Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"
Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"

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Today you’ll learn three idioms with the word ‘new’ in them.

These will boost your IELTS Speaking and Writing scores.

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Why do you need idioms on IELTS?

Idiomatic language is required for vocabulary scores.

Idioms and phrasal verbs satisfy this requirement.

It’s vital that you learn these and use them on IELTS speaking.

You also need this vocabulary for general Task 1 letters.

#1: Brand spankin’ new

How should you write this idiom?

If you include this idiom, you must write it correctly.

  • Brand spanking new

This is the case even for informal General Task 1 letters.

It will be easy to forget this when you’re trying to write like you speak for informal letters.

We normally recommend this to help you hit that informal tone.

However, you must still spell correctly and use correct grammar.

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#2: A new lease on life

Use this for big life changes.

It means a new, fresh start.

Use it for questions about:

  • job
  • hobbies
  • parties
  • sports
  • education

Use it any time you’re talking about something new that was exciting.

You can take liberties with it and use it as an extreme.

  • take liberties: be flexible; break rules

This just highlights how great something is.

  • I’ve started going to brunch on Sundays, and it’s giving me a new lease on life!

Problem/solution essays

This would be great for sharing solutions in Task 2 essays.

For health care topics, you could discuss how individuals could have a new lease on life.

For the economy, governments can have a new lease on life.

Use it any time you want to discuss a big change.

#3: A new dawn

This indicates things will be hugely different.

It can’t be used for small changes.

Don’t say, “I’m dying my hair. It’s a new dawn.”

We use this for changes to political regimes

  • Should air travel be more strictly prohibited to protect the environment?

Well, I don’t believe anybody will stop wanting to travel.

Instead, the companies need to meet our need for travel with innovation.

In fact, I believe that once we establish proper solar panel energy on a large scale, it will be a new dawn for the environment.

If we could change something big, it would be a new dawn.

A synonym is ‘revolutionize.’


These idioms with the word ‘new’ are so useful on IELTS!

Practice using them on speaking questions and essays.

It’s vital that you have idiomatic language to get 7+ on vocabulary scores.

Be ready with idioms and phrasal verbs.

However, you must use them correctly or your scores will go down!

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