Starting a Conversation in English

Whether you’re at a party talking to someone you’ve just met or catching up with old friends, it can be difficult to think of interesting things to talk about. If you want to start a conversation with someone on a stimulating, illuminating, and enjoyable note, you’ll need to come up with more than,

“So, this place, huh?”

How you begin a conversation often depends on the context of the situation you’re in:

  • Location: Seeing someone in a restaurant, café, airport, or at school can have an impact on the sorts of things you can say.
  • Event: Are you at a party? Attending a wedding? At a concert? We’ll share some phrases that will help you based on what is going on around you.

Conversation Starters: First Meeting👇🏾

  • Are you having a good time?
  • Do you know a lot of people here?
  • What are you reading right now?
  • What’s your favorite restaurant around here?
  • What’s the next exciting event you have coming up?
  • Doing anything fun this weekend?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What’s one interesting thing about yourself no one really knows?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • If you could move anywhere, where would you go?
  • What was the last movie you saw?
  • What do you normally do for fun?
  • What hobby do you wish you had more time for?
  • If you weren’t here, what would you be doing?
  • What is your favorite holiday?

Conversation Starters: Deep Talks👇🏾

  • What are your long-term goals?
  • Who is your role model?
  • What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  • What is your biggest regret in life?
  • What are the top three things on your bucket list?
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
  • What is one thing you wish you could do that you know you probably never will?
  • What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
  • Tell me about the most life-changing piece of advice you’ve ever heard.
  • When are you the most happy?
  • What always calms you down when you’re really stressed out and upset?
  • Who in your life has had the most influence on you?
  • What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What scares you the most about the future?

Conversation Starters: Workplace👇🏾

  • What made you choose this as your career?
  • What do you love most about your job?
  • What was your first job?
  • How long have you been at your current job?
  • Why do you think you were hired?
  • What is the most frustrating thing about your job?
  • What are your goals when it comes to work?
  • What inspires you at work each day?
  • If you could change one thing about this industry, what would it be?
  • Who has been your career role model?
  • Do you ever travel for your job? Where have you gone?
  • How do you keep yourself organized every day?
  • What do you think makes someone a great manager?
  • What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?

Conversation Starters for Kids👇🏾

  • What’s your favorite subject/class?
  • Who is your favorite teacher? Why is that person your favorite teacher?
  • What subject do you wish you never had to take?
  • Who is your best friend in your grade?
  • Do you believe in aliens?
  • If you could be any animal, which would it be?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What do you love the most about your mom and dad?
  • Where do you wish you were right now?
  • What’s your favorite song?
  • Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
  • Do you have a favorite Disney character?
  • If you could change one thing about school, what would it be?
  • Do you like to swim?

Conversation Starters for Any Situation👇🏾

  • What’s your favorite thing in the whole world?
  • If you could spend your time doing anything, what would you do?
  • What’s your dream [job, vacation, etc.]?
  • Are you a dog or cat person?
  • Who is your favorite actor or actress?
  • Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
  • What’s your favorite place in the world?
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • What’s your favorite season and why?
  • What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  • What was your favorite childhood TV show?

So there you have it. There are a variety of conversation starters at your disposal. Yes, the thought of striking up a conversation with a complete stranger can be a little scary. Especially if you don’t share a common language with them.

Nonetheless, overcoming your inhibitions is the first step toward learning a new language and expanding your circle of interesting friends. Just remember:

  • Be friendly
  • Be honest
  • Take the pressure off

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