Anatomy of A Conversation: Social Scripts

Suggested Conversational Messages - Collected from Multiple Workshops
(2000-2001) Linda J. Burkhart and Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Attention Getters

Can we talk?
Can you help me
Come here
Come here, please.
Excuse me
Good morning
Guess what
Hey Girlfriend!
Hey I’m talking here!
hey kid!
hey there hi there ho there
hey you
Hey you guys
Hey you with the feet!
Hey you, yeah, you with the feet!
Hey, how’s it going?
Hey, I have something to say!
How are you?
How you bean, jelly bean!
How's it going?
how’s things going?
how’s your afternoon going?
I've got a good one for ya!
Let's talk
Look at this
Oh,by the way...
Pardon me.
waz up?
We need to talk.
What are you guys doing?
What's going on?
What's happening?
What’s new?
What's up?
What's your name?
Who's your daddy?
Wow! What a day!
Ya know what?

Maintainers, Holders, Interjections

and then
and then guess what happened
and you know what else?
Are you sure?
Can you believe it?
Dude!That’s cool!
for instance
for sure!
get out
Get outta here!
Go on. . .
Good idea!
he didn't!
how about that?
I bet you’re dying to know!
I don’t know about that.
I don’t think so.
I hate when that happens
I hear you
I see
I understand
no way Jose
no way!
Now you try
Oh no!
Oh, OK
right, right
Tell me about it
Tell me more!
That's cool!.
that's nice
That's slammin
That's sweet
that’s tight
Uh huh
uh oh
what did you do?
What else happened?
You betch ya!
you're kidding!
You're right

Starters / Context Setters

Been to the movies lately?
Brace yourself for this one!
Can you believe that happened?
Did you see the game last night?
Do you have a minute to hear about...
Guess what I did on the playground today!
Guess what I did!
Guess what?
Guess who I saw.
Have you heard about this?
Have you heard the one about...
How about this weather?
How did you do that?
How was your trip?
I am sooo bummed!
I forgot to tell you,
I had the best time last night!
I have an idea!
I have something to tell you
I want to show you something
I'd like to tell you about what happened this weekend...
Look at what I can do!
Oh my gosh, listen
Remember when?
So what’s new with you?
Wait until you hear this one.
What did you do this morning?
You won’t believe what happened
You'll never believe this!
You’ve gotta hear this one...

Turn Transfer -Questions

Can you believe it?
Can you believe that happened?
Can you guess what I like?
Did this ever happen to you?
Did you see that?
Do you believe it?
Do you think that's a good idea?
Do you want me to show you how I learned to do that?
Don't you think that?
Don’t you think?
Have you ever done that?
How about you?
How do you feel about that?
Is that amazing or what?
Isn't that an incredible story?
Know any good jokes?
What about you?
What do you think?
What would you do?
What would you have done?
What’s your idea about this?
Ya know what I mean?


are we on the same planet?
Are you playing “Weakest Link?”
ask me again
back up the bus
Boy, I must be really tired, what’s that again?
can you repeat that?
Clue’s for you! Get a clue!
Could you repeat that?
excuse me
Get with the program! :)
Hold on a sec!
Hold on, wait a minute
Hold the phone, that’s not it
I can say it again
I did not understand.
I misunderstood you.
I really meant that....
I’ll tell you the first letter
I'll try to say it another way
It’s not on my device/board.
It’s okay, that's why we have erasers.
Let me put it this way.
Let me re-explain myself.
Let me rephrase that
Let me say it a different way
Let me think about a better way to say that
Let me try again.
Let me try that again.
No, no, NO!
Not exactly!
not really
Oh no! I made a mistake!
Oh Phooey!
Oh, man
Oops, that's not what I meant.
run that by me again
Say again!?
that wasn’t my final answer
that wasn’t very clear, let me try again
That’s not quite what I meant.
that’s not what I said
Uh, oh!
Wait, I screwed that one up, let me try again...
What do you mean?
What I meant was...
Whoa, lets back up
Yeah, you know what I'm saying. Not!
you’re not with me

Topic Closures / Transfers

Adios amigos!
after while crock.
And that’s all that I have to say about that... (for Tom Hanks fans)
By the way....
Bye! Bye!
Catch ya later!
Chow baby
Enough about that
Gotta go!
How are your your parents?
I have to get going.
I’ll talk to you later.
I’m outtie 5000, dude!
It was great seeing you.
It was nice to talk with you.
It's been really cool talking to you. Later Dude.
Later dude!
later gator
Later, alligator!
Let me tell you another story
Let's change activities.
Let's move on
Let's talk about something else.
Lets move on
My ride's waiting.
Never mind
Nice chattin' with ya!
Now let's talk about
Okey dokey artichokey
Se ya tomorrow.
see ya later alligator
see ya!
See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya
See you after lunch.
So what else have you been up to?
So, what’s new with you?
Take care!
Talk to ya later
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for spending time with me.
Thanks for your help.
That makes me think of something else.
That reminds me of something else I did. . .
That's all for now!
Time sure flies
Well, gotta go,
What are your plans for tomorrow?
what do you think?

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