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【New Friends: Basic Level Discussion – Examples】

(Contributed by Takashi)

Have you ever helped a neighbor?

Yes, I have helped my neighbors. The last time I helped out one of my neighbors was when the woman living opposite from our house asked me to babysit her dog while she was on a short trip.

No, but I have asked my next door neighbor for a hand. It was a bulk trash day and I wanted to throw away/trash my old couch. I needed his help to take it out of my apartment and carry it to the trash pickup location.

Do you like meeting new people?

Honestly, I am not very good at dealing with people when I meet them for the first time. So, I can’t say that I like meeting new people.

When I meet people for the first time, I always feel awkward, not knowing what to talk about. I am unsure of what kind of things I should be asking about them.

But it is not that I have never met people that I felt comfortable with from the moment I met them. For example, I met John, now my close friend, at a party not too long time ago. As soon as we introduced ourselves to each other, we just hit it off straight away.

How do you make new friends?

I love meeting new people and always want to make new friends, but it has not been very easy lately.

When I was a student there were many social occasions to attend like mixer parties. But since I started to work fulltime, I can’t find time to socialize the way I used to. Now the people I meet are all work-related.

Have you ever made any friends over the Internet? If yes, have you met this friend in person?

I often hang out in the study room of Virtual English and talk to my fellow VE students. Some of us are regulars and we have been talking to each other for years.

Therefore, we can say we became friends over the Internet. Whether we will meet in person or not has yet to be seen.

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