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Splendid Speaking



Splendid Speaking supports advanced learners of English who want to develop their top-level speaking skills and communication strategies. Each podcast features a recording of non-native speakers of English carrying out short tasks individually or in pairs



Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:41:45 +0000

 



IELTS Language Lab: Test 18

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:29:57 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Andrei who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 18: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-sample-speaking-test-187/ Describe a time when you bought something for someone. You should say when this was what is was you bought who you bought it for and say how you felt about buying it for them.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2016-02-24T02_29_57-08_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 17

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:35:52 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Mohamed who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 17: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-sample-speaking-test-17/ Describe a time when you experienced extreme weather conditions. You should say when this was where you were what the weather was like and say how you felt about the experience.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2016-02-09T01_35_52-08_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 13

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 21:41:42 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Graciela who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 12: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-speaking-sample-test-13/ Describe a business you know that you admire. You should say what this business is what the business sells how long you have known about the business and say why you like it so much.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2016-01-05T13_41_42-08_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 12

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:13:29 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Peter who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 12: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-speaking-practice-test-12/ Describe a teacher you once had who you enjoyed being taught by. You should say who this person was when they were your teacher which subject they taught you and describe what it was about their character that you liked.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-12-15T08_13_29-08_00.mp3




IELTS Speaking Podcasts 11 Clothes and Fashion

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:49:21 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Amy who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 11: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-speaking-practice-test-12/ Describe a house or an apartment you would like to live in. You should say: - what kind of accommodation it would be - where it would be - who would live there with you and say why you would enjoy living in this place.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-12-09T03_49_21-08_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 10

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:40:34 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Baya who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 9: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-speaking-practice-test-9/ Describe a house or an apartment you would like to live in. You should say: - what kind of accommodation it would be - where it would be - who would live there with you and say why you would enjoy living in this place.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-12-02T01_40_34-08_00.mp3




IELTS Speaking Podcast: Books and Films

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:13:52 +0000

Welcome to the IELTS Language Lab, brought to you by Peter Travis from ieltsspeaking.co.uk. In this episode we’re going to listen to Le who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. The task was Speaking Practice 9: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk/ielts-speaking-practice-test-9/ Task Describe a book you have read or a film you have seen. You should say: what this book or film was when you read it or saw it why you decided to see the film or read the book and say if you enjoyed it and why.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-11-24T03_13_52-08_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 8

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:48:36 +0000

This is the eighth in our series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Amy who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-10-22T07_48_36-07_00.mp3




IELTS Speaking Language Lab: Test 7

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:15:26 +0000

This is the seventh in our series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Andrea who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-10-22T02_15_26-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 6

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:46:42 +0000

This is the sixth in our series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Monica who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-10-16T07_46_42-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab: Test 5

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:06:30 +0000

This is the fifth in our series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Peter who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2015-10-15T04_06_30-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab Test 4

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:16:52 +0000

This is the forth in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Bashar who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2013-10-22T06_16_52-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab Test 3

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:02:33 +0000

This is the third in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Sadia who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2013-10-14T06_02_33-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab Test 2

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:38:18 +0000

This is the second in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Clara who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2013-04-19T03_38_18-07_00.mp3




IELTS Language Lab

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:56:16 +0000

This is the first in our new series of podcasts aimed at students preparing for the IELTS Speaking exam. The IELTS Language Lab uses the IELTS assessment criteria to examine recordings of students trying IELTS-style Speaking tests. In this episode we’re to going to listen to Sara who tried one of the free Part 2 practice tests we’ve published on the ieltsspeaking website. You can find out more about our free materials for IELTS Speaking preparation at our website: http://www.ieltsspeaking.co.uk


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2013-03-21T07_56_16-07_00.mp3




Working Together to Reach Agreement

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:39:04 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Ekaterina and Lachesara from Bulgaria. In this interview we looked at the skill of reaching agreement.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2012-02-28T03_39_04-08_00.mp3




Structuring a Short Talk

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 15:41:15 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Alejandro from Argentina and looks at how to structure a short, two-minute presentation.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-08-20T08_41_15-07_00.mp3




Using an Anecdote to Make a Point

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:33:53 +0000

This recording features Raluca from Romania and Genevieve from France. In this interview we looked at the skill of using anecdotes to make a point.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-07-30T07_33_53-07_00.mp3




Making a Spontaneous Talk

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 18:09:59 +0000

This podcast features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving aspontaneous talk.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-07-09T11_09_59-07_00.mp3




Structuring a short talk

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 18:01:08 +0000

This podcast features Ioana from Romania and looks at how to structure a short talk when reviewing a film.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-06-18T11_01_08-07_00.mp3




Working together to reach agreement

Sat, 07 May 2011 15:28:46 +0000

This podcast features Joao from Brazil and Werner for Germany, who take part in a role-play similar to those found in English exams like CAE and CPE. The focus of this discussion is how to work collaboratively in a task like this.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-05-07T08_28_46-07_00.mp3




Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:13:09 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-04-10T12_13_09-07_00.mp3




Acknowledging Your Partner’s Contributions

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 20:51:00 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2011-04-02T13_51_00-07_00.mp3




Structuring a Short Talk

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 16:09:35 +0000

Structuring a Short Talk This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and looks at how to structure a short talk.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-12-04T08_09_35-08_00.mp3




Flo-Joe's New CAE Writing Critique and Correction Service

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:49:26 +0000

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Hi and welcome to the latest podcast from Splendid Speaking. In this recording we're going to break with tradition and feature an interview with someone who's been using Flo-Joe's new writing critique and correction service for CAE, that's the Certificate in Advanced English. I'm speaking with Giada from Italy and at the time of the interview Giada was preparing for the CAE exam. I'm very pleased to be able to report that Giada passed and is now the proud owner of the Certificate in Advanced English. Well done Giada! If you're interested in finding out more about Flo-Joe's CAE Writing Critique and Correction service please contact us at info(at)flo-joe(dot)co(dot)uk and we'll send you further information. Alternatively you can visit the information page here.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-09-30T03_49_26-07_00.mp3




Captivate Your Audience With Memorable Introductions

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 19:04:29 +0000

This recording features Werner from Germany. In this interview we looked at the skill of captivating your audience with a memorable introduction.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-09-04T12_04_29-07_00.mp3




Using an Anecdote to Make a Point

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 18:40:48 +0000

This recording features Raluca from Romania and Genevieve from France. In this interview we looked at the skill of using anecdotes to make a point.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-07-31T11_40_48-07_00.mp3




Making Your Talks Topical

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 19:13:38 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Otavio from Brazil and looks at how to captivate your audience by referencing topical issues in a talk.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-06-26T12_13_38-07_00.mp3




Structuring a short talk

Sat, 19 Jun 2010 20:09:17 +0000

This podcast features Ioana from Romania and looks at how to structure a short talk when reviewing a film.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-06-19T13_09_17-07_00.mp3




Describing Photographs

Sat, 22 May 2010 19:05:06 +0000

This recording features Andrzej from Poland. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs, a task that appears in the CAE examination.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-05-22T12_05_06-07_00.mp3




Working together to reach agreement

Sat, 08 May 2010 18:17:42 +0000

This podcast features Joao from Brazil and Werner for Germany, who take part in a role-play similar to those found in English exams like CAE and CPE. The focus of this discussion is how to work collaboratively in a task like this.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-05-08T11_17_42-07_00.mp3




Using an Anecdote to Make Your Talk Memorable

Sat, 01 May 2010 18:38:14 +0000

Do you face the challenge of giving a short presentation? If so, you'll want to make sure you grab your listeners' attention. This podcast features Victoria from Belarus, who gives a short talk on the importance of learning a second language. Listen to Victoria's talk and note how she uses an anecdote to give the presentation personal significance.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-05-01T11_38_14-07_00.mp3




Asking and Responding to Questions

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 19:25:08 +0000

How good are you at making conversation with a complete stranger? Do you find it easy thinking of things to say or questions to ask? This podcast features Anca from Romania and Laurent from France and this was the first time they’d spoken together through Skype. Free Transcripts!
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-04-24T12_25_08-07_00.mp3




Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:27:52 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-04-10T11_27_52-07_00.mp3




Essential Signposting

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:07:41 +0000

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-03-27T10_07_41-07_00.mp3




Taking Part in Discussions

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 18:28:06 +0000

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-03-20T11_28_06-07_00.mp3




STAR Stories

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:10:45 +0000

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-03-13T11_10_45-08_00.mp3




Working Together to Reach Agreement

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:59:15 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Ekaterina and Lachesara from Bulgaria. In this interview we looked at the skill of reaching agreement.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-02-27T11_59_15-08_00.mp3




Structuring a Short Talk

Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:43:48 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Alejandro from Argentina and looks at how to structure a short, two-minute presentation.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-02-20T11_43_48-08_00.mp3




Responding to Questions

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 20:36:27 +0000

This recording features Ekaterina from Bulgaria and Teodoro from Chile. In this interview we looked at the skill of responding to questions.

Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-02-13T12_36_27-08_00.mp3




Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 20:32:29 +0000

This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
Preparing for an English speaking exam? Find out how Splendid Speaking can help you develop the skills you need to pass with flying colours: The Splendid Speaking Course.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-02-06T12_32_29-08_00.mp3




Describing Photographs

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:22:37 +0000

This podcast features an interview with Ekaterina from Bulgaria, who at the time interview was preparing for CAE. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-01-23T11_22_37-08_00.mp3




Responding to Questions

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 18:58:07 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Solange from Brazil. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving full answers to questions.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-01-16T10_58_07-08_00.mp3




Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:32:09 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?'.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-01-09T12_32_09-08_00.mp3




Signposting Your Talk

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 19:48:40 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Sylvia from Romania and looks at signposting short talks. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2010-01-02T11_48_40-08_00.mp3




Speculating and Hypothesising

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 18:57:47 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Stefania from Italy and looks at how to speculate and hypothesise in a short talk.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-12-12T10_57_47-08_00.mp3




Structuring a Short Talk

Sat, 05 Dec 2009 20:37:55 +0000

This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and looks at how to structure a short talk.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-12-05T12_37_55-08_00.mp3




Expressing and Justifying Opinions

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 19:20:12 +0000

This recording, which features Vucosava, looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions when making a presentation.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-11-28T11_20_12-08_00.mp3




Active Listening

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:10:22 +0000

Facing an examination and need to speak with someone you've never met before? Perhaps you're just looking to improve your advanced English conversation skills. This podcast features Ana and Jonas and the focus of the task was on their ability to ask questions about each other’s interests, studies, or careers, and to listen and respond naturally to what their partner had to say.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-11-14T12_10_22-08_00.mp3




Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 18:52:35 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-10-17T11_52_35-07_00.mp3




Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 19:42:09 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-10-10T12_42_09-07_00.mp3




Acknowledging Your Partner's Contributions

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 15:11:11 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-10-03T08_11_11-07_00.mp3




Taking Part in Discussions

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 18:33:17 +0000

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
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STAR Stories

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 18:02:28 +0000

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-09-12T11_02_28-07_00.mp3




Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 17:58:37 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?'.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-08-08T10_58_37-07_00.mp3




Describing Photographs

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 18:53:13 +0000

This podcast features an interview with Ekaterina from Bulgaria, who at the time interview was preparing for CAE. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing photographs.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-07-25T11_53_13-07_00.mp3




Responding to Questions

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 18:46:08 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording features Solange from Brazil. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving full answers to questions.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-07-18T11_46_08-07_00.mp3




Speculating and Hypothesising

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 19:01:28 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Stefania from Italy and looks at how to speculate and hypothesise in a short talk.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-06-13T12_01_28-07_00.mp3




Expressing & Justifying Opinions

Sat, 30 May 2009 18:46:52 +0000

This recording, which features Vucosava, looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions when making a presentation.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-05-30T11_46_52-07_00.mp3




Active Listening

Sat, 16 May 2009 18:46:36 +0000

Facing an examination and need to speak with someone you've never met before? Perhaps you're just looking to improve your advanced English conversation skills. This podcast features Ana and Jonas and the focus of the task was on their ability to ask questions about each other’s interests, studies, or careers, and to listen and respond naturally to what their partner had to say.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-05-16T11_46_36-07_00.mp3




Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sat, 11 Apr 2009 19:06:30 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-04-11T12_06_30-07_00.mp3




Acknowledging Your Partner's Contributions

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:14:59 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This podcast features Ana from Austria and Jonas from Switzerland and looks at working cooperatively when carrying out role plays.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-04-04T13_14_59-07_00.mp3




Essential Signposting

Sat, 28 Mar 2009 19:32:58 +0000

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists.
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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-03-28T12_32_58-07_00.mp3




Taking Part in Discussions

Sat, 21 Mar 2009 20:21:23 +0000

If you're an advanced speaker of English and would like to improve or practise the skills involved in taking part in a discussion and describing events then this podcast will be of interest to you. In this task Solange from Brazil and Arturo from Italy had to compare the way Christmas is celebrated in their two countries.
Free Transcripts! At Splendid Speaking the transcripts for the current podcasts are FREE! Sign up to the Splendid Speaking newsletter and receive transcripts, comprehension questions, a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk AND a vocabulary worksheet to record our 'Splendid Expressions' daily quiz. Sign up to the newsletter from the main Splendid Speaking website.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-03-21T13_21_23-07_00.mp3




STAR Stories

Sat, 14 Mar 2009 20:23:15 +0000

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. The transcript for the most recent podcast, comprehension questions and a weekly task sheet to help you prepare for a similar talk are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
Preparing for an English speaking exam? Find out how Splendid Speaking can help you develop the skills you need to pass with flying colours: The Splendid Speaking Course.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2009-03-14T13_23_15-07_00.mp3




Expressing & Justifying Opinions

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 15:54:51 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Vukosava. This recording looks at the skills of expressing and justifying opinions. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
See our new exam guides for: BEC Higher BULATS (Business Language Testing) CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) IELTS

Want to practise conversations like this? See how to join our Splendid Speaking Group on Facebook to practise your English conversation skills.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-11-29T07_54_51-08_00.mp3




Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 18 Oct 2008 18:53:44 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
See our new exam guides for: BEC Higher BULATS (Business Language Testing) CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) IELTS


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-10-18T11_53_44-07_00.mp3




Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sat, 11 Oct 2008 20:09:02 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.
See our new exam guides for: BEC Higher BULATS (Business Language Testing) CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) IELTS


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-10-11T13_09_02-07_00.mp3




Essential Signposting

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 22:24:17 +0000

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-09-27T15_24_17-07_00.mp3




Delivering STAR Stories

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 11:14:40 +0000

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website to sign up and to download the transcripts and our weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-09-14T04_14_40-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 22:37:04 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Corina from Romania and making a spontaneous talk.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-07-12T15_37_04-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Working Together to Reach Agreement

Sat, 28 Jun 2008 18:26:51 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and Andreea from Romania and looks at working towards an agreed outcome in a role play.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-06-28T11_26_51-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 05 Apr 2008 18:09:17 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. This recording looks at the skill of making a spontaneous talk. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. Subcribers to the Splendid Speaking newsletter also get access to transcripts to this and all other podcasts.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-04-05T11_09_17-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 23:21:55 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Arturo from Italy. This recording looks at the skill of using an anecdote to make a point. A reminder that the transcript for all podcasts along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to try our free daily quiz to help you develop your colloquial vocabulary. Subcribers to the Splendid Speaking newsletter also get access to transcripts to this and all other podcasts.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-03-29T16_21_55-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Essential Signposting

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:03:06 +0000

If you'd like to improve or practise the skills involved in making presentations then this podcast will be of interest to you. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-03-14T13_03_06-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Delivering STAR Stories

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 14:16:39 +0000

This recording features Eun Kyung from South Korea. In this interview we looked at the skill of describing a personal achievement so that you showcase your strengths and abilities. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk and also to subscribe to the transcripts for this and all other podcasts.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2008-03-01T06_16_39-08_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:15:13 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. This recording was first published in October 2006 and features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?' which was taken from the CPE Handbook available from the Cambridge ESOL website. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking website.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-11-24T00_15_13-08_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

Fri, 05 Oct 2007 11:18:25 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. My name’s Pete Travis and this week we’re listening to Solange from Brazil. A reminder that the transcript for the most recent podcast along with comprehension questions are sent to subscribers of our mailing list when the podcast is published each week. You can sign up to the newsletter from Splendid Speaking.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-10-05T04_18_25-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Essential Signposting

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:02:56 +0000

Welcome to the latest podcast from Splendid Speaking. This week we’re listening to Eun-Kyung from South Korea. In this Skype interview, which was first published in February 2007, Eun-Kyung was asked to describe a place in her country she would recommend to tourists. This podcast will be of interest to anyone who needs to practise the skill of giving a short talk, and in particular how to signpost a presentation of this kind. A reminder that you can get a transcript - the words - to the latest podcast by joining the Splendid Speaking mailing list.. Each week you’ll be sent comprehension questions to help you test your understanding along with the transcript of the latest podcast. You can signup to the mailing list at our homepage at:.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-09-14T06_02_56-07_00.mp3




Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 10:13:45 +0000

This recording was first published in October 2006 and features Corina from Romania. In this interview we looked at the skill of giving spontaneous talks, a task in the CPE speaking paper and used the topic: 'Why is music important around the world?' which was taken from the CPE Handbook available from the Cambridge ESOL website. Visit the Splendid Speaking Website for our new weekly task sheets to help you prepare for a similar talk.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-06-15T03_13_45-07_00.mp3




Structuring Your Talk

Thu, 24 May 2007 22:47:00 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Ana from Austria and looks at the importance of structuring your talk in order to complete the task within the time limit.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-05-24T15_47_00-07_00.mp3




Working Together to Reach Agreement

Thu, 17 May 2007 18:42:04 +0000

Welcome to the Splendid Speaking podcast. Transcripts for ALL podcasts including this one are available to subscribers of our mailing list. You can sign up to the newsletter from www.splendid-speaking.com. This podcast features Isabelle from Switzerland and Andreea from Romania and looks at working towards an agreed outcome in a role play.


Media Files:
http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2007-05-17T11_42_04-07_00.mp3




Effective Questions and Active Listening

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:07:12 +0000

How good are you at making conversation with a complete stranger? Do you find it easy thinking of things to say or questions to ask? Well, this podcast features a conversation between two people who had never met before and who talked for the first time together through Skype. We have Solange from Brazil and Vukosava who is currently living in Portugal. This was a 'getting to know you' opportunity and the focus was on asking questions and showing interest in what the speaker has said. As you listen decide how well Solange and Vukosava managed to hold a natural and interesting conversation. In particular, decide how well they ask questions and also if they show interest in what the other has said. Finally, make a note of their use of English, which we'll look at in the feedback section. Let's listen to Solange and Vukosava.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2006-10-26T05_07_12-07_00.mp3




Responding to Questions (1)

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 16:06:52 +0000

This podcast features Jedrzej from Poland, who is aiming to pass CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) offered by Cambridge ESOL. This was our first meeting in Skype and the session was a getting-to-know-you opportunity.An important skill to use in a situation where you are trying to showcase yourself or your English skills is the ability to give full answers to questions, particularly when closed 'Yes/No' questions are asked such as: 'Do you ...', 'Have you ...', 'Is it ...' , etc. To prepare for this interview Jedrzej used Unit 2 of 'Splendid Speaking', which looks at strategies for answering questions fully, in particular the use of examples to avoid replying simply with 'Yes/No' answers.As you listen decide how well Jedrzej managed to do this. Did he give full answers, even to closed 'Yes/No' questions? Finally, make a note of Jedrzej's use of English, which we'll look at in the feedback section. Let's listen to Jedrzej. Apologies for the distortion at the end of the recording, which was due to interference on Skype.


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http://splendidspeaking.podOmatic.com/enclosure/2006-10-12T09_06_52-07_00.mp3