Express your point of view

Ability to express your opinion in written or in speech is one of the important part of human life. In this article we are going to look at few phrases which can be used to express opinions.

  1. In my experience…

While talking or writing about concepts or phenomenon, you can use this phrase to express your experiences. These experiences may support or contradict main idea in the discussion. For instance, everybody in group is discussing a particular bike that, always give starting problem in winter season. You haven’t used that particular bike often but you have a bit of driving experience in winter, you might express your opinion, “In my experience when I was riding that bike in my college days to attend early morning lectures, it started fine.”

  1. As far as I’m concerned…

“As far as I’m concerned Chocolate flavour is best among ice-creams”. This phrase is normally used when participant in discussion may have different opinions and everyone is entitled to their opinions or experiences. It can be used in writing and speech.

  1. Speaking for myself…

If you agree with public opinion but also have a bit different opinion about an idea or instance or phenomenon, you could use “Speaking for myself…” phrase to point out difference. “I am sure trip to museum was boring in general but, speaking for myself, I found the relics in desert really interesting.”

  1. In my opinion

This is stern phrase in use but used to state clear cut differences or contradictions in point of view. “In my opinion, the matter has no base and Charlie is unnecessarily trying to over blow the matter.”

  1. I’d suggest that…

This phrase is used to express suggestions during discussions. If discussion if going about planning 31st December celebration and you think that avoiding alcohol would be the best idea. You could start like, “I’d suggest that, we should better avoid alcohol as we are going to drive back after the party and not going to stay back at resort”.

  1. I’d like to point out that…

In discussion, if you feel that a particularly important point is missing, you could point it out by using the said phrase. If you are discussing, who is cooler among Batman and Superman and everybody forgot basic difference that, Batman didn’t have supernatural powers, you could remind everybody like, “I’d like to point out that Batman is a human with no superpower, still fights with crime and that makes him cool”.

I hope this discussion helps. Please write your comments below. Keep rocking!

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Format of speaking section in IELTS

Main reason people fail to perform in speaking section of IELTS or TOEFL is not that they don’t know English; it’s just that they overburden themselves with fear of failure. What you need to do to excel in these parts is understand format of the test, prepare in advance for it and back yourself to perform well. Today we will take a look at speaking section format of IELTS.

 

The purpose of the IELTS Speaking Module is to establish your ability to speak on a number of topics.

The Speaking Module always has the same format:

The test is 11-14 minutes long and involves you speaking to a native English speaker who is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. The test is also recorded. There are three stages to the test:

Phase One
Phase One of the speaking test is around 4-5 minutes. It confirms to conversation that might take when two people meet for the first time – you will be asked to talk about your personal situation (family, job, university study, etc.) and other familiar topics.

Phase Two     
Phase Two of the speaking test requires you to do a presentation on a general topic. The examiner interviewing you will give you a card with a topic on it and you must talk for between one and two minutes. Again, the topics are very general and related to your personal experience. A topic might involve you talking about a teacher who influenced you as a child, or talking about the reading habits of people in your country. Again, you do not need specialist knowledge to talk about the topics you are given.

The examiner will give you a pencil and a piece of paper and allow you one minute to write notes in preparation for your presentation.

Phase Three  
Part Three of the speaking test requires you to take part in a discussion with your examiner. The topics you discuss will be more sophisticated than in the previous parts of the test and you will need to give opinions, speculate on possible events, consider trends as well as possibly suggest how to solve a problem.

Part Three of the speaking test is the most important part because it is in this part of the test the examiner establishes your final speaking score.

Assessment    

The examiner interviewing you during the IELTS Test is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. You need not be a fluent speaker of English to get a reasonable IELTS speaking score. The examiner assess basically on your vocabulary and grammar in a way that is clear and understandable.

Keep looking for this space every Wednesday for more IELTS tips.

Three way to start thinking in English

You have been studying English for years. So why don’t you feel comfortable speaking in real conversations? Why is it that you can pass the TOEFL exam, but you keep freezing when it comes to speaking? Why do you still translate your native language into English in your mind before you speak?

Over the past few months I have spoken with many English learners to try to understand the biggest challenges that English students have. I found that “not being able to think in English” is one of the biggest challenges. If you are facing this problem, here are three steps to overcome it!

Learn words and phrases related to situations

Many people are lead to believe that good vocabulary is hard to come by. In order to speak you don’t need to understand every word of Shakespeare. Try to imagine everyday situations and learn few words related to it. For instance, if you are going for a movie, you should be able to explain him which popcorn flavours you would like to buy? Would you like a grilled or toasted sandwich? If you are a barber shop you should explain you want hair dressed short or just trimmed in shape?

Listen to good English via news, radio or movies

One of the main problems with non-native English speaking population is they are not exposed to good English. Hardly anybody around speaks commendable English. Listen to good English. You can subscribe to good news and documentary channels on television or YouTube. You can also subscribe to some of the radio channels which air really good shows. If you get bored and Hollywood excites you, watch movies which have quality English. These listening habits will automatically make you recall few clips in your mind which will definitely help you.

Spare few minutes to think in English

Before going to bed make it a point to spend some time thinking about how you spent your day. But make sure you are thinking in English. This will not only help you improve your speaking skills but help you plan your daily activities effectively.