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English Communication Skill: Asking Questions- Secrets to the Two Goals of Questions

English Communication Skill: Asking Questions- Secrets to the Two Goals of Questions


Today we get back to English communication skills.

Asking questions is at the heart of communication.   In fact experts say that increasing skills in asking questions and voice inflection are the two skills that do the most to boost the careers of native-born speakers of English.

Yay! Asking questions builds relationship and rapport.  Asking questions enables you to get the information you need and to clarify information.  Asking questions gets involvement in communication and makes dialogue.

Sometimes international people and native born English speakers feel uncomfortable with asking questions. That is when it sure helps to know that the two goals of asking questions are simple: to get facts and to get opinions.


To get facts:

  1. “When did you begin work on the plan?”
  2. “How many employees are available for this task?”
  3. “What are the dimensions of the house?”
  4. “Which car reached the intersection first?”


To get opinions:

  1. “How good is this plan?”
  2. “Will the schedule work?”
  3. “What do you think of the design of the house?”
  4. “Who caused the accident?”


Add asking questions to your communication in your work or academic life and in your daily life.  The other person will love the interaction and your seeking their knowledge and opinion.  You will love the relationship building and the information that helps you move forward in your goals and tasks.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercise.

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