Small Talk part 1

Small Talk part 2

SPEAKING - 9

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Task 1

Give a talk about learning foreign languages

Remember to say:

·    whether it is useful to speak foreign languages, why

·    what foreign languages you learn at school

·    how people learn foreign languages

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Task 1

Give a talk about sport

Remember to say:

·    whether teenagers should do sports, why

·    whether you prefer doing or watching sports

·    what you do to keep fit

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions. 

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Task 1

Give a talk about your home town.

Remember to say:

·       what the place you live in is famous for;

·       what season is the best for visiting your home town, why;

·       whether your home town has any environmental problems, what they are.

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Тask 1

Speak about important inventions.

Remember to say:

- what invention you consider the most important

- what devices you often use and what for

- why it is difficult for people to do without  computers and mobile phones

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Task 1

Give a talk about holidays.

Remember to say:

·       what holidays are the most popular in your country;

·       what your favourite holiday is and why you like it;

·       how you usually celebrate this holiday.

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Task 1

Give a talk about holidays

Remember to say:

·    what holidays your family celebrate

·    what your favourite holiday is, why

·    what you like more: giving presents or getting presents

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions. 

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Тask 1

Give a talk about mobile phones

Remember to say:

·    whether you use a mobile phone

·    what the advantages of using mobile phones are

·    what the disadvantages of using mobile phones are

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Тask 1

Give a talk about your school uniform

Remember to say:

·     whether you wear school uniform in school or not

·     what the advantages of wearing school uniform are

·     what the disadvantages of wearing school uniform are

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Task 1

Give a talk about libraries

Remember to say:

·    why we need libraries

·    whether you use your school library, why

·    what you prefer: using libraries or Internet resources, why

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then she/he will ask you some questions.

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Тask 1

Give a talk about TV

Remember to say:

·    why TV is important in modern society

·    what your favourite TV programme is

·    what you prefer: watching TV or reading a book, why

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions.

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Тask 1

Give a talk about your school.

Remember to say:

·      when your school was founded;

·      what clubs and sports facilities the school has;

·      whether there is anything special about your school.

You have to talk for 1.5–2 minutes. The examiner will listen until you have finished. Then he/she will ask you some questions. 

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Task 2 (2–3 minutes)

You play the part of a student in an international language school. You are going to have a Halloween party this Saturday but you don’t know much about Halloween. You know that your classmate Sophie/Sebastian has a book on Halloween traditions. You come to Sophie’s/Sebastian’s room.

·       Explain the situation and ask if you can borrow the book.

·        Answer your classmate’s questions about holidays.

·        Answer the questions about travelling.

·        Reject your classmate’s invitation. Give an excuse.

You begin the conversation. The examiner will play the part of your classmate.

Remember to:

·        mention all the four aspects of the task

·        take an active part in the conversation and be polite

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Task 2 (2–3 minutes)

You play the part of a student in an international school. Your classmate’s parents have invited you to spend the weekend at their house in the countryside. You need to make a local telephone call to reserve a train ticket but you can’t do it as your phone battery is flat. You see another classmate, Ben/Brenda, in the school corridor.

·        Ask your classmate’s permission to use his /her phone, explain what for.

·        Answer his/her question(s) about how you usually spend weekends in Russia and what you do to relax.

·        Answer the question(s) about what ecological problems worry people in Russia.

·        Accept your classmate’s suggestion.

You begin the conversation. The examiner will play the part of your classmate.

Remember to:

·        cover all four aspects of the task

·        be active and polite

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Task 2 (2-3 minutes)

You are a student in an international language school. You are leaving the cinema where you’ve just seen a film. Outside the cinema you see your classmate who’s obviously been to the same film. Your schoolmate’s name is Tina/Tom.

·       Find out whether your schoolmate enjoyed the film or not.

·       Answer your schoolmate’s questions about a historical event related to Russia’s history that you can remember.

·       Answer your schoolmate’s questions related to your future career.

·       Accept your schoolmate’s invitation. Find out about the meeting place and time.   

You begin the conversation. The examiner will play the part of your classmate.

Remember to

1. mention all four aspects of the task

2. be active and polite

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Task 2 (2–3 minutes)

You play the part of a student in an international language school. Three times a week you go to the swimming pool. One of your classmates Dan/Denise missed it yesterday. You meet him/her on campus.

·        Find out why he/she missed the swimming session.

·        Answer his/her question(s) about the most important holidays in Russia.

·        Answer the question(s) about places of interest in Russia.

·        Accept your classmate’s invitation.

You begin the conversation. The examiner will play the part of your classmate.

Remember to:

·        cover all four aspects of the task

·        be active and polite

 

 

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

 

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

 

Dearest creature in creation,

Study English pronunciation.

I will teach you in my verse

Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.

I will keep you, Suzy, busy,

Make your head with heat grow dizzy.

Tear in eye, your dress will tear.

So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,

Dies and diet, lord and word,

Sword and sward, retain and Britain.

(Mind the latter, how it's written.)

Now I surely will not plague you

With such words as plaque and ague.

But be careful how you speak:

Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;

Cloven, oven, how and low,

Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,

Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,

Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,

Exiles, similes, and reviles;

Scholar, vicar, and cigar,

Solar, mica, war and far;

One, anemone, Balmoral,

Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;

Gertrude, German, wind and mind,

Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,

Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.

Blood and flood are not like food,

Nor is mould like should and would.

Viscous, viscount, load and broad,

Toward, to forward, to reward.

And your pronunciation's OK

When you correctly say croquet,

Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,

Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour

And enamour rhyme with hammer.

River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,

Doll and roll and some and home.

Stranger does not rhyme with anger,

Neither does devour with clangour.

Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,

Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,

Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,

And then singer, ginger, linger,

Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,

Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,

Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.

Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.

Though the differences seem little,

We say actual but victual.

Refer does not rhyme with deafer.

Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

Mint, pint, senate and sedate;

Dull, bull, and George ate late.

Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,

Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,

Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.

We say hallowed, but allowed,

People, leopard, towed, but vowed.

Mark the differences, moreover,

Between mover, cover, clover;

Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,

Chalice, but police and lice;

Camel, constable, unstable,

Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,

Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.

Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,

Senator, spectator, mayor.

Tour, but our and succour, four.

Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

Sea, idea, Korea, area,

Psalm, Maria, but malaria.

Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.

Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,

Dandelion and battalion.

Sally with ally, yea, ye,

Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.

Say aver, but ever, fever,

Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.

Heron, granary, canary.

Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.

Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,

Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.

Ear, but earn and wear and tear

Do not rhyme with here but ere.

Seven is right, but so is even,

Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,

Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,

Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)

Is a paling stout and spikey?

Won't it make you lose your wits,

Writing groats and saying grits?

It's a dark abyss or tunnel:

Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,

Islington and Isle of Wight,

Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough,

Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?

Hiccough has the sound of cup.

My advice is to give up!!!

 

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité

 



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