English small talk with clients – public holidays

Are your international clients or customers wondering why they couldn’t reach anyone in your Dresden office yesterday? What do you tell them? Do you know the name of the public holiday in English? (Keep reading to find out.) Use public holidays as a chance to build a stronger relationship with your client — English small talk about holidays is usually a safe small talk topic.

Before you call an international client or start your online meeting, check this website or this website to find out which holidays will soon be celebrated in their country or region. Then do a quick Google search to find out a few key facts. Make English small talk with clients by asking “How to you celebrate (holiday name)?” “Is there a special food you eat, special clothes you wear, or a special place you go?”

As another test for your English, see if you can answer the questions above about the holidays you celebrate.

Making English small talk with clients by asking them about the holidays they celebrate is a great way to learn more about them and their culture. Plus, it will help to build trust and understanding in your business relationship.

Now back to the question above: The translation for Buß- und Bettag is “Day of Prayer and Repentance”.

Learn more about small talk in our English classes and one-to-one English training.

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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