MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

222 views

What should I do if I forget an important word or phrase during the speaking exam?

Speaking exams can be very daunting, but it's important to remember that these exams haven't been designed to trip you up in any way. The examiner will want you to do well too! 

It's also important not to be disheartened if you forget a word or phrase - it doesn't reflect badly on your Spanish abilities! We forget, mishear, and misinterpret things all the time in our first language without it impacting our confidence in our fluency, and it works the same way with other languages. 

Take a second to see if the word/phrase comes to you. If it doesn't, then talking around it is fine too, and can actually help demonstrate your fluency!

For example, if you were in the middle of your exam and forgot a particular word, then instead of switching to English, or just pausing, you could say "Me olvide la palabra, pero es..." and then define the word that you mean in Spanish. This can allow the examiner to fill in the word for you, and better mimics an actual conversation. It'll also give you a bit more time to collect your thoughts and get back on track. 

Jennifer C. GCSE History tutor, A Level History tutor, GCSE Spanish t...

7 months ago

Answered by Jennifer, a GCSE Spanish tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

110 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£18 /hr

Zahra S.

Degree: Modern and Medieval Languages (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered: Spanish, Italian+ 3 more

Spanish
Italian
French
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Who am I? I am currently in my first year studying French and Spanish at Cambridge University. I grew up bilingual, and have always been fascinated by the process of language learning. Languages open up new worlds, and I would love ...”

£18 /hr

Charley G.

Degree: Modern Languages and Cultures (With Year Abroad) (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Spanish, French

Spanish
French

“About Me: I am an MFL student at Durham University, studying French, Spanish, and Russian ab initio. I have always had a great love of languages and am fascinated by them, and I hope to inspire the same enthusiasm in you during our tu...”

MyTutor guarantee

£18 /hr

Bethany F.

Degree: Chinese Studies with Spanish (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Spanish, Maths+ 1 more

Spanish
Maths
Mandarin

“About me: Hi! My name is Beth and I'm a final year Chinese and Spanish student at Durham University. I am so passionate about foreign languages and cultures and I would absoutely love to share my knowledge and passion with you. I have...”

About the author

£22 /hr

Jennifer C.

Degree: Medieval Studies (Masters) - York University

Subjects offered: Spanish, History+ 2 more

Spanish
History
English Language
Biology
-Personal Statements-

“MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York awarded with Distinction. BA (Hons) in History awarded with First Class Honours. ”

You may also like...

Other GCSE Spanish questions

What is the difference between ser and estar?

(From a comprehension piece) what is the percentage of English trade that is with countries that do not speak English?

What is the difference between the perfect/imperfect/preterite tenses?

How do I know when to use the subjunctive mood in Spanish?

View GCSE Spanish tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok