As you’re learning Spanish, it’s important to find a partner to engage in Spanish conversations with, so you can put all of your knowledge to practical use! The benefits of a conversation partner include an increased grasp of listening comprehension, and a better understanding of the language and the vocabulary. Below, we’ve created a list of possible topics that you can talk about to get you started with your Spanish conversation practice. Try with a friend or a private Spanish tutor.
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Conversation Topics for Beginner Students:
1) The weather. What is the weather like outside? What kind of weather do you like best? This is a basic conversation topic for people just beginning to learn Spanish.
2) Hobbies. Get to know your Spanish conversation partner by discussing what kinds of things you like to do for fun. This will help build your vocabulary!
3) Your family. If you get sick of talking about yourself, tell your Spanish conversation partner about your family. Practice conjugating Spanish verbs into the third person, and make sure all of your adjectives agree with your pronouns!
4) Likes and dislikes. Be as broad or as specific as you want. Talk about your favorite colors, foods, sports, or anything else. Just remember to conjugate the verb “gustar” properly; it’s a little tricky!
5) Travel. One of the first lessons you will learn about is travel vocabulary. While speaking with your partner, focus on words and phrases that pertain to finding directions and learning the cost of items. These are some of the most basic questions that you’ll have when traveling abroad.
6) Food. This is everyone’s favorite vocabulary lesson in school; grab some pizza or “café” and talk with your language partner about your favorite foods! Feeling adventurous? Try cooking a recipe written in Spanish with your language partner.
7) Your feelings about something important in your life. Your emotions or feelings on a particular topic can be worked into your Spanish conversation practice. Remember to pay attention to your verb conjugations.
8) Your morning routine. Some of the verbs used when you discuss your morning routine are tricky, so it’s important to get used to conjugating them verbally through this type of discussion.
9) Numbers. One of the hardest parts about learning Spanish is listening to native speakers quickly rattle off numbers you aren’t used to hearing. Practice this so you know the difference between words like “cincuenta y cinco” and “cuarenta y cinco.”
10) Your friends. This is another great get-to-know-you question! Talk about your friends, their hobbies, and their likes or dislikes.
11) Clothing. Mastering the important topic of clothing will be helpful if you ever go shopping in a Spanish-speaking country. Practice your numbers by talking about cost and sizes of different clothing items.
12) Your classes. School-related vocabulary is often covered in the first year of Spanish language learning because it’s something students have in common. Talk about the different classes you are taking or the subjects you are studying.
13) Sports. Do you play a sport or watch any sports? If you do, try to discuss the latest football or hockey game in Spanish. This is a great way to learn new vocabulary words that are relevant for different cultures.
14) Your house. Tell your Spanish conversation partner all about your “casa.” How many rooms does it have? What color are the walls? Where is the kitchen located?
15) Movies. Talk about your favorite movies, actors, directors, or genres. Not a big movie person? You can talk about books, plays, or musicians. This is a great way to practice using adjectives in a sentence.
Conversation Topics for Intermediate Students:
16) Your hopes for the future. You have to use future or conditional tenses here, so practice both to master conjugating the verbs while you speak.
17) Your past vacations. Learn the difference between the preterite and imperfect past tenses by telling a story about your past travels.
18) Current events. This is a great way to strongly expand your vocabulary and discuss more complex ideas. Start with simple current events and work your way up to international news.
19) What did you do yesterday? Still struggling with the preterite and imperfect past tenses? Make things a little simpler and talk about what you did the day before.
20) Your favorite birthday. Try to put all of your conversational lessons together to talk about your favorite birthday or holiday. These subjects are fantastic because they bring together a lot of different vocabulary lists. Who did you celebrate with? What did you wear? What did you eat? What did you like or dislike about it? How did you feel? Did you travel? Remember to use the preterite and imperfect tenses!
Remember, Spanish conversation practice with a friend or family member is important, but it’s not a substitute for working with a qualified tutor. A Spanish tutor will create lesson plans based on your learning style and help you understand concepts that are difficult for you, which can go a long way as you improve your speaking and comprehension skills. In the meantime, memorize these Spanish phrases and you’ll be chatting away in no time!
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