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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 such as making presentations or taking part in discussions. Each recording contains expert feedback on the speaker's performance. Also, visit the Splendid Speaking website at splendidspeaking.com to subscribe to our newsletter which gives automatic access to transcripts of all podcasts. Students studying for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge CAE, CPE or BEC will find these recordings useful in preparation for their Speaking exam. We also publish a weekly task sheet giving you the chance to try a similar task and a daily quiz consisting of three colloquial expressions.

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Describing Photographs

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.

7mins

22 May 2010

Rank #1

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IELTS Language Lab: Test 10

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.

9mins

2 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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Re-Posted: Essential Signposting

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.

15mins

14 Mar 2008

Rank #3

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IELTS Language Lab Test 2

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

10mins

19 Apr 2013

Rank #4

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Working Together to Reach Agreement

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.

16mins

28 Feb 2012

Rank #5

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IELTS Language Lab: Test 6

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

7mins

16 Oct 2015

Rank #6

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Structuring a Short Talk

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.

11mins

20 Aug 2011

Rank #7

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Making a Spontaneous Talk

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.

6mins

9 Jul 2011

Rank #8

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

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.

10mins

5 Apr 2008

Rank #9

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Taking Part in Discussions

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.

14mins

21 Mar 2009

Rank #10

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Re-Posted: Using Anecdotes to Make a Point

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.

9mins

29 Mar 2008

Rank #11

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Re-Posted: Delivering STAR Stories

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.

12mins

1 Mar 2008

Rank #12

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Captivate Your Audience With Memorable Introductions

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.

9mins

4 Sep 2010

Rank #13

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

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.

6mins

24 Nov 2007

Rank #14

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Acknowledging Your Partner's Contributions

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.

12mins

4 Apr 2009

Rank #15

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Re-Posted: Spontaneous Talks

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.

6mins

15 Jun 2007

Rank #16

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Structuring Your Talk

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.

9mins

24 May 2007

Rank #17

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Working Together to Reach Agreement

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.

12mins

17 May 2007

Rank #18

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Essential Signposting

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.

15mins

28 Mar 2009

Rank #19

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Structuring a Short Talk

Structuring a Short TalkThis 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.

10mins

4 Dec 2010

Rank #20