What is the Small Talk Audio Course?

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Season One of the Intrepid English Audio Course on Small Talk is now live! Watch this space because Season Two will be coming very soon. What can you expect from these Audio Courses? Read on to find out more.

What are Intrepid English Audio Courses?

If you’re an Intrepid English student, you may have already studied some of the courses on General English, Grammar, Business English, Exam Preparation, Pronunciation, Idioms, and much more, which are available in the Intrepid English Academy. (If you’re not a student with us, you can check out some of our free taster courses right here.)

With our brand shiny new Audio Courses, you can now listen and learn on-the-go!

Intrepid English Audio Courses are designed for auditory learners, podcast lovers, and people who want to learn on-the-go! Each bitesize lesson also comes with a transcript and downloadable worksheet for extra practice.

Seasons One and Two of Writing Emails, read by Thomas, were the first Audio Courses we released. You can find all the episodes, transcripts and downloadable pdfs on our Audio Courses page.

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What will I learn in the Small Talk Audio Course?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of ‘small talk’ is ‘light or casual conversation’. But small talk can be so much more than awkwardly remarking on the weather!

In Season One of the Small Talk Audio Course, we begin by defining what ‘small talk’ is and why it’s not only an important business English skill, but an important life skill.

We look at topics to talk about (and not to talk about), and hear some example dialogues. The course also covers diplomatic language, and you will learn functional vocabulary and expressions to use in your real-life English conversations. These include useful expressions for introducing yourself, how to say that you don’t understand or ask for clarity, and accepting or politely declining an invitation. Finally, we’ll also cover some grammar and look at forming embedded questions for politeness.

In Season Two, we’ll learn more functional vocabulary for greeting and saying goodbye to people, and talking about mutual acquaintances. We’ll see expressions you can use to help express your opinion, as well as how to agree or disagree. In terms of grammar, we will look at how to form short answers and tag questions to confirm information.

You can listen on Apple Podcast Subscriptions, or right here on the Intrepid English website! The Small Talk Audio Course is adapted from our business English self-study course in the Intrepid English Academy.

This content was written and recorded by Intrepid English Teacher Kate B.

You can find out more about Kate B on her Intrepid English Teacher Profile Page.

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