Here is how your first conversation with John could look like :)
- Hi, I'm ________ (insert your first name), nice to meet you!
- Hi _________! I'm John, nice to meet you too!
- So... What are you doing in __________ (insert name of the city or country you're in, like what are you doing in the US, what are you doing in New York)
- I'm _________ (studying/working/visiting)
- Oh, really?
- Yes, ___________ (give a bit more of an explanation, like, "yes, it's been two weeks", or "yes, but I'm leaving soon") What about you?
- Oh, awesome. I'm teaching english!
- Really? I'm still trying to learn english. Maybe you can help me practice!