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Innovation in Learning

A A VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT

Speaking
Lesson code: LA8B-GQ1B-DU62-X UPPER INTERMEDIATE +

1 Speaking with feeling


Study the sentences below.

1. "I'm the most talented person on the team", he boasted.


2. "I'll kill you", he threatened.
3. "My leg is killing me," he groaned.
4. "The food at this restaurant it terrible," he grumbled.
5. "Please, please, please give me another chance," she begged.
6. "I don't need any help, I can carry my own bag" he insisted.
7. "Moving to a new location is the best thing for our business," he argued.

Now match the verbs on the left with the feelings on the right.

1. boast a. aggression
2. threaten b. desperation
3. groan c. determination
4. grumble d. displeasure
5. beg e. pain
6. insist f. persuasion
7. argue g. pride

Read the sentences below and add patterns to the nouns above, e.g. `boast (that)'.

1. He boasted that he was the most talented person on the team.


2. He threatened to kill me.
3. He groaned that his leg was killing him.
4. He grumbled about the food.
5. She begged for another chance. / She begged him to give her another chance.
6. She insisted on carrying her own bag. / She insisted that she carry her own bag.
7. He argued in favour of moving to a new location. / He argued that moving to a new location was the
best thing for the business.

Make your own sentences with the verbs and structures above.
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Speaking
Innovation in Learning

A A A A VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT

2 Speaking volume
Look up the following verbs in a dictionary and put them into the correct category. Then complete the
sentences below with the verbs in their correct forms (more than one answer may be possible).

mumble murmur mutter scream


shout shriek whisper yell

Soft:

Loud:

1. "Get out!" she .


2. Please stop and try to speak more clearly.
3. The traffic was very noisy, so she at me from across the street.
4. He his name three times and I still couldn't hear him.
5. She the answer in my ear so that nobody could hear her.
6. Ben in pain when he stepped on the nail.

3 Idioms about speaking


In pairs, study the underlined idioms below. Match them to the definitions.

1. He muttered something under his breath. Nobody heard it.


2. Mark likes to talk down to people, almost as if they were children.
3. Don't just stand there in silence. Spit it out!
4. Joe has a habit of speaking out of turn. He needs to learn good manners.
5. I've tried to discuss my opinions with her, but it's like talking to a brick wall.
6. George can't stop talking about his work. Even at parties he likes to talk shop.
7. Somebody needs to talk some sense into Mike. His behaviour is very unreasonable.

a. persuade (someone) to behave more sensibly.


b. quietly so that other people cannot hear exactly what you are saying
c. say what you are reluctant to say
d. speak in a way that shows you think you are superior
e. speaking in a tactless way.
f. speaking to someone who doesn't want to listen
g. talk about business with people you work with when you are no at work

Now give your own example of each idiom.


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Review your flashcards at least 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes to keep the material fresh in your memory.
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