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English Conversation Topics

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam is currently working on a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing.

Learning English can be challenging, but you can make this task easier by practicing your conversational skills with a partner. Read on to find some ideas on conversation topics you can use to improve your English speaking skills.

Where Do You Live?

Hometowns are a good launching point for a conversation. After introducing yourself and where you live, ask your conversation partner about their hometown. See if a mention of your hometowns can lead to a discussion of each area's weather, lifestyle or local activities. Talk about places that are similar to your towns or familiar to your conversation partner.

Listening and learning from your conversation partner can help improve your conversation skills. Watch these short and fun video lessons on the basics of listening to learn about effective listening, the listening process and more.

What Are Some of Your Interests?

Doing things for fun makes up a significant portion of who you are as a person, and sharing them in a conversation can open doors into words you may not have needed to learn before. It could be something as simple as discussing TV shows and films, or outdoor activities and trades or talents. You can even talk about some of the foods and drinks you enjoy as well.

Explore videos on listening for literal comprehension for tips on listening for the main point and using signal words in conversation.

What Are Your Favorite Movies?

Try using this topic to learn more about different cultures. Share not just your favorite movies, but also your favorite movies from your country or culture. Discussing this topic could give you the chance to identify similarities and differences in many parts of the world, and see how they intertwine through English.

Use these brief videos on speaking English effectively to learn how to pace yourself and correct errors as you speak.

What Kinds of Music Do You Enjoy?

Another opportunity to share unique cultural viewpoints, the language of music is universal, and conversing about your preferences in English may give you a new perspective on your favorite genre. You can discuss the ways different instruments sound, and you may even discover a new band or singer you have never heard of before you began taking English lessons.

A key element of speaking English is the ability to infer the speaker's intended meaning. Study some strategies for doing this by watching video lessons on implied meaning.

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