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A young fan interviews Jack Wilshere

Speaking Exams - Talking about yourself

Speaking Exams - Talking about yourself

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about speaking exams. Speaking exams are things that nearly all learners of English have to take at some point. Speaking exams can be difficult but there are things that you can practise to become better at them. One important thing in all speaking exams is the ability to give personal information and to talk about yourself. In this podcast, Jack and Rich share five tips that will help you get better at talking about yourself in exam situations. We also have a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make. Enjoy!

Transcript

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Speaking Exams - Giving Personal Information

Introduction: 

Jack: Hey Rich! How are you doing?

Rich: Not bad, well … I’m a little bit worried actually.

Jack: What are you worried about?

Rich: I’m worried about a group of students that I’ve been teaching.

Jack: Why? What’s up?

Rich: They’ve got their speaking exams coming up in a couple of weeks.

Jack: You always worry about your students. It’s nice … but they always do really well in their speaking exams.  

Rich: Yes, they do. I always give them a lot of speaking practice and give them lots of tips and advice for their exams.

Jack: Me too. I always teach lots of different communication strategies that will help them with their speaking exams.

Rich: Maybe I shouldn’t be so worried. I’m sure they will pass with flying colours.

Jack: And in this podcast, let’s share some of those tips, pieces of advice with our listeners.

Rich: Great idea! We want you to do brilliantly in speaking exams too!

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, as you just heard, we are going to talk about speaking exams and how you can get better at them.

Jack: That’s right. When you do a speaking exam you nearly always have to speak about yourself. We’re going to practise/roleplay some questions that you could be asked in an exam. 

Rich: And we’re going to give you some advice about how you can get better at giving personal opinions.

Topic Focus

Jack: Have you ever done a speaking exam, Rich?

Rich: Once … about six or seven years ago. I was absolutely petrified.

Jack: What language was it?

Rich: It was in Spanish. I did it with the Cervantes Institute which is a bit like the British Council but Spanish. It was B2 level a bit like the first certificate in English if you know Cambridge exams.

Jack: Why were you so nervous?

Rich: I don’t know really but I can remember my hands shaking when I held a piece of paper and my voice starting to tremble before I did the exam.

Jack: What did you do to stop being nervous?

Rich: I can’t remember exactly but I think that I just took some deep breaths and when I started speaking my nerves went away.

Jack: That’s actually a good bit of advice. Just relax, take a deep breath and when you start speaking the nerves will go away. Examiners are friendly - usually!

Focus on exams

Jack: What did you have to do in that exam, Rich?

Rich: Good question. It’s quite difficult to remember. I think I had to answer some personal questions, things that I liked and I didn’t like … I think I had to tell a story too, yes I remember looking at some pictures.

Jack: Was it just you or did you have a partner?

Rich: Just me and the examiner.

Jack: There are lots of different types of speaking tasks in exams and in some exams you are alone and in others you have a partner. In both situations, the examiner will nearly always start by asking you some personal questions.

Rich: The examiner might ask you about your home town or city, your school, your job, your family, what you do every day … things like that. 

Jack:  We’re going to do a few example conversations so we can show you what often happens in this part of a speaking exam.

Rich: We want you to think about the question the examiner asks and how well the candidate/learner answers the question. Are you ready?

Jack: Who’s going to be the examiner?

Rich: Let’s take it in turns. I’ll go first …

Roleplay one

Rich: Good afternoon, Jack. My name’s Rich. Could you start by telling me a little about yourself?

Jack: Of course. What do you want to know?

Beep beep

Rich: That is not a good start. Jack wasn’t prepared for this question. You should always be prepared to talk about yourself at the beginning of a speaking exam. Asking where you are from, asking about your job or studies are very common questions at the beginning of a speaking exam.

Jack: Shall we do it again?

Rich: Yes.

Beep beep

Rich: Good afternoon, Jack. My name’s Rich. Could you start by telling me a little about yourself?

Jack: Of course. As you know, my name’s Jack and I work as an editor of a website for English language learners and create online learning material.

Beep beep  

Rich: That was much better. So, tip number one is be prepared. Be prepared to talk about yourself - your job or studies, where you live and where you come from.

Jack: Let’s move on to our next conversation. Listen to Rich’s answer. Do you think it is a good answer or not?

Roleplay two

Jack: Where are you from?

Rich: I was born in on January the 26th 1984 in a small city called Bradford in the north of England. I lived there for 18 years with my parents and brother. I had a cat called Jonesy. I studied at university. After university I got a job. My favourite sport is football. I like it very much because …

Stop, stop, stop! 

Jack: that wasn’t very good. It sounded like you were reading some information. 

Rich: I memorised it for the exam.

Jack: Tip number two. Don’t memorise everything that you are going to say. This is not a natural way to speak and an examiner will notice and you won’t get a very good score. Shall we try that again?

Rich: Let’s.

Beep beep

Jack: Where are you from?

Rich: I’m from a place called Bradford in the north of England. I lived there with my parents and brother until I went to university. I still go back in the holidays. 

Jack: That was much better. You sounded much more natural and definitely didn’t have a script in front of you.

Rich: Let’s move on to our next role play. I’ll be the examiner. Are you ready?

Jack: Ready when you are.

Roleplay three 

Rich: What’s your name?

Jack: Jack

Rich: What’s your favourite sport?

Jack: Football.

Rich: Do you play football?

Jack: No.

Rich: Do you watch football?

Jack; Yes.

Rich: Which team do you support?

Jack: Arsenal.

Rich: Why do you support Arsenal?

Jack: Because they are good.

Stop, stop, stop! 

Rich: That was awful. You gave very, very short answers. This is a very bad thing to do in a speaking exam. You need to give complete answers in full sentences.

Jack: You’re right. It’s important to remember that exams test your English. The examiner wants to know how much English you can use. You need to develop your answer and communicate more.

Rich: Exams don’t penalise you for every mistake you make. You will get a better mark the more you speak and the more language you use.

Jack: Shall we try again?

Rich: Yes

...

Rich: What’s your name?

Jack: My name’s Jack. Pleased to meet you.

Rich: What’s your favourite sport?

Jack: I really like football. It’s a big passion of mine. I eat, drink and breathe the game

Rich: Do you play football?

Jack: No, not anymore. I used to but I had to give it up.

Rich: Do you watch football?

Jack; Yes, every weekend, whenever I can really.

Rich: Which team do you support?

Jack: Arsenal. I’ve supported the Gunners since I was six years old.

Rich: Why do you support Arsenal?

Jack: Well, my dad took me to my first match and there is a big family connection to the club.

Rich: OK, that’s enough. I know that you can talk for hours about Arsenal.

...

Rich: So, this was much better. Jack developed his answers and didn’t just give one or two word answers. Examiners usually have specific criteria to assess candidates based on the variety of language you use and how much you use. It’s important to develop your answers because this will get you a better score. 

Jack: So, tip number three is to give complete answers in full sentences.

Rich: These types of personal questions are very common in English speaking exams. They are also something you can prepare for at home or in the classroom before the exam.

Jack: Some common topics are: work, studies, hobbies, food, sport, holiday and future plans.

Rich: So another top tip is to practise giving long answers to common questions.

Jack: I think it’s time for our next roleplay. I’m gpint to be the examiner this time.

Roleplay four 

Jack: What’s your favourite colour?

Rich: I don’t have a favourite colour. Blue maybe.

Beep beep

Jack: That wasn’t a good answer. Too short. I know that the question is a bit silly … and you probably don’t have a favourite colour but these favourite questions are really common in speaking exams.

Rich: So, tip number four is to practise answering questions to some of the most common favourite questions.

Jack: What’s your favourite colour? Favourite food? Favourite time of the year? Favourite football team? Favourite sport? Favourite type of Swedish soup?

Rich: Swedish soup?

Jack: OK, maybe not that one.

Rich: Shall we do that conversation again?

Jack: Yes, let’s do it now.

Beep beep

Jack: What’s your favourite colour?

Rich: I don’t really have a favourite colour. But if I had to choose one I would probably go with blue. Blue reminds me of the sea and I really love going to the seaside.

Jack: that was a much better answer. Every question is an opportunity to develop your answer and use more English. Using phrases like it reminds me of or it makes me think of are useful for these types of questions. 

Rich: Yes, and a conditional sentence too. This shows the examiner that you can produce complex language.

Roleplay five 

Jack: We’ve got time for one more tip. Here’s the conversation.

Beep beep

Rich: Do you like going to the cinema?

Jack: Yes, I love going to the cinema.

Rich: Why?

Jack: I love going to the cinema because I think that films are made for the big screen rather than a TV. 

Rich: When did you last go to a football match?

Jack: Ohh I haven’t been to a live football match for a while now.

Rich: Why not?

Jack: As I don’t live near a big city it can be a bit difficult to get to matches.

Beep Beep

Rich: Tip number five is to always give reasons for your answers. Sometimes the examiner will say why or why not when you give an answer. This is to encourage you to speak more.

Jack: When you give your reason try to use conjunctions such as because or as or since. This adds more complexity to your answer and will get you a better mark.

Rich: OK, so there are our five tips to help you when giving personal information in speaking exams. Here are the tips again.

Jack: Tip number one: Be prepared to talk about yourself before the exam.

Rich: Tip number two: Don’t memorize what you are going to say.

Jack: Tip number three: Give complete answers in full sentences.

Rich: Tip number four: Practise favourite questions.

Jack: Tip number five: Give reasons for all your answers.

Rich: On the page below, we’ve got more information about language you can use in exams to give personal information, related to these tips.

Football Phrase

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

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was an x-rated tackle. It was a really difficult one so well done to you if you got it right. Especially to Ahmed Adam and Liubomyr...

Rich: An x-rated tackle is a challenge on the pitch that is horrible to watch that often results in an injury to another player. What’s this week’s football phrase? Let’s make it a little bit easier.

Jack: OK, I’ll try.  This week’s football phrase is to be **** *** ****. This phrase means to be very, very happy and it is something that football managers often say after their team has won. I’ll give you another clue - the important word in the phrase is the big round thing you see in the sky at night!

Rich: I’ve got it! 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.

Jack: And don’t forget to listen to our round-up show called ‘This Week’. All the action from Matchweek 11 will be on the Premier Skills homepage on Monday.

Rich: 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: 

I'm sure they will pass their exam with flying colours.

They've got their speaking exam coming up in a couple of weeks.

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 their definitions. All of the words were in this week's podcast.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Interviews have many similarities with speaking exams.

Exams

Speaking Skills

In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack shared five tips to get better at talking about yourself 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?

Five tips to help you think about speaking

  1. Be prepared to talk about yourself.
  2. Don't memorize what you are going to say.
  3. Give complete answers in full sentences.
  4. Practise favourite questions.
  5. Always give reasons for your answers.

Task

Look at the five exam questions below. Think about what we said in the podcast and try to answer all of the questions by speaking to a friend or a teacher or speak now to yourself! Write three of your answers in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

  1. What's the best thing about your hometown or city?
  2. Do you think you will need to use English in the future? Why?
  3. Which football team do you support? Why?
  4. What is your favourite food/sport/colour or place? Why?
  5. Why is the Premier League so popular?

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

Have you ever done a speaking exam?

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about talking about yourself in speaking exams.

Were the five tips helpful? Is it easy to talk about yourself in an exam situation?

Have you ever taken a speaking exam? Do you think you will need to take an English speaking exam in the future?

Look at the task above and write your answers. Don't forget to reply to other listeners too.

Remember to write your guess for this week's football phrase, too!

If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.

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kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/11/2017
GH
4473
points

The five tips were very helpful.
Unfortunately I haven't had an oral examination however during interviews one is expected to answer questions. All of your tips are spot on.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/11/2017 04:00
Ghana
Manchester United
4473

The five tips were very helpful.
Unfortunately I haven't had an oral examination however during interviews one is expected to answer questions. All of your tips are spot on.

haruyuki's picture
haruyuki
10/11/2017
JP
38
points

Correct me.

Taking about Speaking Exams was a very good lesson for me.
My answers in English are usually too short.
I realized there aren’t enough reasons or explanations.
I haven’t studied abroad and I don’t have enough opportunity to use English every day.
I keep in mind to answer ‘Why’ with everything.

I try to your tasks.
1. What's the best thing about your hometown or city?
There are two football teams in my hometown Osaka. I think Osaka derby is one of the biggest event although football is not so popular in Japan.

3. Which football team do you support? Why?
I support Cerezo Osaka. Osaka is my hometown and I used to live near the Crezo’s home stadium.
Out of the Premier League, I support Liverpool. I went to England when I was in elementary school. An old woman who sit next to me gave me a badge with Liverpool emblem on it.

5. Why is the Premier League so popular?
There are a lot of famous player from all over the world in the Premier League.
Recently some of big clubs in the Premier League have had some tours to come to Asia or something. And we can watch the Premier League match easily due to the expansion of the Internet.


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haruyuki
10/11/2017 08:32
Japan
Liverpool
38

Correct me.

Taking about Speaking Exams was a very good lesson for me.
My answers in English are usually too short.
I realized there aren’t enough reasons or explanations.
I haven’t studied abroad and I don’t have enough opportunity to use English every day.
I keep in mind to answer ‘Why’ with everything.

I try to your tasks.
1. What's the best thing about your hometown or city?
There are two football teams in my hometown Osaka. I think Osaka derby is one of the biggest event although football is not so popular in Japan.

3. Which football team do you support? Why?
I support Cerezo Osaka. Osaka is my hometown and I used to live near the Crezo’s home stadium.
Out of the Premier League, I support Liverpool. I went to England when I was in elementary school. An old woman who sit next to me gave me a badge with Liverpool emblem on it.

5. Why is the Premier League so popular?
There are a lot of famous player from all over the world in the Premier League.
Recently some of big clubs in the Premier League have had some tours to come to Asia or something. And we can watch the Premier League match easily due to the expansion of the Internet.

Rich's picture
Rich
10/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi Haruyuki

We're really happy that you found the podcast useful. Always keeping in mind 'why' is a great tactic. Do you listen to the podcast in a class? We've been getting a lot of listeners from Japan recently which is fantastic! 

I've made a couple of corrections below:

Q1

Think about the definite article and pluralising nouns. You said 'Osaka Derby' but we should say 'the Osaka Derby' because there is only one. You said 'one of the biggest event' but we should say 'events' with an 's' here. Can you look at questions three and five and look for these types of mistake?

Q3

Think about your tenses. You said 'an old woman who sit'. What tense do you think we should use here?

Q5

Try not to begin sentences with 'and'. And is used to link sentences together. Is there another word you could use instead of 'and'?

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
10/11/2017 09:38
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Haruyuki

We're really happy that you found the podcast useful. Always keeping in mind 'why' is a great tactic. Do you listen to the podcast in a class? We've been getting a lot of listeners from Japan recently which is fantastic! 

I've made a couple of corrections below:

Q1

Think about the definite article and pluralising nouns. You said 'Osaka Derby' but we should say 'the Osaka Derby' because there is only one. You said 'one of the biggest event' but we should say 'events' with an 's' here. Can you look at questions three and five and look for these types of mistake?

Q3

Think about your tenses. You said 'an old woman who sit'. What tense do you think we should use here?

Q5

Try not to begin sentences with 'and'. And is used to link sentences together. Is there another word you could use instead of 'and'?

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
10/11/2017
GH
4473
points

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


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
10/11/2017 04:43
Ghana
Manchester United
4473

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

admin's picture
admin
10/11/2017
GB
242
points

Well done Kwesimanifest! Just in time.


admin's picture
admin
10/11/2017 08:27
United Kingdom
Arsenal
242

Well done Kwesimanifest! Just in time.

Violinka
07/11/2017
UA
1575
points

I think the football phrase is "to be **** *** *****"


Violinka
07/11/2017 22:06
Ukraine
Chelsea
1575

I think the football phrase is "to be **** *** *****"

lakerwang
06/11/2017
CN
235
points

This week’s football phrase is '**** *** ****', isn't it.To be honest,I looked up the dict.


lakerwang
06/11/2017 16:01
China
Chelsea
235

This week’s football phrase is '**** *** ****', isn't it.To be honest,I looked up the dict.

admin's picture
admin
06/11/2017
GB
242
points

There's nothong wrong with that! Well done.


admin's picture
admin
06/11/2017 16:23
United Kingdom
Arsenal
242

There's nothong wrong with that! Well done.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
05/11/2017
SD
2602
points

Correct me

I don't know if I'll be using English in the future or not. It depends on where I'll be working, here or abroad. But the fact is that I would love to use English in the future, cuz it would be frustrating to end up only watching the news and reading match reports, that's not my desired end.

I'm such a big fan of traditional food and my favourite food is Gurrassa with Damaa. I won't mind eating it everyday and when I see this dish, my mouth goes wet and my lips start licking! I can't beat Gurrassa with Damaa.

The Premier
League is the world's strongest, most watched and most exiting league. The quality of the football played is so high and the way in which the game is managed by the FA is Just Perfect.

The Premier League is so popular among footballers, mangers and football fans. In the PL there are football players from around the world and almost every footballer has a drem to play in the PL. The world's best managers are in the PL too and it's always a big challenge for every manager to be in charge of a PL side. It also the first choice among football fans because every week there are a couple of big matches to cheer on with a lot of late drama which makes those matches, memorable, very enjoyable and absolutely unpredictable.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
05/11/2017 19:26
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Correct me

I don't know if I'll be using English in the future or not. It depends on where I'll be working, here or abroad. But the fact is that I would love to use English in the future, cuz it would be frustrating to end up only watching the news and reading match reports, that's not my desired end.

I'm such a big fan of traditional food and my favourite food is Gurrassa with Damaa. I won't mind eating it everyday and when I see this dish, my mouth goes wet and my lips start licking! I can't beat Gurrassa with Damaa.

The Premier
League is the world's strongest, most watched and most exiting league. The quality of the football played is so high and the way in which the game is managed by the FA is Just Perfect.

The Premier League is so popular among footballers, mangers and football fans. In the PL there are football players from around the world and almost every footballer has a drem to play in the PL. The world's best managers are in the PL too and it's always a big challenge for every manager to be in charge of a PL side. It also the first choice among football fans because every week there are a couple of big matches to cheer on with a lot of late drama which makes those matches, memorable, very enjoyable and absolutely unpredictable.

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi Ahmed Adam

I'm going to a focus on a couple of points.

  1. Using words such as cuz is very informal and we only usually hear this type of language in spoken language. 
  2. The phrase desired end doesn't really work. You could replace it with wish or possibly delete the phrase. By using the phrasal verb end up your meaning is already clear.
  3. The phrase you need to describe your favourite food is my mouth waters. You can also describe food as mouth-watering.

Generally, a lot of high-level vocabulary and complexity in your answers. Well done!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017 12:08
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Ahmed Adam

I'm going to a focus on a couple of points.

  1. Using words such as cuz is very informal and we only usually hear this type of language in spoken language. 
  2. The phrase desired end doesn't really work. You could replace it with wish or possibly delete the phrase. By using the phrasal verb end up your meaning is already clear.
  3. The phrase you need to describe your favourite food is my mouth waters. You can also describe food as mouth-watering.

Generally, a lot of high-level vocabulary and complexity in your answers. Well done!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/11/2017
SD
2602
points

Thanks for all your help teacher Rich


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/11/2017 17:39
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Thanks for all your help teacher Rich

CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
05/11/2017
IT
319
points

I did not see my comment posted so I am posting it again just to make sure... the football phrase of this week's podcast is "**** *** ****" 


CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
05/11/2017 18:58
Italy
Everton
319

I did not see my comment posted so I am posting it again just to make sure... the football phrase of this week's podcast is "**** *** ****" 

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi CaroleAnnMarie,

Well done! The phrase is correct. We read all the comments before posting them so sometimes it can take a few hours before you can see them (especially at weekends!).

Thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017 12:00
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi CaroleAnnMarie,

Well done! The phrase is correct. We read all the comments before posting them so sometimes it can take a few hours before you can see them (especially at weekends!).

Thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
05/11/2017
IT
319
points

The football phrase of the week is "**** *** ****"


CaroleAnnMarie1's picture
CaroleAnnMarie1
05/11/2017 18:56
Italy
Everton
319

The football phrase of the week is "**** *** ****"

elghoul's picture
elghoul
05/11/2017
DZ
2261
points

The five tips are welcome of course for both exams and interviews.

It is often added that a good listening can help as well as smiling and good mood.

football phrase, to be on *** ****.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
05/11/2017 15:45
Algeria
Arsenal
2261

The five tips are welcome of course for both exams and interviews.

It is often added that a good listening can help as well as smiling and good mood.

football phrase, to be on *** ****.

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi Elghoul

You're very close to getting the phrase correct. You just need to change the proposition. It's not to be on *** ****. It's to be **** *** ****.


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017 11:58
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Elghoul

You're very close to getting the phrase correct. You just need to change the proposition. It's not to be on *** ****. It's to be **** *** ****.

sabanoleg
04/11/2017
UA
1903
points

I think football phrase is to be "**** *** ****"


sabanoleg
04/11/2017 13:00
Ukraine
Arsenal
1903

I think football phrase is to be "**** *** ****"

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
03/11/2017
SD
2602
points

Correct me

I noticed that the "Request E-mail password" was so quick this time, it just flashed into my inbox! Now, I don't have to wait for ages as I used to. Thanks to the website developers. What a supersonic speed response!

Task? Well, I haven't downloaded the podcast yet due to network problems, but I'll definitely try it as soon as I listen to the podcast. And that's because I want to get the maximum benefit out of it, so I'm gonna start with only Q1 & Q2.

Q1
The five tips were absolutely beneficial. It's not that easy to talk about myself in an English exam situation. However, by using those tips provided in the podcast, I don't think I should worry about it.

Q2
I haven't taken a speaking exam before, but I think I could be involved in at least one exam as I'm planning to get an English Language certificate in the future.

Football phrase, It's a walk in the park! Cuz I'm a hundred percent certain that the phrase is to be "**** *** ****"


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
03/11/2017 19:49
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Correct me

I noticed that the "Request E-mail password" was so quick this time, it just flashed into my inbox! Now, I don't have to wait for ages as I used to. Thanks to the website developers. What a supersonic speed response!

Task? Well, I haven't downloaded the podcast yet due to network problems, but I'll definitely try it as soon as I listen to the podcast. And that's because I want to get the maximum benefit out of it, so I'm gonna start with only Q1 & Q2.

Q1
The five tips were absolutely beneficial. It's not that easy to talk about myself in an English exam situation. However, by using those tips provided in the podcast, I don't think I should worry about it.

Q2
I haven't taken a speaking exam before, but I think I could be involved in at least one exam as I'm planning to get an English Language certificate in the future.

Football phrase, It's a walk in the park! Cuz I'm a hundred percent certain that the phrase is to be "**** *** ****"

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017
ES
248
points

Hi Ahmed Adam

Thanks for the positive feedback about the password! I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to the developers.

I want to concentrate on the word 'beneficial'. It's a gradable adjective which means that we can't use absolutely with this adjective. It would be better to use extremely or really here. We spoke about these types of adjectives in our Halloween podcast a couple of weeks ago.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017 11:56
Spain
Liverpool
248

Hi Ahmed Adam

Thanks for the positive feedback about the password! I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to the developers.

I want to concentrate on the word 'beneficial'. It's a gradable adjective which means that we can't use absolutely with this adjective. It would be better to use extremely or really here. We spoke about these types of adjectives in our Halloween podcast a couple of weeks ago.

Hope that helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/11/2017
SD
2602
points

Yes and I do keep this podcast on my phone, but the problem is that there are so many adjectives to classify under those two categories and that forced me into a research. Thanks for highlighting it, you won't see such a mistake going forward.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
08/11/2017 17:56
Sudan
Liverpool
2602

Yes and I do keep this podcast on my phone, but the problem is that there are so many adjectives to classify under those two categories and that forced me into a research. Thanks for highlighting it, you won't see such a mistake going forward.

sabanoleg
03/11/2017
UA
1903
points

Maybe today football phrase is"to be **** *** ****"


sabanoleg
03/11/2017 17:47
Ukraine
Arsenal
1903

Maybe today football phrase is"to be **** *** ****"

Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
03/11/2017
DZ
205
points

1- I think it is easy to talk about my self I just need to practice.

2- I haven't ever taken an English speaking exam, So I would like to practice with anyone who wants to improve his speaking skills.

3- the phrase of the week is **** *** ****.


Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
03/11/2017 14:24
Algeria
Liverpool
205

1- I think it is easy to talk about my self I just need to practice.

2- I haven't ever taken an English speaking exam, So I would like to practice with anyone who wants to improve his speaking skills.

3- the phrase of the week is **** *** ****.

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
03/11/2017
UA
2462
points

Some time ago I was going to pass the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) exam and I’ve completed first two parts of the preparation course at British Council. But eventually it was announced that this exam would not be supported any more. Now I’m considering possibility of passing Business English Certificate Higher (BEC Higher) or Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) exams. So then thank you guys for the tips, hope they will help me in the future.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
03/11/2017 14:09
Ukraine
Watford
2462

Some time ago I was going to pass the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) exam and I’ve completed first two parts of the preparation course at British Council. But eventually it was announced that this exam would not be supported any more. Now I’m considering possibility of passing Business English Certificate Higher (BEC Higher) or Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) exams. So then thank you guys for the tips, hope they will help me in the future.

Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017
ES
248
points

Good luck! I hope you find the tips useful!


Rich's picture
Rich
06/11/2017 11:50
Spain
Liverpool
248

Good luck! I hope you find the tips useful!

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
03/11/2017
UA
2462
points

I think that the phrase is to be **** *** ****.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
03/11/2017 13:54
Ukraine
Watford
2462

I think that the phrase is to be **** *** ****.

admin's picture
admin
03/11/2017
GB
242
points

Well done Liubomyr - no need for a second guess this week.


admin's picture
admin
03/11/2017 13:56
United Kingdom
Arsenal
242

Well done Liubomyr - no need for a second guess this week.

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