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    We have been told to learn speaking questions for the conversation and am wondering which I should learn. Topic 2 is the nominated topic so I will definitely be doing that. I am planning to learn all of them and then some random ones of the other two topics so I'm not learning too many. I will make sure I know all of the questions so I have an idea of what I am being asked. Is this a good plan?

    that is definitely a good plan! it'll definitely be helpful to be able to answer your nominated topic in detail, and you won't be caught off guard when the examiner branches out with your questions, and gets you to talk about different topics.

    keep in mind that you can partly control the flow of the conversation. in the introduction, where you get up to 60s to talk about your chosen topic, you can list information and give the examiner possible questions to ask so that you can expand while answering them. because of this, you have some influence over the questions that they ask you, especially in the first part of the conversation. this means that it may be good to prioritise answering questions related to what you're going to say first - after all, it's easier to answer spontaneously when building on basic ideas that you already have in your head.

    most importantly, though, find what you feel comfortable talking about and maybe also what you'd want to talk about. you may find yourself motivated to do well if you want to convey your enthusiasm to the examiner while speaking. make sure that you know question words and anything else you may need to be able to answer the question quickly. and remember that they want you to do well, and will gladly listen to your answers


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