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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Wie waren die Feiertage?

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk Englisch Feiertage, Weihnachten in England, Neujahr in England, Neujahrswünsche auf englisch, Gutes Neues Jahr auf Englisch, neues Jahr in englisch

The New Year has arrived. What have you resolved? To spend more time with your family? To join the local fitness centre? To lose those holiday pounds? To be friendlier with your colleagues even in times of stress? To improve your ability to make small talk in English? Yes, that’s probably it — and it’s most likely at the top of your list! And if it’s not, it should be...

Now that the holidays are over and everyone’s heading back to the office, you’ve got an excellent opportunity to make a lot of small talk on the phone. And not only is it something you can do to improve your skills, it’s something you should do — because it’s good for business and because it’s expected.

Any international contact you have on the phone during the first two weeks of January is important. It’s an opportunity to greet people during an optimistic time, and it’s a chance to create a positive, friendly impression for your business at a time when people are planning projects and expenditures for the year.

How and when to start
Unlike holiday small talk, which usually takes place only after your business conversation, post-holiday small talk can happen up front or at the end of your conversation.

If you initiated the telephone call, the other person may start the small talk at the beginning of your conversation, just after you have identified yourself:


Good morning, Vericom, Mr Jameson speaking.

Good morning, Mr. Jameson, this is Mrs Ovan at Renilux.

Oh, hello, Mrs Ovan. It’s nice to hear from you. Happy New Year! How were your holidays?

Fine, thanks, and yours?

I had a nice holiday as well. What did you do?



Good small talk is just as much about answering questions as asking them. Since you might be asked post-holiday small talk questions as soon as you return to the office, it’s a good idea to be ready to respond to questions about:

  • what you did (the highlights)


  • who you celebrated with


  • any interesting gifts you received


  • any public parties you attended


  • any humorous things that went wrong

Whatever the details, you must respond positively. Avoid adding negative vibes to your conversation by saying that you were depressed, that you didn’t get what you wanted, that you sat home alone with the cat, etc. No matter what the reality, your holiday season was relaxing, fun and enjoyable — and you should say so with positive energy!

If the other person did not start the small talk, you can choose whether to start it at the beginning or end of your conversation. Simply wait for the right moment and ease into it with:


By the way, Happy New Year!

(... but) before we get down to business/say goodbye, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year!

Oh, thanks, the same to you!

How were your holidays?

By the way, how were your holidays?



Showing your interest
Once the small talk has started, the following questions will help show that you have more than just a superficial interest, and will help build your relationship:


What did you do?

You mentioned that...
you were going skiing.


you’d be having a lot of visitors.


you were looking forward to a relaxing/quiet holiday break.

How was your trip?

Did you have a good time?

Was it as relaxing/quiet as you had hoped?

Were there any unexpected surprises?

Did you get any interesting gifts?

How did you celebrate New Year’s?



Possible responses
We/I spent the holiday with family /friends.

I spent the holiday with my girlfriend/boyfriend.

We/I had a great time!

First we ..., and then we...

It was nice to see everyone again.

Having so many people around made things really festive.

It was really quiet/relaxing. I feel rejuvenated and am ready to enjoy working again!

My husband bought me / I bought my husband a new car!

We spent the weekend in a small hotel in Poole. They had a New Year’s package including dinner, dancing and sightseeing. It was a lot of fun!

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk Englisch Feiertage, Weihnachten in England, Neujahr in England, Neujahrswünsche auf englisch, Gutes Neues Jahr auf Englisch, neues Jahr in englisch

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