Killing a conversation


The following happens (too) often between students who have paid good money to practise their English language skills:

Student A: Did you have a good weekend?

Student B: Yes, but it was like every other weekend.

End of conversation as they turn to their phones or books.

Now isn’t that a wasted opportunity? Either of the students, with a minimum of effort, could have carried on the dialogue. For example:

Student A: Did you have a good weekend?

Student B: Yes, but it was like every other weekend. => Here, he/she can explain what “every other weekend” is like

OR

Student A: Did you have a good weekend?

Student B: Yes, but it was like every other weekend. How about you?

OR

Student A: Did you have a good weekend?

Student B: Yes, but it was like every other weekend.

Student A: Really? In what way?

There, see how easy it is to keep a conversation going rather than kill it in 2 sentences!

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