Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn 4 idioms about accommodation to increase your vocabulary score on your next IELTS Speaking Exam.

On a recent episode of our podcast, IELTS Energy, we talked about idioms to use in a formal letter for General Training Task 1.

However, these idioms can also be used to impress the examiner on the Speaking Exam!


You are often asked about housing/apartments on the test, such as:

Part 1

  • Tell me about the house or apartment you are living in now.
  • Tell me about the house or apartment you grew up in.



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Part 2

  • Describe the home you want in the future.

Idioms to use in these answers:

My heart sank

When I saw the apartment, my heart sank, as it was filthy and had no windows.

Beside myself with emotion

When I had to leave my childhood home to move to the States, I was overcome with grief.

Throwing money down the drain

I want to buy a house, so I’m not throwing money down the drain on rent every month.

Change of heart

I used to only want to live in rented apartments, because it was easier. Then, around the age of 30, I started a family and had a change of heart. Now, I really want a nice house.

What do you think of today’s vocabulary?

Share your own example sentences in the comments section below!

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