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Small Talk: Knowing how to react
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English learners often are at a loss for words when speaking to a native speaker and would like to answer correctly. The only words that crop up are "oh" or "aha" and "yes" or "no" because the phrases needed are not readily available. This page may help you to find the right reactions to common situations and make your small talk more real and entertaining.

Expressing surprise

Important in a lively conversation is not only the role of the speaker, but also that of the listener. The role of the listener is to show interest in what is being said and to encourage the speaker to continue his story. Often, a few words are enough to show the understanding and involvement of the listener, as long as they hit the right tone. Here are some examples of reactions, ranging from less to more emotional followed by their German equivalents:

  • Is that a fact? - Tatsächlich?
  • Is that right? - Ist das wahr?
  • Really! - Wirklich!
  • You don't say! - Was Sie nicht sagen!
  • That's incredible! - Das ist nicht zu fassen/unglaublich!
  • That's fabulous/ fantastic/ wonderful. - Wunderbar!
  • Who would have believed it! - Wer hätte das geglaubt.
  • Boy, oh boy/Man! - Mensch!

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