Starting a Conversation in English

How to start a conversation in English?

You can speak English quite well. But sometimes you find that the hardest part is simply how to start a conversation. Now you can learn these expressions for starting a conversation in English in any situation – formal or informal, at work, school, or other contexts!

General greetings and inquiries

How’s it going?
(This means “How are you?”
“Where are you going?”)

How’s everything?

How’s life?

Asking about present activities

What’s up?
(What are you doing now?)

What’s happening?

Asking and telling about recent events

What’s new?
(What interesting has happened since I last saw you?)

Guess what?
(I want to tell you something. Ask me about it.)
(The appropriate response to this is “What?”)


A: Guess what?

A: I just got a new job.

B: What?

B: Congratulations!


Bringing up a serious topic

Can I talk to you for a minute?

Do you have a minute?

Got a minute?



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