Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how to quote people for higher Part 2 scores on your next IELTS Exam.

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, one of our strategies is to tell a story.

This works for any IELTS Part 2 topic!

When you tell a story, you should be describing something that you have clear memories of, so you can provide specific details, creating and image in the examiner’s mind.

Often in stories, we report on what other people said to us, or what we hear others say.



When we quote others, our voice automatically changes. This shift in our voice is key to getting higher scores for pronunciation.

You must demonstrate various pronunciation features in order to get a 7+, like intonation and stress.

Therefore, quoting others and changing our expression is an easy way to prove you can vary how you speak.


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Plus, it adds flavor to your story, making it sound more native and natural, leading to better fluency scores. This strategy is especially good for those of you who may not be naturally expressive!

It’s also good for informal vocabulary.

Instead of saying “she/he said”, you can talk like a native and say “she/he was like…” or “she/he was all…”.

For instance, if you are describing a problem you had on holiday, you can say:

She was like, ‘We don’t open for another week!’”

He was all, ‘You can’t take pictures here. I’m getting security!’”

Practice including one or two quotes in your next Part 2 story, and see those scores improve!

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