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The London Eye - Jack Radford

Speaking Exams - The Long Turn

Speaking Exams - The Long Turn

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about speaking exams. They focus specifically on the long turn which is the part in many international exams when the candidate has to speak alone for one to two minutes. Speaking exams can be difficult but there are things that you can practise to become better at them. Rich and Jack talk about the importance of using linking words to contrast ideas and the use of circumlocution strategies when you can't remember a specific word or phrase. They also share five tips that will help you get better at producing a long turn in exam situations. We also have a new football phrase for you to guess. Enjoy!

Transcript

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Speaking Exams - The long turn

Introduction: 

Jack: Did you know that I went to London at the weekend? It’s been ages since I’ve been.

Rich: Yes, I saw that you’d put quite a lot of photos on Facebook.

Jack: I’ve got the photos here, too. Do you want to have a look?

Rich: Well, I’ve already seen them so …

Jack: Look, here’s me in the queue to get on the London Eye. Do you know it? It’s a giant wheel in London next to the river and when you are at the top you can see the whole of the city.

Rich: Yes, I …

Jack: Look … here’s me getting in one of those ... er … I don’t know what you call them. I suppose they’re like big glass rooms that take you around the wheel.  

Rich: They’re called capsules, actually …

Jack: And these are some photos I took at the top. Like I said before, you can see the whole of London. Look there! You can see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben ... look there’s St Paul’s Cathedral - really cool hey. And that’s the tallest building in London … what’s it called again?

Rich: It’s called …

Jack: It doesn’t matter, anyway you can see it there. Look! It’s the big pointy thing. I was just amazed at the view. You can see everything and it’s beautiful you know. The view is best when the sun is setting. I took one picture at night. Hold on, where is it … it’s breathtaking.

Rich: I know.

Jack: What do you mean you know?

Rich: I went to London last weekend too!

Jack: How funny! You probably don’t need to look at my photos then?

Rich: Not really. No.

Welcome - Exams

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week, Rich?

Rich: In this week’s podcast, we are going to talk about speaking exams and how you can get better at them.

Jack: That’s right and we’re going to speak about one thing that is very common in speaking exams - the long turn.

Rich: When you do a speaking exam you nearly always have to speak about something on your own for a minute or two. Sometimes you are given some photos to talk about - Jack is very good at talking about photos.

Jack: Thank you, Rich. Yes, I am! But sometimes you are just given a topic. You often get time to think about what you are going to say and you might be able to make notes.

Rich: Different exams have slightly different formats but at the end of the day they are very similar in that you have to speak about something non-stop for a minute or two at some point in the exam.

Jack: This is called a long turn and this is the part of the speaking exam we are going to help you with, in this week’s podcast.

Rich: We’re going to roleplay some questions that you could be asked in an exam and we’re going to look at some language that will help you when answering these types of questions. 

Jack: And we’re going to give you some advice about how you can get better at producing a long turn.

Topic Focus

Jack: In some exams such as FCE or CAE you are given two or three photos when you are asked to produce a long turn. You are also given a question to answer that is related to the photos.

Rich: You have to speak about two of the photos for about a minute. The photos might show people on holiday in two different destinations and the question might be: compare the photographs and say what the people might be enjoying about their holiday.

Jack: The photos and questions always change, but the format stays the same.

Rich: Let’s do an example. The photos that we are talking about can be seen on the podcast page on the website. If you’re coming from iTunes, you can find the podcast on the homepage at www.britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish

Jack: OK, I’ll be the examiner. While you are listening we would like you to listen for examples of linking words that are used to compare and contrast the photos. One example is but … how many more do you hear?

Roleplay one

Jack: In this part of the test you are going to look at two photographs. They show football fans watching a match. I’d like you to compare the photos and say how the atmosphere might be different in each situation.

Rich: Great. Football. I got lucky with this topic. Well, in this photo on the left I can see a group of fans watching a match on the TV whereas in the other photo the fans are watching a match at the stadium. The fans in the cafe are all in yellow but I don’t think it’s Brazil although they might be watching a match in Brazil because I think it’s a match from the last World Cup. Brazil play in yellow but it’s not their kit … it could be Ecuador … I’m not sure … it could be Colombia’s though too. This picture is definitely a match from the last World Cup while the other picture shows a Premier League match. I think it’s probably White Hart Lane because I can see a couple of Tottenham players. I suppose when you are watching a match on TV, you can have a drink and chat to your friends so it can be quite relaxing and you’re warm and dry too. However, there is nothing quite like being at a live match. The atmosphere, the chanting and singing … it’s just much better. So, despite the possibility of bad weather, I would always prefer to go to a live match than watch one on TV. 

Jack: Thank you.

...

Jack: Rich spoke well and he used lots of linking words when he spoke. These types of words make your sentences more complex and also help you sound more fluent. We’ll look at these types of words a little later on in the language section.

Rich: Right, let’s do one more example. This time I’ll be the examiner and I’ll let you speak Jack.

Jack: Thanks. In some exams such as IELTS, you don’t get photos to speak about when producing your long turn. You get a topic with some information and some time to think about what you are going to say and you can make notes too.

Rich: This example will follow this format and we have another little task for you to do while you are listening. In this example, Jack will have some problems finding the right word. 

Jack: What do I do when I don’t know a word or phrase?

Roleplay two

Rich: Remember that you have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make some notes if you wish. Here is your topic. I’d like you to describe something that you’d like to learn to do in the future.

Jack: OK

...

Rich: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. 

Jack: This might sound a bit silly but one thing that I’ve always wanted to learn how to do is … I think there is a specific word for it but I can’t remember, anyway, I’ve always wanted to be able to make things out of wood. Not big things like tables and chairs but little things that can be used as decorations, I don’t know ... like animals. Yeah, it’d be really cool to carve a tiger or an owl out of a piece of wood. That’s it, I remember what it’s called now. It’s called whittling. What things would I need to be able to whittle? Well, the two most important things would be wood and a knife. I suppose the knife would have to be small … a small knife like a Swiss Army knife that I can keep in my pocket. Then, if I find a good piece of wood on a walk, I’d be able to start whittling straight away. The wood would also be important. I think softwood is much better because it would be much easier to cut. Mmm ... I’m not really sure what the difference is between hardwood and softwood but I think hardwoods are things like oak … trees that grow for a long time and softwoods are things like pine that grow quickly. I’d have to learn about that. Why do I want to learn to whittle? Well, like I said earlier it would be cool to make things out of wood - I think my boys would think it was cool. I could teach them. I think it would be relaxing and it’s always good to learn something new.

Rich: Thank you.

STING

Rich: When Jack was speaking there were three occasions when he couldn’t remember a word or phrase or got blocked. Did you notice what he said instead?

Jack: When you don’t know a word in English it can be easy to get blocked and focus on the word. It’s important in speaking exams to move on quickly and not get blocked.

Rich: These are called circumlocution strategies and we’re going to look at these strategies in a bit more detail in the language section coming up now.

Language Focus

Jack: We’ve just roleplayed two examples of long turns that are common in speaking exams. 

Rich: We asked you to focus on two things; linking words and circumlocution strategies and we’re going to look at these a little more now.

Jack: In the first roleplay, Rich used lots of linking words to compare and contrast the photos when he was speaking about football fans watching a match. Linking words make your sentences much more complex. Let’s take an example. Earlier Rich said. In the photo on the left, there are fans watching a match on TV whereas in the other photo they are at the stadium.

Rich: The linking word here was whereas and it’s being used to contrast two different situations. Using this linking word is much better than saying. In this photo there are fans watching on TV full stop In this photo, fans are at the stadium full stop. Using whereas makes your language more complex and adds more fluency to your speaking.

Jack: Rich used other linking words to contrast things too. Here’s another example: The fans in the cafe are all in yellow but I don’t think it’s Brazil although they might be watching a match in Brazil.

Rich: The linking words here are but and although and they are both used to compare things. Although is used here to contrast the idea of Brazil playing in Brazil and a different team playing in Brazil. Although is followed by a subject and a verb in the same way as we use but.

Jack: Not all linking words follow this pattern though. Here’s another example that Rich said: So, despite the possibility of bad weather I would always prefer to go to a live match than watch one on TV. 

Rich: In this example I used the linking word despite. Despite is not followed by a subject and a verb it is followed by a noun. If you wanted to use although in this sentence you would have to say something like: Although the weather might be bad I’d always prefer to go to a live match than watch one on TV.

Jack: We’ve got more activities for you to practise linking words on the Learning Vocabulary - Linking words page on the website. There is a link on the side of the podcast page.

STING

Rich: In the second roleplay, Jack spoke about whittling which is something he would like to learn. What is it again?

Jack: It’s making small things out of wood using a knife.

Rich: Ahh yes! Anyway, when he was speaking he got stuck a few times because he couldn’t remember a word or a fact about something. It wasn’t a problem for him though because he explained the word or said that he had forgotten something and moved on. He didn’t get blocked.

Jack: When you are taking a long turn, it’s important not to get stuck or blocked if you forget a word or phrase. You need to carry on talking. 

Rich: These are called circumlocution strategies and they are all about your ability to describe a word you don’t know and not get blocked when you are speaking. Here’s an example of what Jack said earlier: I think there is a specific word for it but I can’t remember, anyway, I’ve always wanted to be able to make things out of wood.

Jack: I couldn’t remember the word whittling so I described it by saying that it’s making things out of wood.

Rich: When Jack was describing hardwoods and softwoods he said things like oak and things like pine. This phrase things like can be very useful if you don’t know a specific word.

Jack: We’ve got a little more about this language and these strategies you can use to describe something you don’t know the word for on the on the Speaking Skills - Circumlocution strategies page.  

Five tips for taking a long turn

Rich: So we’ve been looking at speaking exams and taking a long turn. We want to leave you with five tips that will help you improve in this part of the exam.

Jack: Tip number one: Link your ideas together. When you are comparing things use words like however, whereas, although and on the other hand. Linking sentences together makes your language more complex and your speaking more fluent.

Rich: Tip number two: Don’t get blocked. When you forget a word it doesn’t matter you need to carry on speaking. Explain the word, use a synonym, say it’s something like or it’s a type of … This will stop you getting blocked.

Jack: Tip number three: Personalise things. It can be difficult to talk in an abstract way for a long time so talk about yourself or talk about what you would do if you were in the photo or situation you’ve been asked to speak about. This makes speaking much easier.

Rich: Tip number four: Use the information you are given. In many exams, you are given photos, text with questions or information, or thinking time. Use this time well. Think about topics and don’t worry about the exact words or language you are going to use.

Jack: Tip number five: Speak to the examiner. Looking the examiner in the eye and smiling will improve your communication skills. Looking down at the table in front of you can make communication more difficult and less natural.

Football Phrase

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week? 

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football word. The word was atmosphere. This word describes the feeling in a place. It’s often said that Premier League stadiums have the best atmospheres in football.

Rich: Well done to Liubomyr from Ukraine and Kwesimanifest for getting it right! I’m sure a few more of you got it right too but we’ve recorded this podcast a bit earlier than usual. What’s this week’s phrase, Jack?

Jack: This week’s phrase is ******** ******. Because the transfer window is open at the moment there is a lot of ******** ****** in the newspapers and online. Which players are moving to which clubs and for how much. A lot of it is untrue it’s just ****** but some of it might happen. I’ve been reading for weeks that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is on the move. I hope it’s just ******* ******.

Rich: I don’t think it is Jack - I think he’s already gone!

Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below.

Rich: And don’t forget to listen to our round-up show called ‘This Week’. 

Jack: If you have enjoyed this podcast or found it useful, leave us a review or rating and that will help other people find us. Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here: 

Here's me in the queue to get on the London Eye.

The view is best when the sun is setting. I took one picture at night and the view is breathtaking.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to the descriptions.
Can you match the words to the descriptions?

Exams

Speaking Skills - The Long Turn

In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack shared five tips to get better at taking a long turn in speaking exams. Think about the advice they gave you and how it can help you get better at speaking exams. Look at the five tips again. Do you do these things in exams? Do you think they could help you with your English more generally, too?

Tips

Five tips to help you with a long turn

  1. Link your ideas together.  Linking your sentences and ideas together makes your language more complex and your speaking more fluent. We have a link on the side of this page to more activities about linking words.
  2. Don't get blocked. It doesn't matter if you don't know a word, you need to keep talking. use synonyms or phrases such as it's like or it's a kind of ... We have more about circumlocution strategies on the side of this page.
  3. Personalise things. It can be difficult to talk in an abstract way for a long time. Talk about yourself and what you would do if you were in the same situation as the people in the photo. This will make it easier to speak.
  4. Use the information you are given. You are often given time to think about the information or photos. Use this time to think of topics rather than the exact words you want to say.
  5. Speak to the examiner. Looking at the examiner and smiling will help your communication skills and could also help your pronunciation!

Can you think of any other tips or strategies that you use in speaking exams? Can you think of any other situations where you might use these pieces of advice?

Task

Comparing and contrasting photos

Look at the photos below. These are the photos that Rich compared and contrasted in the podcast. Listen to this section again (3:44 - 5:22). Think about the tips above. Does Rich use linking words? Does Rich get blocked? What phrases does he use to keep the turn going?

Now, it's your turn! Look again at the photos and speak for one to two minutes and contrast the photos and say what you think the people are enjoying. Try speaking to a friend or a teacher but if you can't try practising by yourself. Nobody will think that you are crazy!

Rich talks about this photograph and the one below in the podcast.

Rich talks about this photo and the one above in the podcast.

If you want to look at more speaking activities like this, take a look at our task page for activity week one. You will find more opportunities to practise taking a long turn and a section to discuss your speaking skills.

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about taking a long turn in speaking exams.

Were the five tips helpful? Have you ever had to do similar exams in your country?

Jack would like to learn how to whittle. What would you like to learn how to do?

Do you know this week's football phrase?

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Ahmed othman
24/02/2018
EG
36
points

Good evening our teachers .I really benefit from your program


Ahmed othman
24/02/2018 13:37
Egypt
Manchester United
36

Good evening our teachers .I really benefit from your program

lynnhtetmyo
01/02/2018
MM
83
points

Rumour


lynnhtetmyo
01/02/2018 06:47
Myanmar
Arsenal
83

Rumour

Rich's picture
Rich
01/02/2018
ES
370
points

Hi lynnhtetmyo

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

'Rumour' is a very good guess but the phrase is a synonym of this. It's a word that can only be used as an uncountable noun.

I hope you enjoy our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
01/02/2018 08:34
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi lynnhtetmyo

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

'Rumour' is a very good guess but the phrase is a synonym of this. It's a word that can only be used as an uncountable noun.

I hope you enjoy our website.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

lynnhtetmyo
06/02/2018
MM
83
points

Wow, you replied my comment , teacher Rich . I m usually afraid to comment but your reply encourages me . Thanks & i really enjoy this premier skills website :D


lynnhtetmyo
06/02/2018 04:34
Myanmar
Arsenal
83

Wow, you replied my comment , teacher Rich . I m usually afraid to comment but your reply encourages me . Thanks & i really enjoy this premier skills website :D

Rich's picture
Rich
06/02/2018
ES
370
points

Don't be afraid. We're very happy to have you on the website and we encourage you to make more comments!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
06/02/2018 09:41
Spain
Liverpool
370

Don't be afraid. We're very happy to have you on the website and we encourage you to make more comments!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Hi teacher Rich!
While I was doing my national service yesterday, we came a cross a film which turned out to be the one you were talking about on some podcast - "Dracula" - you said you were travelling through transilvania and there was a full moon. I thought it was only a book story.

I was watching it with some army officers, and at some point, they didn't seem to stop shouting. Despite missing many parts of the film, the part that we watched was absolutely terrifying! I don't how would it been if we had watched the whole movie!

I bet you had a miserable journey reading that book especially as you were travelling overnight through the battlefield!


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018 18:11
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Hi teacher Rich!
While I was doing my national service yesterday, we came a cross a film which turned out to be the one you were talking about on some podcast - "Dracula" - you said you were travelling through transilvania and there was a full moon. I thought it was only a book story.

I was watching it with some army officers, and at some point, they didn't seem to stop shouting. Despite missing many parts of the film, the part that we watched was absolutely terrifying! I don't how would it been if we had watched the whole movie!

I bet you had a miserable journey reading that book especially as you were travelling overnight through the battlefield!

Rich's picture
Rich
01/02/2018
ES
370
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

I hope you weren't too scared! Dracula was originally a book that was written in the 19th century but it has been made into a film many times. I think there must be about 20 versions!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
01/02/2018 08:37
Spain
Liverpool
370

Hi Ahmed Adam,

I hope you weren't too scared! Dracula was originally a book that was written in the 19th century but it has been made into a film many times. I think there must be about 20 versions!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
03/02/2018
SD
2853
points

Actually a bit scared!
Wow! That's quite a lot of versions, this film is really popular then. Thanks for letting me know it teacher Rich


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
03/02/2018 06:08
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Actually a bit scared!
Wow! That's quite a lot of versions, this film is really popular then. Thanks for letting me know it teacher Rich

elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/01/2018
DZ
2912
points

Football phrase, rumors.

The tips are helpful although I have never had to use them.

I would like to learn how to play music.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/01/2018 15:19
Algeria
Manchester City
2912

Football phrase, rumors.

The tips are helpful although I have never had to use them.

I would like to learn how to play music.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Hi Elghoul!
Wow wow wow! that's great to have a musician on PSE! But you haven't told us what are you going to be, a guitarist? A piano man? A drummer? or you're gonna learn playing them all!
Anyway, whatever you will be learning, wish you the best of luck


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018 17:14
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Hi Elghoul!
Wow wow wow! that's great to have a musician on PSE! But you haven't told us what are you going to be, a guitarist? A piano man? A drummer? or you're gonna learn playing them all!
Anyway, whatever you will be learning, wish you the best of luck

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/01/2018
GH
4662
points

I would like to learn how to drive this year and I have already taken the first step by enrolling in a driving school.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/01/2018 09:41
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

I would like to learn how to drive this year and I have already taken the first step by enrolling in a driving school.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Hi Kwesi!
I will soon need to learn it too, It's a shame I can't drive at this age! Good luck with your mission


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/01/2018 17:01
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Hi Kwesi!
I will soon need to learn it too, It's a shame I can't drive at this age! Good luck with your mission

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
03/02/2018
GH
4662
points

Thanks Ahmed. It however not too late for you to learn.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
03/02/2018 22:13
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

Thanks Ahmed. It however not too late for you to learn.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/01/2018
GH
4662
points

This week's phrase is ******** ******


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
29/01/2018 17:07
Ghana
Manchester United
4662

This week's phrase is ******** ******

lakerwang
28/01/2018
CN
249
points

Circumlocution strategies are absolutely helpfus in conversations. It reminds me of an interesting thing I saw in a forum. A person whose native language was English said he forgot the word 'toilet' one day, so he used 'pee machine' instead.
This week’s phrase is '******** ******'.


lakerwang
28/01/2018 04:00
China
Chelsea
249

Circumlocution strategies are absolutely helpfus in conversations. It reminds me of an interesting thing I saw in a forum. A person whose native language was English said he forgot the word 'toilet' one day, so he used 'pee machine' instead.
This week’s phrase is '******** ******'.

Violinka
27/01/2018
UA
1859
points

I think the phrase may be the "football ******"


Violinka
27/01/2018 14:29
Ukraine
Chelsea
1859

I think the phrase may be the "football ******"

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Correct me.

These tips were extremely helpful to me because that's my weakest point - to continuously speak in English about a particular topic without hesitation or getting blocked.

I haven't had to do similar exams in my country neither in Arabic nor in English. I think this needs to be explained!

Since Arabic is our mother language, so maybe it's not necessary to sit for such an exam as people can speak naturally.

Sadly, in our country English is not taught in-depth, especially in governmental schools where I used to study. Even in private schools which are known for their possession of elite teachers and their better education quality, it's just boring exercises and loads of mind-blowing grammar and that's why you often need to join an Institute for learning English at some point, but in my case, PSE is the Institution to have helped and continued to help me with my English!

So, these tips will help me when I want to get my English language certificate, by then I will have sat for such an exam.

Now, it'll be interesting to share us one of your artworks on PSE page one day, teacher Jack!

As for me, I want to learn how to sew my own cloths with the sewing machine. I think it's a good thing because it will let me sew my cloth in the way I want them to look and it'll be nice if I could help the family with theirs too. I interestingly enjoy looking at the man who sews cloth and if I could do it myself, it'd be even more interesting!

Finally, I wanted to do the activities, but unfortunately the transcript is shown again in the place of activity one's pop-up menu. You may also want to hide the word "******" in the transcript!


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/01/2018 06:29
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Correct me.

These tips were extremely helpful to me because that's my weakest point - to continuously speak in English about a particular topic without hesitation or getting blocked.

I haven't had to do similar exams in my country neither in Arabic nor in English. I think this needs to be explained!

Since Arabic is our mother language, so maybe it's not necessary to sit for such an exam as people can speak naturally.

Sadly, in our country English is not taught in-depth, especially in governmental schools where I used to study. Even in private schools which are known for their possession of elite teachers and their better education quality, it's just boring exercises and loads of mind-blowing grammar and that's why you often need to join an Institute for learning English at some point, but in my case, PSE is the Institution to have helped and continued to help me with my English!

So, these tips will help me when I want to get my English language certificate, by then I will have sat for such an exam.

Now, it'll be interesting to share us one of your artworks on PSE page one day, teacher Jack!

As for me, I want to learn how to sew my own cloths with the sewing machine. I think it's a good thing because it will let me sew my cloth in the way I want them to look and it'll be nice if I could help the family with theirs too. I interestingly enjoy looking at the man who sews cloth and if I could do it myself, it'd be even more interesting!

Finally, I wanted to do the activities, but unfortunately the transcript is shown again in the place of activity one's pop-up menu. You may also want to hide the word "******" in the transcript!

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
25/01/2018
UA
3131
points

I think that the phrase is the ‘******** ******’


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
25/01/2018 11:59
Ukraine
Watford
3131

I think that the phrase is the ‘******** ******’

misabog's picture
misabog
24/01/2018
RS
319
points

The five tips were very helpful. In my country we have had to so similar exams. I would like to learn to speak better English.


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misabog
24/01/2018 21:18
Serbia
Liverpool
319

The five tips were very helpful. In my country we have had to so similar exams. I would like to learn to speak better English.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018
SD
2853
points

And yet again, I missed out on the football phrase!! I think I have to change my reputation of leaving it late. Maybe this time I was unfortunate due to the early recording of the podcast. I'm not seeking a compensation btw, but hope to make it through to the next week's podcast, although this week's football phrase seems a bit confusing as I think it might have been introduced before. Hope to hunt it out from my first go, is it "******** rumours"?


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018 17:49
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

And yet again, I missed out on the football phrase!! I think I have to change my reputation of leaving it late. Maybe this time I was unfortunate due to the early recording of the podcast. I'm not seeking a compensation btw, but hope to make it through to the next week's podcast, although this week's football phrase seems a bit confusing as I think it might have been introduced before. Hope to hunt it out from my first go, is it "******** rumours"?

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018
SD
2853
points

my second go for the football phrase, is it "******* linking"? Hope no another attempt is needed!


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018 19:57
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

my second go for the football phrase, is it "******* linking"? Hope no another attempt is needed!

admin's picture
admin
24/01/2018
GB
334
points

Hi Ahmed Adam Mamado

You are pretty close. You have the first part and the second part a word that means rumours. We've done ********* rumours in the past so we've gone for something a little less formal.

Good luck

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
24/01/2018 20:04
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Hi Ahmed Adam Mamado

You are pretty close. You have the first part and the second part a word that means rumours. We've done ********* rumours in the past so we've gone for something a little less formal.

Good luck

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Thank you reacher Jack as you're trying to help, but this phrase is a bit tricky. May I through in this one "******** speculation"? I'm afraid it won't be correct since it doesn't match the number of letters suggest for the missing word.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/01/2018 20:58
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Thank you reacher Jack as you're trying to help, but this phrase is a bit tricky. May I through in this one "******** speculation"? I'm afraid it won't be correct since it doesn't match the number of letters suggest for the missing word.

admin's picture
admin
25/01/2018
GB
334
points

OK - I'll try to give you a better clue. The second word is usually used to talk about spoken rumours and reports about people, usually involving details which are not true. It can also be used to describe a person who is interested in and spreads rumours. There are fashion and society magazines that are full of celebrity rumours and reports and they are sometimes called ****** magazines. 

How's that? I hope it helps.


admin's picture
admin
25/01/2018 00:47
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

OK - I'll try to give you a better clue. The second word is usually used to talk about spoken rumours and reports about people, usually involving details which are not true. It can also be used to describe a person who is interested in and spreads rumours. There are fashion and society magazines that are full of celebrity rumours and reports and they are sometimes called ****** magazines. 

How's that? I hope it helps.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
25/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Don't tell me that the phrase is "******** ******"!!
I wouldn't have thought that it could be this one, because you have already mentioned both parts of it in this podcast! Can't thank you enough, Teaheer Jack. I really want to close this page to be able to start the activities.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
25/01/2018 04:35
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Don't tell me that the phrase is "******** ******"!!
I wouldn't have thought that it could be this one, because you have already mentioned both parts of it in this podcast! Can't thank you enough, Teaheer Jack. I really want to close this page to be able to start the activities.

admin's picture
admin
25/01/2018
GB
334
points

Well done Ahmed Adam - Glad I could help.


admin's picture
admin
25/01/2018 10:35
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Well done Ahmed Adam - Glad I could help.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/01/2018
SD
2853
points

Ah! At last.... Yeah, without your help it couldn't have been clear, so thanks again teacher Jack.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/01/2018 04:51
Sudan
Liverpool
2853

Ah! At last.... Yeah, without your help it couldn't have been clear, so thanks again teacher Jack.

ayashady's picture
ayashady
24/01/2018
EG
197
points

yes is very helpful .. not yet
i would like to learn to play piano
atmosphere


ayashady's picture
ayashady
24/01/2018 17:08
Egypt
Arsenal
197

yes is very helpful .. not yet
i would like to learn to play piano
atmosphere

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Speaking Exams: The long turn

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