French Conversation Starters

Starting a conversation in French.

In my opinion the whole point of learning a language is being able to speak to people. To get to know people somebody has to start speaking. The best way to get to know people is to ask them questions about themselves. Hopefully they will not just give "yes" or "no" answers they will tell you something about themselves. Hopefully they will ask you questions about yourself.

You can use the questions in this lesson to start conversations. One of the problems with speaking to a native speaker of another language when your own level of their language is not very high is that when they answer you will not understand the answer. Don't worry about this. You have to start somewhere. Even if you don't fully understand the answer you should continue. What have you got to lose? You might have to occasionally pretend to understand more than you really do.

Some people are better than others at speaking to people from other cultures. People who have a lot of empathy will speak clearly, not too fast and will say things as simply as possible but on the other hand some people may find it impossible to slow down even if you ask them.

Corrections and editorial advice for this lesson were provided by Amandine from Viviers-du-lac France.

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EXPLANATION:
The first line is a sentence  in English
The second line is the translation of the first sentence in French.

Use this lesson to learn how to start conversations  in French.

The Contents

What do you do for a living?
Que fais-tu dans la vie ?
Where did you last go on holiday?
Où est-tu aller pour tes dernières vacances ?
How many countries have you been to?
Dans combien de pays es-tu allé ?
What is your favorite food?
Quelle est ta nourriture préférée ?
What is your favorite film?
Quel est ton film préféré ?
What was the last book you read?
Quel est le dernier livre que tu as lu ?
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Quel est ton moment le plus gênant ?
Where are you going for your next vacation?
Où vas-tu pour tes prochaines vacances ?
What is the best thing that happened to you during the past week?
Quelle est la meilleure chose qui t'es arrivé la semaine dernière ?
Do you sing in the shower?
Chantes-tu sous la douche ?
What are you scared of?
De quoi as-tu peur ?
What was the worst movie you have ever seen?
Quel est le pire que tu es vu ?
What was your worst holiday experience?
Quel est ta pire expérience de vacance ?
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Si tou pouvais vivre n'importe où, où vivrais-tu ?
What was your least favorite job like?
Quel était ton dernier travail préféré ?
Have you ever been fired from your job?
As-tu déjà été viré d'un travail ?
Have you ever used drugs?
As-tu déjà pris de la drogue ?
What would you do if you found a bag with a lot of money?
Que ferais-tu si tu trouves un sac avec beaucoup d'argent ?
Do you have a pet?
As-tu un animal de compagnie ?
What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen?
Quelle est la chose la plus bizarre que tu aies vu ?
Are you mean or generous?
Es-tu généreux ou avare ?
Where would you like to visit?
Que voudrais tu visiter ?
What is the worst thing you ever bought?
Quelle est la pire chose que tu aies acheté ?
Do you have any tattos?
As-tu des tatouages ?
Would you go to a nudist beach?
Irais-tu à une plage nudiste ?
Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend?
As-tu une petite amie ou un petit ami ?
What is your favourite song?
Quelle est ta musique préférée ?
Do you do any sports?
Fais-tu du sport ?
Are you religious?
Es-tu religieux ?
How old are you?
Quel âge as-tu ?
Where do you live?
Où vis-tu ?
Where are you from?
D'où viens-tu ?
Do you like flying?
Aimes-tu voler ?
What is your favourite sport?
Quel est ton sport préféré ?
What are you wearing?
Que portes-tu ?
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
As-tu des frères et soeurs ?
Can you drive?
Sais-tu conduire ?
Do you smoke?
Fumes-tu ?
What are you going to do afterwards?
Que fais-tu après ?
Are you interested in politics?
Est-ce-que tu t'intéresses à la politique ?
Do you like the place where you live?
Aimes-tu là où tu vis ?
What will you be doing in 5 years time?
Que feras-tu dans 5 ans ?
Have you ever been drunk?
As-tu déjà été soûl ?
What are you doing at Christmas?
Que fais-tu à Noël ?
Do you like Christmas?
Aimes-tu Noël ?
What do you normally do on the 25th December?
Que fais-tu habituellement le 25 décembre ?
What are you doing on New years Eve?
Que fais-tu pour le Nouvel An ?

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