Conversation starters for language learners

Language is the pedestal upon which ideas are expressed. Learning a new language can be a wonderful experience. Learning language involves delving into various cultural paradigms, commonly used phrases and references that fit various situations. Improving your learning experience has very little to do with understanding a language fluently. Despite not having any primary knowledge, conversations with people can actually teach you the best of a new language.


If you are among a group of friends learning English together, there can be plenty to build conversations upon; after all, the easiest way to learn a language is to speak the language. Language learners are urged to step outside their comfort zone and initiate conversations. This would set up a desirable environment to share ideas.


If you are struggling with not knowing what to say, a few conversation starters could avoid the awkward silence. Employing these conversation starters often creates room for the exchange of brilliant insights in any language.

Conversations don't need to follow a pattern, but, here are some ideas.

Find something in common and talk about it.

Knowing someone's age is valuable information to start meaningful conversations. For language learners, getting creative when talking about age helps understand what someone else makes of their age. This can open up a venue for conversations.

Questions like these can help start a conversation;

  • How old were you when you learned how to drive a car?

  • At what age did you move out of home?

  • How old do you think you'll be when you get married?

  • When was the last time you watched an entire movie?


Talk about family and speak from your heart.

Talking about family is a great conversation starter. It provides insights into the way people perceive relationships. In fact, your questions should not only target valuable aspects of a person but give them enough to talk about. A follow up question usually does the trick.

Questions like these could arise.

  • What do you think of having children? How many would you have?

  • How close are you with your parents?

  • Do you enjoy family gatherings?

  • Have you got any siblings?

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Remember to be loud and clear, that people actually get what you intend to say.

Share your experiences and be empathetic.

Talking about growing up and learning things is a useful conversation starter for language learners. People love to talk about what they're passionate about. You've got to be willing to listen to people and what they have to say. When you want to understand more about a person, their education and work experiences can spark fruitful conversations. By sharing experiences with each other, your language develops and your ideas flourish.

Questions that could arise include;

  • What was your favourite subject in school? Why?

  • Looking back, what are the subjects you wish you had studied?

  • Who was your favourite teacher of all time? Why?

  • What job would you hate doing?

  • What is your favourite hobby?

  • What is your dream job?

  • What do you consider a great achievement?

  • Who do you consider the greatest athlete of all time?

  • Do you like dogs or cats?

Speak from you heart, it's always a good place to start.

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A conversation is the best way to learn a language.

The best way to learn a new language is to talk about languages. It provides the ideal scenario to exchange wonderful ideas surrounding language.

  • How many languages are you fluent in?

  • What languages are the hardest to learn?

  • Have you tried learning a new language? What was your experience like?

  • What are your favourite catchphrases?

  • Who is your favourite linguist?

These are just a few examples of conversation starters listed above. The scope for conversations are limitless. You can nurture your vocabulary and strengthen your language skills with a variety of topics, ranging from healthcare, politics, sports and hobbies. Examples of great personalities and their achievements are a huge part of the language learning experience. The key is to listen and learn.

English language is simply beautiful and full of twists and turns. To get better at speaking in English, associate your everyday routines with the language and its fundamentals. Make room for healthy discussions surrounding language and cherish experiences that you have to share among people. Get better on the go with a few simple conversation starters to suit your perfect picture of the English language.


At Mpower ASCERT, we encourage a creative learning process with lots to talk about and far more to explore. Keep coming back for more useful content and become a site member to know more about the Mpower experience.The important aspect to consider is that, you must start with the initiative to speak in the language you are learning.


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