Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Conversation Questions: Languages

  • What language is spoken the most in your country?
  • Do you have a second language in your country?
  • How many languages do you speak fluently?
  • Does your language have words adopted from English?
  • Is English important for an individual in your country?
  • Why are you studying English?
  • What language you like speaking in?
  • What language do you least like speaking in?
  • What's your favorite language?
  • What's your least favorite language?
  • What's the native language spoken in China?
    • Brazil?
    • Mexico?
    • Switzerland?
    • Australia?
    • Canada?
  • What's the strangest language have you ever head?
  • Do you wish your country has another language instead of the present one?
  • Do you have pen-friend? If yes, what languages do they speak?
  • Can you name any languages that are no longer spoken?
  • What language do the neighboring countries of where you live speak?
  • What would you do if you had to travel to a country where it's people don't know how to speak neither your language nor English?
  • Do you think that disappearing languages should be protected or should we just let them fade away?
  • What languages are spoken the most throughout the world?
  • Which do you think is the most difficult language?
  • How many languages do you speak?
  • Do you know anyone who is monolingual?
  • Do you know anyone who is bilingual or multilingual?
  • Would you like to raise multilingual children?
  • Can you think of some disadvantages of being monolingual?
  • Have you ever visited a society where most people speak only one language?
  • Have you ever visited a society where most people speak more than one language?
  • Does your country have any official languages? What languages are official?
  • What other languages are spoken in your nation, including minority groups and the languages of immigrants?
  • Do you think foreign language study should be required?
  • Do you think foreign language study should start as early as possible, or is it okay to start later?
  • Do you think all people should be required to study the same foreign language, or do you think there should be some choice?
  • Why is English used in so many places?
  • Do you think that a language other than English should be used as an "international language"?
  • Do you think language affects thought?
  • Do you enjoy studying grammar?
  • Do you think studying the grammar of your native language is important?
  • Do you think studying the grammar of a foreign language helps you to speak it?
  • What grammar question have you had lately?
  • When you study a language, do you like to study reading, writing, speaking and listening?
  • Have you ever had an emotional discussion in a language that you don't speak well?
  • When you learn new words, is it generally easier for you to remember "silly and useless" words, or "common and useful" words?
  • If you study a foreign language, do you use a dictionary written in the language you are studying?
  • Have you ever used a concordance to study language?
  • Do you have a large vocabulary?
  • Is increasing your vocabulary important to you?
  • What techniques do you use to remember vocabulary?
  • What dialects does your language have?
  • Do you know the saying, "a language is a dialect with an army"? What do you think this means? Do you agree?
  • When you are getting an important message for the first time, are you more comfortable hearing it, or reading it?
  • Is this different for you in your native language and your second/foreign language?
  • When you produce language, are you more comfortable writing it, or saying it?

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