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

Today you’ll learn to use impressive slang and phrasal verbs, because other students don’t!

Do you want a 7 or higher for vocabulary?

Of course you do!

In that case, you must use language that sets you apart from other students. The examiner looks for interesting, idiomatic vocabulary ability on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Phrasal verbs fulfill those requirements!

The goal is to not sound like every other band score 6 student, by using the same phrasal verbs as everyone else, like “hang out”.

You will definitely stand out in front of the examiner by using the following phrases on your Speaking Exam!



Phrasal Verbs and Native Slang

Ask around– ask many people the same question

IELTS context: When I first moved here, I asked around about good Chinese food, and everyone said, hands down, this place called Hong Kong Kitchen was the bomb.


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Don’t care for– don’t like

IELTS context: To be totally honest, I don’t care for non-fiction all that much.

Cut back on– reduce amount; lessen amount consumed

IELTS context: I’ve decided to cut back on cheese, though it kills me to do so. It’s just such a huge source of fat in my diet.

Include some of these phrases in your Speaking Part 1 and 2 answers to sound more native and nail higher vocabulary scores!

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How would you use today’s phrasal verbs and slang?

Share your sentences in the comments section below!


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