Conversation Questions


  • What do you know about being homeless?
  • Does your city have a large homeless population?
  • Have someone you know been homeless?
  • Does your country have many homeless people?
  • What do you think can done to help homeless people?
  • Have you done volunteer work in your community?
  • Do you think it’s acceptable for children to work late at night selling flowers and singing?
    • Do you think these children need to be out doing this, or are they just earning extra money?
    • What do you think will happen to these children in the future? Do they have a future?
  • Do you think there should be more help for beggars, homeless and poor people in your town or city?
    • How about in your country?
  • Do you think your town or city should make a place for beggars and homeless people to go, like a homeless shelter?
    • Do you think it would reduce the amount of beggars and homeless people on the street?
    • Do you think it would encourage people to be lazy?
    • What are some reasons that these people would not want to use such a shelter?
  • If your town or city was to have a homeless shelter, who should run this place?
    • Who should pay for this place?
    • Should anybody be allowed to go to this place?
  • Do you think the government should give money to homeless people?
    • How about jobless people?
    • If you think the government should give money, about how much money do you think should be given?


  • Do you give money to beggars or homeless people? Why or why not?
    • How do you know if a beggar is a real beggar?
    • If you give money to beggars or homeless people, about how much do you give?
    • Do you think beggars should work on their own?
    • Would you offer a beggar a job to help you around you house?
  • Would you rather give money to beggars or buskers? (Buskers are people who entertain you on the street for money, e.g. musicians)
  • Would you rather give money to beggars who have a disability, older beggars, beggars with babies or child beggars? Why?
  • Does your country have rich beggars?
  • Have you heard of stories where people beg for money but in fact they are rich? Tell us about it?
  • Does it make you feel good to give money to beggars?
  • Do you give money to beggars to help or to make you feel good about yourself?
  • Do you give money or do you give things: e.g. clothes, food, etc.?
  • Do you choose the kind of beggars you give money or things to? e.g. old men playing musical instruments, small children roaming around, adults carrying a child.
  • In your country, is there a syndicate behind beggars?