Top 10 Open Ended Questions | Improve your English Communication

Improve your English communication With These Top 10 Open Ended Questions
Improve your English communication With These Top 10 Open Ended Questions
  • Did this ever happen to you that you are speaking to someone and everything is going right, then suddenly there is an awkward silence and you find out that your mind is totally blank. Also, at that time it becomes a tough deal for you to decide what to speak and you feel that the other person is thinking the same that how to begin the conversation now.
  • That scenario truly sucks- so here I have top 10 open ended questions that you can use in such moments and never run out of things to say in a conversation.

Questions are important to keep a conversation going, but asking questions is an art.

Today we will talk about the top 10 open ended questions that you can use in any conversion to receive a good response.

How would you feel if you could start a conversation – in English – with anyone? You might feel nervous? What can be the first topic that you can pick up without fear, without stress, without worrying about making any mistakes.

It might feel a little impossible. But the good news is, it’s not.


So, here are top 10 open ended questions.


1. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done recently?

When you meet someone for the first time or you don’t know something about that person then this turns out to be the best question. You will always learn something interesting in the answer of this question. Plus, there are so many variations.

You could also ask, “What is the most interesting film you’ve seen recently?” Or, “What is the most interesting book you’ve read recently.”
No matter what topic you’re interested in, this question is perfect.


2. Where are you from originally?

It is easy to ask follow-up questions after you learn where a person is from.
You may use this question when you’re traveling, when you meet someone new in your home city, or at an international conference.


3. What is the most interesting thing about your city?

It’s a perfect follow-up question to, “Where are you from?”
You could ask about someone’s city, their culture, their local cuisine, and so much more. The options are endless.

What do you do?

Everyone asks it. It is almost always the first question we ask someone when we meet for the first time. I know some cultures do not like to talk about their jobs in social situations. But if want to start a conversation with a native English speaker, do not be afraid of this question. Generally speaking, English speakers often feel a strong identity with their job and they like to talk about it, so it’s always okay to ask.


4. What is your very earliest memory as a very little kid?

This will help the person to think about the flashback of their memories.
Open-ended questions are also good because they provoke others to respond.


5. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been to?

Don’t you love talking about travel. You know with this question, you can share stories and favorite memories and maybe you’ll even get an idea about a new destination for your next vacation! You can come up with follow-up questions like “What did you like about it?” Or, “What would you recommend if I decided to go there?”


6. What is your favorite cuisine?

Everyone likes to eat and definitely will relate to this question and loves to answer. Also, you can ask whether he/ she is a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian? Then you can tell about yourself as well.


7. What inspires you? Or Who inspired you?

This will allow anyone to think beyond the parameters and if they can connect that talk about something that you find motivating?


8. Do you like watching films?

Because everyone loves watching films!
Don’t you like it too?
May be you both have a common favorite actor or actress and in that case when you can talk about that for a long duration. And it builds a very healthy and interesting conversation.


9. What are your dreams?

We all have dreams. We always think about them, we work for them. So this open ended question will lead to an endless conversation and might be a good start to take it ahead!

Last but not the least,


10. What is your favorite season?

You can talk about – your likes or dislikes about that weather or even what trends are going around. You know, like Wedding season, with just a few practical steps and the right questions, you can be better prepared to start a conversation.

Open ended are your best way to never run out of things to say in a conversion.
Now you have all these questions – start practicing them with new people you’re meeting to sharpen your English communication skills.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they are part of your learning journey. And if you don’t want to practice with new people or it’s difficult to find new people to practice such open ended conversations, then you can practice with English experts at Engvarta app.


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Want to Rock your Next Interview? Here are Top 10 Job Interview Tips!

Want to Rock your Next Interview?
Want to Rock your Next Interview?
  • Do you get nervous with the thought of an Interview, do you think your nervousness is costing you a great opportunity, don’t fret because we have the perfect solution.
  • Here are top 10 Interview tips to ensure that you rock that interview:
  • You may be the best candidate for the said job, but the employer doesn’t know that as of yet. And since you can’t go in and say, Hi sir/mam I am your best bet you’ve got out of the lot sitting outside; you will have to show them your caliber.

1. Dressing well for the interview
The first thing an interviewer notices is your clothes; they will surely check you from top to bottom. So make sure you check yourself from top to bottom before the interview. Wear clothes and accessories that are formal, comfortable and well fitted. As limping into an interview due to a shoe bite might not make a good impression and neither would an unironed pant help your cause.


2. Always greet the Interviewers and introduce yourself
Always enter the interview room with a warm smile, it shows your confidence. Shake hands with every interviewer and introduce yourself properly. Do not attempt a handshake if the table is too broad as you don’t want to risk falling over the table now! Would you?


3. Observe social etiquette
Be nice to not just the interviewer but to everyone you meet from the peon to the fellow interviewers as you never know who might be observing you. Also, do not get busy watching our videos on YouTube while you wait; instead observe the surrounding for a better insight or read the available magazine.


4. Arrive before time
Not just this helps making you a better impression, but arriving early allows you to reign in your anxiety and prepare yourself for the interview. No one wants to see a sweaty person walking in and apologizing for the delay.
Arriving on time also reflects upon your commitment for the job. Please note before time means 15 – 20 minutes before the scheduled time. No one would appreciate you for sitting on the office stairs waiting for them while the office is still getting cleaned.


5. Know your facts and resume
Aaammm…. Yaaa…. Aaaa… doesn’t reflect confidence, so make sure you have your strength, weaknesses, past experiences and other such question on the tips of your finger. Don’t underplay or over exaggerate your accomplishments. Having watched DDLJ in Maratha Mandir isn’t that big an achievement as you might feel.


6. Research about the company
You might have done so before submitting your resume, but make sure to dig deep into the companies profile before the interview. It emphasizes your level of interest and commitment towards the company.
Make sure to mention your knowledge about them in generic conversation, don’t act like a stalker and tell them that you know how much turnover they have had last summer.


7. Ask them questions
While researching prepare yourself certain question that you may ask them if prompted. And no!! Is the canteen food yummy doesn’t count as a valid one.


8. Importance of Body language
They might have comfortable seats and sofa’s but do not dare to get comfortable. Always sit uptight and make regular eye contact while answering. You don’t want them to gauge your level of procrastination, right?


9. Prepare your Arsenal
Always carry a Pen and a Notepad to an interview along with a few copies of your resume. If you have some work to show, present it properly in a portfolio. If your work is online, take screenshots of your work in case internet decides to ditch you in the very last moment.


10. Thanks the interviewer before leaving
Conclude your interview as warmly as you started it, Thanks them for their time and consideration. One would often prefer a warmer person to work with over an grim one.

On that note let us thank you for joining us today, hope we could help you through your interview anxiety. Give us a thumbs up if you liked the video and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more such tips and tricks.


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