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Friday, March 17, 2017


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Thank you very much Teacher Simon! Those pieces of advice are very useful, indeed! I will try slowing down when I practice speaking!

I think it is not a good advice. You have to be natural like in a real life. Slow down your speach you will be at risk to get rated lower.


I agree that "natural speed" is what we are aiming for in the end. However, "slow practice" can be one of the tools that helps us to achieve fluent speech.

In other words, slow speech is not the end goal, it's a practice technique.

Thank you so much!

Dear Sir,
Will I get points minus if I speak slowly (ex,1/3 of the speed of native speakers) ?


Hi everyone,
I'm looking for speaking partner.

my Speaking test is on 7th April.

Skype ID: azmonaso@gmail.com
whats app: +989360655943

Add me on skype at bolgtom1 or email me at tomisinuno@yahoo.com if you are looking for a speaking partner to practice with

Hi simon, after the speaking test, its normal to say thanks with the examiner but would it be proper to express your feelings and feedback about the recent exam conversation? And is it ok to tell them that you are hoping they would consider your answer and maybe they will have a soft heart to give you at least a passing grade of 7?
: )


No, it's unlikely. Besides, native speakers all speak at different speeds. Try slowing down, and see if this helps you to speak with fewer pauses and hesitations.



It's fine to say thanks, but I don't think you should attempt to persuade the examiner to give you a 7. That isn't a good idea.

In my experience, if your English is not good enough, the first thing you should do is make sure that you express yourself clearly by slowing down your speaking speed. This is where you start and it also helps to get a better communication opportunity because natives know that they need to slow down to make you fully understand. Imagine how bad it is when you speak as fast as a native speaker whilst producing sentences full of mistakes! Once you are able to achieve this first goal, then you can move ahead towards the next step of varying your speed.

Hi Simon,

I'm a stutterer, though not the terrible type. My biggest issue with speaking in an exam or formal settings is fear of stuttering. I can easily soar well above average if only I can manage my fears. What is your advice for me? This affected me in my first exam attempt, and my second seating is on the 9th, September.

Hi Christian,

You should speak to your test centre about this before you take the test.

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