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You can improve your English through perfecting what I like to call “learning a new language” questions. These are all the questions we ask about new words or phrases, or questions we use to find out words we don’t know or have forgotten.
If you know these questions perfectly, they will come naturally to you and can help you learn more words faster.
Even people who have been speaking English for years can review and perfect the basic “learning a new language” questions I outline below.
When learning a new language, you use these questions all the time so let's be sure not to have any "bad habits" with these questions. “Bad habits” or habitual mistakes are usually connected to what you learned when you were just starting out with a new language - now it's time to master English and perfect these questions!
You can sound more fluent if you perfectly memorize these basic questions:
(I use the word chair for all of these questions)
1. What does (chair) mean?
(Used when we know the word, but not the meaning)
2. How do you use (chair) in a sentence?
(Used when we want to hear an example of how a word is used)
3. What do you call (that)?
(Used when we can point to the actual object)
4. How do you say, (you know, that thing we sit in)?
(Used when we can describe an object or idea, but don’t know the exact word to use)
5. What's the word for (that things we sit in)?
(Used in the same way as #4)
6. How do you spell (chair)?
(Used when we want to know how to spell or write a word)
7. Can you repeat that? / Can you repeat that slowly, please?
(Used when we want to hear someone say the word again, maybe slower)
Watch this video I made to hear the correct pronunciation of these basic “learning a new language” questions:
(I use the word "cat" as the example in these questions)
Remember, using these questions correctly will help you:
Would you add any other questions to this list?
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