How to improve your English speaking level with an…

When talking, most of the time we just use basic questions and answers.
For us, learners, it’s difficult to ask and answer questions in real time because we are not used to do it.
How many times a tourist in the street asked you a very basic question in English and even though you could help him/her you feel blocked and didn’t know how to answer?
This is because you are not used to ask and answer questions in English.

How to improve your English speaking level with an easy exercise


What Do You Have To Do To Improve Your English Speaking Level

To overcome this situation you just have to work English questions and answers until you feel at ease and confident.

It’s Just like someone that wants to learn how to ride a bicycle.
You just have to ride and ride until you finally learn how to do it well.
It doesn’t matter if when you start riding the bicycle you are clumsy or don’t do it perfectly. Practice and practice makes perfect.
What only matter is what you are going to achieve. Don’t worry if you don’t do it perfectly the first times.

To improve your speaking level, the perfect and natural scenario would be to live in an English speaking country. In a total immersion, asking and answering questions all day long in common situations.

If you can’t go to live in an English speaking country, like most of us, you still can do a very easy exercise on a daily basis that is going to help you to improve your speaking level. Moreover you can do this exercise alone or with somebody else.


The Questions And Answers Marathon

What rules do you have to follow when doing this exercise?

What do you have to do?
– Ask and answer questions one after another without stopping.
– Do this exercise by speaking aloud or by writing down the questions and answers.

When do you have to do it?
– Do this exercise every day.
– Keep doing it for 5, 10, 15 or more intense minutes.

How do you have to do it?
– Ask all kind of questions using (What, Where, Why, How, Do, Have, Did, Would….).
– It’s basic to build correct questions and answers.
– Always answer with a sentence and not with a single word.
– It doesn’t matter if what you ask and answer is true, has sense, is accurate…
– It also doesn’t matter if you make some mistakes. Just go ahead.
– Ask and answer about any topic. Change topics as needed.

With whom do you have to do it?
You can do this exercise:
– By yourself (One single learner)
– With a partner (Two learners)
– Within a group (Three or more learners)
If you are more than one you just have to switch roles (Asking / Answering).


A Personal Example Of This Exercise

I’m going to show you an example of this exercise.
During more than 5 minutes I have been asking myself and answering back to myself a lot of questions.
As you are going to see some questions and answers are true some others are untrue. It doesn’t matter what you are talking about.
You only have to build correct questions and answers.

I wrote down my questions and answers…

-Who are you?
I’m George.

-Where are you from?
I’m from Spain.

-Where are you currently living?
I’m currently living in France.

-Do you like France?
Yes, I do.

-Since when are you in France?
I’ve been living in France since 2010.

-How old are you?
I’m 30 years old.

-What do you like to eat?
I like very much pizza.

-Do you eat pizza very often?
Yes I do.

-How often?
I eat one or two pizzas per week.

-And do you like hamburgers?
Yes I do like hamburgers.

-How many hamburgers do you eat per week?
I eat 1 hamburger per week at most.

-What are you hobbies?
I have many hobbies. I like to play the guitar.

-Do you play the guitar?
Yes I do.

-Do you own a guitar?
Yes I own more than one guitar.

-How many guitars do you have?
I have 3 different guitars.

-And do you play the piano too?
No I don’t.

-What kind of music do you like?
I like pop rock music.

-Do you like heavy music?
No I don’t.

-What is your favorite band or artist?
My favorite artist is Sting.

-Do you like Sting very much?
Yes I do like sting very much.

-What is your favorite song by Sting?
My favorite song is “Tea in the Sahara” among many others.

-Do you like TV shows?
Yes I do.

-What TV show do you like?
I like “Lost”, “The big bang theory” and “The IT crowd” among many others.

-Do you like a TV show called “24 hours”?
I don’t know because I have never watched this show.

-What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is yellow.

-Why is yellow your favorite color?
I don’t know. I just like yellow.

-Do you smoke?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t smoke?
I don’t smoke because it’s bad for my health.

-Do you like sports?
Yes I do.

-What sports do you like to play?
I like to play football. I also like to skate among many other sports.

-Do you like basketball?
Yes I do.

-Do you like boxing?
No I don’t. I think it’s too aggressive.

-Are you married?
No I’m not.

-Are you going to marry in the future?
I’m not sure but we never know.

-Do you like to cook?
Yes I do but I don’t know to cook very much.

-What do you usually cook?
I only cook very basic dishes.

-Why do you only cook basic dishes?
I only cook easy recipes because I don’t have time to practice.

-Why you don’t have time?
I don’t have time because of my job, my family chores…

-Do you like to dance?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t like to dance?
I don’t like to dance because I don’t dance very well.

-Who do you admire?
I admire hard working people.

-Why do you admire hard working people?
I admire hard working people because it’s not easy to keep working hard day after day.

-What you don’t really like?
I don’t like at all bullfight.

-Why you don’t like bullfight?
I don’t like it because they harm animals.

-What kind of animals they harm?
They harm innocent bulls.

-Do you like bulls?
No I don’t. I’m scary of bulls.

-Have you ever seen a bull in the middle of a field?
No thanks God, I haven’t!!!

-Are you really scared of bulls?
Yes I’m scared of bulls because they are dangerous animals when they are in the wild.

-When is your birthday?
My birthday is in March.

-What is your favorite language?
English is my favorite language.

-Why do you like English?
I like English very much because of how it sounds.

-Do you like the Chinese Language?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t like Chinese?
I don’t like Chinese because it’s a very difficult language.

-Have you ever been to China?
No I haven’t.

-Would you like to travel to china in the future?
Yes, I would like very much.

-Have you ever been to the US?
Yes, I have.

-Did you like it?
Yes, I like the US very much.

-Do you own a pet?
No, I don’t.

-Don’t you like pets?
Yes I do but I don’t like to have them indoors.

-Why you don’t like pets to live with you at home?
Because I think that they have to be free in the nature or in a big garden at least.

-Do you want to answer more questions?
No, thank you. I’m done.

I decided to stop here but you can keep going, asking and answering questions, as long as you want.


And Remember…

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-What do you think about this exercise?
-Are you going to use it?
-All your comments are very welcome.

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  • rosa

    thank you for this blog. iam very excited to learn english. i find here many answers to my questions. really it s helpful.

    but i have question about speaking. you said ask my self and answer. but how i know i ask correctly .who judge about my question or just saying any thing please explain it more .

    1. Rose

      Thank you so much .for reminding me .first of all how do you do that it so cool ? You have astrong willing .i struggle for 4 years to learn english where i cant
      Speak english or use it .every article that uou posted encourge me to achive my goal.tobe ahonet, i have gave up for 2 months .but i will start again thank u so much

      1. George

        Hi Rose,

        I don’t forget you 😉

        I hope that you are going to start again!

        Work your English through things that you really like. Forget about English learning methods.
        Before starting to learn English STOP and think twice about what are your goals. What do you like and don’t like about English.
        Instead of thinking of what to do in order to improve your English, try to do things that you like using the English language.

        – Look for new friends –> Speaking English ones.
        – Read the books that you like –> in English.
        – Watch your favorite TV shows –> in English.
        – If you write a personal diary –> in English
        – If you want to start a new hobby –> Do it in English
        – If you are interested in a new topic in your life –> Go through it in English
        …And so on…

        That way you are going to improve your English even without noticing it.

        Feel free to ask for help or encouragement whenever you need it.
        Take care my friend!!!

    2. George

      Hi Rosa, I’m very happy to know that my blog is helping you.

      You are right when you say that if you are not sure that your questions and answers are correct then it’s a problem.

      This exercise is made for asking and answering questions with structures and tenses that you already know and can use easily and quickly.
      It’s true that if you have a very basic level you first have to study how to ask and answer basic questions. You also have to know how to use the basic English tenses.
      If you give me some weeks I’ll try to write a post to help you about how we build basic questions in the main English tenses.

      In the other hand if you don’t feel confident I recommend you to write down your questions and answers and then check if they are right. You can also do this exercise with another person and then you can try to correct each other.
      Keep in mind that this exercise is made to train structures that you already know.
      If you have a good level you can ask and answer difficult questions without even checking them.
      If you have a basic level you just ask and answer very basic questions and I recommend checking them until you feel confident.

      An easy example:
      You use “What” and the “present simple” (You have to know how to use it)
      – What do I have? I have a lot of friends.
      – What do you like to do? I like to swim.
      – What does he love? He loves her girlfriend’s cookies.
      – What does she like to go? She likes to go to the cinema.
      – What do we have to do right now? We have to go to school.
      – What do they hate? They hate violence.
      …and so on…

      I hope this explanation is going to help you.

      Feel free to comment whenever you want!
      Thank you very much for your comment 😉

    3. George

      Hi Rosa,

      As I promised you I’ve just published a post that is going to help you to master the most common English tenses…
      “The English tenses summary to make English easier”

      If you have any doubt, I’m here for you.

      Take care!

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