Talk about yourself

Talk about yourself

Instructions: 

Watch the video of two students talking about themselves in a speaking exam. Then read the tips below.

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This is a very common task at the beginning of a speaking exam. It is something you can prepare at home and practise. If you know what to say, you will feel more relaxed and confident at the start of the exam.

Here are our top tips for talking about yourself in an exam.

Do:

  • Think about the types of topics and questions you may be asked before the exam. School, family, free time, daily routines and future plans are common topics.
  • Practise answering simple questions about yourself. Work with a friend to practise or record yourself and listen to the recording.
  • Listen carefully to the questions. If you don’t understand the question, ask your teacher to repeat it.
  • Give complete answers in full sentences.
  • Look at the examiner. His/her face may tell you when you’ve said enough and he/she is ready for the next question.

Don’t:

  • Memorise your answers. It’s good to have ideas ready, but it’s better not to memorise long replies to typical questions.
  • Just reply with ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  • Panic if you are asked an unexpected question. Take a few seconds to think before you answer it.

Here are some examples of things you can say about yourself:

My name’s ...
I’m from ... / I live in ...
I was born in ...
I’m ... years old.
I go to ... school.
I like ... because ...
I don’t like ... because ...
In my free time / After school, I ...
My best friends are ... because ...
My favourite (school subject, actor, pop group, sport) is ... because ...
I have ... brothers and sisters.
In the future, I’d like to ... because ...

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Discussion

Everyone loves talking about themselves! Have you ever had a speaking exam like this? Can you think of any other sentences that might be useful?

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AntsofroMada's picture
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Hi,
My name is Antso, I'm 18 years old, I'm from Madagascar ( an island near Mozambique), I live with my mother. I like Mathematic and Physics. I hate History because it is very hard to learn it. I like to meet new people ( It's the one of reason why I learn english :-))

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Hi AntsofroMada. Thanks for your comment but I'm afraid this website is specially for teenagers aged 13-17 years old. You're welcome to keep on using LearnEnglish Teens but please do not post any more comments as we must keep this strictly for teenagers to interact with each other. Instead, you can join our LearnEnglish page for adults and post there: www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish
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AntsofroMada's picture
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Hi Jonathan, Yes I understand but I was born october 1997 so I said 18 years (because I born on 1997 :-)) and when I went to website for adult they said that I'm 17 years

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
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Got it! In that case, please feel free to use our site and comment, until your next birthday when you will be able to join the adult site. Thanks for replying. :) :) :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Hi,everyone.
I'm Marsiha.
I'm 14 years old.
I'm from Bangladesh.
I have 2 sisters.
I love to read books,especially detective stories.I also love to watch english movies(but I don't understand everything at all) and travelling.

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jackHuynh's picture
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Hi everybody
after that i'll introduce myself
today is first day i'm login into web learnenglishteens ,
yes ! first , My name is phương
ok ! i'm 22 years old and i'm come from BacLieu province within Vietnam country, and i had been 3 year learning english at Nguyễn Tất Thành university in Ho Chi Minh City
in free time i usually play guitar and sometime reading book , i'd be happy travel Anywhere ;)) music is my life
nice to meet everybody ))

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
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Hi phuong. Nice to meet you. As statd in our House Rules, LearnEnglish Teens is only for people aged 13-17 so I'm afraid we can't publish any of your comments here. However, you are welcome to go to our LearnEnglish page for adults and comment there. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes,
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Hi everybody!
My name is Quynh
I'm from VietNam
Today, I talk about myself
I like reading book of science, watching TV, studying English (but my English is bad at!) and traveling. Thanks to all of them my knowlege can be improved a lot. I can meet new people, and nkow about custom and culture of each place.
I don't like telling lie because it is one of many bad qualities
In my free time I often read book or help my parent with the housework
My favorite novel is Sherlock Holmes and I like reading book of science because it is close to the reality of life. In the future, I want to be a scientist!
P.S: My maxim is:
You can never change your past
But you can change your future Or
Anything is possible.

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Hi everybody!! My name's Tram
I'm 14 years old
I'm from Vietnam
I love English very much!!!
I hope my Speaking skill will improve soon, i'm very very bad at it!!

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Hello everyone ,my name`s Kathy,l`m 15 years ,and l`m from Kurdistan region .l love making new friends ,hanging out with my friends ,physic projects ....my best friends are maria ,roza and Angel .music is my life ..and my favorite singers are helly luv,taylor swift ,avril lavagine,bruno mars ,austin mahone and so many others .my favorite subject is English .

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Hi guys,my name is Kristina.I'm from Montenegro.I'm 14 years old.I like fashion,art and music.I'm a good student (well I guess).I have learned english since I was 6 ,and I'm pretty good at it!I love discovering new cultures and finding new frineds.

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Hello everyone her , i'm Addloli from libya , a few months ago i started to learn english and i'm still i improved a little not that much and that because i don't have lots of words to use .. ooh this's big problem till i said that i can't improve anymore :( ... i need your advises and show me the best way how i can do it do it do it do it ......... :(

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
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Hi addloli. Welcome! I think you've made progress in only a few months. Well, maybe start with some vocabulary. Have you seen our vocabulary games? Choose one you like and try to remember the words. You can write a comment too. Do you have any friends or teachers you can practise talking to? 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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hi everyone
i am Bora from Albania...i have spoken about myself at my course and i was really good...but i don't like people that say that they are beautiful becouse i think that those people are really disgusting...i like people that are simply..

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Tina - Coordinator's picture
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Hi Hamza

Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens :)

Have you ever had a speaking exam like this? How long have you been learning English? And do you like it?

Best Wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Just Era's picture
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Yes.As for me speaking it's more easy than writing.
Not long ago I at the contest in English I had similar situation.
I had to tell you about myself and then get a ticket and in a minute to tell on this subject. I did'nt know what would be the topic and little worried. But the most difficult was the fact that I told it to FIVE rectors of the university. When I went I was scared but I tried to calm down. I told a little about yourself and then they started to ask me various questions.I pulled out a topic and start to improvise. It lasted about half an hour.
In the end I am glad that I have succeeded. They even smiled at my assertiveness and said that I was well done)

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Hi Era,
Please DO NOT copy comments from other users and post them as your own. This breaks one of our House Rules that says you must not copy ideas or information that is not yours. OK? This comment is exactly the same as one posted by another user on this page on January 21st.
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