It is natural to take time when replying during a conversation. In this video, explore some ways to take time and think about the reply.
- When I'm having a conversation … with English native speakers, … I'm usually quite slow at replying … because I need some time to think about my answer. … This is natural, … and you shouldn't stress too much … about the speed of your replies. … First of all, there are words and expressions … you can use to buy some time. … It can be a sound such as as hmmm, mmmm, … or words like, well, let's see, … let me think, okay, and so on. … Nobody expects you to have a clear answer … ready at every moment. … Observe native English speakers when they reply. … You'll notice that they also use … a lot of those expressions … even if they talk faster than you. … I usually recommend my students … to take their time during exams too. … If they didn't, it could mean … that they have memorized the answers, … not that they are exceptionally good at English. … When you're taking your time to reply, … think about what you want to say. … If there is one word that you can't remember, … describe it. … If I wanted to say desk, for example, …
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