Small talk is just a bit different than gossip. Gossip has the idea that what you are talking about may have a bit of truth to it but also contains your opinion or your perception on the topics.
Are these topics similar to topics you would discuss with your co-workers?
What kind of weather are you having today?What kind of weather is in the forecast?
These are pictures from my family reunion on the 22nd of June. What do you think each group discussed?
Do you bowl? If so, what is your score?What kind of shopping do you prefer?When you eat out, what kind of restaurant do you like to eat at?If you have seen a movie in the last few weeks, tell me about the movie. Was it an action movie, an adventure movie, a dramatic movie, or a comedy?Have you been to a sports event lately? What did you see? A football game, a golf match, a table tennis match, a running race, a biking event?
This local college dormitory is scheduled to be imploded on June 29th, 2013.Many people will come to see this implosion.The college will build a new dormitory.
A topic of great concern to middle class families in the US. What kinds of costs do you have associated with health care? Tell about an average doctor visit. How long is the visit? How much does it cost?
This image shows a mother cleaning a gun for her son to use in battle. What is your response to this image?
Do you enjoy reading about celebrities and their issues? What kinds of celebrities do you enjoy watching? What advice could you give Ms. Shields since you have daughters as well? Would you want to be a Hollywood actress?
What topic would be your first choice to talk about? What topic would you avoid altogether?
Lesson four small talk and gossip
What will we talk about?
Review from last week
Very little money is coming in the business
What do we talk about?
Would it be appropriate to talk about gossip during these events?
What about “small talk”?
How is small talk different from gossip?
Small talk is generally considered
conversation to fill the time.
Topics of small talk include:
Children and family
Arts and entertainment
News-local, state, country, world
A little about the weather-what is
the forecast? Predict what might happen
Children and family
News-state news and national
What will you forecast will happen with health care costs in the
next few years?
of a woman
with a gun,
Actress Brooke Shields talks about her life and children
Which topic will you choose?
Family and children?
Arts and entertainment?
Forecast-the suggestion of what will happen
Brother-in-laws-sister’s husband; spouse’s
brother; spouse’s sister’s husband
implosion-violent inward collapse
Response-reply given to the question
Celebrity-somebody who is famous during
his or her own lifetime
Please tell me a sentence using these