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

Today you’ll learn to stop using the word ‘ancient’, and learn better vocabulary for your IELTS score.

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In helping students prepare for the exam, I’ve noticed that many are using the word ‘ancientincorrectly.

I understand this is because you are trying to use more interesting words, and think this is a synonym for ‘old’. It’s not.

Ancient’ only describes things that are hundreds or thousands of years old.

Plus, lots of students use the word ‘ancient’, and so it is not that interesting anymore!

Band 8+ Phrases for ‘Old’:

A relic of the ___ age– This phrase describes something that is old, and not used anymore that much, if at all.

‘Handwritten letters are a relic of the pre-computer age.’

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Antiquated– This adjective describes a thought or behavior that is old-fashioned and not popular anymore.

‘The notion that one must marry and have a family after university is an antiquated idea.’

Old-school– This describes a thought or activity from the not too distant past that is usually viewed with positive nostalgia.

‘I still listen to the same old-school rock, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin.’

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