This post will provide you all with some key phrases for the speaking section of the C1 Advanced from Cambridge Exam English. These phrases are really useful in part 3 (the collaborative task) and part 4 (the discussion task):

 

KEY PHRASES FOR THE C1 ADVANCED: SPEAKING EXAM

TYPE PHRASES
SUGGESTING

DEVELOPING

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT…

HADN´T WE BETTER CONSIDER…

IT MIGHT SOUND FUNNY, BUT SHOULDN’T WE?

IT MIGHT BE WORTH LOOKING AT…

OPINION I DARE SAY…

FROM WHAT I GATHER…

THE WAY I SEE IT…

I GUESS…

I BET…

I AM UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT…

AGREEING

REINFORCING

WE SEE EYE TO EYE ON…

I COULDN’T AGREE MORE.

WITHOUT A DOUBT YOU HAVE A POINT…

I GET WHAT YOU MEAN…

I SEE WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM…

DISAGREEING

GIVING REASONS

I BEG TO DIFFER

ISN’T IT MORE LIKE…

WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER TO LOOK AT IT…

THAT´S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE AS…

IT’S A MATTER OF OPINION, BUT…

OUTCOME

COMING TO A CONCLUSION

SETTLING AN ARGUMENT

IN A NUTSHELL, I’D SAY…

TO SUM UP,…

TO FINISH OFF…

LET’S AGREE TO DISAGREE.

OH, WOULD YOU CHANGE THE RECORD?

LET’S CHANGE THE SUBJECT, DON’T YOU THINK?

DOWNLOAD THESE PHRASES IN PDF HERE

 

Try practicing this example question with your speaking partner on this site.

 

Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes.

 

I’d like you to imagine that you are talking about social issues. Here are some of the ideas you might be thinking about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.

Now, talk to each other about how to deal with these social issues.

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you. Now you have about a minute to decide which would be the most difficult issue to sort out?

……………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you.

 

How difficult can it be to deal with these problematic issues that can affect young people in our society?

  • Bullying

  • Noise in public places

  • Under-age drinking

  • Graffiti

  • Violence

 

Tip:

The conversation needs to be informal, fun and easy to follow. You need to do several things like set a context, discuss the different options and try to come to a decision at the end.

 

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME MORE EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS HERE TO PRACTICE OR YOU CAN SIGN UP TO THE COURSE.

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