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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.

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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi awaisawan,

This is a question which we are often asked and, while it is hard for us to give specific advice without knowing how you speak at the moment, there are some suggestions which we can make which will help you to improve over time. The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.

However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency. You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello pareekdeepak77,

It's difficult to give too much concrete advice as everyone's needs and abilities are different. However, we can make some general suggestions about how to use LearnEnglish.

First of all, take some time to explore the site. Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available. Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Second, start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to begin, though this obviously depends upon your level and needs. Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen at the same time after you have done the exercises.

Third, keep a vocabulary notebook as you work. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food' etc) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material. Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, try to find time to practise English during your regular day. Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English, with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work. This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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first thank you for this amazing and very useful exercises and i just need some help to learn legal translation

Hello Khadija,

Thanks for your feedback! We plan to release some pages on Legal English next year. I expect that these will be useful for you, but to become a professional legal translator, you'll need to find much more specific and technical resources than we can offer.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone. I thank you very much for your good work on the website. I find it very useful and interesting.
I'd like to have some advice for writing an accompaning letter to send my CV.
My best regards Andrea

Hi Scuba74,

Thanks for your kind words - it's always great to hear that people appreciate our work. We are developing a page to help users learn to write cover letters, but I'm afraid it's not yet ready to publish. In the meantime, you can find a lot of information on the internet by searching for 'how to write a cover letter', and you can also find some useful information about writing formal letters on the Formal letters page at our sister site, the ESOL Nexus.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Andrea,

Most job advertisments will give some information about what you should put in your cover letter. For example, they may say 'Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you think you would be suitable for this post', or something similar. It's important to pay attention to this and make sure your cover letter includes this information.

The cover letter should, of course, be polite and clearly written. It should state your intention (i.e. that you wish to apply for the post), introduce you briefly, summarising your background and relevant experience and qualifications, and saying why you are a good candidate, referring to your background and also your character (hardworking, honest, a good team player etc). It should not go into too much detail or tell your life story, however. Remember that you are creating a first impression with your letter and an over-long and boring letter will be counter-productive. The employer needs to know relevant information and if they want more details they will be able to find out at the interview stage.

I hope those tips are helpful. I am sure you can find a lot of information on the internet on the topic of cover letters, and some examples, with a few simple searches.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello kenop76,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment!  It's great to hear that we're helping people with their English!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team