Friday, September 3, 2010

How to start the conversation with stranger or foreigner

Meeting a foreigner in Chennai

Rahul : May I introduce myself?
My name is Rahul. (introducing oneself)

John : I am John.

Rahul : How do you do? (responding to introduction)

John : How do you do?

Rahul : Where arr you from, Mr.John? (asking for
information)

John : I’m from the US. How about you?

Rahul : I belong here. How long have you been here?

John : I’ve been here for two weeks.

Rahul : Are you going to stay for long?

John : No, I’m just on a short holiday.

Rahul : Do you like Chennai? (asking for likes/dislikes)

John : Yes, I am enjoying it here. (expressing likes/
dislikes)

Rahul : Is it too hot for you?

John : No, not too hot.

Rahul : And how do you like the food here? (asking for
likes/dislikes)

John : It’s delicious and tasty, but a little hot and spicy.
(expressing likes/dislikes)

Rahul : Do you like our idlis?

John : I love the soft idlis, particularly with sambar.
Fantastic combination.

Rahul : How about parathas?

John : Parathas? I can’t stand that. (expressing likes/
dislikes)

It is tough and leathery unnlike your fluffy idlis.

III. FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION

l The expressions
Asking for likes/dislikes:
How do you like?
Do you like .........?
Are you fond of.........?
Would you like ..........?
Responding positively to these questions:
I like it very much.
I love it.
I enjoy ..............
I would love to .................
Expressing dislikes:
I don’t like it.
I hate / detest / loathe ...........(strong dislike)
I can’t stand .................. ( “ )
I can’t bear ................... ( “ )

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