Expressions to use in a speaking test (monologue /interaction)

Si os estáis preparando para presentaros a algún examen en lengua inglesa (B2- C1…), puede que este listado de expresiones (conectores, marcadores del discurso…) os vengan bien a la hora de afrontar la parte de producción oral (bien sea el monólogo o la interacción). Os ayudarán a dar mayor coherencia a vuestra producción (que las ideas estén más relacionadas); os ayudarán a ganar tiempo mientras pensáis (por ejemplo, los fillers), y os ayudarán a sonar un poco más nativos.

Podéis ver el listado, organizado por funciones comunicativas, bien en la entrada del blog, o descargarlo como pdf (versión actualizada, distintas expresiones y orden)

SHOW INTEREST IN THE TOPIC

  • Really?
  • That’s interesting!
  • Right!
  • I see
  • I can’t believe it!
  • Reply questions: I went to Paris – Did you?
  • Uh huh
  •  As you said before, … (referring to what the other speaker said before shows you’ve been paying attention)

DIRECT THE CONVERSATION TOWARDS THE TOPIC

  • By the way,
  • Speaking of…
  • That reminds me of…

FILLERS

  • So,
  • You see, …
  • …, you see, …
  • You know,
  • I mean,
  • …, like,… (too informal)

Ver ejemplos reales del uso de fillers: https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/fillers-para-examenes-orales-de-ingles/

CHECK THAT THEY’RE FOLLOWING WHAT YOU’RE SAYING / UNDERSTANDING

  • Right?
  • OK?

KEEPING YOUR LISTENER ENGAGED

  • Rhetorical questions (questions you don’t really expect an answer for, you sort of answer them yourself): What do I mean by that?  / Is smoking dangerous? Of course it is
  • As you very well know, …

LOOKING FOR AGREEMENT:

  • Don’t you think?
  • Question tags (Isn’t it, has it…)
  • You know what I mean,

GIVING THE FLOOR (turn to speak):

  • Don’t you think?
  • Question tags (Isn’t it, has it…)

AGREEING:

  • Absolutely
  • I see what you mean
  • I see your point
  • You have a point there.
  • Exactly
  • Definitely

DISAGREEING

  • I see your point, but…
  • Your point is well taken, but …
  • I beg to differ
  • (I’m afraid) That’s not always the case

SAYING “NO”

  • Not really, no (rather than a plain “no”)

ex. –Do you like football? – Not really, no (instead of “noooo!”)

  • I don’t think so.

ex. Are you coming? – I don’t think so.

GIVING OPINION:

  • Personally,
  • I don’t know about you, but I …
  • I feel (strongly) that…
  • I (strongly) believe that…
  • It seems to me that…
  • I have the impression that…
  • I reckon…(informal)
  • Speaking from personal experience,
  • For me personally,

ASKING FOR THE OTHER SPEAKER’S OPINION:

  • How do you feel about…?
  • What’s your take on…?
  • Where do you stand on….?
  • What are your thoughts on this?
  • What do you reckon (informal)?

INTERRUPTING:

  • I’m sorry to interrupt, but…
  • Can I interrupt you just for a second (here)?

SUMMARISING:

  • In a nutshell,
  • To make a long story short,

REPHRASING:

  • In other words,
  • …, that is to say, …

Advice for the interaction: be interactive, contribute to the conversation: it’s not two monologues, one after another!

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