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Example: Someone asks you “What’s your name?” and if your name is Dave, then you’ll answer “My name is Dave” without thinking.

The reason you can answer this question without thinking is because “My name is Dave” was in your mind and you only open your mouth to speak it out. It’s like natural response without thinking.

 

Here is the explanation:

When someone asks you an English question, the process to answer will be:

Step 1: Listen to English question clearly.

Step 2: Translate this question into your native language for understanding.

Step 3: Find a suitable answer in your native language.

Step 4: Translate this answer into English.

Step 5: Speak out this answer in English clearly and fluently.

What happens if you can’t hear this question clearly or you don’t have a suitable answer for it?Surely, you can’t give an answer easily and fluently.

But why don’t you encounter these five problems with the example above? It’s because the answer has already existed in your mind and your mind was handling five steps quickly and automatically to give the answer “My name is Dave” for the question “What’s your name?“.

How can you do that? By learning the method “Respond English naturally” to ask questions and give answers in English automatically.

 

The method “Respond English naturally” has the following steps:

Repeat asking common questions and giving common answers

Repeat asking common questions and giving common answers

Repeat asking common questions and giving common answers

The core of this method is in the word repeat. It’s also the method that children learn a language repeat and repeat, if you repeat asking a question or giving an answer in English many times, you’ll ask this question or give the answer in English naturally and automatically without thinking.

 

How to practice this method?

In English, there is the rule name “Rule Q-A”:

Rule Q-A = Question – Answer

No matter what you talk about or who you talk with, when you talk something, it means you’re asking a question or giving an answer. Speaking English with someone also means asking questions or giving answers in English with him/her.

Learning English Speaking = learning to ask question or give answer

Example:

Me:     Hi! How are you?

John: I’m fine!

Me:     What’s your name?

John: I’m John

Me:     Where are you from, John?

John: I’m from Singapore

………………………

In this situation, John and I speak English together and we use Rule Q – A by asking questions and giving answers.

The followings are 101 common questions in English, just by repeating asking and answering these common questions, many of my students can speak English naturally and fluently within only 2 weeks of practice.

If you use this method, you also have the same result as my students. If you use this method, you have a chance to speak English naturally and fluently and if you don’t use it, nothing happens! All is your choice!

 

101 common questions in English

 

Introduction:

Hi! Nice to meet you!

How are you?

What’s your name?

Where are you from?

Are you  a student?

Are you an employee?

Are you a business man?

Do you like your study/work?

Do you have any foreign friends?

Do you like making new friends?

Can I be your friend?

Favorite and free time:

What is your favorite?

Do you like going outside with your friends at weekend?

Do you learn anything in free time?

Have you ever gone abroad?

Do you like traveling?

Which country do you want to travel?

Anywhere else?

Do you like traveling alone or with someone?

If with someone, who do want to go with?

Can I ask you something?

Do you like your country?

Is it beautiful?

What do you think about people in your country?

Do you know traditional dishes in your country?

What is it?

Do you like cooking?

Can you cook?

Do you often eat outside?

Who do you go with?

Do you like singing?

Can you sing?

Do you often listen to music?

What kind of music do you like?

What is your favorite song?

Who is your favorite singer?

Do you like movie?

What kind of movie do you like?

Do you often go to the cinema for watching movie?

Do you go alone or go with someone?

Do you often go outside for shopping?

Do you like jeans style?

Do you like dancing?

Can you dance?

Do you often read book?

What kind of book do you often read?

Do you often go to the bookstore?

Do you like sport?

Do you often play sport?

What kind of sport do you like?

Do you like swimming?

Can you swim?

Lifestyle and Work:

What do you major in?

How is your study/work? Is it good?

Are you happy with your study/work?

Where do you study/work?

What time do you start your study/work?

What time do you finish your study/work?

How many days do you study/work a week?

How long does it take to go to school/work from your home?

How far is it to go to school/work from your home?

How do you go to school/work?

How is your life? Is it good?

Life is cheap or expensive in your city?

How much do you spend for a month?

What do you spend money on?

Where do you live?

Do you live alone or with someone?

Do you like lifestyle there?

Money is important to you?

How do you earn money?

What will you do if you have a lot of money?

What’s your dream?

Do you want to make your dream come true?

Is it easy to make your dream come true?

How do you make your dream come true?

Yourself:

How old are you?

When is your birthday?

What do you do on your birthday?

What kind of gift do you like on your birhtday?

How many people in your family?

Who are they?

Family is important to you?

How do you make your family happy?

Have you ever been boring?

What do you do when you’re boring?

Have you got a girlfriend/boyfriend yet?

Are you shy to talk something with a girl/boy?

Do you like animal?

Do you have a pet at home?

Do you think dog can be a good friend of people?

English speaking:

Can you speak English? Is it good?

How many languages can you speak?

Where do you learn English?

When did you start learning English?

Why do you learn English?

Do you want to work for a foreign company?

Why/ Why not?

Do you like talking with me?

How do you think about my English?

I’m happy to make friends with you!

…………………………………….


Exercise Personal: Practice Pronunciation and response (1 week)

Print out these 101 common English questions.

Use a pen to answer these questions by your own information.

Use a pen to underline two words connected together such as “What is it?” or “Where do you work?”.

Speak 101 questions (including answers) with normal speed method as above.

If you speak these 101 questions and answers with the speaking speed from 5 minutes 40 seconds to 6 minutes 40 seconds, it means that your speed is standard. Use a watch to see if you speak English at standard speed. Standard speed is 6 minutes 10 seconds and the difference of +/- 30 seconds is acceptable.

If your speed is longer than 6 minutes 40 seconds, you will cause boredom to listeners. Speed up your speaking.

If your speed is shorter than 5 minutes 40 seconds, it means you speak so fast, then your pronunciation is so short and unclear, it makes listeners hard to understand. Speed down your speaking.

(Don’t do other exercises until you complete this exercise)

 

Exercise Group 1: Make new friends and Practice English Speaking (1 week)

You can find your old friends in Yahoo, Twitter, Skype … to ask them to learn English with.

If you have Facebook account, go to your Facebook and type the word “English” in the option “Search“, then join the English community by clicking on the button “Like“.

Then, make friends with some friends by leaving a comment like:

“My name is …………………. ! My Yahoo/Skype is …………………. ! I’d like to practice speaking English with you! Add my Yahoo/Skype to speak English together! Nice to make friends with you!”

Or you can add other people’s Facebook account in your Facebook to chat English with! Don’t wait until they find and add your account, let you find them first.

Chat by typing in English once per day by asking your old or new friends 101 questions above in Exercise Personal 1. This exercise lasts 7 days, it means you’ll chat in English 7 times within 7 days. (you can chat with the same friend or different friend for each time)

Don’t worry so much about mistakes, just ask and ask by typing 101 questions above.

 

Exercise Group 2: Practice listening and speaking skills (1 week)

If you did Exercise Group 1, you’ll have some friends to learn English with. Now, it’s time for practicing English Speaking:

Open webcam to chat video on Yahoo, Skype… in English once per day by using 101 questions above in Exercise Personal 1. This exercise lasts 7 days, it means you’ll chat video in English 7 times within 7 days.

 

If you’re shy to speak English, you’ll meet some difficulties:

For the first time,  you can’t talk a sentence in English naturally and fluently, because you feel uncomfortable to communicate English in front of others . Be patient, everyone among me has the same problem as you and we also have improvement day by day.

Don’t think so much! Just ask and ask questions. Maybe, your friend can’t answer it very well or you can’t easily ask a question. No problem, this exercise is to help you speak English in front of others with no shyness.

These exercises also help you practice Pronunciation and if you follow this schedule within 2 weeks, you’ll be surprised at how standard your pronunciation is.

Don’t do anything else until you complete these exercises

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