1. Can you name any languages that are no longer spoken?
  2. Can you think of some disadvantages of being monolingual?
  3. Do you enjoy studying grammar?
  4. Do you have a large vocabulary?
  5. Do you have a second language in your country?
  6. Do you have pen-friend? If yes, what languages do they speak?
  7. Do you know anyone who is bilingual or multilingual?
  8. Do you know anyone who is monolingual?
  9. Do you know the saying, “a language is a dialect with an army”? What do you think this means? Do you agree?
  10. Do you think all people should be required to study the same foreign language, or do you think there should be some choice?
  11. Do you think foreign language study should be required?
  12. Do you think foreign language study should start as early as possible, or is it okay to start later?
  13. Do you think language affects thought?
  14. Do you think studying the grammar of a foreign language helps you to speak it?
  15. Do you think studying the grammar of your native language is important?
  16. Do you think that a language other than English should be used as an “international language”?
  17. Do you think that disappearing languages should be protected or should we just let them fade away?
  18. Do you wish your country has another language instead of the present one?
  19. Does one of your family members or friends speak a lot of languages?
  20. Does your country have any official languages? What languages are official?
  21. Does your language have words adopted from English?
  22. Have you ever had an emotional discussion in a language that you don’t speak well?
  23. Have you ever used a concordance to study language?
  24. Have you ever visited a society where most people speak more than one language?
  25. Have you ever visited a society where most people speak only one language?
  26. How many language can you speak?
  27. How many languages can you say “hello” in?
  28. How many languages do you speak fluently?
  29. How many languages do you speak?
  30. If you study a foreign language, do you use a dictionary written in the language you are studying?
  31. Is English important for an individual in your country?
  32. Is increasing your vocabulary important to you?
  33. Is this different for you in your native language and your second/foreign language?
  34. Should languages be preserved? Why or why not? What is the best way to preserve languages?
  35. What dialects does your language have? What do you know about the Esperanto language? What do you think the oldest language is?
  36. What grammar question have you had lately? What is the angriest sounding language? What is the most romantic sounding language?
  37. What language do the neighboring countries of where you live speak?
  38. What language do you least like speaking in?
  39. What language is spoken the most in your country?
  40. What language you like speaking in?
  41. What languages are spoken the most throughout the world?
  42. What other languages are spoken in your nation, including minority groups and the languages of immigrants?
  43. What techniques do you use to remember vocabulary?
  44. What would you do if you had to travel to a country where it’s people don’t know how to speak neither your language nor English?
  45. What’s the native language spoken in China? Brazil? Mexico? Switzerland? Australia? Canada?
  46. What’s the strangest language have you ever head?
  47. What’s your favorite language?
  48. What’s your least favorite language?
  49. When you are getting an important message for the first time, are you more comfortable hearing it, or reading it?
  50. When you learn new words, is it generally easier for you to remember “silly and useless” words, or “common and useful” words?
  51. When you produce language, are you more comfortable writing it, or saying it?
  52. When you study a language, do you like to study reading, writing, speaking and listening?
  53. Which do you think is the most difficult language? Which languages are the easiest to learn? Which languages are the most difficult to learn?
  54. Why are you studying English?
  55. Why is English used in so many places?
  56. Would you like to raise multilingual children?

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