Since there are many students who read this blog, I have included here one useful way to improve your English conversational ability. I have also posted this in the Japanese soapbox for students who want to read about it in Japanese.
Click here for Japanese –>英語上達のための “質問練習”
There are many ways to improve your English ability. One good way is by repeating and answering questions while watching videos. I have prepared two videos. One of them, (part 1= 74 questions 8 minutes and 20 seconds), can be accessed by clicking the link below and you can find the other one, (part 2= 50 questions 9 minutes and 27 seconds), in the Eigomanokamoto channel which is on the right side of (part 1) when you open the link. First, practice (part 1). When you can repeat and answer all of the questions correctly, next please try out (part 2) as well.
I wrote down all of the questions and answers from Part 1 below but please try to do them without looking first. When you can’t catch the questions or cannot understand the meaning of the questions, check the text below for the question you are having trouble with. This is really good practice for everybody as asking questions and answering them is a big part of conversation.
To students: Work hard! And remember TANSTAAFL! ( There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!) It just means that nothing in life is really free or easy. You have to work hard for everything. By the way “ain’t” is not really a word unless you count it as a kind of slang. In that case it can be replaced by “isn’t”. Don’t worry about the double negative. It is just used here for emphasis.
Please click here If you want to practice the questions in Part 1–>Question Practice on eigomanokamoto’s Youtube Channel
Questions for English Practice (Part 1)
1.Hi, what’s your name?–>My name is…
2.Where do you live?–>I live in …
3.Is that your home town?–>Yes, it is./ No, it isn’t.
4.Do you speak Japanese?–>Yes, I do.
5.How old are you?–>I am… (years old).
6.Did you read the newspaper this morning?–>Yes, I did./ No, I didn’t.
7.What time did you get up this morning?–>I got up at…
8.Where is your hometown?–>It’s …
9.Are you married?–>Yes, I am./ No, I’m not.
10.What’s your favorite color?–>It’s (blue). / My favorite color is…
11.Have you seen the movie Sweeney Todd yet?–>Yes, I have./ No, I haven’t.
12.Which actor played the main character in the movie?–>Johnny Depp played the main character.
13.Do you like steak?–>Yes, I do. /No, I don’t.
14.Do you like sushi?–>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
15.Which do you like better, steak or sushi?–>I like…
16.Which do you prefer, steak of sushi?–>I prefer…
17.So, where did you go yesterday?—>I went to…
18.What did you do there?—>I …
19.I see. What time is it now?—>It’s ( 11:55)
20.Oh, I’ve got to go soon. Have you eaten yet?—>Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
21.Do you wanna eat with me?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t. Sorry.
22.Let’s talk about places. Where is the Eifel Tower?—>It’s in Paris.
23.Have you been to Paris?—>Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
24.I like New York, how about you? —>Me too! / Not really.
25.I see! Did you see the movie The Shawshank Redemption?–>Yes, I did./ No, I didn’t.
26.Do you like the Actor, Morgan Freeman?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t. Sorry.
27.Have you been to China?—>Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
28.Hey. Is Beijing near Shanghai?—>No, It isn’t.
29.Is Beijing south or north of Shanghai?—>It’s north of Shanghai.
30.Where is Macau?—>It’s on the Chinese mainland near Hong Kong.
31.Have you been there?—>Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
32.Is Hong Kong still a British colony?—>No, it isn’t.
33.When did it stop being a British colony?—>It stopped being a colony in 1997.
34.Do they speak Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong?—>No, They don’t.
35.What language do they speak?—>They speak Cantonese..
36.Does anyone speak English in Hong Kong?—>Yes, they do. Many people do.
37.How’s the night view of the city in Hong Kong?—>It is very beautiful.
38.Thanks. Is there a ward office or city office near here?—>Yes, there is a (city/ward office near me./ No, there isn’t.
39.OK let’s do some simple question practice now. Does the sun rise in the east?—>Yes, it does.
40.Why does it rise in the east?—>Because the earth turns from west to east.
41.What’ll the weather be like tomorrow? —>It’ll be (warm, cold, sunny, rainy, snowy).
42.What about the high and low temperatures for tomorrow?—>It’ll be a high of (10 degrees and a low of 3 degrees Celsius).
43.Do you like pizza?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
44.Do you usually eat pizza in a restaurant or at home?—>I usually eat pizza in a restaurant.
45.How often do you eat Italian food?—>I eat it about (once a week).
46.When is your birthday?—>It’s on …..(Nov. 22nd etc.)
47.Do you like to travel?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
48.What cities have you visited in the US?—>I have visited (Los \Angeles and New York).
49.Where would you like to go on your next vacation?—>I’d like to go to (Australia).
50.Where is Florence?—>It’s in Italy.
51.Have you been there?—>Yes, I have.. / No, I haven’t.
52.What is the name of a famous artist from Florence?—>(Michaelangelo) is a famous artist from Florence.
53.What do English speaking people call Venezia?—>They call it Venice.
54.Have you been there? —>Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t..
55.What is Venice famous for?—>It’s famous for its canals..
56.What mountains are near Milan?—>The Alps are near Milan.
57.What language is spoken in Austria?—>German is spoken there.
58.Do you speak German?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
59.Can you count in German?—>Yes, I can. / No, I can’t.
60.What is the approximate population of Japan?—>It’s about 127 million. (127,000,000).
61.How many people live in Tokyo?—>There are about 12,000,000.
62.How much does a donut cost in Japan?—>It costs about 100 Yen.
63.What do you use a PC for? —>I use it to write letters, send email and find out something.
64.What’s a pen?—>It’s something to write with.
65.What is the Arc de Triumph?—>It is a monument.
66.Where is it?—>It’s in Paris.
67.What does the idiom “it’s a piece of cake mean”?—>It means “it’s very easy”.
68.When do you eat something?—>I eat something when I am hungry.
69.When do you drink something?—>I drink something when I am thirsty.
70.How do you go to work?—>I go to work (by train).
71.Can you drive a car?—>Yes, I can. / No, I can’t.
72.Do you have a driver’s license?—>Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
73.How old must a person be to drive in Japan?—>He or she must be 18.
74.What do you think is the most famous company in Japan?—>I think Sony is the most famous or perhaps Toyota.