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Business English: Asking personal questions

Woman on a mobile phone

Asking personal questions doesn't need to be difficult

Feifei and Neil are talking about a very modern issue - workplace stress. Feifei wants to ask Neil how he deals with stress in the office - but it's a very personal question. What's the right way to ask?

Join Feifei and Neil as they role-play a business conversation which involves asking some personal questions, and pick up some useful phrases and cultural tips along the way.

Asking personal questions: Key phrases

Warning someone that you're going to talk about something personal:

I wanted to talk about a personal matter. Is that alright with you?

Introducing a personal question:

If you don't mind me asking... If it's not too personal a question... May I ask...

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