IELTS Speaking Vocabulary – Point of View and Opinion.

IELTS Speaking Interview

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I’ve read in umpteen Facebook groups students’ looking for a vocabulary book to improve IELTS speaking and writing scores. There are two types of vocabulary you need to score well in the IELTS speaking test.

  1. General English vocabulary.
  2. Topic related vocabulary.

Most students I’ve interviewed tend to repeat a particular word or phrase to express an opinion. For instance, some students prefer “well” while others say “I think” to express a personal point of viewThis tends to make a conversation monotonous and reduces your band score. Try the following expressions:

  1. In my experience/ in my view/ in my opinion.
  2. I believe that.
  3. I’d suggest that/ I’d say that.

In several follow-up questions (part 3 of speaking test), the examiner asks for your opinions. For instance, in a follow-up question to a cue card on technology, an examiner asked: “Do you think the invention of the wheel was important?”. You can use the following expressions:

  1. Of course.
  2. I couldn’t agree more.
  3. I agree with that (you) entirely.

Or you can choose to disagree with the opinion. Common expressions to show disagreement are:

  1. I don’t think so.
  2. I’m afraid I have to disagree.
  3. I’m not sure about that.
  4. Of course not.

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