Random Conversation Starters/Topics

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101 Great Conversation Starters

Where did you go last on vacation?
If you could be anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If you could choose one super power, what would it be?
What is your favorite movie?
You know at least one place on earth. Of all of the places you have traveled to tell me about one of your favorites.
What do you eat a lot of?
Do you like dogs?
Do you like cats?
Do you have any pets?
Describe your life in five (5) years?
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals you feel comfortable talking about?
What would you do if you had: (1) 5 days, (2) a laptop, (3) you needs of food, shelter and clothing taken care of, and (4) you were in a place where nobody knew you and you didn’t know anybody?
If you could change your name what would you change it to?
Where do you plan on going for your next vacation?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What countries have you traveled to?
What was your worst vacation experience?
Where did you grow up?
Do you have any pets?
Do you have any siblings?
Do you know what your your name means?
What type of phone do you have?
What did you do this past weekend?
What are your plans for this weekend?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
What is your middle name?
What was the last thing you purchased?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your favorite day of the week?
If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?
What do you like to do to relax?
Are you a saver or a spender?
Do you play any instruments?
What was your favorite children’s book?
What is your first childhood memory?
What type of kid were you (e.g. spoiled, rebellious, well-behaved, quiet, obnoxious…)?
What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
What did you want to grow up to be when you were younger?
Where did (do) you go to school?
What was (is) your favorite subject?
What was (is) your least favorite subject?
What’s the first thing you do after school/work?
Were you the class clown or teacher’s pet?
What do you do for a living?
What is your dream job?
If you had $10 million, would you still be working/going to school?
What was your least favorite job that you’ve ever had?
What is something that you have gotten in trouble for at school/work?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite meal of the day?
Are there any foods that you dislike or will not eat?
Are there any foods that you would like to try?
What is your favorite restaurant?
What is your favorite pizza topping?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
What did you have for dinner last night?
What is the signature dish that you cook?
Who do you look up to?
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
What are you scared of?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
What do your parents do for a living?
What is your biggest regret?
What is your most embarrassing moment?
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
What are some of your short-term goals?
What are some of your long-term goals?
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
Tell me about your first car.
Do you drink coffee or tea?
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have only 1 item, what would it be?
Do you believe in luck?
Do you play video games?
Do you believe people are inherently good?
How often do you shower?
What is your favorite board game?
What is your favorite charity?
Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Would you prefer to live in the city or a rural area?
What is your favorite season?
Do you speak any other languages?
Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
What is the best thing that happened to you during the past week?
What is the worst thing that happened to you during the past week?
Do you sing in the shower?
What is the most valuable thing that you own?
What would you do if you only had 24 hours left to live?

Conversation Topic Ideas
Abortion, Moral and Ethical Aspects
Abstinence and AIDS Prevention – Addiction –
Adoption – Advertising in Schools – Agriculture Industry –
Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising – Alcohol Use
Alternative Energy Sources – American Housing Collapse
Amnesty – Animal Cloning – Animal Experimentation
Anonymous Egg and Sperm Donation – Anti-Immigrant Movement –
Arms Trade – Artificial Intelligence –
Assisted Suicide – Bilingual Education – Binge Drinking
Bioethics – Biomedical Technology – Bioterrorism
Body Image – Border Fence – Campaign Finance Reform
Capitalism – Carbon Offsets – Cell Phones in School
Censorship – Charter Schools – Child Welfare –
Children’s Online Protection Laws – Clean Coal – Cloning
Commercial Whaling – Concealed Handguns – Conservation of Natural Resources
Convicted Felons’ Rights – Corporate Tax Rate & Jobs – Cybersocializing
Domestic Terrorism – Domestic Violence – Drones
Drug Legalization – Drug Trafficking-- Drug Use in Sports
Drunk Driving – Eating Disorders – Electoral College
Endangered Food – Endangered Species
Environmentalism – Felon Voting – Flat Tax Rate
Food Safety – Free Trade – Freedom of Speech
Gambling – Gangs
Gay Parents – Genetic Engineering
Genetically Modified Food
Genocide – Globalization
Gun Control – Hate Crimes – Health Insurance
Homelessness – Homeschooling – Homosexuality
Human Rights – Human Trafficking
Identity Theft – Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Junk Food
Labor Unions – Local Food Movement
Mental Disorders – Minimum Wage – Missile Defense System
Monopolies – National Retail Sales Tax – National Security
Nuclear Safety – Nutrition –
Obamacare – Occupy Movement – Offshore Drilling –
Organic Food - Outsourcing
Political Corruption – Population Growth
Prescription Drugs – Prison Overcrowding–
Recycling – Renewable Energy – Reproductive Technology
Right to Privacy – Right to Health Care
Same-Sex Marriage – Sexting – Smoking Ban
Social Security Privatization – Standardized Testing
Stem Cells – Student Rights – Sweatshops
Tablets vs. Textbooks –
Technology and Society – Teenage Pregnancy – Terrorism
Texting While Driving – The Federal Budget Deficit
The Middle Class – The Tea Party Movement
Torture – Underage Drinking – Unemployment
Video Games – War Crimes
Water Pollution – Waterboarding – Welfare Reform

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What a huge numbert of topics!
Maybe, I’ll use some of them with my students if you don’t object to this.

No objection at all, evgueny40! Everyone, including tutors and tutees, teachers and students, are welcomed to use these topics/conversation starters as they see fit. :slight_smile: