Frequently asked questions about Nice Talking with You
Q: What’s the difference between the phrases “Nice talking to you” and “Nice talking with you?”
A: No difference, really. In some English-speaking cultures one phrase might be used more frequently than the other, but the meaning is still the same!
Q: How do conversation strategies help build English fluency?
A: Fluency in a language depends on how much you say automatically. If you don’t have to think about the language you’re using when you talk (that is, you’re not translating each word from your native language) it means that you can automatically use chunks of language you know when you speak. Conversation strategies are the chunks of language you need to learn so you can speak more fluently.
Q: What’s the difference between Nice Talking with You text 1 and text 2?
A: In NTWY 1, students master the basic phrases they need to keep a conversation going, react in English and fix communication problems. In NTWY2, students get phrases that let them take longer speaking turns. With these phrases, students perform essential interpersonal functions, like asking for and giving opinions, inviting, asking for favors, and more.
Q: Where can I get more information about the ideas behind Nice Talking with You?
A: Check out this article. It’s an interview with author Tom Kenny about the pedagogy and methodology behind the texts.
Q: How can I get the Bonus Edition of Nice Talking with You?
A: The bonus edition of the text was published the year before the Cambridge University Press edition went to print. There are still some copies left, available from Asano Bookstore. This edition has only 10 units, and is ideally suited for use in an intensive English program.