June 19

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Let’s Do a Word Formation Exercise and Grow Your Vocabulary

You’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for ambitious learners of English. This is the show where you can prepare for your Cambridge exam at the same time as improving your English.

I’m Kristian, your host, today it’s Saturday 19 June 2021, and in this episode we’re going to be building our vocabulary together. To be more specific, we’re going to do a word formation exercise. Are you ready? Here we go!

Hello dear dear listeners, how are you doing? I hope you’re doing great. This is another episode of the podcast in which we’re going to be practicing together, and as usual the aim here is to work on improving your English in specific ways, focusing mainly on vocabulary first and then pronunciation as well.

Before we start, let me give you three easy steps to get the most out of this episode:

Step 1: Go to the transcript of this episode to get the exercise. You can find the link to the transcript in the description of the podcast.

Step 2: Do the exercise. It won’t take you more than 7 minutes.

Step 3: Listen to this episode to check your answers in order to build your advanced English vocabulary.

OK, so today we’re going to be practicing 1o word formation sentences. I’ll start reading out loud the sentences without the correct answers, so even if you haven’t done the exercise, you can still do it in real-time. Just use the pause button and you’ll be able to fill in all the sentences as we go along. 

Anyway, it’s totally up to you. Naturally, you can decide in which way you want to use this podcast.

Alright, I’ll now start reading the complete text without the correct answers. Let’s kick this off!

Do the Exercise

Okay, in the following exercise you have to complete the sentences by changing the format of the given word in CAPITAL LETTERS:

1 With that recording he managed to …………………… opera amongst TV audiences. POPULAR

2 Certain poems can remind us of a particularly …………………… time in our lives. MEANING

3 His vivid performance drew an enthusiastic …………………… from the audience. RESPOND

4 His tall sculpture in bronze is the finest …………………… in the collection. EXHIBITION

5 His career ended in …………………… after a number of disastrous performances. MISERABLE

6 It’s a novel about a fashion model’s …………………… pursuit of fame. COMPULSION

7 Why do so many young people …………………… about meeting pop stars? FANTASY

8 He accused art critics of not having the …………………… to understand him. INTELLECTUAL

9 Though radical, he was very much a …………………… in his use of colour. TRADITION

10 He had …………………… little difficulty in tracing his ancestors. COMPARE

Check your Answers

1 With that recording he managed to popularise/popularize opera amongst TV audiences. 

2 Certain poems can remind us of a particularly meaningful time in our lives. 

3 His vivid performance drew an enthusiastic response from the audience. 

4 His tall sculpture in bronze is the finest exhibit in the collection. 

5 His career ended in misery after a number of disastrous performances. 

6 It’s a novel about a fashion model’s compulsive pursuit of fame. 

7 Why do so many young people fantasise/fantasize about meeting pop stars? 

8 He accused art critics of not having the intellect to understand him. 

9 Though radical, he was very much a traditionalist in his use of colour. 

10 He had comparatively little difficulty in tracing his ancestors.

The end!

Don’t Forget to Check Out Instagram and Clubhouse

Alright, that’s a wrap! As ever, I hope this has been both useful and interesting for you and that you’ve enjoyed listening to this episode.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback, you can respond via email or in the comment section of the transcript. I read and respond to every email or comment. 🙂

Before we finish, let me just point out that you can also find loads of specific Cambridge exam content on our Instagram page. In the past month there have been numerous changes in my personal life, and this has also had a great deal of impact on the Instagram page, the podcast and the sessions on Clubhouse.

I don’t want to get into that stuff in this episode of the podcast (we’ll save that for another day), but I just want to mention that I’m tremendously excited about the Cambridge Exam Coach Instagram page, and I couldn’t be happier with the way things are evolving right now.

So, if you haven’t seen the latest changes yet, please do check out our Instagram and follow us if you enjoy what you see there. More exceedingly good stuff is coming soon!

OK, that’s it. 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!

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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