Connectors are those words and phrases used to help carry on a conversation. They can be conversational gambits used to start conversations but they can also be fillers, or specific functions such as asking for clarification.
Conversational gambits, or phrases/formulae used to initiate a conversation could include:
- What kind of movies do you like?
- What do you do?
- What is your major?
- Are you new here?
- Well, actually...
- That's understandable.
- As far as I know....
A discussion and list of connectors in Czech is available at http://www.anthonylauder.com/where you should click on "What is fluency?".
A list of French connectors may be found at http://www.fourmilab.ch/francais/glue.html