Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you looking for English phrases to start a conversation?

Today, get 10 English conversation starters to fill the silence at your next dinner party!


Awkward silences can kill a dinner party. Nobody wants to sit in silence, but people must have something to talk about.  Creating this opportunity is as easy as asking a simple question.


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There are many kinds of questions that can be asked, but for a dinner party, the obvious topics are the food and the home where the party is being held.  Open-ended questions are also good because they provoke others to respond.  Here are some common questions for each of these categories.



  • “Did you make this?”
  • “Do you cook often?”
  • “What else do you cook?”



  • “How long have you lived here?”
  • “Did you make that?” or “Where did you get that?”


Open-ended Questions

  • “How do you spend your days?”
  • “What are you into?”
  • “What’s new in your life?”
  • “Are you reading anything interesting?”
  • “How did you two meet?” (for couples)


Have you been to any dinner parties lately?

What kind of questions do you ask to start conversations?

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