Casual Conversational English (Phrases and Sentences in Different Scenarios – Top 600+ Terms)/
Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

Total: 20 words

What have you been up to lately?

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used to ask someone what they're doing with life

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What do you do in your free (spare) time?

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used when asking someone what they like to do for fun when they have no work to do

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What brings you here?

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often directed towards someone that you meet unexpectedly to ask them what they're doing at a particular place

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Nice weather today.

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a comment made when the weather is good

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It looks like it's going to rain.

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a comment made after seeing signs that there could be a change in the weather

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May I have a word with you?

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a formal way of asking someone if they are available for a conversation

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Got a minute? / Got a sec?

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an informal way of asking someone if you could talk to them

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Have you heard?

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a way to introduce a story or share gossip

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Guess what I found out.

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another way to introduce a story or gossip

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Get this.

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an informal way to share a story or gossip

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Get a load of this.

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another way to share a story or gossip

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Do you happen to know...?

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a way to inquire about a particular thing

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Where are you off to?

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used to ask someone where they're going

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Did you see the news today?

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a way to start a conversation about the news or any recent events

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How's life?

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a way to ask someone about their status in life

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How's your day going?

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a way to ask someone how their day has been

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How'd your __ go? / How'd the __ go?

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used to inquire about a certain activity that you know someone has done

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How's life treating you?

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a way to ask someone how their life has been going

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What's keeping you busy?

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used to ask someone what keeps them occupied or how they're spending the majority of their time

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What's your story?

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usually said to someone you meet for the first time to ask them about their life, such as what their work is, where they're from, etc.

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