Chatting to Strangers

I was always told never to talk to strangers, but if you are careful, chatting to strangers online can be a good way to practice your English.

First, things you should never tell someone online are:
  • Your address
  • Your telephone number
  • Never agree to meet with someone you have met online
When using an online chat site to practice your English, it might be better to invent a fictional personality to use. The chat site that we are going to use for today's activity is called Omegle and it allows you to chat anonymously in English with a total stranger.


  • Before you go to the chat site, decide what information you would like to share and what you would like to know. It is good to think of a few things before you start as it can sometimes be difficult to get conversations started.
  • Things you could discuss are;
    The culture of the country
    The weather
    A good film you have seen recently
    Taste in music or art
    Jobs or studies
  • It's good idea to have a few questions prepared on any of the topics you want to talk about.
  • The information you share doesn't have to be true, but if you use your own experiences, you are more likely to have things to say.
  • When you have 6 or 7 questions ready got to: and click the 'Start a chat' button.
  • One of the first things you may be asked is; "asl?" which means age, sex (Are you male or female?), and location.
  • Remember: You don't have to be honest about these and never give anyone your exact location, a country or town should be enough to get conversation started.

  • If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the person you are chatting with or if they ask questions you don't like, simply click on 'Disconnect' and you can start a new conversation with someone else.
  • It might take a few attempts to get a conversation going, but don't be discouraged. It's all good practice.
Well I hope you have a good chat and find somethings out about other countries and cultures.

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Nik Peachey

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