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How to pass the TOEFL Speaking - Test Prep 22 with Steve Ford

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Hello Everyone! Here is a free English lesson to help anyone preparing to do a speaking examination in English. You will hear a real life example and my suggestions on how to make your speaking sound like a native speaker of English. I have organized my tips by category. They are.....


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It doesn't matter what country my students come from. If you are a fairly advanced speaker of English, what you will start to notice as you advance is that English can be broken down into word equivalents used in different situations. So, if you are talking to your boss, you are going to choose certain kinds of words. However, if you're talking to your best friend, obviously your choice of words is going to be different. In the TOEFL independent speaking questions 1 and 2, you need to look for words that are used in daily speech such as phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions.

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A good pace in your speaking should be free of long pauses and um's and ah's. Self-confidence indirectly comes across through your ability to keep your speaking flowing at an even pace. Some students will need to slow down their speaking to be understood, while others may need to speed up. Pronunciation is becoming increasingly important to get a good score on a test like the TOEFL as well as for job interviews. Whether you want to focus on a standard American or British accent is entirely up to you and should not affect your score on both the TOEFL and IELTS exams. 

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Something that I have heard from people who help develop the TOEFL test is the importance of being able to think abstractly in English. What do I mean by that? I mean that you are able to talk metaphorically about something. You will see examples of how the student in my lesson does this when talking about places he'd suggest tourists visit when coming to his country. In short, thinking abstractly in English demonstrates a high level ability to express ideas and concepts freely. 

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Cohesiveness means that you are able to link your ideas in such a way that when you transition from one idea to the next, you are able to do it naturally. This is a talent because you need to organize what you are going to say in order to make sure it follows a certain line of thinking. Some people are pro's at this, while others may need to work harder to make sure they are ready to be tested on such an ability. I'll often hear from students practicing for the TOEFL speaking that halfway through, they get lost or stuck. Through constant training, I have helped many people get over this.