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Conversation Questions

Meeting People

  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  • What are some good things to ask someone you just met?
  • What are some things you shouldn’t ask people you just met?
  • Is it OK to ask a person’s age in your country?
  • Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new?
  • What are some ways to overcome being nervous about meeting new people?
  • About how many new people do you meet a week?
  • Where are some good places to meet people?
  • How important are first impressions to you?
  • What do you do if you forget the name of someone you’ve just been introduced to?
  • What kind of people do you like to meet?
  • Who was the last new person you met and where did you meet them?
  • Have you ever experienced being completely wrong in your first impression?
  • Do you usually shake hands with when you meet a new person?
  • If you want to get to know people at a party would you go first to people of your own age or people of your own sex?
  • What is the favorite topic for new acquaintances in your country?
  • If you are looking for a shallow relationship, where do you usually go to meet people?
  • If you are looking for a good friend, where do you usually go to meet people?
  • In your country, how do you know if you can trust a person that you meet?
    • How about in the US?
    • How do you know if you can trust a person that you meet here?
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?
    • What do you like most or least about it?
  • Do you feel you are outgoing or shy around people? How do you usually act?
  • What are some good things to ask someone you have just met?
  • What are some things you shouldn’t ask people you just met?
  • Is it OK to ask a person for their age in your country? Why or why not?
  • Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new?
    • How could a shy person overcome their fear of meeting new people?
  • About how many new people do you meet a week?
  • Where are some good places to meet people?
  • How important are first impressions to you?
  • Have you ever experienced being completely wrong in your first impression?
  • What do you do if you forget the name of someone you’ve just been introduced to?
    • What are some things you can say?
  • What kind of people do you like to meet?
  • Who was the last new person you met and where did you meet them? Have you seen them again?
  • What do people do when they meet a new person in your culture?
  • Is it OK to touch another person when you first meet them in your culture?
  • Do you ever shake hands with when you meet a new person in your culture?
  • Do you like to shake hands when you meet new people?
  • If you want to get to know people at a party, would you first approach people of your own age?
    • People of your own gender?
  • What is a favorite topic for new acquaintances of your age in your country?
  • If you are looking for a shallow relationship, where can you go to meet people?
  • If you are looking for a good friend, where can you go to meet people?
  • In your country, how do you know if you can trust a person that you meet?
  • How do you know if you can trust a person that you have met?
  • What is one thing that many people don’t know about you?
  • Do business people exchange business cards in your culture?
    • How do they do it?
  • How far apart do people stand from each other when they talk in your culture?
  • Is it impolite to say “No” in your culture if you don’t know someone very well?
  • Do people in your culture use a lot of body language when they communicate, or do they keep their bodies relatively still?
  • Do people in your culture show their emotions when communicating with others or do they hide some feelings?
    • How do they show their emotions?
    • What kind of feelings might they hide?
  • Do you feel comfortable with people here?
    • With people from other cultures?
  • What can we do to create more understanding and harmony among people in our world?
  • Are you a person who approaches someone first?
    • Or are you a person who waits for someone to approach you?
  • What makes you remember a new person that you have just met? Do you remember them for long?
  • Do you shake hands with someone new always, usually, sometimes, never?
  • If you want to get to know people at a party would you go first to people of your own age or people of your own sex?
    • To people who are standing alone or people already in a group?
  • The favorite topic for new acquaintances in Britain is the weather, in America it’s where you come from, what is it in your country?
  • If you don’t really like this new person how do you finish the conversation and make your escape?
  • What does your name mean?
  • What are the customary greetings and behaviors for meeting/greeting someone in your culture?
  • How do you introduce two people to each other?
  • What are some different ways of making introductions?
  • When you introduce people do you use their whole names or just first names?
  • What are the advantages of meeting new people when you move to a new country?
  • What are the first things you notice when you meet someone?
  • How important is it to smile when you meet someone for the first time?
  • Do you like to kiss, shake or bow when you meet a new person?