Learn English – Podcast: Re-posted: Acknowledging Your Partner’s Contributions

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from the Splendid Speaking website. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Expressing & Justifying Opinions

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Vukosava. This recording looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking. See our new exam guides for: BEC Higher BULATS (Business Language Testing) CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) IELTS Want to practise conversations like this? See how to join our Splendid Speaking Group on Facebook to practise your English conversation skills. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Re-Posted: Taking Part in Discussions

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If you’d like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Re-Posted: Describing Photographs

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features an interview with Ekaterina from Bulgaria, who at the time interview was preparing for CAE. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Responding to Questions (1)

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This podcast features Jedrzej from Poland, who is aiming to pass CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) offered by Cambridge ESOL. This was our first meeting in Skype and the session was a getting-to-know-you opportunity.An important skill to use in a situation where you are trying to showcase yourself or your English skills is the ability to give full answers to questions, particularly when closed ‘Yes/No’ questions are asked such as: ‘Do you …’, ‘Have you …’, ‘Is it …’ , etc. To prepare for this interview Jedrzej used Unit 2 of ‘Splendid Speaking’, which looks at strategies for answering questions fully, in particular the use of examples to avoid replying simply with ‘Yes/No’ answers.As you listen decide how well Jedrzej managed to do this. Did he give full answers, even to closed ‘Yes/No’ questions? Finally, make a note of Jedrzej’s use of English, which we’ll look at in the feedback section. Let’s listen to Jedrzej. Apologies for the distortion at the end of the recording, which was due to interference on Skype. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks (2)

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking. This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Delivering STAR Stories

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This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website to sign up and to download the transcripts and our weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Working Together to Reach Agreement

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and Andreea from Romania and looks at working towards an agreed outcome in a role play. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Re-posted: Asking and responding to questions

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How good are you at making conversation with a complete stranger? Do you find it easy thinking of things to say or questions to ask? This podcast features Anca from Romania and Laurent from France and this was the first time they’d spoken together through Skype. A reminder that the transcript for the most recent podcast along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking. Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Re-posted: Structuring a Short Talk

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Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ioana from Romania and looks at how to structure a short talk when reviewing a film. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking. Less

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