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

Today, we’re going to help you deal with this situation on test day, if nerves get in the way and your IELTS Speaking answers begin to go downhill.

The phrases will help raise Vocabulary, Grammar and Fluency/Coherence scores.

So, if you find yourself wandering or confused, use these phrases to get back on track!

Phrase #1

Well, what I wanna say is

This is informal, so it’s appropriate for Speaking Part 1 and Speaking Part 2.

Well, what I meant to say was…

Well, what I’m trying to say is…

These phrases are appropriate for any part of the Speaking Exam.


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Phrase #2

Oh, let me bring it back…

This is a wonderfully native and idiomatic phrase, and can also be used at any point on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

These phrases are also good for conclusions!

Phrase #3

Let me put it this way…

This is also appropriate in any answer. Remember to learn these whole phrases, these whole chunks of language, so you use them correctly on exam day.

Phrase #4

I feel like I’m in a bit of a pickle right now. Let me bring it back. What I meant to say was…

Be flexible and combine all the phrases from today!

For further practice, listen to sample answers for Speaking Part 1, Speaking Part 2, and Speaking Part 3.

How would you use these phrases?

Share your example sentence in the comments section below!

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