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  • Today we're going to work on your conversation  skills in English. Train your mind to think in  

  • English for easier, faster speaking, and we're  going to do that by looking at questions for  

  • the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1. Part one  is all about you and it's conversational.  

  • So even if you're not planning on taking this  test, it's going to help you with your general  

  • conversation skills. This is part of our Think  In English series where we get into your mind,  

  • we get it to switch to English, so you  can stop translating in your head.

  • As always, if you like this video or you learn  something new, please give me a thumbs up and  

  • subscribe with notifications. I'd love  to see you back here next Tuesday.

  • Training your minds to think in English  has several steps and levels. Today,  

  • we're focusing on spontaneous conversation. I'm  going to ask you a question, and I'm going to  

  • give you 15 seconds to answer. You can speak out  loud or not. You can just think it, but use only  

  • English. If the answer has to be more simple than  you want it to be in order to stick to English,  

  • that's okay. Right now, this exercise isn't about  putting together really sophisticated, complicated  

  • sentences. It's not even so much about expression  yet. It's really about getting your mind to go to  

  • English and practicing that. So speak as simply  as you need to. I'm going to ask you a question,  

  • and if you don't feel like you can answer it insentence, then just start saying words that come  

  • to mind in English. I'll go over how to get more  sophisticated with this kind of exercise at the  

  • end of the video. The more you ask your mind  to go to English first and you practice that,  

  • the better you'll be able to express yourself in  English, the more quickly and the less translating  

  • you'll need to do. These questions are similar to  those you might get in the IELTS speaking section  

  • Part 1 where you talk about yourself and your  family. Let's start today with just one question.  

  • You'll have 15 seconds to think or say your  answer in English. What kind of art do you like?

  • Does that feel like a long time to have to try to  speak in English? And don't worry about it, the  

  • more you do this, the easier it will be, and like  I said, if you can't think of a whole sentence,  

  • just start with a word. Maybe you just repeat one  of the words, art, and then maybe this leads you  

  • to another word, sculpture, and then you go to  a sentence. I love sculpture. Or something like  

  • that. Start simple and build. If you can't,  just take off starting in a full sentence.  

  • You don't know the question ahead of timeyou have to think on your feet and you have  

  • this timer going, which can feel stressfuljust like a test or real conversation.

  • Remember, there are no right or wrong answers  here. It's just about you and expressing  

  • yourself and practicing expressing yourself  in English. What kind of art do you like?  

  • You could have talked about paintingsculpture, or maybe your favorite museums

  • Or maybe you create art, you like to sketch, you  like to set up an easel and paint landscapes,  

  • or maybe you're like me, you love the performing  arts, opera, dance. I studied opera and I've  

  • done some performing. You can talk about your  experience creating art. Or maybe you really  

  • don't care about art. You could say that. Artists  never really interested me. I had to take an  

  • art class in college, and I found that I was  always distracted staring out the window.

  • You're going to have 12 questions in a row. If you  find you have a bit more to say in response to a  

  • question, then pause the video, and keep goingThere are all kinds of questions you would see  

  • in part one of the IELTS speaking examEven if the question is a yes/no question,  

  • don't just answer with one word. Elaborateexplain why you gave your answer.

  • Could you tell me about your typical weekday?

  • What do you usually do on the weekends?

  • What kinds of books do you like?

  • Have you traveled to other places? Where?

  • What do you do when you first  arrive in a new place?

  • What did you do on your last birthday?

  • Who are you closest to in your family?

  • What's your favorite food?

  • Do you enjoy cooking?

  • What are you planning on doing  in the next five years?

  • We covered a lot of different topics  there, but all relating to you.  

  • Probably some questions were easier  for you to answer than others.  

  • Now, we're going to talk through how to get more  sophisticated in your answers. Go back and pick  

  • three of the questions that were the hardest for  you to answer. Answer them and write them down.  

  • There's no time limit and you can and should  use a dictionary to translate what you need,  

  • or put together phrases that express how you  feel, or find a better way to express something.  

  • For example, let's take the question 'Do you enjoy  cooking?' Maybe your answer was no, and you had  

  • a hard time coming up with what else to say about  that. Let's think now, why don't you like cooking?  

  • Maybe you think it's boring. Well, you can use  the word boring. Or maybe you can find a more  

  • interesting word or phrase to use. Do a little  research, a thesaurus is a great place to go to  

  • get synonyms or words with the same or a similar  meaning. So i've typed in the word boring here.

  • On thesaurus.com, you can then click onword to see other synonyms for that word,  

  • or you can click over here to see the definitionSo this is a way to improve your vocabulary and  

  • learn related words, maybe some more sophisticated  words than the words you are planning on using  

  • now. Uninteresting. I also don't love that word  but another great thing to do is to go online  

  • and search for idioms for and then whatever  word you're looking for. Idioms for being  

  • tired or in this case, idioms for boring, and  chances are you're gonna find some resources.  

  • There are some idioms relating to the word or  the expression you're trying to find. Actually,  

  • mind numbing is what I had in mind when I was  thinking of another way to say boring. So this  

  • can be a great way to make more sophisticated  sentences by doing a little bit of research  

  • and looking up different ways to say somethingBuild a more sophisticated answer, write it down,  

  • research it, take your time, then practice that  out loud. Study it. You probably won't have this  

  • question again, but you will have learned more  sophisticated language for expressing yourself.  

  • You will have gotten comfortable with a new  word or idiom that will pay off then.

  • Watch the question section of this video again  and answer your questions again. When you get  

  • to the question that you researched, don't just  read your answer. Speak it, or think it again on  

  • your feet and I guarantee what you put together  will be better than what you did the first time.  

  • So little exercises like this, trying to say  something, researching it, making it better,  

  • and then practicing that this new thing you  created. This can really increase your skill  

  • in expressing yourself. You know what? If you took  the time to research an answer to write one out,  

  • put it in the comments below so that  others can study it and learn from it.  

  • If you'd like more resources on training your  mind to think in English, see this playlist.  

  • I make new videos to help you  speak better English every Tuesday.  

  • Keep your learning going now with this video and  be sure to subscribe with notifications to stay  

  • on top of new videos. I also run Rachel's  English academy where I help my students  

  • take their spoken English to the next levelCheck it out at rachelsenglishacademy.com

  • That's it and thanks so much  for using Rachel's English.

Today we're going to work on your conversation  skills in English. Train your mind to think in  

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