5th March 2019
Before the final speaking test, I’ve prepared a list of some useful vocabulary and expressions that will come in very useful. Furthermore, in response to one of my students, I’ve included an exercise on relative pronouns.
Useful words and expressions
absent-minded / eye-catching / mouth-watering / second-hand
ubiquitous / sky-high / visually stunning / spectacular /
quite / rather / somewhat
considerably / significantly / remarkably / undeniably
Additionally / as well as / furthermore / moreover
Therefore / consequently
On the other hand / having said that / although / despite
Expressions / chunking phrases
At the end of the day / Am I pronouncing that correctly ?
Turn a blind ear / it fell on deaf ears
Friends and family / According to …
Same thing, day in, day out / You get what you pay for / a waste of money
Like / Dislike
Like: I absolutely love … / I’m crazy about … / I (really) like / I’m into / I’m a big fan of …/ I’m quite keen on / I haven’t heard (seen/read) this before, but I think it’s great
No strong opinion: I don’t mind / I have mixed feelings about … / It’s OK I don’t really have any strong views (feelings) either way
Dislike: I hate / I detest / I can’t stand / I don’t really like / I think it’s awful / I’m not a big fan of … / I’m not that keen on …
To buy time
That’s a good / an interesting question
Let me think …
Well, I would say …
How can I put it … ?
Use adjectives to describe nouns
adverbs to describe adjectives and verbs – give more information
opinion phrases: In my opinion / it seems to me / I feel
linking words to connect positive to positive or positive to negative
reasons why an action is being done
I like coffee
I like coffee so much because it tastes great and makes me wake up although too much will stop me from sleeping at night but, in my opinion, the benefits far out weigh the disadvantages.
Using Relative Clauses
who For people: This is the man whosold me the fake Rolex !
which For things: We tried fish and chips which is delicious.
where For places: Let’s go to the shop where we saw the great bargains.
Whose Possessive: That’s the singer whose record we heard last night.
The car, whose driver was young, won the race.
We arrived at a nice beach ______ we could swim and lie in the sun.
A man ______ mobile phone was ringing did not know what to do.
The patient, ______ had a serious disease, was taken to hospital immediately.
Smithsfield is a small village ______ people live a quiet life.
A boy ____ sister is in my class was in the bank at that time.
I know a person ____ can speak seven languages.
We visited the church _____ is in the middle of the square.
It is a protected area of land _____ you can see a lot of interesting wildlife.
This dress is made of silk, _____ is a very expensive and delicate material.
A police officer _____ car was parked at the next corner stopped and arrested them.
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Good luck with your tests