Quick Conversation Builder Archives

Easter Self Survey

A. Give 10 reasons why you like Easter using “I like Easter because…”  

B. Now, ask these questions to others in your class, or find a practice partner. preschoolers

1. I like Easter because __________________________________.

2. I like Easter because __________________________________.

3. I like Easter because __________________________________.

4. I like Easter because __________________________________.

5. I like Easter because __________________________________.

6. I like Easter because __________________________________.

7. I like Easter because __________________________________.

8. I like Easter because __________________________________.

9. I like Easter because __________________________________.

10. I like Easter because _________________________________.


Valentine’s Conversation Starters

  • What is Valentine’s Day?
  • What is the origin of Valentine’s Day? (Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?)
  • Is Valentine’s Day celebrated in your country?
  • How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in the United States?
  • How do children celebrate Valentine’s Day in school?
  • What do you usually do for Valentine’s Day?
  • What do you plan on doing this Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you make any special food for Valentine’s Day?
  • On Valentine’s Day, is it more common for men to give gifts to women or for women to give gifts to men?
  • What are common gifts that people give on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  • What is your Valentine’s dream? If you could do anything or receive anything on Valentine’s Day, what would it be?
  • Do you know anyone that has become engaged or married on Valentine’s Day?
  • Would you want to get engaged or married on a holiday? Why or why not?
  • What is a “valentine”?
  • Have you ever gotten a valentine or love letter on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is Valentine’s Day like for singles? (What do single people do on Valentine’s Day?)
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day makes single people feel lonely?
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day is too commercial or consumerist?
  • What are common gifts that people give?
  • Do you know anyone that has gotten engaged or married on Valentine’s Day?

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I Like / I Don’t Like

Write “I like” or “I don’t like” in the blank space.

______________________ Valentine’s Day

______________________ the colour red

______________________ chocolates

______________________ going on a date

______________________ candlelight dinners

______________________ surprises

______________________ holding hands

______________________ heart-shaped balloons

______________________ going out to eat

______________________ romantic music

______________________ going to the movies

______________________ red roses

______________________ choosing a Valtentine’s Day card

______________________ talking on the telephone

______________________ going for romantic walks

______________________ stuffed animals

______________________ watching “romantic comedies”

______________________ love poems

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Winter Verbs

Fill in the blanks with a verb that makes sense and then compare with your classmates.

1. I ____________________ to build snow forts in the winter.

2. ____________________ your snow boots before coming into the house.

3. All this _____________________ is making me really tired.

4. I just bought a new sled. Do you want to go ______________________?

5. Can we _____________________ a snowman?

6. You should always ____________________ a helmet while skiing.

7. It’s always fun to ____________________ hot chocolate after playing outside in the snow.

8. Be careful not to ____________________ on the ice!

9. Can you help me ____________________ my skates?

10. Brrrrrr! It’s cold. It’s time to _____________________ home.

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Go home / Get home

  •  go home = the process of going home
  • get home = arrive at your house
  • Q: What are you going to do now?
  • A: I am going to go home. / I have to go home. / I want to go home.
  • Q: What did you do after English class yesterday?
  • A: I just went home. / I stopped by a bookstore and then went home. / I went to (place) to (verb)
  • Q: Where are you going after school / work?
  • A: I’m going home. / I’m going to a bar to meet a friend./ I’m going to my aunt’s place (apartment/house) to have dinner with her.
  • Q: How do you usually go home?
  • A: I go home by bus.
  • Q: What time did you get home?
  • A: I got home at midnight.
  • Q: When will Mark get home from work?
  • A: He will get home around 5:30.
  • Questions to ask your pen(key)pal or partner.
  • Q: How do you usually go home from work?
  • A: I usually bike home or (your answer).
  • Q: When you go out drinking with friends, how do you usually get home?
  • A: I usually take a taxi home.
  • Q: What time do you usually get home on weeknights? on weekends?
  • A: I usually get home at 2 on Saturday nights?
  • Q: What time do you usually get home from a date?
  • A: I usually get home at about midnight when I’m on a date. Midnight is my curfew* and if I’m not home by then, my dad freaks out.

*Curfew is a time that you must be home by. Some college dorms have curfews, and some parents enforce a curfew.


How Often

  • A: How often do you work out*?
  • B: Every day.

*work out = physical exercise, especially in a gym or fitness club, but also can include any exercise. “I had a great workout at the swimming pool this morning.”

How often = questions can be answered in many ways.

  • Every day (second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, etc.)
  • Every second day
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • Every six months
  • Every year
  • Once a day (a second, a minute, an hours, a week/a month/a year, etc.)
  • Twice a day
  • Three times a day
  • Four times a day

In descending order of frequency

  • Always/Constantly
  • Usually/Often
  • Frequently
  • Normally
  • Sometimes
  • Occasionally
  • From time to time
  • Never
  • Most of the time
  • Most weekdays
  • Most evenings
  • Most Mondays

About or around is used if you don’t want to be exact, or can’t give an exact number.

  • How often do you go skiing?
  • About 6 times a year
  • How often do you go shopping?
  • Around twice a week

Answer the following questions:

  • How often do you work out?
  • How often do you surf the net*.
  • How often do you play computer games*?

Note: the plural is used because this is a generality. It is almost always used when speaking about computer games NOT computer game. So, don’t say, I like computer game-say, I like computer games. If you use the name of the computer game, just put the name.

Now ask your keypal these questions!

  • How often do you play Warcraft?
  • How often do you get angry? Why do you usually get angry?
  • How often do you lie? What do you usually lie about?
  • How often do you worry?
  • How often do you meditate?
  • How often do you scream?
  • How often do you read labels?