How to Begin a Conversation With an International by Jay Bell

The key to beginning a conversation is breaking the sound barrier!”

ConversationOne way to identify someone from another country is by their accent. I sometimes preface the following questions with this statement: “I hear an accent and it sounds wonderful to my ears. At times I will continue the “accent approach” by saying “I can only speak English with my native-born accent. Your accent is unique. I like it.”

1. May I ask you a question?” (I’ve asked this question hundreds of times and I have never been turned down. The reason? You are showing interest in them).

2. What is your name? Be sure to learn how to pronounce it correctly. Respond by giving your name.

3. Where were your born? (If possible, say something about their country. If you’ve never heard of their country, that’s okay, simply ask them where it is located. Either way you are showing interest.)

4. How long have you been in America?

5. What family members are back in your country?

6. How often do you communicate with them?

7. How are they doing?

JayBell-Intl8. Are you married?

9. What is the name of your spouse?

10. Do you have any children?

11. What are their ages?

12. How many languages do you speak?

13. What are some of the differences between your country and America?

14. What has been the biggest adjustment since arriving in the U.S.?

15. Have you experienced any prejudice?

16. What needs do you have?

17. Has anyone said these words to you, “Welcome to America?”

At this time I will take their hand, look at them in their eyes, put a smile on my face, allow the love of God to control my heart and say, “Then is give me the honor to be the first to say to you “Welcome to America.”welcome-to-america

[ Also, welcome them to your city. ]

Be ready for a joyous response! I’ve had people shake my hand, fall on me, hug me and even kiss me.

May God use you to be a blessing to his created nations!

Download /Print this worksheet (PDF)



Thanks to Jay Bell for training thousands of people to “break the sound barrier” especially with Internationals.  This Resource was posted on Encompass World Partners website at the following link

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