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

Where can you learn English vocabulary for IELTS?

Right here on our podcast, of course!

Today we answer a listener question about where to learn vocabulary for IELTS Speaking.

We share highlights from recent episodes.

If you missed any of these, be sure to follow the IELTS Energy podcast!

This way you’ll never miss an episode!

Today’s question

Hello, I’m Abbos and i’m from Uzbekistan.

I’ve been watching ur videos for 2 months actually, I’ve a question.

My speaking is kinda good than my other skills, but i have a problem especially part 3 cuz i always use one words 3-4 times.

How can i improve use more vocabulary?

Abbos Akbaraliyev

Avoid repetition

Abbos is correct that you can’t use one word 3-4 times.

You must avoid vocabulary repetition on the IELTS exam.

This applies to both IELTS Speaking and Writing.

In order to do this, you can use paragraphs and parallel expressions.

You need to learn a wide variety of vocabulary.

This way you’ll know high-scoring words for every topic!

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#1: High-scoring linking words

One episode we highlighted was IELTS Energy 1282.

In this episode, we shared a few high-scoring linking words.

One example was ‘In the meantime.’

This means ‘until then.’

Governments should pass more laws addressing air pollution.

In the meantime, I wish companies would take it upon themselves to be more responsible.

A second example is ‘Concurrently.’

This is an adverb that means at the same time.

For example, my mom went back to university at age 40, and she was concurrently working a full time job.

#2: Negative descriptions

Amazing vocabulary can be found in IELTS Energy episdoe 1296.

In this episode, we shared high-level vocabulary for describing negative things.

One example was, ‘Unsavory.’

This is something unpleasant and sometimes implies a lack of morals.

There are certainly a lot of movies featuring unsavory characters, but I don’t think it inspires kids to behave that way.

Another word taught in the episode is ‘besmirch.’

This verb is used both literally and idiomatically.

The literal definition of besmirch means to make dirty.

Idiomatically, it means to damage one’s reputation.

I don’t want to besmirch my family name so I am always on my best behavior.

#3: Vocabulary for stamina

We shared high-scoring vocabulary for discussing stamina on IELTS Energy 1289.

We taught the word ‘grit’ which means courage or toughness.

I feel that kids these days need a different kind of grit than when I was growing up.

Another word from the episode was ‘tenacity.’

This means continuing to do something even when it’s really hard.

My brother has always had impressive tenacity. Once he starts a project, he always finishes it.


We teach a plethora of high-scoring vocabulary on the IELTS Energy podcast!

We always share how informal or formal phrases and words are.

Additionally, we provide sample sentences that can be used on the exam.

Be sure to take advantage of our many vocabulary episodes!

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