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What to talk about with your foreign colleagues besides work stuff?

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  • Make sure you don’t talk only about yourself. Instead, express interest in the other person. Ask them about their company, how they started out, what they do in their free time etc.
  • Ask more open-ended questions. These are questions that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. For instance, instead of asking “Do you like your job?” ask “What do you like about your job?”
  • Be hospitable and offer help or suggestions. Let’s say you are going to have lunch. On top of offering food and refreshments, it’s a common practice to ask about specific food preferences or allergies just to be sure you don’t take your vegan colleague to a grilled meat restaurant.
  • Try to trade knowledge, whether it’s work, study or hobby-related. The best bonding occurs when you walk away from a conversation having learned from each other.

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Anna Gandrabura

Building Techville — the metaverse for learning languages. Ambassador at english4it.online