1. Bygg videre på noe samtalepartneren din sier.
Han: Did you watch the game last night?
Han: Do you play ball in Scandinavia?
Jeg: We have balls.
2. Gi samtalepartneren din mulighet til å bygge videre på noe du sier.
Hun: Hey, how are you?
Hun: I got a new pair of jeans!
Hun: Ok, see you later.
3. Mat passer inn i alle samtaler.
Han: How long did it take you to finish that exam?
Jeg: Four hours. What about you?
Han: Four hours.
Jeg: I prefer having three hours between meals.
Han: Ok. I like eating all the time.
Jeg: Omg, me too!
Han: Ok, this is my stop. See ya.
4. Død er ikke smalltalk.
Hun: Hello, how was your day?
Jeg: Small talk makes me want to kill myself.
Hun: What? For real?
Jeg: No. Almost.
5. Død er ikke smalltalk.
Jeg: What’s your biggest fear?
Jeg: Dying painfully?
Han: Yeah, probably.
Jeg: And spiders?
Han: No. But the mall on weekends is the worst.
Jeg: But you wouldn’t shoot a lot of people at the mall, right?
Han: What? No!
6. Ha et morsomt navn.
Hun: Hey! I’m Rosie. What’s your name?
Jeg: I don’t wanna talk about it.
7. Prøv å finne noe dere har felles ved å stille de harde, lukka spørsmålene.
Jeg: Do you like running or reading?
Hun: Like, what do I like better, or do I like either?
Jeg: Do you like either?
Hun: I like reading Hærri Pædder* over Christmas break. What about you?
*Harry Potter på amerikansk
8. Herm etter den amerikanske entusiasmen for alt mulig.
Han: I saw you running down by the lake yesterday!
Jeg: Oh, were you running?
Han: Biking! (Peker på sykkelen sin)
Jeg: Wow, that’s such a nice bike!
Han: No, it’s not.
Jeg: Well, it’s nice down by the lake!
9. Ta et hint. (Død er ikke smalltalk.)
Hun: My mom packed my lunch today, I haven’t had these cookies since high school!
Jeg: Why did she pack your lunch?
Hun: She’s staying with me for a couple of days. Look! They’re shaped like spiders and ghosts and all things Halloween!
Jeg: Why is she staying with you?
Hun: My grandma died, ok?
10. De kjipe spørsmålene kan du spare til noe annet enn smalltalk.
Han: It’s gonna be tight tonight, dude!*
Jeg: Yeah, totally tight.**
Han: Are you going to Civic Center to watch?
Jeg: Probably not. Do you know why they call it the World Series when all the teams are American?
Jeg: Me neither.
*Jeg vet ikke om han mente tight som i at det kom til å bli jevnt, eller tight som i at det kom til å bli kult/digg.