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Read the questions
Think about the topic
Do you think it is easy to make friends? Why or why not?
Why do you think some people have difficulty making friends?
What are some good ways to “connect” with others naturally?
What characteristics do you like in a good friend?
Predict: What five things do you think would make a person more likeable?
Read the following text to your tutor. He / She will listen and correct your pronunciation.
How to be Friendly: 5 Tips to Be More Likeable
Does it take longer for you to make friends?
Too long sometimes?
Like maybe in the past, when you’ve switched jobs or transferred colleges or cities, people just didn’t seem to engage you or try to make friends.
And even with the few who did engage you first, things didn’t take off. You just got the feeling everyone wished you’d lighten up.
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Source: Conversation Skills Core
Author: Dean J
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Here are the author’s 5 tips for being more likeable.
Do you agree or disagree with them?
1. Take the Initiative. Don’t Wait for Them.
2. Give Balanced Self-disclosure
3. Speak about a Wide Variety of Topics
4. Be Kind and Complimentary
5. Know Your Strength and Build Self-Confidence
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Use the expressions and vocabulary you learned.
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Learning and Practice
Read the vocabulary words on the right.
Do you know what they mean? Can you guess from the context?
Practice pronunciation with your tutor. Try to use the words in sentences.
Talk about a friendly person that you know.
Use some of today’s vocabulary words as you tell about that person.
(take the) initiative
the flip side
rule of thumb
pull (it) off
warm up (to)