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

Today you’ll learn linking phrases for moving on, for increasing IELTS scores.

Transition phrases are necessary for your Cohesion Coherence scores, in letters, essays and speaking answers.

Recently, we had a question about using ‘anyway‘ in IELTS Writing.

Our student wanted to know if it was appropriate for General Training Writing Task 1, if it’s informal.

We use ‘anyway‘ a lot, informally, to move on to another point or idea.

Thus, it’s perfect for the informal letter, as we write like we speak, and for Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

The pronunciation of ‘anyway‘ is great for Speaking scores as well.

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Another informal word to move on is ‘anyhow‘.

A funnier, rare one, is ‘anywho‘. It is very informal! However, it’s uncommon and interesting, so it’s great for informal letters and Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

That word is great for bringing yourself back to the topic in Speaking Part 2.

Now, for formal communication in Writing Task 2 and Speaking Part 3, you can use ‘regardless‘.

This is useful if you’ve wandered a bit and want to come back to the topic, or you want to provide another side or opinion.

Another great way to introduce a new point or topic is ‘as to‘, especially in topic sentences of body paragraphs.

Turning to‘ is used in the same way.

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