This survey asks about your experiences as a Chinese student studying and living in the UK; and your experiences with the languages you know. 

A large portion of the questionnaire involves questions about inner speech, which is a form of non-vocalized talk (not spoken out aloud) to yourself. In other words, inner speech is the experience of when you speak to yourself in your mind only; you do not say it out aloud. 

The questionnaire should take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete. Please answer the questions as truthfully as possible. There is no right or wrong answer. If you are uncertain about your answer, follow your intuition. 

The results of this questionnaire will only be used in this research and will be kept strictly confidential. Your participation in this questionnaire is voluntary and you can stop at any point without your responses being included in the dataset. By clicking ‘Submit and continue’, you are giving consent to the use of the data you provided to the project. This study has obtained ethical approval by the SSHP Ethics Committee of Birkbeck, University of London. If you have any questions, or would like to withdraw your consent, please contact me at


Many thanks in advance for your participation. 


Pearl Leung

PhD student

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

Birkbeck, University of London

This project is under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele (

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