At the Doctor’s

Useful Phrases & Vocabulary Doctor What seems to be the problem? What seems to be the matter? What's the matter? Tell me what happened That's a nasty cut That's a nasty bruise Can you move your fingers? Can you extend your arm? Can you squeeze my hand? Does it hurt…
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Phoning for Help

Useful Vocabulary & Phrases Emergency Services Police Fire department Ambulance Mountain rescue Coastguard Cave rescue Operator 911. What is the nature of your emergency? Which emergency service do you need? What is your current location? What is your address? What is your name? Stay calm. Can you repeat that? Stay…
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Immigration,Security and Customs

Useful Vocabulary & Phrases Immigration EU citizens EU passport holders Non-EU citizens Foreign citizens Overseas passport holders passport visa visa waiver How many people are with you? Are these your children? Do you have Have you filled out Where have you arrived from? Where have you come from today? What…
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Peer Pressure in Shopping

People often buy products not because they really need them but because other people have them, do you agree or disagree? The modern world is one of materialism, marketing and branding. Across human history this era, above all others, relies upon and promotes the use of reputation in the relationship…
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Small vs. Large Classes

Some people believe that languages should be taught in small classes. Others feel the number of students doesn't matter. Discuss both views and give your opinion. The increase in international travel, trade, and global telecommunications has made the world a smaller place; consequently the need and want to learn foreign…
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Banning Unhealthy Foods

Shops should not be allowed to sell any food or drink that has been scientifically proved to have bad effects on people’s health. To what extent do you agree or disagree? There is an English adage that says 'you are what you eat' which, if true, means modern supermarkets and…
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Employment Quotas

Some people think that employers should be required to employ equal numbers of men and women. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Affirmative action was introduced in the USA to try help minorities gain better jobs. Whether it was effective is a matter of some debate, but many…
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‘People’ vs. ‘Persons’

Common Modern Usage Generally 'person' is used for the singular. 'People' is used for the plural. 1 person 100 people 'Persons' The common modern usage of 'person' and 'people' is quite simple. However, the technical usage is not so clear because the language has changed. Consequently 'persons' is still used…
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