Dialogues for Small Talk and Introductions
Part I: Read the following dialogue and answer the dialogue analysis questions that follow.
Situation: Two foreign students are sitting at a counter in a restaurant waiting to be served. The waiter is very busy with other customers. After a few minutes, one student turns to the other and speaks.
Characters: Ali is an 18-year-old student from Saudi Arabia. He has come to the United States to study English for a year and then will return to his country. Maria is a 19-year-old student from Venezuela. She will study English for five months and then go to Columbia University in New York to study engineering.
Small Talk Dialogue
|Maria:||The service is really slow here. I've been trying to get the waiter's attention for the last ten minutes.|
|Ali:||I hope he waits on us soon. I have a class at two o'clock.|
|Maria:||Me, too. I recognize that English book. You must be a student at the English Language Center.|
|Ali:||Yeah. I'm in the fourth course. Are you studying there?|
|Maria:||Yes, I'm in the fifth course. I took the fourth course last month.|
|Ali:||I just came here two weeks ago. Do you like the institute?|
|Maria:||It's pretty good. I think I've learned a lot of English so far.|
|Ali:||Yeah. I only wish the classes were a little smaller, though, because we don't get enough chance to talk. But I like my teachers a lot.|
|Maria:||How long are you going to be here?|
|Ali:||I guess a year, but sometimes I feel like going home tomorrow.|
|Maria:||You'll get used to it. Where are you from?|
|Ali:||Saudi Arabia. How about you?|
|Maria:||Venezuela. I'm only staying here three more months. Then I go to Columbia University in New York.|
|Ali:||By the way, my name's Ali.|
|Maria:||Hi. I'm Maria.|
|Ali:||Hi. Oh, here comes the waiter. It looks like we're going to get served after all.|
|Maria:||Good. I'm starving.|
Part II: Read the following dialogue and answer the dialogue analysis questions that follow.
Situation: Maria and Ali are eating their lunch when a friend of Maria's, Tom, comes up.
|Maria:||Oh, hi, Tom! Do you want to join us?|
|Maria:||Ali, this is my friend Tom. He lives in the apartment across from mine. Ali's from Saudi Arabia. He's studying at the English Language Center.|
|Tom:||Hi, Ali. Nice to meet you.|
|Tom:||How long have you been in the United States?|
Points to Remember