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

In today’s episode we’ll give you sixteen synonyms to get a 7 on your IELTS.

We’ll also show you how to come up with your own synonyms for a stronger score on the Speaking test and the Writing test.

If you want to get a 7 or higher on IELTS you must have interesting vocabulary that is a mixture between academic, formal, high-level and casual idioms.

Are you worried that you can’t think of any synonyms or that your vocabulary is limited?

You may know only one word to describe something.

Now it’s time to expand your vocabulary to think about more than one way to say things.

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Word #1: Buy

Synonyms (casual): To grab something quickly, to get a good deal, to get a good bargain, to pick something up

Synonyms (formal): Purchase, acquire, consume (this is better for larger economic trends= great for Writing Task 1)

Word #2: Global warming

Synonyms: Environmental issues, harmful pollution, greenhouse effect, ecological degradation

Word #3: Travel

Synonyms: Explore, go on an adventure, take an adventure, go on an excursion, get away, wander, mosey

How can you come up with your own synonyms?

Take the main word and create two boxes, one is specific and one is general. Fill those boxes with new words.

Go to and type in your main word.

Check out all of the synonyms that they give you.

The words that are dark orange are direct synonyms.

Lighter orange words are more indirect synonyms.

You can get between 5 and 20 synonyms for any word you type in. It’s also linked to


If you want to do well on IELTS then you do need to use synonyms. Don’t try to memorize too many synonyms.

It’s important to not only know them but also be able to use them in many situations.

If you choose only a few of them to learn then you will be able to use them correctly.

Choose two synonyms for each word and put them in your IELTS vocabulary notebook.

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