Useful phrases for your oral testGiving Opinion1. I reckon...2. Id say...3. Personally, I think...4. What I reckon is...5. If you ask me...6. The way I see it...7. As far as Im concerned...8. If you dont mind me saying...9. Im utterly convinced that...10. In my humble opinion...Apologising1. Sorry.2. Im (so / very / terribly) sorry.3. Ever so sorry.4. How stupid / careless / thoughtless of me.5. Pardon (me)6. Thats my fault.7. Sorry. It was all my fault.8. Please excuse my (ignorance)9. Please dont be mad at me.10. Please accept our (sincerest) apologies.Disagreeing with people1. Im not sure about that!2. You could be right, but...3. (Im afraid) I dont agree.4. I agree up to a point, but..5. Thats an interesting idea, but..6. Do you really think..?7. Rubbish! / Nonsense!8. You cant be serious!9. Actually, as a matter of fact. I think..10. Thats not how I see it.Refusing ideas1. No way2. Absolutely not3. No Chance4. Not if you paid me5. Get lost
6. No, full stop7. Not likely8. I dont want to9. Id rather not10. No but thanks for askingAsking for sb’s opinion1. What do you think of...?2. What do you think about...?3. How dyou feel (about...)?4. What dyou reckon (about...)?5. Whats your opinion of...?6. (What do think about) that?7. What are your views on...?8. Where do you stand (on...)?9. What would you say to... / if we...?10. Are you aware of.....?Asking for help1. Can you give me a hand with this?2. Could you help me for a second?3. Can I ask a favour?4. I wonder if you could help me with this?5. I could do with some help, please.6. I cant manage. Can you help?7. Give me a hand with this, will you?8. Lend me a hand with this, will you?9. Could you spare a moment?10. I need some help, please.Dislikes1. Im not too keen on English food.2. Im not a big a fan of English food.3. I cant work up any enthusiasm for it.4. Im not particularly fond of English food.5. I cant stand it / I really hate it.6. English food: I can take it or leave it.7. English food leaves me cold.8. I cant see what all the fuss is about.9. Im afraid it doesnt appeal to me.10. I would rather cut off my right arm than..Good ideas1. Thats a great idea.
2. Thats an idea. 3. Good idea! 4. What a great idea! 5. I think thats a fantastic idea. 6. I like that idea. 7. I like the idea of that. 8. Thats not a bad idea. 9. You know what? Thats a good idea. 10. Cool!When working in pair it is important to work on the fllowing points:It will help both yourself and your partner if you work together collaboratively on thistask.1. Be prepared to ask your partner for his or her opinion rather than simply stating yourown. For example:What do you think?How about you?Do you think ...?2. Listen carefully to what your partner says and respond to comments he or she makesto help the discussion flow. For example:Do/Have/Are you?Dont/Havent/Arent you?Do you think so?Really?3. If you disagree try expressing this politely. For example:I see what you mean but ...I can see your point but ...But dont you think ...4. Use expressions to allow yourself time to think. For example:Thats a good question.Well, let me think ...Its difficult to say ...5. Youll possibly find you dont understand something your partner has said. If thishappens, take control with simple questions like those below to help you deal positivelywith the situation. This will also give you the chance to impress the examiner with yourcommunication skills.A) If you didnt quite understand a word or phrase just say something like:"Sorry but could you explain what you mean by ........" or"I havent come across that word/expression before. Could you explain what youmean?"
B) If you didnt hear or didnt understand something your partner has said, ask them torepeat it:"Sorry, I didnt catch that. Could you say that again?""Excuse me. Could you repeat that?"C) Alternatively, you might want to confirm what you think your partner said so youcould say something like:"Do you mean ........""When you say ........, are you asking/do you mean ........?"