FCE (First Certificate in English) Speaking- Phrases to speculate and compare

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FCE (First Certificate in English) Speaking- Phrases to speculate about and 
compare with your partner
Use the phrases to speculate about your partner, choosing from the list or the cards you 
have been dealt. You can use more than one each time. Your partner will say if you were 
correct, then tell you if they are surprised by your level of certainty or uncertainty. 

…seem(s)…

both

…look(s) (like)…

neither

I guess…

like

I imagine…

unlike

…obviously…

whereas

…probably…

too

…might/ may/ maybe/ perhaps…

(quite/ fairly/ very/ completely) different

…clearly…

(quite/ fairly/ very) similar

I’m not sure exactly but…

(slightly/ somewhat/ quite a lot/ a lot/

far far)… er

…appear(s)…

(a bit/ a great deal/ much much)

more…

I reckon…/ I suppose…

contrast

I’m fairly sure…

in common

I get the impression that…

compared to

My initial impression is…

(more or less/ exactly) the same

…almost certainly…

but

…must…

as well

…could (possibly)…

not (nearly/ quite) as… as

I’m pretty confident that…

differ(s)

I expect…

resemblance

I know for sure that…

and

I know for a fact that…

but

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Possible topics (typical ones in FCE Speaking) 

English language exams, including FCE

Studying English (including self-study)

Using English

Work

Arts and media

Daily routine

Food and drink

Free time/ Hobbies

Friends and family

Health and fitness

Home

Other languages

Other studies

Technology

Transport and travel

Personality

Appearance

Ages

Useful phrases
That’s correct/ right.
Good guess!
Actually,…
I’m surprised you think that. 
Not really/ exactly.
I think you could be more certain/ confident about that. 
What makes you so sure about that?

Use similar language to compare and contrast Speaking Part Two photos.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014