English Conversation Starters Week 47-2023

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!

cry over spilt milk idiom

Random Question

If you had to get a tattoo right now, what would you get?

Develop the conversation. Ask some follow-up questions.


“Breakfast cereal should be classed as a type of soup”

Would your opinion change in different scenarios?

Language Check

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

  • He’s innocent so we should let him out.
  • He’s guilty but we should let him off.

Ask your teacher for help then make some new examples.

Word of the week


“I flunked chemistry at high school so I won’t be doing a science degree

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

Food for thought

Strike while the iron is hot

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

Idiom of the week

Cry over spilt milk

That is bad news! But don’t be sad. There’s no point crying over spilt milk. Forget about it, smile, and carry on!

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

Did you know?

You can’t hum if you hold your nose.

(Also: try saying: “my mummy makes nice muffins”)

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

Bad joke time!

  • I prefer old-fashioned calendars to digital ones.
  • Me too, but their days are numbered unfortunately.

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

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