COMMON INTERROGATIVES DURING FIRST CONVERSATION WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
— STEP ONE —
Who’s teaching you [language]?
A: I’m self taught/ I teach myself.
Who taught you [language]?
A: I taught myself.
Who did you learn [language] from?
A: I studied it independently.
What is your job?
A: I’m a student
What do you do?
A: I study at the university. I’m a teacher
What is your age/How old are you?
A: I’m [number] years old.
What is today’s date?
A: Today is 25th of March.
What are your hobbies?
A: I like to study languages, go fishing and play video game.c
When did you start learning [language]?
A: I started learning [language] two months ago.
When did you go to [country]?
A: I have never been to [country], but if I go, I want to go to [city].
When will you go to [city]?
A: I will go to [city] after I graduate.
Who is your teacher?
A: I don’t have a teacher/ My teacher is (Moses).
What is your name?
A: My name is [name].
What’s your reason for learning [language]?
A: I want to learn [language] because I want to go to [country] one day.
What do you do in your spare time?
A: When I have time, I like to go fishing and play video games with my friends.
What does this mean?
A: This means “Book”
What time is it?
A: It is already 5:00 PM.
Where are you from?
A: I am from the United States.
Where did you learn [language]?
A: I learned [language] in my home.
Where in the country have you been?
A: When I went to [country], I was in [city].
Road Running Keywords
although, but, even if, if, when (when something occurs), and, now, other, told me, moreover, whenever, or, also, because, after, before, to think, very, is that so? than, as long as, continue, still, probably, maybe, usually, sometimes, ok, I see, to make (make something happen)，once in a while, always, especially, like this, like that, must, simply, yet, feel, Hope that, just, just a minute ago, for example,（ as soon as）, believe, with, at least, more and more， most interesting of all, seems, I’m sure that, in order to, for me, more, the more xxx…the better, easiest, most difficult (superlative), too (excessive), also, in comparison to, certainly, in my opinion, to me, in my point of view, soon, as a matter of fact, in fact, honestly, actually， already, heard that, for sure, had better (I’d better), about, even.
Who’s Teaching You The Language
I’m learning the language on my own (now), (but),(although) I’m learning on my own, I don’t (think) it’s a difficult task. (As long as) I (continue) to work hard, I will be successful.
Which Languages Are You Learning?
(Now) I’m learning Spanish, German, Chinese (and) Japanese, (but) I will (probably) start learning (other) languages (because) I (believe) learning (many) languages is very enriching. (Although) it (may) be difficult for an individual, (at least) the learning process will be fun.
— STEP TWO —
- I don’t know.
- I don’t understand.
- Please repeat it.
- Please speak slowly.
- Please write it down.
- Please explain it.
- How do you say [word]
- What is the meaning of [sentence]?
- How do you say [word] in [language]?
INCORPORATING DIFFICULTIES WITH KEY WORDS:
- I don’t know, (but) (I’m sure) I will know after you explain it.
- I don’t understand, (but) after you explain it, (perhaps) I will understand.
- I don’t understand (therefore) please right it down (in order) for me to understand.
- I (think) you’re speaking (too) fast. Could you speak more slowly (for me?).
— STEP THREE —
Hello, my name is Laoshu and today I would like to introduce myself in order to practice my [language]. I’m an American and am (now) studying Thai. I’m living in Columbus, Ohio, but I was born in Akron, Ohio. Akron is north of Columbus and it takes about 2 hours to get there by vehicle. I’ve been living in Columbus, Ohio for 8 years (already). I think Columbus is great (because) it is a very diverse place. I’m (also) married. (Although) I’m married, I haven’t any children yet. I’m 28 years old and my wife is 39 years old.
Why am I learning Spanish and (other) languages? I’m learning Spanish and other languages (simply) (because) (I think) that learning languages is very enriching (and) I love meeting people from all over the world. (Although) (to many people) learning languages is a difficult task, I think it is a fun thing to do and very rewarding (after) hard work of study. I would (honestly) have to say that it is (certainly) worth the effort and time.