SPEAKING 3: A MONOLOGUE. STATING AN OPINION

SPEAKING 3: A MONOLOGUE. STATING AN OPINION

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! How are you today? Let´s talk about ‘oral expression’. In a speaking exam, are you able to speak for three or four minutes or your mind goes blank? If so, don´t worry because we´re going to give you some tips to improve your skills when speaking. Are you ready? Come on!

First of all, what´s a monologue? According to WordReference (one of our favourite online dictionaries) a monologue is a ‘long speech by a single speaker’. And there is the problem: ‘a single speaker’. No one can help you. That´s why a lot of people prefer dialogues instead of monologues. But don´t worry because you can follow some tips to talk for some minutes without stopping.

STATING AN OPINION

In a mologue you normally have to give your opinion about something (an idea, a statement, a famous character, a topic…) How can you start the monologue? In this case, you can use the following words and phrases.

-The way I see it… (Como yo lo veo…)

-In my opinion… (En mi opinión…)

-If you want my honest opinion… /To be honest, … (Si quiere mi opinión sincera / Para ser sincero…)

-As far as I´m concerned… (En lo que a mí respecta…)

-If you ask me… (En mi opinión…)

-I´m not really a big fan of… (No estoy muy interesado en…)

-It´s not my cup of tea… (No es un tema que me interese…)

-According to a book / according to researches… (De acuerdo con un libro / con las investigaciones, estudios…)

-That´s so true. (Eso es cierto)

-That´s for sure. (Por supuesto).

-I suppose / I guess… (Supongo, imagino…)

-I agree with this statement… (Estoy de acuerdo con la declaración, el enunciado)

-I don´t agree with this idea… (No estoy de acuerdo con esta idea)

-That´s not always true. (Eso no siempre es verdad).

-That´s not always the case. (No siempre es el caso)

-I´m not sure about that. (No estoy seguro/a de eso).

-I´d say the exact opposite. (Yo diría totalmente lo contrario).

-In a way / In some respects… (De alguna manera, en algunos aspectos…)

-In the past… nowadays… (En el pasado /hoy en día…)

-The majority of… (La mayoría de…)

Connectors

When speaking, try to use connectors to link your ideas. That way your speech sounds more natural. For example, you can use:

-Moreover /Besides / In addition/ Furthermore / What´s more (Además, lo que es más)

-However / Nevertheless (Sin embargo)

-Despite +  verb-ing (A pesar de…) E.g. Despite being easy to recycle, nobody does it.

-On the one hand /on the other hand (Por una parte, por otra parte)

-Firstly, secondly, thirdly, next, finally… (Primeramente, en segundo lugar, en tercer lugar, después, finalmente…)

-Although (Aunque)

-Consequently / As a result… (Consecuentemente, como resultado…)

-To cut a long story short… (En resumidas cuentas…)

-To sum up (Resumiendo…)

-In other words / To put it another way… (En otras palabras…)

 

Remember that to enrich your vocabulary you can use ‘idioms’, phrasal verbs, compound adjectives, conditional sentences and modal verbs. Here you have some examples.

Idioms

-This topic is food for thought. (Este tema da que pensar).

-To beat around the bush. (Andarse por las ramas).

-Actions speak louther than words. (Las acciones valen más que las palabras).

-To chew things over. (Considerar, rumiar)

Phrasal verbs

-Look into. (Investigar)

-Find out. (Descubrir)

-Point out. (Señalar)

-Think over. (Considerar detenidamente)

-Come up with. (Proponer una solución). E.g. I have to come up with a plan.

-Make up. (Inventar)

-Give up. (Darse por vencido)

-Catch on. (Hacerse popular)

Compound adjectives

-Male-dominated professions /jobs. (Trabajos dominados, ocupados por hombres)

-The so-called glass ceiling. (El denominado techo de cristal).

-Environmentally-friendly measures. (Medidas respetuosas con el medio ambiente).

-A well-known American writer… (Un conocido escritor estadounidense).

Conditional sentences

-If I knew the answer, I would tell you. (Si supiera la respuesta, te la diría).

-The operation will cost patients a fortune, unless they´ve got private medical insurance. (La operación les costará a los pacientes una fortuna, a no ser que tengan un seguro médico privado).

 

A MONOLOGUE: EXAMPLE

‘Education systems often stifle creativity’

It is widely believed that education systems do not contribute to developing children´s innate talents.  At school they study Science, Literature or History, but creativity seems to be frozen out. The question is whether schooling stifles creativity or whether, on the contrary, it constitutes the greatest stimulus children receive during their childhood.

It is my view that nowadays children start school at a very early age and a toddler is not mature enough to be overwhelmed by duties. 

Of course, there are those who argue that schooling is the best way to stimulate children, especially if the do not have a state-at-home parent to take good care of them.

I personally believe that education systems help children to strengthen some skills such us memorization or self control but creativity is not a priority. Teachers ought to make children think by themselves instead of giving them all the answers.

 

And that´s all for today!

Are you able to write another short monologue? If so, leave us a comment, please. Thanks for visiting our blog!

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