Have you ever try to engage a conversation in French with a French native speaker? Worst, when this latter has a kind of accent and speaks truly fast!
It is not easy, I know.
Let's start then!
The main point we are going to talk about are :
These are small tips from my experience and some from my neighbourhood's one.
French Conversation Opening Lines
If you want to start a conversation in French, you can talk about the place, the weather, ask why the person is there.
– if you are at a party, how you know the hosts… then try to merge such a statement with a direct question for example.
These are some expressions you may use to catch the person's attention :
French Conversation Starters – Direct Approach: Introduce Yourself
The following expressions are basic to start a simple conversation. You may use these sentences :
Talking About Yourself in French – OK, but Don’t Forget to Return the Questions!
In a real-life situation, if you do not ask questions to your interlocutor, you are going to come out as a selfish person. It will be like you do not care about him or his life, etc. So, a tip here is to return the question back to your interlocutor. Talk briefly about yourself, then ask “et toi / et vous”? (and you).
Starting a Conversation in French – A Bilingual Story
The weather is always a good conversation starter. Food is too… and travel, hobbies, sports, questions about family, etc.
Current events are OK but stay away from politics and religion, or anything too personal/deeper questions: keep the conversation light.
You can check out some French audiobooks to see/hear typical conversation vocabulary and topics used in context.
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