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Interview & Presentation Language 1

I know all of you reading this have either felt or thought about the stress of speaking publicly or being interviewed. Sometimes when we speak, we get stuck or we don’t flow smoothly. Learning just a few common phrases can reduce your stress and increase the quality of your speaking.

This blog has been divided into a set of two blog series. Link to part 2 can be found below.


Let’s look at some key phrases that help you speak, discuss and explain things a little more easily.

Filler phrases

  • you see…

  • Well

  • That makes me think

  • The point / thing is

  • It’s like this, you see…

  • you know…

Stalling to get some more time

  • Let me see

  • OK, well let’s think about this

  • Now, I have to think about that…

  • Ahh… just a minute…

  • Hang on one second please…

  • I’ll be right with you

  • Thank you for your patience

Stalling to get extra time while answering some questions

  • That’s a great question…

  • That question is very interesting

  • Wow, what a tough question

  • I’ll have to think about that…

  • I have never had that question before

When we can’t think of the words to describe something

  • like

  • a type of

  • kind of…

  • sort of…


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Final remarks

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By: Luke 

ETO American English teacher

Interview & Presentation Language 2

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