A dialogue taken from a recent exam of the FCE speaking part 1 section.

FCE First Certificate Course Lesson 7

Dialogue lesson 7

Dialogue 7: Mock speaking - Part 1

EXAMINER: First of all we would like to know something about you. Let’s start with you Kelly. Where are you from?

Speaker 1 (KELLY): I am from Valencia. I live in a small town called Alboraya.

EXAMINER: Ok, and what about you Laura?

Speaker 2 (LAURA): I was born in Argentina. I moved here when I was 3 years old because my father found a job here.

EXAMINER: And what do you like about living here?

LAURA: I love living here because it is my home, so all of my friends and family are here. The weather is great and I think the size of the city is perfect because it’s not too big, not too small.

EXAMINER: And you, Kelly?

KELLY: I was going to say the same thing about the size of the city. It’s good because you can walk from place to place to get around the city but at the same time, there are still many things to do. I also love the beaches, the weather too obviously! The architecture is great too, especially the modern City of Arts and Sciences buildings.

EXAMINER: What do you do to relax after a busy day Kelly?

KELLY: Sorry, could you repeat please?

EXAMINER: Sure, how do you relax after a busy day?

KELLY: Oh sorry. Ok, well, to be honest, I struggle to find time to relax because I have a full-time job and 2 children! But when I put them to bed at night, I usually watch television with my husband and can destress myself a little bit then.

EXAMINER: And how do you relax Laura?

LAURA: I have a lot more free time on my hands than Kelly at the moment because I am unemployed! But most of the day I am looking for jobs on the computer, so at night I like to get away from this by reading a book outside or going for a run in the park.

EXAMINER: Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle in general?

LAURA: I would say so yes. I try to eat healthily during the week and I run three times a week, then at the weekend I indulge and eat whatever I like.

EXAMINER: And you Kelly? How healthy is your lifestyle?

KELLY: I think I’m pretty healthy too. I mean. I absolutely love chocolate so I guess that is my downfall. But I think that there is more to life than constantly thinking about what you eat. So I just make sure I exercise enough to make up for bad eating! Luckily, there is a gym at work which I can go to at lunchtime.

EXAMINER: Ok and Kelly, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years time?

KELLY: I hope to still be living in Valencia. I hope I still have my job and if I was being really optimistic, I would say I hope to have been promoted.

EXAMINER: And you, Laura?

LAURA: Well, fingers crossed I will have a job, which will involve my degree of architecture. I would like to still be living in Valencia but if no jobs come my way, I would be willing to move to another country for work.

EXAMINER: Great. Let’s move on to the other part of the exam.

Vocabulary lesson 7




to destress

to unwind


to indulge

to satisfy a desire, to treat oneself to, to enjoy excessively


to make up for

to compensate for


a downfall

a cause of ruin


fingers crossed

hoping for good luck or that something will be successful


to come one’s way

to appear


to be willing to

compliant, eager, prepared to do something


Exam Tips 7


Let’s see how to draw simple comparisons! Let’s imagine that we are comparing two photographs, two images.

Let’s look at similarities. Let’s compare both pictures. We can say:

  • both images display…
  • both pictures show…
  • we can see…

If we are drawing parallels we can use adjectives such as “alike”, “similar to”.

  • they are similar to one another
  • they are alike they are the same

We can say things like:

  • this is green also 
  • this is green as well
  • this is green too

We can sometimes draw conclusions such as:

  • A common theme here is family.
  • These pictures have something in common: they contain…

Let’s try and contrast images now!  We can use adjectives such as: “different”, “dissimilar”, “divergent”. We can say for example: “in contrast”, “on the other hand”.

However, when we are comparing pictures, we don’t always have all the answers. So if you are uncertain, use adverbs such as: “maybe” or “perhaps”.

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Exercises FCE 7

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