English Conversation Starters Week 8

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!

let the cat out of the bag idiom

Random Question

What would you prefer, ten years in prison or ten years in a coma?

Develop the conversation. Ask some follow-up questions.


«Tourism is bad for the environment»

Would your opinion change in different scenarios?

Language Check

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

  • We had a long row of cars parked outside our house
  • We had a long row over the cars parked outside our house

Ask your teacher for help then make some new examples.

Word of the week


“I’ll ask my brother to lend me his bike but he’s a bit stingy so I doubt he’ll let me.«

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

Food for thought

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

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

Idiom of the week

Let the cat out of the bag

Why did you let the cat out of the bag? The holiday was supposed to be a surprise for her.

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

Did you know?

The fear of long words is called 


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

Bad joke time!

  • Nice moustache! But wait, I thought you hated facial hair…
  • I did, but it’s starting to grow on me these days.

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

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