English Speaking in Social Gatherings

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Anyone using English in social gatherings should refrain from an academic approach and strive to give it a living interest by keeping the attention of others on English as it is spoken today. The idea here is to communicate so avoid using jargons and difficult words.

Communication, a word of Latin origin, means sharing. In a social gathering, people interact with each other either to exchange pleasantries, share some information or good/bad experiences. We all know that the most common medium of communication is English language, especially in the gatherings where you get to interact with the upper middle or high class. Even the middle class doesn’t seem to remain unaffected by this trend.

Conversation in social gatherings should be highly confident yet speech should be highly courteous. The gestures used while conversing in English is a reflection of one’s involvement in the interaction. A few examples can be-smile, nod, wave our hands, etc. These non-linguistic symbols keep the attention of the other person on what we say.

In any social gathering, communication involves two parties who interact on a common topic.  Without a common background or interest there can be no effective communication. Here comes the most important factor to remember which is to be cooperative and be a patient listener while communicating. If we speak to someone in a social place without paying heed to the other person’s interest, then there is a possibility that he/she will get totally lost  in his own thoughts and in no time communication will stop.

English has developed as a common medium of communication in social functions also. Hence it is the right strategy to keep ourselves updated with the recent developments and changes in English language. English language used in a social circle can differ a lot from business communication. We need to be sensitive about using suitable gestures while addressing different people who might speak distinctly.

It is very important to respond appropriately when a sender transmits a message. The response should be immediate and favourable. This is important because the person in front of us will naturally be interested in knowing how his message has been received. Immediate feedback is possible very easily in a face to face interaction. An advantage of such communication is the adjustment of the length of communication. Knowledge and usage of correct English can reveal the inner strength, upbringing, nature and much more about a person’s personality.

English language has virtues which are unparalleled because greeting, thanking, apology, respect, farewell, etc. can be expressed very beautifully in English phrases. Correct English is always appreciated in social gatherings by the ones who are well versed in the usage of the language. In many cases the message may fail to receive the desired response because of a semantic gap between the people interacting. This failure occurs because the sender may not be clear about what is to be conveyed and may use inappropriate English to convey his ideas. It may also happen if the listener is not able to understand and interpret the meaning of the conversation. Therefore it is important to acquire and apply correct skills of English language in social gatherings.

EnglishMate is a chain of English Speaking Institutes by Hindustan Times that offers a range of courses to help you speak better English and get smarter.

Published on Jan. 3, 2017 by EnglishMate
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