Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn high-scoring vocabulary describing road conditions, useful for both Speaking and Writing.

Questions about road conditions could definitely be seen on your next IELTS Exam- anywhere in the Speaking Exam, in Writing Task 2, or General Writing Task 1.

It seems like a random topic, and it is.

You have to be prepared for anything on IELTS!



Road Conditions Vocabulary

Smooth sailing– idiom to describe an easy and enjoyable experience

Potholes– big holes in the road

Like driving off-road– phrase to describe a very bumpy ride

Narrow alleyways– very narrow streets that only one small car can fit through


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Broad boulevards– very wide streets

Street/avenue/boulevard– paraphrases for road

Hectic/chaotic traffic– very busy streets (saying ‘traffic jam’ is too easy and very common)

Rush hour– time of day, in the morning when people are going to work or school, and in the evening when they are coming home

Atrocious– horrible

Record 3-4 of today’s specific vocabulary words or phrases in your vocabulary notebooks, and then practice using them in descriptions of your own town’s road conditions.

What are the roads like where you live?

Use some of today’s words and phrases in the comments section below!


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