10 Conversation Starters


The first two on this list are really ice-breakers and the common rational is that you ask a question that represents a common shared theme of the moment, for example, about the weather and a question in which you already know the answer will be affirmative. From that point, you are already speaking to each other and your goal is to keep a lively and interesting conversation going wtih the person.


Questions 3-10 on this list are good for things like dinner conversation on first dates, after you already know one another a little bit and are just looking for topics that can further open yourselves up to each other.

 

1. Wow, it's so (hot/cold/whatever) out today, isn't it?

 

2. Wow, this (line) is taking forever isn't it?



3. What's the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

 

4. What animal best suites your personality and why?



5. What possession do you love the most and why?

 

6. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for and why?



7. If you could have a conversation with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose & why?

 

8. What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you? Explain.



9. If you could have any super-power, which one would you choose and why?

 

10. What attributes are most important to you in a potential mate and which is the most important?

 


By Evan Marquisee

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13 comment(s).
Pablo G - 12/12/2013 10:41:44 PM
these questions seem familiar to me haha, i did the exercise once and it was really fun, in fact the answers were totally unexpected and i think help to meet the person.
Rafael Meléndez - 12/12/2013 2:08:18 AM
Even if you’re good with making conversation, there are likely to be times when we’re stuck for something more to say and start wondering what topic to bring up next. Well when you meet someone you might need some ice-breaker, you can play with a plenty of words, like: Study, work, pets, books. I also have some good questions e.g. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?.
Mónica Cossio - 12/11/2013 10:58:23 PM
Some of them seem to be witty and unexpected questions. That’s why I think it would possible to have fun , laugh and feel in a relaxed mood. The people are not going to feel nervous and uncomfortable. Although, there are a couple of questions that are more about personality , the answers will give us an overview of how people are,feel and think .
Francisco - 12/11/2013 2:48:09 PM
I dond think that If you were a fruit or vegetable , what fruit would you be and why? is a good Conversation Starter beacouse is kinda awkward question in class wen we went to the other class people were like wtf is that question but most of there others queston are funny to ask and very entertaining to listen the anwer.
Gloriana Garita - 12/10/2013 7:04:33 PM
Those are the kind of questions I would call ice breakers, this because are simple questions, but as long as the people involved on the conversation are really interested on chatting, could become on the beginning of an interesting conversation. Besides that it is an interesting way to get to know someone, or to socialize on a group, could actually be very good questions to include in a conversation group when learning a language, because overall they are not uncomfortable questions and they actually promote the wishes of talking in a group. Finally some of them could be a good idea when you are dating someone or just getting to know someone, and you basically have no idea on what to talk about, so then some of these questions could be actually a good conversation starter.
Evelyn Vaglio - 12/9/2013 8:54:34 AM
These questions are like a psychological test and they are a good way to know how the person you talk is. It is important that people who we meet do not have restrictions to answer them. In my case, the possession that I love the most is my gold ring, because it belonged to my mother and it remembers me her beauty and her legacy to my life.
Priscilla Robles Bermúdez - 12/8/2013 4:39:42 PM
Those are excellent question to ask a someone. I remembered that I did similar questions in english class the last bimester to my partner and It was very amazing to know the question about fruits and animals, because I could see similarity things about them personality or thinking about the characteristics with animal or fruits.
Those are interesting question because anybody think about that. It´s like this question: If you dead what words will you like to put in your own tombstone. Nobody think about it!!! And It was an interview question jajaja.
DAVID CORDERO - 12/6/2013 1:45:11 PM
The communication with this is very important, but most important of all is how to know to have a good conversation.
Knowing which topics to treat and better not to talk.
For me often issues such as religion, sports and politics, can lead to a bad end a conversation because they are very subjective topics.
For me it is not only important to start a conversation in an entertaining way but it goes hand posture projecting.
Mónica Corrales - 12/6/2013 8:17:51 AM
Thanks for your advice! I think you can try these questions when the topic finish and there is a uncomfortable silencie. Be careful to who you ask because some are very personal.
Jose Manuel Monge - 12/3/2013 12:40:23 AM
There are a lot more conversation starters; all you need is to be open enough to talk to a random stranger, which is the most difficult part. Once you talk to a stranger, you can ask many things to start up a conversation. Some examples are: If you could go back in time what would you do differently? Why? , What is your weirdest habit? , What’s the best prank you have ever done to anybody? , If you die tomorrow, what would you do today? , Can you die tomorrow and be in peace with yourself? , If you could change anything of your body, what would it be? Why? , and many others. If you don’t feel confident enough to ask any of these questions, you could always talk about something safe, like the weather.
Aliza Castro - 11/27/2013 7:07:47 PM
Those are excellent questions to ask to a person you just met, a friend or a partner. If I think about it, I don't really know what my boyfriend will respond to these questions or even my mom. Also those questions could be an excellent activity to do in class. It doesn't matter in what language you choose to translate them, they would be always fun.
José Alexander Jiménez - 11/25/2013 8:07:05 PM
10 conversation starters

Well, i think that is an important topic to talk about, because if i meet another person, i will know other ways to start a conversation, and maybe, i would have a nice and funny conversation with that person.
Dario Artavia - 11/2/2013 6:22:38 PM
Those are interesting and funny question for a person that we just met, And I guess they will fill those unconfortable moments where no one knows what to say and the silence become the largest moment in a date. I definitely will tray to remember some of those!
Thanks for the advice!!!

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