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 Varieties of Introductions
1. Formal
Professor: I would like to introduce you to Dr. Johns, director of the
language Institute. Dr. Johns, this is Mr. Andrew, the
academic adviser from Bamum College.
Mr. Andrew: How do you do, Dr. Johns?
Dr. Johns: It’s pleasure to meet you, Mr. Andrew. I’m glad that we
finally have the occasion to meet.
2. Semi Formal
Friend: I’d like you to meet my friend, Nancy Pipkin. Nancy, this
is my brother, Michael.
Nancy: Hi Michael. Nice to meet you.
Michael: Hi, Nancy.

3. Informal
Friend: Hi, George, have you met Bill?
George: No, I haven’t. Hi, Bill.
Bill: Hi! How ya doing?
 Status
Susan (student): Hello, Dr. McGiver. My name is Susan Hall
and I would like to ask you about your
Dr. McCulkin: Sure. Don’t hesitate to ask anything about it.

 Age
Accountant (age 50): Hello, my name is Bob Thomas
Student (age 20): It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Thomas.

 Formal Situation
last name
 Informal Situation
first name
 Dr. (Doctor)
 Prof. (Professor), Teacher
 Mrs.
 Miss
 Ms.
 Mr.
 Eye Contact and Hand Shaking
direct eye contact
firm handshakes

 Small Talk
Polite: How do you do?
Do you live in this area?
How do you like living here?
Impolite: How much does your house cost?
Are you married?
How old are you?
 May I introduce you to (name)
(name), do you know (name)?
(name), I'd like you to meet (name)

 When you meet someone the first time, it is

common to greet the person with "How do you
do?" the correct response is "How do you do."
Here is a short introductory conversation:
Ken: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
Mary: How do you do.
Ken: Mary works for ...
 A variation is also "It's a pleasure to meet
you." or "Pleased to meet you."
Ken: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: It's a pleasure to meet you.
Mary: How do you do.
Ken: Mary works for ...
Ken: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.
Peter: How do you do?
 Papuan
Pinch other person’s middle finger till make a
click sound
 Far East
 North Africa
Putting palm of the hand to the heart
 Germany?

 Indonesia?
 In pairs interview each other and then
introduce your partner to the rest of the
class. Data questions: name, country of birth,
language spoken, length of time spent in
present location, academic major, hobbies
 Make formal introductions of yourselves and
your country and present some aspects of
 Rules and Styles of Speaking
- Directness in American English
“Let’s get down to business”
“Out with it!”
“Speak up!”

Student: “Excuse me, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions.”

Professor: “Sure, go right ahead. What’s the problem?”

Host: Would you like some more dissert?

Guest: No, thank you. It’s delicious, but I’ve really had enough.
Host: OK, why don’t we leave the table and sit in the living
 Invitations (Extending, Accepting, Refusing)
Invitation I:
Katie: It was nice talking to you. I have to run to class.
Darlene: OK, maybe we can meet sometime soon.
Katie: Yeah, love to. Why don’t you drop by my house
Darlene: Great. Gotta go. See ya soon.

Invitation II:
Katie: Before you leave for your vacation can we get
together and have lunch?
Darlene: Sure. I’d love to.
Katie: How about Friday? Say about 12:30 at my place?
Darlene: That’s sound good. See you then.
 Request
-I’m sorry to trouble you, but could you please tell me
where the library is?
- Would you be so kind as to tell me where the library is?

- Excuse me, may I ask you a question?

- Pardon me, may I interrupt you for a moment to ask you
a question?

-Where is the library, please?

- Where’s the library?
- Can you give me directions to the city library, please?
- Can I borrow your pen?
 Speaking and Refraining from Speaking
- Silence
- Dominate
- Interrupting

 Ways of Expressing Common Needs

Phrases and Expressions

Don’t beat around the bush!
Let’s get down to business!
Get to the point.
 Phrases and Expressions
Go right ahead.
to drop by
How about Sunday?
That sounds good.
On the other hand
 Initiating and Maintaining Conversation
- to ask other question
- to add extra information to a one-word response

(Rick sees Debbie at a party and decides he would like to get to know
Rick : Hello, where are you from?
Debbie : From New York.
Rick : Why did you come to California?
Debbie : To study.
Rick : Oh, what are studying?
Debbie : Solar energy.
Rick : How long do you plan to stay here?
Debbie : two years.
 Ending Conversation
OK. Good talking to you.
Yeah, I hope to see you around.
Take care.

It was very nice talking to you.
I hope we’ll meet again soon.
That would be nice.
Good bye.
 Situation 1:
Jane was at the store trying to decide which t.v.
set to buy. A loud, overeager salesman
approached her, waved his hands in her face, and
nearly stood on her feet. She became so
uncomfortable that she left the shop.

Situation 2:
Mary says she likes me, but I don’t know how she
really feels about me. We’ve gone out three times
and she rarely laughs at my jokes or smiles at
me. She always looks bored when I talk to her.
Study result
 7% words
 93% tone of voice & facial expression

Gesture specific body movements that

carry meaning
Ex.: “That’s expensive,”
“Go away,”
“It’s OK”
 Facial Expressions
- smile
- wink
- grimace
- raising eyebrows
 Eye Contact
Never trust a person who can’t look you in
the eyes
 Space