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American History, Language, and Culture

American culture encompasses the customs and traditions of the United States. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things.

The United States is the third largest country in the world with a population of more than 332 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A child is born every 9 seconds, and a person dies every 11 seconds.

In addition to Indigenous Americans who were already living on the continent, the population of the United States was built on immigration from other countries. *Despite recent moves to close the U.S borders to new immigrants and refugees, a new immigrant moves to the United States every 666 seconds, according to the Census Bureau.

The United States is sometimes described as a “melting pot”, in which different cultures have contributed their own distinct “flavors” to American culture. Just as cultures from around the world have influenced American culture, today American culture influences the world. The term Western culture often refers broadly to the cultures of the United States and Europe.

Because of this, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Nearly every region of the world has influenced American culture, most notably the English who colonized the country beginning in the early 1600s, according to the Library of Congress. U.S. culture has also been shaped by the cultures of Indigenous Americans, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians.

The way people “melt” in the United States differs. “Different groups of immigrants integrate in different ways. For example, in the United States, Catholic Spanish-speaking communities might keep their language and other cultural family traditions, but are integrated in the urban community and have embraced the American way of life in many other ways.

The Northeast, South, Midwest, Southeast and Western regions of the United States all have distinct traditions and customs.  

*As the American government changes from Trump to Biden administration, there have been changes and modifications regarding laws on immigration and refugees.

**Sources: https://www.livescience.com/author/kim-ann-zimmermann

Guide Questions

Answer the following questions. You may need additional information from other internet sources.

1. What is culture?

2. Who are considered indigenous Americans?

3. What is “melting-pot”? Give examples.

4. What countries have contributed to the diversified culture of American people?

5. Give examples of ways on how immigrants integrate their culture in American society?

6. What is being referred to by the term western culture?

Test Your Vocabulary: American Culture part 1

American Culture Part 2

Language

The United States has no official language according to the U.S. government. While almost every language in the world is spoken in the United States, the most frequently spoken non-English languages are Spanish, Chinese, French and Filipino. Ninety percent of the U.S. population speaks and understands at least some English, and most official businesses are conducted in English. Some states have official or preferred languages. For example, English and Hawaiian are the official languages of Hawaii.

The Census Bureau estimates that more than 300 languages are spoken in the United States. The bureau divides those languages into four categories: one, Spanish; two, other Indo-European languages, which includes German, Yiddish, Swedish, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Hindi, Punjabi, Greek and several others; three, Asian and Pacific Island languages, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Tamil and more; and number four, “all other languages,” which is a category for languages that didn’t fit into the first three categories, such as Hungarian, Arabic, Hebrew, languages of Africa and languages of native people of North, Central and South America.

Religion

Nearly every known religion is practiced in the United States, which was founded on the basis of religious freedom. About 71% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, according to information gathered by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan research group, in 2017. The research also found that about 23% had no religious affiliation at all and around 6% of the population is made up non-Christian religions. The number of people who identify with no religion seems to be decreasing. According to the Pew Research Center, this category is expected to drop from 16% in 2015 to 13% in 2060.

Fashion

Clothing styles vary by social status, region, occupation and climate. Jeans, sneakers, baseball caps, cowboy hats and boots are some of the items of clothing that are closely associated with Americans.  Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Victoria Secret are some well-known American brands. American fashion is widely influenced by celebrities and the media. And fashion sales equal around 200 Billion per year according to a paper published by Harvard University in 2007. More and more Americans are buying fashion, electronics and more online. According to the Census Bureau, U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the first quarter of 2017 totaled around 98.1 Billion USD.

Food

American cuisine was influenced by Europeans and Native Americans in its early history. Today, there are a number of foods that are commonly identified as American, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, macaroni and cheese, and meat loaf. “As American as apple pie”, has come to mean something that is authentically American. There are also styles of cooking and types of foods that are specific to a region. Southern-style cooking is often called “American comfort food” and includes dishes such as fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread, according. Tex-Mex, popular in Texas and the Southwest, is a blend of Spanish and Mexican cooking styles and includes items such as chili and burritos, and relies heavily on shredded cheese and beans. Jerky, dried meats that are served as snacks, is also a food that was created in the United States, according to NPR.

The Arts

The United States is widely known around the world as a leader in mass media production, including television and movies. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States comprises one-third of the worldwide media and entertainment industry. The television broadcasting industry took hold in the United States in the early 1950s, and American television programs are now shown around the world. The United States also has a vibrant movie industry, centered in Hollywood, California, and American movies are popular worldwide. The U.S. film industry earned $31 billion in revenues in 2013, and is expected to reach $771 billion by 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The United States’ arts culture extends beyond movies and television shows, though. New York is home to Broadway, and Americans have a rich theatrical history. American folk art is an artistic style and is identified with quilts and other hand-crafted items. American music is very diverse with many, many styles, including rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, country and western, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop.

Sports

Baseball is called America’s favorite pastime. The United States is a sports-minded country, with millions of fans who follow football, baseball, basketball and hockey, among other sports. Baseball, which was developed in colonial America and became an organized sport in the mid-1800s, is known as America’s favorite pastime, although it has been eclipsed in popularity by football for the past three decades, according to the Harris Poll.

American holidays

Many holidays are celebrated only in the United States. Americans celebrate their independence from Britain on July 4th. Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, honors those who have died in military service. Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September, celebrates the country’s workforce. Thanksgiving, another distinctive American holiday, falls on the fourth Thursday in November and dates back to colonial times to celebrate the harvest. Presidents’ Day, marking the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, is a federal holiday that occurs on the third Monday in February. The contributions of veterans are honored on Veterans’ Day, observed on November 11. The contributions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are remembered on the third Monday in January.

*2021: 350 languages

Guide Questions

Answer the following questions. You may need additional information from other internet sources.

  1. Why do you think the USA has no official language?

2. In the context of American society, what does “religious freedom” mean?

3. How has American celebrities influenced how people around the world view beauty?

4. Suggest ways on how American media have permeated into the world.

5. Which American sport is popular in Thailand? Why is it popular?

6. What American holiday(s) can be matched to any Thai holiday(s)?

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United Kingdom: History, Language and Culture

Woven into the fabric of the United Kingdom of Great Britain is a rich history defined by wars, rebellions, royals, social upheaval and the rise and fall of what was once the biggest empire in the world. The Romans occupied Britain from AD 43 to AD 410 and left behind straight roads, a sewage system and hot baths, amongst other things. After that the Romans, Jutes, Saxons and Angles all established kingdoms south of Hadrian’s Wall before the Normans arrived and gave rise to the myth that it was the last time England was invaded. It wasn’t. England was subsequently invaded several times by the French, a few times by the Scots, at various intervals by pretenders to the throne and once by the Dutch. The Spanish and the Germans also had a go but neither actually set foot on dry land.

King Henry VIII is not only famous for having six wives, but also for breaking away from the Church of Rome, setting up the Church of England so he could get divorced. After Henry, battles between monarchs, nations, nobles and sections of the population invariably became tussles about how to run the country, culminating in the English Civil War (1642-1651), which was won by the Parliamentarians.

The constitutional monarchy that exists in the United Kingdom today developed during the 18th and 19th centuries as power came to be increasingly exercised by an elected parliament. In 1801 Great Britain – that’s England, Wales and Scotland – were formally united with Ireland. The subsequent reign of Queen Victoria, whose role was now little more than symbolic, coincided with a period of great economic success and unfettered empire building before events of the 20th century, notably two world wars, resulted in the dismantling of the empire.

In 1920, Ireland gained independence from the United Kingdom, leaving behind Northern Ireland, whose troubled relationship with the UK led to an ethno-nationalist conflict better known as The Troubles (1968-1998). World wars and internal conflicts led to social upheaval, which resulted in universal suffrage, the Welfare State, the repeal of the death penalty and the legalization of homosexuality. In 2014 Scotland held a referendum to determine whether it would continue being part of the United Kingdom or not. It voted to stay, but calls for independence can still be heard across the land.

Did you know? Cricket, football, boxing, rowing, rugby (league and union), tennis and golf were formalized into sports in the UK. • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the world’s oldest and largest broadcaster. • The Orkney Vole has inhabited the islands for 4,600 years and does not occur on mainland Britain.

United Kingdom Culture

Religion in United Kingdom. Predominantly Christian (Church of England, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist), sizeable Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu minorities. Around 15% of the population have no religion. Social Conventions in United Kingdom Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One or two kisses on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating. Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK. The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

Language in United Kingdom. The main language is English, but Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages like Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, so on and so forth.

*Source: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/united-kingdom/history-language-culture/

Guide Questions

  1. How has Great Britain’s invaders enriched the countries culture?

2. What was the initial purpose for setting up the Church of England?

3. What comprises Great Britain? United Kingdom?

4. Look for additional information regarding the ethno-nationalist conflict known as “The Troubles”.

5. How does UK’s social courtesies differ from Thai social customary?

6. Why do you think the UK Royal Family fascinates people around the world.

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Reading Past Stories

The Best Hamburger of My Life

When I was thirteen years old, I had a great surprise at the Grand Hotel in Toronto. My favorite soccer team was visiting from Mexico, so I went to the hotel to get autographs from some of the players. When I got there, I waited outside for a long time because I was very nervous. Finally, I told my legs to start moving, and I went up to my favorite striker, Sergio Verdirame, and asked for his autograph. My voice was trembling, but I controlled it. He stopped to listen to me, and then an amazing thing happened. He invited me to his table for dinner. I could not believe it! Suddenly I was sitting across the table from Sergio Verdirame! I ordered a big hamburger with everything on it except onions. When the food came, my hands were shaking, and I could not eat or talk. After a while, I took a deep breath and said to myself, “Hey, this happens just once in your life.” I got rid of my nerves and started talking with the team and enjoying my hamburger. They were really great guys, and we had a good time laughing and joking together. That was the most delicious hamburger I ever ate in my life because I was eating it with my idol.

Guide Questions

  1. How old was the person narrating this story?
  2. Who was the person’s favorite soccer player?
  3. Who did the person eat with in the restaurant?
  4. What did he have for dinner?
  5. What vegetable he didn’t eat with it?
  6. How did the person get rid of his/her nerves?
  7. Decide if the person narrating the story is a female or a male. Give your reason(s).

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The Hero

**Story by Betty Erickson

After a week of rain, the sun came out. Nick ran out to play. He found a puddle full of tadpoles under his swing.

Day after day, Nick watched the tadpoles. They grew legs. Their tails got shorter. Nick was afraid that the puddle would dry up before the tadpoles turned into toads. So he scooped the tadpoles into an old watering can.

Two weeks later, Nick watched a tiny toad come out of the spout. It jumped into the grass. Then two more toads came out of the spout. At last Nick counted six happy toads hopping in the grass. Nick felt like a hero. He had saved a whole puddle of toads!

Guide Questions

  1. Where did Nick put the tadpoles?
  2. How many happy toads did Nick see?
  3. Where was the puddle?
  4. For how long had it been raining?
  5. How did the first three toads get out of the watering can?
  6. Why did Nick have to save the tadpoles before the puddle dried up?
  7. Write down two differences between tadpoles and toads.

Dear Diary

Story by Mitchelle Juaban

Dear Diary, I ran into the kindest person in the world yesterday. I didn’t see him coming as I walked hurriedly into the university canteen. I bumped unto him and hit my face hard unto his chest. I felt dizzy for a while, and as I looked up to see who it was I saw his handsome face staring back at me. I blushed! He then asked me if I was alright to which I timidly answered yes. It was then I realized that he was actually holding me on both arms. Oh my gosh, I blushed some more. I didn’t know what to do! I was frozen. I just stared at him with my mouth opened for what felt like eternity. After a while, he asked if there was something wrong. “Oh. I’m so sorry. But… but I think I got your shirt stained with my lipstick” I explained hurriedly. He let go of me, and intently glanced at the lipstick stain on his shirt.

I was nervous. A lot of things were running in my mind at that time. “Will he get angry? Should I ask him to take his shirt off, so I could wash it? Oh no I should not say that. Does he think I’m crazy? Will he ever talk to me again?”

Then I heard him say, “Not a big deal. Anyway, I like the way it looks on my shirt.”

Guide Questions

  1. Where did the story happened?
  2. How was the narrator of the story and the handsome guy related?
  3. How did the narrator of the story feel about the handsome guy?
  4. What was on the handsome guy’s shirt?
  5. How did the handsome guy feel about the narrator of the story? Give your reason(s)

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New Hire: Human Resource Announcement

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Smith has accepted the position of accounting consultant in the accounting department, effective 1st March 2022. This position reports to Vice-president of finance Summer Dominguez.

Mr. Smith will be overseeing the accounts of five major clients in the construction industries.

He graduated from Ramangala University in Songkhla with a degree in accounting. Prior to accepting this position, he served as a senior accountant for Liquor Brewery Limited for ten years. Mr. Smith brings experience and a proven track record of success in the accounting area, which will be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives.

I am confident that Mr. Mark Smith will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the accounting department. He will be located in main building and can be reached at 0912345678 or marksmith@gmaildotcom.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Mark Smith to Upland Groups.

Vocabulary

overseeprioracceptinvaluable
assetannouncetrack recordconstruction

GUIDE QUESTIONS

  1. What is the announcement about?
  2. Where was Mark previously affiliated?
  3. What is Mark’s work?
  4. How will you be able to contact Mark?
  5. Who will Mark be reporting to?

source: HR Forms New Hire: Human Resource Announcement

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WH- Questions

To be able to ask questions clearly in a conversation is very important for the following reasons. One, a person would be understood clearly thus avoiding miscommunication. Aside from this, asking questions in a conversation shows that you are interested, and it keeps the conversation going.

WH-Questions are one of the different ways of asking questions. These are questions that begin with what, where, when, why, who, which, how, how many, how often, and how much.

Example

What is happening here?

Where is the bathroom?

When does the plane arrive?

Why are there so many people here?

Who are you talking to?

Which of the these do you prefer?

How do I go to the bus station?

How many countries are there in the ASEAN?

How often do you ride your bicycle?

How much are these apples?

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Instructions

  1. Pick a box and an image will pop up.
  2. Ask a WH-question about the image.

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3 Different Greetings and Leave Taking Dialogues

In this conversation practice, there are 3 different greetings and leave taking dialogues.

Greetings and leave taking are two essential parts of any conversation.

Instructions

  1. Go through the dialogues below, and fill in the missing conversation replies. Please vary your replies for each dialogue.
  2. You may then practice the dialogue together with the video.
  3. Dialogue presentation online.

Practice 1

A: Hi, how are you doing?
B: _______________. __________________________?
A: I’m pretty good. Thanks for asking.
B: ________________. _________________________?
A: I’ve been great. What about you?
B: ________________. _________________________.
A: What school do you go to?
B: _________________.
A: Do you like it there?
B: ____________. ________________________.
A: Good luck with school.
B: ________________.

A: Well, it was nice talking to you.
B: _____________________________.
A: We should really hang out again.
B: __________________________.
A: Where do you want to go?
B: ______________________________.
A: That sounds good.
B: _____________________________.
A: I’ll call you later.
B: ____________________________.
A: See you later.
B: ____________.

Practice 2

A: How’s it going?

B: __________________. ________________?

A: Never better, thanks.

B: _____________________________?

A: I’ve actually been pretty good. You?

B: _____________________________.

A: Which school do you attend?

B: ___________________________.

A: Are you enjoying it there?

B: ______________. _________________.

A: Good luck with that.

B: _____________.

A: I enjoyed talking to you.

B: ______________________________.

A: We should hang out some time.

B: ____________________________.

A: Is there anything you would like to do next time?

B: __________________________?

A: I’d like that.

B: ______________________.

A: I’m going to call you soon.

B: ____________________.

A: See you soon.

B: _____________.

Practice 3

A: How are you doing today?

B: ________________. ___________________?

A: I’m absolutely lovely, thank you.

B: _______________________________?

A: I haven’t been better. How about yourself?

B: _______________________.

A: Where are you going to school?

B: ______________________.

A: How do you like it so far?

B: _________________. ______________________.

A: I wish you luck.

B: _________________.

A: I had fun talking to you.

B: ________________________________.

A: I think we should really do something sometime.

B: _____________________________.

A: What do you want to do next time?

B: _________________________________________?

A: Yeah, let’s do that.

B: _________________________.

A: I’ll call you so we can set that up.

B: ___________________.

A: All right, see you.

B: ___________.

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Negotiation Step 2: Establish a Position

This is the second step in strategic negotiation, establishing a position. To review step one of the strategic negotiation process, please head on to Negotiation Step 1: Pitching an Idea.

Here, Mike is talking with colleagues Grant and Tess, and they are trying to work out an initial position before heading into the negotiation with NVP.

STUDENT TASK 1

Listen to the dialogue and fill in the missing word(s) below. Copy paste this link onto your web browser to answer the task on google forms (https://forms.gle/E25biVX6gRpiqbP69).

Grant: Alright folks. Let see what we can _________ here. Tess jump in whenever.

Tess: uh-huh…

Grant: Now I’ve seen the __________ on the emails since we kicked this into play. But Mike what’s your _________ all of this?

Mike: Well, we all agreed that NVP is our __________ in Southeast Asia huge volume, huge network, a really strong foothold in Thailand and Malaysia, which was our _________ in all of this.

Grant: Yes indeed. Good point. But I think as you’ve seen they’re really ___________ more than Southeast Asia. It’s obvious they’re pushing for a ______________, the whole of Asia really. And so the issue there is China?

Tess: We’re talking about Hangshan Motors, right. I __________________________ for something untested a burden in the hand as they say.

Mike: Well I think maybe there’s a way around this. If we buy them out, ______________________ the NVP deal in three years just from China alone. Opening up the rest of Asia on top of that puts us well ahead of the game.

Tess: I see. So you’re suggesting we get out of our existing agreement? You know… if we’re talking about a broader partnership…_________________________________. Lots of different possibilities here, I was thinking of South America in particular.

Grant: Right. So _______________________________________. We’re game for a partnership, we need Southeast Asia for sure… we’ll say we’re prepared to buy out Hangshan when they push for that and _________________________________ our South American channels later.

Tess: Yes! I think __________________________________. But we’ll have to look into our agreements with Brazil and Argentina more closely first. I __________________________ with hundred percent confidence right now.

Mike: Yeah, definitely. And when we talk with them let’s get on the same page about partnering, then… wait for Lisa to start pushing the whole Pan-Asian thing. We can play that a bit slow and see what we can squeeze out of them… and _____________________________________ until later… sound like a plan?

Grant: I think that will work. We know they want to work with us and I think we’ve got a __________________________.

STUDENT TASK 2

In the video there are three guide questions to answer. Complete this task after listening to the dialogue, and discuss your answers with your teacher.

Guide Questions

1. Why does Mike mention NVP’s huge volume, huge network, and strong foothold in SE Asia?
2. What does Mike suggest as a way around the China problem?
3. Which idea does the team agree to save for later in the negotiation?

STUDENT TASK 3

Acquaint yourself with the business vocabulary and idioms mentioned in the dialogue, and use them in sentences.

Instructions

  1. Copy paste this list on a word file
  2. Define the vocabulary and idioms
  3. Use each of them in at least two sentences
  4. Submit your answer on google classroom

For example

vocabulary/idiomsdefinitionsentences
back and forthto and froHe has been anxiously walking back and forth.
vocabulary/idiomsdefinitionsentences
best bet
take on
kick into play
jump in
keen on
give up
burden in the hand
a way around
buy out
ahead of the game
game for
way forward
on the same page
squeeze out
sit on

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Negotiation Step 1: Pitching an Idea

The dialogue is between Mike and Jamie who are former colleagues. They happen to see each other in a trade show. They had an informal business conversation but actually initiated the first step in negotiation. By the end of the conversation, you are expected to answer the following questions.

Guide Questions

  1. In the beginning, what does Mike say his company is looking for?
  2. Which idea is Mike tentative or hesitant about?
  3. What is Mike going to do next?
  4. Identify at least five expressions from the dialogue, and used them in a sentence.
  5. What is the first step in negotiating?

Dialogue

Jamie: But it’s still a tough place to do business. I mean building a good network takes time.

Mike: Yeah. Good network like you guys have, right? Well, you know I thought you might be here this week and there’s something I’d like to run by you.

Jamie: Sure. I’m all ears.

Mike: Ok. So we both agree that Southeast Asia is a tough nut to crack …especially starting from scratch. And Sigma also understands the benefit of working with a local partner particularly in markets like Asia. So we’re looking for someone who’s establish in the region.. you know, find a good distributor to work with. Maybe NVP can be that for us.

Jamie: A distributor huh…All our guys are always keen to push more products through the network. We basically got the whole of Asia covered at this point. But…..

Mike: aha… but what?

Jamie: Well…. just thinking about how it might all work. They might want more than just a simple distribution deal…something more involved. If you know what I mean.

Mike: Ah yeah…. like a partnership? Well we’ve had discussions about this kind of thing back in Michigan before.

Jamie: And?

Mike: Yeah. Something like that might be possible, though I’m not sure about… all of Asia.

Jamie: So maybe start with Southeast Asia or something.

Mike: Yeah… could be.

Jamie: Well, they might push for something more extensive but either way they most likely be looking for some kind of an investment on your side.

Mike: Ok. So we put in some investment and you guys give us access to the market in your local network.

Jamie: Yeah I think something like that can make sense with the right company.

Mike: Well, I’ve got to say NVP is hard to beat on this part of the world and growth around here is just nuts.

Jamie: Yeah, definitely. You’re right about that.

Mike: Listen, how about this. I’ll take it back to Michigan and lay out the general idea. And if you could send me some sales figure and corporate history in the meantime I’ll touch base once I’m back in the states.

Jamie: Sure thing. I’ll start pulling some stuff together tomorrow and send them over before the end of the week and just let me know if there’s anything specific you think might help

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#1 Introducing yourself at the workplace

Introducing yourself in the workplace

conversation between 2 people

scenario: new at the workplace

Dialogue

Jeff: (1)__________. Are you new here?

Jane: Yes, I just started on Monday.

Jeff: Really? That’s great. By the way, (2)_________________ Jeffrey. (3)_______________ Jeff. I’m an accountant.

Jane: (4)_______________________, Jeff. I’m Jane.

Jeff: Nice to meet you. (5)____________________, Jane?

Jane: I’m in marketing. Well, I’ll see you around.

Jeff: See you.

Possible answers: (1)Hi/Hello/Good morning… (2)My name is/I’m (3) Please call me/You can call me (4)Nice/Good/Great to meet you (5) What do you do

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Getting to know you at a party (fill in the missing phrases)

Getting to know you dialogue

conversation between 2 people

scenario: at a party

Dialogue

Speaker 1: (1)_________, __________________.

Speaker 2: (2)_______________________. I’m Ben.

Speaker 1: This is a great party, isn’t it?

Speaker 2: It sure is. It’s really (3) ___________ to meet everybody.

Speaker 1: So Ben, (4) ____________________?

Speaker 2: I’m from Seoul, in Korea. (5) __________________?

Speaker 1: I’m from Taipei, in Taiwan.

Speaker 2: Interesting. (6)_________________?

Speaker 1: I’m 19. (7) _____________________?

Speaker 2: Well… I’d rather not say. Let’s just say I’m older than you.

Speaker 1: Come on. You can tell me.

Speaker 2: OK. I’m 21. Please don’t tell anybody.

Speaker 1: (8) ___________?

Speaker 2: Well, its’ personal.

Speaker 1: Sure. Well, thanks for (9) __________________.

Speaker 2: (10) _________________ . Talk to you later.

Speaker 1: Bye!

Possible answer: (1) Hi/Hello, I’m/My name is____. (2) Nice/Good to meet you. (3) good/nice/great (4) Where are you from? (5) What about you? (6) If you don’t mind, how old are you? (7) What about you? (8) Why not? (9) chatting with me (10) no problem

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