Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today find out how to start an English conversation with a friend of a friend!

Sometimes you might know someone indirectly.

Maybe you have heard something about the person but you are meeting them for the first time.

How can you start that conversation smoothly without feeling awkward?

Today we’ll show you four ways to do that in English using the information that you already have about the person.


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Phrases to start the conversation:

  • “So (our common friend) tells me that you’re a (hobby, job)”
  • “Oh so I heard you’re from (home city)?”
  • “Aren’t you working as a (job)”?
  • “Oh you’re a (job) right?”

The key goal is just to get the person talking.

Say one of these phrases and let them start talking.

That is all you need to do to start that connection.


What other phrases have you used to start this type of conversation?

Let us know in the comments below.

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