Getting to know you conversation questions

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These are really general ELT icebreaker conversation questions. Unlike many of our other conversation questions they are pretty basic.

Getting to know you[edit]

Personal details[edit]

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • What is your name?
  • How old are you?
  • What time is it right now in your country?

Where are you from?[edit]

  • What city/town/village did you live in?
    • What part of the city do you live in?
    • Do you like living there?
  • Were you born here?
  • What city were you born in?
    • What was it like to grow up there?
  • What other cities have you lived in?

Family[edit]

Main article: Family conversation questions
  • Are you married? Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • How long have you been with your significant other?
  • Do you have any children? How old are they?
    • What school do they go to?
  • Do you have a big family?
  • How many brothers and sisters do you have?
  • Are they older or younger than you?
  • What do they do?

Pets[edit]

Main article: Pets conversation questions
  • Do you have any pets?
    • Why do you have/don't not have a pet?
  • What is your pet's name?
  • How old is it?

Work[edit]

Main article: Employment conversation questions
  • Where do you work?
  • What do you do?
  • How long have you been working there?
  • Do you like your job?
  • How do you get to work?
    • Do you have a car or do you usually take public transportation?
    • How long does it take?
  • Could you describe your job in more detail?
  • What other jobs have you done?

Living arrangement[edit]

  • Do you live in a house or an apartment?
    • Apartment - Do you live in a tall building?
  • Do you live alone or with other people?
  • Do you live with a roommate?
  • What is he or she like?
  • Do you get along with each other?
  • What are your neighbours like?
    • Do you talk to them?
  • Do you like your neighbourhood?
    • Which part of town do you live in?
    • What is the best thing about where you live?
    • What is the worst thing about where you live?

Higher education[edit]

  • Where do you study?
  • What are you studying?
  • Why did you choose that subject?
  • How do you get to school/college/university?
  • How long does it take?
  • Do you plan on ever going back to school? (if not studying)
  • How do you get to school?

Secondary and primary school[edit]

  • When you were young, what was your favorite subject?
  • Do you still remember your friends from school?
  • How were you back in school? Were you quiet? Studious? Troublemaker?

Travel[edit]

Main article: Travel conversation questions
  • Have you ever traveled around (your country)?
  • Have you ever been to another country?
    • Have you ever lived in another country?
  • What countries or cities have you visited?
  • What country or cities do you want to go to next?
  • What is your favorite country?
  • Do you like travelling?
    • How often do you travel abroad (for pleasure)?
    • Would you travel more if you could?
  • When you travel, do you like to do it by car? by train? by airplane?
  • Of all the places you have been, which is your favorite place?
  • Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Languages[edit]

Main article: Languages conversation questions
  • How long have you been learning English?
  • Why do you want to learn English?
  • Why did you decide to take this course?
  • What do you want to practise most? Grammar, reading, listening, speaking?
  • Do you watch T.V or listen to music in English?
  • Do you have time to do English homework?
  • Do you speak any other languages besides English and your native language?
  • What language would you like to speak?
  • What language do you think would be the easiest to learn?
  • What language do you think would be the most difficult to learn?

Hobbies/interests[edit]

  • What kind of things are you interested in?
  • What do you like to watch on television?
  • How much time do you watch TV in a day?
  • How often do you go out?
  • When was the last day you went to the movies? Name of movie.
  • When was the last time you went shopping?
  • What kind of music do you listen to?
  • What is the radio station you listen to?
  • If you could be somebody who would you like to be?
  • What do you like to read?
  • How many books do you read a year?
    • Not many (one or two)
    • Three or four
    • More than half a dozen
  • Do you do any sports?
  • How often do you do sport or exercise?
  • Which of the following do you know how to play? How often do you play them?
    • Chess
    • Other board games, such as ludo/Monopoly/Scrabble
    • Dominoes
    • Card games
    • Darts
    • Billiards/pool/snooker

Goals[edit]

  • What is your goal in life?
  • What do you think you will be doing five years from now?
  • Where do you think you'll be living five years from now?
  • Who do you respect the most?
  • Who has had the most influence in your life?
  • Would you like to be famous?
  • Will learning English help you achieve your goals?

See also[edit]