By Qianyu (Margaret) Cheng
Hi, it’s Qianyu (Margaret). How’s the semester going for everyone? The first midterm is coming up and I am sure you can do it! Today’s topic is about interpersonal communication and cultural context.
Back when I first came to U.S., and when I was already a sophomore, I was okay with my grade as I got used to the university system. I also got involved in club activities and events on campus and I had a group of friends. The only concern was: I don’t know how to talk.
I am okay with formal English usage, because as the time went on I gradually learned how to order food or coffee in dining hall, and how to ask my advisor about my academic progress. The only thing was that I didn’t know how to make small talk.
When I met people I don’t know...