Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Culture(s): Striking up a conversation

Regardez la vidéo et consultez l'aide. Placez chaque phrase dans la bonne colonne.
Watch the video and check the help section. Put each sentence in the correct column.
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The people don't know each other, or only know each other on sight.
The people smile and say: "bonjour".The people nod.The people say hello and shake hands.The people are talking about their neighbourhood.The people are asking each other about their jobs.
The people know each other well.
The people grin, say hello, and shake hands.The people touch each other's arms or shoulders.The people kiss each other on the cheek.
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Conception: Laure Destercke et Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 02/07/2013 - Modified on 04/11/2019
1er dialogue
La fille
Papa, je te présente Liliane, elle habite le quartier.
Un client
Le papa
Je te connais, non ? C’est pas toi qui travailles à la boulangerie ?
Si, c’est ça.

2e dialogue
La jeune femme

C'est la première fois que vous venez ?
Oui, c'est la première fois. Il est un peu timide, je l'accompagne.
La jeune femme
Et bien, bienvenue à l'AEP : Actions En Plus pour les personnes atteintes du VIH.
Je m'appelle Dorothée.
1st dialogue The girl Dad, this is Liliane, she lives in the neighbourhood. Liliane Hello. A client Hello. The father I know you, don't I? Don't you work at the bakery? Liliane Yes, that's right. 2nd dialogue The young woman Is this your first time here? The man Yes, it's the first time. He's a bit shy, so I'm going with him. The young woman Well then, welcome to AEP: Actions En Plus for people suffering from HIV. My name is Dorothée. The man Hello.

Culture(s) / Striking up a conversation

In your country and culture, what subjects are typically used to strike up conversations? Do they change depending on how well you know the person you are talking to? Do you go into details in your first conversations with someone? Are any subjects taboo? Is eye-contact important?

Depending on whether you know someone or are speaking to them for the first or second time, you will strike up a conversation differently. The "tu" form ("te," "ton," "ta," "tes") is quickly brought into play among people who are less than 30 years of age, but in formal situations, the "vous" form ("votre", "vos") is called for. Moreover, when speaking to older people, you must use the "vous" form, whereas with people your age or younger, you can use the "tu" form. Other elements convey information about people's emotions (affection, shyness, fear, a sense of complicity) when they speak: eye-contact, gestures, and the space there is between them.
The way in which you strike up a conversation or broach a new subject depends entirely on the situation and the kind of relationship the people have. There are no ready-made answers.

During a first meeting, you can ask someone if they live in the neighbourhood, whether they work and if so, in what field. You can talk about what the neighbourhood is like, where you work, and which shops, cafes, or restaurants you like to go to. When you're in a public place, you can ask questions on what's happening, talk about the people who regularly come to that place, or express a general opinion. You do not ask questions requiring detailed answers if the person you are speaking to is giving you short answers. You don't ask questions about income; you don't talk about religion, politics, or sex.

Perhaps later, or the next time you meet, you can ask the person how they are doing, talk about the weather, and ask for information or advice.

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