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Asking good questions is essential to having interesting conversations. Sometimes, it's difficult to come up with good questions when learning a new language like English. Here are 20 questions in a number of categories to help classes improve their conversational skills by discussing topics that play an important role in their daily life. If you are teaching questions, can feel free to print out the questions for use in class. If you are learning English on your own, use these questions as cues to help you have conversations with other English learning friends or English speakers.

Language Learning

  • Do you speak any other languages?
  • How many languages do you speak?
  • Which languages do you speak?
  • How long have you been studying English?
  • How much do you study English every day?
  • What is the most difficult thing about English for you?
  • Are you studying American English or British English?
  • Does listening to songs in English help you learn the language? How?
  • Why are you studying English?
  • Do you use English at work? If yes, how do you use English at work?
  • Do you use the Internet to help you with English? If yes, how do you use the internet to help you with English?
  • What is the easiest thing about English for you?
  • How do you learn new vocabulary in English?
  • In your opinion, what is the best way to learn English?
  • Do other people in your family speak English?
  • How do you think English will be helpful for your future?
  • What could you do to improve your English even more?
  • Which activities do you find most helpful in English class?
  • Which activities do you find least helpful in English class?
  • Do you think learning English with a native English speaker is a good idea?

Education

  • Are you a student?
  • Where are you currently studying?
  • How long have you been studying?
  • If you are not a student, when did you finish studying?
  • What did you study when you were a student?
  • Which classes do you like the most?
  • Which classes do you like the least?
  • Which classes do you think will help you the most in the future?
  • Which classes do you think aren't necessary for your future?
  • Who is your favorite teacher? Why?
  • How often do you go to school?
  • How much homework do you have to do?
  • Are you going to graduate soon? If so, when?
  • Which techniques help you with your homework?
  • How important are computers for your studies?
  • Do you go to university? If so, what is your major?
  • What could your teachers do to help you learn more?
  • Is higher education expensive in your country?
  • How often do you skip class?
  • How do you have to take tests?

Hobbies and Activities

  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • How do you stay fit?
  • Do you play any sports? If so, which sports do you play?
  • In your opinion, what are the advantages of team sports?
  • In your opinion, what are the advantages of individual sports?
  • How do hobbies help people enjoy life?
  • Do you belong to any clubs? If so, which clubs do you belong to?
  • How much time do you spend doing your hobbies?
  • What type of outdoor activities do you enjoy?
  • What type of indoor activities do you enjoy?
  • How long have you been doing your favorite hobby?
  • How many different types of hobbies can you name?
  • Can you name any of the hobbies of your friends?
  • How much do you spend on your free time activities?
  • Is your hobby expensive? If so, why?
  • Have you made any friends through your hobbies?
  • What days of the week do you do your hobbies?
  • Where do you go to participate in your hobby?
  • Which hobby would you like to take up?
  • Do you think everyone should have a hobby? If so, why?

Money and Work

  • Do you have a job? If so, what is it?
  • How important is money to happiness?
  • What do you enjoy about your job?
  • What's the most challenging part of your work?
  • What's the most satisfying part of your work?
  • Describe your colleagues.
  • Would you like to try another profession? If so, which?
  • How long have you been working at your current job?
  • Do you invest any of your savings?
  • How do you take care of budgeting?
  • How many people work in your family? What do they do?
  • Is unemployment a problem in your country?
  • What type of education do you need for your profession?
  • What type of continuing education do you do for your profession?
  • In your opinion, how important is a big salary to job satisfaction?
  • Have you ever had a promotion? If so, when were you last promoted?
  • Describe your boss.
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Which sector do you work in?
  • Do you have a retirement plan at work?

Family and Friends

  • How many siblings do you have?
  • Are you married? If so, tell me about your husband / wife.
  • Who is your best friend? Tell me about him / her.
  • Do you have any children? How many children do you have?
  • Do you have a lot of acquaintances?
  • How do you make new friends?
  • What's a good way to make new friends?
  • What type of things do you like doing with your friends?
  • Which activities do you enjoy doing as a family?
  • Do you eat together as a family? If so, which meals?
  • Tell me about your favorite aunt or uncle. Why are they your favorite?
  • If you don't have any children, would you like to have children?
  • Do you spend more time with your family or your friends?
  • Do you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend? If so, tell me about them.
  • What bothers you about your brother or sister?
  • What bothers you about your father or mother?
  • Are you an only child?
  • How would you describe your best friend?
  • Have you ever done business with friends or family? If so, what was it like?
  • What should parents do or not do for their children?

Technology

  • How important is technology in modern life?
  • Which technologies do you use at work?
  • Which technological gadgets do you have?
  • How much time do you spend on the computer?
  • Do you use social media? If so, how much time do you spend on social media?
  • Which technology could you live without?
  • Which technology could you not live without?
  • In your opinion, what's the most important type of technology in our lives?
  • Are you comfortable using a computer?
  • Do you think we can trust what we read on the internet?
  • How can we recognize if something is trustworthy on the internet?
  • What type of device would you like to buy?
  • How much money do you spend on technology every year?
  • Can you program a computer? If not, would you like to learn?
  • Do you spend more time watching TV or surfing the internet?
  • Do you ever shop online? If so, what type of things do you buy online?
  • What would happen if we lost electricity for a long period of time?
  • If you could, would you use less or more technology every day?
  • What type of technology do you find frustrating?
  • Which type of technology do you find the most helpful in your daily life?
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