The best thing to do to improve your English conversation skills is to speak English! So here are some conversation questions for beginners that you can use to get started. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting to speak in English but it’s the best way to get started. These questions have been written because they’re easy to understand and easy to answer. Also remember if you make a mistake, that’s ok. It’s all a part of the learning process.
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General questions are a great way to get you started. These are the type of questions that people ask each other when they meet for the first time. If you’ve been learning English for a while then you should find these questions relatively easy but if you’re just getting started then don’t worry.
- What is your name
- Where do you live?
- Where are you from?
- Where were you born?
- What do you do?
- What do you study?
- Describe yourself in three words.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Who is your favourite person in the world and why?
- What do you want to do when you’re older?
- What type of house do you live in?
Family and home
Asking questions about family and home help you to get to know someone better. Even if someone has interests and hobbies, their family and home are the first things that have an influence on someone’s life. When people first start studying English this is one of the first things that they learn to talk about.
- How many people are in your family?
- Do you have any brothers or sisters?
- What does your dad do?
- What does your mum do?
- Describe your brother/sister.
- Are you married?
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you want any pets?
- Do you want any children?
- Do you have any children?
- Describe your house.
- Describe your city or town.
Hobbies and free time
Talking about hobbies and free time helps you to get to know a person. These are the first things that a person chooses to do by themselves. It can tell you a lot about their personality and a lot of people like to talk about the things they enjoy. You might even discover an interesting hobby that you want to try for yourself. Or you might meet someone who has similar hobbies to you that you could be friends with and not just language partners.
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What sport do you do?
- Do you prefer winter sports or summer sports?
- What if your favourite sport?
- Do you like listening to music?
- Do you like reading books?
- What was the last book you read
- What was the last movie you watched?
- What type of music do you like listening to?
- What type of movies do you like to watch?
- Do you prefer arts or sports?
- Do you like art?
- What do you like to do to relax?
- What do you think of modern art?
- Do you prefer team games or individual games?
Food and drink
Food and drink is not only simple to talk about but it’s becoming more and more popular. As it become easier to cook food from different countries, more people are developing an interest in cooking.
- What is your favourite type of food?
- What is your favourite type of drink?
- Do you like to cook?
- Do you think you’re a good cook?
- what was the last meal you cooked?
- Do you think you’re a healthy person?
- Are you a vegetarian?
- Do you drink alcohol?
- Do you prefer tea or coffee?
- Which country has the best food?
- Do you prefer pasta or rice?
- Do you like spicy food?
- Who cooks in your house?
Everyone likes to talk about their holidays and the type of holiday that a person likes can tell you a lot about them. Use holidays as a way to get to know another person and to see what you have in common.
- Where is the best place you’ve ever been on holiday?
- Where was the last place you went on holiday?
- Do you prefer beaches or mountains?
- Do you like to travel alone or in a group?
- Do you prefer to eat in the hotel or at local restaurants?
- Do you prefer to use the local currency or pay for everything on card?
- Do you prefer to use a map or an app?
- Do you prefer to plan your holiday or leave everything to chance?
- Do you prefer to stay in a hotel or an air bnb?
- Do you like to learn the language of the country you’re in or use English?
More topics to practise your English conversation skills
If you’ve found these questions too easy, or if you’re just ready to move onto the next level then check out some of these more difficult conversation topics. Try out different topics to stretch your English abilities and learn more about different people. We try to create interesting topics so you can have fun while you learn.
- Science and technology
- Hopes and dreams
- Religion and ethics
- Future plans
- Politics and the environment
- Word and education
- Conditional tense
- Hobbies and leisure
- Past tense
And if you want to improve your English reading skills, we have B2 written texts to help you. Speaking is the type of language skill that people want to practise the most, but it’s important to remember that in order to improve your English overall, you should be practising speaking, reading, writing and listening, and not just the speaking part.
What other skills would you like to practise? Let us know in the comments below.
Speaking in English FAQ
Before you go make sure you take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about speaking English.
How can I practise to speak English?
You can practise speaking English by finding a language partner on a resource like italki then using some of our premade conversation questions.
How can I learn English speaking at home?
With the help of the internet you can find plenty of people online to practise speaking English with without ever having to leave your home. Italki is a great resource for this.
How can I speak English in daily life?
Find someone else who is learning English as well and make a deal that you’ll only talk to each other in English. Another thing you can do is narrate what you’re doing in English as you go about your day.