Talking about future plans can be a great way to know what someone is really like, what their hopes and dreams are, and what they want to do with their lives. It’s definitely a useful skill to practise if you want to speak English. Future plans include all kinds of things from family and relationships to jobs to travel.
The best way to practise talking about future plans is to find yourself an English language partner. That way you’re both in the same boat, you’re both learning and you can take it in turns asking each other about the future and what the other person wants to do. If you’re not sure how to go about finding a language partner then check out our article here.
Here are some questions that you can use in your next English language exchange to help you practise talking about future plans.
The immediate Future
- What are you going to have for dinner?
- What time will you finish work today?
- What are your plans for tomorrow?
- What are your plans for the weekend?
- When is the next time you are going to see friends?
- When is the next date you have?
- When is the next time you plan on doing some exercise?
- What is the next book you would like to read?
- What is the next film you would like to see?
- What is the next series you would like to watch?
- When are you next going to the cinema?
- When is the next time you’ll be going to a restaurant?
Long term future
- What would you like to achieve before you’re forty?
- What would you like to achieve before you’re fifty?
- What would you like to achieve before you die?
- Do you want to climb a mountain at some point in your life?
- When do you want to buy your first house?
- What kind of house do you want to live in when you’re older?
- What skills would you like to develop as your get older?
- How much money would you like when you’re older?
- Do you want to have a simple life or an expensive life?
- What would you like to do when you’re older?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- What age do you want to retire at?
- Do you want to manage a team?
- How do you plan on getting to where you want to go in your career?
- Do you want to work for yourself or for somebody else?
- Are there any skills you will have to learn for your career in the future?
- How do you see your industry changing in the future with new technologies?
- Is your job at risk as the world moves to be more technology based?
- What is the highest position you can achieve in your chosen profession?
Family and relationship future
- Do you want to get married?
- When will you get married?
- Do you want to have a big wedding or a small wedding?
- Who will be at your wedding
- Do you want a traditional wedding or a more modern wedding?
- Do you want to have a religious or a non religious wedding?
- Do you want to have children?
- When will you have children?
- Will you raise your children to be religious?
- How many children do you want to have?
- Will you send your children to private school or state school?
Travel and personal goals future
- What is the next country you want to visit?
- What is the next holiday you have booked?
- Who will you go on holiday with next?
- Do you have any plans to visit South America?
- Do you want to visit Africa in the future?
- Do you want to visit Europe?
- What country do you want to visit before you die?
- Do you have any long term trips planned?
- What skills do you want to learn when you have more time?
- What foreign languages do you want to learn in the future?
- Do you want to learn how to play a musical instrument?
- Do you want to start doing a new sport?
- Do you want to change your diet and lifestyle in the future?
- Do you want to do more to help the environment in the future?
- What car do you want to buy when you have more money?
- What kind of things do you want to do when you have more money?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our questions to talk about future plans and that you will find them useful. If you have any other questions that you think we could include, or if you have any topics that would like us to cover then let us know in the comments below.
If you would like to practise other skills then you can check out our articles on the following topics, all with handy questions that you can use in a language exchange to practise talking about these themes.
Now you’ve practised your speaking skills, why not consider practising your reading skills to with our beginners books for English learners, or if you don’t want to commit to a book, then check out our article on how to improve your reading skills in English.
All skills are useful in a foreign language, but many people tend to concentrate on speaking as it gives them the most immediate rewards and is obviously the most useful in day to day life. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore skills like reading and writing. If you want to become fluent in a language and fully integrate into its ways and cultures then you need to practise those skills as well. Especially if it gives you the option to read literature from the country of the language you’re learning. Reading books opens up a whole new world to you, even more so if they’re in a different language.
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