Introductions and opening conversations

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People in the United States don’t always shake hands when they are introduced to one another. However, in a formal or business situation, people almost always shake hands.

Here are four conversations for introductions and opening conversations. Remember: repetition plays a major role in being fluent, so practice!

1.

A: Mary, this is Joe’s brother, David.
B: I’m very glad to meet you.
C: It’s a pleasure to meet you.
B: How do you like Texas so far?
C: It’s really different from what I expected.
B: Don’t worry. You’ll get used to it in no time.

2.

A: Mrs. Smith, I’d like to introduce a friend of mine, Pierre Dubois.
B: How do you do?
C: Hello.
B: What’s your impression of the United States?
C: Well, I can’t get over how different the weather is here.
B: Oh, you’ll get used to it soon.

3.

A: Wendy, I’d like you to meet my brother Sam.
B: Hi.
A: Nice to meet you.
B: What do you think of Dallas?
C: Well, I’m still feeling a little homesick and so many things seem strange to me.
B: You’re bound to feel that way at first, I guess.

4.

A: Mrs. Hughes, this is Peter Brown.
B: Pleased to meet you.
A: How do you do?
B: I hope you’re enjoying your stay here.
A: If it weren’t for the climate, I’d like it here very much.
B: It always takes time to get used to a new place.

Useful expressions

How do you like…? = What do you think of…?
get used to = to adjust, to be accustomed to
in no time = soon
I can’t get over = I’m still surprised at
homesick = feeling sad and alone because you are far from home
bound to = sure to
at first = in the beginning before something changes

Fonte: Around Town – Situational Conversation Practice, Michael Ockenden and Timothy Jones – 1982, Longman

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