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If you want to go ahead these days, you need to have a good command of English I have always loved … (the sea). I’ve always loved the sea. I like the change of seasons… I'd love to visit places untouched by people. However, for me, there's no place like home. That's a big question! (2 SECONDS) (CC) (This is how we speak- Common collocations) I want to be a useful member of society. A productive person I want to give back to the community… I'm keen on ... I'm an avid traveler, (zapalony) ... I haven't given it much thought until now. (3 seconds) PART 2 What strikes me about the first picture is the fact that... What I think is… This picture reminds me of... PROVIDES US WITH good Judging from the photograph, the children... BUT OF COURSE REMEMBER DON’T DESCRIBE THE PICTURE The man appears to be... From what we can see here, he must... There are many similarities... Both pictures depict... Both pictures are quite similar in that they show... STUDENT- UNDERGRADUATE- SCHOLARS-Professional Students- pupil – young learners, more experienced ESL learners, Athletes, sportsmen, adolescents, You have to have limber fingers Your fingers will betray, will fail you, your fingers won’t work the way you want to them, When you look closer it seems to reveal... The first picture ... whereas the other picture ... You have nothing to fear but fear itself… This situation has to be more stressful (not must) Another important difference is... Picture ... doesn't show ... as clearly as ... Picture ... attempts to ... but I think picture ... does this more effectively... All pictures are interesting, but ... gives a stronger idea of... It's difficult to tell from a photograph but this picture could have been taken in ... I might be wrong, but I'd say that this picture ... I would imagine/guess that this picture comes from ... Picture ... is by far the best to show because ... () To me, picture ... is essential for this kind of publication. I'm surprised there is no picture showing... A picture of ... would get the message across more effectively. The cover would be so much better if we had a picture of ... So let's look at the alternatives ...
I must say that . I can sympathise with what X said but .... ? Judging by .. I suppose. Don't get me wrong but shouldn't we .. I don't see eye to eye with you here .. I'm of the opinion that ..... That's true in a way. Surprising. As I see it . What do you think should go next? Are you happy with this order then? Do you go along with that? PART 4 Just following from what X was saying.. To my way of thinking . It was written all over their face … It was written on her face… We can tell by their expressions… I agree up to a point.... . I couldn't agree more.. Can you take a clear stand on that matter? It brings to the question / idea / problem of . but ... PART 3 Up to the problem in question . I'm in two minds about it. I forgot to mention ..The name for this escapes me at present..... That's one way of looking at it.. I don't support X's view on .... I am convinced that ....... The main problem centres around . is that . Adding to what X has just said. Writing for FCE/CAE/CPE ... but . While generally agreeing with X. first? What do you think? A strong point in favour of ... I think . Taking everything into account .. / it should be pointed out that .. I also feel . As I was saying ... they must be .......... Perhaps it should be also emphasized that . I don't feel convinced . One thing X didn't mention is . It's my belief . is a separate issue... as it may seem. I am inclined to believe that .. Perhaps we should put . It could discourage us from… I think I see what you mean...... For my part .. To my mind . / I'm ambivalent about ... The name for it is on the tip of my tongue .......... On the other hand .. Moving on to ...... but it's for/it's like ..
...... At the start of your article.. I have no hesitation in recommending X as a . I have known X for . I have just read your article on . Letters of recommendation I am writing to you on behalf of ....... I am writing with reference to the article you published (in last month's issue). If these proposals go ahead.. It goes without saying that .... Another threat to . I am sure readers will agree with me when I say that . I am writing to tell you how disappointed/annoyed I feel about .. I was amazed/distressed/horrified to find that ....Useful language FORMAL LETTERS Letters objecting to someone's plans I am writing to express my concern /disappointment / alarm at hearing . ARTICLES ... . I am extremely concerned at the thought that ... As I think you know. I am afraid that I will have to take this matter further. which appeared (in last night's paper). I dread to imagine what damage this will cause. As you must realise. At the very least... I was wondering if you had considered this alternative? Would it not be possible to . I was extremely alarmed/sorry/distressed to hear about your plans to .... if these proposals go ahead.... She / He has shown herself/himself to be extremely .. will happen. I am sure you can imagine . Unless you . ... I am sure you will appreciate that .... ? Letters of complaint I am writing to complain about .. . X would seem to fit the requirements of this job perfectly... I am sure you know that . years. would come from . I look forward to receiving . Letters to the editor I am writing about the article on . It must be very clear that .. May I respectfully suggest that you . … As you probably know… May I point out that … I feel I really must object to . ... You raised some issues which I feel strongly about. I am afraid I totally disagree... you appear to claim that ........ .. and I feel I must . I am completely in agreement....
. .. In a matter of seconds/minutes... .. The next thing I knew was . The next thing I knew was .. ... Out of the blue. . .. Y is .. Looking back In retrospect..... ... . General comments On the whole. I would recommend ..... Simultaneous events Meanwhile/In the meantime.. ... ... It is a fact that .. Late on/Some time later. . . . While all this was going on. . Further to my visit to .. ... In the wink of an eye.. X is a little/slightly/somewhat/a great deal (bigger/more elegant than Y.. Just when I was least expecting it. Y is ... It wasn't until much later that . . In no time at all. All at once. . .. The next thing that happened was .Sequencing At first / To start with/In the beginning. Although ... Taking all these points into consideration.. I found that . After some time/After what seemed like years. I should point out that . Concluding comments All things considered.... In the middle of all this. .. REPORTS Introductory comments I recently visited (the new Leisure Centre) and have prepared the following report for your consideration.. Comparing places or facilities One of the main differences between X and Y is that … X is completely/entirely/totally different from Y in that … Unlike X.. When I think back to what happened then.. I recommend that we look into the possibility of .... .. Seconds/Minutes later.. The following report relates to my recent visit to . While/Whereas/Although X is ... I believe that ... ... At last. During all this time... Sudden or unexpected events Suddenly/All of a sudden. I have prepared the following report... Without any warning. Rapid events As quick as a flash... Then/Next/After that..... Finally/In the end... . ..
.. depending on what are asked to write about: • letters • essays • articles • proposals • reports • reviews Expressing and supporting opinions These words and expressions are especially useful in letters..... Just consider . (because) . I think ... The film has a quality cast... The plot was gripping. I recommend that we .. ...... X is virtually/exactly the same as Y when it comes to . I felt/thought it was … I was impressed by … What struck me most was .X is not quite/nearly as (comfortable/expensive/ convenient) as Y because .... it would . I trust you will give my proposal your full consideration. at heart. It is a fact that . PROPOSALS As requested. On reflection. The film captures the spirit of . Let me explain why. X is... The characters were very convincing/very well drawn. which means that . I think it was . In my opinion. .. We should also . It is set in the countryside/the future.... What I liked most/didn't like was ........ I feel strongly that we should .. The film score is enchanting/evocative/scary. I believe/do not believe that .... essays and articles... What I didn't understand was how . I propose that we . We could . It is based on a book by . I am submitting the following proposal on ...We would then be able to .. REVIEWS x has much to recommend it... I suggest we… .. a(n) love/spy/adventure story. It struck me as being .... The hero/heroine/villain is . I would have no hesitation in recommending … Useful words and phrases These words and phrases can be used in the following text types.. In spite of these few criticisms.. If we were to . The film was directed by ... Personally I feel that . I believe that ....
It seems to me that… This is because ...... it seems that … Recently. it seems to me that .. it appears/seems that . Firstly/In the first place / To begin with...As I see it.. The reasons why I believe that .. people used to …... are as follows... it seems that ….. On the whole. Dismissing contrary arguments .. Over the past few months/years. Opening phrases These words and expressions are especially useful in letters. …For example/For instance.. In conclusion.. It is clear that . It is often said/argued that ... It goes without saying that . … Secondly/A second area to consider is … Another point to remember is .. ... I feel very strongly that .. we are all realising that .. I have to disagree with you because of… Even though people believe that the internet is a fantastic source. essays and articles.... .. I am completely opposed to . for example. People (sometimes) claim that … but I feel that .. essays and articles..... This means that . Explaining/Expanding ideas and giving examples These words and expressions are especially useful in letters.. …In other words. Last but not least. This is largely due to ...... It is important to remember that . Take.. . ... we have all become concerned that … Nowadays. ... … The reason is . .. These days. Making statements These words and expressions are especially useful in letters. In the past. Listing arguments These words and expressions are especially useful in letters. Finally.. I would argue that for the following reasons. I am convinced that .. . but now .... I am very much in favour of/against .. We must take into account the fact that .. essays and articles.. It is a fact that . However.. we can see that it has some serious weakness like Evaluating ideas.. the situation in ..... I am of the opinion that . essays and articles.
I still feel that . I would like to point out that … I agree that …However. When you hear the arguments. ... .. In no way can I agree that . . If we were to… . reports.... I would like to praise the ... I recommend that we .. essays. I totally disagree/agree with the point that… It is questionable whether … I am sure/I doubt whether … It is true that . essays and articles.. I would urge you to consider… I am sure you will agree that… Surely you must agree that… I would urge you very strongly to . Making recommendations These words and expressions are especially useful in proposals and reports..... The problem could easily be solved if . . we must remember that ... but all too often .. Persuading These words and expressions are especially useful in letters and proposals. I am sure you will agree that . While some people will love .These words and expressions are especially useful in letters.... Evaluating These words and expressions are especially useful in reports.... .. proposals and reviews. We could .articles... I was extremely impressed by… I was rather disappointed by… While X has much to commend it.. Despite all the arguments.. I was less happy with . I would like to point out that .. Although it is true that . I feel that some aspects could be improved... A major problem is that ... I believe that we should ... ... We should also . ... On the other hand... others may feel less happy... proposals and reviews.... Notwithstanding the claim that .. While nobody can deny that . I would argue that… It may be true that . we could . It could be argued that … However. I suggest we… We would then be able to ... I propose that we ...... Summarising These words and expressions are especially useful in letters.. Another area for complaint is … My overall impression was that … I am sure that visitors/readers/holidaymakers will thoroughly enjoy . I think it is true that . Surely it is completely unacceptable that ..
... Hobbies and interests He is crazy about .. He is inclined to be .... What she loves most in life is . reviews......... He spends all his time . His greatest love is . In conclusion. . -ing. I think that .. and letters. Describing These words and expressions are especially useful in articles. the facts suggest that .. -ing. She appears/seems to be ..... Character/Personality He tends to be . -ing. She can be ..All in all. To sum up. I believe that .. She loves ..
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