BULATS Speaking - Phrases

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

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Published: 14th Jul 2011

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Suggested answers
* = less common expression
Greetings
Good morning/ afternoon. 
Nice to meet you./ Pleased to meet you./ How do you do?*
Hi./ Hello.

Handing something over
(Just a second.) (Where is it? Ah.) Here you are. / Here you go.*

Explaining your name
(My name’s Mikiko/ Mikiko Suzuki, but) you can call me Miki/ everyone calls me Miki/ most 
people find it easier to call me Miki/ please call me Miki.
Please use my nickname/ English name, which is…

Responding to the examiner’s request to ask you questions
Okay/ That’s fine.
(No problem/ Sure). Go ahead./ Please do.*

When you don’t understand a spoken question
(Sorry). What does… mean?
Can you repeat the question, please?
I don’t really understand the question. (Could you explain it another way?)

When you don’t understand a written question
Can I ask a question about the task?
What does this word mean?

Pausing for thought
(Hmm) (Interesting question.)  Let me see/ Let me think.

Answering difficult questions
I’m not really sure/ I don’t know much about this/ I’m no expert, but I guess/ I suppose…

When you are unable to answer a question
(I’m) sorry,/ I’m afraid nothing is coming to mind./ I really can’t think of anything at the 
moment./ I really can’t remember (right now).

Starting your Part Two presentation
I’d like to/ I’m going to talk/ speak about…
I’m going to give a short presentation about…

Getting your presentation back on track
Anyway,…
What else did I have to speak about? Oh yes,…
Moving on to…

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

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