ビジネスパートナーと交わす英語の雑談 (Socializing - Survival Skills II - Lesson 3) (Level: TOEIC 000-400)

Goal: Learn how to make small talk with a business partner


Lesson 3: Socializing


Do you worry about being able to make small talk with a client or business partner? 


In this lesson, you will learn how to (レッスンの狙い):
1. Make small talk (世間話をする)
2. Talk about yourself (自分自身について話す)
3. Discuss future plans (将来のプランについて話す) 

Dialogue :

Listen to the dialogue audio first before reading the text.


Show only English text || Show only Japanese text || Show both texts

Mark: Kumi, how long have you worked for this company?


Kumi: I’ve been with the company for five years. How about you, Mark?


Mark: Actually, I just joined six months ago. I used to work for a TV studio.


Kumi: That sounds interesting. So, what are your plans for the future?


Mark: I don’t know yet, but I’d like to work in advertising one day.


Kumi: Oh, good luck with that.


Mark: And will you have time to take a day trip before returning to Japan?


Kumi: Thanks for asking. If I have time, I’m planning to see the countryside.

お気遣いありがとうございます。時間があれば 地方を観光するしようと考えています。

Mark: Oh really? Well, let me know if you need any help with that.


Kumi: I definitely will. How about you? What are you going to do this weekend?


Mark: I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I will take my family for a drive.


Kumi: Sounds great. I hope the weather will be nice.


Points to remember:

Small Talk Starters

Here are some useful examples for getting you started with small talk in English:


Is this your first time in Tokyo? Yes, it is. It's an amazing city.
How are you enjoying Osaka so far? It's been great! 

Leisure activities:
What do you do at the weekend? I often for for a drive with my family.
Do you play any sports? I play golf a couple of times a month. 

What do you think of Japanese food? I love it! The seafood is delicious.
Can you recommend any good sightseeing spots near here? I recommend going to Tokyo Sky Tree. 

And remember to show interest in the other person by regulalrly returning questions: How about you? What about you? 








Cultural Awareness (文化について):
  • When you meet someone for the first time, it’s a good idea to talk about “safe” topics. To get to know someone better, ask general questions about their everyday life and work. Listen for something in common, so you can continue the conversation with your own information.
  • Show interest and keep the conversation going. Before you ask the next question, make comments like, “Oh really?”, “That’s interesting!”, “I didn’t know that!”, or “That’s amazing!”
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your family, your life in Japan, or your opinion on a variety of topics. You may feel shy or nervous, but try to answer. It’s a good idea to practice ahead of time.

Now double check your understanding by reading the Japanese translation:

  • 初対面の人とは無難な会話をするのが良いでしょう。 日常生活や仕事について一般的な質問をして、その人のことをよく知りましょう。お互いの共通点を見つけ自分の情報も与えながら会話を続けましょう。
  • 関心を示しながら会話を進め、 “Oh really?” “That’s interesting!” “I didn’t know that!” “That’s amazing!”などあいづちを打ってから自分からも質問を返すようにしましょう。
  • 家族や日本での生活について話したり、また様々な話題について意見を言えるように準備しておきましょう。緊張したり気恥ずかしく感じるかもしれませんが挑戦してみてください。前もって練習しておくと、いざという時にうまくいきます。
Useful Expressions (役立つフレーズと表現):

1. 将来は何をされたいですか。 1. What are your plans for the future?
2. 夏休みには何をされますか。 2. What are you going to do this summer?
3. どのくらいお勤めですか。 3. How long have you worked for this company?
4. この会社での仕事は非常に面白いです。 4. I really enjoy working for this company.
5. 未定です。 5. I haven’t decided yet.
Useful Vocabulary (語彙):

1. 日帰り旅行(をする) 1. (take) a day trip
2. 現地(を観光する) 2. (see some) local sights
3. (仕事の後)付き合う 3. socialize (after work)
4. 世界中を(旅する) 4. (travel) around the world
5. 異なる業種に(転職する) 5. (get into) a new line of work