20 Easy Spanish Phrases for Striking Up a Conversation

Spanish phrases for conversations

Casual conversations with Spanish-speakers are a fun and easy way to practice your language skills! Here, you’ll find 20 phrases that will come in handy for Spanish conversation practice.

When you’re learning Spanish, it’s useful to have a few topics of conversation in mind so you can practice your conversational Spanish skills with another Spanish speaker. If and when the opportunity arises, use any of the following Spanish questions and phrases to put all you’ve learned into practice! Try them with a friend or Spanish tutor.

20 Spanish Phrases and Questions for Conversation Practice

1. ¿Cómo te llamas?/¿Cómo se llama usted? (What’s your name?)

This simple phrase is a must-have for when you’re meeting someone new. It can be used in virtually any situation, from a party to a job interview!

2. ¿De dónde eres?/¿De dónde es usted? (Where are you from?)

There are many Spanish questions you can use to strike up a conversation, but asking about someone’s birthplace can provide a lot of insight into their country and culture. You never know where it will lead!

3. ¿Tienes hermanos?/¿Tiene hermanos? (Do you have brothers and sisters?)

Expressing an interest in someone’s family can get them talking, and before you know it, you’ll be conversing like old friends.

4. ¿Qué te gusta hacer?/¿Qué le gusta hacer? (What do you like to do?)

This is one of the best Spanish phrases to know, because you might discover you have a lot in common, or you might learn about a new and interesting activity you’ve never done before. Either way, this question is a great way to get some Spanish conversation practice.

5. ¿Qué deportes te gusta ver?/¿Qué deportes le gusta ver? (What sports do you like to watch?)

If you have a favorite sport or sports team in common, you’re sure to start a lively conversation about the next match, your favorite players, and more. This is a great way to break the ice.

6. ¿Cuál es tu restaurante favorito?/¿Cuál es su restaurante favorito? (What’s your favorite restaurant?)

People love talking about their favorite foods. And if your conversation goes well, you might just be able to have your next chat at the restaurant of your new friend’s choice!

7. ¿Qué libro acabas de leer ?/¿Qué libro acaba de leer? (What book did you just finish reading?)

Literary interests can start a fascinating conversation. You may also get some suggestions for authors in Spanish literature to look out for.

8. ¿Qué película viste recientemente?/¿Qué película vio recientemente? (What’s the most recent film you’ve seen?)

Spanish-language films reveal a lot about the culture. Take this chance to learn about new films that are popular in the Spanish-speaking world.

9. ¿Cuándo empezaste a aprender español?/¿Cuándo empezó a aprender español? (When did you start to learn Spanish?)

This is a great way to get some Spanish conversation practice with another Spanish learner. Ask for any insights or tips they might be willing to offer.

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10. ¿Qué otros idiomas hablas?/¿Qué otros idiomas habla? (What other languages do you speak?)

Chances are, you’re not the only one who is bilingual! It’s always fun to see how many languages people know how to speak.

11. ¿Te gusta bailar?/¿Le gusta bailar? (Do you like to dance?)

Of all the Spanish questions you could ask, this one is probably the most daring. Whether you’re at a wedding, party, or club this question comes in handy on a variety of occasions. Salsa dancing, anyone?

12. ¿Adónde has viajado recientemente?/¿Adónde ha viajado recientemente? (Where have you traveled recently?)

Travel is a passion that knows no borders, and people love talking about their interests. Ask your new friend if they’ve been to any Spanish-speaking countries lately.

13. ¿En qué trabajas?/¿En qué trabaja? (What is your profession?)

This question will strike up a conversation easily. It also opens the door to future networking opportunities if you’re interested in the same field!

14. ¿Qué música prefieres?/¿Qué música prefiere? (What is your favorite music?)

If you both like music with Spanish-language lyrics, you’ve just found an excellent way to practice your Spanish, as you listen, discuss, and decode the music.

15. ¿Qué pasa en las noticias de hoy? (What’s in the news today?)

The daily events of the world always offer something new to talk about. This question will likely help you learn some new vocabulary words and get some much needed Spanish conversation practice in.

16. ¿Qué hiciste este fin de semana?/¿Qué hizo este fin de semana? (What did you do this weekend?)

This is one of our favorite go-to Spanish questions, ideal for use on Mondays. As you explore your conversation partner’s interests and hobbies, you’ll usually learn something new about him or her.

17. En tu opinión/su opinión, ¿cuál es la solución a los problemas del medio ambiente? (What do you think is the solution to environmental problems?)

Sharing ideas about the most vexing problems of today is an easy way to share ideas and learn from one another.

18. ¿Trabajas como voluntario -a?/¿Trabaja como voluntario -a? (Do you volunteer?)

Find out if your new friend volunteers and you’ll often discover a window into what matters most to them. Meaningful conversations create lasting friendships!

19. ¿Vas/va al gimnasio o participas/participa en otras actividades para hacer ejercicio? (Do you go to the gym or do other activities as exercise?)

Exercising together is a fun activity that can really break the ice among new friends. See if your conversation partner enjoys playing soccer, taking walks, or riding bikes.

20. ¿Tienes mascota/tiene mascota? (Do you have a pet?)

Spanish questions about our most beloved companions are guaranteed to start a long and fun conversation. Dig deeper and ask about the animal’s name, breed, size, etc.

20 Conversational Spanish phrases and questions

With any of these Spanish phrases and questions, you’ll be able to easily get some Spanish conversation practice time in. Don’t be shy – people love it when you make an effort to speak in their native language. Starting regular conversations with these tips will also help you learn how to speak Spanish faster. Now go ahead and start getting to know someone, en español! 

Joan BannaPost Author: Joan B.
Joan B. lives in Carmichael, CA and has been teaching high school Spanish for more than 18 years. A lover of language, she’s studied French, Arabic, and Italian, and also spent time living in Spain. Learn more about Joan here!

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    Ehis Prince-Dashing Chris says:

    gracias, me encanta este soy un estudiante en Nigeria.
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