How are you?
How have you been?
How are things?
How's life been treating you?
How's it going?
Responses to Greetings
Very well, thank you.
Fine. And you?
Great. And yourself?
Couldn't be better. How about you?
Not (too) bad.
I've been worse.
Not very well.
What's wrong / the matter ?
I've been better.
Is anything wrong / bothering you?
What's on your mind?
Ending the Conversation and Responses
It was a pleasure talking to you.
The pleasure was all mine.
I enjoyed our conversation /
talking to you.
(It was) my pleasure.
I'll see you tomorrow / next week / after school.
I'll see you then.
See you around / later / then.
I'll see you when I see you.
See you / See ya'!
Have a nice day / pleasant evening / safe trip / good weekend.
Enjoy your flight / stay / tour.
Good luck to you.
Responses to Well Wishes
Thank you. You, too.
Thank you. I will.
Same to you.
Excuse me, is this seat taken?
Sorry to bother you, but do you have the time?
Would you happen to know if there's a cafe / bank / grocery store near here?
Nice / beautiful day, isn't it?
This is a great hotel / park / party, isn't it?
I can't believe how busy this store / airport is today!
Hey, I love your shirt / hat / dog !
Hi! I don't think we've met.
Hi, I didn't catch your name...
Indirect openers test to see if a person is interested in talking.
Direct openers start conversation in a friendly and open way.
May I introduce myself?
Let / Allow me to introduce myself.
By the way, I'm ~
Ice Breakers - Reason for Visiting
Is this your first time to [Tokyo]?
Have you been to [Japan] before?
Are you here on business?
Have you seen much of the city / country?
How long have you been here?
How long are you planning to stay?
How do you like it here so far?
"YES or NO Questions" are a good way to start polite conversation.
Ice Breakers - Personal Information
Where are you from?
What part of [country] do you live in?
Are you traveling alone or with family / friends?
Do you like music / theater / art / sports ?
What do you do for a living?
What kind of business are you in?
Before a personal question, it is polite to say:
"If you don't mind me asking..."
"If I may I ask..."