Useful phrases for when you don’t know what to say in the IELTS Speaking test
There will probably be times in your IELTS Speaking test when you don’t know what to say. You may be asked a difficult question by the examiner, for example, or not be able to remember the right word to say what you mean.
To help you avoid hesitating for too long when you don’t know what to say, I’ve put together some useful phrases that you can use in IELTS Speaking, and Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has written a rap to help you remember some of them.
Useful phrases for IELTS Speaking that you can learn in minutes
Check out Jason’s video below and, when you’ve listened a couple of times, repeat the phrases to the music so that you learn to say them in a natural way.
Use linking words and phrases in IELTS Speaking Part 2 and improve your band score
As you probably know, in IELTS Speaking Part 2 you have to talk about a topic for one to two minutes. What you may not know is that it’s important to use linking words and phrases (also called discourse markers) so that it’s easy for the examiner to follow what you’re saying.
Watch the video below to see me explain how an IELTS band score 5.5 candidate could use more linking words and phrases to get a higher band score.
In the first part of the video, the candidate, Kyuwon, talks about an IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic. In the second part, I explain what discourse markers Kyuwon needs to use to get a band score 6.0.
Avoid these vocabulary mistakes and improve your IELTS Writing and Speaking band score
Do you know the difference in meaning between the words ‘rise‘ and ‘raise‘? What about ‘learn‘ and ‘teach‘, ‘lose‘ and ‘loose‘, or ‘care for‘ and ‘care about‘?
Do you know the difference in word form (i.e. verb, noun, adjective or adverb) between the words ‘convenience‘ and ‘convenient‘? What about ‘possible‘ and ‘possibly‘?
I’m asking you these questions because these are words that I’ve seen or heard many IELTS candidates make mistakes with in their writing or speaking.
To see how well you know the difference in meaning or form of these words, choose the correct word in italics in each of the examples below. (You can click on any of the words in italics for a dictionary definition). Continue reading →