May 22

C1 Speaking Success: Mastering Part 4 “Learning Languages”

Kristian: Hello, dear listeners! It’s Kristian here, your guide on your journey to a C1 level of natural spoken English, and I welcome you to another episode of “Cambridge Advanced Speaking”. Today, we’re delving deep into Part 4 of the C1 Advanced Speaking exam, focusing particularly on the fascinating topic of “learning languages”. Whether you’re gearing up for the exam or looking to enhance your English proficiency, you’re in the right place! So, get cosy, and let’s jump right in!

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Kristian: In this episode, our spotlight is on Part 4 of the speaking exam. This section is your stage to voice your thoughts on the topic that was previously discussed in Part 3. For our questions and answers, we’ll use “learning languages” as our reference point.

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Kristian: Cracking Part 4 involves careful listening to the question, grasping its meaning, and constructing a thoughtful response. You should strengthen your viewpoint with examples or personal experiences, as this adds depth and originality to your response. Let’s dive into this idea using some potential question prompts on language learning.

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Kristian: Here’s a sample question: “What role does motivation play in language learning, and how can it be sustained over a prolonged period?”

This question asks you to express your opinion, evaluate, and speculate. You might initiate your response with, “Motivation is truly the engine that powers language learning. It sparks curiosity and fuels persistence.”

Then, share an example: “For example, let’s picture a student learning Spanish with the dream of living in Madrid. They fuel their motivation by cherishing small wins, like understanding a restaurant menu or having a brief conversation with a local about Spanish cuisine.”

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Kristian: Now, let’s address another question: “How do you envision the future of language learning?” This question invites you to imagine and articulate the future of language learning.

You could begin by acknowledging the journey so far: “It’s a fascinating topic indeed. When looking at the evolution of language learning, from traditional classrooms to digital platforms, it’s evident that we’ve made significant progress.” Then, for the next part, you should cast your vision into the future. You could say something like: “I foresee a more tailored and immersive learning experience, powered by cutting-edge technology. For instance, let’s imagine virtual reality for language immersion. This technology could teleport learners to different corners of the world, providing them with a firsthand experience of languages in their native settings. Or envisage AI-powered language tutors: they could deliver personalised lessons, adapting to each learner’s unique style.”

This answer goes beyond just responding to the question; it paints a vivid picture for the examiner, making your response really interesting and memorable.

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Kristian: There you go, listeners! Remember, the keys to acing this part are clarity and confidence. You should demonstrate a diverse range of vocabulary and grammatical structures, maintain a comfortable speaking pace, and most importantly, enjoy the conversation. Yes, it’s an exam, but it’s also a chance to have an interesting discussion. Approach it as a friendly chat and let your enthusiasm for the English language shine!

Before we wrap up, here’s a quick heads-up. If you’re looking to accelerate your preparation, our C1 Speaking Club might be just what you need. It’s a lively community where you can practise speaking with fellow learners and build your English confidence. Intrigued? Then visit to join us.

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Kristian: As we wrap up this episode, let’s recap our main insights. Part 4 of the C1 Advanced Speaking exam is about expressing comprehensive opinions, evaluating different situations, and making informed speculations. It’s your platform to demonstrate your command of English and impress the examiner. Today, I shared two model responses to illustrate some useful vocabulary and to help you boost your speaking confidence.

Kristian: That’s all for today’s episode of “Cambridge Advanced Speaking”. Remember to practise consistently and keep in mind that every challenge is an opportunity to become the best version of yourself.

Stay safe, and take care of yourself, and each other. Goodbye!

About the Author

As a Dutch proficient speaker of English, Kristian not only holds a grade A Cambridge C2 certificate but is also CELTA qualified. His five years of experience as a teacher and ESL exam coach, specialising in Cambridge English C1, C2, and IELTS, has equipped him with a unique blend of skills to guide and support your English learning journey.

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