You can always talk about the weather when socialising with a customer or colleague. However, what about starting the conversation with a surprising fact? Something like: “Did you know that London taxi drivers (called ‘cabbies’) have to pass a tough test called ‘The Knowledge’ before they can drive the black cabs (or taxis)”?
Read more interesting facts on the taxi drivers and the test they have to take here
How can you start a conversation with a colleague or customer in English? Of course, you can always talk about the weather and other safe topics. But what about starting with a surprising fact? Something like: “Did you know that the London Underground is the world’s oldest underground railway?” (It was 150 years old last year!)
And read more interesting facts on the underground here
so that you’re well prepared to answer any questions.
Did you know that over 300 languages are spoken in London? I can quite believe it because when I’m there and need to ask for directions, it’s always difficult to find a real Londoner! More often than not I’ve stopped a foreigner!
People who work with me know that I love London. I find it a fascinating city. Actually, it’s one of my favourites.
If you want to learn more about the city, watch the BBC’s short video clip here. And yes, it’s the place to go if you need a bowler hat or want to try out those wonderful doubledecker buses.