Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In order to get a high score for vocabulary, you have to exhibit a range of vocabulary, from informal to formal.

That is due to the questions ranging from informal to formal.

It would be inappropriate to use academic words, for example, to answer personal questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1 and Part 2.

Thus, you should try and use a couple slang words or idioms in your answers. This not only shows a range of lexis, but also helps you to stand out from the other students on the exam.



Many students know the phrases “hanging out” and “chilling”, so you can use these, but they are not excellent choices because they are common.

Use the vocabulary from the video to show your impressive English ability on your next IELTS Exam!

Vocabulary for friends

Keep it low-key– hang out with friends in a relaxed, not active, way


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Clown around– goof off, joke around

Chow down– eat a lot

Like brothers/sisters to me– friends that are so close, they are like family

Bros– short for ‘brothers’, guy friends

Great minds think alike– having the same ideas or opinions

Catch a flick– watch a movie at a cinema

Practice using this vocabulary to answer these IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions:

How often do you spend time with friends?

What do you and your friends do together?

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Share your examples in the comments section below!

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