25 spice conversation questions

25 flavorsome spice conversation questions

Spice conversation questions

Spices, we all put them in our food and they make life more delicious! You can use the free spice conversation questions for various English discussion and speaking activities.

Although this is a fairly advanced topic, the questions themselves are not too difficult. The most challenging terms in this speaking worksheet include – oils and extracts, mortar and pestle, fresh and dried, combine, spice rack, the spice trade, and associate.

The spice conversation questions are –

What is your favourite spice? What kinds of dishes do you usually put it in?

Are there any spices that you can’t stand? What are they and how do they taste?

Have you ever grown any spices at home? How did you grow them?

What is the most expensive spice you know of? How much does it cost?

Do you ever use spice oils and extracts? What for?

What spices are grown in your country? What spices are grown near your home?

Have you ever used a mortar and pestle? What did you use it for?

Which spices do you think are the best for your health? Are there any bad ones?

How many different spices can you name in 30 seconds?

What would you say is the difference between a spice and a herb?

What is a spice that you have in the cupboard but rarely ever use?

Do you mostly cook with and eat fresh spices or dried spices?

Where is the best place to go and buy spices in the area you live?

What are some spices that combine very well together? What do you put them in?

Where do you keep your spices? Do you have a spice rack at home?

About how many spices do you think you have in your kitchen?

What do you think would be the best country to go to and buy fresh spices?

What are the best spices to put on a roast chicken? On a pizza? In a vegetable soup?

Have you ever been to a spice farm? What did you do and what was growing there?

How do you think the spice trade was different around 500 to 1000 years ago?

Which spice do you think is the most beautiful to look at?

Which 3 spices do you think has the nicest smells?

What spices do you associate with the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America?

Do you ever put spices into drinks? Which drinks and how do you make them?

Spice idioms

Here are some related spice idioms and expressions you can introduce to your students after they have finished discussing the spice conversation questions.

  • Something that is the spice of life is a thing that makes a person’s life more interesting and enjoyable.
  • Similarly, if you spice something up, you make it more exciting or interesting.
  • The expression “variety is the spice of life” is used to say that life is more fun when you do new and different things. Doing the same thing every day is boring.


spices with a mortar and pestle
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