Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out if using ‘wanna’ and ‘gonna’ help your IELTS Speaking score.

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Thank you to subscriber Nelly for asking today’s question:

“Is it OK to use wanna or gonna on the IELTS Speaking Test?”

We did an episode about this on our podcast, IELTS Energy episode 353 as well, which you should check out for more information.

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Should you use “wanna” and “gonna” in IELTS Speaking?

The short answer is yes, you can use these informal contractions in Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

The overall method to getting a Band 7+ is to start sounding more native and natural.

Natives use these two words all the time.

However, having said that, just using these two words won’t matter for your score!

Pronunciation and vocabulary are the key!

You must be using natural pronunciation, be expressive, and use interesting vocabulary.

This is what makes you stand out from other students.

So, for instance, if you say:

“I wanna wake up earlier, but it’s just so hard.”

If you say this in a flat, monotone voice, you’ll still get Band 6.

However, if you say the sentence very expressively as Jessica does in the video, you can raise your Pronunciation score to a 7+.

Also, using ‘wanna’ is good here, but we should add more interesting vocabulary than that.

For instance, you could say, “I wanna wake up earlier, but it’s way too hard!”

It’s a small change, but it does sound more natural, and more interesting.

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  • when to sound expressive
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You need to use informal slang on Speaking Parts 1 and 2.

“Wanna” and “gonna” are great words to use!

Showing a range of vocabulary, both informal and formal, is the only way to get a 7+.

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