Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Will you be ready if you get a speaking or writing question about pets on your next IELTS Exam?

Today you’ll learn eleven 8+ words and phrases about pets to use on your next IELTS Exam.

Although in many countries, especially Western nations, owning and caring for pets is a part of life, this isn’t true in a lot of societies.

Nevertheless, this topic does pop up in IELTS Speaking and IELTS Writing.

So, learn today’s words and phrases and be ready for even this unfamiliar topic!

Here is today’s video.

Watch the video below then check out the list of words to practice.


Note that formal phrases can be used anywhere on the IELTS Exam, in Speaking and Writing, but the informal phrases are only appropriate for Speaking Part 1 and Speaking Part 2.


Here are some phrases:

1- Pooch- slang for ‘dog’ (informal)

2- Canine- formal word for ‘dog’

3- Super adorable- very cute (informal)

4- Puppy-dog eyes- the sweet facial expression a person or dog uses when they want something from you (informal)

5- Fetch- game dog plays where owner throws something and he/she gets it and brings it back; action of a person going to get something and bringing it back (formal / informal)

6- Man’s best friend- idiom used to describe dogs, as they are loyal companions (informal)

7- Hygienic- clean and healthy (formal)

8- Hamsters / ferrets- certain species of pets that are kept in cages (formal / informal)

9- Pigeon- city bird, also called ‘Flying rat’ (formal / informal)

10- Curl up next to- cuddle with (informal)’



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How can you practice these?

Choose 3-4 of today’s phrases and add them to your vocabulary notebook.

Write your own example sentences using each of them.

Then, practice saying them outloud in your own answers to these IELTS questions:

Did you have a family pet as a child?

Do you have a pet now? Why / why not?

Is owning a pet common where you come from?


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