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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.
- General English vocabulary.
- 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 view. This tends to make a conversation monotonous and reduces your band score. Try the following expressions:
- In my experience/ in my view/ in my opinion.
- I believe that.
- 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:
- Of course.
- I couldn’t agree more.
- I agree with that (you) entirely.
Or you can choose to disagree with the opinion. Common expressions to show disagreement are:
- I don’t think so.
- I’m afraid I have to disagree.
- I’m not sure about that.
- Of course not.
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