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Pragmatics is a relatively new field of linguistic study and teaching which deals with the knowledge of acceptable language and behavior in specific settings. To give an example, students might not know which topics are too controversial or personal to discuss when first meeting someone. Because communication styles and strategies vary greatly from culture to culture, second language learners often need help learning how to interact naturally in their new circles. Examples of pragmatics topics covered include: Making small talk, Effective team meetings, How to disagree and interrupt without offending, How to complain tactfully and apologize gracefully, Complimenting and thanking others, How to be a good listener and show you're listening, and The power of non-verbal communication.