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FCE & CAE Speaking useful expressions

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What shall we do first?
to start the conversation
Shall I start?
to start the conversation
Do you mind if I start?
to start the conversation
We could start by talking about...
to start the conversation
Let's talk about .. first.
to start the conversation
Shall we start with this picture?
to start the conversation
Personally ...
giving an opinion
In my opinion ...
giving an opinion
I find it really...
giving an opinion
I am convinced that...
giving an opinion
I suppose the simplest answer to that question is...
giving an opinion
I guess the honest answer would be...
giving an opinion
A strong point in favour of ... is that
giving an opinion
If I think about it, I suppose...
giving an opinion
The best example that comes to mind is...
giving an opinion
I reckon...
giving an opinion
I think...
giving an opinion
I am inclined to believe that...
giving an opinion
To my way of thinking...
giving an opinion
It's hard to generalise, but on balance...
giving an opinion
I don't really think...
giving an opinion
Would you agree whit this...
asking an opinion
What are your views on...
asking an opinion
What do you think of....
asking an opinion
What do you think about...
asking an opinion
Do you go along with that?
asking an opinion
What do you think about the idea of ...
asking an opinion
What's your opinion...
asking an opinion
What about...
asking an opinion
Why don't we...?
asking an opinion
How about...
asking an opinion
What are you feelings about...
asking an opinion
What do you reckon of...
asking an opinion
That's a big question!
giving yourself time to think
I haven't given it much thought until now.
giving yourself time to think
Let me see
giving yourself time to think
How can I put this?
giving yourself time to think
Well, it's difficult to say really.
giving yourself time to think
That's an interesting question.
giving yourself time to think
It depends what you mean, exactly.
giving yourself time to think
Can I think about that for a moment?
giving yourself time to think
Could you repeat that please?
asking to clarify
Pardon?
asking to clarify
Would you mind repeating that?
asking to clarify
I'm afraid I didn't catch that.
asking to clarify
I'm sorry?
asking to clarify
Can I ask a question?
asking to clarify
I couldn't agree more.
agreeing
That's just what I was thinking
agreeing
I suppose so.
agreeing
I suppose you're right.
agreeing
That's true.
agreeing
That's exactly my view.
agreeing
You're right maybe it's suggesting that...
agreeing
That sounds like a good idea.
agreeing
I see what you mean.
agreeing
I totally agree.
agreeing
Yeah I see your point.
agreeing
No, I see what you mean.
agreeing whir a negative opinion
I'm afraid I don't agree with you.
disagreeing
That may be true, but...
disagreeing
That's one way of looking at it. On the other hand...
disagreeing
I'm in two minds about it.
disagreeing
I understand your point of view, but
disagreeing
Don't you think that...?
disagreeing
I think we are not on the same wavelength for this point
disagreeing
I don't entirely agree, ....
disagreeing
Yeah I know what you mean, but...
disagreeing
That's a good point, but I still think...
disagreeing
I don't feel convinced.
disagreeing
I agree up to a point but...
disagreeing
Actually, I'm not sure about that.
disagreeing
I'm not sure about that.
disagreeing
That's true in a way, I suppose, but...
disagreeing
What I mean is...
saying something in another way
What I'm trying to say is...
saying something in another way
In other words
saying something in another way
To put it another way
saying something in another way
Basically what you are saying is...
saying something in another way
And look at this picture in the top right..
to change the picture
We haven't talked about this picture yet...
to change the picture
Perhaps we should...
to change the picture
Let's look at the next picture...
to change the picture
I think we should...
to change the picture
Let's move on to...
to change the picture
Can I interrupt?
interruption
Can I say something in it?
interruption
It seems we've reached the conclusion that ...
to conclude
So, in general ...
to conclude
What do you think should go next?
to conclude
So, all in all do we feel ...?
to conclude
Shall we try to come to an agreement?
to conclude
Are you happy with this order then?
to conclude
So, let's decide which one...
to conclude
Perhaps we should put ... first? What do you think?
to conclude
So, to sum up ...
to conclude
I think we need to make a decision.
to conclude
Let's decide about...., shall we?
to conclude
In the first / second picture there's a...
starting comparison
The first / second picture shows a ...
starting comparison
both pictures show ...
similarities
The second picture also shows ...
similarities
Similarly, the second picture shows ...
similarities
In the first picture, ... whereas / while / but / however in the second picture ...
differences
The main difference is that the one on the top seems to be ...
differences
... while the bottom one ...
differences
...but then again...
similar to however but informal - adding a contrasting idea
Although something is wonderful, the atmosphere isn't as friendly as something else.
comparison
In comparison to the first picture, this one...
comparison
This picture reminds me of ..... whereas the
other one
comparison
One advantage / disadvantage is
comparison
Both pictures are quite similar in that they show...
comparison
Another important difference is
comparison
There are many similarities...
comparison
In the first picture show ...,
whereas the second picture show ...
comparison
They seems to be...
Speculating
The girl looks enthusiastic....
speculating
He looks like a...
speculating
It could be ... It can't be...
It might be ... It must be...
speculating
It / they / he / she looks as if
speculating
They appears to be...
Speculating
I'd imagine that they are...
speculating
I'm fairly certain they are....
speculating
I'm absolutely certain they are...
speculating
As far as I can see, they are ...
speculating
I suppose they are...
speculating
They are definitely...
speculating
I'm gonna ask you about..
...
And so do you...
...
You make it very clear...
...
I'm just gonna say..
...
I relate what you said.
...
I understand what you said
...
Just to have a little context
...
Well, let me just explain...
...
It's quite tuff, isn't it.
...
In my own mind.
...
Anyway, so...
...
That's hilarious!
...
How lucky you are, so you...
...
Oh yeah that's...
...
Oh wow!
...
That's an interesting point
...
I was interested in what you said about ...
...
So, when you say ........, do you mean ........?
...
Could you explain what you mean by .......?
...
I'm speaking English for my own satisfaction / my job / in order to improve my employment prospects.
...
This picture reminds me of...
...
Judging from the photograph, the children
...
The man appears to be...
...
From what we can see here, he must...
...
There are many similarities...
...
Both picture depict...
...
Both picture are quite similar in that they show..
...
When you give it a closer look it reveals...
...
Another important difference is...
...
All pictures are interesting, but ... gives a stronger idea of...
...
I might be wrong, but I'd say that this picture ...
...
I would imagine/guess that this picture comes from ...
...
I'm surprised there is no picture showing...
...
A picture of ... would get the message across more effectively.
...
So let's look at the alternatives ...
...
The name for this escapes me at present, but it's for/it's like ...
...
The name for it is on the tip of my tongue ...
...
The main problem centres around ...
...
It's my belief ...
...
For my part ...
...
As I was saying ...
...
I forgot to mention ...
...
To my mind ...
...
Don't get me wrong but shouldn't we ... ?
...
Judging by ... they must be ..
...
Moving on to ...
...
Taking everything into account ...
...
That's true in a way, I suppose, but ...
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I don't feel convinced ...
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Can you take a clear stand on that matter?
...
It brings to the question / idea / problem of ...
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Just following from what X was saying, I also feel ...
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While generally agreeing with X, I must say that ...
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Adding to what X has just said, I think ...
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One thing X didn't mention is ...
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Perhaps it should be pointed out that ..
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