Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

There are some odd questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1! ‘Mirrors’ is a great example of one of these odd question sets, that you probably don’t talk about in your first language, let alone English.

Choose 3-4 words/phrases from today’s lesson. Add them to your vocabulary notebook!

Remember when you add a new word, make sure to write a definition, in English, in your own words. Also, write your own example sentence using the new word/phrase.

If you’re not sure of how to use it, simply type the word into Google. Then, look at a few examples of how it is used in a sentence. Take note on the context and structure.


8+ Mirror Vocabulary

Why people look/don’t look in mirrors:

Self-conscious– feeling that you do not look good; worried about how you look

Egotistic(al)– thinking that you are the best; full of yourself


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Arrogant– thinking you are better than other people

There’s a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance– there’s a small (but important) difference between being self-confident and being arrogant

How to describe the mirror itself:

Decor– decoration

Ambiance– feeling of a place

Rose-colored– slightly pink-hued

Beveled edges– contoured edges

Hand-held/compact/pocket mirror– small mirror that can be carried around

Magnifying– makes your image look bigger, more close-up

Now it’s your turn to practice!

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!

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