Lesson 45: Meeting New People

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: meeting new people. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about meeting new people.

Dorothy:
Kevin, do you find it difficult or easy to meet new people?
Kevin:
I’m outgoing, so I find it easy. What about you?
Dorothy:
I’m a little on the shy side so sometimes I find it difficult. I get a little nervous meeting new people.
Kevin:
Does it depend on the gender of the person?
Dorothy:
Yes, it’s easier for me to meet women than men. My first impressions are usually better when I meet women.
Kevin:
Yes, first impressions are important. I can tell right away if I’m going to like someone. It depends on if they are impolite or polite.
Dorothy:
I agree. Do you have more good friends or acquaintances?
Kevin:
I have more acquaintances than good friends. I prefer to have a few good friends.
Dorothy:
Me too! Do you always shake hands when meeting new people?
Kevin:
I always extend my hand to greet people no matter who it is.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

outgoing (adj) friendly and social
He is an outgoing person because he has many friends.
on the shy side (prep phrase) to be a little on the not so social side; not comfortable around or with other people
People on the shy side are sometimes afraid to meet new people.
acquaintance (n) a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend
She is an acquaintance,  not a good friend.
gender (n) the sex of a person, male or female
Parents can find out the gender of a baby before it’s born.
first impressions (phrase) the first idea or feeling you have about someone or something
My first impressions about my new job were good and bad.
impolite (adj) not having or showing good manners; rude
It’s impolite to not make eye contact when talking to someone.
polite (adj) having or showing behavior that is respectful of other people and things
In the USA it’s polite to shake hands with someone you just met.
prefer (v) to like someone or something better than another or others; to choose one of the other
I prefer to eat vegetables rather than fruit.
shake hands (phrase) to take someone’s hand to greet them
To shake hands before a business meeting is polite.
extend (v) to put an arm, leg, or hand straight; hold something out towards someone
When shaking hands you need to extend your hand out in front of your body.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What are some good questions to ask people you just met?
    1. What do you like to do in your free time?
    2. Do you like to travel?
    3. Your answer:
  2. What kind of people do you like to meet?
    1. I prefer to meet outgoing people.
    2. For me, I like to meet people who are kind and pleasant.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What are some things you shouldn’t ask people you just met?
    1. In my opinion, I would not ask someone new about politics.
    2. I think it’s best not to ask personal questions like how much money they earn.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What are some things you first notice about people?
    1. Usually, I can tell if they are polite or impolite.
    2. I can always tell if they are shy or outgoing.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What makes you remember a person you just met?
    1. Sometimes I remember them because of their name.
    2. Normally I remember a person by how they act.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you enjoy meeting new people? Why or why not?
  2. How important are first impressions to you?
  3. Do you have more good friends or acquaintances? Why?
  4. How do you greet good friends in your culture?
  5. How important is it to smile when meeting someone new?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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