Conversation Starters for Adults

If you’re looking for a quick warm-up or perhaps a more in-depth discussion, check out these 10 conversation starters for adults–perfect for your ESL speaking classes.

If I won the lottery

Have students describe what they would do or what they would buy if they won the lotto. I usually specify an amount of $1,000,000.

Bucket List

Students need to think of five things they want to do before they die.

Guilty Pleasures

Explain to the students what a guilty pleasure is–they likely won’t know. Then, it’s time for confession!

Things You’ve Learned Lately

Have students think of two or three things that they couldn’t do as a child but can do now. Emphasize that it’s related to a skill of some kind or you’ll just get answers like drinking or smoking.

Last Purchase

Have students talk about the last thing they bought that was more than $100.

You’re the President

Your students can talk about what their top three priorities would be if they were in your office.

Favorite Things

Students submit questions with the starter, “What is your favorite _____.” Collect the papers, choose the best three and then students must answer them.


Find some daily or monthly horoscopes online. Students read their description and see if they match.

People in Your Life

Who are the three people that you spend the most time with these days?

The Best Decision

Students think of a difficult decision they made but which they’re confident that they made the right choice.

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