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PET SPEAKING PART 2: Listen carefully

Во второй части устного экзамена PET проверяются Ваши коммуникативные навыки, поэтому, на мой взгляд, она является самой сложной из четырех: Вы работаете в паре, должны использовать правильную лексику и Вам с собеседником нужно придти к единому мнению.



  • You should talk to your partner, but make sure you speak clearly so that the examiner can also hear you.
  • Talk about all the ideas in the task, and suggest others if you can.
  • Remember to talk about the things in the picture - don't just talk generally.
  • Make sure you show interest in what your partner is saying. Try to respond to what they say.
  • You will need to keep this discussion going for two to three minutes.
  • If you have time, try to summarise the reasons for your final choice in the end.
  • Remember to look at your partner when you are speaking - not the interlocutor.




Let's start with this one, shall we?
Shall we start with this one?

Asking your partner:

So, what do you think?
Do you think that's a good idea?


You are right.
That's a great idea.
That's a good idea.
I think so too.
That's a good point.
I see what you mean.


I don't think we should ...
That's not such a good idea ...
It's a good idea, but ...
I'm not sure we should ...
Well, I'm not sure about that.

Making suggestions:

Why don't we...
How about...
Do you want to...
What if we...
What do you think about ...ing
I think this would be good because...
This wouldn't be such a good idea because...

Asking for opinions:

How about you?
What do you think about...?
That's a good idea, isn't it?
Do you agree ...?

Showing preference:

I think this is better because...
I prefer...

Giving reasons:

... so that ...
... because ...
... that's why ...
... so ...

Summing up:

So, shall we choose this one?
Which one shall we choose?
Do we agree that this is the best one?


I'm going to describe a situation to you.

You are going on a cycling trip in the countryside with a group of friends. You need to decide what things would be useful to put in your backpack and take with you. Talk together about the differnt things it would be best to take.

Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.


I'll say that again.

You are going on a cycling trip in the countryside with a group of friends. You need to decide what things would be useful to put in your backpack and take with you. Talk together about the differnt things it would be best to take.

All right? Talk together.

Before you start, think of some things:

  • Are there any things here that might not be so useful? 
  • What about the swimming things?
  • What will the weather be like?
  • Will you need the jacket?
  • Is it safe to wear headphones while you are cycling?

Now listen to two students doing the task.


I'm going to describe a situation to you.

You are a member of a local youth club. The club wants to advertise a party for club members, and the leader has decided to ask you to help make posters to put around the club. Talk together about the differnt things you could use to make the posters, and then decide which things would be the best to use.

Here is a picture with some ideas to help you.


I'll say that again.

You are a member of a local youth club. The club wants to advertise a party for club members, and the leader has decided to ask you to help make posters to put around the club. Talk together about the differnt things you could use to make the posters, and then decide which things would be the best to use.

All right? Talk together.

Now listen to two students doing the task.

Now let's analise what you've heard.


Did the student start the conversation?

Did the student talk to his partner?

Did he listen to his partner?

Did he discuss all the pictures?

Did he sum up at the end of his speech?




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USEFUL LANGUAGE/Полезные выражения: Stressing importance and saying you’ve run out of things to say

Running out of things to say
Let me see … - дайте подумать …
I think that’s it. – Я думаю это все.
That is not much else to say really. – Я думаю, что мне нечего добавить.
I’m not sure what else I can tell you. – Я не думаю, что мне есть что добавить.
I’m sure you know what I mean. – Уверен, Вы понимаете о чем я.
Actually, that’s all that I can tell you. – На самом деле, это все, что я могу сказать.

Stressing importance
I suppose it really means a lot to me … - для меня это много значит …
It’s quite an important part of my life … - это немаловажная часть моей жизни …
It’s kind of central to who I am, I suppose … - полагаю это важно для такого, как я …

speaking tips: 6 WAYS TO SAY "ZERO"

1. zero

2. nil

3. zip

4. love 🙂

5. nought

6. O



plural zeros or zeroes
1HMN the number 0 [= nought British English]
Make X greater than or equal to zero.
2TMHMN the point between + and - on a scale for measuring something, or the lowest point on a scale that shows how much there is left of something:
The petrol gauge was already at zero.
3TMT a temperature of 0° on the Celsius or Fahrenheit scale
above/below zero
It was five degrees below zero last night.
➔ absolute zero, sub-zero
4 none at all, or the lowest possible amount
somebody's chances are zero (=they have no chance of success)
Mike's chances of winning are virtually zero.
From 1971 to 1976 West Vancouver experienced zero population growth.


1 nothing [= zero]:
The new machine reduced labour costs to almost nil.
2DS British English the number zero, used in sports results:
Our team won by two goals to nil.


[singular] American English informal nothing at all or zero:
We beat them 10 to zip.
'How much money do you have left?' 'Zip!'


tennis [uncountable]DST an expression meaning 'no points', used in the game of tennis


1 British EnglishHMN the number 0 [= zero]:
A billion is 1 with 9 noughts after it.
nought point one/two/three etc (=0.1, 0.2 etc)
2 old use used in some expressions to mean nothing:
Peace negotiations came to nought (=were not successful).


Use this especially when saying a telephone number or the number after decimal point. Pronounce this as the letter "o".

I'll be in room three-o-nine.

It's an inner London phone number, so you dial o-two-o-seven.

One hundredth has the same value as point o one.

How to express an objection or no objection

I think that's fine

It's quite OK to ...

I can't say I approve of ...

I strongly dissaprove of ...

I wish people wouldn't ...

I've got no problem with ...

I think it's awful.

It's outrageous.

There is nothing wrong with ...

It seems completely wrong to me ...

I've got no objection to ...

It doesn't bother me.