English Conversation Starters Week 51-2023

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!

proof is in the pudding idiom

Random Question

What is the worst Christmas present you have ever had?

Develop the conversation. Ask some follow-up questions.


«Christmas is too commercial and materialistic, but I love it!»

Would your opinion change in different scenarios?

Language Check

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

  • We hope you have a happy Xmas.
  • We wish you a merry Christmas.

Ask your teacher for help then make some new examples.

Word of the week


“The tree looks fantastic Maureen but I think we may have hung too many baubles on it!«

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

Food for thought

Giving the greatest gift of all

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

Idiom of the week

The proof is in the pudding

I think she’ll be an excellent manager for our team. The proof though will be in the pudding.”

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

Did you know?

In Japan it’s traditional to eat KFC on Christmas day

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

Bad joke time!

  • I’ve bought my daughter a fridge as her Christmas gift this year.
  • I can’t wait to see her face light up when she opens it!

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

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