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

Make your IELTS Speaking Exam a blow out with today’s idioms!

We had a great question
from a 3 Keys student in our course Facebook group

Can we use such slang as “blow off someone’s socks” and “blow up” in IELTS Speaking?

That first phrase we would actually say, “knock
someone’s socks off

That’s a timeless
idiom that we all still say
, and it would be great for your Vocabulary score on your IELTS Speaking Exam.

In fact, you must use slang
and idioms in Speaking Parts 1 and 2
in order to get a 7 or higher for Vocabulary.

To “blow someone’s socks off” means to really impress someone.

For instance, if you are talking about doing a presentation or job

You could also say “wow” someone to mean the same thing.

As to her second phrase, “blow up”, the most common
definition is to explode.

However, natives
use it also to describe something that gets
popular really fast
, like a fashion
or a song.

For instance, here in the States, the video game Fortnite
really blew up this year.

Even kids who have never
played this game know all the dances
from it.

The next phrase you can use is to “blow someone away”.

This means to really impress
someone in a
mind-blowing way

For instance, you could say your project at work “really
blew your boss away
”, or, “I was blown away by what I learned in my
Philosophy class

The last phrase is a “blow out”.

It describes
a huge event
, like a big sale or

Choose one or two of
today’s idioms
and add
them to your vocabulary notebook

These increase your Speaking score!

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IELTS this year?

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