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Uncommon Vocabulary

historical memorial shrine place of pilgrimage carved

cenotaph bronze sculpture dedicated to engraved

honoring commemorative plaque

Grammar Point

Use mostly present tenses; include some past tenses:

I remember when I first saw this bronze sculpture; I was quite impressed by the engraved commemorative plaque.

Place 21: A hotel

Describe a hotel you have stayed in or visited.

You should say:

Where the hotel is located

When you stayed there / visited this place

Why you went there

What you liked about it.

Suggestion

Use a combination of Place 1: An important building and Place 16: A restaurant. Say that you haven't actually stayed in this hotel but you have dined in the restaurant.

Place 22: Your favorite room

Describe your favorite room in your home.

You should say:

What room it is

What it looks like

What you use it for

Why it is your favorite.

Suggestion

The easiest room in the house to describe is the living room. You can describe all the electronic equipment (DVD player, Hi-fi etc.) and all the activities you do in this room (reading: watching TV, films etc.)

Uncommon Vocabulary

sitting room (=living room) furnish redecorate

all mod cons (= many modem appliances)

Grammar Point

Try to use a mix of tenses:

When I was at school, I used to do my homework on the sofa.

When I was kid, I always played in the living room.

I've been living in this house for about I0 years.


Section 3: Experiences

  1. Something difficult that you did well
  2. Something you would like to succeed in doing
  3. A skill you would like to learn
  4. A short course
  5. A happy event
  6. A party
  7. A special meal
  8. A wedding you have attended
  9. Some important advice
  10. Some help that you received
  11. Some important news
  12. Some important family news
  13. An important letter you received
  14. An important letter you sent
  15. An interesting trip you have been on
  16. The best holiday you have been on
  17. Some long distance travel you would like to do
  18. An activity in an English lesson
  19. An important decision
  20. An important change in your life
  21. An event that changed your life
  22. A busy time in your life
  23. A festival that is popular in your country
  24. Something dangerous you would like to do

Experience 1: Something difficult that you did well

Describe something difficult you did well.

You should say:

What you did

Why it was difficult

How you managed to do it

Whether you think you will do this thing again.

Suggestion

Talk about a skill that you have learned. The obvious choice is a language (NOT English choose another language, e.g. Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese). You will need to lie for this topic. It is quite easy to do just describe your experience of learning English but change it to another language.

Uncommon Vocabulary

Use vocabulary from Part One Topic 9: Learning English and Part One Topic 21: Learning languages.

You can also use vocabulary from People 6: A teacher who has influenced you.

Additional words:



easier said than done (= difficult) get to grips with (= get familiar with)

overcome tricky deal with

Grammar Point

You can use some present tenses to describe some aspects of the language:

Japanese is based on Chinese script.

Use mostly past tenses to describe your learning experience:

At the outset I found it quite tricky; I used to get confused by...


Experience 2: Something you would like to succeed in doing

Describe something you would like to succeed in doing.

You should say:

What you would like to succeed in

Why you would like to do this

Whether you think it would be difficult

Whether you think you will achieve in the near future.

Suggestion

Although this topic is not actually a real "experience", I have included it in this section because it is almost the same as Experience 1: Something difficuIt that you did well. Talk about the same content (or language) but change the grammar.

Grammar Point

Use some present tenses to describe the language. You must use some conditional structures:

I imagine that the grammar would be quite tricky.

I might have problems with the pronunciation.

I guess I would be able to cope with the written script.

If all goes to plan. I would like to start learning this next year.

Experience 3: A skill you would like to learn

Describe a skill you would like to learn in the future.

You should say:

What the skill is

Why you want to learn it

Whether you think it would be difficult

Whether you think you will learn in the near future.

Suggestion

Use exactly the same content, vocabulary and grammar as Experience 2.

Experience 4: A short course

Describe a short course that you have taken or would like to attend.

You should say:

What the course is about

Where you did it or would do it

Why you choose or would choose this course

How it has benefited or will benefit you.

Suggestion

Use exactly the same content as Experience l: Something difficult that you did well and Experience 2: Something you would like to succeed in doing. This topic card gives you the choice of a course you have attended or a course you would like to attend. Talk about a course "you would like to take". If you do this you must use conditional tenses (if + would / could / might) and this will increase your grammar score.

Experience 5: A happy event

Describe a happy event in your life.

You should say:

What the event was

What you did

Why it was happy

Whether this type of event is common in your country.

Suggestion

The obvious choice for this topic is a birthday party.


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