Talking about Yourself

Rick Broadaway

  When traveling abroad, you may find yourself in a situation where you must talk to a stranger about yourself. Don’t be shy. It is not rude to talk about yourself as long as you give your conversation partner an equal chance to talk about himself or herself. Here are two typical conversations you might have:

Explaining where you’re from

A: Where are you from?
B: Japan.
A: Japan! Really? You’re a long way from home!
B: Yes, I am.
A: Where in Japan?
B: Do you know Kanazawa?
A: No, I don’t.
B: How about Kyoto?
A: No, I’m sorry. I don’t know much about Japan.
B: Well, Kanazawa is on the main island of Honshu. It is a medium-sized city located on the Sea of Japan coast. If you’re ever in Japan, you should visit there.
A: I would like that.
B: And where are you from?

Explaining what you do

A: So, what do you do?
B: Well, right now I am a college student. But I will graduate next year.
A: What are your plans then?
B: Well, I haven’t found a job yet, but I am looking for something in finance.
A: You mean like at a bank?
B: Yes, that’s right. Or, perhaps at a company. You know, in accounting.
A: That sounds good.
B: What about you? What do you do?

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