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

Today you’ll learn band 9 vocabulary to talk about parks and gardens.

On the IELTS Speaking Exam, you may be asked about parks and gardens, so you should be prepared with some impressive, descriptive words for this topic.

You could use the word lush if you can see a lot of green, such as the nature in Oregon.

Foliage is a very high-level term to describe plants.

More specifically, you can use it in the fall to describe the changing colors of the foliage, such as that shown in the foliage tours on the East Coast of the States.

If you have seasons where you live, you can use that vocabulary.

To take your answers a step further, you can talk about a national park, as opposed to just sticking to city parks and household gardens.

To give details about these nature reserves, you can discuss the flora (plants) and fauna (animals).

Then, get specific about the flora and fauna in your answer.

In addition to the appearance of the area, you can also discuss the activities that occur there.


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Potlucks, for instance, are a super fun.

This is when a group of people meet, and each person brings some food to share.

Here’s an activity for you this weekend! Take the initiative- invite a bunch of friends to a local park potluck!

You can also talk about having open-air events, such as concerts.

Use descriptive phrases to talk about the vibe of a place, such as quiet and meditative.

The opposite of that feeling would be boisterous, which means there’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

Choose two or three of today’s phrases that are applicable to your experience in parks and gardens, or experiences you want to have.

In fact, make your park potluck this weekend and English-only event!

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!


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