English Speaking Skills: Conversation Questions

Practice is progress! To speak English or any foreign language confidently, there’s no two ways about it, you have to speak it. A LOT!!

Click on a topic for a list of conversation questions you can use in class, a language exchange or for self-study.

I really encourage you to ALSO use the questions for writing practice. It’s a fast and effective way to become aware of the vocabulary you are lacking or the grammar structures that are still rather wishy-washy. What’s more you don’t have the pressure of someone waiting for your answer!!

Don’t be afraid to look up words or expressions you don’t know, as this is a powerful way to expand your vocabulary skills.

Past Simple and Present Perfect

Conditionals (Second Conditional)

Books and Reading

Films and Cinema

Football / Soccer (with printable PDF)

The Weather

Food, Cooking and Eating Out

Animals and Nature

Social Media (with printable PDF)


Family and Friends

Travel and Holidays

Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 681

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps). Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter.

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🔹 to be made of _____

🔹 to throw ____ down the drain

🔹 to have more _____ than sense

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Confusing Words

What’s the Difference? (2): Lend vs. Borrow

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LEND sth (TO someone)  / LEND someone something

Meaning: Give something to somebody temporarily but then they have to return it.

Michael lent his computer to Charlie for the weekend.

Quick, can you lend me a pen?

I lent the money to Nicola! It wasn’t a gift! I’m expecting her to give it back.

BORROW sth (FROM someone)

Meaning: Take something temporarily that belongs to someone else with the intention of returning it.

That’s not Charlie’s computer.  He’s borrowed it from Michael for the weekend.

Quick, can I borrow a pen?

Nicola’s not keeping the money. She’s just borrowing it from me.

TIP:  Although the prepositions TO and FROM are not always needed, by paying special attention to them, it will help you confuse ‘lend’ and ‘borrow’ less.


Fill in the gaps with ‘borrow’ or ‘lend’ (in the correct form):

1. Can I _____ ten pounds? It’s urgent.
2. Can you _____ me ten pounds?  It’s urgent.
3. If you’re not using your skateboard, can I _____ it?
4. I _____ your dictionary to John yesterday. I hope you don’t mind.
5. You don’t need to buy the book. I’m sure you can _____ it from the library.
6. Is that your coat? No, I’ve _____ it from my sister.
7. I’m not going to _____ my brand new camera to Alan. No way!
8. Did you _____ my scissors? I can’t find them anywhere.

QUIZ YOUR ENGLISH! – Fun Vocabulary Worksheets. For the classroom, self-study, homework


1. borrow  2. lend  3. borrow  4. lent  5. borrow  6. borrowed  7. lend  8. borrow

What’s the difference between “IN the end” and “AT the end”?

What’s the difference between LOOK, SEE and WATCH?

What’s the difference between RAISE and RISE?