Useful Phrases

Useful Phrases for the MELAB

Expressing 
your 
likes and 
dislikes:

I
 really 
like / love / enjoy .
 . .

I
 don’t really 
like . . .

I’m 
not very interested in . . .



I 
prefer . . .

I would 
rather . . .

The 
best thing for me 
is . . .

Connecting your ideas:

Because

So

After that

On the other hand,

I want to mention . . .

What this means is . .

Useful Phrases for the ECPE

Communicating with 
your 
partner
:

What
 do
 you 
think?

Do
 you 
think 
we 
should . . . ?

What’s your opinion?

Why 
don’t 
we . . .?

Perhaps 
we 
should think about . . .

Let’s do . . . 
,
 shall 
we?

Agreeing and disagreeing:

I completely agree . . .

I think so, too.

That’s a good point.

I see your point, but . . .

I see what you mean, but . . .

I agree in part, but . . .

I completely disagree.

No, you are missing the point.

I can’t agree with you at all.

Useful Phrases for Spoken English

So, there are many useful phrases that you can use during your interview.

Remember that the phrases that you should use on your speaking test will vary, depending upon which exam you are taking.

The MELAB speaking test is taken just with an examiner, so you will be speaking by yourself and presenting your own views.

For the ECPE, on the other hand, you will be speaking with another student, so you will need different phrases.

Please visit our other speaking and listening pages:

Speaking Test Format and Information

Speaking Exam Topics

Sample Listening Test