how to open a conversation with foreigners?

Indonesia
October 5, 2009 11:08pm CST
hi...fellow mylotter, meeting new people interested me a lot. in my country, there are a lot of foreigners who come from distance countries just for having a holiday or doing jobs. anyway, once i met a foreigner, i felt like i wanna to get close with him/her. make a conversation and sharing anything. i think it's not easy. it's hard for me to open a conversation, i don't know what to say first. i'm afraid that the way i'm talking will hurt him/her because i and the foreigner have different culture. so,,,if you were me, what are you gonna do? what are you going to say first? thanks friends......:)
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18 responses
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
hello workout freak,Just leave them be, unless you're preferring to beautiful sexy foreigner that you drool on, just kidding. you can always say hi to them and welcome them to your country, then if they complement that's good. but if you offer asistance, make sure you know what they want usually they will asked for everything i think
@nagikka (411)
• Italy
6 Oct 09
well the fact that they come from a different country is where you should start from: welcome them, introduce yourself, ask for how much they've been to your country and what they like/dislike about it and so on. Once you get to know each other better you can invite them out and show them around. To me, opening a conversation with foreigners is easier :D
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• India
6 Oct 09
i would just love to see a foreigner visiting my country and praising it ! the first thing i'll do is i'll just greet him like "Hey , Welcome To Our Country" but starting conversation is not a big deal for me at least ! i would just start by like " Hey , Ssup ? So Could I Help You Out with the places?" and would just start a rapport with him and let it continue......
@shimanaja (494)
• Indonesia
6 Oct 09
hi there, i'd like meeeting new people like you too, and sometimes i can not how to start the conversation with the foreigners. I think have to see the situation at that time, so they are not bothered. I have many friends who have the different country, and very nice to know them well. Have a nice day and good luck friend:)
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@feodda (579)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
I have a lot for friends from different countries. At first, I am afraid to communicate with them because of racist. But at time comes, it was very easy to mingle with them. Just have a good communication and just be true to yourself. We have different culture, language and traditional. We both need to understand each differences. Especially now, I have a special someone that is a foreigner. Never thought, being an understanding, and caring to me. We always communicate to each other.
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
It is always my pleasure that I can meet and make friends to some people from other country because you can also learn from them about their place and culture. Once I have to start a conversation with a foreigners, I always ask his location, family, if he/she is working and if she/he visited our country for cultural interest.
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@Jhaszy (236)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
when i was still working in Malaysia as a band singer we normally do customer rapport in between sets,we go down stage and go to table and make some friendly conversation..this is how i usually ask..hello sir!ma'am!im jhasz im from philippines.how are u?where you from?how do u find us performing?hows the weather in your country?how do u find your stay here,are you here for busness or pleasure,or are you working here?are u from here only or just passing by.....or and so on and so forth..if i ask about his job i ask like"if u dont mind me asking?what kind of job do u have or where are you working?or what line of business are u into?sometimes its not nice to ask abt personal so i just wait for the other party to open abt that topic...
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@getbrowser (1715)
• China
6 Oct 09
Its very simple on condition that you want to open a conversation. You may be shy when meet foreigners for the first time, but it is really easy sometimes. For example, it is pretty safe to ask them where are they from or just open a topic via a joke. Asking what someone does for a living or what is their job are also work well. Don't choke when you are speaking and put your personality out in the open show that your not afraid of telling them who you are with truth. If you have done it so well, forget it and try your best to succeed next time.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
6 Oct 09
I don't think it is a big problem to start a converstation with a forigner. You can start a conversation by introducing yourself. You can tell them your name, your work, and the place where you live. You can ask them about the place where they live, the climate, and cluture of their place. But, don't force them to talk if they look as if they are not intereted to carry on the converstaion.
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@xmapril (75)
• China
7 Oct 09
i think i will provide help, introduce myself and what is most important, i will my website to them since i am trying to be a businesswoman. haha ,
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
I believe foreigners especially tourists are more than willing to have a conversation with the locals. Depending on the situation and location of meeting you can start a conversation by simply greeting hi followed by asking them if they are on a visit and how do they enjoy their tour. Then one thing will lead to another and soon you will find out that you are already engaged in a meaningful conversation. I like interacting with foreigners too and I think it is a rewarding experience mutually. have fun
• United States
6 Oct 09
I think that it would be wise to try and learn bacic language greetings and responces,like hello, goodbye, how are you, do yuo speak english, just stuff like this. This will break the ice becaus most foreigners like it when people actualy try to speak in their lang. and will be much more polite. I hope that you find this helpful. :)
• China
6 Oct 09
Hello, in my opinion, some public topics mybe helpful when we meet some people first time, such as the weather or traffic. In addition, movie star or latest news might be good choice.
@winiepu (42)
• United States
6 Oct 09
You just need some icebreak technique. It is not that hard. For example, you can begin to talk about the weather and offering some help to the foreigners. If you can break the ice, you can talk about other deeper things like jobs or why he or she come to your country. Hope it helps.
@pclife (246)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 09
it's so easy you just need to know of what they want & use language that is easy to understand... & let them know that you are always ready to help... ok
@Craicha (801)
6 Oct 09
of course u greet them 1st and introduce urself..and dn ask how are they? hows there stay in PH if they enjoy or not? then the conversation will go on..talk about some beaches and places they want or plan to visit of course u know that place tell them whats good n that place....and so onnnnnn
@prinzcy (5034)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 09
I don't really like to strike a conversation with strangers, locally or not. Unless I am needed to, I'll just stay quite to myself. But if I need to know a person, even a foreigner, it's best to introduce myself and then ask the person name. Then we can start to talk about where we come from and more. If it's hard to converse, don't force yourself. Eventually some topic will pop in in time. Then just go on with the flow.
@hxstar (510)
• China
6 Oct 09
Hi,workoutfreak Well, in fact, you have many things to say.For example,you can offer help.You just say:Hi,welcome to my country,is there anything I can do for you? I think this works. Good luck!