Here's a collection of words used in FCE Listening Part 1 questions. Learn as many as you can! This list is not comprehensive - if you have ideas for more words that should be included please say so in the comments.
- to try to make someone do something.
My girlfriend persuaded me to join a gym.
- to say that something is correct
The test confirmed what everyone already knew - the child was deeply stupid.
- often used to show duty or obligation
The government should give more money to schools. (=they don't give enough now)
irritated / irritating
The teacher was irritated when he realised his students hadn't done any homework.
The woman was irritated when she realised her boyfriend had left his dirty socks on her pillow.
frustrated / frustrating
- feeling annoyed because you can't change something
The student was frustrated because she couldn't understand the grammar. 'Why is English so frustrating?' she yelled.
- the reason you do something
The purpose of this report is to decide which computer system our school library should buy.
- feeling worried or nervous
The exam results were due to come, and Sally was feeling very anxious.
- to understand the value of something
When you travel to poor countries, you really appreciate how comfortable your life really is and how lucky you really are.
- the location of an event
When selecting a venue for a party, you need to consider the cost, the size, and the location.
to envy / to be envious
- wishing you had something that belongs to someone else
I really envy my friend Mike because his girlfriend isn't a complete lunatic.
I'm Andrew's girlfriend and I'm envious of women who have normal boyfriends.
I don't envy rich people like Donald Trump - their lives don't seem to have much meaning.
- to feel sorry for someone
I'm Andrew's girlfriend's best friend and I really sympathise with her - it must be very hard to live with something so weird and moody.
I lost my job last year - I was able to get another one quite quickly but I really sympathise with people who are having financial problems.
- to think highly of someone
I really admire Donald Trump! I think he's the greatest living American. I want my children to grow up to be just like him.
The type of people I admire are the people who have tough lives but they just keep going and they keep smiling.
- to be without something
This flat is really great, but it lacks a balcony.