How (not) to chat someone up in a nightclub | Learn English | British Council

Practice exercise:

Some people think that ‘chat-up lines’ are a good way to talk to someone you want to know better. Or is there a better approach?


Man: Hello there!

Woman: Hello.

Man: Listen, if I err…if I told you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?

Woman: I’m sorry?

Man: I said, if I told… oh forget it… Hey er, did you know there is a mistake in the English alphabet?

Woman: Erm, no. I didn’t.

Man: Yeah! They should have put U and I together!

Woman: (shakes her head)

Man: No, err, seriously though, do you believe in love at first sight?

Woman: No.

Man: Then maybe I should walk in again then!

Woman: Or just walk out.

Man: Hey er… do you have any raisins?

Woman: No.

Man: Then how about a date?

Woman: I don’t think so. No.

Man: Are we err… are we near the airport?

Woman: No.

Man: Then maybe that was my heart taking off.

Woman: (sighs and shakes head)

Man: Is it hot in here?

Woman: No.

Man: Then it must be you.

Woman: I don’t think so.

Man: There er… seems to be some problem with my mobile phone.

Woman: What?

Man: Yeah, it doesn’t have your number in it!

Woman: Listen, just forget it…

Man: OK, I’m sorry. Listen. What I actually wanted to say was, you know, I think you’re really nice. I’d like to get to know you more.

Woman: Oh. That’s much better! Of course you can! So, what’s your name…?

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