English Conversation | Useful Tips and Tools to Practice Conversations in English

Tips and tools to practice English conversation! Learning to speak any language takes time and practice. Learning English is no exception. Thankfully, there are many ways to practice inside and outside of the classroom, from speaking with friends to watching TV and movies to listening to the radio. Making time to practice daily will help accelerate your learning and keep you on track to master the English language.

Tips to Practice English Conversation

Practicing English as frequently as you can is the best way to perfect your speaking skills. Here are a few tips to practice conversational English.

Set weekly and daily goals for yourself

  • Creating goals can help keep you responsible and on track. Start off with smaller goals, like practicing for one hour every day, and then increase them as you grow. Other types of goals include learning one new word a day, giving yourself practice tests, memorizing verb tenses, and even watching a new show or movie in English. Set weekly goals as well, so that you have a longterm plan. Sticking to these goals and plans will help you stay accountable.

Get a notebook

  • Dedicate a notebook to your studies and keep it with you at all times. Use the notebook to write down your goals and to practice your language skills.

Share your studies with your friends and family

  • Finding other people who speak English or are learning the language is a great way to practice. You can form study groups and meet regularly. You can also challenge each other to only speak English when you are together. Even setting aside an hour for an English conversation will help you both. Making others a part of your journey to learning English will help you and others take your studies seriously.

Vary your practice

  • It’s important not to get bored with your studies. Varying how you practice can keep things exciting and challenging. Remember there are four core elements to mastering a language: writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Try to practice all four skills equally. If you read a book for an hour, balance that with an hour of English TV. The more you surround yourself with the language, the more you will learn.

Give yourself quizzes and tests

  • When you spend time practicing, it’s important to test yourself to make sure you’ve retained the information you’ve learned. You can spend hours memorizing words, but you’ll never know if you’ve really remembered anything without testing your knowledge.

Have fun with your studies

  • Learning a new language should be fun and keep you engaged. Any way you can practice English is an acceptable form of studying. You can watch YouTube videos, listen to music, and even read English children’s books.

Visit an English-speaking country

  • The best way to learn any language is to fully immerse yourself. Studying abroad or taking a trip to an English-speaking country will allow you to practice every skill you’ve learned. The longer you can spend there the better.

Basic English Conversations For Beginners

Greetings

When starting a conversation, the first thing to do is to determine the tone. If you are speaking with a friend or colleague, you will likely have an informal conversation. Informal conversations are very common in English. If you are speaking with a teacher or stranger in a formal setting, you will likely need to use more formal language. Here are a few informal and formal greetings to practice:

Hello.

  • This is the easiest, most common greeting that can be formal or informal.

Hi.

  • This is also very common and is informal.

Hey.

  • This is informal and more casual.

Good morning.

  • Use this as a greeting before noon.

Good afternoon.

  • Use this in the afternoon before 5 PM or before the sun sets.

Good evening.

  • Use this in the evening, after 6 PM.

Introducing Yourself

Many conversations end after the greetings. If you do engage in a longer English conversation, you will need to know how to introduce yourself.

My name is _____.

  • This is the most common way to introduce yourself.

I am _____.

  • This is more informal and can be used if you’re introducing yourself to multiple people.

At this point, the other person will likely introduce themselves. If not, you can ask their name.

What is your name?

  • This is an easy way to ask that is neither formal nor informal.

You may also have to introduce someone else.

This is _____.

Please meet _____.

  • This is more formal.

The next step is to respond to having met someone. This can be a way to end a conversation or open it up to a larger discussion.

Nice to meet you!

  • This is common and easy to use in any situation.

It’s a pleasure to meet you.

  • This is more formal.

Great to meet you.

  • This is neither formal nor informal. It is more positive than others.

Now let’s put it all together. Here is an example of a basic English conversation.

  • Frank: Hello.
  • Kim: Hi, my name is Kim.
  • Frank: Hi Kim, I’m Frank. This is Bill.
  • Kim: Hi Bill, nice to meet you!
  • Bill: Great to meet you too.

At this point, you will either continue the conversation or you will say goodbye. If you do continue the conversation, you can use these questions:

How are you?

  • This is the most common way to continue a conversation.

How are you doing?

  • This is another common choice.

How’s it going?

  • This is more informal.

What’s up?

  • Very informal.

The best option is to use “How are you?” or “How are you doing?” All others are informal and can be taken as too casual unless you are speaking with a close friend. To respond, try using one of these and always remember to thank them and ask the same question in return.

I’m doing well, thank you. And you?

  • Formal, polite response.

Good, thanks. You?

  • Informal.

Doing well, thanks. You?

  • Informal.

Great, thanks! You?

  • Informal and more enthusiastic.

If the conversation continues, you can open the discussion with many different topics. When beginning, it’s best to try things you feel comfortable with like the weather. It’s also safe to discuss something in front of you, like a meal you are sharing or something around you. This will help if you forget vocabulary words or need clarification on what someone else is saying. Just simply point to something and describe it with other words. Don’t worry about getting anything wrong!

If the conversation ends, use any of these:

Goodbye.

  • Common, formal.

Bye.

  • Common, informal.

Have a good day (or afternoon, evening, or night).

  • Formal and polite.

Let’s put it all together.

  • Frank: Hi, my name is Frank.
  • Kim: Good morning, I’m Kim.
  • Frank: Hi Kim, it’s nice to meet you.
  • Kim: Nice to meet you too. How are you?
  • Frank: Doing well, thanks. You?
  • Kim: I’m doing well, thank you.
  • Frank: Have a good day.
  • Kim: Bye!

While first learning English, it’s good to know how to ask the other person to explain or repeat something. If someone is speaking to fast or said something you didn’t understand, you can use these questions and phrases to clarify.

  • I’m sorry, can you please repeat that?
  • Can you please speak slower?
  • Could you say that again?
  • I didn’t understand.

When having a basic English conversation, you may ask simple questions like the time or where something is. Learning these questions can help turn a short conversation into a longer, more rewarding discussion. Here are a few examples:

  • What time is it?
  • Do you have the time?
  • Where is the _____?

These are appropriate to ask anyone. They are not too personal, and most people will be able to help you answer them. Here are a few responses you may receive:

  • The time is 2 PM.
  • It’s 12 o’clock.
  • I think it’s noon.
  • The bathroom is to the left.

To engage in deeper conversations, be sure to learn things like how to say the time and directions like left and right. You should also learn a few vocabulary words so that you can ask where things are.

Let’s try a longer, basic English conversation:

  • Frank: Good evening.
  • Kim: Hello, my name is Kim.
  • Frank: Hi Kim, I’m Frank.
  • Kim: It’s nice to meet you. How are you doing?
  • Frank: I’m doing well, thanks. And you?
  • Kim: Good thanks, do you have the time?
  • Frank: I think it’s 7 PM. Where is the bathroom?
  • Kim: I’m sorry, can you please repeat that?
  • Frank: Where is the bathroom?
  • Kim: The bathroom is to the right.
  • Frank: Thank you, have a good night!
  • Kim: You too, bye.

All languages take time and patience to practice. Don’t be afraid to say something wrong or start a conversation. There’s no wrong answer when it comes to learning a new language. The more you practice, the more new words and phrases you will learn. Every step you take will help you master English conversation and bring you closer to learning the language.

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    • Hi Salman, how are you? Do you study English? This page has very good resources, doesn’t it!? I use some of the things found here in a few of my English lessons. I have created a system for online English studies and practices. My name is Gary and I come from the USA, but I live in Ecuador now – I’ve been here almost 7 years. I like it quite a lot. It’s very different from ‘The States’. I use to teach in an English academy here, but it closed during the recent lockdowns. I’ve had plenty of time to work on my ‘English Club’, as I call it while locked down. I’ve actually been working on it for nearly 5 years – it’s really a lot of work – but I love it! My students were always bugging me to get it up and running, but I have only just recently completed it through its first phase and I continue to work on it daily- to bring in more lessons and practice resources ( such as a few from this page that I’ve found useful) and refining everything… filling it with fun, new ways to learn and practice, mostly. That seems to be missing in the world; structured practices from a native English speaker. I see a lot of stuff on youtube, but most is very unstructured and hard to find right when you need it…and most teachers are doing things very incomplete.. it’s very difficult for a student to find what he needs that is complete. the student doesn’t know it is incomplete – only a native speaker would notice the deficiencies. These deficiencies are my motivation to bring a very complete and fun practice and learning system to students worldwide. online learning can be fun, but I don’t see anyone offering it. I made my system fun by using music, TV show clips and tons of practice to help students understand what they are learning and I also have a spotify channel full of songs, so students don’t have to go all over the place to find what they need. I have everything they need and I have purchased 2 complete curriculums that students work through at their own pace, and I have created my own practices that ‘drive home’ the lessons and offer the students the insight into why certain things are done in English – I want my students to be able to speak and understand English, but also to be able to communicate and enjoy conversing with ease. It can be fun, and that’s what English Club ( and English Mind, for advanced students..) is! Students learn about pop culture figures, songs and TV actors and this is really important because it isn’t boring – and it’s useful because my students learn more than just English; they learn about the American ( and British) culture, so that they are better prepared to converse with others — there’s plenty to talk about! If you want to know more, just write to me. My course is only $25 per month, and the price goes down every 6 months that you stay with the program – also you can get good grades on your tests and the price goes down – it can go as low as $5 per month or even for free if you score at least 97% on your tests!! I send 2 hours of practices and TV clips and extra lessons to the student each day, besides the regular school lessons…more than 60 hours each month. And you don’t need to schedule a class – it is always ready when you are – whether you want to study for 5 minutes or study hours and hours of videos that you will accumulate.
      I hope you and your family have been well and I hope your English studies are going well and bringing you great satisfaction! Feel free to write to me. englishclubnow@protonmail.com Stay well, Salman. Regards, Gary

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    • Hello, Farhane! How are you doing today? My name is Gary and I help people study and practice English! My service is called English Club ( for beginners..) and English Mind is for more experienced students. I replied to your comment because I wanted to tell you that you should write ” How are you doing?”. many times, when speaking English, we ‘drop’ the “you” when conversing, because, as we say, ‘you’ is impied or understood to be the one we are addressing. Such as, …”Coming to the movies with us tonight?” – we don’t have to say “Are you coming to the movies tonight?”. because the person we are speaking to understands that we are talking to and asking them, as we are looking at them and directing our speech at them. We often ‘drop’ words ( leave them out , or omit them..) when speaking – it is informal and friendly: “You wanna go get some pizza?” for example….what word did I leave out? I left out ‘do’ – I should actually say “Do you wanna go get some pizza?” – right? We often leave out words when talking to our friends…. ” Do you wanna get some pizza?” also leaves out another word; the word ‘now’… now is understood.
      These are the finer points of English to be studied, observed in videos and tv shows and practiced to really get good at English. this is exactly what English Club is all about.
      Where are you from Farhane? I have never heard that name before – I like it! It’s a noble name. I live in Ecuador, but I’m from the USA. I have been teaching here in South America for about 2 years, but the school I was working at has closed and I am now beginning to offer my online English coaching course to people who want to learn or practice English.
      There seems to be very limited resources for students to practice English with native speakers. It’s important to practice with many different people, as people from different social strata and different social backgrounds communicate in different manners from each other. It is difficult for students to find a good teacher who understands what they are going through as they study English. Another thing that student get very little exposure to is popular phrases and sayings…and I am well aware that Americans speak using about 70% slang and popular phrases. This isn’t taught in most schools at all – and in the few that I have found, they are actually teaching wrong phrases, they merely do it so that the student feels they are with a good teacher, but the teacher actually has no idea that they are using wrong phrases or are using them at the most inappropraite times! – it’s so silly, but it is a very serious problem for the student, because the student is paying money and studying very hard to make a better future for themself, but the teacher is only ‘going through the motions’ to earn his pay. I found this to be a big problem here in Ecuador, which is why I started creating my system about 4 years ago. I teach using music, tons of practices, some grammar, and a lot of guidance and patience. Using American TV shows and music helps the student understand very quickly and gives them experience watching others converse – which is critical.
      I hope you are doing well in these crazy times, and that your whole family is well and happy, too. Let me know if you’d like to know more about English Club. You can write to me at Englishclubnow@protonmail.com. My course is incredibly unique. It is $25 per month, and if you do well on the tests, the price actually goes down – it may even be free to study with us if you test high enough! The student gets more than 60 hours of videos as well as the lessons each month. The price goes down every 6 months anyway. And I have a spotify channel with music in english so you can practice listening skills and pronunciations – the music from the 1970s is the best way to learn english…and you will understand American culture a lot more, too….this way you have something to converse with others about and get plenty of practice with popular phrases. Most of the stories our students study are about musical artists, as well as some actors and other pop culture figures, such as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Karen Carpenter, Chrissie Hynde, Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Debbie Harry, Mark Mothersbaugh and so on.
      Anyways, stay well, and good luck in your studies!

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    • This Page is very good – I agree!
      I use some of these resources in my online classes – they are mostly excellent and well organized.
      I teach and coach English students. I gather fantastic lessons and resources, and use stories about American pop culture figures to teach my students. I used to teach in a school here in Ecuador, but when they closed I had time to devote to my own course – which I had been creating since about 4 years ago…actually more like 5 years ago. I saw that there was a serious need to help students here, as they were going through schools here and couldn’t really speak English – so crazy! The schools here are expensive, too – about $575 for 3 months – and they only get about 3 hours per week in a class, and shared the class with about 10 to 20 students. My course is $25 per month and the student gets very interesting stories, very effective lessons and more than 60 hours per month worth of videos, besides their actual ‘school lessons’. I have purchased a great curriculum and I augment it with my own lessons which cover all the things that ALL school classes forget to put in, and they seem to put very few examples in their lessons, like they are trying to save space or ‘cut corners’. I believe the students need to practice a LOT and get real English from a native speaker, such as myself.
      I come from the United States, but have been living in South America for almost 7 years. The schools don’t teach popular phrases very much, but I think they are most important, as most English speakers use quite a few popular phrases. Americans seem to speak about 70% in popular phrases and sayings – things they get from music, TV movies and each other, in the street. They are VERY important to understand.
      I teach using a lot of music and TV show clips that I send to the students. All the lessons are done online of course, I send 2 hours of video practices and lessons each day, so that the student has plenty of fun things to watch and learn from – not just boring book stuff. I like that the students really enjoy learning this way, because they are also learning about American popular culture at the same time…I definitely try to keep things fun, but the learning is very serious. I want to make it easy for a student to study at any moment that he wishes – and for as long or short a period of time that he or she wants…. for example, if you have 5 minutes, you can study a little. If you have 2 or more hours that you want to spend studying more and more – go ahead – you will accumulate dozens of hours of stuff to watch and more! I also have a spotify channel full of different kinds of songs, so you can practice listening and identifying popular phrases by listening to that.
      I think the songs are the most important part, because each writer has his own manner of structuring his or her sentences, and their own artistic flair – therefore a lot can be learned from this! Also, songs aren’t boring – you could listen to songs over and over again – and practice your pronunciations and popular phrases.
      I hope you and your family have been well in these crazy times of lockdowns and social change, it is quite strange. I also hope your English studies are bringing you a level of pride and sense of accomplishment; it is not easy to learn a second language, is it…
      If you want to know about English Club or English Mind (for more advanced students) you can contact me any time. I am very proud of my system and the students enjoy the stories about interesting pop culture figures, rather than boring stories and lots of grammar focus. My prices are only $25 per month and if you get good grades on your tests the price goes down – it can even be free of charge altogether, if you test 97% or higher!! No other school has that… the price goes down by $5 per month every 6 months either way. I’m more interested in students excelling, rather than me profiting. Stay well, and good luck in your studies.
      englishclubnow@protonmail.com

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