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

Today you’ll learn Band 9 Speaking vocabulary about trying something new.

You’re often asked questions like this in Speaking Part 1, like wanting to try food/a book/ a sport that you’ve never tried.

Take notes on today’s idioms, and try to memorize one or two for an 8 on IELTS Speaking, just like Jonathan!

High-Scoring Idioms for Trying New Things

Give it a shot/go/try/whirl– try something you’ve never tried before

For example, don’t just say, ‘I want to try sushi.’

Say, ‘I want to give sushi a shot/ a whirl.’

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Try my hand at something– try a new action you’ve never done

For instance, you can say, ‘I’ve seen a lot of beautiful pictures of rock climbing. I really want to try my hand at rock climbing.’

Spread one’s wings– expand your horizons in a new way

Examples include taking on new tasks at work, or travelling.

On your test, you can say, ‘I wanna spread my wings as far as travelling goes. I want to go on a trip without planning, and follow my heart. Come what may, I will love it!


Try something new this weekend: new food, new activity, new kind of movie.

Or, you can look at the Sunday New York Times, and read a travel article about 36-hours in a specific city. Plan your vacation to this place!

Then, Sunday night, use today’s idioms to talk about your weekend!

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