How to start an English language conversation with anyone

Profile Pic Karren Geronimo   September 13, 2017

Here are three easy ways to start an English language conversation with anyone:

1. How is your day going?

I use this question VERY regularly. It’s simple and easy, and opens the door for a conversation. Most people love to talk about themselves when given the chance, and this question invites the person you’re speaking with to do just that. You’ll be surprised by how much information some people give you in response to this simple question. For example:

You: “How is your day going?”

Coffee shop employee: “It’s going okay. How about yourself?”

This then gives you the opportunity to practise telling this person about your day or to ask another question. You’re having a conversation!

2. Did you do anything fun last weekend?” / “Any exciting plans this weekend?”

Depending on which day of the week it is, you can use one of the phrases above. You can even use this phrase after you ask, “How’s your day going?” For example:

You: “How is your day going?”

NS (native speaker): “It’s going okay.”

You: “Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?”

NS: “Yes, actually. It’s my husband’s birthday. We’re going to have a big party.”

Most people don’t want to sound boring, so if you ask them about their plans, most of the time you’ll get a good answer.

3. Compliments

Everyone loves a compliment, and it can be a great way to start a conversation. Find something that you really like about the person you’d like to speak to, such as their clothes, their hairstyle or their shoes, and tell them about it. Just make sure that your compliment is genuine! For example:

You: I really like your glasses.”

NS: Oh, thank you!”

You: “How is your day going?”

It’s that simple. You don’t have to have say much at all to start an English language conversation. And, even if the conversation ends up being a short one, it will help you as an English speaker.