April 10

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Let’s Do a Cambridge English C2 Exam Exercise Together (to Grow Your Advanced English Vocabulary)

 

Hello dear, dear listeners, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for learners of English. I’m Kristian, your host, today it’s Saturday 10 April 2021, and in this episode we’re going to be talking about how you can build your advanced English vocabulary with C2 exam practice tests and a little help from me.

But before we start, I’d like to give a warm welcome to the new listeners. If that’s you, thank you so much for listening to this episode. I know your time is precious so I feel honored that you’ve decided to spend it with me.

And to the people who’ve listened to me before, welcome again, and thank you so much for spending your precious time with me. It means a lot!

I’ve noticed that the download numbers have significantly increased in the past six weeks, basically since I’ve started doing sessions on Clubhouse, and I’m extremely grateful for that. It’s amazing that people actually take the time to listen to what I’ve got to say, and it encourages me to work harder and to put out content that’s relevant and useful for you.

Alright, in this episode I’d like to kill two birds with one stone: First, I’d like to start sharing C2 exam related content with you. My plan has always been to help people prepare for the Cambridge English C2 exam in the best way possible, and right now I’m ready to start talking about C2 exam content on my podcast.

What’s more, talking about C2 exam stuff on the podcast gives me the opportunity to share content from the C2 exam sessions on Clubhouse with all of you who are not able to join Clubhouse at this moment. I’m truly excited about that and I hope you are too!

Alright, enough intro, let’s crack on.

On Clubhouse we are working with exercises that you can download before the lesson starts. Today I’d like to introduce the same procedure for the podcast episodes. So how does this work?

1. Download the exercise at cambridgeexamcoach.com/podcastpdf. EDIT: Exercise as image in article!
2. Do the exercise.
3. Listen to the podcast, check your answers & build your vocabulary together with me.

And if you want to go the extra mile, you can create your own personal examples sentences after you’ve finished listening to the episode. I highly recommend doing this. Your memory will thank you for that.

So this procedure is not really that complicated, is it? Let me repeat it one more time

1. Download the exercise at cambridgeexamcoach.com/podcastpdf. EDIT: Exercise as image in article!

2. You do the exercise.

3. You listen to the podcast, check your answers & build your vocabulary with a little help from me.

Alright, let’s start then. Today we’re doing part 3 of the Reading and Use of English paper of the C2 exam: word formation. Here are two tips for you on how to prepare for this part of the exam successfully.

  1. You should read the whole text before attempting to fill in any gaps. Some questions, such as making the base word negative, require careful reading beyond sentence level.
  2. You  should be aware of the range of words that can be formed from the same base word, including the negative forms, e.g. friend–friendship–friendliness–friendly–befriend–unfriendly.

Alright, I’ll now start reading the complete text with the correct answers. So I assume you’ve downloaded the exercise and did it, OK?

Here we go!

KRISTIAN READS OUT LOUD THE ANSWERS FROM THE EXERCISE.

OK, let’s look at some of the interesting vocab here:

Behind the scenes: it happens without most people knowing about it, especially when something else is happening publicly. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes.

0 Effortless: seeming not to need any effort. It looks so easy.

17: belies
To show something to be false. It creates a false impression. It looks so easy.
Not belittle: to make a person or an action seem as if he, she or it is not important.

18: RehearsAl / to rehearse
An occasion where you practice something that you’re going to perform in public.
Germinate: to start growing

19: insight
You learn something about the true nature of it (also: to gain an insight)

20: chilly (cold but not freezing), rather cold
Poignant: causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness

21: memorable (3 syllables).
Lasting impression, remembered for a long time

22: authenticity:
The quality of being real and true, the quality of being genuine, rather than specially created but intended to appear genuine.

23: teamwork a group of people working together to achieve a common aim.

24: indicative it shows suggests or gives an idea of it.

Alright, that’s a wrap! I hope this was relevant and useful for you, and I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode.

Let me know your thoughts on this episode. It helps me to create better and better content for you in the future, so it’s really useful if you send me an email or leave a comment on the blog.

For now I want to wish you a pleasant day (or goodnight).

And as always, take care of yourself, and each other, alright?

Speak to you soon, bye bye!

Behind the scenes: it happens without most people knowing about it, especially when something else is happening publicly. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes.

0 Effortless: seeming not to need any effort. It looks so easy.

17: belies
To show something to be false. It creates a false impression. It looks so easy.
Not belittle: to make a person or an action seem as if he, she or it is not important.

18: RehearsAl / to rehearse
An occasion where you practice something that you’re going to perform in public.
Germinate: to start growing

19: insight
You learn something about the true nature of it (also: to gain an insight)

20: chilly (cold but not freezing), rather cold
Poignant: causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness

21: memorable (3 syllables).
Lasting impression, remembered for a long time

22: authenticity:
The quality of being real and true, the quality of being genuine, rather than specially created but intended to appear genuine.

23: teamwork a group of people working together to achieve a common aim.

24: indicative it shows suggests or gives an idea of it.

About the author 

Kristian

Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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  • Hello Kristian, many thanks for your podcast. I discovered it recently and I really enjoyed listening to it! I would like to do the exercises you talked about in this episode in order to improve my English. However, I can’t find the pdf-document…is it still possible to download it?
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Wow, many thanks! Funnily enough I have no idea why I used a different download link for this episode. I’m going to figure out what task this is, and I’ll upload it in the actual blog text. (no download link). I’ll reply again after I’ve edited the article and included the exercise. Thanks for your patience 🙂

      EDIT: done! I’ve put an image of the exercise in the article. Best of luck! 🙂

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