Idiom of the Week – “strike up a conversation”

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You know what can be difficult for some people?  Striking up a conversation.  Sometimes, people are just too shy to strike up a conversation with someone they’ve never met.  Your first day at a new job, for example, can be one of those times.  A man looking at a beautiful woman from across the room may want to strike up a conversation with her.  After all, if she’s alone, perhaps she’s waiting for someone to strike up a conversation with her.  You never know!  One place that is awkward to strike up a conversation is a crowded elevator.  People always seem to be so quiet while they’re riding to their destination.  Often, people riding on public transportation or airplanes avoid striking up conversations by listening to music on their headphones.

 

Of course, by now you know that to strike up a conversation is simply to start talking with someone you’ve never met.  Is it easy for You to strike up a conversation?  One of the many idioms you can learn here at EC Miami both in our general classes, as well as our Cambridge ESOL courses!

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