Ask Better Questions and Create Stronger Answers

Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons

Three Elements for Creating Strong Answers to Conversation Questions in English

 So often when we talk about having better conversations in English, we focus on the questions. But here’s the thing: asking better questions assumes that you’re going to be the person in charge of the conversation, that you’re going to be the person leading the conversation, and that you’re … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Start a Conversation by Asking “What’s keeping you busy these days?”

Have you ever run into a coworker in the breakroom and felt a little awkward or uncomfortable? Maybe you felt like you should try to engage them in a brief conversation, but you didn’t know what to say. Whether you cross paths in the hallway, are taking a quick break … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Moving Beyond “Where are you from?” to Create a Conversation

Even though I know this question is boring, I’m guilty of asking it over and over again: “Where are you from?” If you have even the slightest accent or even a behavior that suggests that you’re not a local, people are likely to ask you where you’re from. Whether you … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Ask “How do you like to start your day?” to Get People Talking About Morning Routines

When you first wake up in the morning, how do you feel? Tired? Well-rested? Energized? Lethargic? Your answer to this question may vary on a daily basis based on what you did the day before, whether you’re waking up with an alarm, your plans for the day, the season, or … Read the article and watch the video lesson

What brings you here? Four Short Words Can Start a Conversation in English

You only need four short words to start a conversation in English. Simply ask, “What brings you here?” Whether you’re at a café, restaurant, museum, amusement park, concert, rally, conference, or networking event, you likely have a clear reason for being there! Maybe you’re writing the last chapter of your … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Tell me about yourself! Be Prepared to Answer This Open-Ended Question

When I left my job in Chile a couple of years ago, I interviewed several people who were interested in taking over for me. Because I wanted to get to know them and their reasons for applying for this position, I started each interview with the same question: Tell me … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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