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Shopping Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Talk about the last thing you bought. Alternatively, play twenty questions and try to guess what each person most recently bought.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Do you like shopping? For what kinds of things?
  2. Have you ever spent too much? What did you buy? How did you feel afterwards?
  3. How long do you usually shop for? Do you try to get your shopping done as fast as possible?
  4. Do you shop online? What kinds of things do you buy online? What would you rather buy in person?
  5. What is the most expensive thing you have ever bought? Was it worth what you paid for it?
  6. Do you prefer to shop alone or with other people? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  7. Who does the grocery shopping in your household? How often do they do it?
  8. Are you a bargain hunter? Do you get excited about sales and discounts? When are the best sales in your country?
  9. Which do you prefer? Buying things for yourself or for other people?
  10. Do you collect points or stamps at any stores? Which loyalty programs are worthwhile?
  11. In the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday and is famous for big sales and aggressive behavior by shoppers. Have you ever had any problems with other shoppers?
  12. Shoplifting is when someone takes something from a shop without paying. How common is this crime in your country? How do shops try to prevent shoplifting?
  13. Have you ever worked in a shop? What was the store selling? Does that kind of job suit you?
  14. If you were to open your own shop, what kinds of things would you like to sell?
  15. Have you ever returned something to the shop you bought it from? Why did you return it? Did you get a refund?
  16. Do you care where products are made? Do you prefer to buy things which are made in your own country? Why or why not?
  17. Some countries have late-night or all-night shopping. What time of day do you like to shop?
  18. Have you been shopping abroad? Which are the best cities for shopping?

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Money Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
What are the names of currencies used in other countries? List as many as you can.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Which do you enjoy more: earning money or spending money?
  2. How do you feel after spending a large amount of money?
  3. Do you save enough money? What savings goals do you have?
  4. How do you prefer to pay for purchases? With cash, a credit card, or some other payment method? Why?
  5. What was the first job or task you ever received money for? How much were you paid?
  6. Can you recall (without looking) who and what are on your country’s bank notes and coins? Why are they famous or significant?
  7. Have you seen another country’s money? Which countries have beautiful notes or coins?
  8. How often do you think about money? Is money a stressful part of life?
  9. What does ‘money doesn’t grow on trees‘ mean? Do you agree?
  10. Of the things you have bought in your life, which do you remember most happily?
  11. Is there something you regret buying? Why?
  12. Did you receive pocket-money/an allowance when you were a child? Was it enough for you? What did you usually spend it on?
  13. What would you tell someone if they asked how much you get paid?
  14. If a young person wanted to know what career they should pursue to make as much money as possible, what would you recommend they do?
  15. Do you and your friends lend money to each other? How much are you willing to lend or borrow?
  16. When you are walking around a big city, where on your body is a safe place to keep money? Is it safe in a handbag?
  17. What would you do if you found a brown paper bag with one thousand dollars in it on the street?
  18. Imagine you have won a million dollars. Who will you tell? What will you do with the money?