Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Aubrey Carter 3 Keys IELTS certified coach

Today you will learn some great vocabulary to use when discussing bullying on IELTS Speaking and Writing.

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What does it mean to be a bully?

You’ve probably all heard the word bully.

This is an individual who seeks to harm or intimidate someone they see as vulnerable.

There are a couple of high level parallels for this word.

  • intimidator
  • tormentor
  • browbeater

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Where would you use this on the IELTS exam?

On Speaking Part 2, you may be asked to describe a time when you were bullied, or an occasion when you saw someone be bullied.

Speaking Part 3 could have questions about the effects of bullying on children or individuals, or more general questions such as:

“Was education different for your parents’ generation?”

You could describe how bullying is either more or less of a problem from your perspective.

Writing Task 2 could definitely have a problem/solution topic asking you to discuss bullying and offer suggested remedies.

For general training, the General Writing Task 1 letter could ask you to write a letter detailing an instance of bullying you witnessed.

It might include instructions to ask a business or administration to address the situation.

How can you use the parallels?

When referring to kids, you could also call a bully a tormentor or intimidator.

“When I was a child, I had a tormentor who would steal my dessert.”

For adults, you can also use “intimidator”, and you will hear an adult who is a bully called a browbeater.

“The lawyer was a real browbeater, always trying to intimidate the jury by glaring and raising his voice.”

Vocabulary such as these can be affected by age.

We don’t use the word browbeater to describe a child.

It applies more to an adult who is using their education or skills to bully someone into doing what they want.


On both the Speaking and Writing exams, you may need to discuss someone who is a bully.

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