Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Did you know there is a right and wrong way to start IELTS Speaking Part 2?

Most students start their answer in a very boring, low-scoring way.

Don’t let this happen to you!

Today we’re going to talk about the best introductions for Speaking Part 2.

We’ll give you strategies and sample introductions that boost your Speaking score.

Remember to take our 2-minute quiz to find out what you’d get if you took IELTS today!

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What NOT to do

Many textbooks and teachers might tell you to introduce your answer in a boring way.

“Today I am going to talk about…”

“I am going to tell you about…”

“I’d like to talk about…”

These are Band 6 introductions!

Because they are boring and don’t contain good vocabulary, they can’t score higher than Band 6.

Even worse, a native wouldn’t speak like this!

This is how a student introduces a story, rather than how a native would.

Start Speaking Part 2 like a native!

You want to sound more like a student and less like a native!

It’s vital that you use informal fillers like natives do.

These increase your Fluency and Coherence scores.

You also need to use high level vocabulary.

Don’t start with a couple of boring sentences before providing any Band 7+ vocab.

Pull it out right away and impress the Examiner!

Sample introduction #1: Voracious readers

  • voracious: wanting to devour large quantities

“You know, I was honestly excited to get this question because I’m a total bookworm!”

“I’m an incessant reader!”

Using informal fillers like “you know” boost your Fluency and Coherence score.

This answer has great vocabulary!

It doesn’t sound like it was memorized from a textbook.

It’s not used by every other student!

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Sample introduction #2: Reluctant readers

  • Reluctant: can be used as an adjective this way to describe someone who is less of a reader

“Oof! Okay, I gotta be upfront here. I’m not what you’d call “a reader.”

Again, notice the informal fillers!

This is how natives talk!

The informal phrase “gotta be upfront” is impressive, less common vocabulary.

What is more, “I’m not what you’d call “a reader” is an interesting grammar structure!

Introduce your answer with a phrasal verb!

In a recent video, Aubrey showed you how to begin your introduction with a phrasal verb.

You must use idiomatic language for a 7+ on IELTS Speaking.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic language that count toward this requirement!

Phrasal verb that can boost your Vocabulary score.

It is perfect for introducing your Speaking Part 2 answer.

Practice answering Part 2 questions using phrasal verbs!

Pick versatile phrasal verbs

  • Versatile: can be used in many different situations

Phrasal verbs can be confusing!

One great strategy is to pick specific phrasal verbs that can be used to introduce many different answers.

You can often talk about procrastinating something.

Use today’s phrasal verbs to describe putting something off that you needed to do.

Then, go into details about why you procrastinated and what you finally ended up doing.

Be prepared for strange questions

Some IELTS Speaking Part 2 answers are very strange!

They can easily throw you off.

It is vital that you improve your overall English, reading and speaking about many different topics.

This will help you be prepared for any question IELTS might throw at you!

It’s not enough to practice responding to IELTS Speaking practice questions.

You must also be filling your mind with ideas!

As you add new vocabulary to your notebook and practice using it, you’ll be able to be flexible in its use.

This will help you respond to even the most difficult questions.


There are specific strategies that can get you a 7 or higher on IELTS Speaking.

Don’t start your Speaking Part 2 answer in a very boring, common way!

Instead, use informal filler phrases and high level vocabulary.

These will make you sound like a native.

These are necessary to give you time to think so you can avoid pauses.

They boost your Fluency and Coherence score by helping you avoid pauses and hesitation.

Find out what score you’d get on IELTS today by taking our free short quiz!

You’ll receive resources at your level and a study guide so you don’t waste any study time!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Let us know in the comments below.

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