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

Today you’ll get quick wins for speaking vocabulary, with paraphrases for the word ‘totally’.

Beginning your answers with today’s natural, native vocabulary will immediately impress the examiner.

Note our pronunciation of today’s vocabulary and try to mimic the way we sound, to not sound like a robot.

Use today’s phrases in Speaking Part 1 yes or no questions, and also in Speaking Part 3 opinion questions.

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Natural Paraphrases for ‘Totally’

100%– Use for any Speaking questions

Completely– Use anywhere in Speaking or Writing

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Utterly– Use in Speaking Part 3 or Writing Task 2

For example, “That is utterly impossible.

For sure, for sure– Use this in Speaking Part 1

Absolutely– Same as ‘completely’

Having a quick, positive vocabulary win like this does a lot to relax you (and the examiner), letting your personality shine through.

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