As a beginner in English, you are sometimes hesitate to start a conversation with someone, especially with strangers. However, if you start a conversation ending it is another task. At times you may have to leave a conversation or probably you are not enjoying it, in such situation you just can’t leave abruptly. It’s not polite and may offend people. In this English lesson, I bring you 10 Golden phrases to perfectly start and end any conversation politely. These are extremely useful English expressions and you should know them well.
At Let’s Talk we always try to bring you English lessons that are practical and easy to implement in Real-life English conversations. Learning textbook English, such as Grammar, writing, reading would not make you fluent in English. You have to increase your vocabulary and learn short English phrases for everyday English conversations.
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A very important question for each one of you, “are you one of those who feel hesitant to start a conversation?” who do not know… “are you one of those people who do not know what should I say to begin a conversation with somebody?” And “are you one of those as well who feel awkward when you have to say tata, bye-bye in a conversation?” Because you’re rushing, because you have a lot of work to do… Hi everyone my name is Hridhaan and in today’s lesson I bring to you some phrases that you can use to initiate a conversation and to end a conversation. So this lesson is about how to perfectly start a conversation and end a conversation, let’s have a look at the aims of this lesson, in this lesson we will understand the useful English phrases to start and end our conversation, so what are we waiting for, let’s get started… The first list that we will understand today is about starting a conversation, a lot of people feel oh my god here is one person that I really want to talk to, let’s say in a party or at a conference or at a business meeting, but you feel hesitant, you do not know the right language to start the conversation with that person. Now here let’s have a look at the first phrase that you can make use of to do that, “long time no see”. Well this is one particular phrase that you cannot use with strangers, right? It’s gonna be funny because you’re like long time no see and the person is like baffled and the person feels scared, because the person does not know you. This phrase can only be used with your friends and friends and family. So I’m just gonna write fam here. This phrase can only be used with friends and family. If you have not met, let’s say acquaintances as well, if you did not meet that person for a very long time, that’s when you can say long time no see. Very interesting phrase, “it has been a very long time and I have not seen you”, very good way to initiate a conversation. The next phrase in the list of starting a conversation is, “is this your first time here?” Now this is a question, this is a question that you can put forth with a stranger you can basically ask the stranger and say, “is this your first time here?” You’ve been looking forward to talking to that person because I think, because you think that you find that person attractive, in that scenario you can use this phrase. “Is this your first time here?” So you’re using it for a stranger or an acquaintance that you have not spoken with and you’re saying, “I think I’ve not seen you in this party before, and I’ve been attending these parties for a long time, have you come here for the first time?” Very good way to start a conversation very polite, nice, non-intrusive way to start a conversation. Next one is “do you come here often?” quite similar to, ‘is this your first time here?’ Well here what you can say is, you have seen that person in the party or in the meeting for a long time and you feel quite attracted towards that person and you want to talk to that person, so in such a scenario you can say, “do you come here often?” Quite similar. “Do you come here often?” The person will say yes or no and the conversation will take on from there itself, very nice way to initiate a conversation. The next phrases, “hello! I wanted to introduce myself…” Can I tell you one thing, this is I think one of my favourite phrases and I’ve used this phrase a lot of times in my life, whenever I have to talk to somebody, don’t start an awkwardness and be like you’re hoping that you will run into that person and then you will start speaking to that person, nah-nah-nah, good conversationalist and good people with good communication skills, never do that. So make sure that you are a confident person and that you are somebody who starts things and not wait for the things to happen to you. So you say, “Hello! I wanted to introduce myself, could I do that?” and the person feels quite relaxed as well, it is a nice way to start. The last phrase that we have here is, “Hi, do you have a minute?” Very interesting phrase again, these two are quite favourite here. “Hi, do you have a minute?” So you’re asking person, “hi, can I take one moment from you because I wanted to let’s say introduce myself.” Or ask a question or appreciate or compliment you… This is a very, very nice way to start a conversation. So here are the top five phrases that I have brought to you in this lesson that you can use to start a conversation. Make sure you tell me in the comment section below which one is your favourite and which one you’re going to use very, very soon. Let us now look at the second part of the lesson, in the second part we will understand, ‘how to end our conversation’. Ending is very important as well my friends, agreed disagreed? Absolutely it’s very important. A lot of times when you’re like, when you’re talking to somebody, you’re rushing for a meeting or let’s say, you have to go home very, very soon and you’re talking to a colleague but you can’t say that you have to rush because let’s say it’s a boss or an important friend, in such a situation I bring to you these phrases that you can use to end a conversation. The first phrase is, “I don’t want to keep you any longer…” That means I do not wish to… it’s a very polite way of speaking English first of all. So in this way you’re not offending the person and you’re not also making the conversation uncomfortable and you’re saying I would not want to keep the both of us in the conversation anymore because let’s say, the person automatically gets the sign that you’re rushing to a place or you have something important to do. In such a situation you can use this sentence. So “I don’t want to keep you any longer and I think let’s meet soon, let’s meet tomorrow.” Very nice way to start the ending of the discussion. Next one is, “I’ll let you carry on then”. In this, let’s say you ran into somebody, for example let’s say a coffee shop and you started a conversation now it’s time to end and you want to move because you have a friend waiting on the other table and so you say the person, you tell the person so, “I will let you carry on then I think it’s time for me to move.” Very, very nice phrase to talk about the ending of a conversation. Try using this because it is very, very good, “I’ll let you carry on then”. The next phrase that we have is, “thanks again for the lovely evening” or great time. Now, ‘thanks again’ why are you thanking the person again? Because you have thanked the person a lot of times already and this time it’s time that you suggest, you starting with a ‘thanks’ and this time you’re suggesting that hey dude hey babe it’s time for me it’s time for me to move and so thanks for the lovely time and great evening. It is quite predominantly used, people use it a lot of times but we cannot negate, we cannot cancel the fact that it is still a very valid and very important phrase that you can use to end your conversation with the person. And finally the next one here is, “I’ve got to get going…” It’s quite a polite and quite, an exact way of saying, quite a straightforward way of saying that, ‘it’s time for me to move on because I have some other commitments’. So you say, “I’ve got to get going.” One more time, “I have got to get going”. When you say ‘I have’ make sure that you contract it as well and it becomes ‘I’ve’. “I’ve got to get going”, not ‘I have got to get going’… it is, “I’ve got to get going” and finally the last phrase that we have is, “i shall now roll out or head out”. Now these are very important phrasal verbs that you can use to say tata, bye-bye now you don’t say, ‘I need to go now’ when people say ‘I need to go now’ it’s quite, mmm… it’s quite, it’s not at all polite first of all and in such a scenario you can say, “I need to roll out, I’m sorry” or “I need to head out”. Shall is a very polite way to start a sentence, when you use shall it looks formal and it feels polite and so you’re saying “I shall now roll out” or “I shall now head out.” This was all about starting a conversation and ending a conversation. Thanks for being with me in this lesson, if you like all of these phrases, do use them and make sure that you speak confident English, natural English and charming English… thank you very much and have a great day ahead.