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Let’s Talk About You! Personal Questions That Are OK To Ask In English

Welcome to our Business Communication Club session on “Let’s Talk About You! Personal Questions That Are OK To Ask In English.” Navigating the realm of personal questions in a new language can be tricky, especially in a professional or social context where cultural norms may differ. Today, we’ll explore appropriate personal questions that foster connections without crossing boundaries. We’ll discuss the fine line between being friendly and respectful, and learn how to engage in personal but appropriate conversations in English. This session will help you become more comfortable in initiating and responding to personal questions in various settings.

6 Idioms we use in English to talk frankly about personal things

  1. Open book 📖
    • Meaning: Someone who is an open book is easy to understand or know about because they express their feelings openly.
    • Example: “I’m an open book when it comes to my hobbies; I love sharing about my weekend hikes.”
  2. Wear your heart on your sleeve 💖
    • Meaning: To openly and freely express your emotions.
    • Example: “She wears her heart on her sleeve, so it’s easy to tell how she feels about the new project.”
  3. Heart-to-heart 💑
    • Meaning: A sincere, serious, or personal conversation.
    • Example: “We had a heart-to-heart about our goals for the year; it was very insightful.”
  4. Spill the beans 🌱
    • Meaning: To give away a secret or to tell something confidential.
    • Example: “Okay, I’ll spill the beans. I’m planning to start my own business next year.”
  5. Let one’s hair down 🥳
    • Meaning: To relax and enjoy oneself because you are in a comfortable environment.
    • Example: “At our team outings, it’s nice to let your hair down and talk about things other than work.”
  6. Speak one’s mind 🗣️
    • Meaning: To say what you really think.
    • Example: “I always appreciate it when colleagues speak their minds during meetings.”

Set 1: Getting to Know Colleagues

  1. “What are some safe personal questions you can ask a new colleague to get to know them better?”
  2. “How do you usually break the ice with someone you meet in a professional setting?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • General interests (e.g., “What do you like to do in your free time?”)
  • Professional background (e.g., “How did you get into this field?”)
  • Light personal details (e.g., “Do you enjoy any particular sports or hobbies?”)
  • Cultural interests (e.g., “What kind of music or movies do you like?”)

Set 2: Social Conversations in English

  1. “What questions are considered polite and friendly in social settings when speaking in English?”
  2. “Can you share examples of personal but respectful questions you’ve used in social conversations?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • Hometown and travel (e.g., “Where are you originally from?”, “Have you traveled to any interesting places?”)
  • Food and cuisine (e.g., “Do you have a favorite cuisine or dish?”)
  • Leisure activities (e.g., “What do you enjoy doing on weekends?”)
  • Books and movies (e.g., “Have you read any good books or seen any good movies recently?”)

Set 3: Cultural Sensitivity and Boundaries

  1. “How do you gauge which personal questions are appropriate based on cultural backgrounds?”
  2. “What topics are generally off-limits or sensitive when making conversation in English?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • Cultural awareness (e.g., “Being aware of cultural sensitivities is important when…”)
  • Respecting boundaries (e.g., “I always try to respect personal boundaries by…”)
  • Inclusive language (e.g., “Using inclusive language helps to…”)
  • Non-intrusive questions (e.g., “I stick to non-intrusive questions like…”)

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