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The best way to start a conversation.

Here are 5 simple questions to help you get to know people in English. They are only short questions and can be used with anyone you meet. Each question can help you begin or continue a conversation.

The best way to start a conversation is by asking some basic fact questions.

The 5 Basic Fact Questions

  • What is your name?

  • Where do you live?

  • What do you do?

  • Are you married?

  • Where are you from?

John: Hello, my name is John.

Anne: Hi John, I’m Anne. Where are you from?

John: I’m from Australia. And you?

Anne: I’m from England. What do you do?

John: I’m a teacher. Where do you live?

Anne: I live in Singapore.

John: Wow that’s interesting. I live there too?

To continue the conversation after your first question, here are some more question ideas………

What is your name?

  • That’s an interesting name. Is it French?

  • Does your name have a special meaning?

Where do you live?

  • How long have you lived there?

  • Do you like Singapore?

  • Do you live in an apartment or a house?

  • Do you live with your family?

What do you do?

  • Which company do you work for?

  • Where is your office?

  • How do you get to work?

  • Do you like your job?

Are you married?

  • How long have you been married?

  • Where did you get married?

  • What does your husband/wife do?

  • Do you have any children?

  • How old are your children?

Where are you from?

  • Which part of ……….. are you from?

  • What is ………….. like?

  • Do you like living here?

Try using these questions next time you meet someone new, and see how long the conversation lasts!


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