recently I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing of getting my lower level students to master questions. It seems that many students seem reticent to ask other questions or ask me about the things they really want to know. I love it when students ask me some crazy questions – “how much money do you have?” or “what do you love about your wife?” I want them not to worry about asking as it’s my job to teach them and even if they might ask me something a little too private at times I simply teach them “it’s a secret” or “that’s private”. I make sure to explain to them when and where various questions might not work. However my students know I’m basically a straight shooter and am happy to tell them the answers to MOST of their questions. Being shy is never good when it comes to learning a language and questions allow us to break the ice, find out details when we’re confused and to build a deeper, more meaningful relationship.