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

Today you’ll learn casual vocabulary for IELTS Speaking Part 1.

First, you hear some sample Part 1 answers.

IELTS Part 1 question: How often do you go grocery shopping?

  • I end up stopping…
  • grab something fresh

IELTS Part 1 question: Have you ever bought shoes online?

  • cross trainers
  • gear up in a different way
  • I’m a sucker for a good deal
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IELTS Part 1 question: Do you enjoy shopping for clothes?

  • I have to be 100% honest hear
  • detest
  • don’t have a great fashion sense
  • none whatsoever

The reason we’re discussing this topic today is because a 3 Keys student asked in our Facebook group if it was appropriate to say ‘due to the fact that‘ in IELTS Speaking Part 1.

Usually, no, it is not appropriate. The examiner needs to hear informal, more natural language in Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

Casual phrases for “because”:

  • The REASON is…
  • This is MAINLY ‘cuz..
  • And WHY? Well…

Note how we vary our pronunciation in these phrases for more native expression.

How would you use today’s phrases?

Share your sentences in the comments section below!

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