Lesson 2, Topic 1
Talking about Work and Mutual Acquaintances
As we have seen, work and mutual acquaintances are a common topic for small talk. Let’s look at some useful vocabulary and expressions for this topic.
Asking about work
- So, how’s the project going?
- How’s the new project coming along?
- What’s new in/at (branch, department, team)?
- How are things in/at (branch, department, team)?
- How did it all go with the (client, project, event)?
Talking about mutual acquaintances
- How is Maria these days?
- Have you seen John recently?
- What’s Joe up to?
- I haven’t seen Amy in a while. How is she doing?
- How are the team getting on? (Note: Whilst in British English it is common to use the plural ‘are’ in reference to the team as they/them, in US English ‘the team’ would more commonly be referred to as the singular ‘it’ — “How is the team getting on?”
Responses to the above questions
- He / She is fine, thank you.
- They are doing very well, thanks.
- Fine, thanks. They send their regards.