Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn what the Emoji Movie says about IELTS Vocabulary!

Now, I probably wouldn’t have seen this movie unless I had a 6 year old.

It’s not a quality cinematic experience, but it occurred to me that what the emojis stand for has some lessons for you in terms of vocabulary for IELTS Speaking and Writing.

The ‘Meh’ Emoji ?

This is the featured icon of the film.

Meh‘ is what you use when you are indifferent, or have no specific feelings about a topic.

You shouldn’t do this on IELTS!

In Speaking, in order to get a 7 or higher for Vocabulary, you must be descriptive and specific, and for a 7 or higher for Pronunciation, you have to be expressive!

For instance, if the examiner asks, “Do you enjoy playing video games in your leisure time?

You shouldn’t respond, “Nah. I don’t care about video games.

That’s a very low-scoring answer!

Instead, you could say, “Oh, not a chance! If I am lucky enough to have some spare time, I want to take advantage of that. I’d much prefer to be outside, exploring some new nook and cranny of the world, than to post up on my couch and be a screen zombie.

Also, in Writing, if you are asked to write about a topic that you have no strong opinion about, you still must take a stand.


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The opinions you express don’t have to be true! In order to score a 7+ for Task Response, the fact is that the examiner must see a clear position from you, on the topic, throughout your essay.

Emoji Vocabulary


I’m totally stoked about that.

It’s definitely at the top of my list, as far as activities go.


To be frank, it’s a snooze-fest.

There’s simply not anything that engages my interest.


To be honest, I could not have been more surprised

That was a real shocker.


Admittedly, I was rattled.

Frankly, it put me on edge.

Now what?

Choose 3-4 of today’s phrases to put in your vocabulary notebooks, and practice using them the next time you are speaking English!

What do you think of today’s vocabulary?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!


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