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In this series, The TOEFL Speaking is Weird, we are giving you questions to answer about the video.

Questions? Why?

Watching the video, reading the transcript and answering the questions will not just improve your speaking, but improve your reading, listening and vocabulary.

Sound good? Follow this steps:

Step 1 – Watch the video and fill in the blanks

Step 2 – Answer the questions after you fill in the blanks

Step 3 – Download the PDF and check your answers

Step 4 – Congratulations! You didn’t just watch a YouTube video, you went to a real TOEFL Class!

 TRANSCRIPT

(1) Hi guys! Welcome back to another “TOEFL Speaking Is Weird”. We are on _______ ________ _______ ____. There probably will be like ten of them. It´s just such weird test, so I can talk about it a lot.

(2) This one – you have to sound like you ___________ and it´s ____________. Why is that weird? It´s weird because you have to _____________ ____________ ______________about the topic in the independent speaking part and the topic can be about anything.

(3) If you remember, in number one of our “TOEFL Speaking Is Weird” course, I talked about answering themes instead of __________________. If you haven´t watched number one, make sure you do that before you watch ___________ ________________.

(4) This is not really about how to ______________ _________ ____________, and how to think about the question. This is more about the way you are going to answer and the way that you _______________.

(5) _____________ _________ ____________. Sound like you care. By the end of this video, what you will learn is that no matter what the question is, you know how to sound like you feel your opinion. How to make the person who is listening feel like they agree with you.

(6) They agree with your opinion. I am going to show you how to do that. Even if you don´t care. Let me explain. Let me give you two questions that I´ve seen on the test, that have been in the TOEFL Official Guide book, that I don´t care about it, I don´t have an opinion about it.

(7) ___________ _________ ___________ _____________. This is something about you agree or disagree. “A country´s advertising can tell you a lot about the culture. Do you agree or disagree?” I don´t care, but I have to answer.

(8) “Why do you think people go to museums when they travel?” I have no idea. And I don´t care really if people go to museums or not. But I have to sound like I care. It´s very important to sound like you care when you are ______________.

(9) How can you do it? How can you sound like you actually care about this, even if you don´t? We are going to talk about museums, for example, about ________________ __________ ________________.

(10) Why is this important? Why do I bring this up? Because a lot of students follow a template. They follow a guide to speaking, which is fine, but the problem is when you have this guide, when you try to put your opinion, let´s say for the museums, for example, you are just thinking, “OK, I need two reasons, I need two examples, I have to say this first, I have to say the second,” you are not _______________ __________ ________________.

(11) A lot of students respond with things like, “I think that people go to museums because they want to see culture, a lot of culture in a very little amount of time. I believe this for two reasons. The first reason is that… ”

(12) When you are answering like that, you don´t have any feeling, emotion. You can see like ____________ __________, the way I am speaking, you can feel ____________, I hope, because I am connected emotionally to my words and that´s what you want to do when you speak even if you don´t care.

(13) All right, how do we do it? The first thing is time. ____________ ___________ _____________. That´s why there´s a clock with a little garbage there. Basically, a TOEFL grader is listening to you; they are listening to your response, they are listening to you speak.

(14) Nobody listens to me, in my day to day life usually, it´s nice you actually have someone who wants to hear your opinion about something. I mean they are paid to __________ __________ ___________, and then they give you a grade, but they are interested, and they want to hear what you have to say. Don´t waste their time.

(15) Don´t say like “I believe people should go to a museum for________ ______________, the first reason is that I like museums, the second…” Don´t do this. I have to listen to you for 45 seconds, right?

(16) If you are going to talk about something, for 45 seconds, your opinion about something, I hope you sound like you care about it. Because if it´s not, if you sound like a __________, speaking from a ____________, it sounds __________. And I´m angry that I have to listen to it for 45 seconds. It means you are taking that time out of my life.

(17) Think about the grader´s time. Reward the time by giving them a response that they can ___________ ______________, OK? Hopefully, that makes sense.

(18) Next one. Another _____________ _____________, this is supposed to be someone talking, I know, this is ridiculous. Intonation. You have to go up, you have to go down. I am sure you´ve heard that before but just don´t keep it flat. A lot of students because they study for the TOEFL, they know there´s a ________________, they answer ________________.

(19) “I think people go to museums because they want to see a lot of culture at a very little amount of time. For example, when I went to New York, I went to the…” Don´t speak like that.

(20) Intonation. ___________ ____________, __________ ________. For example, let´s go back to museums, why do you think people go to museums when they travel. I think that people go to museums when they travel because they want to see a lot of culture in a very little amount of time. And they also want to see the best culture, the best of what the culture has. For example, whenever I had students in New York, I would always take them to the Frick museum. It´s called the Frick collection. And so on.

(21) You can see that I go up, I go down, and I also __________ ____________. There are certain words that are stronger. Maybe stressed. Stress is when you make something a little bit stronger.

(22) These are ____________ ___________ that you really want to make sure you stress. Do you see how I am doing that? You make those words stronger. You say them maybe a little bit longer, you don´t have to say them louder, but you just have more emphasis on them.

(23) You see how I do it? Listen to me speaking. And when I want to stress something. There are certain words that I kind of just __________ ____________ and there are other words that I stress.

(24) I´ll give you an example. I am going to say “must” here and I am going to stress it. When you go to New York, you must go to the Frick museum. When you go to New York, you have to go the Frick museum. You see, there´s a __________.

(25) These words like should, must, have to, I believe they are called modals, those are good ones to stress, and also definitely you really need to do this, these are adverbs here, they add strength to the verb. That´s why it´s a good type of ___________ __________ ___________.

(26) Hope you found that ____________. Please, sound like you care. Alright, please sound like you care. And if you want to check if you do sound ______________ _______ ____________, you can do a 30-minute Speaking evaluation at toeflspeakingteacher.com and we will tell you exactly what you are doing correctly, exactly what your weaknesses are and how you can improve.

Good luck guys, take care and thanks for watching. Bye-Bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 3, the word themes, is closest in meaning to…
a. ideas
b. stories
c. topics

2. The word template in paragraph 10 is closest in meaning to
a. model
b. writing
c. thesis

3. The word flat in paragraph 18 is closest in meaning to
a. shallow
b. tranquil
c. monotonous

4. The word collection in paragraph 20 is closest in meaning to
a. selection
b. donation
c. flock

5. Why does the lecturer bring up templates in paragraph 10?
a. to emphasize the importance of using a template
b. to highlight the difference between speaking from memory and speaking from the heart
c. to prove that it’s better to use a template than to speak freely

6. What does the professor mean when he says “it’s nice you actually have someone who wants to hear your opinion about something” in paragraph 14?
a. to emphasize the importance of the grader
b. to provide a reason for students to speak with emotion
c. to highlight how little our opinions matter in daily life

7. According to the lecture, what type of words should be stressed?
a. adverbs
b. important words
c. less important words

8. According to the talk, when you stress a word, you do all of the following EXCEPT:
a. push words together
b. lengthen the word
c. speak at a higher volume

9. What do you think is the main idea of this lesson?

10/11. List two of the most important lessons you have learned from this lesson:
A.

B.

12. What do you plan on doing next? How will you apply what you have learned?

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Stop answering questions, start answering themes

In this series, The TOEFL Speaking is Weird, we are giving you questions to answer about the video.

Questions? Why?

Watching the video, reading the transcript and answering the questions will not just improve your speaking, but improve your reading, listening and vocabulary.

Sound good? Follow this steps:

Step 1 – Watch the video and fill in the blanks

Step 2 – Answer the questions after you fill in the blanks

Step 3Download the PDF and check your answers

Step 4 – Congratulations! You didn’t just watch a YouTube video, you went to a real TOEFL Class!

 TRANSCRIPT

(1) Hi guys! Welcome back to another “TOEFL Speaking Is Weird”. We are on _______ ________ _______ ____. There probably will be like ten of them. It´s just such weird test, so I can talk about it a lot.

(2) This one – you have to sound like you ___________ and it´s ____________. Why is that weird? It´s weird because you have to _____________ ____________ ______________about the topic in the independent speaking part and the topic can be about anything.

(3) If you remember, in number one of our “TOEFL Speaking Is Weird” course, I talked about answering themes instead of __________________. If you haven´t watched number one, make sure you do that before you watch ___________ ________________.

(4) This is not really about how to ______________ _________ ____________, and how to think about the question. This is more about the way you are going to answer and the way that you _______________.

(5) _____________ _________ ____________. Sound like you care. By the end of this video, what you will learn is that no matter what the question is, you know how to sound like you feel your opinion. How to make the person who is listening feel like they agree with you.

(6) They agree with your opinion. I am going to show you how to do that. Even if you don´t care. Let me explain. Let me give you two questions that I´ve seen on the test, that have been in the TOEFL Official Guide book, that I don´t care about it, I don´t have an opinion about it.

(7) ___________ _________ ___________ _____________. This is something about you agree or disagree. “A country´s advertising can tell you a lot about the culture. Do you agree or disagree?” I don´t care, but I have to answer.

(8) “Why do you think people go to museums when they travel?” I have no idea. And I don´t care really if people go to museums or not. But I have to sound like I care. It´s very important to sound like you care when you are ______________.

(9) How can you do it? How can you sound like you actually care about this, even if you don´t? We are going to talk about museums, for example, about ________________ __________ ________________.

(10) Why is this important? Why do I bring this up? Because a lot of students follow a template. They follow a guide to speaking, which is fine, but the problem is when you have this guide, when you try to put your opinion, let´s say for the museums, for example, you are just thinking, “OK, I need two reasons, I need two examples, I have to say this first, I have to say the second,” you are not _______________ __________ ________________.

(11) A lot of students respond with things like, “I think that people go to museums because they want to see culture, a lot of culture in a very little amount of time. I believe this for two reasons. The first reason is that… ”

(12) When you are answering like that, you don´t have any feeling, emotion. You can see like ____________ __________, the way I am speaking, you can feel ____________, I hope, because I am connected emotionally to my words and that´s what you want to do when you speak even if you don´t care.

(13) All right, how do we do it? The first thing is time. ____________ ___________ _____________. That´s why there´s a clock with a little garbage there. Basically, a TOEFL grader is listening to you; they are listening to your response, they are listening to you speak.

(14) Nobody listens to me, in my day to day life usually, it´s nice you actually have someone who wants to hear your opinion about something. I mean they are paid to __________ __________ ___________, and then they give you a grade, but they are interested, and they want to hear what you have to say. Don´t waste their time.

(15) Don´t say like “I believe people should go to a museum for________ ______________, the first reason is that I like museums, the second…” Don´t do this. I have to listen to you for 45 seconds, right?

(16) If you are going to talk about something, for 45 seconds, your opinion about something, I hope you sound like you care about it. Because if it´s not, if you sound like a __________, speaking from a ____________, it sounds __________. And I´m angry that I have to listen to it for 45 seconds. It means you are taking that time out of my life.

(17) Think about the grader´s time. Reward the time by giving them a response that they can ___________ ______________, OK? Hopefully, that makes sense.

(18) Next one. Another _____________ _____________, this is supposed to be someone talking, I know, this is ridiculous. Intonation. You have to go up, you have to go down. I am sure you´ve heard that before but just don´t keep it flat. A lot of students because they study for the TOEFL, they know there´s a ________________, they answer ________________.

(19) “I think people go to museums because they want to see a lot of culture at a very little amount of time. For example, when I went to New York, I went to the…” Don´t speak like that.

(20) Intonation. ___________ ____________, __________ ________. For example, let´s go back to museums, why do you think people go to museums when they travel. I think that people go to museums when they travel because they want to see a lot of culture in a very little amount of time. And they also want to see the best culture, the best of what the culture has. For example, whenever I had students in New York, I would always take them to the Frick museum. It´s called the Frick collection. And so on.

(21) You can see that I go up, I go down, and I also __________ ____________. There are certain words that are stronger. Maybe stressed. Stress is when you make something a little bit stronger.

(22) These are ____________ ___________ that you really want to make sure you stress. Do you see how I am doing that? You make those words stronger. You say them maybe a little bit longer, you don´t have to say them louder, but you just have more emphasis on them.

(23) You see how I do it? Listen to me speaking. And when I want to stress something. There are certain words that I kind of just __________ ____________ and there are other words that I stress.

(24) I´ll give you an example. I am going to say “must” here and I am going to stress it. When you go to New York, you must go to the Frick museum. When you go to New York, you have to go the Frick museum. You see, there´s a __________.

(25) These words like should, must, have to, I believe they are called modals, those are good ones to stress, and also definitely you really need to do this, these are adverbs here, they add strength to the verb. That´s why it´s a good type of ___________ __________ ___________.

(26) Hope you found that ____________. Please, sound like you care. Alright, please sound like you care. And if you want to check if you do sound ______________ _______ ____________, you can do a 30-minute Speaking evaluation at toeflspeakingteacher.com and we will tell you exactly what you are doing correctly, exactly what your weaknesses are and how you can improve.

Good luck guys, take care and thanks for watching. Bye-Bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 3, the word themes, is closest in meaning to…
a. ideas
b. stories
c. topics

2. The word template in paragraph 10 is closest in meaning to
a. model
b. writing
c. thesis

3. The word flat in paragraph 18 is closest in meaning to
a. shallow
b. tranquil
c. monotonous

4. The word collection in paragraph 20 is closest in meaning to
a. selection
b. donation
c. flock

5. Why does the lecturer bring up templates in paragraph 10?
a. to emphasize the importance of using a template
b. to highlight the difference between speaking from memory and speaking from the heart
c. to prove that it’s better to use a template than to speak freely

6. What does the professor mean when he says “it’s nice you actually have someone who wants to hear your opinion about something” in paragraph 14?
a. to emphasize the importance of the grader
b. to provide a reason for students to speak with emotion
c. to highlight how little our opinions matter in daily life

7. According to the lecture, what type of words should be stressed?
a. adverbs
b. important words
c. less important words

8. According to the talk, when you stress a word, you do all of the following EXCEPT:
a. push words together
b. lengthen the word
c. speak at a higher volume

9. What do you think is the main idea of this lesson?

10/11. List two of the most important lessons you have learned from this lesson:
A.

B.

12. What do you plan on doing next? How will you apply what you have learned?

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