Icebreakers: Never Have A Boring Conversation Again

by | Jun 4, 2021 | Other

Our language group has been meeting every Thursday since Feb. 11, 2021.  These are some of the topics we have used as conversation starters.  Typically, each person has their turn to answer the question in their second language.  We usually do 2-5 questions per session, depending on how many people we have.
These icebreakers are good conversation tools to use in anywhere, like on a long car ride or when seated at a table with a bunch of people you don’t know.  These have been a good way for our group to open up conversations in our second language and to get to know each other.  Use these icebreakers, and you will never have a boring conversation again.
1. One positive experience, one negative experience, one crazy experience
2. Would you rather: a) be poor and happy or rich and unhappy, b) find your soulmate or find a billion dollars, c) speak all languages or talk to animals
3. Most fun thing you did over Easter Break (or recent holiday)
4. Two truths and a lie
5. Your favorite place in Manzanillo (your town)
6. Your favorite place in Mexico (your country)
7. Your favorite place in the world
8. What is your dream vacation?
9. The most fun thing you did last weekend
10. If you were going to make one food for the group, what food would you make and why?
11. If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
12. If you could meet one person from a different time period, who would you meet and why?
13. Describe your favorite activity and why you like it
14. Describe your daily routine in your second language
15. What is your favorite place to go for a walk
16. Describe yourself in one sentence.
17. If your life were a movie, what genre would it be and why?
18. What are your summer plans?  What are you most looking forward to and why?
19. If you could have one super human power, what would it be and why?
20. If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you use it and why?
21. If you could take three things with you onto a deserted island, what would you take and why?
22. Describe an experience that changed your values.
23. What new or additional skill do you think you need to progress most right now?
24. What are your 5 biggest/most important goals for the next 6 months?  And why?
25. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you travel and why?
26. Describe what a perfect day looks like to you.  What are you activities during the morning, afternoon and night?
27. Describe your family and a little bit about each person
28. When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
29. Find 5 things you and your partner both like
30. What is your favorite musical instrument and why
31. If you magically fix one problem in your life, what would you fix and why?
32. Describe an experience where you had to use your second language to do something important
33. If you were a clothing brand, what would your slogan be and why?
34. If you could meet one living famous person, who would it be and why?
35. What was your favorite activity when you were a kid.
36. Describe something new that you did or learned in the past week
37. Describe your education (past, present, plans for the future)
38. Describe what you think makes a good leader and why
39. What kind of a leader do you think you are and why
40. What is a popular belief that you think is false
41. If you had the attention of everyone in the whole world, what would you say and why?
42. Describe an experience when you had to rely on a friend to accomplish something important
43. Describe an experience when you helped a friend accomplish something important to him/her
44. What activities do you do to relax or relieve stress?
45. What is your definition of success?  Why?
46. What do you think is the hallmark or success?  Why?
47. What is your biggest fear?  Why?
48. Describe a time when you faced a fear and overcame it.
49. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
50. If you published an autobiography right now, what would the title be?
51. Describe your dream job.
52. What is the best book you’ve read recently that you would recommend to a friend?
53. Do you prefer cats or dogs?  Why?

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