Osias wrote:Where I live, we used to start conversations asking this, it's no big deal.
Where I live, we never start a conversation this way. Many people are sensitive about their age, so it's a taboo subject. You would only ask if it were directly relevant to the conversation (like if you were trying to figure out how long someone had until retirement or what job market they graduated into).
"What do you do for a living?" is a common question, but a really boring one. I think a more interesting alternative is, "What brings you here?" Like if you're at a social gathering, "How do you know the hosts?" And if it's a conference or a meeting of some organisation, "How did you hear about/get involved with [this group]?"
So seeing as we're meeting May on Unilang, I would ask, "How did you discover Unilang?"
"Richmond is a real scholar; Owen just learns languages because he can't bear not to know what other people are saying."--Margaret Lattimore on her two sons