- cайт для изучающих английский язык, студентов, преподавателей вузов и переводчиков
Главная страница сайта Английская грамматика Английская лексика по темам Песни на английском языке с текстами Материалы для переводчиков Устные темы и тексты для перевода Интернет-ресурсы для изучающих английский язык

Are You a Good Conversationalist?
(Хороший ли Вы собеседник?)

Прочитайте текст, предложите свой перевод, составьте аннотацию, подготовьте устное сообщение по теме, выразите собственную точку зрения, обоснуйте её.


drained - осушенный; высохший
set out - намереваться (что-л. делать)
take over - вступать во владение (вместо другого лица); захватить власть
transcend - переступать пределы
give and take – чередующийся
cue - знак, сигнал; намёк
open-ended - When people begin an open-ended discussion or activity, they do not start with any intention of achieving a particular decision or result. ( questions about what passengers expect of an airline.)

Having a great conversation can energize your spirit and help you gather a perspective that makes the time spent well worth it. On the other hand, you know the exact moment when you are in the middle of a bad conversation when you likely feel drained and wondering why you met with them in first place.

It’s not that people set out to be bad conversationalists; it happens after a while with habits that become second nature. At times, you’re not sure if the person actually knows they are having an unpleasant conversation.

A supervisor once told me about their disappointment with a meeting in observing two employees who were assigned to work on a project. Both were excited about the opportunity. However, as time went on it was obvious that one was dominating the discussion. Instead of having a dialogue with inspiration, it turned out to be a monologue creating an awkward situation that ended badly.

They attributed the lack of communication skills to a difference in age, and, to their surprise, the older employee was the one who was taking over the conversation. In their view, the more experienced employee should have known how to carry on a discussion by taking the lead in exchanging information instead of doing all the talking.

Truth is having a good conversation transcends age and is not a predictor of who should know better rather it’s an art that takes practice to cultivate skills. When you think of a good conversationalist, think of someone who served as a mentor to you, what was it about their style of communication that influenced you? Most likely you felt as though they cared about you by sharing in a give and take conversation. Great leaders are great conversationalists.

If you want to go far in your career, learn how to be a good conversationalist. It’s not about age or experience but rather awareness in balancing who talks and who listens.

Anyone can start becoming a better conversationalist with just a few changes.

Be genuine with what you convey to the other person. A good conversation is not a debate to win a point it’s more about an exchange involving all of your senses such as non-verbal language, eye contact and sending cues that you are interested in the other person.

Share the conversation, aim for a 50-50 balance combination of talking and listening.

Be focused when talking and listening. Rarely can a person convey their interest in you when looking around the room to check out who is present.

Questions fuel good conversations use open-ended ones to help the other person talk. Make comments and add feedback, your input is just as important.

Use the “WAIT” technique an acronym for “Why Am I Talking?” This is a good reminder to help you internally monitor your actions when communicating with another person. If you can’t come up with a good reason as to why you are talking, it might be a sign that you are dominating the conversation.


Read and answer the following questions:

1. What are your thoughts about being a good conversationalist?
2. What makes some people better at it than others?
3. Are you a good listener?


Устные темы и тексты
для перевода

  • Как выучить топик по английскому языку
  • 2016 State Duma Elections
  • About the Bologna Process
  • American Dream
  • American Education System
  • American State Power System
  • Are You a Good Conversationalist?
  • Brain Drain
  • Brief History of Great Britain
  • British Culture
  • British Meals
  • British National Identity
  • British Traditions and Customs
  • Common Superstitions
  • Cross-Cultural Perception of the World
  • Did Man Really Set Foot on the Moon?
  • Directing a Hollywood Film
  • Earthquake
  • Economy of Great Britain
  • Elections in Great Britain
  • Elizabeth II
  • End of the US Colonial Era
  • English as a Global Language
  • Funny and Wise Proverbs
  • Funny Foreign English
  • Funny Riddles
  • Globalization
  • Ghost
  • Golden Rules of Conversation
  • Great Britain and Russia
  • Help! I Have to Make an Oral Presentation!
  • Higher Education in Great Britain
  • Holidays in the United States
  • How to Prepare for Exams
  • How to Think?
  • Innovation
  • International Law
  • Kings and Queens of England
  • London
  • Most Shocking Doping Scandals In Sports Before 2016
  • The Pokemon Go Menace
  • Public Education In Russia
  • Reading to Understand a Text
  • Republic of Mordovia
  • Russian Federation
  • The Selfish Giant (by Oscar Wilde)
  • Social and Business Visits in the USA
  • Social Inequality
  • Sources of the US Law
  • Terrorism
  • Travel Advice Information
  • UFO
  • United Nations
  • United States of America
  • Valentine's Day
  • What Is Fashion?
  • Where to Find a Good Job
  • Why Monarchy is a Good Thing?
  • Why Study English
  • Why We Don't Read?
  • Впечатления американца о Великобритании
  • Национальные стереотипы на примере истории о двух коровах
  • 14 составляющих здоровой диеты
  • 2008 Summer Olympic Games

  • | Главная страница | Грамматика | Грамматические упражнения | Сводная таблица видовременных форм глагола | Неправильные глаголы (таблица) | Распространенные лексические ошибки | | Лексика по темам | Песни на английском с субтитрами | Теория перевода | Практика перевода | Топики | Тексты и статьи по политологии | Тексты по психологии | Тексты по социальной работе | Тексты по социологии | Тексты по экономике | Отправляясь в Англию | Фотографии из поездки в Великобританию | Филология | Теория культуры | Учебно-методические материалы и ресурсы | Рекомендуемые интернет-ресурсы |
    Карта сайта © 2010-2022, Карта сайта