How do you talk to a girl if you are shy?

Heyy! I`m a girl and this actually happened to my boyfriend. Anyway what you can do is, that uh you can call her or email her. Ask her a question in an email like....whats your favorite meal? Animal? Anything! Then the next day tell her that you didnt get her email. She`ll tell you, then after her answer she`ll ask you something. And of course you`re going to answer.