English Speaking Conversation Practice [With 35 Interesting Topics!]

English speaking conversation practice [With 35 Interesting Topics!]

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You are going to explore the top 35 ESL conversation questions topics. Using English conversation questions is one of the effective ways to practice your English and improve your English-speaking level. When you try to use English to discuss different topics with your friends, classmates or family, you will have more fun and motivation to learn English. If you are looking for a way on how to improve your English fluency or how to build confidence in speaking English, the following English conversation questions will be suitable for your English practice. Here are the top 10 good conversation topics with questions that you can use as your English-speaking practice exercise.


I divide the conversational into three levels: Easy, Medium and Intermediate levels.

If you do not have anyone to practice these questions with you, you can just read the questions, and speak out your thoughts in a comfortable place.

Easy level Conversational Topics

Topic 1: Conversational Questions About Animals  

  • What animal best represents you? Why?
  • What creature scares you? Why?
  • What is the most effective way to save endangered species?
  • Except for food, do humans need other animals? Why or why not?
  • What is the cutest animal you can think of?
  • What is the ugliest animal you can think of?
  • Why do humans have pets?
  • Do you have a pet? Why or why not?

Topic 2: Conversational Questions About Food  

  • What kinds of food did you eat when you were a child?
  • How often do you eat out?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Where is the best place to eat in your town? Why is it so good?
  • What kinds of food can you cook?
  • Would you like to learn how to cook more types of food?
  • What is the best food to eat when you are sick?
  • Do you eat a healthy diet? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite food that your mother/father cooks?

Topic 3: Conversational Questions About Books  

  • Do you read many books?
  • How often do you read books?
  • What are some advantages of reading books?
  • What was the last book you read and what was it about?
  • Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?
  • Do you think people don’t read enough books these days?
  • Can a book change the world?
  • Who is an author that you like? Why do you like their books?

Topic 4: Conversational Questions About Color

  • What is your favorite color?
  • Does color affect your emotions?
  • Is color important to you?
  • Do you think that certain colors are only for boys or only for girls?
  • Most electronics are black, silver or white. Why do you think this is?
  • Do you think we will have more colorful electronics in the future?
  • Which colors do guys usually like more?
  • Which colors do girls usually like more?
  • Imagine being in a room where everything is dark blue, how would you feel?

Topic 5: Conversational Questions About Cooking  

  • How often do you cook?
  • How good are you at cooking?
  • What dish or food are you best at cooking?
  • What is the hardest thing to cook?
  • If you had your own personal chef, what meal would you ask for most?
  • What are some advantages of cooking your meals at home?
  • What are some disadvantages of cooking your meals at home?
  • Who is a better cook, your mother or your grandmother?

Topic 6: Conversational Questions About Friendship

  • Do you prefer to have many friends or just a few that are close?
  • Describe your best friend.
  • Why do people need friends?
  • What can happen if a person has no friends?
  • What kind of qualities do you look for in a friend?
  • How did you meet your best friend?
  • What is the best way to make new friends?
  • Do you like making new friends? Why/
  • Would you risk your life to save a friend? How about a stranger?
  • What are the good things about having just a few close friends?
  • What is the biggest thing you have done to help a friend?
  • Are you close friends with anyone who you knew in elementary school?
  • Do you think sites like Facebook are good for friendships or do they stop people from becoming close?

Topic 7: Conversational Questions About Holidays

  • What is your favorite holiday?
  • On what holiday do people in your country eat a lot of food in your country?
  • Do you give gifts on any holidays?
  • Do you think that all countries have similar holidays?
  • Are there any holidays that you really don’t like?
  • What is the most important holiday?
  • Talk about your best memory from a holiday.
  • What is the strangest holiday or festival you have heard of?

Topic 8: Conversational Questions About Learning English

  • Why are you learning English?
  • What is the best way to improve your speaking skills?
  • What is the best way to improve your reading skills?
  • Do you enjoy learning English?
  • How has learning English improved your life?
  • English is often used as a common language between two people who speak different languages. Is there a language that would be better to use as a common language?
  • What is most difficult about learning English for you?
  • What is easiest about learning English?
  • Are you nervous about making mistakes while speaking English?
  • How has learning English improved your life?

Topic 9: Conversational Questions About Languages

  • Which languages are the easiest to learn?
  • Which languages are the most difficult to learn?
  • Does one of your family members or friends speak a lot of languages?
  • What do you think the oldest language is?
  • Which languages are the most difficult to learn?
  • What is the most romantic sounding language?
  • How many languages can you speak?
  • How many languages can you say “hello” in?

Topic 10: Conversational Questions About Meeting New People

  • Do you like meeting new people? Why or why not?
  • Where is the best place to meet new people?
  • Do you think that some people are destined to meet?
  • What are some things that you usually talk about when you meet a new person?
  • Have you ever had a stranger come up and start talking to you? If yes, how did you respond?


Middle levels Conversation Topics

Topic 11: Conversational Questions About Art

  • Do you like painting?
  • How often do you go to art museums?
  • Do you consider yourself to be artistic?
  • How many forms of art can you name?
  • What is your favorite form of art?
  • What do you think about modern art paintings?
  • Who is your favorite artist? Why do you like them so much?
  • Do you think that art is important to your country Why?
  • Have you ever tried drawing, painting, sculpting, or something else artistic?
  • What country do you think is the most creative?
  • Do you have any artistic friends?
  • What kinds of art do you like to create?

Topic 12: Conversational Questions About Challenges

  • What challenge have you faced recently?
  • What is the next challenge in your life you want to overcome?
  • What kind of challenge would you like to try this year?
  • What are some normal challenges that most people face in daily life?
  • Some people think that facing challenges improves a person. Do you agree or disagree?
  • Can you give me an example on how you overcame a challenge?
  • What are some challenges you think the next generation will face?
  • Should people make their children have easy lives with few challenges or make sure their children face challenges?

Topic 13: Conversational Questions About Cities

  • Do you like cities or the countryside? Which is better and why?
  • What makes a city great to live in?
  • If you can make one change to your city, what will you change?
  • What are some most famous cities in the world? What makes them famous?
  • Why do you think that humans move out of the countryside and start living in cities?
  • What will your cities be like 50 years from now? Think about how these will change: Pollution, crime, transportation, advertising, buildings, work, and nightlife.
  • What city would you like to visit?
  • What city is best known for technology? How about fashion? Art? Industry? Tourism?

Topic 14: Conversational Questions About Computers

  • Do you own a computer? What do you use it for?
  • Do you think the invention and rise of computers has been a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
  • Can you tell me about your experience with the first computer you ever used?
  • Talk about the differences between how you use a computer and how children use a computer.
  • What will be the future of computers?
  • Do you think computers will ever be able to think for themselves or have “real” intelligence?
  • Do you think people rely too much on computers?
  • Why anti-virus software is important for computer security?

Topic 15: Conversational Questions About Dreaming

  • How often do you dream?
  • Do you dream in color or black and white?
  • Do you think dreams have meanings? Why
  • What was the best dream you can remember?
  • Have you ever kept a dream journal?
  • Why do we forget dreams so quickly?
  • Have you ever had a flying dream?

 Topic 16: Conversational Questions About Eating Habits

  • What is the unhealthiest food you can think of?
  • Do you usually eat healthy food?
  • Do you think your parents ate healthier food at your age than you do? How about your grandparents?
  • Do you eat a lot of small portions or a few large portions of food each day?
  • Talk about what you have eaten today.
  • Why is organic food so much more expensive?
  • Do you think that a person’s eating habits affect how long they will live? Why?
  • Do you think that organic food is much better than normal food or are they about the same?
  • What are some things about your eating habits you want to change?

 Topic 17: Conversational Questions About Family

  • Who do you think has the most power in the family? Why?
  • How do you think western culture families and eastern culture families differ?
  • Is it better for mothers to stay at home with their kids or go to work to earn more money for the family?
  • Many families send their children to private institutes for most of the day. Is this good or bad?
  • What do you think of people who marry and decide not to have children?
  • How do members of a family support each other?
  • How do you define the word “home”?
  • Are good family members or good friends more important? Why?

Topic 18: Conversational Questions About Fast Food

  • How would you define “fast food”?
  • Does fast food taste good or bad? Why?
  • Why is fast food so popular?
  • How is your country’s fast food different from other countries’ fast food?
  • How has fast food changed in your country?
  • Do you know anyone who has worked at a fast food restaurant? How did they like it?
  • Can you think of any healthy fast food?
  • How often do you eat fast food? What do you usually eat?

 Topic 19: Conversational Questions About Health

  • Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Why?
  • What is the most important thing to do to stay healthy?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • What do you think about the health care system in your country? How could it be improved?
  • If you could find out that you were at risk to get a certain disease, would you want to know?
  • What do you think the worst disease to have would be?
  • People are living longer and longer thanks to medicine. How long would you like to live?
  • Do you want to live forever?

 Topic 20: Conversational Questions About Home

  • Do you have a lot of decorations in your home?
  • What is your favorite appliance, or piece of furniture in your home?
  • If you had $5,000 to improve your home, what would you spend it on?
  • What do you do to maintain your home?
  • What household chores do you hate doing?
  • Are you happy with the size of your home?
  • How is your home different from your childhood home?
  • What would your ideal house or apartment look like?

 Topic 21: Conversational Questions About Music

  • How often do you listen to music?
  • When was the last time you bought a song or album?
  • Do you like any classical music composer?
  • Do you think music is getting better or worse?
  • What music did your parents listen to?
  • Who are your favorite bands or artists?
  • How do you feel about your country’s traditional music?
  • Is there a certain song or type of music that makes you happy?
  • What kind of music do you listen to when you are sad?

Topic 22: Conversational Questions About News

  • How important is it for people to follow the news?
  • How much do you trust newspapers, television news, and news from the internet?
  •  Which is the most reliable source of information?
  • Where do you get your news from?
  • Do you think the news is too depressing? Why?
  • How has technology changed the way we consume news?
  • How has technology changed how the news is reported?
  • What is the purpose of news companies in society?
  • Would you ever consider getting a job in the news industry?
  • Should news be more entertaining or informative?

Study Engllish

Intermediate levels Conversational Topics

Topic 23: Conversational Questions About Aging

  • What are some benefits of getting older?
  • Do you think humans will ever be able to stop aging?
  • Do you think aging is more difficult for men or women? Why?
  • What kind of support should children give their aging parents?
  • How long do you want to live?
  • Who is the oldest person you know? How is their view of the world different than yours?
  • How well do you relate to people who are five years younger than you?

Topic 24: Conversational Questions About Creativity

  • Who is the most creative person you know?
  • Who were some most creative people in the last 50 years?
  • Are you a creative person?
  • Do you think a person can train themselves to be creative? If so, how?
  • Are creative people more emotional?
  • How important is creativity for success in business?
  • Are people born creative or do they become creative?
  • Could we genetically engineer people to be more creative?
  • How does technology help creativity?
  • Can technology hurt creativity?
  • Do you wish you were more creative? Why?

Topic 25: Conversational Questions About Environmental Problems

  • What are ten things individuals can do to help the environment?
  • What is your opinion on climate change?
  • What kinds of technologies do you know of that might help stop environmental problems?
  • What are some things that corporations can do to help the environment?
  • What will happen if we keep polluting the environment?
  • Do you think the climate keep changing or go back to normal in the next 50 years?
  • What are some most serious environmental problems?
  • What governments can do to help the environment?
  • What are some local environmental problems you have noticed?
  • Do you think houses will be more environmentally friendly in the future?

Topic 26: Conversational Questions About Fashion

  • Which country or city is the most fashionable in the world? Why?
  • Could you date someone if they had a terrible sense of fashion?
  • Would you like to be a fashion model?
  • What do you think of the fashion industry in your country?
  • If you were a fashion designer, what kind of clothes would you design?
  • How does fashion affect people’s live?
  • Do you think fashions changed as quickly in the past as today? Why or why not?
  • Do you prefer functional or fashionable clothing?

Topic 27: Conversational Questions About Future

  • What kind science-fiction movie will the future be like?
  • Will science find a solution to the environmental problems we have? What kind of solution will it be?
  • Will humans ever meet aliens? What will the meeting be like?
  • How will electronics be different in the future?
  • How do you think you will change in the future?
  • What is something that will happen in the future that you are looking forward to?
  • Will humans live on another planet in the next 50 years?
  • Will humans ever meet aliens?
  • How will medicine and health care change in the future?
  • Where will you be and what will you be doing in ten years?
  • Will computers ever take over the world in the future?

Topic 28: Conversational Questions About Love

  • What is the most romantic movie you know of?
  • Do you believe that love can be understood by looking at the brain and chemicals? Why?
  • How is showing love different now from in the past?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? Why?
  • When you see a couple, how do you know they are in love?
  • Why do you think some people fall out of love?
  • Think of two different cultures. How do those cultures express love differently?
  • How is showing love different now from in the past?
  • What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

Topic 29: Conversational Questions About Money

  • Are you good at saving money?
  • How much money per month does someone need to live comfortably?
  • Do you prefer to use cash or cards? Why?
  • Do you trust banks? Why?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the proverb “Money is the root of all evil”?
  • What do you think about the design of your country’s money?
  • The world is slowly shifting from a cash-based money system to an electronic-based money system. Is this a good or bad thing?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of a barter system versus money?
  • Paying with phones is also becoming more popular. Is this better than cash or cards?

Topic 30: Conversational Questions About Natural Disasters

  • How many types of natural disasters can you name?
  • Which are the worst natural disasters you can think of?
  • Can you think of any country that doesn’t have natural disasters?
  • Think of three natural disasters. What can you do to stay safe during and after those natural disasters?
  • Would you ever volunteer to help after a natural disaster hit? If yes, what would you like to volunteer to do? If not, why not?
  • How can technology lessen the damage caused by natural disasters?
  • What natural disasters are common in your country?
  • What do you think about people who follow tornadoes around to get data, video, and photographs?

 Topic 31: Conversational Questions About Photography

  • Do you use a camera or your phone to take pictures?
  • Do you think people need to have expensive cameras to take good pictures?
  • Why has photography become such a popular hobby?
  • Describe one of your favorite photos you have taken. What is in the photo? Why do you like it?
  • How often do you take pictures of yourself?
  • Do you think that digital cameras will totally kill film cameras? Why or why not?
  • Would you like to try underwater photography?
  • When you take a picture, do you usually take pictures with people in them or without people in them? Why?

 Topic 32: Conversational Questions About Privacy

  • How much do you value your privacy?
  • Do you think people have the right to privacy?
  • Do you think the internet increases privacy or takes away privacy?
  • Should there be more or fewer security cameras around cities?
  • How is privacy viewed in your culture?
  • What is the greatest threat to privacy?
  • How private should corporations be? Should the public have access to company records?
  • Do you think the internet increases privacy or takes away privacy?

 Topic 33: Conversational Questions About Responsibility

  • What are some of your responsibilities?
  • What should companies do to protect the environment?
  • At what age do you think someone becomes responsible for his or her actions?
  • Who is responsible for taking care of the poor?
  • What responsibilities do university students have? How about children or adults?
  • Do you enjoy having responsibilities? Why or why not?

Topic 34: Conversational Questions About Retirement

  • When do you want to retire?
  • Where would you like to live once you retire?
  • What is the average retirement age in your country?
  •  How do people save money for retirement in your country?
  • Are you looking forward to retirement or would you prefer to keep working?
  • What do you plan to do when you retire?
  • Should the government, family, or the person retiring be responsible for a retired person?
  • What do retired people do once they retire?
  • Is it important to stay busy once you retire? Why or why not?
  • In your country what happens to retired people who can’t take care of themselves?

Topic 35: Conversation Questions About success

  • How do you define Success?
  • Do you know any quotations related to success?
  • Is your idea of success the same as your parents’ idea of success?
  • How to be a successful person?
  • How much pressure will you put on your children to be successful?
  • Why is money the most common way of judging success?
  • Do you think money can buy happiness?

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