2. Making small talk

2. Making small talk

Jenny visits Sam

Main practise:  making ‘small talk'
Revision:            present continuous for ‘intermittent' action  -  offering  -  
                               question tags  -  in fact

All this vocabulary is informal.

by the way - to introduce a change in the topic of conversation, i.e. 
  • Yes, the party was lovely, we all had a good time. By the way, Susie passed all her exams. 

driving me crazy -
making the speaker annoyed or upset, i.e. 
  • John's been practising his drum playing all morning. It's driving me crazy. 

glued to
  - unable to look away from a TV, computer, or phone screen, i.e. 
  • They've been glued to their computers for hours.

mad on - very enthusiastic about something/someone, i.e. 
  • She's mad on tennis.
  • He's mad on football.

to do something up - to decorate a room or hours; to renovate - restoring something
                                           to an original condition, especially: houses; cars; old furniture, i.e.
  • She's bought an old car which she wants to do up.
  • He did up that antique desk very well.


Jenny, an old friend of Sam's, visits her. They haven't met for a while so they exchange news about their families and so on.

Fill the gaps with the vocabulary.

Sam:     So,
Jenny:  Great, thanks. The family are fine, my job's going well, and Rob still enjoys
               being in the police.  

Sam:     The same, great. Katie's at university, Tim's at school. I'm still writing for the
               newspaper and Bill still loves teaching. Both your sons are at school, aren't they?

Jenny:  Yes, Tom's fourteen now, and Peter's fifteen. Both are football
                and their mobile phones. In fact, they are their phones. It's

Sam:    Tim's the same. We're going to start taking the phone from him in the
               evenings on school days.

Jenny:  Yes, Rob and I might do that.

Sam:     Now, what would you like, tea or coffee?

Jenny:  Tea, please, Sam, a little milk, no sugar. , your house
               looks great.

Sam:    Thanks, we a few months ago.



Complete the sentences.
Where necessary, change tense, and use capital letters.

by the way  -  driving me crazy  -  glued to  -  done it up  -  mad on  -  
how's it all going

1.  - That old table you bought is not in very good condition.
     - I know, but it'll look lovely in our living room when I've .

2. You've been the television for three hours. Now, enough,
    turn it off, please.

3. Yes, it's great you got the job. , are you going to Susie's party?

4. Oh, she's horses. She goes riding every weekend.

5. Hi, lovely to see you again. ?

6. This rain's , when's it going to stop?