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Talk about Yourself

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Here are our top tips for talking about yourself in an exam from British Council with my answers and corrections for my situation.

Typical Questions and Answers

What is your name?

My name is Slava.

How do you spell your name?

It is spelled so: S L A V A.

Where do you come from?

I am form Moscow. It's the biggest city in Russia. I like it because it gives me much abilities for work and study.

Where do you live?

I live in Mitino. It is a Nord-West Moscow District. There is Krasnogorsk near here. And I like it because of a large forest. I love walking there.

What University did you graduate from?

I graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute. I studied Economics and received a PhD in Economics.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time I like listening to music or watching films. But now I haven't much time to do that. Mostly I study English or spend time with kids.

What do you love most about your work?

Most of all I like to communicate with people, solve problems together, do something useful and challenging.

How many brothers and sisters have you got?

I have a sister. She's seven years older than me.

What are your plans for the future?

I am going to learn English at a high level. I want to use it in my work.

Tell me about your best friend.

My best friend is a Peruvian guy. Because he also loves tennis and he is very tolerant. I admire tolerant people.

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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