Linking English Business Club – Session #5

Continuing with our theme about making conversation, in this session we talked about ways of starting, following and leaving a conversation. Sometimes it’s necessary to leave a conversation abruptly, either to meet other people or if the conversation is becoming tedious.

Starting a conversation

  • Excuse me, do you mind if I join you?
  • Excuse me, I couldn’t help overhearing that you …
  • Can I have a word, please? (To speak to someone privately)
  • Have we met somewhere before?
  • Your face looks familiar…

Following a conversation

  • That’s an interesting point of view.
  • Really?
  • That’s great.
  • I agree.
  • I’m not sure about that.
  • I can’t say I do.
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.

Leaving a conversation

  • I’m sorry but  I’ve just spotted someone that I need to speak to.
  • Can you excuse me for a moment? I need to …
  • I’m sorry but I have to go… I will contact you. We must stay in touch.
  • Please feel free to contact me whenever you want.
  • I’m so sorry but I have to make/ take an important call.
  • I’m sorry I have to go now but I’ll try to catch you later.

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