How and When to Talk to Strangers in English - Free English Conversations!

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Can you learn English by talking to strangers? Should you talk to strangers? If you want to learn a few more English words, and you want to have English speaking conversations, this lesson has some tips for you! If you've recently moved to an English speaking country, or if you're visiting one, I'll show you when and where it's appropriate to have English conversations with strangers. After all, who wouldn't enjoy practicing their English speaking skills with a native speaker? There are actually some situations where it's culturally acceptable to talk to strangers in English speaking countries, and in this English lesson I'll talk about some of them, and what to say. There are also times when it's not a good idea, and I'll help you learn about them as well. I hope you enjoy this English lesson about talking to strangers! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video was edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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So a few years ago, a friend of mine
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visited from another country
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and he was surprised at how many times
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I talked to strangers when we went out for the day.
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He was surprised because in his country
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it's not culturally acceptable to talk to strangers
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as much as I talked to strangers.
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So in this English lesson,
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I'm going to talk about when it's okay to talk to strangers
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in English-speaking countries.
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Maybe you've recently moved to an English-speaking country
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or you're visiting an English-speaking country.
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I'm going to go over when it's okay to talk to strangers
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and the kinds of things you would say in those situations.
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(upbeat music)
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So you might be wondering, "How is this an English lesson?
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How is Bob telling me about how to talk to strangers
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an English lesson?"
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Well, I look at conversations with strangers
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as free English practice.
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If you can learn how to start a conversation appropriately
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with a stranger, it's like a little practice conversation
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that you can have in English.
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One of the first places where it's okay
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to start a conversation is whenever you're waiting in line.
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If I'm at the grocery store waiting in line
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or if I'm anywhere waiting in line,
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after a little while, it's actually okay
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to say to the person beside you something like this,
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"Wow, this line isn't moving very fast."
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Or "how long have you been waiting here?"
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It's just okay to start a conversation that way.
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The person might respond and just give you an answer
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and that might be the end of it, but they might respond
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and then ask you a question about something,
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and you might have a little free
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practice English conversation.
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So the first place it's okay to talk to strangers,
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anytime you're waiting in a line, but not right away.
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Usually you wait a little bit, and after a minute or two,
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you might say to the person behind you or in front of you,
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"Wow, this is taking forever.
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How long have you been waiting?"
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The second situation where it's totally okay
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to have a conversation with a stranger in English
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is when you need directions.
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When you're a little bit lost
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and you need to find out how to get somewhere.
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Maybe you're a tourist in an English-speaking country.
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Maybe you're visiting the city of Toronto
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and you don't know how to get to the CN Tower,
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you could walk up to someone
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and say this very, very politely,
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"Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to the CN Tower?"
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Hopefully, the person gives you directions
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and in some situations,
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you might end up having a little conversation with them.
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So the second time when it's totally okay
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to talk to a stranger, when you're looking for directions
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when you need to figure out how to get somewhere.
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The third situation where you could have a little
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English conversation with a stranger would be
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if you see someone doing a hobby or activity in public.
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People are usually quite open
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to talking about the things they like doing.
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So I'll give you a few examples from my own life
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of conversations I've had
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with people doing an activity or hobby.
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A year ago, I was walking along the shore of the lake
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and someone was fishing.
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And so as I walked by, I said, "Are the fish biting today?
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Have you caught a lot?"
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And he showed me how many fish he had in his bucket,
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he had five, and we had a little conversation about fishing.
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Last fall, I was hiking with my family
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and there were a bunch of people rock climbing.
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They had ropes and climbing gear,
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and they were climbing on these big boulders
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on this cliff-face.
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And I stopped and I said,
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"How long have you been doing this for?
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Do you enjoy it?"
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And we had a little fun conversation about rock climbing.
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So the third situation where it's totally okay
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to start an English conversation with a stranger
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would be if you see someone doing something fun.
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Maybe they're playing Frisbee,
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maybe they're fishing, maybe they're rock climbing.
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Ask them about it, I'm sure they'll be happy
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to tell you all about it.
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The fourth situation where you can have
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a little practice English conversation with a stranger
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would be any time you are sitting somewhere.
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Maybe you're sitting on a bench like this one at a park.
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Maybe you're sitting on a bench at the mall
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and someone sits down at the other end of the bench.
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It would be totally okay after a moment or two
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to talk about what's happening around you.
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If I was sitting on a park bench and someone sat down,
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after a moment or two I would probably say
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something about the weather.
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I might say, "Oh, I hope it doesn't rain any time soon."
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Or I might say, "Wow, sure is hot out here today, isn't it?"
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This might start a little English conversation.
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You might just get an answer and that might be it,
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but the person might also start
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having a conversation with you.
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If I was at the mall, I would probably say something like,
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"Wow, sure is busy here today, isn't it?"
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Or the opposite, I might say,
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"Wow, there aren't very many people here today, are there?"
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Anyways, either of those things
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will start a little conversation.
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Again, it might end quickly,
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but it might lead to a little bit of a longer conversation
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and you'll get to enjoy the conversation
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and practice your English.
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Have you ever noticed that pet owners
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love talking about their pets?
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In particular, dog owners seem to like talking
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about their dogs and this fifth situation
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involves just that, talking to strangers about their pets,
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usually their dog.
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Maybe you're at an outdoor market
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or maybe you're, again, at the park,
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And someone walks by you with a dog.
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A few things that would be totally appropriate
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to say or ask would be things like this,
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"Wow, what cute dog."
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You could say that.
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Or "Is it a boy or a girl?"
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Sometimes we say that.
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Or "What's his name?" or "What's her name?"
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It's totally appropriate to ask that.
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I've seen many, many dog owners engage in conversations
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with complete strangers about their dogs.
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Dog people just love talking about their dogs,
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so take the opportunity
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to have a little English conversation about the dog
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and maybe a few other things.
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So I've mentioned a few situations
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where it's okay to start a conversation with a stranger,
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but I feel like I should talk about
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a couple situations where you shouldn't
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start having a conversation with a stranger.
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I feel like this is more than an English lesson,
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it's a bit of a cultural lesson as well.
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There's two places that I can think of
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where it's just not a good idea
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to start a conversation with a stranger.
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The first would be if you are sitting in a restaurant.
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If I'm sitting in a restaurant with my friends or family
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I'm going to talk to them,
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but I cannot think of one time in my life
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where I have started a conversation
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with someone else in a restaurant
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while I was sitting and having my meal.
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Even though it's a public place, I think people expect
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a certain amount of privacy while they're there.
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So they just expect to enjoy the time
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with their friends or family,
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and they're not that interested in talking to other people.
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The second situation I can think of
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would be in a movie theater.
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You might ask a stranger a question like,
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"Are those seats taken at the end of that row?"
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before the movie starts, but usually in a movie theater,
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you don't talk to strangers.
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If you're sitting by someone you don't know,
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you try to be as quiet and respectful as possible
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so they can enjoy the movie.
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Anyways, thank you so much for watching this English lesson
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and maybe a little cultural lesson
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about how to talk to strangers in English.
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I hope it helped you a little bit.
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I hope at some point
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when you're in an English-speaking country,
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maybe you already are,
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maybe you've moved to Canada recently,
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but maybe you're going to visit an English-speaking country,
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I hope you can think of ways to find opportunities
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to talk to strangers
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and have a little practice English conversation.
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Thanks for watching.
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and give me a thumbs up if this video helped you learn
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a little bit more English,
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and I'll see you next week with another English lesson.
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Bye.
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(upbeat music)
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