Getting to know you! Polite topics when meeting for the first time

There are certain topics that are polite to discuss when getting to know someone. Here are some of them:


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  • Talking about your background

    • Originally I’m from….
    • I was (born and) brought up in…
    • I come from a (sporty/musical) family.
    • My proudest moment was…-ing
    • I’ve always dreamt of –ing/ wanted to +verb


    Describing your language ability

    • I’m fluent in Polish.
    • I speak Spanish reasonably well.
    • I can get by in Portuguese.
    • I speak French but it is a bit rusty.
    • I know a few words of Japanese.
    • I wish I could speak Italian.


    like, such as, and that sort of thing

    • I like music such as opera, choral music, and classical music.
    • I really love modern music like house, rap, reggae, and hip hop.


    After one or two examples, we can use an expression meaning ‘et cetera’.

    • I’m fond of opera, and that sort of thing.
    • I like jazz, rock, and that sort of thing.


    Showing a lot of interest

      • Wow!
      • Really?
      • (That’s) interesting!
      • (That’s) fantastic

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