1. Are teenage language exchange programs useful? Why? / Why not?
  2. Are there some words that are similar in different languages?
  3. As a beginner, what are the first things that you need to be able to say?
  4. Can a good teacher influence how well you enjoy learning a language?
  5. Can you learn a language by watching television?
  6. Could you teach your mother tongue to someone else?
  7. Do you ever read websites in a foreign language?
  8. Do you know how large your vocabulary is in your foreign language?
  9. Do you need to use your foreign languages at work?
  10. Do you need to write in a foreign language?
  11. Do you think that knowing a foreign language might encourage you to live abroad in future?
  12. Do you use free language-learning exercises on the Internet?
  13. Have teaching methods for language learning changed over the last 50 years?
  14. Have you ever made a telephone call in a foreign language? If yes, how did it go?
  15. Have you ever paid for 1:1 lessons?
  16. Have you ever tried learning a new language from a textbook with audio tapes?
  17. Have you had any particularly poor language learning experiences?
  18. How can the Internet be a helpful tool when learning a foreign language?
  19. How did you learn your second language?
  20. How did your best language teacher help you?
  21. How many languages do you speak?
  22. How old should a child be when a school introduces the first foreign language?
  23. Is it a good idea to learn a language from a non-native speaker of that language? Are there any disadvantages?
  24. Is it good to sit an exam that shows your level in English?
  25. Is it necessary to write words down?
  26. Is it possible to learn a language without studying grammar?
  27. Is it possible to teach yourself a language?
  28. Is it possible to understand and write well but not be able to have a conversation?
  29. Is knowing grammar more important than knowing vocabulary?
  30. Is the classroom the best place to learn?
  31. Some people say “I’m no good at learning languages”. Is this just a question of attitude (because of previous bad experience) or were some people born lacking the ability to learn a new language?
  32. Some people say that if you can teach something about your foreign language, then it would easier to understand it better. Do you agree?
  33. To speak a language well, why is it important to have an understanding of idioms?
  34. To speak its language well, how important is it to know something about the culture of a country?
  35. To what extent do you agree that it’s better to learn a language as a child? Why or why not?
  36. What are the problem areas that an advanced learner may have?
  37. What are the problem areas that an intermediate learner may have?
  38. What careers are possible if you speak a foreign language?
  39. What different techniques do you have for learning vocabulary?
  40. What do you know about IELTS and TOEFL?
  41. What is the value of learning languages?
  42. What is your mother tongue?
  43. What languages would you like to learn in the future?
  44. What methods do you use to remember vocabulary better?
  45. What personal qualities do you need to be an effective language learner?
  46. What tools can help you learn a foreign language?
  47. What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?
  48. When you travel to a foreign country, is it always easy to use your foreign language?
  49. Why do some people have more difficulty than others when learning a language?
  50. Would you like to be a translator? Why? / Why not?

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