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.
I introduce myself and make greetings. I think it is important to be polite. If possible I start a conversation.
I actually talk many things. Like questions where they are from, what they do, etc. Then I ask them about their hobbies or interests .
I don't remember what I usually say but maybe if I have the opportunity to know new people, I try to ask them what are your hobbies and what they like to do in their free time.
I used to be a very shy & unsociable person during my childhood. I didn't want to meet new people at that time as I was an introvert person. But now, I turns myself as like an extrovert. I can now easily mix with others and start feeling great to meet new people. When I meet somebody new I start introducing myself and ask them about their name, study, occupation, hobby and so on. I never ask any uncomfortable questions which they don't want to share publicly. I think, it's the most etiquette mistake people in my country do everyday when meeting new people.
I think people get away from you when we ask uncomfortable questions. each person have private or specially area doesn't like to share or talk it with other.
First, I start introducing myself and ask about their name, then we start talking about our current position, hometown, how we reached this place, talking broadly, and if we have a chance to meet again in the future.
I talk about everything. Where is he/she from? What is her/his major? Where did he/she work before?
It depends on the situation at the time, but i usually start with a eulogy, this helps the person to be more receptive to the conversation or to create a theme for the dialogue.