English Language

The English language is very complex. Understanding its characteristics can make things easier for you at work.  It is important to get to know your coworkers and your supervisor by talking with them in both formal and informal ways.   This can be challenging if you speak a different language.  You should always try to ask for help if you do not understand what someone is saying.  

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Many workplaces in the United States are very social places.  In most jobs, people like to get to know their coworkers and have pleasant conversations with them. An important part of these social interactions in English is small talk. Small talk is conversation that is intended to fill a time when people are around each other but do not have anything specific to discuss. It usually makes this time feel less awkward. However, if you are not comfortable with small talk, it can make you feel very nervous. Watch the video below with a partner. Then practice talking about one or two common small talk topics from the list below.  Remember to use the tips you learned.

How to make small talke

Small talk topics

  • The weather
  • Plans for this weekend
  • A local sports team
  • A popular movie you have both seen

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Small talk is a helpful way to build relationships with your coworkers. It is also an important part of accomplishing your work in some types of jobs. For example, sales representatives work to sell different products and services to people. Sales representatives usually need to be able to make small talk with possible customers to help build a relationship that will make the person want to purchase that product or service. You can find more information about sales representative jobs here.