Meeting a new team member

Listen to a conversation between two new colleagues to practise your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Peter: Hi, my name's Peter. What's your name?

Carla: Hi, Peter. I'm Carla. I'm new here.

Peter: Welcome to the company, Carla.

Carla: Thanks, Peter. I'm happy to be here and it's nice to meet you.

Peter: It's nice to meet you too.

Carla: Where do you work?

Peter: I work in the design team. We sit over there.  

Carla: I'm in the marketing team. I started last week.

Peter: You work in marketing? That's very interesting.

Carla: Yes, it is. I'm enjoying it. But there are a lot of new things to learn.

Peter: I'm sure there are. I'm happy to help you if I can.

Carla: Thank you, Peter. What do you do in the design department?

Peter: I design new products.  

Carla: That sounds interesting. I plan marketing events for new products. So I think we'll work together sometimes.

Peter: That would be great. So, where are you from, Carla?

Carla: Brazil. And you?

Peter: I'm from the UK.

Carla: How long have you been here?

Peter: I've worked here for three years but I actually moved here from the UK five years ago, to study.

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When I meet a new colleagues I always ask them about their names and their hobbies. Then I ask them about their department and something that I think are interesting.

when i meet people for the first time, if it's a professional context i try to explain some of my job, university studies and general informations, but if not i speak superficial topics like movies, cultures hobbies.

When is a person i don't know, i prefer to talk things superficial how films, series, musics and artists of the moment. But when is someone that i have intimacy, i prefer to talk about others' life

I usually talk about my interests and ask about theirs, as well as my experience at the place we met. For example, if we met at a university I talk about the courses I took when I was a student there.

When I meet people for the first time, I usually explain myself and share my personal behavior. I always want to learn to new friend's personality

When I meet people for the first time, I usually explain myself and share my personal behavior. I always want to learn to new friend's personality.

What I talk about when I meet people for the first time is my son. He is five years old and very, very, very cute. We play various games; ball games, battle games with swords and shields, and board games in my free time. For example, building an RC car named "mini-yonku" in Japanese was fun yesterday.

Hello everyone.
If I am meeting someone, Generally, I introduce myself to he/she who talking to me. After that we ask to each other "what do you do? or "are you student". Then, "Are you single or married" is come as a classical question in Turkey :)
If you are a single this situation is bother for the people who your met. I guess this reaction is not only relate my country but also its relate Mediterranian Culture.

I usually talk about the situations around us, something like the weather, the traffic, the kids.

when i meet the first time with a new people i will say hello and i will introduce him

I usually talk about their nationality, work, spare time and the district they' re living in the city.

I normally start introducing myself, and talk them about my real name and my internationally name that they can call me easily. Next, I completely share about my favorites, I definitely make a friend if they have the same favorites with me.

this situation was very familiar to me because I started a new job last month. i met a lot of new people. When i was introduced to these people , We talked about our countries, our traditions and mainly We talked about the reasons why we are here. I have not made any new friends at work yet but I think , I have a nice and multicultural colleagues.

When I meet people for the first time, I usually ask their name, the country they are from and about their current job.

I usually talk about his/her job, family and favorites. Sometimes I ask about his/her phone number and address if we have some same favorites.
If I have mistakes, please fix those mistakes help me.
Thanks for lesson.

What do you usually talk about when you meet people for the first time? I Actually try to find common interesting subject. I'm not talkative and, I'm a little bit shy and I'll be tired if speck to much without any idea and specific aim.
From my perspective make eye contact and smile to people is one of the best method to strike up a friendships.

It depends on the occasion, if I meet a new colleague I usually start a conversation about work or some random theme like work experience or formation but if I meet people in a reunion or a party I try not to talk about work at first, I usually tend to talk about music or sport, or about hobbies or activities not related to work, I find a bit boring talking about work in an informal meeting or in a party.

Thanks for the lesson.
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When I meet a new person I usually ask him/her about his/her name and about the age. I’m also interested about hobbies, so mostly I will ask what kind of hobby he/she does in their free time. Maybe we will find some similarities in our personality and will therefore friends in the future. If the person is in my age, mostly we would talk about school for example, subjects, good or bad teachers, etc.. But if the person is not in my age, so we would just talk about our daily routines or something like that.

Whenever I meet someone new, I frequently compliment them on their hair, appearance, or clothing. Then I may talk about their work, hobbies, name, age, among other things.

when I meet a new person I normally introduce my self first next I ask for his name, what he does and where he is from

It varies according to different circumstances. we see the people in different places, different situations and etc. for example if I see a person in a gym, we will talk about during activity time of us in the gym. days that we came to the gym. we can talk about work out and etc.

When I meet people for the first time, i usually tall about work, study and hobbies.

When i meet new people for first time, I first say Hai and what is your name, where are you from and what are you doing and where do you work and what do you work, i ask about office details and are you happy with your work at your current working office

For the first time I meet someone, we talk about name, age and university where we studying

when I meet new people, I'm be polite and ask them about their personality. and I try be friend with them especially if they're like me.

When I meet people for the first time, I usually ask them about their name and some other stuff depending on the situation and the circumstances where we've been meet.

I get used to be kind with people I don't know, so, I ask them about their lifes, where they come from?, what's they favourite music and what kind of hobbies they practice and so on.

When I meet people for the first time, firstly,I introduce myself and I said nice to meet them . Then asking about their jobs , education, abilities and more.

When I meet people for the first time, I usually talk about
greetings, basic personal information or hobby to find the same point for continuing the conversation.

Whenever I meet new people I talked about name, work, from which place, nice to meet you and other things
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Hello bassamlkhtb90,
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The LearnEnglish Team

I usually talk about my work and studies, I talk about my city and hobbies as well.
I talk about the place where we are or common topic like our doctor and services if we are at hospital , I usually talkative woman so I try to find topics for talking with anew people .
The first time I meet someone at work, I try to be friendly and help them in everything they need.