One of the problems that I noticed with some ESL students is that they have problems to keep a fluent conversation, because they usually don’t know what to say.
This situation is so uncomfortable and awkward; many students prefer to avoid meeting English speakers.
I struggled with these situations on the past, because sometimes I’m an introvert person, but there are some good tips that I’d like to share with you guys.
If you have the opportunity to talk to an English speaker, and you start a conversation this way:
-What did you do today?
– I went to shopping.
Well, allow me to tell you that the conversation doesn’t have to finish there. You can ask follow up questions like these:
Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Let’s see some examples.
What did you buy?
Where did you go?
Who did you go to shop with?
How much did you spend? (If you would like to know)
Here you have another example:
I’m going on vacation.
Questions you can ask:
Where are you going? and why?
Who are you going on vacation with?
When are you leaving?
Remember ask a question related to what they told you, and if they mention some important details about their family, job, hobbies etc; ask them about them, because people love to talk about themselves. If you find some common topics maybe you can give some suggestions or talk about your experience to keep the conversation going.
Remember to use the five questions: What? Who? When? Where? and Why?
You’ll improve your English conversation skills if you work on holding the conversation.
I hope these tips help you guys, and if you liked this article please don’t forget to subscribe and share it.