Getting sponsored child to answer questions?

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My child doesn't seem to answer my questions from letters. I've read the FAQs and blog posts and stuff so I understand the reasons why the questions might go unanswered and I'm not concerned (just wondering if there's a way to make it more likely to get answers) I try to keep it simple (chores, hobbies, favorite color, etc) and write as straightforwardly as possible to help the translation be accurate. I've read about highlighting questions and/or numbering them; I wanted to ask other sponsors if you've tried either of those things and it helped with getting answers, or if you have any other ideas or things you do in your letters that seem to help. Thanks!
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Hi- Have you been writing your child for a while, to allow the time needed for your letters to get to the child, letter writing day to arrive, and then the letter to get translated and to you? When I started sponsoring, it could be up to 5 months one way for a letter, but that has greatly improved. If you've been sponsoring over a year, that definitely should not be a problem. Sometimes I do still notice that my children are answering questions that I asked 8 months ago, but at least we have that 2-way communication! So I would say to allow 10 months for the answers. My 2 older children (14-15) are real good about carrying on honest discussions with me. I do know for sure one specific question that never got answered from a younger child.

On a side note, sometimes I have to guess which question they are answering. They may say something like, "No, I haven't, but I would like to." I try to put it into time context with the rest of the letter and usually have a good idea what it was in response to.  :-)

I use to underline questions in handwritten letters or type in caps on the online letters, but I read that the new system automatically recognized questions so that was not necessary.

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