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

The vocabulary items today are very impressive, as even native speakers don’t use them very often.

Per se

This can often be replaced by “exactly” or “necessarily“.

I’m not a fitness fanatic, per se, but I do like to keep in shape.

The meaning would be that one extreme statement isn’t completely true, but part of it is applicable.

The structure for this could be: 

negative + extreme statement + per se +  but, small truth


Jessica got this word from a book she’s reading, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

It means motto, or a statement of your values and principles.


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The credo of All Ears English is Connection not perfection.

The credo of 3 Keys IELTS is Simplify, Practice, Succeed.

You should develop your own credo, to present on the Speaking Exam. It is an important part of growing as a person.

Jessica’s is Open to forward momentum.

Lindsay’s is the same as the All Ears English one, and is connected to not letting perfectionism stop progress.


This means to continue with rapid movement and consistency.

Technology progresses ceaselessly.

This word could be used in Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2.

It could also be used for Academic Writing Task 1, to describe numbers that drop or climb continuously, and by a lot.

What are your favorite fancy English words?

Share them in the comments section below!


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