The first step in having a good conversation in English starts with introducing yourself. It is very important to do this well. The person you are talking to will determine whether or not you are able to have a conversation in English. Make a good first impression by reviewing the points below.
- Greet the person you are speaking with and say your name.
- Hi, I’m Jennifer Hoeger. it’s nice to meet you.
- Where are you from? Why are you where you are?
- I’m from Laguna Niguel, a town about 1 hour south of Los Angeles. I’m here on business.
- Where do you work / what do you do?
- I’m a teacher. I have been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) for about 12 years now.
* If you have a job that is hard to talk about, you can say what industry you work in. For example:
- I work in the IT industry.
- I’m an engineer. I work in the pharmaceutical industry.
- I work in sales.
* When telling about where you are from, you can talk about how close you live to a major city. For example:
- I live about one hour outside of Tokyo.
- I live in a smaller city about three hours from Shanghai.
- I live right outside of Seoul.
- I live in a suburb of Boston.
Now it is your turn!