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WORK SKILLS ESP English for Socializing Expressions Selection

English for Small Talk & Socializing website presents useful phrases and international tips about English for small talk and socializing in several functions of language: welcoming visitors to your company, keeping a conversation going, moving from small talk to business, and ending a conversation politely.

Small Talk

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bureau of International Information Programs in the U.S. Department of State produce the book entitled “Everyday Conversations: Learning American English”. This book helps us learn English dialogue about small talk with a variety of language functions, such as introductions and small talk, around town, and pastimes and activities.

English for Socializing

PhDr. Dagmar Malíková and Mgr. Jana Malíková from Department of Languages, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology present useful phrases about English for Socializing in a variety of situations - greetings and introductions, invitations, small talk, socializing, eating out, telephoning, location, and etc.


Adrian Wallwork, the author of English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing presents useful phrases and vocabulary about socializing in different situations, such as introductions, meeting people who you have met before, small talk, arranging meetings, at an informal one-to-one meeting, general requests and offers, at the bar and restaurant, at the hotel and saying goodbye.


Andrew D. Miles, the author of 100 ways to say it in business English advises useful phrases about introductions in a number of situations: introduce yourself formally, introduce yourself less formally, reply to a formal introduction, reply to an informal introduction, introduce yourself before a speech, introduce people to the public, and say hello.

Cultural Diversity and Socializing

Simon Sweeney, the author of “English for Business Communication” student’s book for Cambridge University Press presents useful phrases and vocabulary for cultural diversity and socializing in various topics of content: welcoming visitors, arriving, introducing someone, meeting someone and small talk, offering assistance, and asking for assistance.

Business Language and Etiquette

Svetlana Pilucka, the author of “Business English” book from Daugavpils University presents useful phrases and vocabulary about business language and etiquette in various topics of content: greetings, farewells, invitations, giving requests, advice, recommendations, offers, instructions, orders, apologies, regret, gratitude, and asking the way.

Showing Interest and Expressing Appreciation website presents useful phrases and vocabulary used in showing interests and expressing appreciation.

Asking for and Giving Directions

Canadian Forces English Curriculum (CFEC) at website produces the student textbook entitled “Where are those community services?” In this book, we can learn useful phrases and vocabulary about socializing: asking for and giving locations in a building, locating services in the neighborhood, locating places in the neighborhood, asking for locations around town, giving locations, asking for and giving directions in the street, and etc.

Meeting People in Business Cultural Differences and Phrases

Alex Case for website provides some useful phrases about meeting people in business cultural differences in various situations: starting conversations, introducing new members of staff, questions about the other person, talking about your job and company, phrases after giving your name, exchanging business cards, and etc.