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  • How many languages can you speak "well"? How well can you read and write in those languages?
  • How many languages can you speak "badly"? How well can you read and write in those languages?
  • Is there any language which you don't presently speak but which you would like to learn? Why does this language interest you?
  • Can you think of any languages which you think sound aggressive, musical or have some other notable quality?
  • How many languages are there in your country?
  • It seems that languages are disappearing from the world every day and some people want to preserve them. What are your feelings about this?
  • It is sometimes suggested that certain ideas can only be expressed in particular languages. Do you think this is true? Can you think of any examples?
  • Do you think the world would be a better or a worse place if everybody spoke the same language? How would the world be better or worse in such a case?
  • Does your language have many loan words from English? What are they?
  • Do you know any loan words that English has acquired from your language?
  • Apart from the vocabulary, in what ways does your language differ from English?
  • How important is it to be able to speak English in your country?

Learning languages[edit]

  • Why is it so easy for children to learn languages and so difficult for adults?
  • Do you know anybody who learnt another language as a child? How? Why?
  • When did you start learning your first foreign language?
  • Which do you think is most important: thoroughly learning the grammar of a language or trying to use the language in real situations?
  • Do you think you would be a good teacher of your native language? What skills do you think a language teacher needs?
  • In your opinion, what is the best way to learn and practice a foreign language?
  • Accents are very important in English culture. George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him." How associated are accents with social status in your country?

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