esl small talk

Small talk is a casual form of conversation that people use to break the ice or fill moments of silence with acquaintances or strangers. It often revolves around light, easy topics such as the weather, hobbies, or current events, avoiding more serious subjects. Mastering small talk is crucial for social interactions, networking events, and forming new relationships, as it helps build connections and comfort between people.

Lesson recommendation: Office Small Talk

A2 Level Questions:

  1. How are you today?
  2. What’s the weather like?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What’s your favorite color?
  5. Do you like coffee or tea?
  6. What did you do last weekend?
  7. What’s your favorite food?
  8. Do you play any sports?
  9. Have you seen any good movies recently?
  10. Where are you from?
  11. What do you like to do in your free time?
  12. How was your day?
  13. What kind of music do you like?
  14. Do you have any siblings?
  15. What’s your favorite TV show?
  16. Have you read any good books lately?
  17. What are you doing this weekend?
  18. Do you like to cook?
  19. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  20. What’s your favorite holiday?

B1 Level Questions:

  1. Have you traveled anywhere exciting recently?
  2. What’s the last great movie you saw?
  3. Are you working on any interesting projects right now?
  4. How do you usually spend your weekends?
  5. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
  6. Do you have any plans for your next vacation?
  7. What hobbies have you picked up recently?
  8. Have you been to any concerts or shows lately?
  9. What’s something new you’ve learned this week?
  10. How do you stay fit and healthy?
  11. What’s your favorite way to relax after a long day?
  12. Do you follow any sports teams?
  13. What’s your favorite restaurant in this area?
  14. Have you seen any good series on TV or online?
  15. What’s something you’re looking forward to?
  16. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
  17. What was your first job?
  18. If you could visit any country, where would you go?
  19. What’s your favorite season, and why?
  20. How do you manage stress?

B2 Level Questions:

  1. What are your thoughts on the current news topics?
  2. How do you think technology will change in the next ten years?
  3. What’s a country you’d love to explore, and why?
  4. How do you find balance in your life?
  5. What’s one of your favorite memories from childhood?
  6. What trends do you find interesting right now?
  7. What’s a skill you’d like to learn or improve?
  8. How do you approach goal setting and personal growth?
  9. What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in life?
  10. What are your thoughts on work-life balance?
  11. How do you keep up with current events?
  12. What’s your favorite cultural activity?
  13. How do you make decisions about big changes in life?
  14. What role does technology play in your daily life?
  15. What’s your approach to health and wellness?
  16. How do you cultivate creativity?
  17. What’s something you’re passionate about?
  18. How do you prioritize your time and tasks?
  19. What’s a book that significantly influenced you?
  20. How do you navigate challenges and setbacks?

C1 Level Questions:

  1. What do you think about the impact of social media on society?
  2. How do you view the evolution of your career over the years?
  3. What’s your perspective on the importance of education in today’s world?
  4. How do you stay informed about global issues?
  5. What’s a recent scientific or technological breakthrough you find fascinating?
  6. How do you think the concept of work will evolve in the future?
  7. What are your thoughts on sustainability and environmental conservation?
  8. How do you maintain mental and emotional well-being?
  9. What’s a historical event that interests you, and why?
  10. How do you approach learning and personal development?

C2 Level Questions:

  1. What are your views on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence?
  2. How do you think globalization is affecting cultural identities?
  3. What’s your stance on the balance between privacy and security in the digital age?
  4. How do you perceive the role of leadership in effecting social change?
  5. What are your thoughts on the future of human space exploration?
  6. How do you approach philosophical discussions on the meaning of life?
  7. What’s your analysis of the current economic trends globally?
  8. How do you engage with art and its impact on society?
  9. What’s your perspective on the interplay between science and religion?
  10. How do you critique the education systems in different parts of the world?