Having a conversation in a second language is a wonderful experience but it can be a stressful time too. We are so busy listening to what is being said that we sometimes forget to signal to the other speaker that we understand them.
In other words, we sometimes forget to interact with the other speaker. This can make the conversation feel awkward and unnatural. We interact so naturally in our own language that we are often unaware of it. In a second language, however, we have to remember to interact to keep the conversation going.
Some people feel that social media is killing the art of conversation.
Many young people prefer to text their friends rather than talk to them face to face. How do you feel about picking up the phone and talking to someone? What is your favourite method of communication in your own language? Is it different in English?
Do you change your communication methods with different people?
Think about how you interact and communicate differently with these people in your own language:
- Close family
- Distant family
- Partner / spouse
- Best friend / close friends
- People you don't like but have to stay in contact with
- Workmen / contractors
Watch the video and answer the questions below.
General English courses at ECS Scotland focus on speaking and listening
Our small group General English courses will help you to gain confidence when interacting and having a conversation in English. Teachers will use different methods and props to get you talking naturally.