Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

I wish you only had to discuss the positive side of life, but you are often asked to discuss complicated issues on the IELTS exam.

The informal vocabulary below can be used in an informal General Training Task 1 Letter, or on Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

The formal vocabulary can be used, of course, in formal letters, Writing Task 2, and Speaking Part 3.




1. That sucks/ that’s rubbish. (It’s terrible.)
2. It pains me to say that…
3. I’ve had it up to here. / I can’t take it anymore.
4. I’m freaking out/ going mental. (I’m panicking.)

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1. Unfortunately, I am the bearer of bad news.
2. Forgive me for saying, but…
3. This is pushing the limits of acceptable behavior.
4. I must insist on certain changes being made / certain solutions being carried out.
5. Needless to say, the situation is dire.

Remember, you must use a wide variety of language, formal and informal, on the Speaking exam to get a high score for vocabulary.

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