David Recine

English Listening: Mastering English Question Words

Many ESL students have trouble telling the difference between the question words they hear. This leads English learners to answer questions incorrectly.

They mistake questions like “What do you need?” for “Why do you need it?” Or they think they hear “When are you going?” but they were actually asked “Where are you going?” To minimize misunderstandings, it’s good to practice the question words by saying them and hearing them.

Practice for your TOEFL exam with Magoosh.

Below are the instructions for a game that can help you practice these English question words. Play a few rounds of this with your friends, and you can become really fluent in English questionspeak.

Magoosh Comics: Practice English Question Words with the Question Game.

Mastering English question words


  • David Recine

    David is a Test Prep Expert for Magoosh TOEFL and IELTS. Additionally, he’s helped students with TOEIC, PET, FCE, BULATS, Eiken, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His work at Magoosh has been cited in many scholarly articles, his Master’s Thesis is featured on the Reading with Pictures website, and he’s presented at the WITESOL (link to PDF) and NAFSA conferences. David has taught K-12 ESL in South Korea as well as undergraduate English and MBA-level business English at American universities. He has also trained English teachers in America, Italy, and Peru. Come join David and the Magoosh team on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, or connect with him via LinkedIn!

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