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    have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Hello, Teachers.

    In a speaking test, have I to look into the examiner's eyes if he/she is a native speaker?

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Yes, but not too much.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Yes, but not too much.
    Thank you, Banderas.

    What does 'not too much' mean?

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, Banderas.

    What does 'not too much' mean?
    Make an eye contact but try not to stare.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Banderas is right; do make contact, but try to make it natural and don't try to hold their eyes for long.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Banderas is right; do make contact, but try to make it natural and don't try to hold their eyes for long.
    Remember that the examiner is a human being.

    Incidentally, your question should have been 'Should I look into the examiner's eyes?' Using the expression 'have to' suggests too much of an element of compulsion; and even if you did use it, the question would be 'Do I have to...'. 'Have I to...' is not wrong but it's very old-fashioned and/or regional.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    This is another example of a cultural difference...in the US, it is customary to always look a person in the eyes when you are speaking to him, whether it is while answering examination questions or during a job interview or just chatting about the weather. A person who regularly "breaks" eye contact, or shifts his gaze away from the other person's eyes, automatically becomes subconsciously suspect...is he lying to me? Is he uncomfortable? Why is he so nervous? Etc.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    This is another example of a cultural difference...in the US, it is customary to always look a person in the eyes when you are speaking to him, whether it is while answering examination questions or during a job interview or just chatting about the weather. A person who regularly "breaks" eye contact, or shifts his gaze away from the other person's eyes, automatically becomes subconsciously suspect...is he lying to me? Is he uncomfortable? Why is he so nervous? Etc.
    That's what concerns me.
    In a test, especially a speaking test which I'm very unsure about, I don't think I can avoid nervousness.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    That's what concerns me.
    In a test, especially a speaking test which I'm very unsure about, I don't think I can avoid nervousness.
    Whoever is going to examine you, knows, that this kind of behaviour, like nervousness,is typical on such occassions. So, just take it easy and accept that you might be nervous.

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    Re: have I to look into the examiner's eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    This is another example of a cultural difference...in the US, it is customary to always look a person in the eyes when you are speaking to him, whether it is while answering examination questions or during a job interview or just chatting about the weather. A person who regularly "breaks" eye contact, or shifts his gaze away from the other person's eyes, automatically becomes subconsciously suspect...is he lying to me? Is he uncomfortable? Why is he so nervous? Etc.
    Good point . Appropriate body language in an interview will differ from country to country.

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