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

To score highly for Vocabulary on the IELTS Speaking exam, you must show the examiner a range of vocabulary, which means informal phrases in Parts 1 and 2, and more formal vocab. in Part 3.

This means that you cannot just use easy words. In contrast, you also cannot only use high-level words.

You need a range.

To prepare for this, watch the video and write down impressive slang words and idiomatic phrases that your average “band score 6” candidate will not use on the exam.

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  • Hop on my bike– get on my bike
  • Cruise– ride leisurely, on a bike or in a car/bus/train
  • Hitch a ride– get a ride from somebody else
  • Gas guzzler– a vehicle that uses a lot of gas
  • Full of loonies– having a lot of crazy people
  • Pop in by earbuds– put on headphones
  • Zone out– stare at nothing, eyes glazed, not thinking about anything

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Practice using these phrases when answering these IELTS Speaking questions:

How do people get to work/school in your city?

How do you get around your city?

Is public transport safe where you’re from?

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