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Advice on writing CVs

Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

Example 
In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.

Exercise

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello Learn English Team,
I've found myself not good enough at this type of Exercise "CVs Vocabulary" , Would you please tell me how can I Work on Improving myself at this part ??
 

Hello Marie Magdy Maher,

I'm guessing that you're talking about the 'Preparation' task - matching the words to the definitions.  Obviously, the key is knowing the vocabulary items and so, I expect, you're already better at it because if you try the task again you'll do much better.  In fact, the first piece of advice I would give is to remember when you do a task and find it difficult - make a note, or bookmark the page URL - and go back to it after some time has passed to try it again.  Do this several times and you'll find it helps a great deal.

There are some techniques you can use if you have a task like this in an exam or a test, however.  Start by reading all the definitions before you begin matching.  Then match any that are obvious and that you are very confident about.  Finally, match the remaining ones as best as you can.  That approach should help you to do as well as possible.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello, this is very simple and clear that helps me in easy way
and I think it helps me to improove listining fast and introduce very useful information.
thanx alot

Hello Learn English Team,
 
I've wanted to ask you does reading of a book in English help you improve your vocabulary, and do you have some advices how to do that. I would be very thankful if you give me some! :)

Hello nick.black,
I would say that reading books is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary, provided that you choose a book that (a) is at the right level of difficulty for you and (b) is interesting for you.  If books in their original form are too difficult then you might try some graded readers - there are quite a lot available to choose from.  I would say that you should definitely choose books which you will enjoy as this will help you to keep going and make the whole process much more fun.  Perhaps choose a book you have read in your own language (in translation) and read the original in English.  That way you will be familiar with the book and will find it easier to follow.
Good luck!  Let us know how you get on.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

hello . i am very thankful to learn english team.  it gives a very interesting way to learn english.  i have no environment for english conversation so i hasitate to speak in english . please give some advice for english conversation.

Hello sadhana pal,
I just answered the same question from another user, so I can give you the same advice I gave them.  
The most helpful thing you can do is to practise.  Do you have any friends who would like to practise with you?  Perhaps you know someone who is also learning English, and you can practise together.  However, if this is not possible then there are other things you can do.  Try speaking aloud to yourself.  This might seem like strange advice, but part of being able to speak fluently is being able to form the words and phrases easily and clearly, and speaking to yourself allows you to get a feel for how to produce these elements confidently and quickly.
Finally, remember that listening to good models can be very beneficial for your speaking.  Try LearnEnglish's audio and video materials, using the tapescript and trying to say the texts with the speakers after you've finished doing the normal exercises.  It's very useful practice.
I hope those suggestions help to answer your question.

Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sadhana pal,
The most helpful thing you can do is to practice.  Do you have any friends who would like to practise with you?  Perhaps you know someone who is also learning English, and you can practise together.  However, if this is not possible then there are other things you can do.  Try speaking aloud to yourself.  This might seem like strange advice, but part of being able to speak fluently is being able to form the words and phrases easily and clearly, and speaking to yourself allows you to get a feel for how to produce these elements confidently and quickly.
Finally, remember that listening to good models can be very beneficial for your speaking.  Try LearnEnglish's audio and video materials, using the tapescript and trying to say the texts with the speakers after you've finished doing the normal exercises.  It's very useful practice.
I hope those suggestions help to answer your question.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I'm Fatema Khatun and from Bangladesh. I feel problem in listening & speaking. sometime I understand other's speech but can't speak fluently. I try to learn English but can't bear in mind the learning word when I want to speak in English. and so my vocabulary level is low . I' very much worried about that.What can I do for that?
regards
Fatema
 

Hello Fatema Khatun and welcome to LearnEnglish!
Fluency is being able to speak quickly, clearly and confidently, without too much hesitation.  It takes a lot of practice, so don't feel bad if your speaking is not as fluent as you would like - it takes time.  The most important thing is to practise so think how you could arrange some practise.  Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English with whom you could practise.  If so, both of you will benefit!  When I was learning a foreign language I used to practise it on my own at home (actually, I talked to my pet cat) and in that way I learned to make the sounds and the words and it helped me a lot with my fluency.
Another important thing is to listen to good examples.  There are many audio and video texts on LearnEnglish, most with transcripts which you can use.  After you've done the exercises try following with the transcripts and repeating what you hear, or saying it with the speaker (so you can get used to the speed).  At first it will be difficult but it will help you to improve.  Perhaps you might start with the Elementary Podcasts Series Three and then try some more difficult texts when you feel ready.
I hope those suggestions are helpful.  Good luck, and let us know how you get on!
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

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