One of the most useful ways to improve your English quickly is to talk to people, but of course that can be a bit nerve-wracking if you’re not used to it. A great way to get around this is to do language exchanges with people. A language exchange is a great way to talk to someone who is learning your language. You’re both in the same boat, so the other person is usually patient and will answer all questions you have about English. If you’re not sure how to find a language partner then you can read our handy article here. A great resource for finding language partners is to use italki.
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One of the best things to be able to talk to someone about are your hopes and dreams for the future. And of course to talk about those things that are maybe a bit more unrealistic but equally as fun: fantasy questions.
Here are some of our favourite hopes, dreams and fantasy questions in English that you can use in your next English language exchange.
- If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
- What are you career goals?
- What are your educational goals?
- What are your personal goals?
- What are your relationship goals?
- Where would you like to live?
- How many children would you like to have?
- What would you like to do when you’re older?
- What countries would you like to visit?
- What pets would you like?
- What would you like to study?
- Describe your dream house?
- What goals do you currently have in your career or education?
- Would you like to design and build your own house or would you rather buy one already made?
- If you were rich would you like to choose your own clothes or would you like to hire a personal shopper to dress you?
- What languages would you like to learn?
- What kind of car would you like to have?
- Would you like to win the lottery or would you rather earn your money?
- What is the biggest goal you have in your life?
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
- What does a goal mean to you?
- what goals have you managed to achieve in your life?
- Are there any goals you feel you have failed or given up on? If so then why?
- Which type of goals do you think are the most important? Financial, educational, work or personal? And why?
- What financial goals do you have?
- How are you planning financially for your future?
- By when would you like to retire?
- How would you define a goal?
- Do you think there is any difference between a goal and a dream? If so what is the difference?
- How do you think people can go about finding out what their goals are?
- How do you think people can go about achieving their goals?
- If you had to write a bucket list of all the things you wanted to do before you died what would be on the bucket list?
Questions you can ask someone to help them realise what their goals are
- What do you like doing in your free time?
- When you’re in work and you imagine yourself doing something else, what is it that you’re imagining?
- Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
- Do you prefer to receive instruction from someone or to do your own thing?
- Do you like to work with your hands or do you prefer using computers?
- Do you think of yourself as more of a logical person or as a creative person?
- Are you a morning person or an evening person?
- What kind of management style do you prefer?
- Are you someone who seeks praise from others or feels praise from yourself when you know you’ve done a good job?
- Do you prefer to be single or in a relationship?
- What kind of qualities do you think are important in a partner?
- When you are in a relationship do you like to do everything with that person or do you prefer to spend more time by yourself?
- Do you want to have children? If so how many?
- How would you feel if your partner didn’t want to have children?
- If your partner had to move to a foreign country for work would you consider going with them?
- Do you see yourself getting married some day or do you not believe in marriage?
- What does being financially secure mean to you?
- How important do you think it is to be financially secure?
- How important do you think it is to save for a pension?
- Would you like to own your own house or are you happy renting a house?
- Could you see yourself investing in stocks and shares or would you prefer to save your money in a bank account?
- How do you feel about having a passive income?
- How would you go about achieving a passive income?
- When do you think you should start saving for your future?
- Do you think it’s ever too early or too late to start saving money?
- What would you spend your rainy day fund on?
- How much money do you think people should have in their rainy day fund?
- What does being financially independent mean to you?
Maybe these ESL conversation questions don’t count as hopes and dreams, but it’s always fun to add a little fantasy to a language exchange.
- What would you do with $1,000,000?
- Would you prefer to be rich or famous?
- If you could live anywhere in the world where would you like to live?
- Would you prefer to make a difference in the world or would you prefer to be adored?
- Would you rather have a unicorn or a dragon?
- Would you rather fight a troll or an ogre?
- Would you rather be able to fly or have super strength?
- If you could solve one problem in the world what would you like to solve?
- Would you rather be a prince/princess or a knight?
ESL Conversation FAQ
ESL conversation is something that some people really enjoy and something that others find quite stressful. Here are some of the more commonly asked questions about ESL conversation. Hopefully these will be able to give you a start.
What do you talk about with ESL students?
You can talk to ESL students about anything, the important thing is that you make sure it is appropriate to their level. So if you’re talking to a beginner student you may want to talk about hobbies and if you’re talking to an intermediate or advanced student you may want to talk about politics or the environment.
What should I ask ESL students?
Asking them to talk about themselves or give opinions on things will help them to speak more. Try to ask them open ended questions rather than ones that require a yes or no answer.
How can I practise conversational English?
The best way to practise conversational English is to find yourself a language partner. You can do this on websites such as conversation exchange or italki. Set up a weekly conversation (or more if you’re up for it) and practise speaking English.
We hope you’ve found our English questions about hopes, dreams and fantasies useful? Are there any other questions that you would include? Also are there are any other categories of questions that you would like us to write about?
If you find these English topics for language exchanges useful then you can check out some of the other we’ve done.
- Work and education
- Politics and the environment
- Future plans
- The past tense
- Religion and ethics
- Conditional tense
We hope your find these ESL conversation topics useful. Let us know in the comments below. Is there anything we could do to improve?