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36 ESL conversation questions about friends and friendship

In English, they say that a good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

Help your students improve their English fluency with these ESL conversation questions about friends.

ESL conversation questions about friends

  1. Do you prefer having a large circle of friends or a small circle of friends?
  2. Do you find it easy to make new friends?
  3. Is it easier to make friends in your home country compared to where you are living now?
  4. Do you think it’s easier or harder for adults to make new friends? Why?
  5. What are some things adults can do to make new friends?
  6. Do you have a best friend? Describe them.
  7. Did you have a best friend growing up?
  8. Where do you enjoy spending time with your friends?
  9. Do you have any friends who live overseas? How often do you connect with them?
  10. Do you wish you had more friends or less friends?
  11. Have you ever made any friends online? If so, how did you meet?
  12. Do you share any common interests with your friends?
  13. Do you think friends or family are more important?
  14. If a friend called you at 2am in the morning, would you answer the phone?
  15. What qualities do you value most in a friend?
  16. Do you think it’s important that you and your friends share similar values?
  17. Is it okay to argue with your friends? Why or why not?
  18. Have you ever had a falling out with a friend?
  19. Have you ever had to forgive and make up with a friend after an argument?
  20. Do you prefer to belong to one big friend group? Or do you like to have friends in all different areas of your life?
  21. Are you a different version of yourself in different friendships? If so, how?
  22. Are you good friends with your siblings and relatives?
  23. Tell us a funny story about you and your best friend.
  24. Do you think there is a relationship between friendship and good mental health?
  25. Do you think that your upbringing influences how you make friends?
  26. There is a saying that “you are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with.” Do you think that’s true?
  27. What life lessons have you learned from your best friend?
  28. What things can someone do to be a “good” friend?
  29. Are you still friends with people from your childhood?
  30. Who is the most interesting person you have ever made friends with? What makes them so interesting?
  31. Do you think that friendship is a form of love?
  32. Are you very close with all of your friends? Why or why not?
  33. Do you think it’s okay for friendships to end?
  34. Why do you think some friendships last forever while others end quite quickly?
  35. Do you think it’s possible to be friends with someone you are attracted to?
  36. Have you ever loaned money to a friend? Did it go well?

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Cameron Smith

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