English Conversation Starters Week 3

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!

shoot from the hip idiom

Random Question

If you suddenly had to leave your home in an emergency, what three personal items would you take with you?

Develop the conversation. Ask some follow-up questions.


«Cultural differences are not important when making new friends»

Would your opinion change in different scenarios?

Language Check

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

  • Spanish people have some strange traditions.
  • The Spanish have some strange traditions.

Ask your teacher for help then make some new examples.

Word of the week


“I can only breathe through one nostril at the moment!«

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

Food for thought

The best things come to those who wait

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

Idiom of the week

Shoot from the hip

I love Mary, she shoots from the hip. Some people don’t like what she says but at least she’s honest.

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

Did you know?

Polar bears are black

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

Bad joke time!

  • Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger change his career to pest control?
  • Because he’s an exterminator

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

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