Pause Fillers for Speaking

What Are Pause Fillers?

Pause fillers are expressions designed to give the speaker a bit of thinking time in normal conversation, presentations, or speaking exams. They are a useful way to buy your brain a little thinking time and are present in most languages. Memorising a few of these could really help you boost your speaking exam grades by avoiding long silences or hesitations.

Pause Fillers

 

Key Tips

• Say fillers slowly to maximise thinking time.
• Use multiple fillers together for really difficult questions

Here we are going to look at three main types of poor filler:

Short Pause Fillers

These are best used for short gaps between sentences or points.
Well…
So…
Actually…
Let me see…

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Transition Language

These are for changing topic or linking parts of arguments together.
The other thing I should say is…
In other words…
This means that…
Another point I should mention is…
Anyway…
Let me give you an example…
Firstly…
Secondly…
Lastly…

Longer Pause Fillers

Let me think about that for a minute…
I can’t remember much about that, but…
I think I’ve covered everything…
That’s an interesting/tricky/good question…
Hmm, that’s a tough one.
I’ve never really thought about that before, but I would say…
The first thing I should say is…
That’s about all I can say about that…
I’m going to talk about…
Where shall I start?
Let me start by saying…
That’s a difficult question but I’ll try to answer it as best I can…

Two or Three Fillers Used Together

Let me think about that for a minute. + The first thing I should say is that… Let me see… + That’s a difficult question but I’ll try to answer it as best I can…
Hmm, that’s a tough one. Where shall I start? The first thing I should say is…

Now make sure you learn them to maximise your score and avoid those long awkward hesitations!

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