Working as an English teacher for almost three decades, I’ve learned to talk about various subjects. Talking to a person you’ve just met can be challenging at times. However, engaging in these common ground topics will not only help you improve your English but also develop your social skills.
Travelling is one of my favourite topics because people tend to travel more and more nowadays so there can be many interesting stories to tell.
What tourist places in your country have you visited?
What’s the best place for a holiday in your country? Have you ever been abroad?
Which foreign country would you like to visit and why?
What’s the best way to travel: alone, with family or with friends? Why?
Few people can say they don’t like movies, which makes it a rather interesting topic.
What is your favourite movie genre?
What’s your favourite movie? Say something about it.
If you could make a movie, what would it be like?
Do you think that different cultures have different tastes in movies?
If you want to learn a foreign language which would be better – a film subtitled in your language, or a film subtitled in the original language? Why?
Not all people are fond of reading but everyone has read some books.
What is your favourite genre when it comes to books: action, detective, science fiction, travel books, self-help books, history, biography, classic literature, modern literature…?
Are you a passionate reader?
What is /are your favourite book/books? Say something about it/them.
If you wrote a book what would it be about?
What’s the difference between a book and a movie?
Do you prefer folk music to rock’n’roll? Give it a go!
What kind of music do you like?
Can you play an instrument? If yes, which one?
Do you like singing?
Do you listen to music while studying or working? Why?
Do you go to concerts?
Do you think you have a good balance between your studies/work and free time?
What do you usually do in your free time?
If you had more free time, what would you do with it?
Do people’s free time activities change as they get older? How?
Do you mind wasting your time?
Do you love your job?
Can you describe your job?
Do you think it’s good to change jobs?
Would you work if you were rich?
Would you like to have your own business?
What’s your favourite food?
Can you cook?
What is your definition of a healthy diet? Is it better to be a vegetarian or to eat meat? Why?
What’s your favourite cuisine/dish?
What is your idea of a healthy lifestyle?
Do you think you exercise enough?
Do you think you sleep enough?
Do you think computers might be bad for your health?
How important is a healthy food program in your life?
What could you do to protect the environment?
What means of transport do you normally use?
Do you think cars should be banned from city centres? Do you recycle things?
How many types of renewable energy have you heard of?
How would you define sport?
Do you exercise and how often?
Do you like watching sports on TV?
What’s your opinion of extreme sports?
Do you think all sports should be amateur instead of professional?
How much time do you usually spend on the Internet? Do you get your news via TV, newsagents or the Internet?
Do you buy things online?
Have you ever caught a virus on the Internet?
Do you think some businesses should be online only?
What do you value most in a friend?
What’s the difference between Facebook friends and real friends?
What do you think of a saying “a friend in need is a friend indeed”?
Are you still in touch with your childhood friends?
Do you know any reasons for people to stop being friends?
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