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How to start a conversation with someone you like!

Many of my students tell me how hard it is to start a conversation in their own language… but it’s even harder in English, and worse when it’s someone you like, in the romantic sense! So, just to help you, here are some useful expressions you can use to start a conversation with someone you like!

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How to start a conversation with someone

Imagine you’re in a bar at night and you see someone you like. What’s the best way of starting to talk to them? You could use a chat-up line – a short sentence or question to break the ice. Three of the most typical chat-up lines are:

  • Do you come here often?
  • Can I read your palm?
  • What’s your star sign?

Here are some really corny chat-up lines for you to learn and use… if you’re feeling brave. [Learn Hot English accepts no responsibility for any injuries incurred as a result if using these lines in real-life situations!]


  • See that door? Let’s go out!


  • You know what you’d look great in? My arms!


  • My doctor says I’m lacking Vitamin U.

  • Besides being gorgeous, what do you do for a living?


  • Can I take a picture of you to show Santa what I want for Christmas?


  • I’ve heard you like water. That’s good – you already like 70% of me.


  • Are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile.


  • If you were a hamburger at McDonald’s, you’d be a McGorgeous.


  • OK, I’m here. What were your other two wishes?


  • Hi, I’m Mr Right. Someone said you were looking for me?


  • You’re single? I’m single. Coincidence? I think not.


  • Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?


  • If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.


  • You must do interior design because you definitely made this room more beautiful.


  • So last night, I was reading the Book of Numbers and I realised I don’t have yours.


  • My friends over there said I wouldn’t be able to start a conversation with the most attractive person in the room. Do you want to buy some drinks with their money?


  • See my friend over there? He wants to know if you think I’m cute.


  • Let’s flip a coin: heads your mine, tails I’m yours!


  • If I had a nickel for every time I saw someone as beautiful as you, I’d have 5 cents


  • Are you a magician? Because every time I look at you, everyone else disappears.


  • My psychologist says I’m afraid of commitment. Could you help me prove him wrong?


a chat-up line = a short sentence or question you ask someone who you like in the romantic sense

corny = if something is “corny”, it’s a bit silly

gorgeous = someone “gorgeous” is nice and attractive

for a living = the things you do “for a living” are the jobs you do

a wish = if you make a “wish”, you ask for something you really want

flip a coin = if you “flip a coin”, you throw the coin in the air and see which side it lands on so you can make a decision

heads = the side of a coin with a head on it

tails = the other side of the coin, often with an image on it

a nickel (US) = a coin that is worth 5 US cents

commitment = someone who is afraid of “commitment” is frightened about having a relationship, often because they don’t want to be hurt

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