Phrases for introducing and linking ideas

During the third part of the Speaking Test, the examiner will ask you to discuss topics that are related to Part 2.

You should be able to fully answer the examiner’s questions. You should also be able to express your opinions on a variety of topics. You must have no difficulty introducing and connecting ideas. Note that your score depends on your ability to express ideas fluently.

Introducing and connecting ideas

When you use words and expressions that link your ideas, your speech becomes easier to follow and understand. Here are some helpful phrases for introducing and linking ideas.

Introducing your point of view

To express your opinion or point of view, you can use the following expressions.

I think that…

I believe…

I guess…

I don’t think that…

As far as I understand…

As far as I know…

As far as I am concerned…

I am quite convinced that…

I personally think…

In my opinion…

I suppose…

I’d say…

Adding new ideas or statements

Use the following expressions to add new ideas.

Also…

In addition…

Furthermore…

Moreover…

What’s more…

And…

Explaining reasons

To explain why something happens/happened, use the following expressions.

That is probably because…

That’s why…

One of the reasons for this could be…

Moving to the next point

Anyway…

So to move on…

Giving examples

For example…

For instance…

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