Small Talk: How was your weekend?

small talk weekend

In the last post, we looked at examples of how to ask about someone’s plans for the weekend and also how to respond.

Now, let’s look at common questions people ask on a Monday or Tuesday and their reduced forms.

How was your weekend?     —->      Howuzyer weekend?

What did you do?                  —->      Wuhdja do?

Audio with reductions:

 

Here is a sample natural greeting on a Monday between two acquaintances passing in a hallway.

Ollie: Hey, how was your weekend?

Elsa: Hey, not bad. Yours?

Ollie: Not bad. See you.

Elsa: Yeah, take it easy.

Listen to the reduced form:

If they have more time to chat, they might say:

Ollie: How was your weekend?

Elsa: Not bad. Yours?

Ollie: Not bad. What did you do?

Elsa: I just hung out at home. What did you do?

Ollie: Not much. Mostly took it easy.

Audio with reductions:

This small talk is just polite conversation and a quick greeting.

Usually, people do not give specific details during small talk. If you stayed home and slept a lot, you can say one of the following if you want to sound natural:

I just relaxed.

I just took it easy.

I just hung out at home.

All three are natural ways of saying that you stayed home and didn’t do anything significant.

When talking with friends or trying to get to know someone, we usually give more details. What we share depends on our level of comfort and closeness. However, it is important to give more specific details to if we want to keep our conversations going.

 

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