in this video, we went over some key points about learning to start conversations in your target language. You learned how to start conversations and speak more with talking points.
Keep in mind some of the talking points we suggested. You can also brainstorm a list of points that you can use personally.
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