Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you learn 8+ vocabulary to paraphrase “honest” to use on your next Speaking Exam.

I say this phrase constantly, “To be honest”. It’s one of my personal language quirks.

On the IELTS Exam, though, students are also overusing this phrase.

If many candidates are using the phrase often, that means it is a band score 6 phrase!

To get higher than a 6 for vocabulary, you must use high-level, impressive phrases, to stand out in front of the examiner.



8+ Paraphrases for “To be honest”


To be completely candid with you, I eat chocolate every day. I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself!


To be frank, I don’t think school uniforms solve any problems that students have today.


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I’m gonna be forthright here. I do not enjoy reading, so it’s hard to talk about novels.

For real

Ok, for real, I’ve seen the movie Ghostbusters, like, a thousand times.

On the level

On the level, though, I really do exercise at least 5 days a week. No lie.

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