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

Do you know high scoring vocabulary to talk about family on the IELTS Speaking exam?

This topic comes up a lot on the IELTS test!

You want to use this vocabulary because this is what proves you are a student who deserves a 7 or higher, as it helps you stand out from other students.

While you listen to our episode today, take notes on our vocabulary and sentence structures.

Put these words in your vocabulary notebook.

High-scoring, unique vocabulary to talk about family:

the fam

I’m hanging out with the fam this weekend.

something runs in the family

Love of Star Trek runs in the family. (My dad, sister and I all love Star Trek!)

Having a strong work ethic runs in my family as well.


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take after someone

Appearance-wise, I take after my dad, but mind and heart-wise I take after my mom.

my flesh and blood

I will always stand up for my flesh and blood, no matter what happens.

*This would be great to use for the IELTS Speaking Part 1 question: What will you do when you complete your studies?

I will return to my hometown, because I can’t live apart from my flesh and blood.

black sheep of the family

My uncle was definitely the black sheep of the family, as he followed kind of a dodgy path in life and was actually out of touch with the family for many years.

How would you use these idioms to describe your family?

Leave us your examples in the comments section below!




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