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Introducing yourself to others is important, whether it be to a pen friend (pen pal), a friend you meet online, or through a common acquaintance. So, what are some common topics of conversation when you meet people for the first time?
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Woman: Yeah. We met on campus last week, [Yeah!] and you asked me the same question.
Man: I know, I know. It's on the tip of my tongue. Wait. Uh, Sandy, Susan. [Nope. So, was I that memorable?] Wait, wait. It's Sharon.
Woman: I'm a graduate student majoring in TESL. Man: Uh, TESL . . . What's that? Woman: It stands for teaching English as a second language. I want to teach English to non-native speakers overseas.
Man: Yeah, but, uh . . . I guess I'm mulling over the idea of going into accounting or international business, but I guess I'm leaning now towards a degree in marketing.
Man: Oh, okay. And, uh, by the way, there's this, uh, dance on campus at the student center tonight, and I was wondering if you'd . . . you know . . . like to come along. Woman: Oh really? Well, perhaps . . . . Man: Okay, well, bye.
Make a list of topics of conversation that are appropriate and inappropriate when meeting people for the first time? Talk with other international students and try to identify which of these rules are culture-specific and which are universal from culture to culture.
Friendships are important, and joining clubs on campus can be a great way to meet people.
Use the Internet to search a college Web site of your choice and find information about two or three clubs or organizations that you can join to meet people.