English Conversation Starters
Week 22-2023

We’ve designed this page for teachers and their students to use in their English classes to help generate conversation. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of bite-sized discussion topics and conversation starters.

Enjoy the conversation!

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Random Question

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

Develop the conversation. Ask some follow-up questions.


«There should be no speed limit on motorways»

Would your opinion change in different scenarios?

Quick Grammar

What, if any, is the difference between these two sentences?

  • She has been working late a lot.
  • She has been working a lot lately.

Ask your teacher for help then make some new examples using the same structure.

Word of the week


“I can’t believe how badly he has treated you. I’m sure he’ll get his comeuppance sooner or later.«

Can you think of any synonyms? Use the word to make new sentences.

Food for thought

An empty vessel makes much noise

When might someone say this? Do you have a similar expression in your language?

Did you know?

The average pencil can draw a line more than 50km long

Is this really true? Let’s fact-check it for more details

Idiom of the week

Barking up the wrong tree

“You’re barking up the wrong tree I’m afraid. If you want to make a complaint you should call this number…”

Do you have a similar idiom in your language? Make some new example sentences.

Bad joke time!

  • Why will you never hear a psychologist go to the toilet?
  • Because their P is silent

Do you have any terrible jokes you would like to share?

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