Small talk: the weather

Why talk about the weather? It’s something that everyone has to deal with and experience. Even if people know each other well, it’s common for English speakers to start a conversation with brief small talk about the weather. It’s a way to reconnect and build common ground. You can also get a feeling for what kind of mood your conversation partner is in:  Is today a good day to ask your boss about taking a three-week holiday during the busiest time of year, or did s/he get caught in a downpour and still walking around in wet shoes?

Test yourself: set a timer for 2 minutes. How many weather-related words and phrases can you list?

Want to learn more? Have a look at FluentU’s list of words and phrases for dealing with the weather.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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