Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you repeating negative words and ideas in your IELTS Speaking answers?

For instance, do you find yourself often answering with words/phrases such as boring, don’t like, or terrible?

If you are consistently negative in your Speaking responses, this not only puts you in a negative frame of mind, but also the examiner.

More specifically, it lowers your score. It hurts your vocabulary score because you’re repeating yourself. It also harms your pronunciation score, because bored/negative intonation is flat. It’s BORING!

So, if you’re asked about something you really don’t like or are uninterested in, CHANGE THE FOCUS!

Look at these example answers. Notice how I change the focus, and also pay attention to the impressive vocabulary.

IELTS Question: Do you enjoy riding bicycles?

I’m not a bicycle kind of gal, but what does delight me are motorcycles. I love the feeling of the wind through my hair, wearing leather and living like a rock star.

IELTS Question: Do you read a lot of novels?

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I know this may not be the sort of quote unquote educated response, but, I just can’t get into novels. What I do get a kick out of are comic books. They are an art form in and of themselves.

Kind of gal/guy– type of person you are

Delight– bring joy, cause happiness

Living like a rock star– doing things or appearing as a famous, cool rock star would

Quote unquote– used before a word or idea that is not yours, but a word or phrase another person/group of people might express

Get into– be interested in

Get a kick out of– enjoy

In and of itself / themselves– all by itself, alone

Google these phrases to see more examples, and then practice using them yourself in your own IELTS answers!

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Share some sample answers in the comments section below!

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