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How To
 

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- Extending a conversation

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- Closing topics

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- Likes

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- Dislikes

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- No strong feelings

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- Responding to compliments

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- Funny incidents

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- Gossiping

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- Getting back on topic

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- Serious incidents

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- Chatting someone up

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- Being sarcastic

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- Agreeing in informal situations

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- Showing interest

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- Telling a story

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- Being vague
Trying to get back on topic

How to get back on topic


If you are like me then quite often you might find yourself talking about something then getting sidetracked. This means that you start talking about a different topic, maybe because you've been interrupted or maybe just because you've lost your train of thought.

When you want the conversation to get back on topic, back to the subject you were talking about originally, there are a number of useful words and expressions you can use naturally to make this change. In this programme we hear a few of these different phrases.

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quiz below!


How to get back on topic
.... So ....
.... Anyway ....
.... As I was saying ....
.... Where was I? Oh yes ....
.... Getting back to my story ...
.... Getting back to what I was saying ...

You can also combine these expressions, for example:

So anyway, where was I, oh yes, as I was saying .....



WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT?


Listen now to an extra piece of audio. Callum is interrupting Elena as she tells him about her snowboarding experiences.

Can you hear which expressions Elena uses to get back to the topic. You can see the answers highlighted in the script download below.


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