Speaking: Has your country changed much since you were a child?

(1) Planning your answer:

(1) Do not rush – think

(2) In the writing paper it is good to give clear strong opinions – but when you are speaking this is not necessary.

(3) Use an example to support your point (examples are always the key – in both writing and speaking.

Listen to my audio introduction:

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(2) Useful phrases:

“in some ways yes, but in others no”

“yes and no”

“not really”

(3) Example:

Answer 1:

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That’s a difficult question to answer clearly – in some ways yes, but in others no – for example, when I was young divorce was still quite unusual in the UK – now nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. This is a huge change. On the other hand people’s basic goals haven’t changed –  a home, a job, a happy relationship. These basic aspects of society haven’t changed.

Answer 2:

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Actually yes. It has changed enormously. A good example is the family. Now far more people get divorced, far more people live together when they are not married and far more gay people live together as couples. This is a huge change. When I was a child none of my friends had divorced parents – now I’m divorced, my brother is divorced, and most of my friends are divorced too!

Note:

(1) use of tripling “far more…” (three times)  and 3 examples of divorced people.

(2) “Actually..” – good introduction word / natural / gives thinking time

(3) Personal example

(4) You try:

Answer the question – plan your answer – write it and practise saying it aloud. Think carefully – you have no time pressure now, it’s your opportunity to improve.

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