American Culture Idioms, Expressions, Vocabulary

Small Talk in English, Part 2

April 16, 2019

In the past, we created a post titled Small Talk in English. This has become one of our most popular posts, so we decided to make a Small Talk in English, Part 2! This article assumes that you have read Part 1, where we learned how to make small talk with strangers. In Part 2, we look at making small talk with people that we know.

Small Talk in English, Part 2

So what’s new?

A: So what’s new?

B: Not much. Just working and studying. You?

A: Not much . . . I’m planning a trip to South America in the fall, so that’s pretty exciting.

B: Cool!

So what else is new?

A: So what else is new?

B: Nothing, really. What about yourself?

A: Not much. Just work and school and hanging out with my boyfriend.

How was your weekend?

A: How was your weekend?

B: It was great. (You can provide details of your weekend if you want.) How was yours?

Do you have any plans for the weekend?

A: Do you have any plans for the weekend?

B: Yeah I’m going to San Francisco with some friends. We are going to Union Square. What about you?

A: Staying here and studying. I might check out a new cafe that just opened.

Do you have any trips coming up?

A: Do you have any trips coming up?

B: I do! I think I’m going to Lake Tahoe with my friends for Memorial Day. What about you?

A: I might go to Napa this weekend.

How’s your job going?

A: How’s your job going?

B: It’s great! I really love my new boss. How’s yours?

A: It’s good. I just started working in a new department and I really like my coworkers.

How’s your family? Is everyone still doing OK?

A: How’s your family? Is everyone still doing OK?

B: They’re great! My sister is getting married next October. And yours?

A: They’re awesome. They might visit me this summer.

B: Cool!

What’s going on with . . . ?

Example: What’s going on with your roommate? Last I had heard, she was applying to Berkeley. Did she get in?

Example: What’s going on with your promotion? Did they finally tell you if you got it?

Example: What’s going on with your friend Jen? Did she move to Los Angeles?

What’s up with . . . ?

Example: What’s up with the club you joined?

Example: What’s up with your Chemistry class? Did your professor give you back your exam?

How’s _____ going?

Example: How’s work going?

Example: How’s your job going?

Example: How’s school going?

What’s the news with . . . ?

Example: What’s the news with Tom? Is he still dating Kara?

Example: What’s the news with your sister? Is she coming to visit?

Any updates on . . . ?

Example: Any updates on your Spring Break trip? Are you still going?

Example: Any updates on your group project? Did that one guy finally finish his part of the project?

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