Learning how to ask questions
It wasn’t intended to be an English lesson, but this youtube video featuring a very clever two-year-old is great for learning how to form English questions.
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Veronica, who’s the President?
Some of the best English language lessons are not intended to be lessons at all. They are video clips taken by ordinary people of their daily lives. This conversation with a two-year-old is a great lesson in how to ask questions.
There are too many questions to list them all, but here are examples of the different types of questions that were asked. If you have difficulty asking questions, look carefully at how they are formed.
Then try them yourself.
Who’s the President?
What does Michael Jackson say?
What do dogs say?
How much do you love Mommy?
How old are you?
Whose girl are you?
Who do you love the most?
Can you cry?
What colour are your eyes?
Who pooped in your diaper?
Since this is a conversation with a two-year-old there is not much difficult vocabulary. Here are a few words you might not be familiar with.
prayer – words that you say to God giving thanks or asking for help การสวดมนต์
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
pout – to push out your lips, usually to show you are annoyed
poop – to pass solid waste from อุจจาระ
diaper – a piece of soft cloth or other thick material that is folded around a baby's bottom and between its legs to absorb and hold its body waste ผ้าอ้อม, ผ้าอ้อมเด็ก
Note: For much more on English verb forms, check out my book Understanding English verb forms. We are currently working on an ebook edition which will include sound and video and that is how I found the example used in the lesson above. For details on the book, click here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/books/196206/understanding-english-verb-forms