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Three common mistakes in IELTS Speaking

Why do you need to know common mistakes in IELTS Speaking?

One way to improve your IELTS Speaking band score is to make fewer mistakes with grammar and vocabulary, and the first step to doing this is to know what kinds of mistake you make.

As there’s a good chance that you make the same kinds of mistake that many other IELTS candidates make, it’s useful to know what the most common mistakes in IELTS Speaking are.

To help you do this, in my latest IELTS video I ask an IELTS candidate (May from China) some IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions and then talk about three common mistakes that she makes.

The IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions that I ask May in the video are from the book Cambridge IELTS 8.

Three common mistakes in IELTS Speaking

As I explain in the video, the three common mistakes that May made are:

  1. using the wrong pronoun, e.g. ‘he‘ or ‘she‘, when referring to a person you mentioned before (e.g. using the word ‘he‘ to refer to a woman you mentioned before)
  2. using the wrong form of ‘ed/ing’ adjectives like ‘annoyed‘ and ‘annoying‘ (e.g. using the word ‘annoying‘ to describe how you feel when people annoy you)
  3. using the word ‘very‘ instead of ‘really‘ before a verb (e.g. using the word ‘very‘ before the verb ‘miss‘ to describe how you really miss someone)

These mistakes are particularly common for Chinese speakers but are often made by speakers of other languages as well.

What kinds of mistake do you make in IELTS Speaking? Do you think other people who speak your first language also make these IELTS Speaking mistakes?

If you know what kinds of mistake you make in IELTS Speaking, you’re one step of the way towards improving your band score!


2 comments on “Three common mistakes in IELTS Speaking

    1. Thanks for your question.

      To help you understand one way to use ‘as much as‘, here’s an example of how May (the IELTS candidate in the video above) could have used this phrase to talk about the time she missed her mum:

      • As much as I missed my mum, I really enjoyed my time living away from home

      If May had said this, it would have meant that she missed her mum a lot but was still happy living away from home. (I don’t actually know if May felt this way).


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