160 Questions to Ask Someone You Just Met

Meeting new people can be exciting but also a little nerve-wracking. What do you talk about? How do you break the ice? Well, questions are a great way to get to know someone and kick-start a fun conversation. 

From discovering their favorite food to diving into their dreams for the future, asking questions can turn awkward silence into a great chat. So, let’s dive in and let the fun conversations begin!

Ice-Breakers to Ease In

  1. What’s something that made you smile today?
  2. Do you have a favorite local spot you like to visit?
  3. Are you more of a coffee or tea person?
  4. What song do you have on repeat right now?
  5. What’s the last good movie you watched?
  6. Do you prefer books or movies?
  7. Have you picked up any new hobbies recently?
  8. What’s your go-to fun fact about yourself?
  9. Do you have any pets? What are their names?
  10. What’s the first thing you notice about someone when you meet?
  11. Which season of the year do you like the most?
  12. Do you have a favorite holiday? Why is it your favorite?
  13. What’s a positive aspect of this week for you?
  14. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  15. What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
  16. Are there any local events you’re looking forward to?
  17. What’s something you’re really proud of?
  18. Do you enjoy cooking, or are you more of a take-out person?
  19. Have you ever won an award or contest?
  20. What’s a skill you’d like to learn?

Interests and Hobbies

  1. What do you like to do in your free time?
  2. Do you play any musical instruments?
  3. Are you into any sports?
  4. What’s the most satisfying hobby you have?
  5. Have you been in any clubs or organizations?
  6. Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to pick up but haven’t yet?
  7. Do you enjoy writing or creating art?
  8. What’s an indoor activity you love?
  9. What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
  10. Do you like to collect anything?
  11. What’s the last craft you made?
  12. Do you have any favorite games or board games?
  13. What websites do you visit most?
  14. Are you working on any personal projects right now?
  15. Where’s a good place around here to get involved with hobbies?
  16. Do you enjoy gardening or keeping plants?
  17. Have you been to any good workshops or lectures lately?
  18. What podcasts or YouTube channels do you enjoy?
  19. Is there something you love doing that surprises people?
  20. How do you like to relax and unwind?

Travel and Adventure

  1. Have you traveled anywhere recently?
  2. What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
  3. Do you prefer traveling alone or with others?
  4. Is there a place you’ve visited that feels like a second home?
  5. Do you have a dream travel destination?
  6. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
  7. How many countries have you visited?
  8. Do you prefer the beach, the mountains, or the city?
  9. What’s a travel tip you swear by?
  10. Have you ever been on a road trip?
  11. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen while traveling?
  12. Are there any cultural festivals you’d love to attend?
  13. Do you like to try local foods when you travel?
  14. What was the last landmark you visited?
  15. Do you have a funny travel story?
  16. What’s your must-have item when you travel?
  17. Have you learned any phrases in another language from traveling?
  18. What’s your preference: sightseeing or relaxing by the pool?
  19. Have you ever taken a spontaneous trip?
  20. What’s the next place on your travel bucket list?

Food and Cuisine

  1. What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
  2. Can you cook a dish you’re really proud of?
  3. What’s the most unusual food you’ve ever tasted?
  4. Is there a recipe you’ve wanted to try making?
  5. Do you have a favorite restaurant in town?
  6. What’s your go-to comfort food?
  7. Are there any food allergies I should know if we grab a bite sometime?
  8. Are you a sweet or savory kind of person?
  9. Do you enjoy baking?
  10. What’s your favorite snack?
  11. Have you ever attended a food festival?
  12. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
  13. Have you ever taken a cooking class?
  14. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?
  15. Is there a food you used to dislike and now enjoy?
  16. What’s your opinion on spicy food?
  17. Do you prefer dine-in, delivery, or home-cooked meals?
  18. What’s the last new food you tried?
  19. Do you have a special recipe that’s been passed down in your family?
  20. What food is overrated, in your opinion?

Work and Education

  1. What’s something exciting about your field of work or study?
  2. Without giving away the company, what’s your day-to-day like at work?
  3. Have you discovered anything interesting or surprising in your industry recently?
  4. Did you always want to work in your current field?
  5. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned from your job?
  6. Has your career path taken any unexpected turns?
  7. What was your favorite subject back in school?
  8. Do you have any side hustles or passion projects?
  9. What is one skill that helps you in your work life?
  10. Have you had a particularly influential mentor or teacher?
  11. Are you considering any further education or training?
  12. What’s more important in a job for you: creativity or efficiency?
  13. How do you handle work-related stress?
  14. Do you have any professional goals for this year?
  15. What would your dream job look like?
  16. Are there any common misconceptions about your profession?
  17. What professional achievement are you most proud of?
  18. How does your job impact your everyday life?
  19. Do you prefer working from home or in an office?
  20. If you could give a TED talk, what would it be about?

Entertainment and Pop Culture

  1. What’s the last show you binge-watched?
  2. Do you have a favorite movie genre?
  3. Who’s your favorite music artist or band?
  4. Have you been to any live concerts or performances recently?
  5. What book has influenced you the most?
  6. Do you follow any series or franchises religiously?
  7. What’s your favorite podcast at the moment?
  8. Who’s someone famous you’d like to meet and why?
  9. Are you into any particular video games?
  10. What’s a movie you can watch over and over without getting tired of it?
  11. Do you prefer theater plays or musicals?
  12. Have you ever cosplayed a character from a movie or show?
  13. Which celebrity do you think you’d get along with?
  14. Are there any upcoming movies or events you’re excited about?
  15. What’s a song that you relate to personally?
  16. Have you ever experienced a moment in pop culture history that stuck with you?
  17. If you could be a character from any film or book, who would you be?
  18. What’s an underrated TV show or podcast you think more people should know about?
  19. Do you like to stay updated on celebrity news?
  20. What’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to entertainment?

Dreams and Aspirations

  1. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  3. Do you set goals for yourself regularly?
  4. What’s something big you’ve accomplished that you didn’t expect to?
  5. What’s a cause that is important to you?
  6. What would be your version of a perfect day?
  7. Do you have any lifelong dreams you’re pursuing?
  8. In what ways do you want to improve yourself?
  9. Is there a skill or hobby you aspire to master?
  10. What’s on your bucket list?
  11. Do you think about starting your own business someday?
  12. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given about achieving your dreams?
  13. If you could have a superpower to help you achieve your dreams, what would it be?
  14. How do you balance your personal ambitions with your other commitments?
  15. What impact do you hope to have on the world?
  16. Is there a particular achievement that would symbolize “success” for you?
  17. Who in your life inspires you to dream bigger?
  18. Have you ever had to give up something good for something great?
  19. What project would you start if time and resources were no object?
  20. How do you deal with setbacks when it comes to your goals?

General Life and Experiences

  1. What’s a lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
  2. Do you have a life philosophy or motto you live by?
  3. What has been a significant change in your life recently?
  4. How do you prefer to spend your free time?
  5. What’s something new you’ve tried that you would recommend?
  6. Is there a local event or activity you think everyone should experience?
  7. Have you ever had a “once in a lifetime” experience?
  8. How do you go about making important decisions?
  9. What’s one habit you think has improved your life?
  10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
  11. What’s something you’ve done that was outside of your comfort zone?
  12. How do you typically celebrate your birthday?
  13. What is the best thing about your hometown?
  14. How do you stay informed about current events?
  15. Have you volunteered for any cause or organization?
  16. What’s an important lesson you’ve learned from a challenge or failure?
  17. What’s a tradition that is important to you?
  18. What’s the most interesting discovery you’ve made about yourself?
  19. How do you like to celebrate successes?
  20. What is one thing you do to make your day more productive?

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to start a conversation?

The best way to start a conversation depends on the situation. Here are some general tips:

Common ground: Look for something you both share, like the event you’re at or the place you’re in.

Be friendly: A smile goes a long way.

Open-ended questions: Use questions that can’t be answered with just “yes” or “no.”

How can body language help in a conversation with a new person?

Body language is a powerful tool when communicating. Positive body language, such as smiling, maintaining eye contact, and subtly leaning in can indicate your attention and interest in the conversation. 

Avoid crossing your arms, constantly checking your phone, or appearing distracted, as these can signal disinterest.

How can I keep the conversation flowing?

Keeping a conversation flowing is an art, but it gets easier with practice. Here’s how:

– Listen actively: Really pay attention to what the other person is saying.

– Ask follow-up questions: This shows you’re interested and keeps the conversation going.

– Share about yourself: This doesn’t mean you should dominate the conversation but do offer pieces of information about yourself so it’s a two-way street.

What should you do if the conversation with someone new goes wrong?

If your conversation takes an unfortunate turn, it’s always best to apologize and clarify your intention. You might need to change the subject quickly if it’s due to a controversial topic. Clearly stating that you didn’t mean to offend can help alleviate the tension.

Final Thoughts

Next time you meet someone new, you won’t be stuck for what to say. Whether it’s a casual meet-up or the start of a beautiful friendship, these questions are your secret weapon for making any conversation exciting and fun. Go ahead, ask away, and enjoy getting to know someone better!

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Robby is a multimedia editor at UpJourney with a journalism and communications background.

When she's not working, Robby transforms into an introverted art lover who indulges in her love for sports, learning new things, and sipping her favorite soda. She also enjoys unwinding with feel-good movies, books, and video games. She's also a proud pet parent to her beloved dog, Dustin.