1. 换个方式问"How are you?"：
"How are you doing right now?"
"How's your day been so far?"
同样是问"你过得怎样？"但是如此问的效果要好很多，因为没人想去回答甚至思考一下像"How are you?"这样一个过于陈腐的问题。
"What's happened for you today?"
"How was your trip?"
"How'd you sleep last night?"
"What do you think of that book?"
"Looks like a great drink. What is it?"
"I love this place because it's got great energy."
"I like your posture. It makes you stand out nicely."
"Nice shirt. Where did you get it?"
"I love your style!"
"It's so hot today."
"The great sun is burning this afternoon."
"It's freezing! Do you know the temperature?"
这个方式经常被提到，但是美国漫画家Kin Hubbard说，"Don't knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."要用天气这种通常情况下没有太多变化的东西来发起谈话并非一定容易，所以也不可过分倚重于此。
"I don't know anyone around here so I thought I'd come talk to you."
"I'm a little nervous talking with strangers, but I just had to come say hi."
"I know no one here so I thought I'd introduce myself to you."
"I'm out meeting new, interesting people tonight. Mind if we chat for a minute?"
"You guys look like you're having fun. That's so cool that I just had to come talk to you."
"I had to come talk to you because your shirt made me laugh."
"I was just listening to radio on my way here and can't believe what happened in Africa."
"I believe we saw each other at James' party."
"I think we ran into each other at the trade event last month."
"Did we meet last year at Church?"
"How's your Christmas preparations going?"
"How'd the New Year go for you?"
"Spring Break has been crazy. What's happened to you at Spring Break so far?"